Green Party gains support, pushes alternative third-party platform Even if they failed to capture decisive political ground in the November elections, local Green Party politicians are pledging to push for issues such as job creation that they say will help the South Side. “During the upcoming year, one way or another, we’re going to make [...]
Christopher O. Graham graduates Air Force Airman Christopher O. Graham graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Founder Vanessa Johnson will permanently move to Accra, Ghana One day in 1989, Vanessa Johnson saw an African-American boy acting out in front of her art gallery. After chastising him for his behavior, the two made a deal: If he would go to school and complete his homework, she would pay him to work at [...]
Sharon Owens upholds her commitment to helping those in need Thirty years ago, Sharon Owens got off the “wrong track” and onto the right one — and she has continued helping others do the same in one form or another ever since. As she nears her half-year anniversary as CEO of the Southwest Community Center and the [...]
The Rev. Regina Reese-Young brings new personality to South Side church The woman holding the microphone jubilantly calls out: “Somebody say praise the Lord!” Dis- satisfied with the crowd’s lukewarm response, she urges them. “Come on, say it like you mean it!” The Rev. Regina Reese-Young is addressing the more than 50 people who have come [...]
Local church collects walking equipment for distribution in Nigeria A small South Side congregation is helping West Africans with walking disabilities to become mobile again. The congregation planned to ship an estimated 1,000 used and donated items — crutches, walkers, wheelchairs and canes — at the end of October to Nigeria for distribution there, following [...]
Teams who participated in Team ANGEL tell how it bettered their lives Kamiya Huggins sits at a long wooden table as she finishes a plate of food provided for her by the Southwest Community Center. She is 18 years old and a senior at George Fowler High School. She has a hearty laugh and an [...]
Our Winter print issue features a photo spread from the 2013 Onondaga City Scholastic Chess Championship. The event brought together parents and children from schools throughout Syracuse and as far away as Buffalo.
The issue also spotlights the Syracuse Housing Authority’s accomplishments as the organization comes up on its 75th anniversary, we check back in with local rapper Seth Dollar and hear from Syracuse’s Green Party.
Find copies of our free community paper distributed throughout the South Side, or feel free to contact The Stand’s Director Ashley Kang at ashley@mysouthsidestand to request a stack or suggest a story idea.
Proponents of a “pocket park” on the South Side continue to hear concerns that it could generate more worry than benefit, especially if trouble-makers congregate at the site next to a library that draws children and teens.
“Our children 99 percent of the time walk to the library alone. They are not supervised,” said resident Geneva Hayden, speaking at the TNT meeting that was held at the South Side Communication Center Wednesday night. She said parks are a hangout for trouble-makers and a hotspot for gang-related activity.
Event’s sole honoree Syracuse Police Chief
Police Chief Frank Fowler was clearly infuriated. As one news account reported, Fowler’s voice was quivering in anger as he spoke during a press conference about the senseless, unprovoked beating death of a 70-year-old man outside a local convenience store. At his personal and emotional urging as well as the cooperation of witnesses, an arrest was made in the case within 48 hours. The outcome was a recent example of Fowler’s passion for breaking the city’s string of violent crimes that will be recognized at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 during the 100 Black Men of Syracuse’s sixth annual banquet.