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Local News for June 2, 2023

– Tompkins County Considering A 2 Percent Tax Levy Increase – Tompkins County Administrator Lisa Holmes is proposing a 2 percent tax levy increase in the 2024 budget. She says it’s necessary to cover rising energy costs and emergency services. It would cost the average homeowner about $50 more. To pay for it the county would have to make cuts like a temporary hiring freeze. The legislature’s in the early planning stages for next year’s budget.  – Ithaca College Artificial Turf Field Faces Some Opposition After Getting Planning Approval – The Town of Ithaca approved renovation plans for Ithaca College’s Butterfield Stadium last month. The plan includes installing an artificial turf. Some students…

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Voices: Ithaca CarShare Members on Life with Car Access

By Celia Clarke

It’s been over a week since Ithaca CarShare temporarily closed. The nonprofit stopped operating on May 19 because of an insurance problem that can only be solved with new state legislation.  I called Ithaca CarShare members – Ellie Santoro, Jayne Soulman, and Marybeth Michelson-Theiry to find out how not having access to the car share…

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INTERVIEW – Liz Field, Ithaca CarShare

By Celia Clarke

Ithaca CarShare is closing down today. They intend for this to be a pause but they are facing insurance problems that can only be solved by the state legislature. I spoke with Executive Director Liz Field about the situation, how it’s affecting their members, and what comes next. We talked on the day before the…

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This Week on The Scene: Dan Torop on the Science, Technology, and Art of Images

By Chantal Thomas

In this week’s episode of The Scene, photographer and art professor Dan Torop discusses his recent work in the exhibitions Falling Water and Three Rainbows; the science and technology that he has used in rendering images of the physical world; and the social and cultural histories that accompany and shape tools of photography and other forms of visual rendering.

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Daily features and interviews from our community

Michael Pinnisi of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company-July 19th 2016

By WRFI News Staff | July 19, 2016

Esther Racoosin speaks with Michael Pinnisi, President of the Board of Directors of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company, about the 2016 summer season in their new location at the Allan H. Treman State Marine Park on Cayuga Lake.  They discuss the ISC’s current productions, Twelfth Night and Henry VI. This interview originally aired on the July…

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Bruce Gagnon, Anti-War Activist

By WRFI News Staff | July 6, 2016

Bruce Gagnon, veteran anti-war activist, and co-founder of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, spoke with us by phone to share his insights on the state of US militarism, the upcoming elections, and the need for activists to unite in order to effect real change.

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Running to Places Production of the Musical "Rent" June 30th, 2016

By WRFI News Staff | June 30, 2016

Esther Racoosin speaks with Michael Sloan and Elisheva Glaser, members of the cast of Running to Places’ production of “Rent”.  The musical will premier on July 6, 2016 at the Kitchen Theatre. They discuss the themes of the musical and also the importance of theatre in their lives. This interview originally aired on the June…

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Dr. Maureen Hanson of Cornell about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-June 28th, 2016

By WRFI News Staff | June 28, 2016

Esther Racoosin speaks with Dr. Maureen Hanson of the Cornell University Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics about her laboratory’s recent study about biomarkers in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or CFS/ME.  Their research paper can be found at:  More information about CFS/ME can be found at: This interview originally aired on…

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Lisa Holmes, Director of the Tompkins. Co. office of the Aging-June 23rd, 2016

By WRFI News Staff | June 23, 2016

Esther Racoosin speaks with Lisa Holmes, Director of the Tompkins County Office of the Aging, about an upcoming workshop on Tuesday, June 28th, about collecting oral histories.  She describes a collection of stories that have already been gathered from local aging LGBT adults. This interview originally aired on the June 23rd, 2016 edition of WRFI…

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Spending 99 hours swimming, biking, and cycling

By WRFI News Staff | June 23, 2016

WRFI’s Lori Sonken talks with Shane Eversfield about his 5-day-long, 500 mile, triathlon to raise money to support patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. This interview aired on June 20, 2016

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