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Music as Therapy

Jeff Houston plays, writes and hopes to record as he battles cancer Some people say music is healing. Jeffrey Houston of the Jeff Houston Experience believes that wholeheartedly. Jeff is a local guitarist and bandleader. He has been performing since his childhood in a number of local bands, including Strive, Fresh Air, Soft Spoken Band, Positive Attitude and the J ... Read More »

City's Aspiration True Question of I-81's Redesign

During third speaker series, keynote encourage Syracuse to have a wider vision William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein were present in spirit in the Onondaga County Civic Center on Sept. 24. Peter Park used phrases attributed or misattributed (in Einstein’s case) to these historical figures and others to buttress his arguments during his lecture titled “Remove a Highway, Improve ... Read More »

Five Years of Taking the Mic

Syracuse’s Underground Poetry Spot holds poetry slam anniversary Members of the Underground Poetry Spot performed original slam poetry pieces covering themes of love, relationships, authenticity and depression during its fifth anniversary show held Friday, Sept. 19, at Syracuse Stage. Seneca Wilson founded UPS in September of 2009. It was a way for him to engage with poets in the community ... Read More »

Join The Stand's Board

Call for New Board Members The Stand currently has an opening for a community member to join our Board of Directors. Board members meet every other month for two hours on a Saturday morning. Members discuss story suggestions, events, advertising opportunities and workshop offerings. Read More »

A Musician Cookout

Syracuse JAMS hosts first summer get-together for musicians, families Food plus live music equals fun. On July 19, Syracuse’s Joined Artists, Musicians & Singers, known as JAMS, hosted its first cookout. Dubbed the “Musicians’ Cookout 2K14,” the event was held at Clark Reservation State Park in Jamesville, with roughly 200 JAMS members and other arts supporters. JAMS is a loosely ... Read More »

Q&A with Corcoran's New Leader

Jennifer King succeeds Leo Cosgrove, moving up to principal at South Side school After serving as vice-principal for six years, Jennifer King, 38, takes on a new role. She sat down with The Stand Aug. 5 for a conversation. This is an edited transcript. TS: Tell us a little bit about yourself. JK: I was raised here in Syracuse. My ... Read More »

Update: A Teen's Salvation

Teen mom welcomes baby girl Our cover story in the September issue featured Myah Lynell Baker, an expectant teen living at the Salvation Army’s Transitional Apartments and Parenting Center. We are happy to share that Baker gave birth to a healthy baby girl at 4:54 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Crouse Hospital. Amarionna Lynell Baker weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces ... Read More »

Recent I-81 Meeting Focused on Impact on Housing

Redesign discussion centered on three South Side locations The redesign of Interstate 81 as an opportunity for Syracuse neighbors was a recurring topic at a public forum put together by the Moving People Transportation Coalition on Aug. 19. “This opportunity could be a transformative time for our city,” said Bob Haley, co-director of the Urban Design Center. “It’s time for ... Read More »

Collection of Photo Walk Images

On Saturday, July 26, 10 participants set out on The Stand’s Fifth annual Photo Walk. Photowalking is the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting. It is also a social event organized for the purpose of having fun, improving one’s photography skills and exploring a neighborhood. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

ACT-SO Program Thanks Syracuse for Financial Support   Hello Syracuse Today Syracuse/Onondaga County NAACP ACT-SO Program would like to openly say Thank You. In June, we asked the Syracuse Community to help us raise the funds to get the local NAACP ACT-SO winners to the National ACT-SO NAACP Competition in Las Vegas, NV, and you did not let us down. Read More »