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1 – Massive construction project moves forward
Massive Maplewood project gets underway in Ithaca — It’s not much to look at the moment – a vast dirt lot with a gravel drive and some infrastructure equipment strewn about. But Maplewood Park, currently Ithaca and Tompkins County’s largest construction project, is only just beginning.
2 – Newfield man killed in motorcycle crash
Police: Newfield man killed in Friday motorcycle crash — Officials responded at 3 p.m. April 21 to the area near 1956 West Danby Road after receiving reports of a motorcycle crash. Zane Cotto, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.
3 – Ithaca police officer ‘no longer employed’ after charges
Ithaca police officer ‘no longer employed’ after alleged DWI, gun incidents — An Ithaca police officer is “no longer employed” by the department after being charged with a DWI in Newfield and allegedly pulling a gun on a person in Florida.
4 – Solar panel debate heats up in Dryden
In Dryden, a solar panel debate heats up — “No matter where we go, we always find the first reaction is surprise … change is disconcerting.”
Bharath Srinivasan was conciliatory when asked whether the opposition to his firm’s plans for two solar arrays caught him by surprise. “No matter where you go, even if the community is generally for solar, people tend to be worried about change.”
5 – Records: 2 found with meth-making ingredients in Newfield
Court documents: Two men found with various ingredients to make methamphetamine in Newfield — Two men were indicted in Tompkins County Court on Thursday morning, after police say a traffic stop in Newfield led officers to find various methamphetamine ingredients in their possession.
6 – Ithaca, Lansing high schools make it to top national list
Ithaca, Lansing high schools named on national best high school list — Ithaca High School and Lansing High School made it to U.S. News & World Report’s list of top high schools in the country and ranked high among Central New York schools.
7 – Hazing gets longtime Cornell a capella group ‘permanently dismissed’
Cornell a capella group permanently dismissed after ‘dangerous and humiliating’ hazing — New members and non-senior members of Cayuga’s Waiters, an all-male a capella group formed in 1949, were reportedly subjected to “dangerous and humiliating” hazing rituals. During the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, members were required sit naked in an ice bath, apply Icy Hot to their genitals and race up and down the street and consume foods, according to the university’s hazing website.
8 – With tests done, it’s now time for action on lead in water in Ithaca City School District
The latest tests done in the fall and released over the last few months show that lead levels are still high in many fixtures.
9 – Hundreds march to make victims of domestic violence heard
Ithaca’s Take Back the Night: ‘We will not be silenced’ — Hundreds of people marched from South and East hills and from a local community center to rally in the Ithaca Commons, standing in support of domestic, sexual and child abuse survivors.
10 – Streets Alive! brought people to Ithaca streets to walk, bike and play