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Local News: December 5, 2023

– Residents of Ulysses to vote in special election on land purchase for recreational area – Voters in the Town of Ulysses will decide whether to buy 30 acres to become a recreational area in a special election on December 6. The town includes Trumansburg and is a few miles north of Ithaca. The town’s board voted unanimously in June to buy the property on Krums Corners Road.  But enough residents signed a petition for the special election to be scheduled. Tompkins Weekly reports supporters of the purchase say the town needs a recreational area. Some residents oppose it and say the $210,000 price tag is too high and almost double the price…

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Fund Drive Update: With Your Help, WE DID IT!

By Felix Teitelbaum

WE DID IT! Thanks to the incredible support of over 80 donors in the Finger Lakes and beyond, we raised over $10,000 in the past week! Your generosity ensures that we can continue opening ears, minds, and hearts across the Southern Finger Lakes. THANK YOU for making a real impact! Your contribution supports: Amplifying the…

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FEATURE: Conversation with Interfaith Leaders

By Celia Clarke

Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in October there have been several separate rallies in Ithaca supporting Palestine or Israel. Public emotions ran high when the Tompkins County Legislature briefly considered a resolution in support of Israel and flying the Israeli flag in the legislative chamber.  It was around that time,…

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WINO, Watkins Glen is Off the Air

By Felix Teitelbaum

We’re sorry to announce to our Watkins Glen listeners that we have gone off the air on 91.9FM as of Friday, November 10. This change will not affect our signals at 88.1FM in Ithaca, or 89.7FM across the Southern Finger Lakes. Nor will it affect our webstream heard here at WRFI.ORG. In fact many Watkins…

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ELECTION FEATURE: Ithaca Common Council Ward 5 Candidate Jason Houghton

By Celia Clarke

WRFI Community Radio and The Ithaca Voice are bringing you conversations with candidates in the contested Ithaca Common Council races and the mayoral race. Tonight Matt Butler interviews Ward 5 candidate Jason Houghton. Houghton is running on the Ithacans for Progress ballot line. His opponent is Clyde Lederman, running on the Democratic Party and Working…

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Coronavirus Update, August 4, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | August 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, August 4, 2020

As Cornell prepares to welcome students back to Ithaca, the university is creating a student ambassador program to help enforce the behavioral compact according to the Cornell Daily Sun. The COVID-19 student peer health ambassadors’ program is designed as a volunteer opportunity for students to increase public health awareness and help advocate for the university’s…

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Coronavirus Update, August 3, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | August 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, August 3, 2020

New York Governor Cuomo plans to issue Fall 2020 K-12 school reopening guidance this week to districts around the state. WSKG reports that schools have already begun tentative planning for the school year, but Governor Cuomo says he’s waited as long as possible so he can base the decision off the latest data available on…

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Coronavirus Update, July 31, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | July 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, July 31, 2020

Cornell University has announced that students returning to Ithaca from states that are currently on the travel advisory list will not be provided quarantine housing on campus. According to the Cornell Daily Sun, the reversal of policy will require those individuals to either find their own accommodations off-campus where they can spend 14 days in…

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“Plants Have Families, Too”, a Remote Youth Learning Program That Introduces Kids To Plant Science [AUDIO]

By Esther Racoosin | July 31, 2020 | Comments Off on “Plants Have Families, Too”, a Remote Youth Learning Program That Introduces Kids To Plant Science [AUDIO]

Cornell Botanic Gardens presents a remote youth education program called “Plants Have Families, Too”! The program is facilitated by Raylene Ludgate, Youth Education Coordinator, as well as by Graduate Students in the Cornell School of Integrative Plant Science. The 4 week program is directed towards youth age 8 to 11 years old. Youth who are…

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