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Delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, in the March on Washington D.C. for Civil Rights

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we have come to our nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on their promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials

and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood., I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning My country, ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From every mountain-side Let freedom ring. And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvacious peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we are free at last.”

These are the words that moved a nation. We believe they are the best way to remember Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 17th.

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Svante Myrick resigns as mayor


ayor Svante Myrick has resigned from his position. He has accepted a position as executive director for People for the American Way and will begin in February. The Feb. 2 Common Council meeting will be his last, and Alderperson Laura Lewis will take over as acting mayor. Alderperson Ducson Nguyen will be the alternate acting mayor. Voters will choose a new mayor in the November election. Myrick, the city’s longest serving mayor, was emotional and called the role an honor of a lifetime, but wants to continue his work at a national level. “The American democratic experiment is the reason that someone like me — born into homelessness, and raised by a single mother — was able to come to Cornell in the first place,” he said. “The American dream is also what allowed me to grow up and serve the city I love. But I am alarmed at the state of our democracy. I believe my service can make a difference in the national conversation on voting and elections, and I want to protect continued on page 3

that American dream for people of all backgrounds.” According to People for the American Way’s website, the organization is a “progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity.” Myrick said he was proud of what he accomplished in his decade as mayor, specifically citing improving the city’s finances, improving infrastructure and the push for more

affordable housing in the city. He added that he will continue to live in Ithaca. The announcement came at the start of the first Common Council meeting of the year, just after finishing swearing in the newest alderpersons. While he has one council meeting left, council members took the opportunity to thank him for his service and congratulate him on the opportunity. Myrick’s full statement is available to view on his Facebook page. While acting mayor, Lewis will retain her vote on council as a representative of the fifth ward. In normal circumstances, the mayor only votes if a tiebreaker is needed, but city attorney Ari Lavine confirmed she would still have normal

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voting power with the acting mayor title. Lewis was elected to council in 2017 and will assume office on Feb. 7. Originally from Buffalo, Lewis completed her undergraduate studies in sociology at SUNY Binghamton and her masters in counseling and student personnel at SUNY Albany. She worked in student services at Ithaca College and for many years in the ILR School at Cornell University. While working, Lewis volunteered on the board of directors of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS), she served as chair of the 5th Ward Democratic Committee, as chair of the City Democratic Committee, as a member of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee where she participated in numerous campaigns and Get Out The Vote efforts, and she was on the planning committee for the Ithaca Women’s March in 2017. In 2017, she decided to run for Common Council representing the 5th Ward where she has been an advocate for more affordable housing in the city. Recently, she has served on the Ithaca Eviction/ Displacement Defense Project alongside other city partners. She successfully presented legislation and a budget request to Common Council in 2021 for a Right to Counsel program to provide legal representation to tenants in eviction court. Lewis and her husband Kevin Murphy have lived in Fall Creek for 40 years. They have two grown sons, both of whom attended Ithaca City schools and Ithaca College. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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a-Nic LLC plans to upgrade its golf course and clubhouse and build a three-story hotel, cabanas, and single-family townhouses with one to two bedrooms on its property at 189 Pleasant Grove Road in Ithaca. The hotel will be “something quaint, a boutique that fits into the village, nothing modern,” said Sean Whittaker, co-owner of the RaNic Golf Course with his wife, Jennifer. The couple purchased the former Ithaca Country Club last year and want to turn the site into a retreat for golfers, catering to Cornell students’ parents and tourists visiting the Finger Lakes. The hotel, which is slated to have 24-32 rooms, some with balconies, would sit where the pool house currently exists, and nearby there would be nine cabanas equipped with bedrooms and kitchenettes. Additionally, about 30 townhouses — both one- and two-story units — would be built and offered for sale. Most construction would occur within the village of Cayuga Heights, though several townhouses where the tennis courts

currently exist would be within the town of Ithaca. A zoning change to accommodate increased density is likely required from both municipalities, but as of last week neither had received a formal submission. Whittaker hopes all approvals will be secured in time for construction to begin this fall and be completed by fall 2023. New York State’s Environmental Quality Review Act requires the entire project to be analyzed comprehensively by both municipalities. “The actual site plan reviews and rezoning however will be handled by each municipality separately,” said Susan Ritter, director of planning for the town of Ithaca, in an email. Cayuga Heights and Ithaca learned about Ra-Nic’s plans at public Zoom meetings held Nov. 17 and Dec. 16 respectively. “This sounds great. I like the idea of investing in the infrastructure that’s already there rather than completely starting from scratch with an entirely different vision,” Rich DePaolo, chair of the town of Ithaca’s Planning Committee said. “I

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Shawna Black named Legislature chair, new members sworn in


new chairperson and vice chair were decided at the first meeting of the Tompkins County Legislature of the new year. Also at the meeting, five new legislators were sworn in for the first time. Early in the Jan. 4 meeting, Legislator Shawna Black was unanimously elected chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature following nominations by legislators Anne Koreman and Mike Sigler. Koreman praised Black’s prior leadership of a senior living facility and her skill in chairing the Health and Human Services committee for the last four years.


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“Shawna is even-handed and understands how to balance the needs of staff and residents with policy,” Koreman said when making her nomination. “She is not afraid to say, ‘I don’t know,’ rather than take on a task under false pretenses of knowledge or ability.” Sigler seconded the nomination. “She’s able to balance the needs of constituents with also the needs of the greater county, which is a large area and a lot of competing views and a lot of competing needs,” he said. “She’s able to listen to those views, and pick out the parts that she might agree with and

think It’s a great way to start. My only initial concern is, in the back of my head, there is a little voice saying, well if we do try to accommodate this via a PDZ, [we don’t want to] pave the way through that process for an outcome that we might not want on the property, an unintended consequence.” PDZ stands for planned development zone and allows for “a degree of flexibility in conventional land use and design regulations which will encourage development in an imaginative and innovative way…” according to Title XXI of the Ithaca Town Code. Article 8 in the Cayuga Heights code uses a similar definition. If the Cayuga Heights Board of Trustees agrees to the creation of a PDZ, the Village Planning Board would review the site plan. Any approval or changes to the plan made by the Village Planning Board, would be subject to vote by the Board of Trustees, said Planning Board Chair Fred Cowett. During the Dec. 16 presentation, architect Noah Demarest displayed golf course maps showing lots for seven homes on Pleasant Grove and Warren Roads, and at the southern end of Blackstone Avenue. In an email, Ritter said no zoning change is necessary for singlefamily homes to be constructed on the properties in the Town of Ithaca, but approval from the Town Planning Board

would be required to subdivide the lots from the golf course parcel. “They are all potential sites but no, [we have] no plans to construct on them,” said Whittaker in an email. Ithaca resident Jennifer Minner hopes the golf course is maintained sustainably without chemical treatment. An associate professor in Cornell’s Department of City and Regional Planning, she supports improved pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure connecting Corners Community in Cayuga Heights with Cornell and surrounding neighborhoods. Over the last several months Ra-Nic, in consultation with an arborist, cut down about 100 trees from the golf course, including ash trees threatened by emerald ash borer, dead pines, and others deemed historic and scenic by neighbors objecting to their removal. “I am also really hoping that the more trees can be preserved in development plans and in an immediate sense. In particular, I am concerned by word on the street that the beautiful ‘whomping willows’ of the golf course will be cut down very soon. These trees add value through their beauty and ecological value,” said Minner. -Lori Sonken

adopt the best path forward regardless of where it comes from, and that’s a rare gift.” Black has served in the legislature since her election in 2017, and for the past two years also served as vice chair under her predecessor Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, who did not run for re-election last year. She is the first openly LGBTQ+ person to chair the Tompkins County Legislature. In her acceptance speech, Black touched on the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic while calling for the legislature to continue to be a leader in the state for pandemic response, alternatives to incarceration, shared services, and more. She also expressed her gratitude for county workers and stated that a salary study will take place for county employees in this next year to further invest in them, and thanked her wife

and children. Black also encouraged her colleagues to have “crisp comments” so that the meetings are concise and efficient. As her first action as chairwoman, Black directed the nomination and election for the vice chair of the legislature, where Legislator Deborah Dawson was elected in a unanimous vote. “I just promise to do the best I can,” Dawson said after her election. “I will probably still tell you exactly what I think, but don’t take it personally, and I’m looking forward to working as part of the team and playing Robin to Shawna’s Batman.” Both Black and Dawson are beginning their second terms in the legislature, and following their elections have said they would be working as a team to continued on page 7


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Kruppa clarifies quarantine guidance, talks omicron at COVID Town Hall


hile the omicron variant is taking over as the predominant strain of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said the hospitalization rates are mostly due to carry over from the wave of the delta variant. As of Jan. 10, there are 16 people hospitalized, a number higher than the usual range of eight to 10, but half of the peak of last winter. Case numbers in the county have fluctuated dramatically over the course of the past six weeks, hovering at around 200 at the end of November and jumping to 2,000 by Dec. 18. As noted by Kruppa, with the departure of the college students around that time, cases dropped back down to around 1,000 at the end of December. At a COVID Town Hall meeting on Jan. 6, Kruppa said over the past few weeks about 70% of people with COVID discharged from the emergency room had the omicron variant, while 75% of the people admitted had the delta variant. “So the severity that we see reflected in our hospitalization numbers are the delta variant,” Kruppa said. “As omicron becomes more predominant, we’ll see hospitalizations decline even as case numbers continue to grow.” Kruppa anticipates higher case numbers due to the fact the omicron variant seems to be significantly more transmissible than other variants. He said at this point, the potential for exposure is significantly higher. “It’s everywhere,” Kruppa said. “COVID is out there, and you can get exposed in most any place you go in public.” He also cleared up some confusion about quarantine and isolation times, as there have

been changes with CDC recommendations recently. Tompkins County has adopted the New York State Department of Health guidance, which Kruppa said means most people will be in isolation or quarantine for five days. If you test positive or have symptoms, you must stay home for five days from the onset of symptoms or from receiving a positive test. If you are ill and still have symptoms after five days, you must remain in isolation for the full 10 days. Kruppa said it’s also recommended that immunocompromised folks who test positive should also expect to stay in isolation for 10 days, since a weakened immune system means they could be shedding the virus for longer. If you are fully vaccinated with a booster shot, exposed to the virus and not displaying any symptoms, you will not need to quarantine. If you’ve been fully vaccinated, are eligible for the booster but have not received it, and have been exposed to the virus, you will need to quarantine. Kruppa explained that the omicron data so far is showing people are mostly infectious in the two days prior to showing symptoms and the three days post onset, hence the change to a five day isolation period. “It’s not everyone, but what we are doing is having to weigh the public health intervention mechanisms against the impact of those interventions,” Kruppa said. He noted that in March 2020 when the pandemic first took foot in the United States, everything shut down because there was no information on the virus and no ways to fight it. “We didn’t have tools like vaccines and antivirals, so it was

Health Dep. Director, Frank Kruppa and Dep. County Administrator, Amie Hendrix

necessary to take significant public health measures to stop spread. And our community did that,” he said. “Now we have omicron and we know more about it. It’s less severe but more transmissible. We’re not eliminating requirements, but when you measure the impacts of longer quarantines, there’s a significant impact on the ability to operate as a community.” After the five-day mark, Kruppa said you should still wear a well-fitting mask with a nose piece and two layers of cloth when around others. Because of the rise in cases, there have been some delays in getting test results back. Kruppa said with shorter isolation times there is going to be a shift to a self-responsibility model, as the Health Department likely won’t be able to get a hold of everyone in a timely manner. “If you test positive or have symptoms and don’t get tested, you should act as if you’re positive and isolate yourself for the five days,” he said. “Our community has proven they will do what’s important and what’s necessary to protect each other.” Kruppa suggests getting a PCR test if you’re symptomatic, as they’re still the “gold standard,” and more likely to detect the disease early and at lower levels in your body compared to other tests. As far as self-tests, Kruppa said he doesn’t know what the federal distribution plans are yet, but that Tompkins County received some from the state in December. He said they were turned over to BOCES for distribution. The Health Department also received another 4,600 self-tests last week and distributed them to local municipalities to pick up and distribute to individual communities. “We asked them to focus on people without means to purchase a test, so they’re going to do some targeted work,” Kruppa said. “It’s 4,600 tests,

it’s not a lot when there are 100,000+ in our community. They will go quickly.” If you do get a self-test and test positive, there is a form on the Health Department’s website (tompkinscountyny. gov/health) to fill out, and you will receive an automated email back with information about what steps to take. Kruppa also addressed the Test to Stay program, a tool being used in school districts throughout the country to keep kids in school. If a student is a close contact with a case and is asymptomatic, they can continue to go to school by testing negative in a series of rapid tests throughout the quarantine period. This is currently not being used in Tompkins County. “The challenge is that it’s very labor intensive and tests are in short supply,” he said. “It’s a significant logistical lift with minimal value for keeping folks in school, particularly with the change to a five-day quarantine.” Moving forward, Kruppa said he hopes the focus will be able to shift back to vaccines and making sure first and second doses, as well as boosters, are readily available in the community through healthcare providers and pharmacies. As for what the future holds, Kruppa said he wishes he had a crystal ball, and that he’s not sure if people will need more boosters. “We have to see how the vaccine works against the evolution of the disease,” he said. “The flu vaccine we ask people to get every year. COVID could be that. Or the booster could provide long-term protection. We don’t know and won’t until there’s time to research and learn.” He said despite the uncertainty, for now vaccines are keeping people out of the hospital. And there’s an antiviral from Pfizer that should be hitting the market relatively soon that could mitigate symptoms. So overall, Kruppa is feeling hopeful. “I think this is the first time in two years that I feel comfortable saying that in this year, we’re going to feel normal again,” he said. “I don’t know when that’s going to happen, but we’re heading toward that. Folks should feel good about that.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g Ja n ua ry

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Ups Cornell men’s hockey swept #5 North Dakota last weekend, a much-needed bounce back after dropping back-to-back games to Arizona State University the weekend prior. Downs Multiple shows at the State Theatre have been postponed due to COVID concerns. If you have any tickets for upcoming events, keep an eye on the State’s website: stateofithaca. org.

HEARD&SEEN Heard Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osborne announced that he will be running for re-election in the November election. Visit www. osborne4sheriff.com for more. Seen Ithaca Farmers Market’s winter market kicked off Jan. 8 at Triphammer Marketplace. It’ll run every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. through March 26.


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tives has already passed them. We can’t let made-up Senate rules stand in the way of protecting our democracy. Fighting for our democracy by passing voting rights legislation is one of the most important actions we can take as we commemorate this attack on our country. -James Loomis, Van Etten, NY


The Senate must protect voting rights legislation


ne year ago, we witnessed an attack on our country: an insurrection by political extremists at the U.S.

Capitol. A mob of violent rioters defaced the Capitol Building and threatened the lives of the elected officials and staff working there—the core of American democracy. This was a pivotal moment for America and our fundamental promise of free and fair elections. One year out from that horrible day, Congress has yet to secure the right to vote and the integrity of our elections— while state and county governments are passing laws to make it harder to vote. Hours-long lines and oppressive ID requirements are only the beginning, unless Congress acts. The Senate must pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act; both bills are essential to the survival of the American experiment. The House of Representa-

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Does anyone remember Muddy Waters in ‘81?


remember going to see Muddy Waters as a college student in Ithaca, NY, In the Spring of 1981. However, there is no record of this concert in “Setlists.fm,” nor can I find it anywhere else. I have a bad heart and I wanted to retrieve this memory before I go. It was a historic concert, because he was unable to finish the tour due to sickness. He made up this concert after he got better, but he didn’t have to. It was a fantastic show, but it seems to be lost in time. Does anyone know what places there were around Ithaca to see concerts in the early 1980s or how I might research that? -Carl “Rips” Meltzer, Goshen, NY Editor’s note: If you think you can help Carl, email editor@ithacatimes.com and I’ll connect you!


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They Grow Up So Fast By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r


think, deep down, we all knew that one day it would happen. Svante Myrick has quietly mounted his horse and is about to ride out of town into the sunset. He won’t be Ithaca’s any more. We’ll be reading about him from afar from now on. He’s destined for big things. I picture him in a cabinet post in maybe ten years, unless Donald Trump is reelected in 2024, in which case I might bump into him in the refugee stream heading through the Montana woods into Saskatchewan. The border is pretty porous out there. I met him once, during his first campaign in 2011, as he was walking from house to house in my neighborhood, knocking on doors as I imagine a young Hubert Humphrey did when running for mayor of Minneapolis. I was on the sidewalk with our dog and I recognized him from a photograph in this paper. We had a very pleasant exchange. Since then, I’ve reached out half a dozen times, looking for a quote for various articles, and he’s never responded. I prefer to think that his administrative assistant Annie Sherman is shielding him from pesky quasi-journalists, rather than that he might be stewing about various gentle but cheap shots I’ve taken in this column over the years. Being a target is part of a politician’s job, but mostly, it’s been about his age. I mean, the guy’s been mayor for a decade and I’m still almost twice as old as him. The fact is, though, that he’s been outstanding. Sure, it’s been fun and exciting to have had a rock star at the helm, and I haven’t always agreed with how things (like the police overhaul) have been handled, but overall he’s really done an exceptional job. One of the many, many, many things that is annoying about Facebook is that any time something new happens in this town a couple dozen old farts post that Ithaca’s been going straight to the dogs ever since the Kresge’s closed on State Street. To them I say look around. I walk all over this city and it’s thriving. Thousands of new affordable housing units, which we needed. There hadn’t been any significant net new homes since the 1960s. There’s been an astonishing amount

of new construction and development, and the city feels vibrant and busy and healthy. Mayor Myrick steered us out of a budget deficit, doggedly chased federal and state money, and pushed public and private investment in everything from the Waterfront Trail to the Commons to the Water Treatment Plant. About once a week, I walk Curly the Dog from West Buffalo Street up the hill to College Avenue. I like to fantasize during the climb that it’s how Sir Edmund Hillary must have felt while walking his dog up Mount Everest. Collegetown is unrecognizable from the days when I used to haunt the place in the 1970s, and while I will always feel that tearing down the Royal Palm was a crime against nature, the fact is that a lot of those old buildings and boarding houses were run-down fire traps. New construction is a sign of vitality. Time marches on. There’s been no bigger booster of Ithaca than Svante Myrick, and he’s become an integral part of our brand. It’s been a symbiotic relationship. Ambitious young man, fresh out of college is elected mayor of a small city and builds a reputation over the course of ten years. City rides coattails of a charismatic young man on the rise. Both sides have benefited, but it couldn’t last forever. Anyway, it seems that this is the point in our narrative where the traveler from Earlville, New York, is leaning down from his saddle and saying, “you’ve always had it in you, kid. You don’t need me any more.” The story always ends here, and they never tell you what happens next, but what I guess we’re in for is a new, blander era of competence, much like when the Cuomo Boys rode off into the sunset last year. (Of course, they were being chased into the sunset by an angry mob of pitchfork-wielding townsfolk.) It’s going to take some getting used to. I wish he wasn’t going, but upon sober reflection the time feels exactly right for him to move on to the next chapter. Being Mayor-for-Life was never his destiny. Good luck and happy trails, Mayor Myrick.

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Build Back Better can reduce crime by supporting preschool


n my time as an attorney, I’ve seen countless young people make decisions that lead them down destructive paths. Despite the desire that all of us in the justice system have to help these kids, by the time we get to interact with them, it’s often too late. One bad decision made by these young people can negatively impact them and their loved ones for the rest of their lives, perpetuating cycles of crime and violence that can pass onto future generations. It’s been my top priority as District Attorney to promote a safe, healthy, and just community by not only fighting against crime, but also by advocating for evidence-based approaches to reducing crime. And the best way to reduce crime in any community is by working to ensure it never happens in the first place. One of the best tools we’ve found to keep children on the right path and away from crime is high-quality preschool. It’s critical that young people have a strong foundation on which to begin their lives, as numerous studies have shown that high-quality preschool can lead to decreased rates of future incarceration and better academic outcomes, including higher rates of high school graduation. Significant investments in high-quality preschool would be a major boost to longterm public safety. Fortunately, federal lawmakers have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make such an investment. Through the Build Back Better Act (BBB), lawmakers have the opportunity to pass preschool provisions that would allow roughly six million additional children to access high-quality preschool nationwide, including 298,000 in New York alone. This would help thousands of children in our state start on a path towards better academic performance and achievement and a reduced likelihood of being involved in crime later in life. Helping young people have access to that path is one of the reasons I joined the national law enforcement membership group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. It’s an organization that includes over 5,000

ROI benefits, and can’t miss this opportupolice chiefs, sheriffs, and prosecutors. nity to make a transformative investment For the past 25 years, they’ve consistently in early education. advocated for evidence-based solutions -Matthew Van Houten, District that strengthen long-term public safety by Attorney for Tompkins County and a putting kids on a productive, crime-free member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids path—a mission I’m proud to be a part of. The preschool provisions included in BBB are incredibly important to achieving ’ve never really found myself liking Joni this goal, as research shows that positive Mitchell, no shame on those that do, preschool experiences help children build just not for me. Regardless I feel like she cognitive and social-emotional skills dur- summed up this whole catastrophe in one ing a unique period of brain development great line, and if one were to ever want to that can serve them well for a lifetime. feel how Joni felt, just take a drive down to And, while this alone is reason enough to the Ol’ Haunt and take a look at the parking invest in preschool, a forthcoming Fight lots in its place. Crime: Invest I’m only in Kids research 27 and I’m an brief shows that absolute fool. I such programs don’t remember can provide a the great Octogreat return on pus that has since investment (ROI) been slain at the as well. foot of West Hill. The brief I don’t remember highlights an State St. before independent costthe “original benefit analysis commons” and that showed that the old library preschool prohas always been a grams can return vacant building. an average societal Despite my “profit” (economic terrible memory benefits minus of the past there costs) of more are a few things I than $15,000 for can still seem to every child served. muster up. I can Applying this still remember Matthew Van Houten (Photo: Provided) per-child “profit” the feeling that to the additional nothing was ever children served going to be taller by BBB’s preschool provisions, we see an than the trees that erupted across the overall ROI of $90 billion over the lifetime hillsides seeming to mark the end of my of these kids, including $4.47 billion in known universe. New York alone. I will always remember Ithaca Fest at The factors that contribute to this ROI Stewart Park. Or the way the Commons include increases in adulthood earnings felt like a treehouse was put into the contributed to by higher test scores, as middle of a city. Put there and now I can well as decreases in costs to society, such only assume to shield us from the dangers as added expenses created by children of the outside world. being held back in school or needing Ithaca had always been an escape for special education. me. A place where a Human could be a The Build Back Better Act represents Human and live, work, play, and die all in an opportunity to increase public safety the company of other humans. in a way that also produces a solid return These days, it more or less still is. But on investment through its preschool recently I have to ask myself if things are provisions. Federal policy makers must changing? I’m pretty much a Luddite, I realize the tremendous benefit to our get it. But with that being said I can still communities that this would represent respect some life improving progress now through significant crime prevention and and again.

Progress aside, I have to ask myself what the hell is going on when I drive down 13 and see a steel megalodon rising up in front of the Welcome to Ithaca mural. Or when we decide to keep pushing the jungle further towards the edge of existence. Choosing instead to ignore their needs and replacing the “unusable” land with a solar farm. Or when as a local in this area, I and others are driven out of the places we love because we cannot afford to live there any longer. Because individuals whose checkbooks far exceed ours are now realizing the paradise that lay in these hills and that they would like a slice as well. The Ithaca I knew is far from the Ithaca I know now. Are we selling out? Are we forsaking the generations of individuals who have lived in these hills for a far more affluent population? A population whose means far exceed our own. I believe we are. I believe it can be seen in the way our city treats the destitute and homeless. I believe it can be seen in the way our city favors certain residents who have the means, and de-values the ones that don’t. This question is one we must ask ourselves. As we live our lives and grow as a community, we can hold the keys to our own success. We can be the masters of our own dominion. We can live, work, play, and die for ourselves and our brother’s and sister’s. If we continue to sell our land and ourselves to the highest bidder, we will ultimately reach the same relationship as others in our position have found themselves, as slaves to a master. So, it’s with that said that I ask the residents, employees, local officials and the whole swamp that is Ithaca to seriously consider the direction we as a community and city are headed. We need to as a population understand the unintended consequences of these major property sales and stop looking to the almighty dollar as our ultimate salvation. We need to remember the ideals that set Ithaca apart from the rest. We need to retain the ownership of our land, at the local level, and we need to start thinking of the future. Not in terms of dollars and cents but in terms of the human we now find wandering the hills of this area, destitute, disillusioned and forsaken by a city that has lost sight of what we were. -Dewey Herren, Newfield, NY

“Personally, I find it quite humbling to have been elected to a leadership position by my peers and colleagues,” Dawson said. “We’ve been through an unusually challenging couple of years, and I fervently hope that we will complete our transition into whatever the new normal will look like with endemic, rather than pandemic, COVID. The county has a lot of ‘non-CO-

Newfield, District 8), and Travis Brooks (D-Ithaca District 1). These new legislators will take the spot of their predecessors in the upcoming committee meetings for January. Black said that the “State of the County” address will be delivered at the next meeting. -Jay Br adley


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head the body. “Both of us have very different interests,” said Black. “Deborah’s focus has been primarily budget and environment and mine has been health and human services and public safety. Together as a team our skills complement each other and we have very well-balanced roles as leaders for the legislature.”

VID’ issues on its plate, and I’d really like to move forward and address them.” The session began with County Clerk Maureen Reynolds swearing in all 14 members for the new year. Five legislators were sworn in for the first time: Veronica Pillar (D-Ithaca, District 2), Greg Mezey (D-Dryden, District 13), Lee Shurtleff (R-Groton, District 9), Randy Brown (RJa n ua ry

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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Ithaca tries to balance environmental/health concerns with the need for updated cell service. By E ddi e Ve l a z qu e z


Avoidance areas for small cell infrastructure include flood hazard zones, and historically and culturally significant resources, according to city codes. Alderperson Ducson Nguyen has “vehemently” opposed some of the amendments to the code, labeling them as too restrictive. Nguyen noted that as of this month some providers have already reached out to the city to begin installing small-cell infrastructure. “Some providers have reached out for installation — I think Verizon and AT&T — but I think they will find that our new rules are so restrictive that they will be able to add little to no new infrastructure, which is to the detriment of our residents,” Nguyen said. Nguyen, a software engineer, noted restrictions — such as the provision that requires small cells to be 250 feet away from education centers and residences — will leave telecommunication companies with no options. “Though there may be other small areas, [amending the city code] means small cells have to be in South Hill, the part of the city where the big box stores are,” Nguyen said. That leaves the city with very little.” A lack of 5G infrastructure, he said, can already be felt during highly-populated events in Ithaca. “I see it at the [Ithaca Farmers Market] and other highly populated events, where on a busy summer day you will already have trouble connecting to the internet or even sending messages,” Nguyen added. “We are going to see a degradation of service moving forward as companies decommission their older equipment. It is going to be hard to keep up with the latest technology.” The current standard for measuring the effectiveness of cellular service is testing for dropped calls, which is something Nguyen fought to change. In October, he introduced an amendment that shifted that standard, instead suggesting 5G small cell applications could be considered if data speeds dip below a download speed of 10 mbps. “The standard of using drop calls for determining that an area needs additional service is completely antiquated,” Nguyen said. “I actually agree that our current wireless speeds are fine. What I’m worried about is increased capacity as more people come here and being ready for the future.” Although initially being approved by the council, the amendment was repealed via a vote of 7-3 in December.

nfrastructure that would support 5G networks could very well expand in Ithaca this year, after Common Council members outlined guidelines regulating the installation of 5G cell towers at the tail end of last year. Commonly known as the next generation in mobile networking technology, 5G — which stands for the fifth generation of standards set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in order to regulate cellular networks — has several applications for consumers, tech laborers and businesses. The small cells, or small towers, required to enable 5G in an area relay information between devices at a rapid speed, and have increased bandwidth that provides faster download speeds. In the last year, the Common Council has attempted to thread the needle between providing access to said mobile networks and hearing residents and advocates’ environmental and health and safety concerns, all the while seemingly avoiding potential litigation from Verizon for delaying the installation of 5G equipment. The city hired Long Island-based attorney Andrew Campanelli to assess the measures local officials can take to control where 5G can be deployed in Ithaca. Ultimately, this resulted in the city approving amendments to city codes to oversee the installation of small cells via a vote of 7-2 back in October. These small cells can be placed at the following utility sites: Utility transmission towers Public water tanks Inside or concealed around steeples or similar architectural features Rooftops Utility poles in publicly owned rights-of-way or similar public properties as identified by the city of Ithaca Any small cell wireless facility, according to the statute, shall be 250 feet or more from any residence, school, or day care facility and 1,500 feet or more from any other small cell wireless facility proposed or installed. The city codes list the following locations for small cell installation in order of preference, from most preferred location to least preferred: 1. Industrial zone 2. Commercial zone 3. Mixed commercial and residential zone 4. Residential zone.

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Members of the council and the public spoke in support of reverting back to the previous standards for testing cellular service. Jerone Galiano, an environmental consultant with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, said during the Dec. 1 Common Council meeting that, while well-intentioned, shifting the standard would “set the city up for failure.” “We already have sufficient data speed within Ithaca, which I utilize and I am thankful for that. But because speeds vary

A lder person Ducson Ngu yen ( P h o t o : C a s e y M a r t i n)

so much by the time of day, the carrier, and the device, a telecommunications applicant can submit and cherry pick false records of insufficient speeds as their proof of gap in coverage in order to install as many wireless transmitters as they can,” Galiano said. “It’d be nearly impossible to verify the accuracy of their measurements and it’d just become a time consuming burden for a city to prove otherwise. Galiano called the proposed new standard a “loophole.” “Having that new standard only opens the loophole for applicants to bypass the codes that aim at minimizing unnecessary redundant infrastructure and affect the downtown aesthetic,” he added. Alderperson George McGonigal introduced the resolution to strike down Nguyen’s amendment. “[During the Oct. 6 council meeting] the council sought to balance the simultaneous objectives of enabling wireless car-

riers to provide services in the city, while also protecting the city’s zoning authority,” McGonigal said. “The council also sought to balance concerns minimizing the number of facilities used to provide such coverage, avoid unnecessary redundant wireless infrastructure, and avoiding to the greatest extent possibly any adverse impacts on residential communities.” Small-cell 5G infastructure has drawn vocal skeptics who oppose the implementation of the technology. Facebook accounts and members of groups such as “Ithaca No 5G” and “Ithacans for Responsible Technology” have spoken during public comment sections of Common Council meetings citing environmental, health and safety concerns surrounding 5G infrastructure. Claire Curran, cybersecurity Fellow at the University of Washington’s International Policy Institute, noted in a 2020 article that the main environmental issues associated with the implementation of 5G networks come with the manufacturing of the many component parts of the 5G infrastructure. “In addition, the proliferation of new devices that will use the 5G network that is tied to the acceleration of demand from consumers for new 5G-dependent devices will have serious environmental consequences,” she argues. “The 5G network will inevitably cause a large increase in energy usage among consumers, which is already one of the main contributors to climate change. Additionally, the manufacturing and maintenance of the new technologies associated with 5G creates waste and uses important resources that have detrimental consequences for the environment. 5G networks use technology that has harmful effects on birds, which in turn has cascading effects through entire ecosystems.” As for health concerns, public health experts and researchers have in some cases concluded 5G does not pose significantly added danger that isn’t already caused by the constant exposure surrounded by electromagnetic radiation found in most developed nations. APPLICATIONS

For the average consumer, 5G could alleviate concerns of a lack of choice when it comes to internet speed offerings and providers, said Nate Foster, a computer science professor at Cornell University. “We have really terrible internet service. We don’t have a lot of choice, and the speeds we get are not that great,” said Foster, whose research team was awarded a $30

million grant by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to build a fully programmable computer network to bolster internet security and stimulate market competition. “The [COVID-19] pandemic has shown us how important internet access can be for education as it moves toward an online environment. Lots of people are also working from home so internet service becomes this really critical infrastructure that can make the difference between your livelihood for lots of people.” According to BroadbandNow New

“It would be great if we could blanket the county with fiber optic internet services to every home, but that is really expensive. With 5G, the bandwidths and the performance characteristics of the network service you get are big enough that you could help accelerate the transition to high speed broadband on the cheap.” -Nate Foster, Cornell University York, an organization that charts access to broadband internet in cities and counties across the state, the average download speed in Ithaca is 92.16 mbps. While this download speed is higher than the federal threshold for broadband internet, which is 25 mbps in download speeds and 3 mbps in upload speeds, the average download speed in Ithaca is still 65 percent slower than the average speed in New York, and close to 17 percent slower than the national average. Further, data from BroadbandNow New York indicates there are 13 internet service providers for residential customers in Ithaca, with Spectrum being available to approximately 97 percent of city residents. Nine of these telecommunication companies provide internet services that meet the federal government’s definition of broadband internet. “From the point of view of bringing broadband to our county, 5G could really accelerate the transition to high-speed broadband,” Foster said. “It would be great Ja n ua ry

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if we could blanket the county with fiber optic internet services to every home, but that is really expensive. With 5G, the bandwidths and the performance characteristics of the network service you get are big enough that you could help accelerate the transition to high speed broadband on the cheap.” Foster, who is also a consultant for Intel, noted 5G could help advance applications of services and technologies powered by cloud computing, such as autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence. “There are a bunch of futuristic applications, a lot of them involving video or artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and robots… all these futuristic things where keeping the data and the computation in a cloud data center that’s thousands of miles away is just not gonna work,” Foster said. “It’s going to be too slow, so you’re gonna need to have a higher bandwidth flank. A lot of people think that 5G is the missing piece there.” For local programmers, Nguyen said, 5G could prove vital. “One of the great things about innovation is that we can anticipate the things that are born out of fundamental new technologies,” he said, using high-speed, gigabit internet, which starts at a threshold of 1,000 mbps download speeds, as a comparison. “It’s hard to predict what can be done locally with this technology, but without those fundamental improvements, it’s hard to kickstart new uses for it.” For companies in Ithaca’s “great mix” of a tech scene, Foster said, 5G availability could also help improve daily operations. Foster used GrammaTech, the software company which has a research center on Esty Street, as an example. “GrammaTech does a lot of work in cybersecurity and analyzing software systems to find vulnerabilities and prevent vulnerabilities, so that this is a space where they could [use 5G technology],” he said. Foster’s research in developing an “open-source 5G network,” which could increase market competition by simplifying small cell technology, could also help institutions like Cornell. “This can be kind of the critical catalyst that helps some of these companies build their products,” he said. “That is pretty exciting as well.”

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Little Red wrestlers rolling By Ste ve L aw re nc e


aving been around the Ithaca High wrestling team since he was a Little Red grappler (class of ‘95), head coach Eric Parker knows a favorable convergence of circumstances when he sees one. Any wrestler or coach knows the pain of seeing an opponent’s hand raised when accepting a forfeit because there was not a wrestler available at that weight class. The points go on the board, and the shorthanded team has a higher hill to climb. With Ithaca having a full roster this year, Parker told me, “It’s the first time in eight years we have had all the weight classes filled, and it’s great to go out there knowing we won’t be down by 12 — or 30 — points before we even start.” Calling this season “an exciting one so far,” Parker said: “Our numbers are up. We have 10 more guys on modified, and eight more at the JV and Varsity levels. We have some younger kids that are working really hard in the wrestling room, picking it up very well, and some very talented kids helping them along.”

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I mentioned that favorable convergence of circumstances, and a coach is always pleased to see his modified and youth programs serving as feeder systems. But when a talented transfer shows up, that’s a real bonus. “George Oroudjov transferred here from Syosset, New York,” Parker stated, “and he was a runner-up at the last state tournament two years ago.” I conveyed that getting such a wrestler is indeed a great turn of events, and I asked how he is doing so far this season. Eric answered, “He is a senior, wrestling at 138 pounds, and he is 23-0.” One of the main challenges in many wrestling rooms is finding enough talent to challenge an elite wrestler in practice, and in the Little Red’s case, Parker need only look up one weight class — to 145 — to find a worthy workout partner in his son, Daniel. “Daniel and George train together, “Parker said, “and it’s really nice the way it has worked out.” The numbers support that contention, as Daniel — a sophomore — is currently 22-1 with his only


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Daniel Parker is 22-1 for the Little Red thus far. Photo: Callen Golden

loss coming to Jordan Scott, the 2020 state champ who is also, Coach Parker said, “a full commit to wrestle at the University of North Carolina after graduation.” The Little Red is also getting some impressive contributions from eightgrader Quinton Getzin, who is currently 21-2. Getzin, Parker and Oroudjov each won their respective weight class at the Stan Blinsky Tournament in Deposit, New York, and Parker said, “These guys have traveled all around the U.S. for tournaments.” The veteran coach really likes what he sees looking forward. “We have a few more young guys showing a lot of promise,” he said. “Like Evan Shields — who is only a

seventh grader and is presently too light to go up to varsity — and Dikota Hamilton, a ninth grader who is coming off an ACL injury.” Parker said that many of his wrestlers are products of the Bomb Squad, a club run by Ryan Ciotoli, who, like Parker, was a standout wrestler at Ithaca College. He also complimented Josh Antoine and Johnnie Akins, calling them “two highly motivated young coaches who have done a great job with recruiting wrestlers” (from other sports), and he is pleased that former Little Red wrestler Patrick Reynolds will be a part of the program’s continued success. Parker said “the COVID situation has been tough to navigate,” and he added that the program “adheres to some very strict protocols, we train in pods, and we try to be as proactive as possible.” ● ● ●

Things are also going well at Parker’s alma mater, as the 16th ranked Bombers took a solid second place at last weekend’s Budd Whitehill Duals in Williamsport. By dropping a tight match (21-15) to #17 Ohio Northern, Ithaca moved to 4-1 on the season, and will look ahead to next Sunday when the team hosts the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Championships. The meet will get underway at 10 a.m.

The Mini Print Exhibition proves you can make a big statement in small space


By A rt h u r Wh itm a n ounded and directed for three decades by the late Beverly McLean, the Mini Print International Exhibition has been held biennially since 1985. Beginning with the 19th (2016-17) edition, Ithaca’s

Ink Shop Printmaking Center has taken over organization of the juried show. Featuring works no larger than four inches square, the exhibit draws entrants from around the world. The “21st Mini Print International Exhibition” (Nov. 5 - Jan. 27) was originally postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic. The show is characteristically eclectic, with printmakers working in both digital and more traditional print media. Each artist chosen is represented with up to four pieces. The prize juror is the legendary Dan Welden, known for inventing the non-toxic Solarplate print method as well as assisting numerous famous painters with their printmaking. (He’s also a distinguished artist in his own right, as attested by his show of prints

from his experimental “Aesop’s Fables” series at the Shop last October.) With nearly all of the numerous tiny pieces here in identical black-edged box frames, a certain monotony can set in if one is not especially attentive to what is particular in each artist’s approach. In the eyes and hands of an ambitious artist, a miniature picture can be a world unto itself. Which is to say that there’s a lot more here than one might have expected upon first entering the modest gallery. Jim Pearson, awarded first place for “A Small Drama: Rapture,” is also showing “Jealousy” and “Greed” from the same series. Incorporating fragments of unrecognizable photographic imagery and drawing with a mouse, these black-and-white digital prints evoke apocalyptic cityscapes in their dizzying proliferation of detail. Pat Bacon contributes a pair of fine photogravure prints. Her upright format print continued on page 12

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“Roots IV” captures a copse of birch trees, roots exposed, as if huddled together. “Super Moon” — square like most of the prints here — is more abstract, with a large celestial circle plugging the upper left and a splay of branches projecting up and outwards from the opposite corner. Both are silhouetted, bright against a black background. Catch-all shows like this one become more interesting when you are able to pick out threads connecting multiple artists. Several artists here are working with a monochrome tonalism. Thom O’Conner contributes third place winner “The Sisters” — a photogravure with drawing-

like grain, blurring, empty intervals, and asymmetry — as well as “The Tower,” using the same technique. Cleo Wilkinson is a specialist in mezzotint, which involves a laborious subtraction of highlights from an evenly applied dark tone. “Then” (honorable mention) shows the head, shoulders, and bare upper back of a young boy from behind while “Inception V” shows an egg resting on a spot-lit table or shelf. As with many fine art print shows, black-and-white or limited color is typical here. Several artists, however, contribute strikingly coloristic works. Among these are the intricate patterning and Buddhist iconography of Chaivut Ruamrudeekool’s screenprints and the — improbably miniaturized — abstract expressionism of Bernadette Madden in her monotypes.

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“The Sisters” by Thom O’Conner was awarded third place.

There’s much else here of merit besides. Ink Shop member Kathleen Friedrich contributes several experimental process prints, including the second place “Looking Down II.” Fellow member Leslie Ford offers “Layers” “1,” “2,” and “4”: dense, austere textured-color abstractions in monoprint collagraph. DeAnn Prosia is showing several sharply observed cityscape etchings. Using the unusual technique of wood engraving, Takanori Iwase’s “Waiting at Dusk” is a river landscape laden with dramatic chiaroscuro and expressionistic lines. More and larger work by members can be seen (through Jan. 15) at the gallery’s concurrent “Holiday Print Sale.” A sale is not a formal exhibition but it is hard to complain about the opportunity to peruse often-exceptional works by such Shop members and guests as Greg Page, Craig Mains, Jenny Pope, Maddy Rosenberg, Zevi Blum, and Julianne Hunter. “21st Mini Print” is the most consistent, and likely the strongest overall, of several juried and invitational group shows crowding Ithaca’s gallery calendar this month and last. Visitors to the Ink Shop would do well to check out the “Annual Open Exhibition: Pandemic Edition” at the Community School of Music and Arts — conveniently right downstairs. Curated by accomplished local painter Jessica Baron Warner, the show includes work in a wide range of media and styles. It is, by tradition, a populist production, with all entrants guaranteed acceptance of at least one piece. Connoisseurs will find things to dislike — nonetheless, there are several bright spots and seeing the two shows together will offer the casual gallery-goer a decent sense of the varieties of art being made and exhibited in Ithaca.

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That ‘70s Movie

PTA ventures back to the San Fernando Valley By Br yan VanC ampe n


aul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” didn’t make my list of 2021’s best films, but it probably should have, because I’ve been thinking about what it all means since I saw it on Christmas Day at Cinemapolis. “Licorice Pizza” is named for a chain of west coast record stores, and it’s based on the life of Gary Goetzman, a child actor who opened a waterbed store and added pinball machines, and wound up producing movies with Jonathan Demme (“The Georgia@ithacatimes.com x220 Tom Hanks Silence of the607-277-7000 Lambs”) and (“That Thing You Do!”). Newspaper:Anderson was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, and his father Ernie was a legendary voice-over performer, hawking “The Love Boat” on ABC. So he’s grown up with a very particular view of show business and Hollywood history, and returns to his stomping grounds to use Goetzman’s life story as a way to paint a picture of what the entertainment business was like in 1973.

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Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman), a working kid actor, opens the movie by walking up to Alanna (Alanna Haim) and telling her that he wants to be her boyfriend. She mocks him and scoffs at him, but they keep talking. That simple structure — boy meets girl — makes the framework for a very episodic, meandering story that’s all about zigging and zagging. I think that the guy who made “Boogie Nights” (1997) wants to explore that almost outlaw quality to the ‘70s, and how politically incorrect everything was back then, perhaps best exemplified by John Michael Higgins in a runningClient: subplot as the owner of several Japanese restaurants. The film feels realistically chaotic and sloppy, dangerous and hilarious. We’re here and then we’re over there. Much like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), all the kids in Gary’s orbit act like little adult businessmen. Drinking, smoking and drugs are part of the routine. The kids seem to go 24-7 after their goals, and at

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times they get into truly perilous situations. Cooper and Haim are the perfect freshfaced kids to anchor all this craziness. Even without make-up and wearing dorky fashions of the day, they have the charisma and chemistry that carries Anderson’s potent but at times unwieldly storytelling. It’s the kind of movie that makes room for outsized, theatrical performances from Sean Penn, playing a version of actor William Holden, Tom Waits as a boozy, chain-smoking director, Tim Conway Jr. and Maya Rudolph as casting directors, and Bradley Cooper in a bonkers bit as hairdresser and soon-to-be film producer Jon Peters. (Also, look for John C. Reilly’s cameo as Fred Gwynne. I’m not kidding. Fred Gwynne.) The period set design, costumes, props and atmosphere are as effective in their way as what Quentin Tarantino’s “Once

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Market expands to both atriums at Triphammer Mall


he Ithaca Winter Farmers Market kicked off its third go-around at the Triphammer Mall on Jan. 8, this time with an expanded operation. During its first two years at the mall, the market set up shop just in the atrium in front of Ithaca Bakery. However, this year, in addition to that atrium, the market featured vendors in the atrium in front of the Ithaca Reuse Center. “We are able to catch people who are coming into the reuse center,” she said. “We’re just a lot more visible. It’s giving us room for more vendors, but still being able to do it in that safe way so we’re allowing more customers to have more space between each other.” While the majority of the vendors (32 in total that Saturday) could be found in the Ithaca Bakery atrium, visitors could still peruse and shop a wide variety of products from the vendors in the Ithaca Reuse Center atrium, whether it was mushroom-based vodkas from Mushroom Spirits Distillery or a spread of different flavored hot sauces from Mojo’s Sauce.

Winter Farmers Market returned to the Triphammer Mall (Photo: Casey Martin)

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climated to how that process works, but we were really pleased, and I think the customers were getting used to us being over at Triphammer, which is really nice.” The market is continuing to offer its online shopping platform to its customers, which it first established last year. Individuals have the option to purchase products from the winter market online (https:// ithacamarket.localfoodmarketplace.com/ Products) and drive over to the mall to pick their orders up curbside. “We saw a huge jump in orders this past week than we had during the main [market hours], which is sort of antici-

pated, but you never know,” Sauve said. “Sometimes it’s hard to predict customer shopping patterns, but I think the surge in cases in our county has made people maybe a little more nervous about coming to shop inside.” One bonus for customers this winter is being able to use one’s Electron Benefits Transfer (EBT) card on the online marketplace in addition to in person. EBT card users will also be able to receive and use “Fresh Connect Checks” from the market. For every five dollars spent at the market, individuals will receive a two-dollar Fresh Connect Check to spend as well. While the success from the winter market’s opening day was a wonderful sight, Sauve said she is mainly focused on keeping the market open through its entire scheduled season, which has been a challenge in years past due to the COVID-10 pandemic. “The past [few] years … has really just been making sure we’re keeping abreast of all the local health trends and the local and state health guidelines and keeping everyone safe,” she said. “I think we’ll be able to do that, even though we’re in those two atrium spots.” “It’s only our third year at Triphammer, and we’re trying to find our groove during the pandemic, which is a little bit of a challenge. But I think we’re doing a pretty good job.” The winter market takes place every Saturday at the mall from now until March 26. Regular market hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Curbside pickup for online orders occurs from noon to 2 p.m. The list of vendors is updated every Friday at 8 p.m. To view the upcoming list of vendors, one can visit: https://ithacamarket.com/markets/winter-market/ B y A n d r e w S u l l i va n


Pasta, pizza, perfection Ciao remains one of the best places to eat in the area By He nr y Stark


t apparently takes a lot of staying power to maintain a successful restaurant at 2 Hickory Hollow Ln. in Lansing. Watercress couldn’t do it, neither could Billy Bob Jack’s BBQ. Yet Ciao is doing it… and with gusto! Ciao opened in November 2010 with a combination of comfy leather booths and pendant lighting. The popularity of the restaurant only seems to be increasing as it moves into its second decade. The 138-seat restaurant is usually filled soon after the 4 p.m. opening. Service starts with a complimentary basket of ciabatta with a homemade dipping oil containing herbs, a pepper slice and a garlic clove. For appetizers I’ve enjoyed Arancini ($9.95) and also Grilled Chicken Wings ($12.95). The Arancini are risotto fritters stuffed with mozzarella in a pesto and pomodoro sauce. When I sliced into one with a fork, some gooey, stringy cheese oozed out. Yum. The wings were not what I expected. There were seven, roasted in Ciao’s woodfired oven, grilled to order, then covered with a caramelized onion and Parmesan cheese sauce, and I also detected a hint of lemon. Since they were smothered in sauce they had to be eaten with a knife and fork. Really delicious.

I was thinking that both appetizers were so hearty they could be ordered with one of Ciao’s salads for a complete meal on the lighter side. The 11” Pizzas ($10.95-$14.95) are a favorite here. They’re cooked in a really hot (600 degrees) wood-fired oven that you can see from your table. The last time I reviewed Ciao the wood came mostly from Iowa. Now all the hickory wood comes from nearby Newfield. The best-selling pizza is the classic Margherita made with crushed tomato, mozzarella, torn basil and sliced garlic. However my favorite is the Pear & Gorgonzola. The toppings of fresh sliced pear, caramelized onions, bacon and gorgonzola are flavorful, crunchy, and all seem to complement each other. An interesting and pungent pasta entrée is Rigatoni Scarpiello ($11.95). It may be too spicy for some readers because of the spicy Gianelli sausage, chicken pieces and some cherry peppers all mixed together in slightly spicy homemade marinara sauce. The lasagna ($14.95) is wonderful. It’s the classic assembly with layers of pasta sheets and meat sauce with béchamel. However this one also incorporates five different cheeses: provolone, mozzarella, ricotta, Romano and Parmesan. It’s a robust, tasty blend.

The two desserts I’ve had are both delicious. Chocolate Mousse in some establishments is simply chocolate pudding. This one ($6.95) is made with melted imported chocolate chips and is dark, creamy and melts in your mouth. The Tiramisu ($5.95) is also homemade with lady fingers which are soaked in espresso and then layered with homemade mascarpone cream and dusted with cocoa powder. The mascarpone cream is made with homemade whipped cream folded together with mascarpone cheese. More wine is sold than beer. About 45% of the alcoholic beverages sold here is wine, 30% beer, and 25% liquor. The wine menu is comprehensive with all the established grape varieties and countries of origin listed, although I would have liked to see more than two New York wines on the menu. I have no problem that vintages aren’t disclosed as most of us don’t care anyway and it gives the buyer and distributor more flexibility. Seven-ounce glasses cost $7, nine-ounces are a couple of dollars higher, and bottles start at $28. There are three draft beers served by the pint or 25-ounce mug, and about a dozen-and-a-half domestic and imported beers in bottles.

Ciao Restaurant (Photo: Casey Martin)

It’s understandable that Ciao has been serving food and beverages for more than a decade at the same location in Lansing. If you’ve dined at Ciao I’m sure you’ll agree that this occupant of 2 Hickory Hollow Ln. is here to stay. It’s one of the best restaurants in our area.

Tidbits: Dinner is served from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. every evening. As of this writing, there are no plans to resume lunch service. Gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian menus are available if you request them.

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Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St., Ithaca | This is an especially great time to support our locally owned, independent movie theatre that is weathering the pandemic as well as the unfortunate burden of the construction site outside their doors. Drive My Car has been hailed as one of the best movies of 2021. (Photo: Provided)

Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green St., Ithaca | See Ian McKellen’s 2018 performance as the titular Shakespearean tragic character, filmed live in London’s West End. (Photo: Provided)

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