Section of Forest Home Drive will be closed much of Friday for utility work

Section of Forest Home Drive will be closed much of Friday for utility work

Update: A section of Forest Home Drive will be closed on Friday, June 12th, so New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) can replace a utility pole.

According to the Town of Ithaca, the affected section is from Caldwell Road, just southeast of the recently replaced one-lane bridge adjacent to the wildflower garden at the Cornell Plantations, to Warren Road.

The closure will be from 8am until about 2pm on Friday. The work was originally scheduled for Thursday.

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Power outages across Finger Lakes as Ithaca and Tompkins County remain under tornado watch

Power outages across Finger Lakes as Ithaca and Tompkins County remain under tornado watch

The National Weather Service says a tornado watch remains in effect for a 12-county area that includes Ithaca and Tompkins County, through 8pm Monday. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 2:30pm.

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) says power should be restored by about 7pm to most of the several hundred customers in the Trumansburg area without power. Some 3,000 customers are without power in neighboring Schuyler and Steuben Counties, and several hundred more scattered across counties throughout Central New York.

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Commercial truck spill closes Campus Road on Cornell campus

Commercial truck spill closes Campus Road on Cornell campus

Early this afternoon, a spill from a commercial vehicle forced the closure of Campus Road, the east-west thoroughfare on the south side of the Cornell University campus, according to Cornell officials. An alert at 12:42pm said the road would be closed for about 30 minutes.

Update: Cornell says Campus Road is now open to all traffic, as of 1:45pm.

Cornell's alert encouraged drivers to "find alternate routes during this time," and said the closure was "due to a commercial vehicle oil spill."

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Neighbors petition Tompkins County legislators on plans for old library site

Neighbors petition Tompkins County legislators on plans for old library site

The Tompkins County Legislature is meeting Tuesday morning to consider proposals for the site of the old Tompkins County Public Library, and the Dewitt Park Neighborhood Association has started a petition to help focus the discussion.

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It's going to be a bit harder to get up South Hill starting Monday

It's going to be a bit harder to get up South Hill starting Monday

Starting Monday June 8, leave some extra time to get up the south hill via 96b. 

South Aurora St. will be closed from Prospect St. to Coddington Road (by Rogan's Corner). The work zone will be closed to thru traffic, but crews will try to keep cross streets open for area residents. 

The recommended detour heading south (ie: up the hill) is Coddington Road to Hudson Street to Aurora Street (reverse if heading north).

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Food was tainted with antifreeze in Ithaca cat poisonings, say Cornell vets

Food was tainted with antifreeze in Ithaca cat poisonings, say Cornell vets

Animal control officers "found a plastic container of dry cat food mixed with a liquid later identified as ethylene glycol" in a Collegetown parking lot where one cat was found dead, and three others very sick, on Sunday, according to SPCA of Tompkins County executive director Jim Bouderau.

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City of Ithaca hosting community meetings to discuss sidewalk replacement plans

City of Ithaca hosting community meetings to discuss sidewalk replacement plans

Maybe the t-shirts should say "Ithaca is Sidewalks." The City of Ithaca has a new Sidewalk Improvement District plan that takes sidewalk repair and rebuilding responsibilities out of homeowners' and business owners' hands, while charging set fees to property owners.

Ithaca Sidewalk Improvement District 1.Ithaca Sidewalk Improvement District 1.The City is hosting a series of meetings to get input on how the sidewalk repair process will work, and there are two meetings this Monday and Tuesday evening. 

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One cat has died due to Ithaca area pet poisonings, says SPCA

One cat has died due to Ithaca area pet poisonings, says SPCA

Four cats have been affected and one has died after being brought in with what the SPCA of Tompkins County says are "symptoms pointing towards an intentional poisoning." In a warning to the community on Sunday night, they urged area residents to "Keep your pets indoors when not supervised."

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Someone may be intentionally poisoning cats in Ithaca, says Tompkins SPCA

Someone may be intentionally poisoning cats in Ithaca, says Tompkins SPCA

"Keep your pets indoors when not supervised," warns the SPCA of Tompkins County in an alert to the community. "A number of cats have come in over the last couple of days with symptoms pointing towards an intentional poisoning," they say.

> Monday update: One cat has died and more details

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IFD will be training in Cornell parking garage Saturday morning

IFD will be training in Cornell parking garage Saturday morning

Crews from the Ithaca Fire Department will be conducting training exercises in Cornell University's parking garage on Saturday morning, according to an advisory from Cornell. 

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