History Center Exhibit Tells How Tompkins County Women Changed the World

Zoe Van Nostrand, the Marketing & Visitor Experience Coordinator at the History Center in Tompkins County, talks about the new exhibit on display at the museum, “Breaking Barriers:  Women’s Lives and Livelihoods”.  Listeners will also hear from Claire Deng, a Cornell undergraduate and student intern working on the exhibit. Breaking Barriers is on display until…

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The Friends of Stewart Park Celebrate The Park’s Centennial Bash

The Friends of Stewart Park gathered on Sunday, July 11 to celebrate the park’s centennial with cupcakes and music. The Centennial Birthday Bash took place one week after the initial planned date, due to trees in the park being heavily damaged in severe thunderstorms. Rick Manning, the Executive Director of the Friends of Stewart Park,…

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Stewart Park Remains Closed, Family Fun Day Canceled

Volunteers clean up debris at Stewart Park. (Provided) ITHACA, NY — Stewart Park is still closed to the public and, as a result, Friends of Stewart Park are cancelling their Family Fun Day today. The organization officially cancelled the event last night.  Serious storm damage from June keeps Stewart Park off limits. Trees were toppled…

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Stewart Park Centennial Celebration Postponed Due to Storm Damage

(Friends of Stewart Park) ITHACA, NY — Friends of Stewart Bark are postponing the park’s centennial birthday celebration until Sunday, July 11th. It was originally scheduled for July 4th, but Stewart Park is closed after being battered by two recent storms.  Downed trees and limbs are currently being cleaned up by Ithaca’s Department of Public…

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Bumps in the Road as RIBs Reopens

Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles (Michael Memis/WRFI) ITHACA, NY — Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles (RIBs) is reopening after being closed since September 2020, but not without friction. RIBs functions as a community bike shop where people can repair, learn how to repair, and buy bicycles. It’s a program of Southside Community Center, which works to affirm, empower, and…

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Open Doors English Language Program Welcomes Students

Open Doors English, the Julie Rudd Coulombe Language Program, is celebrating the beginning of its second year. Liz Susmann, co-director of the program, talks about her school and how it moved rapidly to remote learning at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listeners will also hear from Jose, a dairy worker from Guatemala, who talks…

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Remembering Bishop Cecil A. Malone

SUMMARY Juneteenth is now officially a federal holiday. President Biden signed it into law on Thursday, making today Juneteenth’s first federal recognized celebration. Businesses are closed. Many Government employees have the day off. The day celebrates the emancipation of black men and women from enslavement in the United States.  But that  passage of history is…

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The Cherry Arts Presents the Headphone Walking Play, “Trap Door”

WRFI Community Radio News contributor Esther Racoosin speaks with Cynthia Henderson and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. They are the director and lead writer, respectively, of the Cherry Arts new headphone walking play, “Trap Door”. Participants will be able to contemplate and meditate on the experiences of local African American freedom fighters as they listen to the…

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