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Innovators from the start, TC3 faculty and staff continue to lead the way


This is the second in a three-part series about Tompkins County’s institutions of higher education. With articles featuring speeches from three college presidents, made during the weekly meetings of the Ithaca Rotary throughout the month of February, our March 6 issue will feature an article about Ithaca College. For our first article in the series, which is about Cornell, please […]

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services aims to save lives with free Narcan training


Perched on a couch at Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (C.A.R.S.) in Ithaca, sitting with her stocking feet folded under and a stuffed animal in her arms, Kelsey Ingrahm radiates warmth and kindness. She has eyes that are always sparkling and long, lavender hair. She is in her mid-20s, from Cortland, and she recently graduated with a degree in chemical dependency […]

Cornell at its Core

The university faces the future with values of openness and inclusivity in mind This is the first in a three-part series about Tompkins County’s institutions of higher education. With articles featuring the speeches of three college presidents, made during the weekly meetings of the Ithaca Rotary throughout the month of February, future issues will include Tompkins Cortland Community College on […]

Municipalities engage in joint effort to make roads safer


The next time the snow flies in Tompkins County, be prepared to see blinking green lights. All Tompkins County plows and other snow management vehicles are now sporting these lights of a different color, and they are ready to hit the road with additional visibility. It may seem like a small change, but the lights can go a long way […]

Making way for the Tompkins County Center of Government Building


Tompkins County legislators and staff are working on plans for a substantial new building that will change the landscape of Downtown Ithaca. Before those plans come to fruition, though, it is likely the streetscape near Dewitt Park will spend the next couple years sporting two big empty lots. County legislators have expressed eagerness to advance plans for the long-awaited Tompkins […]

Newly formed Ithaca Pride Alliance aims to bring together LGBTQ+ community


After years of conversations among local organizations and leaders, the Ithaca Pride Alliance (IPA) has formed to serve as the first official group of organizers for LGBTQ+ focused events. The IPA currently consists of seven members: Andrew Scheldorf, chair; Crissi Dalfonzo, vice chair; Fred Horowitz, treasurer; Ian Rydgren, secretary; Mack Rovenolt, historian; Kimberly Brown, member at large; and Sarah Barden, […]

New concert series aims to enliven Ithaca’s live music scene


In an effort to contribute to Ithaca’s already vibrant music scene, a new series is underway at a unique downtown venue. Beacon on Aurora aims to bring in a new generation of musicians that fall under the wide umbrella of “folk,” “singer-songwriter” and “Americana.” Basically, this is not your grandmother’s singalong, though it can channel that vibe. But organizers hope […]

After challenging start, Library Place providing downtown homes for Ithaca’s maturing residents


Library Place, 66 apartment units in a new four-story building on Court Street in Ithaca, finally opened its doors recently after years of demolition and construction. Concluding a complex project that began back in 2013, the building is ready to provide safe and modern housing for the area’s ever-growing 55-and-older population. A New Home Bill and Phyllis Highland have never […]

Multiple organizations work in conjunction to fight food insecurity


Heading into 2024, two organizations are working together to help those in need of food in Tompkins County. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Friendship Donations Network work in very different ways to meet a common goal of food security for all. Samantha Eck, interim communications manager for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, said that there […]

Six design standouts helping the city shine


A historic bungalow. A new sidewalk. One of the tallest buildings in the city skyline. As diverse as they are, these projects have one thing in common: they are winners of the 2023 Susan Blumenthal Pride of Ownership Awards. The awards committee recently announced this year’s winning projects, and the selected properties are all standouts of design in their own […]


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