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posticon Lansing Schools Project Underspending

Around Town | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Schools to Underspend

The Lansing School District is projecting it will under-spend its budget by $337,833 this school year.  District Business Administrator Kathryn Heath told the Board Of Education last week that updated state aid figures and monthly spending predictions show a rosier picture than earlier projections.

"I looked at what was budgeted in the year to date from 12/31, and projected numbers from January to June," she said. "I looked at our trend for the current year, and also looked at last year to make a best estimate of where we might fall.  We will under-spend our budget by about $337,000 if these projected numbers are accurate."

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posticon IPEI Awards Third Connecting Classrooms Grant

Around Town | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By IPEI Print
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The Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) has awarded its third Connecting Classrooms Grant this year, which will give 150 DeWitt Middle School seventh-graders the opportunity to engage in a mock archeological dig this spring. Boynton Middle School seventh-graders will join the project in fall 2018.

Connecting Classrooms Grants fund large-scale projects that enhance student engagement and support learning consistent with school and district goals. The grants support collaborative partnerships between teachers and staff within a school, across grade levels and/or between schools.

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posticon Puerto Rico Students Prep To Take Refuge At Cornell

Around Town | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Cornell University Print
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Sixty-two students from Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) are getting ready to arrive at Cornell University by mid-January. They're choosing classes and – almost as importantly – buying winter coats and long underwear online.

"I'm always refreshing the Ithaca page and I'm like, 'Oh my God, it's so cold!'" said sophomore José De Jesús Szendrey, who's been checking the weather app on his phone.

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posticon Lifelong and Foodnet Announce Partnership

Around Town | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Foodnet Meals on Wheels Print
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Lifelong and Foodnet are partnering to bring Foodnet's congregate meal program to Lifelong on Tuesdays starting January 23rd from 11:30am-1:00pm. Foodnet provides meal delivery, comprehensive nutrition services, and social dining programs that promote dignity, well-being, and independence for older adults and others in-need. Foodnet and Lifelong are committed to providing services that enrich the lives of older adults in the community. Lifelong has been a vibrant hub for older adults by providing ongoing supportive learning, wellness, and volunteer programs.

Lucia Sacco, executive director of Lifelong said, "Opening our doors to include a Foodnet congregate meal site aligns perfectly with Lifelong's commitment to create a community where growing older well is a vital part of life." According to Jessica Gosa, executive director of Foodnet Meals on Wheels, "A collaboration to offer nutritious meals at Lifelong just makes sense. This effort complements both organizations' missions to promote health and wellbeing for older adults and others in our community."

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posticon Within Reach - Winter Wonderland

Around Town | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reach The new, beautiful camera you found under the tree is still in its box. You’re a little frightened because of all the controls and hieroglyphics placed all over the thing. You know in your heart that it has the capability of taking photos worthy of National Geographic, but in its box, at least it’s safe.

It’s time to leave your comfort zone. The camera too. You see, if you don’t PLAY with it, you will never get GOOD at it. So it’s now play time.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Politically Exhausted

Around Town | Friday, January 19, 2018 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: I know others are dealing with this right now, but I'm finding in this particularly hostile political climate I'm losing some close friends and family, particularly my sister. We can barely get together without a bitter, partisan discussion ensuing. Do I really have to lose friends and family over politics? How can I be true to my values and still engage in meaningful discussion with those I care about?
Politically Exhausted

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