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Elan Shapiro grew up in Brooklyn and after graduation from Columbia University, began medical school at Mt. Sinai Medical School. During two years of med school, Elan observed that the model he was studying was based upon disease rather than on health and decided this was the time to seek ou…

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Some of us met Tim Turecek when he was a teacher or a principal, or later when he served as school superintendent in Marathon, NY. Others met Tim during his administrative stint at New Roots School in Ithaca, and some of us worked with him when he taught incarcerated teens in a secure state …

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Everyone who works at Shelter Outreach Services (SOS) has a marvelous story, which can be read on their website http://shelteroutreachservices.org/, as well as the pictures of the gorgeous dogs and cats, who have been cared for and saved by the veterinarian team! “Shelter Outreach Services (…

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Felix Teitelbaum is the ideal person to manage the up and coming community radio station, WRFI. Located in a historic downtown Ithaca building, when one enters the station there’s a lot going on. Day and night. Young people, seniors, college kids, pass in and out. Some work alone quietly, ot…

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When the Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) community garden had to be uprooted for construction in 2009, Katrina Baxter of the Southside Community Center suggested  LACS create a U-Pick Garden where young people could participate in growing healthy food. Katie Church, Dan Flerage, A…

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Maurice Lamar Bradford of Hot Springs, Arkansas catapulted from his hometown across the country to Ithaca, New York in time for football practice in the summer of 2016. A legend at home referred to fondly as “Mo,” Cornell recognized this storied young man—a National Honor Society student wit…

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Judy Stock figured out what made her happy in fourth grade when she learned to play clarinet; later, singing in her school choir, she had her happiest moments making music amongst friends. “I didn’t mind auditioning, being on stage—I was a middle child and I liked the attention,” Judy laughs.

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A native Ithacan, Ahmed Telfair’s parents, Jacquelyn Bailor and Anthony Telfair, grew up in Tompkins County. Ahmed’s ancestors, Peter and Phyllis Webb, were selected by the History Center for their bicentennial exhibition “The Webbs: A Tompkins County Family.” The Center highlighted the Webb…

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Growing up in the South, David Furber was drawn to both history and technology. He recalls that his eighth-grade social studies project was a narrative and series of pictures Furber had taken accompanying an exhibit about the local history of his hometown, Powder Springs, Georgia. Later in c…

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Growing up, John Corbin’s family moved around a lot. In 2012, when John was 15, he joined his father in Ithaca. Completing his GED early, he entered the world of work: first, as a dishwasher at Northstar in Fall Creek, then over time he moved up to sous chef, working with the owners.

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Growing up, Michail Konstantinos Chalkiopoulos knew that he loved music most of all, and he urged his mother to help him receive piano lessons. But the family resources in their home in Patras, Greece could only be stretched so far. Instead, he studied hard at school, starting with English c…

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Many readers have been out of town, even out of the country when they need emergency tech assistance: They’ve washed their iPhone in with their clothes. They spill coffee on their keyboard.They forgot their charging cable. So, they make their way to a Staples store and

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Growing up Brandy Nielsen observed first-hand the challenges children with developmental diagnoses and their families face. Some families cannot find the time, energy and resources essential to address special needs. Brandy’s family encouraged each person’s development, according to his or h…

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Elan Shapiro grew up in Brooklyn and after graduation from Columbia University, began medical school at Mt. Sinai Medical School. During two years of med school, Elan observed that the model he was studying was based upon disease rather than on health and decided this was the time to seek ou…

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Some of us met Tim Turecek when he was a teacher or a principal, or later when he served as school superintendent in Marathon, NY. Others met Tim during his administrative stint at New Roots School in Ithaca, and some of us worked with him when he taught incarcerated teens in a secure state …

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Everyone who works at Shelter Outreach Services (SOS) has a marvelous story, which can be read on their website http://shelteroutreachservices.org/, as well as the pictures of the gorgeous dogs and cats, who have been cared for and saved by the veterinarian team! “Shelter Outreach Services (…

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Felix Teitelbaum is the ideal person to manage the up and coming community radio station, WRFI. Located in a historic downtown Ithaca building, when one enters the station there’s a lot going on. Day and night. Young people, seniors, college kids, pass in and out. Some work alone quietly, ot…

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When the Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) community garden had to be uprooted for construction in 2009, Katrina Baxter of the Southside Community Center suggested  LACS create a U-Pick Garden where young people could participate in growing healthy food. Katie Church, Dan Flerage, A…

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Maurice Lamar Bradford of Hot Springs, Arkansas catapulted from his hometown across the country to Ithaca, New York in time for football practice in the summer of 2016. A legend at home referred to fondly as “Mo,” Cornell recognized this storied young man—a National Honor Society student wit…

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Judy Stock figured out what made her happy in fourth grade when she learned to play clarinet; later, singing in her school choir, she had her happiest moments making music amongst friends. “I didn’t mind auditioning, being on stage—I was a middle child and I liked the attention,” Judy laughs.

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A native Ithacan, Ahmed Telfair’s parents, Jacquelyn Bailor and Anthony Telfair, grew up in Tompkins County. Ahmed’s ancestors, Peter and Phyllis Webb, were selected by the History Center for their bicentennial exhibition “The Webbs: A Tompkins County Family.” The Center highlighted the Webb…

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Growing up in the South, David Furber was drawn to both history and technology. He recalls that his eighth-grade social studies project was a narrative and series of pictures Furber had taken accompanying an exhibit about the local history of his hometown, Powder Springs, Georgia. Later in c…

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Growing up, John Corbin’s family moved around a lot. In 2012, when John was 15, he joined his father in Ithaca. Completing his GED early, he entered the world of work: first, as a dishwasher at Northstar in Fall Creek, then over time he moved up to sous chef, working with the owners.

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Growing up, Michail Konstantinos Chalkiopoulos knew that he loved music most of all, and he urged his mother to help him receive piano lessons. But the family resources in their home in Patras, Greece could only be stretched so far. Instead, he studied hard at school, starting with English c…

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Many readers have been out of town, even out of the country when they need emergency tech assistance: They’ve washed their iPhone in with their clothes. They spill coffee on their keyboard.They forgot their charging cable. So, they make their way to a Staples store and

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Growing up Brandy Nielsen observed first-hand the challenges children with developmental diagnoses and their families face. Some families cannot find the time, energy and resources essential to address special needs. Brandy’s family encouraged each person’s development, according to his or h…

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Remember that neighborhood place you’d go to on Sunday nights, before life got so frenetic? No cover. Local musicians whom you admire from around town. Volume just right for catching up with friends who love the place too? 

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Nomi Falk and her sister Daniella have spent their whole lives in Fall Creek in Ithaca, NY. Sort of. Nomi, 14, who is heading to Ithaca High School in a few weeks, visits Israel (where her father Oren Falk and mother Yael Levitte grew up) once a year. This year the family also spent time in …

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According to bagel experts Long Island is right at the top of the charts for producing authentic New York style bagels.  Brothers Ramsey and Gregar Brous have the story how authentic bagels became a staple in Ithaca: Parents Ira and Anne Brous grew up on Long Island. As a young adult Anne wo…

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Despite the stories of self-dealing coming out of Washington, I still respect the dedication and hard work the majority of our elected officials display. But Tom O’Mara (NY Senate 58th), the senator who represents Enfield, Ithaca, Newfield and Ulysses, is cut from a different cloth. In his nine years in the Senate, Mr. O’Mara has done little to benefit those of us who live in the Southern Tier. His real accomplishment is personal enrichment at the expense of the taxpayers. Read more

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Governor Cuomo balled out National Grid for launching an unexpected moratorium on gas hookups downstate. He scolded John Rhodes at the Public Service Commission for failure to oversee utility planning. Many applauded the governor, but they were wrong. I’ll explain why. Read more

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While we celebrate the legal judgement that dropped all charges against Cadji Ferguson and Rose DeGroat, we believe our community needs to take concrete steps and change priorities in order to prevent the injustice and suffering endured by Cadji and Rose from ever happening again. Read more

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I am writing in regard to TCAT Bus 2506, which services various routes. Riding this bus is like entering an MRI machine without prior warning. At first glance, I thought this bus was a mobile clinic, protecting confidentiality of its users. I was shocked that it was in fact my TCAT transportation. My beautiful autumn days with colorful fall foliage are now observed through a haze. TCAT Bus 2506 now has all windows, except the driver’s, covered with 50 percent shade. I have been a passenger on TCAT buses many times in the last six years, enjoying the opportunity of seeing the beauty of the four seasons. Read more

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My office has offered a literal door directly into the Mayor’s Office for eight years this January. Through that door, I have seen Svante Myrick at work as few others have. As I now share some of what I’ve seen, and I believe objectively so, let me nonetheless place an important disclaimer right up front: as City Attorney, I not only work closely with the Mayor, but was appointed by the Mayor and serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. Read more

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Despite the stories of self-dealing coming out of Washington, I still respect the dedication and hard work the majority of our elected officials display. But Tom O’Mara (NY Senate 58th), the senator who represents Enfield, Ithaca, Newfield and Ulysses, is cut from a different cloth. In his nine years in the Senate, Mr. O’Mara has done little to benefit those of us who live in the Southern Tier. His real accomplishment is personal enrichment at the expense of the taxpayers. Read more

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