Beer-tasting fundraiser Sunday as Ithaca Community Fireworks approaches its goal

Beer-tasting fundraiser Sunday as Ithaca Community Fireworks approaches its goal

With just a few days left before the Ithaca Community Fireworks, organizers say they're within $3,000 of a $20,000 fundraising goal to cover the cost of the annual show.

For the first time this year, fundraising efforts will include a beer tasting at Agava Restaurant on East Hill. The tasting is from 3-6pm on Sunday, June 28th, and $10 tickets include tastings from Southern Tier Brewing, Three Heads Brewing, Goose Island Beer, and Shock Top.

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Business Bootcamp program for girls being hosted at Cornell's Johnson School

Business Bootcamp program for girls being hosted at Cornell's Johnson School

Girls will have an opportunity to learn how to make their entrepreneurial ideas profitable thanks to an exciting new Business Program sponsored by the Johnson School's Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University. Local entrepreneurs, along with Cornell faculty and students, will teach girls 13 to 18 years old how to start their own business and make it successful.

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United Way invites Ithaca community to come together for photo to support Charleston

United Way invites Ithaca community to come together for photo to support Charleston

The United Way of Tompkins County says "Ithaca ♥️ Charleston," and they're inviting the whole community to join together to show it, "by making a human message of love, caring and support." They're organizing an aerial photo on Friday morning at Ithaca High School.

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St. James AME Zion Church in Ithaca will hold Vigil of Remembrance for Charleston victims

St. James AME Zion Church in Ithaca will hold Vigil of Remembrance for Charleston victims

The St. James African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church in Ithaca's west end invites the community to "A Vigil of Remembrance for the Charleston Nine," calling to memory the nine churchgoers slain in Charleston, South Carolina last Wednesday night. The gathering will begin at 6pm this Thursday evening, June 25th.

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No new leads in cat poisoning investigation, in which 12 cats have died, says SPCA

No new leads in cat poisoning investigation, in which 12 cats have died, says SPCA

A total of twelve cats have died as a result of what the SPCA of Tompkins County calls "intentional" poisoning, says SPCA executive director Jim Bouderau. "We have no new leads in the case, and the investigation is ongoing," he tells us.

A member of Collegetown's cat population. 14850 file photo.A member of Collegetown's cat population. 14850 file photo.

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Ithaca parents seek signatures for open letter to school district on limiting screen time

Ithaca parents seek signatures for open letter to school district on limiting screen time

Digital devices can be a big distraction for kids, and Ithaca parents are urging educators in the Ithaca City School District to respect their preferences when it comes to screen time. A local group is reaching out to fellow parents interested in signing their open letter to the district.

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Flood warning for Ithaca area into weekend as Cayuga Lake rises above flood stage

Flood warning for Ithaca area into weekend as Cayuga Lake rises above flood stage

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Ithaca area "from this afternoon until further notice," saying Cayuga Lake is above flood level and is expected to stay that way until the weekend.

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Vote Watkins Glen International as the best NASCAR track, urges Senator Chuck Schumer

Vote Watkins Glen International as the best NASCAR track, urges Senator Chuck Schumer

New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer, is an unapologetic booster for the Empire State, and this week he's reminding residents there are a few days left to vote for Watkins Glen International in USA Today's Reader Choice contest for best NASCAR track.

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Greenhouse visiting hours extended as Cornell's second Titan Arum plant begins to bloom

Greenhouse visiting hours extended as Cornell's second Titan Arum plant begins to bloom

"Wee Stinky," Cornell's odiferous plant that has delighted countless visitors when it bloomed in 2012 and again in 2014, has a sibling -- and "Carolus" is beginning to open. Greenhouse hours have been extended on Monday until 10pm for visitors.

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North Spencer school closed for the year, seeking help cleaning up

North Spencer school closed for the year, seeking help cleaning up

North Spencer Christian Academy was so damaged by last night's flooding that the school will be closed for the remainder of the year, say administrators. The school is asking for adult volunteers to help clean up and survey, and for donations to help with the costs.

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