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Corcoran Seniors Graduate

The Corcoran High School Class of 2014 received their diplomas Sunday, June 29, at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Westside Residents Coalition Circulates Petition on Syringe Litter Drug users have been and are littering our city with used needles, which have been found along sidewalks, in churchyards and playgrounds, in yards, in piles of raked leaves and under porches of homes where children live. Syringes have been found to carry viruses causing AIDS and hepatitis C.  Discarded needles pose ... Read More »

Urban Jobs Task Force Asks 'What If'?

On Dec. 8, 1994, the Rolling Stones played at the Carrier Dome as part of their Voodoo Lounge tour. Their opening act was the then hot band Spin Doctors, whose final song was their Top 10 hit “Two Princes,” a catchy tune with the refrain “if you,” which could be summarized as follows: “if you want to call me baby, ... Read More »

Saving the Building

Benediction Cafe, fully accredited culinary training program to replace deteriorating church The historic 104-year-old church at 711 E. Fayette St., the former home to People’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, will be renovated and turned into a cafe and culinary school. The project organizers said they hope this is a good way to serve the community and the economy, while ... Read More »

A Future for Food

College and city students partner to learn about sustainability, healthy living As part of a Syracuse University course that examines the relationship between cities and food, students partner with community collaborators to develop a final project that supports food systems interventions throughout Syracuse. Our group is partnering with Modern Primitive Exchange, an art and design forum, on the Wilder Compound ... Read More »

He Loves to Serve

Sam Wright has cooked at Meals on Wheels for nearly three decades Sam Wright was looking for a job in 1986 when he came across a “help wanted” sign for an assistant cook — with the weekends off, too. He had his doubts about the offer, but inquired and took the job with Meals on Wheels of Syracuse. “I honestly ... Read More »

Growing the Arts

Marshella Mason helps enrich students’ lives through music When Marshella Mason arrived at Corcoran High School three years ago, the incoming band director had one mission: grow the program. Since then, the number of students enrolled in the school’s band has more than tripled — from 15 to 47. “The arts are important anywhere regardless if it’s in the Syracuse ... Read More »

Child's Play Area

Mary Nelson envisions basketball and tennis courts next to her center For weeks last winter, snow covered the empty grass lot just north of the Mary Nelson Youth Center. But that’s not what Mary Nelson sees now. What she envisions is what she hopes will be a reality in just a few months: a neatly paved lot with two basketball ... Read More »

Southside Academy Introduces Critical Thinking in a New Way

The Southside Academy Charter School found a new way to promote critical thinking in its classrooms and it’s in a way that no other school in the Syracuse City School District has tried. The charter school now offers a philosophy class to its eighth graders in the junior honors society. The class is held every Friday and is taught by ... Read More »

Southwest Community Farm Opens for the Season

Wilder Compound visits garden April 5 for opening event and to build geodesic greenhouse dome A group of 30 volunteers, including many college and high school students, worked through sleet and snow to put up a greenhouse dome at the Southwest Community Garden Saturday, April 5. The workshop, part of The Canary Project, is meant to teach youth “hands-on skills” ... Read More »