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Don’t have time to read every story during the week? No problem. Here’s a recap of the top news between July 30 and Aug. 5 in Ithaca and Tompkins County. For news updates throughout the day, be sure to follow The Voice on Facebook and Twitter.


Last Week’s Most-Read Stories

1 — Ithaca Ale House plans new, bigger location at City Centre

The Ithaca Ale House has announced plans for a big move. It’s not going far, but will be moving into a larger space at the new City Centre building when complete in 2019.

“We are extremely eager and excited to make this move” Ithaca Ale House owner John O’Leary said in a news release. “More space for customers, staff and storage has been needed for years. This opportunity lets us remedy all of those things and also allows us to correct some design flaws from our current location.”

Read the full story here.

Ithaca Ale House

2 — First Look: Breakdown of four options proposed for Green Street Garage redevelopment

The time to work on submissions has closed for the Green Street Garage redevelopment. After having their qualifications approved by the end of May, four competing groups went forward with designing their plans for what they would do if awarded preferred developer status.

Reporter Brian Crandall breaks down each proposal here. Any project would be a significant change for Green Street in Downtown Ithaca.

3 — Ithaca police charge woman possession of heroin, gun after search of hotel room

While serving a search warrant Tuesday morning, Ithaca police found a handgun and heroin with fentanyl in an Ithaca woman’s hotel room on Stewart Avenue.

At about 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Ithaca Police SWAT Team and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on 39-year-old Aisha Smith, who was staying at an inn on the 500 block of Stewart Avenue. During the search, police found two separate baggies containing suspected heroin on a bedside table, according to court records. The heroin was packaged in a manner for sale, police say. Read more here.

Quick Headlines

Multimedia Spotlight

A local summer program will have its grand finale Thursday. For four weeks, a performing arts camp at Southside Community Center has been letting kids express their creativity and gain confidence through performance as part of the Community Unity Music Education Program.

“CUMEP is like the summer camp you wish you had when you were a kid,” counselor Maddie Carroll said.

Read more about CUMEP here and enjoy the video below.

Looking Ahead

It’s August in Ithaca. True to form, the weather will be dominated by the “three H’s” that make up the traditional end of the late summer pre-student apocalypse – hazy, hot and humid. A little rain, a lot of heat, here’s a look at the weather ahead. 

Interested in local government? Be sure to check our Legislature Hub for a list Tompkins County Legislature committee meetings and to browse recently passed resolutions.

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Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.