More News

Practicing the Great Escape

Families Urged to “Have Two Ways Out” in Case of Fire If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before the ... Read More »

South Side Achiever

Nadia Diaz strikes out her opponents to reach the top With countless player cards spread across their backyard table, Jose Diaz and his young daughter, Nadia Diaz, share a close bond. The 12-year-old has accomplished much in her short baseball career. “We’re very proud of her,” said Diaz, who — like Nadia — is wearing a Red Sox shirt. Read More »

Making Noise

Different music flavors meshed on the Pan-African Village Stage at NYS Fair Each year, the Great New York State Fair blooms in Syracuse for 12 days. With it comes the Pan-African Village — a make-shift village constructed of plywood and tents. The village draws upon fair-goers to provide an economic boost to entrepreneurs that sell food, art, clothing, jewelry and ... Read More »

Always Remembered

Onondaga County probation officer holds annual 5K to raise money for infant burials With the desire and drive to help her community, Linda Donalson has raised money to help more than 200 families pay for the burial of children who die as infants. On Sept. 15, nearly 100 supporters gathered at Sawmill Creek Shelter at Onondaga Lake Park for a ... Read More »

Current Issue

New staff reporter Natalie Caceres and The Stand’s Community Correspondent Keith Muhammad worked together to contribute October’s Cover Story and appeared on WCNY’s “Reith” Show Wednesday, Oct. 3. If you missed the pair’s appearance, you can watch the video here. Read More »

Remembering a Local Musical Icon

A large blue tarp shrouds in mystery what everyone is anticipating — a bronze statue commemorating and celebrating the life of the late Libba Cotten. Cotten, a South Side resident and all-around “friendly” woman, as many spoke of her, was not your average neighbor. A mother and grandmother by day, this extraordinary figure was a revolutionary inspiration within the music ... Read More »

Places to Find Food

South Side residents rely on pantries, bus trips for grocery needs While South Side residents wait for a grocery store to be established in their neighborhood, some seek out food banks to fill their basic needs, officials at local community centers say. “Our pantry helps serve people who have no other means of feeding their family,” said James Outlaw, a ... Read More »

Street Improvement Project Concerns Business Owners

Proposal suggested loss of curb cuts to West Onondaga Street business entrances The West Onondaga Green Corridor project, a plan to re-design West Onondaga Street to reduce storm water runoff and improve traffic flow, has some local business owners worried that they could lose access to the street from their building parking lots. Read More »

Groat Named New ELMS Principal

The Expeditionary Learning Middle School has come under new administration this year as Rebecca Groat, former vice principal at Franklin Elementary School, assumed the role of principal effective July 1, 2012. Kevin Burns, who was the ELMS principal, is now principal at Lincoln Middle School. “Every year there is an evaluation of the schools and there’s a lot of shifting ... Read More »

A South Side Facelift

Home HeadQuarters’ Annual Block Blitz Spruces Up Two City Blocks The South Side of the city received a facelift from what was called a Block Blitz. On Friday, Sept. 14, neighbors and residents looked on with anticipation and amazement in the 200 block of McLennan Avenue as volunteers and contractors came together and did a variety of work on the ... Read More »