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Coronavirus Update, November 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 23, 2020

A press release issued by The Tompkins County Health Department Friday is alerting the public of a potential COVID-19 exposure…

Local nonprofit Rejoice the Vote announces art contest winners

Votes have been cast but the results of the 2020 elections still being challenged. We're ready, though, to congratulate some real winners: the winners of the Rejoice the Vote art contest: Zoriana, Yi Nan, and Charlie Sue. This contest challenged young artists to create work that inspires people, especially young people, and reminds them that their vote is a powerful tool despite efforts at suppression; promotes the movement to lower the legal voting age to sixteen; and highlights youth activists (historical or contemporary) who fought and continue to fight for voting rights, especially for our youngest citizens.

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Here are the latest announcements and opportunities to get involved in WRFI, follow along with us on this journey of serving Ithaca and Watkins Glen with community radio. We love hearing from you! Contact us anytime. 

WRFI Adapts to the Pandemic

By Felix Teitelbaum

On March 15, as the New York response to the coronavirus began to take form, we shut the station to all volunteers and the public. With over 80 active volunteers and countless guests, interns, and community members coming through the station on any given day, the risk was just too high to stay fully open. …

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Radio for the Revolution – Support Your Community Station TODAY

By Felix Teitelbaum

So much has happened since I last wrote to you. But, with so many crises facing our communities and the world, WRFI has strived to rise to the occasion. From bolstering our steadfast commitment to local and independent news, to introducing our new Town Hall Meetings, to producing socially-distanced radio from our DJ living rooms,…

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WRFI Hires Assistant General Manager

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since I was hired in 2014 as WRFI’s first employee, it’s been my honor to serve the station as (more or less) it’s only administrative staff person. We’ve come a long way in that time, but there’s so much more we can become than one part-time employee can realistically manage–especially given the major undertakings before…

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The 2019 "Ripple Effect" logo pays tribute to our beloved Finger Lakes. Water is life and unites us all. Celebrate community radio and our precious lakes with a sweet new tee shirt, tote bag, or camp mug. Make your one-time or recurring donation and let us say thanks by sending you a gift!

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Area Congregations Together Hosts 2020 Virtual Thanksgiving Service

By Esther Racoosin | November 26, 2020

  On November 22, 2020, Area Congregations Together, also known as ACT, hosted a virtual Thanksgiving Service.  Suzanne Scholten, one of the organizers of the service, talks about how ACT decided on the theme for this year’s event, “Finding gratitude in hard times: What I learned from the impacts and challenges of Covid-19, economic crisis,…

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Coronavirus Update, November 24, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 24, 2020

Watkins Glen School District Superintendent Greg Kelahan announced Monday, November 23 in a phone interview that his district would move to all remote learning starting Monday, November 30.  This is in advance of preparing all the schools in the district for full time in-person learning starting after Christmas break. The Odessa File reports that during…

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Coronavirus Update, November 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 23, 2020

A press release issued by The Tompkins County Health Department Friday is alerting the public of a potential COVID-19 exposure at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Ithaca. The individual who tested positive is an employee at the business and is now in isolation. Any close contacts are also in quarantine. Potential public exposures may have occurred…

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Coronavirus Update, November 19, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 19, 2020

    At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Tompkins County legislature voted unanimously to approve its 2021 budget, WSKG news reports.  The total budget, at just under $52.4 million dollars, is 6 percent less than the 2020 budget. The budget reflects decreased revenues in the current year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  County comptroller…

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Coronavirus Update, November 18, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 18, 2020

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, or TCIDA, awarded emergency grants to local childcare providers to provide financial support for COVID-19 facilities upgrades. The Ithaca Times reports that TCIDA approved the grant program in order to improve coronavirus safety measures at childcare centers. Since June, eligible nonprofits and small businesses statewide have been able to…

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2020 Edition of “Spring Writes” Literary Festival is Virtual

By Esther Racoosin | November 17, 2020

Jennifer Tennant, Artistic Director of Spring Writes literary festival and Robin Schwartz, program manager of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, talk about this year’s festival.  Events begin on Wednesday, November 18th, and continue until Sunday, November 29th.  Attendees can watch presentations via Zoom; some of the talks and panel discussions will allow for…

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