Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Standing Strong

After many life battles, Damon Gilstrap defies all odds On his first date with the woman who would become his fiancé, Damon Gilstrap detailed his entire past — the group homes, the drugs, the violence, being homeless and time incarcerated. He was completely transparent. “I didn’t know if he was trying to run me away or what,” said Angela Wilson, ... Read More »

Current Issue

In this summer issue, meet a father who works overnight to provide for his four children, a man who has remarkably recovered from a stroke, a judge who serves as a role model for young girls and many more. Another collection of stories will likely interest our readers — the soon-to-be published project #TheyWearBlue by reporting and multimedia students at ... Read More »

LEAP Summer Enrichment Program Registration Now Open

The Literacy Empowers All People (LEAP) program is a summer enrichment program for students who have finished second grade but not yet started third grade. LEAP will start July 5 and run through Aug. 4. The program will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Great Grace Church, 410 Oswego St. Classes are small. Each teacher works ... Read More »

Long-Awaited Grocery Store Opens

The new Price Rite held its grand opening Sunday, April 2, in Syracuse’s Southwest Side. Shoppers poured in throughout the day starting at 8 a.m., when the store officially opened.  At 2 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony with Price Rite executives, including President Neil Duffy and Executive Vice President Jim Dorey, along with leaders from the local community including city, ... Read More »

By HIS Spirit

Ministry will transform vacant homes into youth safe houses Read More »

Zoning Update

City to refresh zoning map to make city more attractive and sustainable The ReZone Syracuse project team presented the first draft of its new city zoning map at a public meeting in February. City officials, private consultants and the neighborhood representative were present at Corcoran High School on Feb. 15 to give a brief overview of the project and hear ... Read More »

Racism & Homelessness

National advocacy group shows that racial inequality plays a major factor in housing instability People of color are more likely to become homeless and, once so, remain homeless longer than people of other backgrounds, according to the Center for Social Innovation, a national advocacy group working to understand and alleviate the web of social issues connected to inequality. A public ... Read More »

Earth Day Events

Several volunteer efforts have been planned throughout the South Side in honor of Earth Day.  Scheduled cleanups for Saturday, April 22 include: WOSA Clean Up Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Meet at Onondaga Commons, 484 W. Onondaga St. Details: The West Onondaga Street Alliance will host. Participants will be divided into two groups. One will clean up West ... Read More »

Meet Tammy

Contributing writer introduces herself to readers Editor’s note: Tammy Reese, a community contributor who has written articles for The Stand over the past few months, would like to introduce herself to readers in this column. I am the creator of the uplifting “Visionary Minds” website and Facebook blog used to highlight visionary artists, business owners and leaders as an outlet ... Read More »