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Coronavirus Update, June 26, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 26, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, In Tompkins County there are no new cases as of Thursday and 1 active infection remains in the county, according to the Tompkins county health department. 165 of the 166 people infected with the virus in Tompkins have recovered. There are no new or active cases of the virus…

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Interim Producing Artistic Director David Winitsky on the Future of the Kitchen Theater [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | June 26, 2020

WRFI News Team contributor Pamela Tan speaks with David Winitsky, the Kitchen Theater’s New Interim Producing Artistic Director. They discuss his ties to theater in Ithaca and his vision for the Kitchen in these unprecedented times.

Coronavirus Update, June 25, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 25, 2020

When the Southern Tier enters phase 4 of reopening Friday, low-risk arts and entertainment facilities like museums, historical sites, zoos, botanical gardens, and art galleries will be able to open — under some restrictions. Phase 4 also allows the opening of film and tv production, higher education, professional sports without fans. In addition, gatherings of…

Juneteenth Rally: Decriminalize, Demilitarize, Decarcerate Tompkins [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 25, 2020

On Friday, June 19th, a rally called “Decriminalize, Demilitarize, Decarcerate Tompkins” was held at the Bernie Milton Pavilion in downtown Ithaca. Speakers and artists addressed local injustices within the criminal justice system, including incarceration, the court system, immigrant detention and policing. The rally was held on Juneteenth, which commemorates the June 19th 1865 announcement of…

Coronavirus Update, June 24, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 24, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Southern Tier, which includes Tompkins and Schuyler Counties, is among the five regions on track for phase 4 of reopening this Friday. Phase 4 allows the opening of film and tv production, higher education, professional sports without fans, and indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment. In…


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