ITHACA, N.Y. — Happy New Year, Ithaca Voice readers!

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Before we turn the page to 2016, we’ve decided to look back at some of the biggest stories of 2015 — including the positive ones that affirmed our love for this eclectic little town.

Here they are:

1 — Ithaca weather joke makes international headlines

2 — Spontaneous Harry Potter event draws thousands to Ithaca almost overnight

3 — The Commons finally reopen — with much excitement, fanfare and performance by legendary rapper

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4 — Beloved Ithaca institution, ShortStop Deli, staying in local hands

5 — After uproar, Ithaca’s police chief makes meaningful community connections

6 — Cornell appoints a whip-smart new president with big plans for global university

7 — Celebrating, understanding, helping Tompkins’ military service members — past and present

8 — Fire destroys Chapter House, but Ithaca’s historic bar will make a comeback

9 — Ithaca judge cites Peter Pan, other literary greats in throwing out charge over pink fairy graffiti

10 — New restaurants galore in downtown Ithaca, Collegetown, Tompkins!

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.