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PCIM and FLEFF to host panel discussion on the documentary “America Street” – reported by Ithaca Voice & WRFI [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | September 22, 2020

Photo courtesy of Idrissou Mora-Kpai. On Wednesday September 23 at 4pm, The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM), and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), will host a virtual panel discussion celebrating the premiere of the documentary “America Street”. The documentary was directed by acclaimed West African filmmaker and Ithaca College professor Idrissou Mora-Kpai. “America…

Coronavirus Update, September 22, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | September 22, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released Tuesday from the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there are 4 new cases, and 3 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 21 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. On Monday, the 1 person hospitalized with complications from the virus, was…

Coronavirus Update, September 18, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | September 18, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released Friday from the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there are 4 additional positives, 5 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 33 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. One person has been hospitalized from symptoms of the virus. In Schuyler County,…

Coronavirus Update, September 17, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | September 17, 2020

Several local gyms have resumed limited operations after meeting requirements announced by the state last month, such as reducing capacity to 33% and updating their facility’s air filtration systems. According to the Ithaca Times, certain activities with more contact have been limited and some facilities will no longer offer shower services. Guidelines required for reopening…

Coronavirus Update, September 16, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | September 16, 2020

Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has announced that ICSD teachers will return to school buildings on October 5, with a hybrid model for in-person and virtual teaching and learning. According to Dr. Brown’s letter to the ICSD community, when surveyed in August, 56% of students chose in-person learning, 32% of teachers chose…

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