Local volunteers are sewing face masks in response to shortages of protective gear for health care providers, people in the service sector and community members from COVID-19. Here we speak with three people in the community who have been organizing these efforts: Carol O’Driscoll, Director of Surgical Services at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca Mask Makers…

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Juliana Garcia and Josh Dolan, two of the organizers of the Tompkins COVID-19 Mutual Aid Response Facebook Group, discuss what they and other activists are doing to assist local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. They describe components of the Facebook Group and encourage folks to join whether they need assistance or would like to provide…

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A large group of stakeholders involved in some aspect of food policy came together on February 26 2020 for a community conversation to kick off the development of a food system plan for Tompkins County. The plan will be informed by all residents and will guide future actions by Tompkins County to improve food security…

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The Greater Ithaca Activities Center hosted its annual Martin Luther King Jr. community breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 18. Gathered in the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School gymnasium, community members enjoyed a meal, musical performances and guest speakers, primarily focusing on the themes of empowerment and racial justice. Photo and reporting by WRFI news contributor J.T.…

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On Thursday, January 16th, about 50 bicycle enthusiasts attended a bike culture workshop organized by BikeWalk Tompkins. The workshop was lead by Ayleen Crotty, founder of the Filmed by Bike Film Festival. Crotty visited Ithaca to hear about what events are happening in our city and help the biking community to translate those events into…

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