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posticon R2P Builds New Theater in the Ithaca Mall

Around Town | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Running 2 Places Builds New theater

Running to Places Theatre Company (R2P) Artistic Director and founder Joey Steinhagen raised the curtain on the next stage of the youth theater company.  Literally the next stage, because he announced Saturday that R2P will be building a theater complex in the old movie theater space in The Shops at Ithaca Mall.  About 120 current and former company members and supporters were lured to the mall with the promise of a 'big reveal', but were not told what it would be about.

"It's got to be something we can actually achieve," Steinhagen said. "It can't just be a dream... it has to be something that actually can happen.  It would also be cool if it weren't just a selfish thing for us, but to other organizations and businesses in the community.  If it somehow added value to our community.  So we came up with a plan, and it's this: we're going to build a theater right here in the mall."

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posticon Three Lansing Teachers Receive Tenure

Around Town | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Hartz, Levesque, Mazur(Left to right) Superintendent of Schools Chris Pettograsso, Special Education teacher Matt Hartz, Physical Education teacher Miles Levesque, Elementary Education teacher, and District Business Administrator Kate Heath

The Lansing Board of Education unanimously approved three teachers Monday.  Special Education teacher Matt Hartz, Elementary Education teacher Anastasia Mazur will be tenured as of September 1, and Physical Education teacher Miles Levesque begins tenure June 23.

"As you know this is our most important job, hiring quality people," said Lansing Superintendent of Schools Chris Pettograsso. "We are fortunate to have a lot of people interested in working in Lansing, so we get to pick the best.  We have that here tonight."

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posticon ICSD Announces Administrative Appointments

Around Town | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By ICSD Print
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At their meeting on June 12, 2018, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved the appointment of various administrators for the 2018-2019 school year.

Keith Harrington has been appointed principal of Enfield Elementary School. Mr. Harrington has served in the ICSD since 2007 as a science and social studies teacher at Boynton Middle School, a district-wide instructional coach, a dean of students at Ithaca High School, and an associate principal at Ithaca High School. Prior to coming to the ICSD, Mr. Harrington was a science and technology teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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posticon Weekly Wednesday Kitten Karnival

Around Town | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Jim Bouderau Print
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On Wednesday, June 13, the SPCA of Tompkins County began 'Weekly Wednesday Kitten Karnival' at the Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center. Kitten Karnival continues Wednesdays through the end of the summer.

This year the Maguire Automotive Group and Subaru representatives join SPCA staff and volunteers to celebrate the start of Kitten Season by presenting its Subaru 'Share the Love' check for $11,300 to the SPCA, the preferred charity of Subaru customers.

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posticon Mandatory IVP Application – Enhanced STAR Exemption

Around Town | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Jay Franklin, Director of Assessment Print
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All senior citizens that are receiving the Enhanced Star Exemption and have not signed up for the Income Verification Program must sign up to continue to receive the Enhanced Star Exemption on the 2019 school taxes.

Included in the 2018/19 New York State Budget Bill, was a provision to require all senior citizens that receive the Enhanced STAR Exemption to participate in the Income Verification Program. In the past, this provision was optional, however New York State is now making this program mandatory.

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posticon United Way Celebrates Campaign and Volunteers

Around Town | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Regan Ralston Print
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unitedway Callyn Pyhtila and Stephanie StrykowskiCallyn Pyhtila and Stephanie Strykowski Photo by Patricia Marie Photography

United Way of Tompkins County volunteers, donors, and community supporters gathered recently at Coltivare in Downtown Ithaca for the Community Campaign Celebration and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. The 2017-18 UWTC Community Campaign was led by Volunteer Campaign Co-Chairs Heather McDaniel, TCAD, and John Rudd, Cayuga Medical Center and Cayuga Health System. UWTC volunteers and staff reflected on the challenges and successes of a strong and exciting campaign, and year.

The Celebration began with introductions by current Board Chair J.R. Clairborne and a report from Community Investment Committee Chair Leslie Meyerhoff. She described the excitement and challenge of a new community impact approach instituted during the 2017-18 Community Care Fund grant cycle. She noted the excitement which arose over the more inclusive grant model, noting that 15 new agencies applied to UWTC's Community Care Fund this year.

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posticon Within Reach - Mario's Restaurant in Lake George

Around Town | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reachIt was a Friday night, June 1992. My friend Rob and I were just down from the top of Prospect Mountain where we had seen the fireworks and laser light show, the highlight of the Americade motorcycle rally. It was about 45 degrees, raining and we were soaked, cold, nearly drowned rats, disheveled and shivering.

Rob rode us up to the back door of the restaurant – I hadn't caught the name of it, but it looked warm, and that's all I cared about. Hobbling in wearing a rain suit that was every bit as wet inside as out, I thought of several young ladies wearing short shorts and t-shirts we had seen on our ride down the mountain, and wondered if they had survived.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Distraught Mom

Around Town | Friday, June 15, 2018 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaret Two weeks ago I had an unpleasant confrontation with the mother of one of my son's friends. We both said things that, at least, I regret. Mind you, what I said was the truth, I just regret expressing my opinion. Since our sons are in the same grade at school and want to play together, I'm having a difficult time in knowing how to approach this woman. I'm extremely uncomfortable when I see her, and she obviously has hard feelings towards me. We were never the best of friends, but at least we were cordial. I do stress over this situation. How can I make things better, or at least revert back to how they were?
Distraught Mom

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