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1 – New York’s fittest man lives in Ithaca
CrossFit Games: New York’s fittest man lives in Ithaca — Local Ithacan, Tim Paulson, the fittest man in New York state has a yeoman’s work ethic and the sort that you read about in the stories of biographies of athletes.
Rising daily at 4:30 a.m., Tim heads to the gym to coach a 6 a.m. class with a group of eager athletes that hang on his every word. His coaching is intense and direct. The gym that he has built around enhancing the overall fitness of our community boasts a number of highly competitive athletes that are drawn to his training and the community spirit he has fostered.
This feature by Contributor Lex Enrico Santi looks at Paulson’s journey to the 2018 CrossFit Games.
2 – Nicole Marranca has been missing for six months
Ithaca woman Nicole Marranca has been missing for 6 months, police asking for public’s help —Ithaca woman Nicole Marranca has been missing for six months now, leaving investigators searching still looking for leads and family members hoping for a resolution.
Marranca was 27 years old when she went missing around Aug. 18. Police say she was last seen at the Economy Inn, located at 658 Elmira Road in Ithaca. Since then, there have been no confirmed sightings of her, and Marranca’s friends and family have said she has not contacted them.
Officer Jamie Williamson said Monday that the case is still an open investigation.
“We unfortunately do not have any significant new developments to announce, and we renew our plea to the public for their assistance,” he said.
3 – Inaugural Finger Lakes Thaw music festival will feature dozens of bands over two days
Inaugural music festival The Finger Lakes Thaw to debut in Ithaca this spring — This year, the city of Ithaca will be host to a new herald of spring: The Finger Lakes Thaw, a music festival scheduled to last two days and take place throughout several local venues.
This music festival is the first major project of Sticky C Key, an Ithaca-based company started last November by founders Nick Frazier and TJ Schaper. A defining concept for the Thaw is “The City is the Venue,” inspired in part by the Winter Jazz Fest in Greenwich Village, which Frazier attended while living in Brooklyn.
“I really liked the idea of having a cold weather festival where people get the opportunity to have a sense of community surrounding a whole collection of different venues and artists, and just one ticket, and you get to see all this amazing stuff. As long as you can get in the door, there’s something cool happening all over town for you for a weekend,” said Frazier.
4 – Common Council members launch ‘The Ithacast’
Conversation with constituents: The Ithacast launches with 2 Common Council members — Two members of Ithaca Common Council have launched a podcast to keep the community informed about local politics and governance.
Ducson Nguyen and Seph Murtagh, representatives of Ithaca’s Second Ward, will be co-hosting the podcast, called The Ithacast.
The first episode “None of us are experts here” launched Monday with an hour-and-a-half long show that covered a wide range of issues, including tax abatements and housing, zoning, autonomous vehicles, the soon-to-launch Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program and the opioid crisis.
5 – City making changes after state audit examines parking garage inspection procedures
City makes changes after failing to document parking garage inspections for at least 10 years, audit finds — A recent state audit found the City of Ithaca did not have plans in place for routine parking garage inspections and thorough documentation of past inspections. In light of the findings, city officials are now formalizing plans for inspections.
The audit found that city officials do not require regular parking structural inspections. Instead, they contract for inspections when they “deem necessary.” The director of parking, formerly Frank Nagy, told auditors that they monitor parking structures through periodic walk-throughs by parking and engineering employees.
6 – Blood and bone marrow drive planned for South Hill Elementary School librarian
Blood, bone marrow drive happening in honor of South Hill Elementary librarian — The South Hill Elementary School community and Ithaca Police Department are teaming together to host a blood and bone marrow drive for a woman who is struggling with a condition that has left doctors searching for a diagnosis for months.
South Hill Elementary School Librarian Sarah Jones-Williamson was initially diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare condition where bone marrow no longer produces enough blood cells. While treatment for that is by no means easy — sometimes involving chemotherapy and bone marrow transfusions — it was possible to make a treatment plan for her. But recently, tests have revealed that Jones-Williamson does not have aplastic anemia, meaning her bone marrow and blood cell issues remain undiagnosed.
The blood and bone marrow drive is planned for 3 to 9 p.m. March 15 at South Hill Elementary School, 520 Hudson St., Ithaca.
7 – Women builders heading to Puerto Rico to rebuild and teach
Local women builders heading to Puerto Rico to help rebuild and teach — A crew of women is heading to Puerto Rico to help rebuild homes damaged in Hurricane Maria. The women will not only be building, they will also be teaching other women the basics of building.
The effort is being led by Hammerstone School, a carpentry school for women based in Trumansburg. In early March, a team of about seven women will travel to Gurabo, Puerto Rico, located about 20 miles south of San Juan.
The women will help rebuild a home and a barn. They will also mentor women and teach a workshop to pass on their skills. The group is trying to raise $15,000 to help cover the costs of their trip, including building materials, tools, food and lodging and other supplies. More information is available at their GoFundMe page.
8 – Serial flasher and attempted rapist back in jail with new allegations
Serial flasher in Ithaca, attempted rapist back in jail will new allegations against him — A man convicted of attempted rape and has been accused of regularly flashing and harassing women in the city of Ithaca is back in jail and facing new allegations.
Floyd Slater is accused of violating probation and exposing his penis to several women in public. He is also a registered sex offender. According to online documents, he was convicted May 23, 2013 of felony second-degree attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl. He was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation.
He appeared in Tompkins County Court on Feb. 16 for the probation violation and is currently being held without bail.
9 – Warrant leads to arrest of Dryden man and seizure of 1.5 ounces cocaine, $7K cash
Narcotics warrant leads to arrest of Dryden man, police recover 1.5 ounces of cocaine — A Dryden man was arrested early Friday morning after a warrant led police to find cocaine and other paraphernalia in his possession.
The Ithaca SWAT Team responded to the 100 block of Sapsucker Woods Road in the Town of Dryden around 5 a.m. to serve a search warrant. Officers recovered approximately 1.5 ounces of cocaine and nearly $7,000 dollars in cash at the residence, along with scales commonly used to measure and weigh drugs, police say.
Following the search, police arrested Lucas Monroe, 31, a resident at the address.
10 – Q&A with Barbara Lifton
Ithaca police investigating 2 downtown crimes: woman groped, man exposing himself — Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton hosted a town hall meeting and question-and-answer session Friday evening in Ithaca. Watch the full event below.
Featured image: From left to right, group members Julie Kitson, Melissa Galliher, Christina Alario, Maria Klemperer-Johnson, Crista Shopis and Rebekah Carpenter. Provided photo.