Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Series: Prison to Family

When Karen Loftin’s mother died, she was in prison. Her prison sentence even took her away from her children when each was learning to walk and talk. Now she has a college degree and a passion for helping others stay out of jail. Loftin’s story is a moving and powerful one about cycles of abuse, the ravages of drug abuse Read More Read More »

Get the Lead Out

South Siders work to raise awareness about the dangers of lead poisoning Read More »

New Faculty Advisor Shares Summer Updates

The camera is nearly as big as her face, obscuring her expression. But her intense curiosity, that’s plain as day, clearly visible. And there’s no hiding that this young girl — in her blue, polka-dotted Minnie Mouse dress — is adorably cute. Crouched beside her is Ken Harper, a professional news photographer and Newhouse School Multimedia Photography & Design professor. Read More Read More »

Local Music Educator Remembers Queen of Soul

“Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there.” Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Aug. 16, leaving the world moved and inspired by her work. Syracuse paid its respect for Franklin last Thursday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Organized by Joan Hillsman, this memorial was attended by people of all ages – some of them sang while others offered Read More Read More »

Q&A with Father Jery Augustin

Nominated by Quante Wright Q: What did it feel like when you became a father? A: I felt joy, but also that feeling that my life was going to change … that I had to be a little more responsible. I had so many mixed emotions with thoughts of the future. And when I found out it was twins, I Read More Read More »

A Plan for South Avenue

Residents hopeful for vision proposed in South Avenue Feasibility Report Improved housing and transportation, new restaurants and cafes, additional grocery stores and a new sense of neighborhood pride. That’s what planners, and residents, envision for the South Avenue Corridor, according to a new study released in July. The $75,000 study, paid for by the city’s industrial development agency and conducted by Read More Read More »

TNT Meeting Discusses New Senior Housing, Plans for Tree Planting

Syracuse Southside Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT) held its monthly meeting the evening of Aug. 6 at the South Side Innovation Center. Community members from the South Side, public officials and organization representatives gathered to give feedback and to ask questions to a number of community issues. One of the main discussion points regarded the increase in tree growth in the Read More Read More »

New Murals Greet South Side

Local Artist paints on inspiration Syracuse-based illustrator London Ladd is working to finalize two murals under the train trestle on the corner of South Salina and West Taylor streets in the city’s South Side. The murals depict Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. along with quotes from each, commemorating the men’s Syracuse speeches in 1861 and 1961, respectively. Already an Read More Read More »

Photo Walk Set for July 28

The ninth annual South Side Photo Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28. A Photo Walk is a social photography event where photographers get together to explore a neighborhood, shoot photos and practice their skills. This year’s walk will meet at the Eat to Live Food Cooperative, 2323 S. Salina St. Event will open Read More Read More »