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posticon Myers Park Entry Building Named For Joan Holden

Around Town | Friday, February 21, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Joan HoldenFrom left: Parks & Recreation Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell, Supervisor Ed LaVigne, Joan Holden and her family Jeff Holden, Vicki Holden, Deb Beyea, Kristen Beyea

The Lansing courtroom was packed Wednesday with friends and family who wanted to be there when the Town Board passed a resolution honoring Joan Holden for more than 20 years of service supervising youth employees at Myers Park.  Supervisor Ed LaVigne read the resolution, which was passed unanimously, and Parks & Recreation Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell presented a plaque that will be installed on the entry building in Myers Park.  LaVigne noted that Wednesday was also Holden's 90th birthday, and the room erupted in an enthusiastic rendition of 'Happy Birthday To You'.

"It is your birthday, right? And Joan, you've got to write a book cause you're 90 and you're, you look 65 if you, if that," LaVigne said. "So I don't know what you're doing, eating, smoking, chewing, but whatever you've got, you need to pass it around."

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Around Town | Friday, February 14, 2020 | By - Print
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posticon New York #7 Retirement Destination

Around Town | Friday, February 21, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Everyone knows that Florida is where New Yorkers go to retire.  Florida is the number one retirement destination in the United States.  But did you know that New York is the #7 destination for retirees?  That's right.  A new study by SeniorLiving.org (looking at statistics from 2017) reports that New York is the seventh top retirement destination for people 55 and older coming from other states.  The largest number of new Florida residents aged 50+ came from New York.  Despite the stereotype, only 13% of outgoing 50+ New Yorkers moved to Florida.  And oddly enough, the largest number of seniors relocating to New York came from Florida.

The study also finds that Ithaca was the number one metropolitan destination for people aged 18 to 29 in 2017, with 33.8% of residents coming from a different metropolitan area.  Especially impressive since that was only two years after the notorious Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau campaign in 2015 that advised tourists, "Due to the ridiculously stupid winter, Ithaca invites you to visit The Keys this week.  Please come back when things thaw out.  Really.  It's for the birds here right now."  With a big promotional link for Key West.

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posticon BYOBagNY Campaign Launched -- Bag Ban Begins March 1st

Around Town | Friday, February 21, 2020 | By - Print
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Starting March 1, 2020, New York's ban on single-use plastic bags will take effect. Just this week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation released its final regulations to govern the ban.  Yesterday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a statewide education and outreach campaign to ensure that New Yorkers are aware of the March 1 ban on single-use plastic bags.  The BYOBagNY campaign, spearheaded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, includes TV and radio advertisements, social media, Google Ads, and events hosted by Feeding New York State food banks across the state.

"Right this minute, plastic bags are hanging in trees, blowing down the streets, filling up our landfills and polluting our lakes, rivers and streams—all hurting our environment," Cuomo said. "Twelve million barrels of oil are used to make the plastic bags we use every year and by 2050 there will be more plastic by weight in the oceans than fish. We took bold action to protect our environment and ban these environmental blights and with this campaign we're going to make sure New Yorkers are ready and have all the facts."

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posticon Y Announces New Board of Directors

Around Town | Friday, February 21, 2020 | By Trish Mullin Print
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The YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County announced Tuesday the appointment of four outstanding members of the Tompkins County community as new board members for 2020: Christopher Kusznir, Candace Maxian, Christopher Mott and Vicki Taylor Brous.

Kusznir is a NYS licensed real estate broker at Key Brokers. He is the son of two first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Poland. He loves Ithaca for its diversity and warm embrace of civic engagement. He has worked as a business professional in the Ithaca-Tompkins area since 2005. Kusznir serves on the Commons Advisory Board and the Commons Client Committee. He currently provides oversight for his three businesses while pursuing his career in real estate. He is a loving father and ambitious entrepreneur with experience in real estate, business start-up, management, sales, insurance, marketing and fundraising.

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