Now closed, Booker's Backyard on East Shore Drive offered comfort food and BBQ

Now closed, Booker's Backyard on East Shore Drive offered comfort food and BBQ

We're sorry to report that Booker's Backyard closed on July 28th, 2015. This comfort food eatery on East Shore Drive in Lansing, where East Shore Cafe, Dempsey's, and the Golden Garter once stood, had tasty lobster mac & cheese, BBQ, and fun brunch items, but never quite settled into a groove.

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Route 96B on Ithaca's South Hill not ready to reopen; will open sometime in August

Route 96B on Ithaca's South Hill not ready to reopen; will open sometime in August

A joint project between the City of Ithaca and New York State Electric & Gas to repair and update South Aurora Street, Route 96B on Ithaca's South Hill, was supposed to have been completed this week, but won't be finished at least until next week.

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Seedstock VII offers music into the wee hours this Saturday in Cortland

Seedstock VII offers music into the wee hours this Saturday in Cortland

Organizers say the idea for Seedstock was born on a snowy winter night in 2008, and their first music festival was held in September 2009. The seventh Seedstock, featuring several well-known regional acts and a few new faces, takes place this Saturday on Route 215 in Cortland.

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Hundreds without power in Ithaca's west end and on west hill Monday night

Hundreds without power in Ithaca's west end and on west hill Monday night

Nearly 2,000 New York State Electric & Gas customers are without power on the west side of Ithaca, affecting hundreds of customers in Ithaca's west end in the City of Ithaca, on west hill in the City and Town of Ithaca, and at the southern edge of the Town of Ulysses.

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Swimmer at Six Mile Creek pronounced dead after unsuccessful resuscitation attempts

Swimmer at Six Mile Creek pronounced dead after unsuccessful resuscitation attempts

A swimmer who jumped into the Six Mile Creek reservoir could not be resuscitated this evening after a rescue attempt, according to the Ithaca Fire Department. The area is the site of frequent injuries despite repeated warnings and reminders that it's illegal and dangerous to swim there.

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Movies in the Park returns to Stewart Park through August, beginning with Finding Nemo

Movies in the Park returns to Stewart Park through August, beginning with Finding Nemo

For the second summer, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Movies in the Park series with freem family-friendly movie nights at Stewart Park throughout August. The first, "Finding Nemo," is next Friday, July 31st.

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Opening Night: Homecoming Players wrap up third season this weekend with Quartet

Opening Night: Homecoming Players wrap up third season this weekend with Quartet

There are three performances this weekend of Ronald Harwood's play "Quartet," marking the third season finale for the Homecoming Players. Showtimes on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

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Online and mailed DMV renewals mean a sharp drop in revenue for Tompkins County, says County Clerk

Online and mailed DMV renewals mean a sharp drop in revenue for Tompkins County, says County Clerk

The Tompkins County Clerk's office, which oversees the local Department of Motor Vehicles office, is urging area residents to keep taxes down and keep dollars local by visiting the DMV in Hancock Plaza. Residents who mail back their renewal forms or use the DMV's new online tools are sending all their money to Albany.

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First Look: Street food comes indoors at Luna in Collegetown

First Look: Street food comes indoors at Luna in Collegetown

The last few years have seen a surge of food trucks, stands, and other "sometimes food" venues in Ithaca, but food trucks face the challenges of unpredictable -- or predictably harsh -- weather. What happens if you take the street food concept indoors? That's what Kevin Sullivan and Bryan Keller set out to do with Luna Inspired Street Food, now open on Stewart Avenue in Collegetown.

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A beautiful day as GrassRoots begins its 25th annual festival of music and dance

A beautiful day as GrassRoots begins its 25th annual festival of music and dance

Happy GrassRoots! The 25th annual festival is ready to kick off at the Trumansburg Fairground, and we're ready for some amazing music and joy.

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A touch of Silver: GrassRoots turns 25

A touch of Silver: GrassRoots turns 25

Summer has taken hold in the Finger Lakes, and the 25th annual installment of the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is upon us. Running, as always, on the next-to-last full weekend in July (Thursday July 16th through Sunday July 19th this year) out at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds, GrassRoots will celebrate its first quarter century by doing what it’s always done: blending the familiar and the new into an event that is uniquely GrassRoots.

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It's road trip season, and there's a Dinosaur Bar-B-Que almost anywhere you're heading

It's road trip season, and there's a Dinosaur Bar-B-Que almost anywhere you're heading

This week, we're on the road enjoying the ever-expanding Dinosaur Bar-B-Que empire. Dinosaur got its start in Syracuse over 30 years ago as a traveling BBQ vendor at fairs and festivals, and for over 25 years they've been on the corner of Franklin and Willow in Downtown Syracuse -- a combination BBQ joint, blues hall, and biker bar. 

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Common Council members endorse Ducson Nguyen for Second Ward seat

Common Council members endorse Ducson Nguyen for Second Ward seat

A software engineer who moved to the Ithaca area with his wife in 2009 has announced his candidacy for a seat on the City of Ithaca's Common Council. Ducson Nguyen says, "Living in Ithaca has improved my quality of life and sense of belonging, and now I want to pay that back."

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Star-studded charity hockey game for Racker Centers will feature NHL players and Cornell alums

Star-studded charity hockey game for Racker Centers will feature NHL players and Cornell alums

It's the second Racker Rivals Big Red charity hockey game to benefit the Franziska Racker Centers, a local non-profit that supports people with disabilities and their families. Organizers have built on last year's success with an incredible lineup of NHL players of past and present, Cornell alumni, coaches, and players, and local celebrities.

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