Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Roundtable Dissects Legal, Safety Concerns Around Synthetic Drugs

Senators, experts meet to raise awareness on dangers of using such drugs State senators David Valesky and Jeff Klein convened a roundtable of community leaders, health experts and law enforcement officers Thursday. Dec. 3, to discuss synthetic marijuana use in New York. With a panel of about 30, including two mothers who lost their sons because of synthetic cannabinoids, the ... Read More »

TNT’s New Coordinator to Debut at Tonight’s South Side Meeting

From Syracuse’s West Side neighborhood, Tina Zagyva, 31, started as the coordinator for the city’s Tomorrow’s Neighborhood Today just before the Thanksgiving holiday. South Side residents can meet her Monday when she attends her first community meeting Dec. 7. As TNT coordinator, Zagyva serves as the front line staff assistant performing a variety of support duties for the organization, including ... Read More »

Current Issue

In this issue, hear from Donna Reese about a new initiative she has launched with Aurora of CNY to reach out to local faith groups.In our cover story, meet a high school senior starting her own robotics club, and hear from students on how the first month of metal detectors at city high schools is going – plus much more. ... Read More »

Safety Screenings

Syracuse City School District high schools reflect on metal detector use Syracuse high schools have been checking students daily for weapons for two months now, in response to the threat of gun violence locally and nationally, particularly at schools and colleges. Thomas Ristoff, director of public safety for the Syracuse City School District, said the purpose of the security checks ... Read More »

Equal Opportunity

Legally blind outreach specialist helps others regain employment For more than six years, Donna Reese has been a symbol for Aurora, a nonprofit that has spent more than 90 years serving individuals with vision or hearing loss. Reese lost her eyesight from glaucoma. It’s a disease with no early symptoms that damages the eye’s optic nerve and can result in ... Read More »

Free Legal Advice

Volunteer lawyers help people stay in their homes, avoid evictions What if Syracuse’s homeless issue were tackled by preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place? What if instead of trying to find temporary living space, someone created a program that targeted the reasons people end up homeless and used it to combat homelessness? The Volunteer Lawyers Project of ... Read More »

Q&A with Dewayne Garner

In addition to being an excellent father, Garner was nominated by his brother Fred, for also helping to raise his niece & nephew Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: It was probably the best day of my life and the scariest day of my life combined. I was with my wife when she went ... Read More »

The Down Unders

After feeling like she didn’t belong, Laurie Muok created her own robotics team Read More »

Bike Safety in Syracuse

The phrase “it’s as easy as riding a bike” isn’t one Mike Lyon uses. The Onondaga Cycling Club president said his 18-mile trek to work is a zig zag from Baldwinsville to the city. He avoids certain streets because he can’t safely share the road with motor vehicles, and there are no bike lanes for him to use along the ... Read More »

Mothers Are Not Alone

Volunteers support women throughout pregnancy, during birth and beyond Imagine sitting in a bed in a delivery room all alone. Maybe you don’t speak the same language as your doctors. Maybe you’re 18 years old and scared, giving birth to your first child with no one to support you. For too many women in Syracuse, this is a reality. “You ... Read More »