Last Friday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at The Black Diamond Trail to celebrate the arrival of a new kiosk. Cayuga Ski and Cyclery donated a new bike repair station at the trailhead, and Friends of Stewart Park donated bike racks, signs, and benches. The kiosk was created to mark the trailhead at the Ithaca Children’s Garden and pays tribute to an avid cyclist and long-time member of the Finger Lakes Cycling Club, Andrejs Ozolins, who died in May 2019. According to The Ithaca Voice, Ithaca Mayor Laura Lewis said she hopes the kiosk will make it easier to find the Black Diamond Trail and encourage more people to take advantage of local trail systems.
Yesterday at noon, Starbucks workers and supporters stood outside the Starbucks on College Avenue in protest of the location's closure. According to 14850.com, local labor organizers and activists have called for a "Sip-In" for community members to show support for baristas. The store’s employees still haven't gotten word from the company whether they'll have jobs after the café is shuttered on Friday. Community members were encouraged to visit the Starbucks location yesterday and asked to order a cup of water under the name 'Union Strong.' Ithaca Starbucks workers plan to meet with management tomorrow at 4:30.
On Tuesday night the Sheriff's Office announced the arrival of a new unarmed response team at the Tompkins County Legislature meeting. According to The Ithaca Voice Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osbourne hired two new sheriff clerks to attempt to handle non-emergency calls. The sheriff clerks will respond to noise complaints, traffic, car accidents involving animals, property complaints and more. The goal of this new program is to allow more time for emergency calls and decrease deputies' responses to non-emergency situations.
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