Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Uplifting Future

Joan Hillsman wins grant for her program to provide promise for children’s futures Playing the piano helps Raven Ford cope. One Saturday in April at a local church, as she settled behind the keys, the salve was Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles.” “I like music because it helps me to relax when I am having a bad day,” Ford said. ... Read More »

Challenges to Complete Story on Pilot Program for Family Reunification

Ex-offenders face several barriers in their transition back to society: finding jobs, adequate housing or even obtaining photo identification. So when a new grant was announced to support re-entry locally, I met with the director of the agency in charge to discuss a way to share a deeper understanding on what such support looks like for each participant and what ... Read More »

Talent Showcase

Event organized to recognize, acknowledge local skills About an hour before hitting the stage, Dontray Sullivan was calm and collected. An aspiring rapper preparing to perform his new song, “Unique,” for the first time, Sullivan went so far as to make a bold prediction. “I’m going to probably have to do it twice because that’s how they’re going to want ... Read More »

Former Parolees Lead Re-entry Efforts

Charles Rivers and Karen Loftin oversee $95,000 grant to reunite families By lunch time one day last year, Charles Rivers had gone from being a supervised parolee to a welcomed professional in the same office building where hours before one individual held the power to revoke his freedom. “As a parolee, you look at parole as an adversary,” Rivers said. ... Read More »

April Issue

The Stand’s April print issue visits family-owned Dunk & Bright, examining  the generations of Brights who have run the  store and introduces Joe Bright, a fourth generation set to take the helm in the coming years. Hear from the city’s new Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens and the director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E. Ocesa Keaton in two separate Q&As. Both women ... Read More »

A Plan for the South Side

Residents, city employees and nonprofits wait for release of five-year plan The South Side neighborhood finally has a comprehensive plan to look to for its future — though it has yet to be released. Southern Compass, a five-year plan for the South Side, examines the individual character and charm of the area’s six neighborhoods by providing a unique look at ... Read More »

Be Smart, Stay Safe

South African high school students learn importance of HIV testing The Raphael Centre hosted a “prize giving” gig at Khutliso Daniels Secondary School in February. Different from a school’s typical awards days, which honour academic achievements, the Raphael Centre event encouraged pupils to know their status and get tested for HIV, with those who were tested entering a raffle for ... Read More »

Jazz Fest Blues

Frank Malfitano, founder and executive director, discusses the future of Jazz Fest For the past 35 summers except for maybe a few, the folks around Syracuse have been treated to a weekend of free top-quality entertainment. We’ve grown to anticipate it every year and await it like students waiting for the last day of school. It marks the season and ... Read More »