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BREAKING: AMBER Alert Issued for Joanna Coates, 14, from Rochester

WVBR News | Posted 8 days ago.
Police say Coates and the suspect, Gonzalez, are possibly heading south toward New York City.

An AMBER Alert has been issued for Joanna Coates, a 14-year-old from Rochester, NY, and possibly heading for New York City, according to police. Police say Coates was taken from LaSalle Street in Rochester around 7 p.m. on December 1st by 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez. Last seen traveling South...

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Talk of the Town: Mary Lorson Documents Real Life with Senior Year: The Podcast

WVBR News | Posted 9 days ago.

Being a high school students comes with stress, particularly in the tail end of high school. WVBR’s Florenz Gilly interviews Mary Lorson, an educator from Cascadilla School, on her effort to not only document high school seniors’ experiences but the lessons we can all learn from them.

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Talk of the Town: Ithaca Advocacy Center Here to Help

WVBR News | Posted 9 days ago.

The Ithaca Advocacy Center is a support center for victims of sexual assault and relationship violence. It is also composed of a group of educators and volunteers working to share knowledge on prevention and response. WVBR’s Laura Bagwell-Katalinich has more. To learn more about the Ithaca Ad...

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Cornell Women's Hockey 2018-2019 Season Preview

WVBR News | Posted 11 days ago.

Aired on October 12, 2018 on "Talk of the Town" The best women’s ice hockey is here in Ithaca, NY as the Cornell Women’s Ice Hockey plays two exhibition matches before their official season opener against Syracuse University on October 23rd. The Cornell Women’s Ice Hockey team faced off agains...

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Support Cornell Women's Hockey With Final Two Home Games of 2018

WVBR News | Posted 11 days ago.

Support Cornell Women's Hockey with a pair of matchups this weekend, including Saturday afternoon's match to celebrate the 2nd Annual Winterfest Game! The first 500 fans will get a free t-shirt. Enjoy donuts, cider, and prizes, too! Immediately after the pregame warmup, gather in Newman/Lynah foy...

Horseheads man arrested for DWI in Newfield crash

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 16 days ago.

New York State Police tell us a 27-year-old Horseheads man was arrested in the aftermath of Sunday evening's <a href="">two-car collision on Shaffer Road in Newfield</a>. Andrew P. Sampson was charged with the felony charge of vehicular assault in...

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Talk of the Town: Cherry Artspace Hosts 2nd Annual Ithaca Crankie Cabaret

WVBR News | Posted 28 days ago.

A "crankie" is an old art form from the 19th century that combines visuals, storytelling, live music, puppet theatre, and more. In 2018, puppeteer Lily Gershon brought it back to Ithaca for the very first time. This year’s Crankie Cabaret, which happened from November 8th to 11th at the Cherry Ar...

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Talk of the Town: "An Evening to Remember" to Fight Alzheimer's Disease

WVBR News | Posted 29 days ago.

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Triphammer Wines & Spirits will be hosting the 12th annual “An Evening to Remember” event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Central New York on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 5:30pm. The gala will be held at Cornell University’s Statler Hotel. 10...

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Talk of the Town: Schwartz Center Performs "Awakening of Spring"

WVBR News | Posted 29 days ago.

Frank Wedekind’s “The Awakening of Spring” opened at The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts last Friday. The 1891 tragicomedy features imprisoned adults and innocent children on the brink of learning about the world with originality and daring in this revolutionary play. WVBR’s Arin Sheehan inte...

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Public meeting Thursday to discuss demolition of old library

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 1 month ago.

The old Tompkins County Public Library building on the corner of Court and Cayuga Streets is slated for demolition, but structural concerns and the need for asbestos removal have complicated the process. The City of Ithaca is hosting a public meeting on Thursday so community members can get an up...

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Talk of the Town: Interview with Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick

WVBR News | Posted about 1 month ago.
A Conversation on the Upcoming Midterm Elections

Mayor Svante Myrick serves the local city of Ithaca. While he’s not on the ballot for this midterm election, Mayor Myrick certainly has opinions on local and national politics. WVBR’s Florenz Gilly was able to interview the mayor, and the two discussed a range of topics -- the violent acts in Pit...

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Talk of the Town: Interview with Joyce St. George (Democratic Candidate for NY-51st State Senate District)

WVBR News | Posted about 1 month ago.

Tompkins County area will have its hand in the state senate race for the 51st New York State Senate District. Republican State Senator James L. Seward has held the position since 1987, but Joyce St. George will contest for the position as the Democratic Party and Women’s Equality Party candidate....

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Talk of the Town: Interview with Tracy Mitrano (Democratic Candidate for NY-23rd Congressional District)

WVBR News | Posted about 1 month ago.

The 23rd Congressional District of New York features 11 counties, including Tompkins County and most counties west of Tompkins. Republican U.S. Representative Tom Reed has represented this region since 2013. This November, Tracy Mitrano challenges him as the candidate for the Democratic Party, Wo...

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Talk of the Town: Heaving Breast cancer Is Nothing to be Ashamed Of

WVBR News | Posted about 1 month ago.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime -- making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. WVBR's Florenz Gilly visits The Cancer Resource Cent...

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Talk of the Town: Interview with Amanda Kirchgessner (Democratic Candidate for NY-58 State Senate)

WVBR News | Posted about 1 month ago.

Amanda Kirchgessner is running for State Senate in NY-District 58 as the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate. As a 7th generation Tompkins County resident, Amanda promotes her history of serving others. While the Ithaca Times published allegations about Amanda being abusive in her las...

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Talk of the Town: Interview with Keith Wofford (Republican Candidate for NY Attorney General)

WVBR News | Posted about 1 month ago.

Keith Wofford is the Republican and Conservative Party candidate running for Attorney General of New York. On October 22, 2018, Sienna College released a poll showing Wofford 14 points behind his Democratic opponent Letitia James. Regardless, Wofford joins WVBR's Christopher Morales for an interv...

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Talk of the Town: Cornell Professor Peter Enns Comments on Upcoming Midterm Elections

WVBR News | Posted about 1 month ago.

Peter Enns is a professor in the Government department at Cornell University and executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Professor Enns has published work across major media outlets such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. He joined WVBR's Christopher to sha...

Cornell alum dies in tragic Sunday night bus crash

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 2 months ago.

A 33-year-old California woman is dead after a <a href="">bus heading from Ithaca to New York City crashed along Interstate 380</a> in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, <a href="">according to WNEP.</a> W...

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An Update on the 2019 Tompkins County Budget

WVBR News | Posted 2 months ago.

The Tompkins County Budget for 2019 is still in the works, as certain organizations look for more support. WVBR’s Sana Wiqas provides a quick update on the process. Sana Wiqas '19 is an Industrial and Labor Relations major at Cornell University.

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Relive the Fun, Food & Apples of AppleFest 2018

WVBR News | Posted 2 months ago.

The fall marks a time for warm coats, apple cider, and friendly company. The community gets this chance together during the Apple Harvest Festival. WVBR’s Katie Miller relives the fun, food and apples at this year's event! Katie Miller '22 is a Government major at Cornell University.

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The Best Women's Hockey in the World Comes to Lynah Rink

WVBR News | Posted 2 months ago.

Perhaps some of the best women’s ice hockey in the world makes its way to Ithaca, NY. The 2017-2018 Ivy League champions Cornell Women’s Hockey team will host 2017 Isobel Cup champion Buffalo Beauts this upcoming Sunday. WVBR’s Lindsey Dahms-Nolan gives a preview on the Big Red’s season. Lind...

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Grad Students' Delays for Maplewood Apartments

WVBR News | Posted 2 months ago.

Finding housing options in the area provides enough headaches for college students. The Maplewood Apartments on Veterans Place were set to be solutions for graduate students at Cornell University but found a dark turn come to Move-In Day. WVBR’s Florenz Gilly interviews a local resident on her ex...

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Long Live the Power of Reading at TCPL Readathon 2018

WVBR News | Posted 2 months ago.

On September 29th, the Tompkins County Public Library invited the local community to raise money and read along in the 2018 Readathon for 24 straight hours, in person and online. WVBR’s Karen Li reports on this year's annual event. Karen Li '20 is an Industrial and Labor Relations major at Cor...

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A Celebration of Plants & Life at Judy's Day 2018

WVBR News | Posted 2 months ago.

Judy’s Day: Family Learning Festival has welcomed the community to celebrate the fall and our vital connection with plants since 1997. WVBR’s Chantal Raguin stopped by the Cornell Botanic Gardens to learn more about this year's event. Chantal Raguin '21 is a History major at Cornell University.

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INTERVIEW: X Ambassadors Talks Cayuga Sound Festival and Favorite Spots in Ithaca

Kevin Gao | Posted 3 months ago.

The Cayuga Sound music festival returns to Stewart Park in Ithaca this weekend, with a lineup featuring Young the Giant, Matt & Kim, Ithaca’s own X Ambassadors, and more. We got the chance to talk with Casey Harris, the keyboardist of the X Ambassadors, about how and why the festival came toget...

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After a year, no progress on vandalism at Ithaca alderperson’s home

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 4 months ago.

Three distinct cases of early morning vandalism at the home of an Ithaca alderperson, stretching from May 2017 to just last month, have been under investigation by the Ithaca Police Department for over a year with no progress. In all three cases, an unknown individual or individuals spray-painted...

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Upper stretch of East State Street reopening Wednesday

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 4 months ago.

The stretch of East State Street from Mitchell Street to Cornell Street, which closed in mid May for gas main work, will reopen on Wednesday, August 1st, according to the City of Ithaca. The road was originally slated to reopen “approximately July 7,” and a delay in starting the project changed t...

Bus terminal isn’t closing just yet, say Ithaca officials

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 5 months ago.

The Ithaca Bus Terminal was slated to close at the end of July, but City of Ithaca officials tell us the facility will stay open for now. <a href="">14850 Today reported a few weeks ago</a> that, after serving passengers traveling to and from the ...

Too close to call: Della Pia and Mitrano neck and neck for NY23 Democratic Primary

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 6 months ago.

Just 26 votes separate the two leading candidates with all of the regular ballots counted in Tuesday’s primary for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Final results are likely to take several days, if not weeks, as absentee ballots are counted. Early and incomplete election results on Tues...

Recovery effort under way after report of body in water

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 7 months ago.

Cornell University says Cornell Police “joined with the Ithaca Police and Fire Departments in a search of Fall Creek after the report of a body in the water” at about 1:30 on Friday afternoon. Chief of Police Pete Tyler of the Ithaca Police Department confirms IPD officers are on the scene. A ...

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Two Stoneman Douglas students speak at Cornell March for our Lives gathering

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 9 months ago.

Two Cornell students who are alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are among the speakers at the gathering on Cornell’s Arts Quad that will be heading downtown to the Ithaca March for our Lives rally. Chloe Cabrera and Samantha Nirenberg, both Cornell students who...

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Area schools, Cornell, and Ithaca College are all closed on Friday

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 9 months ago.

Most area school districts made the decision to close for the day on Thursday afternoon, and Cornell University took the unusual step of joining the list the night before as well. Ithaca College closed at 5:30am. TC3 is already closed for its mid-winter break. <li><a href="

Ithaca area schools closed Wednesday due to snowstorm

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 10 months ago.

Most area school districts are closed on Wednesday, and several made the call on Tuesday night. Drew Montreuil from Finger Lakes Weather says, “Snow should quickly spread from west to east across the Finger Lakes between 7-9 am on Wednesday.” <li><a href="">Ithaca...

How to thaw frozen pipes, or keep them from freezing in the first place

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 11 months ago.

The Ithaca Fire Department has wise words for area residents who are experiencing frozen water pipes in their houses and apartments due to the frigid weather: never use anything but a hair dryer to thaw them! A hair dryer on hot, aimed at pipes from a few inches away, might take a while, but t...

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Pay what you like for new Ithaca song to benefit Planned Parenthood

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 11 months ago.

Several Ithaca musicians have collaborated on “I Won’t Give Up,” a song released on New Year’s Day to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. The track features Maddy Walsh, Mike Suave, and Mike Parker of the Blind Spots, Dan Lisbe of the Gunpoets, Richie Stearns of the Horse Fli...

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Odd-even parking back in effect in City of Ithaca with snow approaching

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 1 year ago.

The City of Ithaca suspended seasonal odd-even parking regulations earlier this fall, but they’re back in effect “until further notice” with snow expected this week. “When we have snow on the way we will activate Odd/Even parking,” Mayor Myrick announced at the end of October. “When we’ve clea...

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Trey Anastasio tickets for State Theatre show sell out in minutes

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 1 year ago.

Tickets available for February’s Trey Anastasio show at Ithaca’s State Theatre sold out in minutes, in both Thursday’s presale and Friday’s general sale, leaving would-be buyers frustrated. Tickets for the mid-winter show went on sale to subscribers of the DSP Shows mailing list at 10am Thursd...

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State police issue alert for missing Brooktondale woman

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 1 year ago.

The New York State Police have issued a “missing vulnerable adult alert” for Beverly B. Cleveland, 92, from Brooktondale. She was last seen Sunday afternoon driving east on Slaterville Road, east of Ithaca, and then on I-81 in Binghamton. The 92-year-old white woman “may appear confused and di...

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SPCA will close Annex location at Ithaca Mall this winter

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 1 year ago.

The SPCA of Tompkins County plans to close the SPCA Annex at the Shops at Ithaca Mall effective January 1st, 2018, according to executive director Jim Bouderau. The Annex opened in 2009 “in response to overcrowding at the Pet Adoption Center on Hanshaw Road,” Bouderau says. “The Annex has been...

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Wreath ceremony will mark anniversary of Ithaca police officer’s death

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 1 year ago.

A wreath laying ceremony at 11am today will mark the 21st anniversary of the line-of-duty death of Ithaca Police Department investigator Michael A. Padula. The ceremony will be at his grave site at the Calvary Cemetery on Five Mile Drive. Inv. Padula died of a stab wound to the neck when he an...

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City of Ithaca suspending Odd-Even winter parking restrictions

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 1 year ago.

Mayor Svante Myrick announced on Tuesday afternoon that the City of Ithaca is suspending its long-derided seasonal Odd-Even Parking regulations, hours before the policy would go into effect at midnight. The development is thanks to the implementation of Tompkins County’s new Swift911 system. “...

Schools are closed due to wintry weather on Monday

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted about 2 years ago.

Quite a few area school districts are closed this Monday morning, November 21st. Check back to or for updates. Closed for the day on November 21st: Ithaca City School District Lansing Central School District Dryden Central School District Trumansburg Central School Dis...

Family Reading Partnership Announces New Executive Director

Anna Kryczka | Posted over 2 years ago.
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ITHACA, NY–Sherri Koski, president of Family Reading Partnership’s Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alyson Evans as the organization’s new executive director. Aly brings over 25 years of experience in non-profit education leadership, where she has worked to develop, f...

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