Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Juneteenth Celebration Creates Feeling of Community in Syracuse

For Lamique Agard and Shawn Newdy, who moved to Syracuse from New York City three weeks ago, Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration represented what drew them to make the move. “There’s a feeling of family, of close knit community here,” Newdy said. “That’s what we love about Syracuse.” Their 4-year-old nephew Cameron enjoyed the kids’ game section, which included a bouncy house Read More Read More »

Bike for Brady

When Cathy Lunetta checked the odometer in her car it marked 308 extra miles since she had left home. That was the distance that she logged traveling to take part in the 2nd Annual Bike for Brady, a fund-raiser to benefit the Brady Faith Center, an outreach ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse for the South Side. She is Read More Read More »

Seeking Fathers

The Stand calls on fathers to make their voices heard The Stand recently launched a new series on Fatherhood, and we want local fathers to contribute. This summer, we will collect submissions of letters to one’s child. The idea is simple: If it was your last moments here on Earth and you were given the opportunity to write a letter to Read More Read More »

Angie Stone to Headline Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration

Annual event marks 150th anniversary of Juneteenth Celebration Grammy-nominated R&B artist Angie Stone will be in Syracuse this Saturday for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. The event, which commemorates the day slaves in Texas learned they were free two years after emancipation, starts at noon June 13 in Clinton Square downtown and runs until 10 p.m. As one Read More Read More »

Continuing Education

Literacy lessons are still part of life for mother of six in Syracuse who never gave up on her education   A young black girl in Ellabell, Georgia, wanted to learn. It was the 1960s, and the Supreme Court had declared in the mid-1950s that separate was not equal. She was bused from her tiny town, not far from Savannah, Read More Read More »

Nonprofit aims to help unemployment caused by lack of Syracuse transportation

“Do you have a car?” It was the first question he was asked almost every job interview. And James Manyang was losing out on jobs because he didn’t. Eventually, he moved to Syracuse from Albany when a family friend promised him a job here. Manyang, a refugee from South Sudan arrived in the United States in 2012. He’s taking care Read More Read More »

Syracuse City School District Increases Pre-K Offering

Rearch shows that early education provides short-term and long-term benefits for children It’s time to register your 4-year-old for pre-kindergarten in Syracuse. The Syracuse City School District has received a $1.6 million grant to expand pre-K offerings this coming school year. Two new classrooms are being added to this year’s pre-K budget so more 4-year-olds in the city will have Read More Read More »

Homecoming Game

South Side native Lazarus Sims strives to restore quality of parks For some on the South Side, a local park is a lot more than a playground. Syracuse has 52 parks across the city, but the South Side is home to Syracuse’s three most spacious parks, including Kirk Park. Funding and resources for the city’s parks have increased in the Read More Read More »

Speeding Train

Musician Jeffrey Houston passes away after leading a life filled with love It is said sometimes that the heart is where love resides, but sometimes I think it could be the other way around. “Love is where the heart resides.” I say that because when one heartbeat stopped — the heartbeat of my good friend and musical brother Jeffrey Houston Read More Read More »