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posticon Lansing Drive-In Movie Theater Proposed

Around Town | Friday, June 26, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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The Town of Lansing Planning Board set a public hearing and declared itself Lead Agency on a pop-up family-oriented drive-in movie theater proposed for the RInK/FIELD parking lot. Catering by Luna owner Kevin Sullivan told the Board that of the sites his company had explored the most suitable parking lot for the project is at the Lansing Community Recreation Center (LCRC -- TheRINK/TheFIELD).

"We're trying to keep people employed and, trying to find every creative way we can come up with during this crisis to do that." Sullivan said. "We connected with Ross and the team up at the Lansing Community Recreation Center and proposed the idea. We had been looking around the City of Ithaca for pots and working with that, We were having trouble finding a suitable parking lot that had enough spaces that we could pay adequately enough, have enough space. So we ended up talking to Ross and he thought it would be a great use of that property while we're closed. (We also talked about) the possibility of kind of a long term, occasional weekend thing, if it is a popular thing for the community."

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posticon Farewell to the Pit Stop

Around Town | Friday, June 26, 2020 | By Karen Veaner Print
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Seen around town... the Pit Stop was demolished and removed this week.  For a long time it was a convenience store and gas station, but in recent years it was considered an eyesore.  As of this week it is considered gone.

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posticon New Roots to Hold Live Graduation Saturday

Around Town | Friday, June 26, 2020 | By Michael Mazza Print
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The New Roots Charter School Class of 2020 will celebrate their high school graduation with a live outdoor graduation on Saturday, June 27, thanks to Governor Cuomo's executive order permitting outdoor ceremonies of 150 people or less.

"An outdoor ceremony is a fitting setting for students who have spent much of their time at New Roots learning outdoors," said Michael Mazza, Director of Community Engagement. "We're excited that we have the flexibility as a small school to take advantage of this late-breaking development."

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posticon Cornell and History Center Receive Humanities Grants

Around Town | Friday, June 26, 2020 | By Office of Congressman Tom Reed Print
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Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced National Endowment for the Humanities grants for two important institutions in the region. The first grant, totaling $103,386, has been awarded to Cornell University in Ithaca, and the second $79,814 grant has been awarded to The History Center in Tompkins County.

“We are proud to see two organizations from our district recognized at the federal level for their significant contributions to the community and the preservation of history,” said Tom. “This funding will benefit our communities, create jobs in the district, and support our economy. We are glad these organizations received the recognition they deserved and we appreciate their efforts in our district.”

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posticon Ithaca City School District Shares Student Learning

Around Town | Friday, June 26, 2020 | By Martha Frommelt Print
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The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG), an affiliate of IPEI, supported the funding of virtual performances of Ithaca City School District (ICSD) students from the music department. These recording of performances are posted on the ICSD digital time capsule.

The Director of Fine and Performing Arts Daphne Shululu notes, “Through a digital time capsule, the creative ways students and teachers expressed themselves during distance learning can be shared and celebrated with the larger community. The collective effort from the community to persist in music-making, despite limitations, is a perfect example of the healing power of the arts and its ability to surpass all boundaries. I want to thank the FABG for their support through this grant during this unprecedented time.”

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posticon Ithaca Farmers Market Announces Capital Campaign

Around Town | Friday, June 26, 2020 | By Ithaca Farmers Market Print
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For the first time in it’s 47 year existence, the Ithaca Farmers Market has announced a capital campaign. The group, made up of more than 100 vendors, has been contemplating the idea of a fundraiser for many years - but with the challenges of COVID, couldn’t wait any longer to ask their community for support. Their goal is to raise $20,000 in 2020.

“Each small business at the market functions on their own, and the market organization works to support each one,” said Executive Director Becca Rimmel. “We make money from vendors’ membership fees and use it to run the market on a daily basis. This year, our normal revenue streams have been drastically impacted, but we still have basic operating expenses like staff, infrastructure, marketing, utilities and insurance. We’re looking to our community to help make sure the market stays a strong community resource.”

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posticon ICSD Announces Administrative Transitions

Around Town | Friday, June 26, 2020 | By Ithaca City School District Print
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On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education approved two administrative appointments for the 2020-2021 school year.

Jennifer Gondek, who currently serves as a Master Educator for Inclusion (MEI) at Enfield and Northeast elementary schools, has been appointed as the district’s new Director of Special Education. Prior to joining the ICSD in 2019, Gondek worked for eight years as an Instructional Specialist for Inclusion at TST BOCES, supporting component districts in the areas of inclusive education, literacy, behavioral support, special education regulation, and more.

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