Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Speeding Train

Musician Jeffrey Houston passes away after leading a life filled with love It is said sometimes that the heart is where love resides, but sometimes I think it could be the other way around. “Love is where the heart resides.” I say that because when one heartbeat stopped — the heartbeat of my good friend and musical brother Jeffrey Houston ... Read More »

Current Issue

In this Summer Issue, we feature a number of stories that take a look at a comprehensive report published last fall by CNY Fair Housing on the state of housing in Syracuse and Onondaga County. In a special report on a dedicated website — MyHousingMatters.com — students in the Urban Affairs reporting class at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public ... Read More »

Help for Dads

I was so excited to read the first article in the African-American Fathers Series! I commend The Stand for highlighting the black dads of the South Side, many of whom are involved in their children’s lives — or want to be. I am the Family Court Mediator for Onondaga County. My employer, New Justice Conflict Resolution Services, is a not-for-profit ... Read More »

A New Chapter

Following death of wife, South Side man takes on role of single father Read More »

Helping Homeless

‘Tiny’ programs hope to have big impacts Andrew Lunetta couldn’t look more comfortable. He roams the tiny Brady Faith Center, with a cup of coffee in his hand. He greets each person with a smile and when someone starts a conversation, his eyes focus with a look of genuine interest. Lunetta is easily the youngest there, wearing a navy blue ... Read More »

Money Matters

Workers describe difficulties making ends meet on minimum wages When Cherese Mildrew was a minimum-wage worker in California, she shared a two-bedroom apartment with four other people just to afford rent. At 22, when she moved back to Syracuse, she worked four jobs just to make ends meet. One day she would be restocking shelves at Price Chopper, and the ... Read More »

Built on Music

Dick Ford encourages music education through Signature Music Camp Dr. Richard W. Ford by most people’s standards would be described as a physically large man. He stands just over 6 feet tall and has hands that could probably span better than an octave on a Steinway grand piano. His voice comes across with authority and with clarity, without force or ... Read More »