Tag Archives: NY

Where Are They Now?

A Tiny Home for Good advances its work constructing homes for homeless veterans Andrew Lunetta dug his shovel into the ground, creating a small trench in the dirt. Pieces of plywood lay nearby, baking in the hot September sun. The plot of land at 208 Bellevue Ave., empty as it was, might not have looked like much. But Lunetta regarded ... Read More »

Reaching Out

Volunteer ministry offers poor, homeless a place to feel at home Every once in a while, someone who asks a simple question can unleash the power of good works. In the case of St. James Roman Catholic Church, a South Side parish, it happened a decade back, when the Rev. John Manno asked Sheila Austin if she knew any of ... Read More »

Rookie Respect

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

Former Gang Member Promotes Cease-Fire

Balloon release allows families to remember those lost to violence A former V-NOT gang member is attempting to put an end to neighborhood violence — despite the fact that he is locked up in federal prison. Habakkuk Nickens, 30, is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Federal Correctional Institution, Ray Brook, in upstate New York. A jury convicted Nickens for ... Read More »

Community Continues to Unite

To better understand how neighborhood violence impacts youth, Syracuse therapists met with Clifford Ryans, creator of OGs Against Violence, June 24 to learn about his on-the-ground anti-violence campaign and how they can help. Their meeting followed the tragic shooting June 19 during an annual Father’s Day cookout where one man was shot and killed and two others were injured on ... Read More »