Town of Ithaca: If you can't stop illegal gorge swimmers, tow 'em

Town of Ithaca: If you can't stop illegal gorge swimmers, tow 'em

Just two weeks ago, a man had to be rescued while swimming illegally in Six Mile Creek gorge near Second Dam, but despite warnings and reminders that it's illegal and dangerous, people haven't stopped. The Town of Ithaca has started trying another approach: towing the swimmers' illegally parked cars.

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Ithaca's YMCA tries crowdfunding for new community playground

Ithaca's YMCA tries crowdfunding for new community playground

An area at the north end of the YMCA building on North Triphammer Road is already being used for outdoor play, but it could soon be a top-notch playground for the whole community. The YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County is holding a "crowdfunding" campaign to raise the $23,000 needed.

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With freshly laid-down ice and freshly painted lines at Lynah Rink, Cornell starts thinking about 2014-15 hockey season

With freshly laid-down ice and freshly painted lines at Lynah Rink, Cornell starts thinking about 2014-15 hockey season

In a process that lasts several days, Cornell Athletics has put down fresh ice in Lynah Rink, the legendary barn that's home to the Big Red men's and women's hockey teams. At the same time, Cornell has announced the schedule for the upcoming men's hockey season.

Lynah has a concrete floor for several weeks each spring, and is used for events such as commencement weekend festivities. Fresh ice goes down early in the summer so Cornell can host its annual summer hockey camps.

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Simeon's owners reach out for community help for displaced restaurant staff

Simeon's owners reach out for community help for displaced restaurant staff

The owners of Simeon's on the Commons, Dean Zervos and Richard Avery, say the countless offers of help for the family of Amanda Bush and other Simeon's staff members are "most appreciated." They say they'll accept material donations to help the staff on a Fall Creek porch.

There will be boxes and coolers on the covered porch at 215 King Street, across from Fall Creek Elementary School.

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Ithaca police swear in their latest officer: a Czech German Shepherd named Bert

Ithaca police swear in their latest officer: a Czech German Shepherd named Bert

The Ithaca Police Department’s newest member stands on four legs. 

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Ithaca works with United Way of Tompkins County to establish fund for Amanda Bush's family

Ithaca works with United Way of Tompkins County to establish fund for Amanda Bush's family

Mayor Svante Myrick met with family members of Amanda Bush, the young mother killed in Friday afternoon's tragic crash at Simeon's on the Commons, and with representatives of the United Way of Tompkins County on Monday morning. "The family needs our support, so we've established a fund with the help of the United Way," Mayor Myrick says.

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City considering new year-round plan to replace odd-even parking regulations

City considering new year-round plan to replace odd-even parking regulations

Mayor Svante Myrick, who rarely drives and doesn't own a car, has said he would just as soon do away with odd-even parking regulations in the City of Ithaca. The Board of Public Works is holding a public feedback session on Monday afternoon to get comments from the community on a new plan that would replace the widely derided policy with year-round rotating parking restrictions, in a fifth of the City on one day each week.

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Crash victim, identified as Simeon's bartender, was a young mother

Crash victim, identified as Simeon's bartender, was a young mother

City of Ithaca officials on Saturday morning identified the fatality in Friday afternoon's tragedy as 27-year-old Amanda Bush. The Simeon's bartender, originally from Genoa, was a young mother with a 14-month-old daughter.

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Truck has been pulled from Downtown Ithaca accident scene, say City officials

Truck has been pulled from Downtown Ithaca accident scene, say City officials

Mayor Svante Myrick says the front of the building that houses Simeon's on the Commons was removed using a "controlled demolition" earlier this evening so a tractor trailer that slammed into the Downtown Ithaca building could be extracted. One person was killed and several more injured this afternoon when the truck carrying cars was unable to slow down enough to make a turn onto Aurora Street and crashed into Simeon's at about 4:10 on Friday.

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One dead, several injured after a runaway tractor trailer crashes into Simeon's on the Commons

One dead, several injured after a runaway tractor trailer crashes into Simeon's on the Commons

"We can confirm there is at least one casualty," Ithaca Police Department public affairs officer Jamie Williamson told gathered members of the media at a press conference early Friday evening in the wake of a crash at Simeon's on the Commons. "At least four people were injured and transported to a local hospital," Williamson said. "A fifth person may have been injured and taken himself to the hospital."

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