December 2, 2017 - 1:19pm
The 32nd annual festival at the Everson Museum of Art is held from Dec. 1 through Dec. 10. This year's theme is tradition.

The Festival of Trees is a holiday event held by the Everson Museum of Art Member’s Council in Syracuse. Volunteers of all ages donate their decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and gift items to be displayed at the museum. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase their favorite trees. This is the festival's 32nd year of operation and all ticket sales support the museum. Its theme is tradition.

November 14, 2017 - 3:47pm
After 11 years of funding, Syracuse University will be pulling its support from the Westside Initiative, an organization committed to revitalizing the neighborhood

When the Near Westside Initiative was founded in 2006, Syracuse University played a large role financially and administratively. Now, SU is pulling its support from the cooperative revitalization effort and taking its funding with it. This could limit future residential rehabilitation and revitalization plans that can be done in the Westside neighborhood. 

November 8, 2017 - 3:51pm
The organization looks to bring the community together to empower those affected by cancer.

On Saturday, SU senior Claire Greenbaum along hosted a F**k Cancer event raising over $10,000 to go towards cancer research with her friends. The Greenbaum family started the F**k Cancer organization in 2010, after losing their mother to ovarian cancer. Claire, has been a part of the organization since the age of 14. The organization is active in the United States and in Canada, where Greenbaum is from. 

November 7, 2017 - 1:48pm
Democracy in Action students cover Election Day across Central New York

Ben Walsh, an independent, has won Syracuse's 2017 mayoral election. With 96 percent of districts reporting, Walsh defeated democratic candidate Juanita Perez Williams to become the first independent mayor elected in Syracuse since 1913 on Tuesday. Walsh won with 54.4 percent of the vote while Williams trailed with 37.9 percent.

November 7, 2017 - 11:55am
Syracuse is home to nearly 12,000 people of Puerto Rican descent that, along with other Syracuse residents, are working to gather and deliver donations to the island after Hurricane Maria.

Nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria decimated the island of Puerto Rico, the effects of the storm are still being felt on the island and in Syracuse. The city is home to nearly 12,000 people of Puerto Rican descent, according to the U.S. Census. These ties to the island have made Syracuse a hub for relief efforts. 

November 1, 2017 - 2:30pm
The owner of the supermarket wants to work with the Syracuse City School District to bring jobs back to the Near West Side by using Nojaim Brothers Supermarket's building to house the district's soon-to-be-outsourced food services.

Following the closing of Nojaim Brothers Supermarket in October, which resulted in the loss of approximately 50 jobs, owner Paul Nojaim plans to put the building that housed the store to good use. He said that he put his building in a pool to be considered as a location for the central kitchen that will hold Syracuse City School District’s outsourced food services.

October 20, 2017 - 12:34pm
A group of landlords, alumni and student organizations teamed up to fundraise $94,000 to monitor the University Neighborhood in hopes of deterring and solving more crime.

Syracuse University’s eastern off-campus neighborhood will soon have security cameras.

The $11,000 security cameras will be scattered around Euclid Avenue between Comstock Avenue and Westcott Street.

“National Grid finished putting up all the mounts like a week or two ago and the final step is this private company that is going to go install the cameras,” said Ben Tupper, a local landlord involved in the effort, adding that the cameras should be up by mid-November at the latest.

October 13, 2017 - 12:45pm
Juanita Perez Williams, Ben Walsh, Laura Lavine, and Howie Hawkins explain how they plan to bring jobs back into the city of Syracuse if elected this November.

The main candidates in Syracuse’s mayoral race have similar plans for getting residents of the Near West Side back to work. After the announcement that the Nojaim Brothers Supermarket will close in October, putting approximately 50 people out of work, jobs are an even more contentious issue than before.

October 12, 2017 - 9:44am
Professor Margaret Voss works with professor Stephen Teale to preserve the endangered Darwin's finch while continuing her work as a professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

One sunny afternoon, Margaret Voss examined several bird nest boxes with her colleague in the backyard of his home in Fabius, New York.

“They’re home to any species that wants to move in,” Voss said as she unscrewed the small wooden door to a box. As they peered inside, they commented on the appearance of the nests briefly before moving onto the next one. The scene unfolded like any two bird enthusiasts enjoying a day outdoors.

September 28, 2017 - 9:41am
Six Syracuse Elementary students published their second book this year as part of a program designed to help them master English as a new language.

A four-year-old girl draws the final feather on her hand-drawn chicken and with a toothy smile holds up the final project to show Syracuse artist, Juan Cruz.

He kneels down to her eye level.