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Local church votes to become sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

After over a year-long community and congregational discussion, the First Congregational Church (FCC) of Ithaca has declared itself a sanctuary church pledging to shelter undocumented immigrants …
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Ithaca Coffee Company staff file NLRB complaint

Last month, on April 17, a collection of no-managerial workers at Ithaca Coffee Company (ICC) informed ICC owner Julie Crowley their intent to form a union. Since then, workers are claiming that …

Tompkins Center for History & Culture officially open

After years of planning and work, Tompkins County now has a comprehensive center for its history, culture, and several of the organizations that preserve and promote both. The ribbon cutting for …

BLM Ithaca holds rally following Commons incident

Black Lives Matter Ithaca, in response to an incident involving the Ithaca Police Department in early April, held a rally on Monday to address the issues they saw and invite the community to become …

Groton on the Inside: Groton HARVEST teaches community how to reap its own

The Groton High School cafeteria became a community classroom for an evening on Wednesday, May 8. It was the kickoff for the Groton HARVEST Garden Plot Project, as 25 Groton families gathered there …
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East Hill Notes: Soon-to-be CU grad: Embracing the unknown

As my time at Cornell comes to an end, I find myself constantly reminded of the most important skill I learned here atop the hill in Ithaca: operating in ambiguity. I hate when people talk about …

Signs of Sustainability: The sixth extinction?

“We should really thank our lucky stars,” wrote world-famous Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University, the late Stephen Jay Gould, when discussing the K-T mass …

Business & Agriculture
Business
Tax abatements stimulate local economic growth
One important way communities, including Ithaca and Tompkins County, help to grow their economies is to provide tax incentives for new …
Business Bites: Boards and awards!
All the business news that’s fit to print, in bite-sized form! Tompkins County is lucky to have a vibrant and active economy, …
Ithaca Farmer’s Market planning upgrades
The Ithaca Farmer’s Market (IFM) knows how much you hate trying to park in its lot, so the IFM wants to fix it. The market board has …
Home Improvement: Capture the sun
If you’re thinking about investing in solar, do it now. After 2019, federal tax credits begin to phase out and you could be leaving …
Chamber launches recruitment initiative
While Ithaca and Tompkins County are lucky to have a strong economy, it’s a unique area that still has struggles attracting and …
Annual DIA dinner celebrates the best of downtown Ithaca
A vibrant and busy downtown in Ithaca isn’t the result of luck. It’s due to the hard work of local business owners, investors, …
Agriculture
CSA bridges gap between farms, community
As a unique mix of urban and rural, Tompkins County residents often drive past their future salads and dinners on a regular basis, but may not even know it. Unless they happen to be subscribers to a …
Home Improvement: Spring is here, time to garden
While it’s not quite time to break out the garden hoes and shovels, it’s the perfect time to start getting ready for gardening season. Spring may have only just arrived but you’ve …
Trumansburg Connection: Project Based Learning finds a unique home in T-Burg
Standardized testing is holding strong as the benchmark for measuring student success, although some schools are able to push back against teacher-based methods in favor of implementing student-based …
Lansing at Large: A fourth generation farmer
By Matt Montague   Jacob Palladino wanted to be a farmer, and then he didn’t, and then he did. And now he is. “My dad’s grandfather was a farmer, my grandfather owned a tractor dealership but …
Arts & entertainment

Lurie: a local legend releases a new book

Alison Lurie, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, “Foreign Affairs,” has published 10 books of fiction, four works of non-fiction, and three collections of tales for children. She …

Celebrating the written word

Before Spring Writes Literary Festival, the Finger Lakes area celebrated apples, and music, and art, but didn’t really have an event centered on literature and writing. The New York State …

Wizarding Weekend expands with Atlantic City fan convention

The beloved local festival celebrating all things fantastical and fun is expanding outside of Ithaca! Starting this August, Wizarding Weekend will be hosting a fan convention at the Showboat Hotel in …
Food and Dining
Food for Thought: All that’s old is nouveau again
At the northern end of Groton’s Main Street, The Hotel Groton is still a commanding presence 166 years after its construction. At the moment, the hotel and accompanying café and bar are …
Photo spread: Foodnet Meals on Wheels Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl 2019
This past Saturday Ithaca’s Foodnet Meals on Wheels hosted it’s annual Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl fundraiser at Ithaca High School. Restaurants and catering companies from around the area …
Food For Thought: A sweet new addition: Mead comes to Ithaca
Fifteen years ago, homebrewer Nathan Arnold was volunteering with the grassroots organization Free The Hops to change Alabama’s regressive alcohol laws to support the sale of craft beer. Today, …
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