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1 — Life-saving actions taken by Ithaca cops draw praise
5 Ithaca cops honored for saving lives, capturing suspects in 4-person stabbing – Five Ithaca Police officers were honored Monday afternoon for saving lives and capturing two suspects during a 2013 stabbing that left four women with serious injuries. Ithaca Voice
2 — A marvelous profile showing how farming can be a tool to help Tompkins veterans adjust to civilian life
Taking to the fields again: Tompkins veterans find farming a pathway home – Part V of the Ithaca Voice’s series, “Hope on the Homefront,” with writing by Melissa Whitworth and photography by Dave Burbank. Ithaca Voice
3 — N.Y. raises fast food workers’ wages to $15/hour — is that a good thing?
Mayor Myrick praises $15/hr minimum wage for fast food workers – Myrick gave a few principal reasons the benefits of the fast food wage hike — which have been criticized by many business leaders and some economists — would extend beyond the workers themselves. Ithaca Voice
4 — A new Chapter is written! Ol’ Chappy’s is being rebuilt following destruction in spring fire
New Chapter House bar to open in August 2016 – The bar was closed in a destructive blaze this April. Ithaca Voice
5 — So long, sweet Stella’s
City Hall surprised, confused by sudden closure of Stella’s – “I’m just shocked — absolutely shocked,” one city official said. “I haven’t heard back from anyone about what’s going on.” Ithaca Voice
6 — Sobering news about the likely compensation for Simeon’s crash victims
Insurance firm asks court to divide up to $1 million among Simeon’s crash victims – A national insurance company says it is ready to pay a total of $1 million to the victims of a 2014 crash at Simeon’s Restaurant in downtown Ithaca under its agreement with a Washington-based trucking company. Ithaca Voice
7 — Prominent Ithaca officials spar over federal affordable housing policy
Update: Rep. Reed spokesperson responds to Mayor Myrick’s criticisms – A spokesperson of Rep. Tom Reed defended the local Congressman from criticisms that he hasn’t done enough at the federal level to help affordable housing projects in Ithaca. Ithaca Voice
8 — A look back at GrassRoots 2015
Is this the biggest GrassRoots photo gallery ever? – 191 — 191! — images, including the jolly looking chap below. Ithaca Voice
9 — Massive expansion underway at popular Ithaca brewery
Ithaca Beer Co. breaks ground on expansion more than doubling brewery’s size – “We’re really just poising ourselves for the next level of growth.” Ithaca Voice
10 — And a new eatery on Green Street caters to the thrifty
New sandwich shop opens in downtown Ithaca – There is nothing on the menu that costs more than $5. Ithaca Voice
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