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Preview Documentry 'A City’s Fight for Peace'

Several made it out to the Friday evening showing of the “Faith and Hope Documentary: A City’s Fight for Peace,” which previewed at Sophistications Cafe in downtown Syracuse. The screening opened with readings of poetry about youth lost to street violence followed by a musical performance. The documentary focused on how violence and drugs dominates in our city due to ... Read More »

Cultivating Culture

Gardeners help Somalian tradition thrive by sharing South Side space As a boy in Somalia, Haji Adan gardened two 10-pace by 10-pace pieces of land each day. Taking care of a plot of land is the first step in the transition to adulthood in Somali Bantu culture. That tradition stopped for Adan’s family about four years ago when he moved ... Read More »

Kevin Frank to Lead Brady Faith Center

Kevin Frank has been named the executive director of the Brady Faith Center. He will replace the current executive director, David Allen, who will retire from his post after three and a half years of service. Frank, whose appointment is effective May 3, will join Father John Schopfer, Brady’s pastoral director to carry out the mission of serving those in ... Read More »

Mazaroddi's Music

Mentor helps South Side youth make music in his home studio Harold Jerrod Blackmon’s home is more than just a music studio. It is a place for local youth to escape the dangers of the streets and hone their musical creativity. Blackmon, CEO of the South Side music group called Crime Street, is an award-winning producer known in the music ... Read More »

Leading the Way to Engineering

A new grant-funded program at Corcoran High School aims to inspire students to pursue engineering careers. Project Lead the Way is a math and science college preparatory program featuring two courses that introduce high school students to the field of engineering. Students in the program are also eligible to earn up to three college credits. Read More »

Branch's Driving School Celebrates 47 Years

One of the South Side Innovation Center’s first members celebrated its 47th anniversary Saturday, April 24. Branch’s Driving School, headquartered on West Genesee Street downtown, had offices at the SSIC when the center first opened on South Salina Street. The SSIC offers local businesses business counseling and a place to start. Deraux Branch, the president of the driving school, said ... Read More »

New Gospel Show to Launch in May

Cora Thomas, a WAER and Power 106.9 radio announcer, will host her own new segment on Power 106.9 showcasing local gospel artists, pastors, churches and national recording artists, starting in May. Read More »

Partnership for Onondaga Creek Awarded

The South Side-based Partnership for Onondaga Creek received an environmental award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its work improving water quality in Onondaga Creek and Onondaga Lake. Read More »

Shelter for Healing

Syracuse native overcomes struggles, wants to help women in community The life of Debra Person changed forever in 1998, when she made the decision to join Schenectady City Mission’s Serenity House. Read More »

Value of a Dollar

Admirers say Seth Dollar’s music is on the money, despite his youth Seth Dollar has a dream. The 16-year-old Syracuse-based rapper wants to become an established artist and reach the success level of rappers like Lloyd Banks and 50 Cent. Dollar, or Seth Colton as he is known to his friends and family, became interested in rapping after he first ... Read More »