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August 1st is a date known around town for the shifting tectonic plates of renters vacating apartments and claiming new spaces, perhaps leaving spaces in the market for the area’s newcomers. July’s lead up to the August move-out is almost more recognizable for the free piles littering curbs …

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Ever since it was founded on April 17, 1817, Tompkins County has developed a innovative reputation for itself that far exceeds its relatively small size. Institutions such as Cornell University and Ithaca College, and a destination in the Finger Lakes, attract creative minds from around the …

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Moving begins the process of making a house, or living space, a home. Home can be more than feeling at ease within a set of rooms though, and the feeling of home can come with a sense of belonging within a community. For Kerry Barnes, Tompkins County Public Library Foundation assistant direc…

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As the other, smaller school in Ithaca, Ithaca College has the tendency to get overlooked. That school on East Hill is quite good at tooting its own horn, while Ithaca College toils quietly along, doing what it is good at and not saying a lot about it.

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Sometime in December of this year, the City of Ithaca will complete the largest public-works undertaking in its history: major renovations to the city’s water supply infrastructure. The $37.5 million water supply project is the result of a years-long debate about whether to rebuild the exist…

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Town/gown relations in college towns are often discussed in terms of what kind of a voluntary contribution the institutions of higher learning give to the municipality to offset the effect of their property tax-exempt status. Cornell is on record as making the point that in addition to its a…

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There’s a whole lot of jackhammering going on in downtown Ithaca these days. The three-year Commons project is all-but-complete. There’s likely going to be a fountain going in where there’s still a blank space in Bank Alley, but lots of new buildings are going up all around the pedestrian mall. 

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So you just moved to the greater Ithaca area, and you might have some questions: “Where do I pay my parking ticket?” “When is trash day?” “Where can I renew my car registration?” “Where can I get a passport?” “Where can I get a judgment on my credit report?”. 

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In July the city of Ithaca began the process of replacing the familiar “lollypop” coin-fed parking meters with digitally-capable pay stations. Right now, there are 23 stations set up in downtown and Collegetown; the plan is to replace a total of 900 coin meters with 60 of these pay stations …

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Nestled at the bottom of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca is a city of water. Without leaving the boundaries of the city, you can sightsee along Cascadilla and Fall Creeks as they rush between the steep walls of gorges, explore the milder grade of the trails along Six Mile Creek, or amble along the wide …

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Until November, fresh produce is available straight from the farmer within walking distance of downtown Ithaca five days a week, although downtowners are probably better off driving or taking a bus to the Wednesday market at East Hill Plaza. Alongside food you’ll find arts and other crafts, …

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If you want to learning something about a new place often a good starting point is to learn its history. For anyone interested in investigating or even just browsing the history of Ithaca, there is a very accessible resource just a couple of minutes walk from the Commons. The History Center …

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Ithaca—justly celebrated for its natural beauty, cultural resources and general liveability— has been the home of a surprising number of notable and eminent people. At various times, members of the glitterati have trod the streets of our fair city, all to the greater glory of Ithaca.

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What makes a restaurant a “family restaurant”? You are looking for a separate kids’ menu somewhere in the clutter of the full raft of offerings. There ought to be something for kids to do during that period when you are simply waiting for your food to be cooked (which kids don’t understand a…