The Struggle for Affordable Healthcare in Central New York

The lack of affordable health coverage has affected many Central New York residents. Here are three profiles of patients and caregivers who shared their stories.

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How One CNY Athlete Made the National Sled Hockey Team

Story by Nabiha Asim Sitting on a sled, Colin Gooley glides onto the clean ice for an early Saturday morning practice at the Skaneateles YMCA. Maneuvering his sled with a hockey stick in each hand, his movement across the rink appears effortless. After some focused rounds of shooting, he bumps into the practice goalie and…

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Joe Driscoll’s Fight to End Childhood Lead Poisoning by 2025

Story and photos by Sara Lafkir, contributing writer Syracuse artists and musicians, including Akuma Roots, Brownskin, Grupo Pagan, Blacklites, were brought together last October to “Make Lead History”. Two things prompted them to be a part of this particular lead prevention fundraiser: they either knew that lead exposure is a crisis in the city or…

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Inside Syracuse Cultural Workers, a Publishing Company and Store Dedicated to Activism

Story by Micah Castelo; photos by Randy Plavajka On the edge of the historic Hawley-Green neighborhood sits a commercial building with a narrow green door and raised garden beds. If not for the bright rainbow flag waving proudly from its front façade and the environmentally-friendly posters posted on its  side, your eyes might casually glaze…

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Living Proof: Jordan’s Story of Recovery

Story by Colton Madore In a bedroom scattered in used needles, a young man rummages through the mess trying to find heroin, anxious for another high. He’s out of money to buy more. He finds an old needle he’s used in the past with a little bit of heroin left in it. Weeks earlier, when…

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Behind the Scenes with the Kings and Queens of Trexx, an LGBT+-friendly Syracuse Nightclub

Story by Quinn Gawronski; photos by Jordan Larson and Chelsea Taxter The cluttered dressing room is lit by a few buzzing fluorescent bulbs, the white brick walls bare except for flyers announcing Thursday student night here at Trexx, a gay bar in Syracuse. Foundation, powder, fake eyelashes, and glitter clutter the countertop in front of…

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The Syracuse Program That’s Working to Rewrite the South Side Narrative

Story and photos by Ellie Coggins The South Side Communication Center Youth Program bustles with energy on a Wednesday afternoon. Handmade inspirational posters and art projects decorate the walls, along with historical photos of famous black people and a rack filled with Essence magazines. Eight kids are there that day, ranging from age 10 to…

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Voices from the Streets: How Homelessness Impacts the Syracuse Community

Story by Jaspreet Gill; photos by Chelsea Taxter. No stranger to hardship and homelessness, the city of Syracuse was named one of the top ten poorest places in 2018 by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2018. While many people have a set image in their mind of what homelessness looks like, in reality it has…

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CoreLife Eatery Opens Second Location near SU

By Jaspreet Gill CoreLife Eatery’s new location is just a short drive away from Syracuse University’s campus. Located in DeWitt, this marks the health-food restaurant chain’s second location in Syracuse and the 48th location in the country. The chain operates by a “you are what you eat” mentality, offering fresh, nutritious food for their customers…

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Medley Mix: Nov. 30th – Dec. 2nd

Medley Magazine’s weekly round-up of what to do around the city this weekend. by Micah Castelo   TASTE Dec. 1: CoreLife Eatery Grand Opening CoreLife Eatery, 5743 Widewaters Pkwy., Ste. 100, Syracuse. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Prices vary. This beloved health food chain is finally welcoming patrons to its second Syracuse-area location. If you’ve never been,…

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