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No more business as usual

In early March, local entrepreneur Alicia Dianne celebrated the opening of her small business, The Portrait Studio, in downtown Ithaca with a ribbon cutting. She was open for about a month before …
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Make yourself count in Census 2020

Wednesday, April 1, was Census Day. With COVID-19 taking up much of the news cycle presently, local and national leaders are urging the public to not neglect this once-a-decade count that will …

Cayuga Health Opens New Online Community Resource and Donation Center

**This is an official release from the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article. April 2, 2020 Ithaca, New York –– The Cayuga Medical Center …

Loaves & Fishes responds to COVID-19 needs

  **This is an official release from Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article. Since March 16, Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County has …

Child Development Council Increases Access to Baby Essentials and Childcare

  **This is an official notice from the United Way of Tompkins County. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article. Ithaca, NY – Through joint funding from United Way of …
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Cornell looks back after COVID-19 ends season
What was supposed to be a down year for Cornell wrestling ended up being one of improbable success. Yes, the Big Red failed to win the …
Lansing’s Gisler stands out at states
On Saturday, March 7, Tompkins County was well-represented in Staten Island for the Indoor Track and Field New York State …
Newfield Trojans capture another sectional title
The Newfield Trojans boys basketball team is heading to the state tournament for the third time in four years. After Newfield won the …
Dryden eighth-grader to race at states
On Thursday, March 5, Dryden eighth-grader Ben Wojcik (woe-check) will be making the trip to Holimont Ski Resort in Ellicottville for …
Newfield gains momentum from IAC Championships
For the first time since 1980, both the Newfield boys and girls basketball teams were crowned IAC champions in the same season. For …
Columns & opinions
Religious leaders discuss faith in time of coronavirus
The coronavirus has closed Lansing’s churches and temples, but the communities they represent continue to congregate and worship at home and online. Tompkins Weekly reached out to the leaders …
Schools keep students educated, connected
As mentioned in last week’s column, the administrators, faculty and staff of the Groton Central School District have been going above and beyond the call of duty these past few weeks to ensure …
Trumansburg starts free grocery delivery program
On March 21, Trumansburg Mayor Rordan Hart announced that the village had collaborated with staff at Ithaca-based company RosieApp to offer free pickup or delivery of groceries for residents who have …
We’ll get through this together
In times of crisis, I always think of the quote, “when in the history of telling someone to stay calm has someone actually stayed calm?” I won’t tell you to stay calm, but I will …

Hall of mirrors, house of cards with COVID-19

My brother, who in his working life spends a lot of time in the developing world, has always said that the difference between intensely impoverished places and us “First World” nations is …

Local businesses committed to help
While it is certainly clear that our nation, states, cities, towns and villages, including our own Groton, are consumed with how we cope with Covid-19 and all its ramifications. The ways in which …
Business & Agriculture
Ithaca-based Rheonix creates fast COVID-19 test
In New York state, tests for COVID-19 can take a week to return results, a process that inhibits efforts to flatten the curve and slow …
Ithacan offers support to parents in need
Early last month, local parent Elisabeth Harrod launched Purpose Parenting, a mentoring business where she helps parents get through …
Restaurants adjust to new health safety regulations
During the past week, bars and restaurants throughout Tompkins County have been struggling as coronavirus-related restrictions rapidly …
Tips & tricks to get your home ready for spring
While COVID-19 concerns demand social isolation, lots of county residents are staying in their homes, some finding they have more free …
Groton Farmer Challenge celebrates success
On Saturday, Feb. 22, more than 140 farmers and friends of Groton’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) gathered at Stonehedges Golf …
Trumansburg Connection: Project Based Learning finds a unique home in T-Burg
Standardized testing is holding strong as the benchmark for measuring student success, although some schools are able to push back …
Arts & entertainment

Ithaca Farmers Market: Open this weekend and next at the outdoor pavilion!

**This is an official update from the Ithaca Farmers Market. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article. In light of the recent and rapid COVID-19 changes in our community, the Ithaca Farmers …

County grapples with evolving COVID-19 situation

On March 12, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, a pandemic. In the past few weeks, county government, organizations and businesses have responded to the …

Lessons learned from ‘The Little Mermaid’

As I prepared to write this week’s column, it was my intention to feature the opening of the Groton High School Drama Club’s musical, “The Little Mermaid,” which was supposed …

Hiking opportunities provide natural reprieve

Springtime warmth and fresh breezes compel us to get outdoors. Fortunately, Lansing’s hiking trails offer walks fit for everyone – from short to long and easy to difficult. The …
Shoppers, businesses adjust to plastic bag ban
On March 1, New York state’s plastic bag ban and Tompkins County’s paper bag fee went into full effect, and residents and business owners alike are still getting used to the new normal. …
Jessica Gosa: saving money while saving lives
When asked what role Foodnet serves in Tompkins County, Executive Director Jessica Gosa got to the heart of the matter. “Nationally, 33% of all seniors admitted to the hospital have a …
Communities share small business appreciation
In 2006, owner Larry VanOstrand, along with manager Jeff Hopkins, took over the operation of Instant Replay Sports on Third Street in Ithaca, turning their love of sporting goods into a small …