Friends of Stewart Park’s Rick Manning wins first Hometown Heroes Award

Rick Manning, co-founder and executive director of Friends of Stewart Park and founder and director of Winter Village Music, is the first recipient of Tompkins Weekly’s Hometown Heroes award. Tompkins Weekly is proud to recognize Manning for his many contributions and dedication to the community. “He’s a local treasure,” said Robyn Wishna, who nominated Manning for the award. “He’s not […]

Cayuga Health at Ithaca Mall to open at the end of March

Cayuga Health at Ithaca Mall is slated to open its doors to patients at the end of March, and cardiology will be the first practice to be fully moved in, said Jeffrey Penoyer, chief operating officer for Cayuga Health Associates, while giving a recent tour of the facility. There are 22 exam rooms in the cardiology unit, but that is […]

Ithaca Loves Teachers comes to Tompkins County

Whether it’s a spa day, a carefree outing with the family or some retail therapy downtown, there is something to interest every hardworking educator in Tompkins County — and beyond — with Ithaca Loves Teacher, a longtime local initiative that encourages teachers to explore special discounts and create their ideal vacation during their February break.  This year’s celebration takes place […]

Once uprooted, Ithaca Community Gardens is ready for summer

After being moved due to construction and suffering a loss in membership, Ithaca Community Gardens is ready to hit the ground running in summer 2024 with a new pavilion, formal entry gates, a new irrigation system, and paving for universally accessible areas where raised beds will be built to meet ADA standards. located between Aldi and Greenstar just west of […]

Maxx: Schooling that works

Becoming a teenager is tricky, especially during Covid and its aftermath—when the world seems so topsy-turvy. Teenagers in general may feel “different,” and Maxx felt really different. Growing up in a loving, supportive family helped, but going to school left Maxx feeling anxious, like a misfit, as he wrestled with identity issues. Maxx’s father shared this scientific observation: “I don’t […]

Michael Sampson: Always Making Art

“Early on I was always drawing things…My grandmother recalled that I liked drawing feet as a child. At 7 or 8 I also started playing sports, I was in Little League, and I collected baseball cards,” said local artist Michael Sampson. “But I was always drawing when I was at home.” “My mother had Andrew Wyeth prints on our walls […]

Tourism grants help fund Tompkins County celebrations

As Tompkins County announces its Tourism Grant opportunities for spring 2024, one repeat recipient of the grant, the Festival of Fire and Ice, is planning to return this year on Feb. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. The free family event is hosted by the Ithaca Children’s Garden and includes fire performances, a hot chocolate cauldron, engaging activities with a […]

Ithaca High School robotics team kicks off build season

         For Ian Krywe, advisor for Code Red Robotics at Ithaca High School, one of the most rewarding parts of his job is watching students grow within the program.          “It’s so cool to watch them transform in such a short amount of time, really in seven weeks,” he said. “I watch kids gain confidence. When they first start, they’re […]

Artist Alley and The Gallery: Creating Art Space

When Andy Sciarabba and a group of local partners decided on December 31, 2004, to take on the challenge of converting the huge 288,000 sq.ft. National Cash Register-Axiom  buildings to become the South Hill Business Campus, across the street from Ithaca College, they had all the essential skills and contacts to create a successful business park. Linda Luciano was hired […]

Winter Village Music Camp coming to La Tourelle

In the words of Joe Crookston, “everybody has a story, whether they know it or not.” And Crookston would know. As a touring folk musician and songwriter of 30 years, he has spent a lot of time developing his craft and sharing his wisdom with budding singer-songwriters. At Winter Village Music Camp, to be held Jan. 11 to 14 at […]

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