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Here are the latest announcements and opportunities to get involved in WRFI, follow along with us on this journey of serving Ithaca and Watkins Glen with community radio. We love hearing from you! Contact us anytime. 

“Steppin’ Into My Shoes” Radio Play with the Civic Ensemble – September 11, 18, and 25, 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

The in-person listening party and talkback at the Cherry ArtSpace was on September 25 and it was a beautful experience. Based on the oral history interviews that members conducted in Fall 2020, the play was produced  exploring themes of family, harm reduction, and hopes and dreams of those who have experienced incarceration. Aiming to disrupt…

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Thanks For Your Feedback! WRFI Newscasts Win Award

By Felix Teitelbaum

Thank you so much to everyone who filled out our listener survey! Since January 25, 2021 we’ve been focusing on bringing you headline newscasts throughout each weekday and we must be doing something right because we won the 2021 regional award for Best Newscast from the New York State Broadcasters Association!  We heard from dozens…

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COVID and Vaccine Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, January 6, 4-5pm

By Felix Teitelbaum

Join Tompkins County Officials and Cayuga Health System CEO Dr. Martin Stallone for a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall on Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00pm. The meeting will be broadcast on WRFI and streamed live to YouTube. Members of the public can submit questions for the panelists by emailing Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County Communications Director at drecckio@tompkins-co.org,…

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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…

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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…

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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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2021 Sales Tax Improves in Tompkins and Schuyler Counties

By WRFI News Staff | August 18, 2021

ITHACA, NY —  Across New York State, 2021 local government sales tax revenue is up by 21 percent on average. That’s compared to sales tax revenue generated between January and July of 2020. Tompkins and Schuyler Counties are a bit above that 21 percent state average. Tompkins County has seen a 23.8 percent increase in…

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As Kids Return to School, Mental Health is on the Mind

By Michayla Savitt | August 18, 2021

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — As New York schools gear up for the fall term, physical and mental well-being of kids in grades K-12 is in the forefront, especially with all in-person instruction returning for many this month. Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Employer and Individual, offered tips for supporting children’s mental well-being, and…

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Tompkins County Health Department Clarifies COVID-19 Testing Recommendations

By WRFI News Staff | August 17, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — The Tompkins County Health Department is clarifying its recommendations around COVID-19 testing. First off, the Health Department recommends getting a PCR test whenever possible. They are the most sensitive and reliable way to test for COVID-19. They are available through the Cayuga Health System. All Tompkins County testing sites report their…

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