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North Syracuse Baptist Church to host L.O.V.E. is the Answer Conference

While the national dialogue regarding police and community relations remains tense, a one-day long event hopes to open more channels for conversation between the two groups. The L.O.V.E. is the Answer Conference is a day-long event filled with workshops, speaker presentations, music and spoken word performances, and a screening of the film “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E is the Answer,” by ... Read More »

Gala in the Garden

Members of the South Side were honored with awards in a celebration of the neighborhood Amid the twilight atmosphere of string lights and flickering candles, a crowd of South Siders recently put on a party to show a shared love for their neighborhood. On a Saturday in September at The Brady Farm, Gala in the Garden raised money for Tomorrow’s ... Read More »

Rookie Respect

Officer’s new job excites mom, but dad voices worries about what’s ahead Read More »

Garden Variety

Garden of Health provides residents with space to grow produce and engage with community Aldrine Ashong-Katai, known among residents of Toomey Abbott Towers as a man full of ideas, launched into explaining his latest project: an indoor greenhouse on the second floor of the apartment building. His exuberance attracted residents, who repeatedly wandered over to interrupt, wanting to ask about ... Read More »

Influenced by Another

Brother’s troubles inspired SPD Officer Russell to choose law enforcement On her 25th birthday this spring, Syracuse Police Officer Lashonda Russell got a message from her younger brother, Jewuel Hanson. “Happy Birthday Toot,” it read, using the nickname family members lovingly refer to her by.  Excited he remembered her birthday, she messaged him right back, asking: “How’s it going?” He ... Read More »

Restoring Beauty

Beautification overhaul brings light and allure to homes, park as a welcome to the South Side On a Thursday in September, Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today Southside partnered with Home HeadQuarters’ Block Blitz, Syracuse University alumni and community neighbors to make a visual difference on the South Side of Syracuse.   Community volunteers such as Patrona Jones-Rowser, leader of the Beautification Task ... Read More »

Out of Business

The almost century-old Nojaim Brothers Supermarket to close this month Nojaim Brothers Supermarket, a fixture on Gifford Street for nearly a century, will close on the Near Westside this month. Paul Nojaim broke the ground-shaking news in a letter he sent to his employees in mid-September. He blamed the decision on financial hardship. The store, which opened in 1919, offered ... Read More »

Current Issue

In our October print issue, The Stand reports on several recent events, spotlights father Cyrus Lyles and shares rookie police officer Lashonda Russell’s story on her journey to joining the Syracuse Police Department. Russell’s story is part of the larger in-depth journalism project — They Wear Blue — completed by Newhouse students over a four-month period. Officers — and community ... Read More »

Uplifting a Community

Ten Syracuse women share their stories of how they empower others and inspire unity Women of different backgrounds came together for a photoshoot to display a sense of equality and support that tends to be lacking in our nation today. The photoshoot, which felt like a powerhouse movement, took place at the Guest House, a venue for events, meetings and ... Read More »

Forty Years of Activism

Syracuse United Neighbors Celebrate Oct. 4 One of Syracuse’s longest-standing community aid organizations will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party its officers promise will include music, dancing and raffles. Syracuse United Neighbors — known as “SUN” — works to boost jobs and fight crime, according to its mission statement. “People feel unrepresented and feel that the government is not ... Read More »