Last Friday, GO Ithaca, a transportation benefit program, started its GO Ithaca Summer Tours. The benefit program provides a range of environmentally- friendly transportation options for Ithacans. The new program provides car-free tours of outdoor destinations around Tompkins County and was made possible with an $8,000 Tompkins County Outdoor Recreation Grant. GO Ithaca was created in 2018 but couldn’t begin its summer tours until this year due to COVID-19. GO Ithaca leads tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from June 4th to August 14th. For more information, visit their website at goithaca.org.
Cornell has partnered with NASA in a new project called the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation. According to WENY News, the project will deploy its technology tomorrow to the International Space Station. The technology–called EMIT will scan the earth's surface to discover which minerals make up the dust that blows around deserts. Scientists hope the project will help them plan for climate change mitigation by learning more about how desert dust has changed over time.
Brooklyn’s first fully accessible subway station opened last week. The station is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to ABC News, only about a quarter of Metropolitan Transportation Authority stations in the five boroughs are fully accessible, and the authority has prioritized new projects over accessible stations. The newly accessible station has two elevators and a walkway overpass for people to travel more easily. Junius Street station is also being worked on to become more accessible.
The whereabouts of Ithaca’s Northeast Elementary school principal, Liddy Coyle, remains unclear. According to the Ithaca Times an anonymous teacher said emails and texts to Coyle have gone unanswered, but they don’t believe she is ill. No information about Coyle has been provided by the Administration or the Board of Education. Staff and families from multiple elementary schools protested the lack of transparency yesterday morning.
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