Cornell breeds flavor-packed mega-strawberry the size of a plum

Strawberry fans, rejoice. The newest Cornell strawberry variety concentrates intense flavor in a berry big enough to fill the palm of your hand. Topping out at over 50 grams, Archer, the latest creation from Cornell berry breeder Courtney Weber, is comparable in size to a plum or small peach. But this behemoth stands out in ways beyond just its proportions:... more

9-year-old boy officially joins ranks with Ithaca police

About 72 students from Ithaca’s Northeast Elementary school sat cross-legged in the Monday afternoon sunshine chanting for their 9-year-old classmate Colin Toland. To their right, more than 100 officers and first responders saluted at the young boy was driven toward the pavilion in a police SUV, with flashing lights blinking. Joined by his parents Ian Hayward and Tamika Toland, as... more

Injuries, overdose at scene of barricaded individual on Spencer Road in Ithaca

On Monday at 11:43 AM, Ithaca Police Officers responded to the report of a possible intentional overdose at the 500 block of Spencer Road in Ithaca. Upon arrival Officers were advised by two people on-scene that the subject attempting to overdose has a large knife and is barricaded in the bedroom of the apartment. One witness also had a serious injury... more

Ithaca police officers highest paid in southern tier with average salary of $85K

Officers at the Ithaca Police Department are the highest paid in the Southern Tier with the average pay of $85, 414, according to new information released by the Empire Center Tuesday. “The latest county and municipal payroll database includes 2015-16 fiscal year payroll information for full-time and part-time workers actively enrolled in the pension system as of August 2016,” the... more

Seneca Falls teen & Cornell student going for Miss New York crown

The journey to the Miss America pageant began this past weekend for Neetu Chandak ’18, who was crowned Miss Seneca Falls 2016. Chandak will compete for the state crown at the Miss New York Pageant this coming May and hopes to eventually win a national title. Chandak said her interest in the competition was sparked while she was searching for... more

Ithaca PD seeks videos of August 28th homicide

Ithaca Police Department Deputy Chief Vince Monticello confirms that the Police Department is still accepting videos that captured the homicide in Ithaca on August 28th. Deputy Chief Monticello stated “Crucial video evidence has been submitted to IPD already, and Investigators are confident that more videos exist but have not been submitted as of yet. Today I am renewing our request... more

Girls Mean Business to host intensive entrepreneurship workshops for Ithaca teens

Do you have a teenage girl who is a born leader? A new series of programs in Ithaca may be a great opportunity for her. Girls Mean Business will host eight workshops starting Sunday, September 18 at the Tompkins County Public Library. Workshops will be from 3­ – 5 p.m. each Sunday, and participants are encouraged to attend all eight... more

Cargill: New mine shaft or operations cease in Tompkins County

To help offset the $32 million expense, Cargill is requesting a one-time sales tax abatement on the purchase of equipment needed for the project. Cargill's message to the county – 'if we don't get a new mine shaft in place, we will be forced to shut down'. That's the gist of an application the company submitted to the Tompkins County... more

Cornell police warn of suspicious van approaching students

The Cornell Police Department released the following statement following a pair of suspicious incidents involving a van, which approached students posing as a taxi: Crime Alert Suspicious Vehicle Approaching Students Cornell University Police recently received information from the Cayuga Heights Police Department and members of our community that raises our concern for community safety. On Aug. 22 and again on... more

Ithaca woman becomes irate while deputies execute warrant

Ithaca woman becomes irate while deputies execute warrant
Deputies in Tompkins County report that an Ithaca woman was arrested on August 25, after an incident involving police officers while executing a warrant. Authorities say at about 3:30 pm on August 25 deputies responded to 13 Third St. in the Town of Dryden to execute a warrant. During the investigation, deputies report that an unrelated female became disorderly and... more

Lane seeks 9th Ithaca city golf title

After narrowly averting a first-round upset loss, five-time defending champion Tim Lane will be seeking his ninth career Ithaca City Golf Championship this weekend at Newman Golf Course. The annual match play tournament spanning two weekends will ramp back up with Saturday’s quarterfinals, Sunday’s semifinals and the traditional championship match on Labor Day. Read More more

Special Labor Day Weekend edition of FLX Weekly with Jessica Lahr

Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Jessamy Uticone and Josh Durso preview your Labor Day Weekend in the Finger Lakes and recap the top news stories, local features, and local photos of the week on FingerLakes1.com as the unofficial end of summer is upon us here in the FLX. more
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