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Q&A with D’Shaun Thompson

Thompson believes children need both parents to play an active role Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: That doubt. Questioning yourself if you’re fully prepared to be responsible for someone else. It was a bunch of emotions not just one thing. Each child presents us different challenges, but it’s covering the basics and then ... Read More »

Q&A with Ben Jamison

This Father’s Day was extra special for Jamison and his father because he was celebrating becoming a dad, too.   Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I fell in love with that child the moment I laid eyes on her. She looked up at me and smiled. That was her first reaction … to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO MY ‘SONS’ To my Sons, Grandsons, Great Grandsons, Nephews and all the sons that do not have a dad to talk to, I would like to help all that would want to have a dad around. It is an honor to be your father, for you guys bring so much joy to my life. When I see and ... Read More »

Fathers Matter

Our Fatherhood Series originated from photos that came out of The Stand’s 2014 summer community journalism series, From Where We Stand. Eight residents shared photos of their family life throughout that summer, and many images highlighted touching moments between father and son. In some of the final images, you can see a father playfully blowing bubbles with his young son, ... Read More »

Residents Speak Out Against Tiny Homes

Aug. 19 neighbors heard more from A Tiny Home for Good director A second meeting took place Wednesday evening to hear residents’ concerns about the possibility of A Tiny Home for Good building tiny homes on Syracuse’s South Side. Monica Williams, an Onondaga County Legislator with the 16th District, opened the meeting to 35 attendees at the Southwest Community Center. With ... Read More »

Back to School Giveaway Serves Thousands of Students

Thousands of Syracuse City School District students lined up in the hot sun on the corner of South Salina Street and Wood Avenue Saturday morning for one reason. The students were to receive backpacks and other school supplies from the 14th annual Mary Nelson Back to School Barbeque and School Supply Giveaway. The event was presented by the Mary Nelson ... Read More »

Q&A With Father Darrenton Heath

In our recently launched Fatherhood Series, we spotlight local fathers actively engaged in their children’s lives. Recent studies found African-American fathers are more involved with their children on a daily basis than dads from other racial groups and much more involved than fathers from a decade ago. After the series launch in March, we received a number of nominations and ... Read More »

Reviving Place Map Still in the Works

On July 14, Pete King, an activist with the Partnership for Onondaga Creek, rode his bicycle from his home on Thurber Street all the way to the Southwest Community Center to see the announced unveiling of an artistic map of the South Side. He roamed the meeting room at the center looking for the map. He found a bowl with ... Read More »

Meeting Addresses Homelessness and Segregated Housing

Midland Avenue, Valley Drive and Salina, State, Clinton and Warren streets are recognizable roads on the South Side. They also host residential programs for the housing vulnerable ranging from Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter at 1074 S. Clinton St. to the Salvation Army Transitional Apartments and Parenting Center at 667 S. Salina St. Homelessness and segregated housing were two of the ... Read More »

Annual Photo Walk Adventure

The Stand’s South Side Photo Walk welcomed 21 participants for our annual event held Saturday, July 18. A Photo Walk is a social photography event where photographers get together to explore a neighborhood, shoot photos and practice their skills. Marilu Lopez-Fretts served as this year’s Photo Walk leader, opening the day’s event with a photo lesson. Next, participants followed a path through the ... Read More »