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1 – Ithaca Old Library and waterfront projects steam ahead
After procedural hurdles, Ithaca Old Library, Waterfront projects steam ahead — In many plans with multiple steps, there’s an easy part, and a hard part. For a pair of projects proposed in the city of Ithaca, the hard part is done, relatively speaking.
2 – Cornell University’s new president takes charge
New Cornell University president Martha Pollack takes charge — Martha Pollack took charge Monday as the university’s 14th president. She previously served as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs of the University of Michigan.
Trustee Jan Rock Zubrow, who chaired the president search committee, said in November that Pollack filled the need for “bold, strategic leadership” at a complex institution.
3 – Healthy eatery opens in Ithaca
Active lifestyle eatery opens in Ithaca this week — CoreLife Eatery, a small chain that began in Syracuse, opened its 10th location in Ithaca last week. The restaurant serves green bowls, grain bowls and broth bowls and advertises food made from scratch using fresh ingredients and food that is free of trans fats, artificial ingredients and GMOs. Reviewers (on Facebook at least) have been happy with the food so far. The restaurant is located at 740 S. Meadow St.
4 – Ithaca police bolster presence downtown after recent violent crimes
Ithaca police to increase presence downtown after recent violent crimes — After a shooting and two robberies in or near Downtown Ithaca, Acting Police Chief Pete Tyler announced the Ithaca Police Department would increase patrols downtown.
There have been no updates in the shooting or robbery cases.
5 – Police continue to search for possibly armed subject, initially near Ithaca College
Update: Sheriff’s office says search continues for possibly armed suspect in Ithaca area — Police say they are continuing the search for a potentially armed suspect in the Ithaca area who was found trespassing with stolen firearms. Local authorities are looking for Jason R. Fisher, 42, after the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a trespassing complaint at 950 Danby Rd., at the South Hill Business Campus across from Ithaca College.
6 – $500K grant will help open detox center in Ithaca
$500K grant awarded to help support detox, rehabilitation center in Tompkins — The Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Care Compass Network Innovation Fund. The award will be used to develop a 20-24 bed residential detox/stabilization and rehabilitation center in Tompkins County. The Alcohol & Drug Council said the facility will offer “a 24/7 walk-in path to recovery that is simple and stigma free.”
7 – Ithaca has a new pizza spot
2 brothers launch Franco’s Pizzeria on West State Street in Ithaca — The building Franco’s Pizzeria is located in used to be Felicia’s Atomic Lounge, which closed in Aug. 2015. When brothers Francesco and Salvatore Evola saw the location was for sale, they pursued the opportunity: they had a vision for their restaurant and worked hard to convert it from the bar it was previously to the pizzeria it is today.
8 – Cornell student who gave documents to media vindicated after investigation
9 – Man saved from Salmon Creek after trying to rescue dog (the dog was OK, too)
Rescuers: man saved from Salmon Creek in Lansing after jumping in to save dog — A man and his dog were rescued from Salmon Creek Friday in the Ludlowville area of Lansing. A local resident was walking his dog near Salmon Creek when it jumped in and was swept downstream. The man was also swept downstream when went to rescue his dog. Both were rescued safely.
10 – Hundreds take part in Ithaca’s March for Science