Author Archives: Ashley Kang

School Board Candidates Address Community

Local groups keep residents informed by organizing election forums By Marnie Muñoz  Board of education candidates Karen Cordano and Twiggy Billue shared their visions for Syracuse City School District and the city at large in an in-person voter forum held Tuesday evening at Syracuse Community Connection. Gia Palermo, also running for a spot on the school board, could not attend ... Read More »

Working to Narrow the Gap

How Syracuse officials plan on closing the digital divide By Brittany Miller For the last 18 months, large aspects of everyday life have moved online. Whether that be school, work, doctor’s appointments, socialization through Zoom and more, these everyday tasks have found a way to be completed remotely over the internet. But for 70 to 90% of residents on the ... Read More »

The Stand Claims Four Syracuse Press Club Awards

Staff Report This week, the Syracuse Press Club held its 43rd annual Professional Recognition Awards ceremony to honor local journalists across media platforms. The planned event was moved to a virtual ceremony, live-streamed over three nights. Due to the rising Delta variant cases in Onondaga County, the press club chose to present awards virtually for a second year out of ... Read More »

City-Led Effort Makes an Early Pitch to Ignite Interest in Youth Baseball

By Thad Green More than 130 youth gathered at Burnet Park Sunday a new baseball and softball clinic organized by the city. “This is a chance to support the city and give kids opportunities,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said. “You can learn important life skills from playing team sports.” The clinic is part of the PLAY BALL initiative, which is ... Read More »

Review: ‘Baldwin vs. Buckley: The Faith of Our Fathers’

By Ellen Mintzer An intellectual showdown. A battle of two singular minds. The 1965 debate between conservative heavyweight William F. Buckley and progressive civil rights leader James Baldwin stirred the passions of its audience and remains shockingly relevant to this day. This war of words held at the height of the civil rights movement was hosted by England’s Cambridge Union ... Read More »

Industry in Decline

Challenging pandemic year upends local dry cleaner’s business By Eddie Velazquez In the dry cleaning business and in life, Jerald “Jerry” Sakran has learned a lot.“If you treat people right, they’ll treat you right,” said Sakran, who owned and operated Valley Cleaners on Midland Avenue up until late June, when he officially retired.The economic repercussions brought on by the COVID-19 ... Read More »

I-81 Neighborhood Meeting Comes to South Side

Public comment period on project has been extended by 30 days By Eddie Velazquez City residents are united in framing the $1.9 billion Interstate-81 replacement project as an opportunity to justly address inequities brought on by the initial construction of the highway’s viaduct in the 1960s.  The replacement project, planned and directed by the state and local departments of transportation ... Read More »