Hometown News

Energy-from-Waste Facility Awarded Top Honors

Onondaga facility chosen for outstanding operations and commitment to environmentally and economically sound solid waste management Covanta Onondaga, L.P., a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corporation and operator of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility has been awarded the 2012 Gold Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). The facility serves Onondaga County and the greater Syracuse ... Read More »

South Side Achiever

Nurse Barbara Yancey educates about kidney disease, serves as community advocate It’s all in the smile for Barbara Yancey, a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. “A lot of people say that when I smile it gives them hope,” she said. “And I think that my smile is the beacon of hope that lets people know everything will ... Read More »

Parade Welcomes Freedom Day

Annual Juneteenth Celebration begins with Visions of Victory Parade With the sun showing a broad smile, Ty Gainey placed his lawn chair in prime real estate: under the shade of his tent. He had a dual purpose in mind for being at that strategic location: to beat the rising mercury and to not miss a bit of the 2012 Visions ... Read More »

Literacy Organization Lets its Light Shine

Light a Candle for Literacy Holds Seventh Annual Parade and Festival Illiteracy affects over 700 million people around the world. Americans are not immune. Family Literacy Alliance of Greater Syracuse (FLAGS) reports 25% of Americans are illiterate. In a local survey, it found that 24 percent of adults over 16 in Syracuse could not perform basic tasks like reading a ... Read More »

Southside Community Coalition Meets the Community

Colorful balloons, festive music and buffet tables laden with food and dessert are not the only transformations that have taken place at the South Side Communication Center. No detail had been left out by Shante Harris El and the members of the Southside Community Coalition, Inc. as they planned for their first “Night Out with The Coalition” community social and ... Read More »

Flood Insurance

South Side homeowners might be asked to purchase costly protection Aggie Lane has lived along Onondaga Creek for 20 years and has never experienced a single flood. “I’ve never had waters from the creek come anywhere near my house,” Lane said. Lane’s property is on Midland Avenue on the South Side along Onondaga Creek, an area that has recently been ... Read More »

Construction to begin for South Side Food Cooperative

A blue tarp kept the mud at bay during the groundbreaking ceremony for the South Side’s  Eat to Live Food Cooperative Friday morning, as organizers and local officials voiced their support for the project. Linda Littlejohn of Syracuse University’s South Side Initiative said the day reminded her of the lyrics to a Sam Cooke song: “It’s been a long time ... Read More »

Fresh Food

Food cooperative set to break ground May 4, open early next year After about five years of planning, the South Side Food Cooperative, a division of the Southside Community Coalition, and the South Side Initiative are gearing up to build a food co-op in the neighborhood. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled May 4 at 2327 S. Salina St., to initiate ... Read More »

Food For Hungry

Syracuse community members depend on pantries for nutrition Verleen Innis has a fresh and deep, pink scratch near her left eye. It’s not her first — nor is the story behind it a new one. The 54-year-old South Side resident says she tries to ration the food she gets from pantries, but it is tough for her and her disabled ... Read More »

Providing Nutritious Meals

Meals on Wheels shows it cares by making deliveries for 52 years A good morning rush doesn’t require a hot cup of coffee — just a kitchen full of volunteers and staff at Meals on Wheels, where 1,000 free meals are made and delivered every week. Meals on Wheels of Syracuse is a not-for-profit agency that provides nutritious meals to ... Read More »