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Tompkins County Seeing ‘High Transmission Rate’ of COVID-19; Children Under 12 Make up 20 percent of Recent Cases

By Jimmy Jordan | August 23, 2021

ITHACA, NY — Tompkins County is seeing a high transmission rate of COVID-19, prompting  the Health Department to recommend masking in all local schools. As defined by the CDC, high-transmission of COVID is seeing over 100 positive cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period. According to data from the Tompkins County Health Department, there…

Stand-Off Ends in Arrest at Chestnut Hill Apartment Complex

By WRFI News Staff | August 23, 2021

ITHACA, NY –  An hours-long stand-off between police and a suspect barricaded in an apartment ended in arrest on Saturday. Bruce Mead is being charged with two felonies, the criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degrees. The Ithaca Police department reported that two Ithaca Police Officers were dispatched to the Chestnut…

Ithaca Seeks to Replace Stephen Smith on Common Council

By Jimmy Jordan | August 20, 2021

ITHACA, NY — The City of Ithaca is seeking to replace Common Council member Stephen Smith, who suddenly resigned from his elected position on August 8th. Smith represented Ithaca’s 4th ward for the last nine years. His abrupt departure was in order for him to follow his wife to New York City, where she will…

Tompkins Co. Legislature Approves Purchase of Future Site for Downtown Offices

By WRFI News Staff | August 19, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY –The Tompkins County Legislature has approved the purchase of two downtown Ithaca properties.  The two adjacent properties are on the 300 block of North Tioga Street, and are known as the Key Bank Building and the Ithaca Professional Building. The plan is for these sites to serve as the eventual location of…

Invasive Box Tree Moth Found in Western New York

By WRFI News Staff | August 19, 2021

ITHACA, NY — The Box Tree Moth has been found in parts of Western New York. This invasive pest is a serious threat to boxwood plants, which are important in the U.S. nursery industry. Boxwood plants are shrubs, and are often grown to make decorative low hedges. Signs of infestation include chewed up leaves, and…


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