Federal program could give South and Southwest sides help they need City officials began applying last month to a federal program that would designate parts of Syracuse’s South and Southwest sides as a “Promise Zone.” The distinction would give those areas preference for certain federal programs for a 10-year period, according to the city’s director [...]
The Dunbar Center reopens, looks to start a new era for residents One of the South Side’s oldest institutions has opened its doors after a short downtime, bringing back a wealth of opportunities for residents of all ages. Ever since its founding nearly a century ago, the Dunbar Association, a community center at 1453 S. [...]
Thanksgiving Week assistance needed for 3,670 meals Meals on Wheels of Syracuse needs more volunteers during the holidays and winter season. Thanksgiving week staffing is falling short compared to previous years and many regular volunteers are headed south for the winter. “We’re normally fully staffed with volunteers for Thanksgiving week by now,” said Mason Kaufman, [...]
Two groups met in the cathedral of a local church Thursday evening in the hopes that both could gain a better understanding of the relationship between them. “The Police and You” is a planned ongoing forum to join the Syracuse Police Department and South Side community in conversation and to be held monthly at various [...]
A sea of brown cardboard boxes covered the second floor of Beauchamp Branch Library on a recent Saturday, decorated with cascading ribbons and hand-drawn logos. These weren’t ordinary packing containers. Every branch of the Syracuse City Library system hosted the Cardboard Challenge on Oct. 11, inviting children from across the city to showcase their own [...]
Meachem Ice Rink opens after repairs just in time for new season After nearly four months of repairs, Meachem Ice Rink is back in business. According to Syracuse’s Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs Department, the repairs at 121 W. Seneca Turnpike had been a long time coming. “We’d known for a while that the rink [...]
The Dunbar Center is gearing up to reopen. The center held a community meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, to hear input from residents about what programs and events it could offer in the future. For now, the center is offering a few programs for seniors, a small after school program and weekly Zumba classes, which began [...]
In our Winter issue, our cover story is on David Hills, who works as an outreach worker with S.N.U.G. — guns spelled backward. After serving prison time himself for a shooting, he now strives to stop people from killing.
Click on the cover image to view the full pdf or pick up a copy this weekend when our 39th issue comes out.
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Next year, The Stand will offer two General Interest meetings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, and again at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.
These free sessions will be held at the South Side Communication Center located at 2331 S. Salina St. Each session will provide an opportunity to submit story ideas, ask questions and learn how to become a paid contributor.
South Side residents find fresh produce under a tent at Store for a Day
A chill hung in the air as a light rain fell on the South Side one recent Saturday morning. With his back to a white tent and several crates of fruit, Howie Hawkins fretted that the damp weather would scare off potential customers of Store for a Day.
“There are a lot of factors playing into what we’re doing,” said Hawkins, a board member of the now-shuttered Eat 2 Live Food Co-op on the South Side. “I would like to think the weather won’t do any harm, but I’m really not sure at this point.”
Hawkins and others organized Store for a Day to bring fresh produce to Syracuse’s South Side in the absence of Eat 2 Live, which opened last October at 2323 S. Salina St. and closed at the end of the year. Since it began, Eat 2 Live was fraught with funding issues, managerial problems and tight grant deadlines. The re-opening date has been pushed several times, and a new date has not been set.
David Hills overcame criminal past to work to defuse violent situations
A few weeks ago, two men ready to end each other’s life called a truce over a mediated meal. They’d exchanged bullets before trading words: One had put bullet holes in the van of the other. One had shot at the other several times.
“These guys are killers, literally. We know that they have bodies underneath their belts. But, they were going at each other’s heads, and we interrupted that,” said David Hills, one of the mediators in the situation who detailed the negotiation that started with individual talks to the men.
“I know when a person wants to reach out, sit down and wants to squash something. I can sense it.