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Local nonprofit Rejoice the Vote announces art contest winners

Votes have been cast but the results of the 2020 elections still being challenged. We're ready, though, to congratulate some real winners: the winners of the Rejoice the Vote art contest: Zoriana, Yi Nan, and Charlie Sue. This contest challenged young artists to create work that inspires people, especially young people, and reminds them that their vote is a powerful tool despite efforts at suppression; promotes the movement to lower the legal voting age to sixteen; and highlights youth activists (historical or contemporary) who fought and continue to fight for voting rights, especially for our youngest citizens.

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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. 

WRFI News Reboots After Seven Years – Submit Your Feedback

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since its inception, WRFI News has overwhelmingly been an effort by scores of dedicated volunteers, and since 2017, the team has been lead by a series of part-time News Directors. In addition to the bedrock of local reporting the team has provided, the department has won awards and sent members on to further their careers…

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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,…

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Help WRFI Get a Strong Start for 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

2020 has been a rough year, and your small but mighty community station has been here with with you every step of the way. Please join our year-end campaign and help us raise $17,000 so we can take on 2021. Every little bit helps deliver more great local programming emphasizing inclusion, justice, and truth. When…

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We're really feeling the love! Thanks to your help, we reached our goal and raised over $17,000 during December!  Together we're ready to take on the challenges of 2021!

Of course, it's never too late to give, head over to our donation page anytime.

Thank you, again.


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Coronavirus Update, January 8, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 8, 2021

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting a potential public exposure to COVID-19 at AT&T, 748 S Meadow St in Ithaca The employee who tested positive worked on Friday, January 1, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 2, from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The health department recommends anyone who may have…

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Coronavirus Update, January 5, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 5, 2021

COVID vaccine distribution is ramping up locally, as announced in a statement today by the Tompkins County Health Department.  Clinics held by Tompkins county this week are for individuals in the New York State Phase 1A category that are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Phase 1A eligible individuals include outpatient and ambulatory front-line, high…

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Coronavirus Update, January 4, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 4, 2021

First, we’ll take a look at the local COVID-19 caseload. The number of hospitalizations due to complications from the virus are up to 31 as of yesterday. In addition, another death linked to a COVID infection at a local nursing home was reported yesterday. As of now, it’s unknown which area nursing home the resident…

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Coronavirus Update, December 30, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 30, 2020

Beginning Monday, Ithaca City School District plans to institute surveillance testing for COVID-19 among students doing in-person learning, reports the Ithaca Voice.  The school system plans to test about 20 percent of the in-person population every two weeks. According to ICSD plans, the testing will take place on Mondays for students in pre-K to 5th…

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Southside Community Center’s Virtual Kwanzaa 2020 [AUDIO+VIDEO]

By Michayla Savitt | December 30, 2020

The holiday of Kwanzaa began on Jan. 26 and ends Jan. 1. On the Dec. 30 edition of WRFI Community Radio News we shared excerpts from days 2 and 5 of the series, and the full videos for every day of the celebration can be found on the Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP) Youtube…

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Environmental Groups Report that NYS Municipalities May Be Using Oil and Gas Liquid Waste For Road Deicing

By Esther Racoosin | December 29, 2020

Three environmental groups:  NYPIRG, Earthworks and Food and Water Watch, have published an analysis showing that some municipalities in New York State have been granted permits to use liquid waste from gas and oil operations for deicing roads. Liz Moran, Environmental Policy Director for the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG, discusses their…

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