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Traveling Sound

A Friendly Five columnist catches up with local musicians who’ve taken to the road Syracuse has been home to a score of bands, musicians and singers over the years. Some of them have been really good and some, well… you know what momma said, “If you can’t say nothin’ good ….” A lot of the talented ones are still participating ... Read More »

100 Black Men Hold Anniversary Banquet

The 100 Black Men of Syracuse held its Fifth Anniversary Celebration Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool. The banquet’s theme was “Our Past, Now Our Future.” Read More »

Bully-Busting Helps Youth

After-school program teaches karate, other ways to solve conflicts through nonviolence To help children deal with bullies, a Roman Catholic elementary school has teamed up with a karate school to offer a weekly program for young boys and girls. The Tuesday afternoon program — called “bully-busting” — is hosted by Most Holy Rosary School, at 1031 Bellevue Ave., in collaboration ... Read More »

Strolling the South Side

Corcoran High School artifacts, memorabilia detail the school’s 50 years of rich history Although school has been let out for the day, the halls still echo with the sounds of students who are walking and conversing with one another. Some, dressed in athletic gear, head off to practice. Others are excitedly ready to head home for some rest after a ... Read More »

Parent University

Program offers workshop series to parents to better support their children’s education Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras recently gave nearly 200 local residents a look at an expansive new program designed to help parents with their schoolchildren. The program, Parent University, is a series of workshops for parents of elementary, middle and high school students — intended to ... Read More »

South Side Achiever

Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso teaches students lessons for school and for life One recent day at 7 a.m., a classroom inside Lincoln Middle School library is already crowded with students from the STEM club. Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso, wearing a black brace that resembles a fingerless glove, asks the students to think about how to distribute weight to make a bridge stronger. Maturo-Grasso, 51, ... Read More »

Writing it Out

Writing program encourages young people to take action, express themselves with words Nearly 100 middle school and high school students turned out on a recent Saturday for a free writing class — the latest effort by Marcelle Haddix, an education professor who has led youth-centered writing programs for the past five years at the Beauchamp Library and the Dunbar Community ... Read More »

Think Fire Safety this Holiday Season

For Lt. Keith Muhammad, learning about preventing fires is the best way to avoid injury. So, about 50 times a year, Muhammad goes to schools, senior centers and churches to teach people the basics of fire safety, which is especially crucial during the holidays. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there is an increased incidence of cooking fires on Thanksgiving, ... Read More »

Green Initiative

Onondaga County’s Save the Rain program hits the South Side For Amatullah Yamini, improving the South Side with environment-friendly projects is the first step in revitalizing the area and attracting businesses.That’s why the South Side business owner puts such hopes on Onondaga County’s Save the Rain program. Read More »

Singing Her Way to Fame

A high school student’s gift for performance and vocal ambition drive her to succeed The first time Tonaisa Hurt stood up to sing a solo in front of her church congregation, it was because her mother had slipped her $20 to do so. But her anxiety at performing in public fell by the wayside. Tonaisa has been singing and dancing ... Read More »