Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Back to School Giveaway Serves Thousands of Students

Thousands of Syracuse City School District students lined up in the hot sun on the corner of South Salina Street and Wood Avenue Saturday morning for one reason. The students were to receive backpacks and other school supplies from the 14th annual Mary Nelson Back to School Barbeque and School Supply Giveaway. The event was presented by the Mary Nelson ... Read More »

Q&A With Father Darrenton Heath

In our recently launched Fatherhood Series, we spotlight local fathers actively engaged in their children’s lives. Recent studies found African-American fathers are more involved with their children on a daily basis than dads from other racial groups and much more involved than fathers from a decade ago. After the series launch in March, we received a number of nominations and ... Read More »

Reviving Place Map Still in the Works

On July 14, Pete King, an activist with the Partnership for Onondaga Creek, rode his bicycle from his home on Thurber Street all the way to the Southwest Community Center to see the announced unveiling of an artistic map of the South Side. He roamed the meeting room at the center looking for the map. He found a bowl with ... Read More »

Meeting Addresses Homelessness and Segregated Housing

Midland Avenue, Valley Drive and Salina, State, Clinton and Warren streets are recognizable roads on the South Side. They also host residential programs for the housing vulnerable ranging from Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter at 1074 S. Clinton St. to the Salvation Army Transitional Apartments and Parenting Center at 667 S. Salina St. Homelessness and segregated housing were two of the ... Read More »

Annual Photo Walk Adventure

The Stand’s South Side Photo Walk welcomed 21 participants for our annual event held Saturday, July 18. A Photo Walk is a social photography event where photographers get together to explore a neighborhood, shoot photos and practice their skills. Marilu Lopez-Fretts served as this year’s Photo Walk leader, opening the day’s event with a photo lesson. Next, participants followed a path through the ... Read More »

Neighborhood Map Takes Shape

Reviving Place Project seeks feedback from South Side residents The South Side neighborhood was put under a microscope June 16 at the Southwest Community Center as residents were prompted to assume a role analogous to that of microbiologists examining a Petri dish. Funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, a crew from the local Onondaga Environmental Institute made ... Read More »

Juneteenth Celebration Creates Feeling of Community in Syracuse

For Lamique Agard and Shawn Newdy, who moved to Syracuse from New York City three weeks ago, Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration represented what drew them to make the move. “There’s a feeling of family, of close knit community here,” Newdy said. “That’s what we love about Syracuse.” Their 4-year-old nephew Cameron enjoyed the kids’ game section, which included a bouncy house ... Read More »

Bike for Brady

When Cathy Lunetta checked the odometer in her car it marked 308 extra miles since she had left home. That was the distance that she logged traveling to take part in the 2nd Annual Bike for Brady, a fund-raiser to benefit the Brady Faith Center, an outreach ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse for the South Side. She is ... Read More »

Seeking Fathers

The Stand calls on fathers to make their voices heard The Stand recently launched a new series on Fatherhood, and we want local fathers to contribute. This summer, we will collect submissions of letters to one’s child. The idea is simple: If it was your last moments here on Earth and you were given the opportunity to write a letter to ... Read More »