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Ithaca Minute – Traffic detours, Z95.5 school supplies, and solar eclipse

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for August 21st! The Stewart Avenue bridge and Lincoln Street are two of several road closures to be aware of, and there’s a full list at 14850.com. With several detours and extra-heavy traffic, and many drivers who aren’t familiar with our roads, please be especially patient and cautious as you drive around Ithaca. Use your turn signals well in advance. Expect drivers to slow or stop suddenly as they look for their destinations. And, yes, don’t be too surprised if...

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Ithaca Minute – South Hill arrest, Sheriff videos, young bobcat

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for August 17th! Ithaca Police arrested two men who tried to rob a resident as he walked home from his downtown job on Monday night. The victim was hit in the head and neck and was thrown to the ground. 19-year-old Dakota Higgins Clark and 18-year-old Anthony Higgins were arrested on second degree attempted robbery and second degree assault charges. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help investigating two crimes. They’ve released...

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Ithaca Minute – Stewart Ave bridge, Hudson Street, Bordoni Ride

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for August 15th! The Stewart Avenue bridge is closed for nearly three months for a City of Ithaca project to repaint and repair the structure, but the bridge will reopen this weekend and next, says an Ithaca bridge systems engineer. For Cornell’s opening weekend, when new students arrive on campus, the bridge will be opened to two-way traffic this Friday through Sunday, August 18th-20th. It will be open for the inauguration of Cornell’s new president next weekend, as...

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Ithaca Minute – Whitney Point Alligator, Hudson Street, no swimming at Taughannock, Lincoln Street

The so-called “Whitney Point Alligator” whipped up headlines a week ago after multiple reported sightings, and was rescued this weekend by the DEC. The young alligator will have a home at Animal Adventure Park where it’ll be available for public visits after a brief quarantine. There’s no sign of Hudson Street reopening on south hill after a sidewalk project that was originally supposed to be finished in late June. Ithaca officials won’t say when they’ll finish, and Ithaca College move-in...

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Ithaca Minute – Stewart Avenue bridge closed, corpse flower, dog attack

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for July 27th! A project to repaint and repair the Stewart Avenue bridge over Cascadilla Creek will close the bridge for nearly three months, requiring a detour around the major Collegetown thoroughfare. The City says the bridge project “will include field cleaning and overcoating the existing structural steel with minor concrete repairs to the arch footing.” It should be done in mid October. Cornell University has rare titan arum, or corpse flower, plants, and one...

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Ithaca Minute – Arrow Cat recovering, free summer meals for kids, arrest on campus

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for June 29th! A young cat shot with a crossbow bolt in Dryden last week is back at the SPCA after successful surgery, and already has an adopter waiting to take her home, according to the SPCA of Tompkins County. The SPCA asks anyone with information about the incident to call Animal Control at 607-319-5067. Anyone who’d like to help cover the cost of the cat’s surgery can donate online. Many kids get their most nutritious meals at school, and in the summer, local...

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Ithaca Minute – High UV index, Taste of the Nation, J.G. Hertzler, Chapter House

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for June 12th! Expect a high UV index this afternoon, as high as 9 around 1pm. If you’ll be outside for more than a few minutes, protect your skin with sunscreen or a hat, and wear UV-protecting sunglasses. Tuesday night’s 28th annual Taste of the Nation benefit event gathers dozens of the Ithaca area’s restaurants, chefs, wineries, beer and other beverage producers, and even musicians for a gala night aimed at ending childhood hunger. For the last few years, Taste...

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Ithaca Minute – SPCA kitten season, bank robbery suspect, Biden ice cream’s back

Kitten season means a lot of tiny, adorable mouths to feed, and the SPCA of Tompkins County says 56 kittens in foster care are going through supplies fast. They’re asking friends and fans to donate some spare kitten food to help out with the shortage. Drop off any brand of canned kitten food, but they prefer no fish or seafood varieties. Or use their Amazon wishlist. The Ithaca Police Department released security video from an armed bank robbery yesterday morning in Ithaca’s west end. The...

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Ithaca Minute – Police accident, Advocacy Center breakfast, bassists at IC

Emergency responders say an Ithaca Police Department officer who was involved in an accident in Ithaca’s west end on Monday evening “was not seriously injured.” “The patrol car had been hit head on and had extensive damage,” according to IFD, and multiple airbags deployed. Fire crews cut the officer out of the vehicle, and he was transported to Cayuga Medical Center for evaluation. IPD is investigating the cause of the accident. The officer involved has not been identified. A 20-year-old...

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Ithaca Minute – Book signing, Sgt. Pepper, Downtown Luna

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for June 2nd! Remember, Cayuga Street is closing for this evening’s Ithaca Festival Parade, which starts at 6:30. No parking along the route from 4-9pm. And there’s a $5/day “event parking fee” if you’d like to use the Downtown Ithaca parking garages this Saturday or Sunday. Ithaca author Linda Grace Kobas is originally from Niagara Falls, and her debut novel “Niagara” focuses on that city’s historic past and its development-filled present. She’s reading,...

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Ithaca Minute – Gimme unionizing, Ithaca Festival parking, Tom Reed

Here’s the Ithaca Minute for June 1st! A vote conducted Wednesday among baristas at Gimme! Coffee, under the supervision of the National Labor Relations Board, was resoundingly in favor of unionizing, according to the Tompkins County Workers Center. Most of the “full-time, regular part-time and variable-hour employees who were eligible to vote turned out on Wednesday, and decided 94% to 6% in favor of organizing a union. There’s no parking along Cayuga Street on Friday afternoon for the...

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Ithaca Minute – Joe Biden ice cream, Hudson Street closing, Hunger Hero

Former Vice President Joe Biden is speaking at Cornell this weekend, and the famous ice cream fan is getting his very own Cornell Dairy ice cream flavor. Students will help dish up “Big Red, White & Biden” while the veep is in town. Biden is speaking at Cornell’s Convocation, 12 noon to 1pm on Saturday, and after that, Cornell is holding an Ice Cream Social on their Arts Quad from 2-3pm. A New York State Amber Alert was canceled yesterday afternoon after a Western New York girl was found...

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Ithaca Minute – Juveniles arrested, Long Strange Trip, and Hal’s last day

Two juvenile suspects were arrested in connection with Saturday night assaults that sent two victims to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment of “significant” injuries, say police. Officers responded to the 400 block of Floral Avenue and the 600 block of Chestnut Street at about 9:30pm Saturday “for a report of victims of an assault.” Two suspects were arrested but their names are being withheld “as they are under the age of 18.” The victims and attackers did know each other. The victims...

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Ithaca Minute – Missing Cornell student, fireworks, dogs on the Commons

The Cornell Police Department says authorities “recovered a body from Fall Creek a short distance upstream from Ithaca Falls” on Friday morning. They have confirmed the body is that of Aalaap Narasipura, a student reported missing on Thursday. Ithaca College has a fireworks display on South Hill tonight to celebrate their graduation weekend. Bring your pets inside so they don’t get startled and be aware some neighbors, especially veterans, may not like fireworks. Hal’s Deli in Downtown...

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Ithaca Minute – Grateful Dead Day in Ithaca!

The 40th anniversary of the legendary Grateful Dead 5.8.77 show at Cornell’s Barton Hall is here! Cornell’s iconic chimes at McGraw Tower will cap a series of events on campus this afternoon, with a 6:00-6:30pm set that includes Grateful Dead classics like “Touch of Grey,” “Ripple,” and “Uncle John’s Band,” as well as some Beatles and Paul Simon music. Right before the chimes concert, at 5:45pm, Tompkins County legislator Dan Klein will read a county proclamation marking Grateful Dead Day...

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Ithaca Minute – Maplewood groundbreaking, Cornell lacrosse, Collegetown mugging

Less than a year after the Maplewood Apartments complex closed on Ithaca’s east hill, Cornell University has broken ground on a new project at the site. The new 872-bed Maplewood complex will offer graduate and professional student housing. The previous complex was built in 1989, with a planned life span of 25 years. Cornell considered renovating the existing structures, but decided to rebuild with higher density. Unlike the previous Maplewood complex, the new housing will be financed and...

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Ithaca Minute – Purse snatchings, West Hill fire, and Electric Avenue

It’s Patriots Day in Massachusetts, so you have until Tuesday to file your tax return. An elderly woman was knocked down by a purse-snatcher as she walked home from Easter services on Sunday afternoon on Geneva Street in Downtown Ithaca. Witnesses say a heavy-set black woman grabbed the purse and leapt into a car being driven by a black man. The 88-year-old woman wasn’t seriously hurt. Late the night before, another woman had her wallet snatched out of her hand by a black man. She chased...

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Ithaca Minute – Ithaca College strike averted, X Ambassadors, John Martin

Ithaca College and their contingent faculty reached an agreement late Sunday night, the X Ambassadors are hosting a music festival in Ithaca this fall, the Homecoming Players have one show left tonight, and there’s a gathering in memory of John Martin on Monday afternoon.

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Ithaca Minute – NCAA Hockey, Red-tailed hawk, St. Baldrick’s, Ten Forward

Cornell hockey fell in the regionals of the NCAA tournament, the Lab of Ornithology says Ezra the red-tailed hawk died last weekend, there’s a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser this Tuesday, and Ithaca’s new vegan cafe is open!

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Ithaca Minute – IC Ed Tech Day, Cornell arrest, Cayuga Street

Welcome to spring in Central New York! The Ithaca Minute has the 27th annual Educational Technology Day at Ithaca College, Cornell Police say they’ve arrested a pair from the Corning area, the 800 block of Cayuga Street is closed for water service work for most of this Tuesday, and there’s a local version of those meal kit services that ship you a box of ingredients.

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