Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Faith, Hope & Boxing

Recent Unsung Heroes use their past to build brighter future for local youth Read More »

A Friendly Five

Music columnist travels from Syracuse to South Africa to learn black musicians on each continent share strikingly similar experiences As a longtime local musician and appreciator of live music, I have recognized that there is a large disparity between the presentation of local artists of color and white artists at many of the live music events hosted in the city ... Read More »

Ending Childhood Lead Poisoning in Syracuse

CNY Rise Center hosts event to raise awareness The 12th annual CNY Rise Friendship dinner took place Jan. 24 to bring awareness to lead poisoning. The dinner hosted a number of speakers who spoke about the negative impacts of lead poisoning and how the community can come together to fix the issue. The South Side is working hard to end ... Read More »

Female Force

Syracuse Police Department, West Side lean on Hispanic woman Read More »

A Place For Art

Beauchamp library hosts local art exhibitions to inspire creative minds Ever since philanthropist Andrew Carnegie built more than 2,500 of them a century ago, libraries — especially public libraries — have served as vital community centers, where children can go for help with schoolwork and adults can seek information to find jobs. Beauchamp Branch Library, a South Side stalwart at ... Read More »

A Wild Education

Local mother starts outdoor preschool to foster creativity Asoft rain fell over Manlius one October morning. Under the cover of cedar trees, Casey Johnson sat around the Sacred Circle shielded from the precipitation and wind. Preschool students sat on flat rocks on the forest floor, tearing through their afternoon snacks in what other schools might call “circle time.” At Creatures ... Read More »

Controlling Lead

Syracuse Lead Prevention Coalition attempts to hold landlords accountable to tenants In a city where 91 percent of homes were built before lead-based paint was outlawed, community members have come together to combat a crisis that local and state government has yet to resolve. On Jan. 8, roughly 40 people gathered for the Syracuse Lead Prevention Coalition’s second meeting, led ... Read More »

Cultural Exchange

Syracuse city school students travel to South Africa over winter break Four students from the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central’s media communications program visited South Africa from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6 as part of a special cultural and journalism exchange. To make the most of their experience, each was paired with a South African teenager involved with Inkululeko, ... Read More »

A New Mission

Revamped alliance sees big future for West Onondaga community When Kim and Paul Vinciguerra looked at the West Onondaga community as the place to move their printing business, Kim was unsure of the area, worried her customers would feel put off by the hard-bitten appearance of the neighborhood. Now, four years later, Vinciguerra said she is proud to see how ... Read More »

Current Issue

Sometimes you end up traveling miles to get to know someone who’s been working and living just a few blocks away. Such was the case over the recent winter break for me when I traveled with a team of students from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University to Grahamstown, South Africa, for a two-week visit. Our ... Read More »