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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. 

“Rejoice the Vote” Announces Art Contest Winners

By Felix Teitelbaum

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…

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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 drecckio@tompkins-co.org,…

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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.

2021-THANKS

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A Child’s Parents Tragically Both Drowned; A GoFundMe is Up to Raise Money for His Future

By Michael Memis | July 22, 2021

NEWFIELD, NY — A boy’s parents tragically drowned in Newfield earlier this month. Relatives are raising funds to help secure his future. The Gunner Henley Mayer Education Fund on GoFundMe has already raised thousands of dollars in only 4 days.  Mayer is currently being looked after by his aunts and uncles. The money will go…

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Police Reveal Victim of Taughannock Blvd Shooting

By Michael Memis | July 22, 2021

ITHACA, NY — Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting that took place In Ithaca on Monday. Alan Godfrey, a 32 year old from the Ithaca area, was found dead on the 200 block of Taughannock Boulevard around 12:43 a.m., a well-traveled area of the city.  Police believe Godfrey was specifically targeted.  In…

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Converting CO2 to Jet Fuel, Ithaca Area Economic Development Invests in Green Tech Startup

By Jimmy Jordan | July 21, 2021

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca Area Economic Development, or IAED, is investing in the startup company, Dimensional Energy. They aim to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into jet fuel through what’s known as “artificial photosynthesis.” Artificial photosynthesis aims to do what plants and bacteria have been doing for millennia: use sunlight to break down carbon dioxide, and…

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GrassRoots Lifting COVID Precautions and Opening Up Festival to General Admission

By Jimmy Jordan | July 21, 2021

ITHACA, NY — The GrassRoots Festival is shifting to general admission this weekend after a storm last week damaged one of their stages. GrassRoots was originally planning the festival around a socially distanced PODS system, or Personal Outdoor Dance Space. That plan was formed before New York reached its goal of 70 percent vaccination, and…

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Severe Flooding in Watkins Glen

By Jimmy Jordan | July 21, 2021

WATKINS GLEN, NY — Watkins Glen has been hit with severe flooding. The village was suffered a flash flood catalyzed by a severe thunderstorm and heavy downpour last night. Watkins Glen Police report that some parts of the Village were under several feet of water. Risks of flash flooding have been mounting in Central New…

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Ithaca Tenant’s Union Celebrates Albany’s ‘Good Cause’ Eviction Law and Pushes Their Own Version

By Jimmy Jordan | July 20, 2021

ITHACA, NY — The Albany Common Council passed the “good cause” eviction law on Monday night, and a similar bill is gathering support in Ithaca. The Albany law gives tenants a number of  protections, namely a stricter set of conditions before a landlord can evict them. Prior to the bill passing, a landlord in Albany…

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