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Church Crumbling

Severe winters and mounting budget problems force a congregation to leave its home The former home of the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ was victim to two typical Central New York realities — brutal weather and even harsher budgets. The old building at 1641 S. Salina St. is dusted with fluffy snow, decorating a steeple that’s been looking ... Read More »

A Snowy Mess

Record snowfall, unshoveled walks cause safety problems for students Snow-covered sidewalks in Syracuse are more than just slippery surfaces — they’re a slippery subject. In 1964 a city ordinance that fined persons or businesses not clearing their snow-covered sidewalks was repealed, essentially leaving the police with tools “with no teeth,” said Syracuse police Sgt. Gary Bulinski. Read More »

Residents Need a 'Better, Believable Dream'

Latest Community Forum on Youth Violence Addresses Small Crowd The enduring question of how to find solutions to Syracuse’s social problems dominated a three-hour discussion by members of Mary Nelson’s Parent Teen Community Support Group meeting at Nottingham High School Saturday, Feb. 5. Read More »

South Side Voices

Some community members say profiling doesn’t exist; others call police ‘badge heavy’ Pastor Jonathan Stephens Pastor Stephens has been the pastor at Fountain of Life Church at 700 South Ave. for 23 years. He operated his own private security company, the Stephens Security Task Force, for 15 years. He is head of security for western New York’s First Ecclesiastic Jurisdiction, ... Read More »

A Matter of Perception

South Side youth say they’re unfairly judged; police are looking for trust, cooperation in city Tyquan Cannon and his brother, Tyrell, say they were walking from their YouthBuild orientation — their books under their arms — when they found themselves thrown against the side of a car by two detectives from the Syracuse Police Department. “Personally, I think it was ... Read More »

Black History Month Events

An exhibit captures lives and events dear to the African-American community in Syracuse A major new exhibit of Syracuse’s African-American history — illustrated by dozens of vintage photographs, antique documents and transcripts of oral history interviews — is on display at the Onondaga Historical Association. The collection will serve as a preview of a larger display, the Black History Preservation ... Read More »

Parker the Pioneer

Ann Parker began her career in radio at a time when there were no spots on the air for women Ann Parker perches on the edge of the red couch in her living room, leaning close — inches from her visitor’s face. Her eyes narrow. She leans in, closer still. It seems their noses might touch. Her eyes water. Is ... Read More »

School: Real Deal

Article by High School columnist Olivia Harrison   “Where I’m from people don’t go to school. You’re either selling drugs or playing sports or something, but people don’t go to school.” These are the words of Jeramie White, who grew up on the tough South Side area of Syracuse and had every circumstance lined up against him. Yet he prevailed ... Read More »

South Side Communication Center Opens, Hopes to be a Technology Hub for Residents

After four years of hard work and the collaboration of multiple organizations including the South Side Initiative, the South Side Communication Center opened its doors Wednesday, Jan. 26, afternoon. Four years ago, 2331 South Salina St. was a vacant residential building. Today, it is a crisp, remodeled structure with wood floors and windows that let in plenty of natural light. ... Read More »

School Board Motions to Close Two Syracuse City Schools

Including One on Syracuse’s South Side In an emotional meeting where tempers rose and tears fell, the school board passed a motion on Jan. 21 to close two SCSD schools – including one on the South Side, in a move that Superintendent Daniel Lowengard says will best save the district $3 million dollars and allow swing space for two other ... Read More »