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hawn West, 18, was found dead on Cornell University’s campus in a residence hall room on April 9, according to a statement by Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi. "Shawn was a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences from New York City," Lombardi's statement said. "He was a promising young computer coder, who enjoyed developing video games, refurbishing vintage game consoles and was interested in the human impacts of technology and the relationships between users and devices. A resident of Ujamaa, he was involved in several clubs and activities on campus, including the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making, the Skateboarding Club and Zen Meditation at Cornell. He also enjoyed photography and composing poetry on an old Royal typewriter.” West was originally reported missing on Wednesday, April 7 by his parent who resides in New York City. He had last been seen in his residence hall on North Campus the day prior. "On behalf of the Cornell community, I extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to Shawn’s parents and family, including his sister who is a Cornell alumna, as well as his friends and peers. Please keep them in your thoughts during this difficult time," Lombardi said. Ta n n er H a r di ng



Cornell students work to find ways to reach carbon neutrality in Ithaca


thaca is on a mission to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, and a group of students at Cornell University are trying to figure out how to get there. Sponsored by the Systems Engineering Program, the Ithaca Carbon Neutrality project aims to help the city, town and county consider possibilities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in relation to existing buildings’ heating and cooling systems. The group looks at things like applicable policies, retrofits, effectiveness and equity considerations. “Basically it’s how do we get there and fund it, and how do we reduce carbon emissions in buildings that are already here,” project team leader Everett Sanderson said. “There are

two main segments, the policy team and the modeling team.” The modeling team uses energy data to build models of individual buildings to see how ideas for changes would affect the overall emissions, while the policy team looks at what policies the city can enact to get to their carbon neutral goal. The team has been active since fall 2019, and was created at the request of Nick Goldsmith, the sustainability coordinator for both the city and town of Ithaca. “Our final deliverable is to offer a report to the city either every semester or every other semester,” Sanderson said. However, recently the project team has been branching out to better support residents. Sanderson said one of the

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largest barriers they’ve encountered is the lack of education in the sense that there are many incentives for homeowners seeking energy efficient retrofits, but many people don’t know they exist. “And particularly lower income communities are skeptical of the incentives,” he said. “There’s a lack of trust.” The project’s teams are organized around four types of buildings: public, commercial, residential and historic residential. “We model these buildings, a small business for example, and find the retrofits that are the best way to move toward efficiency,” Sanderson said. “We do more research every semester, but we present the things that are the most efficient.” He also referenced the Ithaca Energy Code Supplecontinued on page 7

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PHOTOGRAPHER Maru Ramen owners buy old Byrne Dairy, plan to open new restaurant By C a se y Mar tin




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The former Byrne Dairy at 215 N Meadow St. is being reimagined as a diner. Photo: Casey Martin

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he old Byrne Dairy at 215 N Meadow St. is slated to become Chris Kim and Soyong Lee’s latest business venture — a diner called Milkstand. Architect Jason Demarest was in front of the Board of Zoning Appeals on April 6 to seek a variance in the number of parking spots required. Because the site is chang-

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ing from retail to restaurant, the zoning laws require one off-street parking space for every 50 square feet of “net floor area of assembly.” This would require the restaurant to provide 22 spots, however Demarest said they could only squeeze 18 in. He cited Washington Square Park and other street parking


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t the April 6 County Legislature meeting, Public Health Director Frank Kruppa and County Administrator Jason Molino met with legislators to provide an update on the pandemic and vaccination progress in the county. In her opening comments, Legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBean-Clairborne reflected on over one million COVID-19 tests being administered by Cayuga Health System in Tompkins County, “We’ve made it a habit of excellence responding to this pandemic.” She thanked Cayuga Health System, stating “This is a testament to planning and excellence of heroes and sheroes at CHS and brave community members signing up to get tested.” She continued by recognizing local business, Rheonix for their work in cre14–20 ,

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ating machines to turn around test results in a matter of hours, and thanked the Legislature and City of Ithaca Common Council for purchasing machines for Cayuga Health System to increase access to testing and quick results. Molino shared that as of April 6, all New Yorkers aged 16 and over are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine and that everyone should sign up for the County’s registry when they are able. Kruppa detailed the current disease prevalence in the community, sharing that case numbers are down, and things are moving in the right direction. He also outlined the vaccine administration progress to date, sharing that over 44,000 Tompkins County Residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine – Tompkins County ranks second among

options as potential places for cars if they exceeded 18 cars. The board approved the variance request. Kim and Lee are the husband-and-wife duo who own Maru Ramen, the ramen shop at 512 W State St. that has been operating for three years. Kim said they always knew they wanted to operate a total of three restaurants in the area, and the idea for the diner was inspired by the closing of their favorite breakfast place. “We enjoyed the Carriage House, but they closed and other than that we have always felt a need,” he said. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Kim described it as being a little more upscale than your traditional all-American diner. “We’re not only going to serve breakfast, but we will be a little more focused on that,” Kim said. The food will be American and European, but with maybe an Asian twist here or there to pay homage to Kim and Lee’s heritage, as Lee’s family owns restaurants in Korea. Kim said his family travels to Italy every year to enjoy the

restaurants and wants to bring some of the traditional Italian pasta dishes to the dinner menu as well. As for the name, Milkstand calls back to the building’s original use. Kim said when they were viewing the property the former owner pointed out a milk bar, or “milkstand,” that was in the store for people to come in and refill their glass milk jugs. “We wanted to keep that historic story in the name,” Kim said. The couple decided to go ahead with a second restaurant back in the fall of 2020. “It was like, peak COVID,” Kim said. “Everyone said ‘are you crazy?’” He said there’s still quite a bit of work to be done on the restaurant, particularly in upgrading the HVAC system, but that they’re hoping for a July open. However, Kim said even if things are delayed a bit, he definitely plans on being open by the time students return for the fall semester. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

counties in New York in percentage of population having received at least one dose of the vaccine. Kruppa also outlined the department’s vaccine administration through local clinics to-date, including vaccinations for senior living facilities, the homeless population, and other hard to reach populations including several inmates at the Tompkins County Jail. Demographic data on county residents vaccinated to date were shared with Legislators, including age, race, and ethnicity. The data showed that older populations have received a majority of the doses available so far (aligning with eligibility guidelines to-date) and Kruppa shared that over 75% of the County’s 65+ population has been vaccinated, outpacing the State’s goal for that population. Regarding the pace of vaccine administration across residents of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, Kruppa stated, “We have work to do to reach our Black, Hispanic and Asian communities, this is part of the reason we’re working on pop-up clinics to bring

appointments closer to these communities.” Among Other Business A proclamation was read acknowledging National Public Safety Telecommunicators week and recognizing the work of 9-1-1 dispatchers at the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response. Deputy Director of the Department, Jessica Verfuss and Communications Center Manager, John Halaychik accepted the proclamation and spoke to the dedication of their staff. Newly Elected Legislator Leslie Schill (D-Ithaca, representing District 2) was welcomed by several of her colleagues. Schill shared her excitement and thanked county staff for her swearing-in going smoothly. Legislator Rich John (DIthaca) shared that a resolution to consider the Community Justice Center in addition to the recently passed Reimagining Public Safety plans will be considered by the Public Safety Committee on April 15 at 3 p.m. -Staff R eport


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Found Safe Marquise Terry, a 23-year-old man who was reported missing by his family last week after they hadn’t seen or heard from him since March 13 is now home safe and sound. You love to see it. Good Numbers Positive COVID case numbers in Tompkins County continue to drop, reaching double digits recently. Plus, half of the county has received at least one dose of a vaccine. Progress!

HEARD&SEEN Interim Chief Deputy Chief John Joly will take over as interim police chief when Chief Dennis Nayor retires this spring. The search for a new chief is in the very early stages. Arson at Cornell Cornell police responded to a fire alarm at Day Hall in the early hours of Sunday morning. They found the building had been burgled and a small fire had been set. Contact CUPD at (607) 255-1111 with any info.


Middle school tech class builds outdoor dining structures for Ithaca Bakery


hough the warmer days have brought the return of outdoor dining to Ithaca, it’s still April in the northeast which means the weather remains unpredictable at best. A sunny 75-degree day can just as easily be followed by a rainy 50-degree one — so what’s a person to do? If you’re eating at Ithaca Bakery, just grab a seat within one of the wooden huts in the parking lot. And while you’re sitting inside, take a look around and see if you can find some initials or another identifying mark from its builders — students in the Technology Student Association (TSA) at DeWitt Middle School. There were already a couple shelters in the seating area outside when the opportunity to build more fell into the lap of technology teacher David Buchner. “I’ve known [Ithaca Bakery Owner] Ramsey [Brous] for

a while now, and I was in the bakery one day and bumped into him and said ‘hey these are cool structures,’” Buchner said. “He said ‘yeah, we’re going to make more,’ and I told him our TSA team is always looking for local projects […] It was kind of serendipitous.” While technology classes are a requirement of all students at Dewitt, not all of them join the TSA team, which is akin to a technology club for students in grades 6-8. And while some of the eighth graders had been on the team in years prior, nobody had built anything quite to this scale. “I think it was overwhelming in a good way,” technology teacher Carson Case said. “We kind of explained the project to them and were explaining the various details and steps that we had to do and how we were going to transform them into actual structures. Once we

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got to work, they picked it up pretty quickly.” The students spent about 10 hours on a Saturday constructing four of the 6’x 8’ structures and learning myriad new skills in the process, from modeling and planning to using new tools and documenting the process. “I learned a lot about using the tools in general,” eighth grader Jennifer Zhao said. “Some tools we hadn’t gotten to use in tech class, plus there was a lot of organization and planning.” Eighth grader Alex Elia added that she got to do a lot of measuring, cutting wood and photographing during the process. “It’s been super fun,” she said. “And we’re also helping people at the same time.” TSA is not only a club at DeWitt, but is a national organization that focuses on “leadership, teamwork and technical skills,” according to the teachers. The DeWitt TSA club will be using this project

as their submission at both the regional conference and the national conference. Part of the competition is the documentation process of the project, so the students will have an interview with judges where they’ll share the planning work they did ahead of the project, pictures and videos of them working on it, and then documentation of the final structures. Case and Buchner said the students are a special group and that the project has been a good demonstration of their hard work. “They work really well together,” Case said. “This really was a team effort. They were able to delegate between each other and help each other when they needed it.” Buchner added, “And they’re middle schoolers, so they’re still goofy and silly. They’re here to learn, but we still had to have a cookie break.” As for the students, they look forward to showing off A p ri l

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Robert Lynch joins County Legislature race for District 8

The 17 Year Blues

nfield Town Lynch’s stateCouncilperment announcson Robert ing his candidacy (Bob) Lynch tofollows: day announced his “Where to start? candidacy for the I might begin 51 Tompkins County years ago, when as Legislature. Lynch a Cornell student is seeking to sucand volunteer receed three-term porter for WVBRincumbent David FM, I covered my McKenna, who anfirst meeting of the nounced in FebruBoard of Represenary his decision not tatives, forerunner to seek reelection. to the Tompkins Lynch, a former County Legislature. local broadcaster, Later, with WT KO, an Enfield resident I followed the since 1969, and Board for nearly a a member of the decade. Issues at Robert Lynch Enfield Town Board the time included since January 2020, building the TC3 successfully petitioned last month to com- campus and planning our new Tompkins pete in the June 22 Democratic Primary. County Hospital, now Cayuga Medical If elected, he would represent District Center. I reported the actions of legends 8, which includes the Town of Newfield like Harris Dates, Don Culligan, future and southern portions of his home town, Congressman Gary Lee, and Enfield/NewEnfield. field’s Harry Kerr, succeeded in our district Also running for District 8 are Randy continued on page 7 Brown and Vanessa Greenlee.

ews item: Starting sometime this month or next, more than a billion cicadas will emerge, after 17 years underground, in a dozen U.S. states up and down the eastern seaboard. This group of cicadas, known as Brood X, is among the largest populations of all 17-year periodical cicadas. The sun rose high in Collegetown on a balmy April-in-Ithaca day. Undergraduates loitered outside the new Collegetown Bagels while a miracle of nature unfolded under a patch of grass near the College Avenue Bridge. The soil having warmed to precisely 64 degrees Fahrenheit was the signal for a Brood X periodical cicada named Cecily to begin burrowing up to the surface. She came out with a pop, squinting in the first sunshine she’d seen in 17 years. The sudden emergence of an insect from the soil attracted the notice of a passing little black ant named Anthony, who stopped to observe. They stared at each other for a moment, and then Cecily began to look around. “Holy freakin’ frass,” she said. “What happened to this place? It looks like Pyongyang, without the charm.” “Hey, you’re one of those 17-year bugs!” said Anthony. “I saw something about you guys on Facebook.” Cecily was extending her wings to dry them. “Face what?” “Never mind,” said Anthony. “I guess there’s been a lot of construction around here is all. Is this where your folks are from?” “My great-grandmother almost got squashed in an anti-war demonstration about a block from here in 1970.” “Wow! I have to say, you guys are impressive. 99.9% of your life sucking tree sap underground, and you come up for a couple weeks at the end to pass the torch? That is commitment.” “Meh, statistically that’s true, I guess,” Cecily mused. “But aren’t ants the ones with the work ethic? Like that ant-grasshopper story?” “That’s kind of a myth, actually,” said Anthony. “You see a lot of us walking around ‘looking for food,’ but you ever notice? We never seem to be carrying anything. There’s a lot of down time.” “Well, bring me up to speed,” said Cecily, sitting down next to Anthony. “What’s in the news?”


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“Well, Prince Philip died last week.” “I already thought he was dead and I haven’t checked my news feed for 17 years.” Anthony thought for a moment. “Governor Cuomo signed a bill making marijuana legal in New York, but the QAnon wackos already think it’s a plot by Bill Gates to implant microchips in our bodies.” Cecily blinked. “I have no idea what that even means. And isn’t Mario Cuomo like 90 years old? Can you just sort of sum up what’s been going on since 2004? I don’t have a ton of time.” Anthony reached to place a reassuring foreleg on Cecily’s thorax, but then thought better of it. He inhaled deeply. “Well, Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs, an airliner disappeared without a trace, the climate is crumbling like cheese, there was something called the ice bucket challenge, The economy cratered in 2008 but we printed a lot of money so it was OK, Great Britain left the European Union, there’s the MeToo movement and it turns out that 88% of powerful men are jerks, the idea that Black lives might matter makes some people angry enough to burn BLM flags on the Commons, Tom Hanks has a son who is a complete douche, data breaches occur too frequently to keep track of, Big Pharma got the country hooked on opioids, a startling number of people are devoting valuable brain space to following a family of nitwits called the Kardashians, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, and some of his cult members mounted a half-assed coup attempt about three months ago, there’s a duly-elected member of the House of Representatives worried about Jewish space lasers, Apple is now worth a trillion dollars...oh, yeah, and we’re just starting to come out of the worst pandemic in 100 years, but we’re printing even more money so everything will be fine.” A long minute passed during which neither one said anything. Then Cecily slowly got up and crept back to her hole. “Ant, I’ve got room down here if you want to come. Tree sap’s better than it sounds. If not, I’ll look you up in 2038.” And she was gone as suddenly as she appeared...

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by Jim Ray. “More relevant, perhaps is a time closer to this moment. It was September 2017. The County Legislature was selling the Old Library for little more than the value of the land on which it sat. I spoke up, telling the Legislature I felt cheated; that the Old Library is too good a building to lose. Please, repurpose it for government use. I lost that round. But afterward, a legislator, now retired, pulled me aside and said, “Good ideas, Bob. You just should have said them sooner. Get involved.” From that moment on, I knew the Tompkins County Legislature was calling me. “Today I’m announcing my candidacy to succeed Dave McKenna in representing our Newfield and Enfield district because I believe I can make a difference. I can provide this county principled, common sense leadership the same way I’ve led these past 15 months on the Enfield Town Board. I’ve done so with a belief in OldFashioned Representative Democracy; that government springs from the bottom up, not lords from the top down; and that we who represent must humble ourselves as servants, not kings. “I’m an unapologetic centrist. No, I’m not an activist. Rather, I’d call myself an “inclusionist.” I’m equally comfortable walking up a driveway and spotting a Trump banner hanging from a porch as a Bernie-bro sticker adorning a Prius. National alliances matter little at the local level. And I believe anyone’s opinion is at least worth a listen. “A constituent recently called me our Town Board’s voice of moderation. I like that. On both the Enfield Town Board and before the County Legislature, I’ve advanced initiatives for locally-funded COVID-19 testing and expanded vaccine availability. And yes, I’ve confronted controversy, like endorsing the public’s desire to keep Enfield offices elected; and as you might have heard, supporting our Pledge to the flag. “I build my campaign for County Legislature today on four strong pillars of

leadership: Economy: Every dollar we spend should have a reason behind it. The Old Library’s brown bricks are now in some landfill. But if we’re now poised to spend $20 Million or more on a new office complex, we need to make a business case to support it first. Transparency: I’ve witnessed a halfcentury of this Legislature’s commitment to Open Government. But that tradition’s taken a hit lately. We need fewer executive sessions, less reliance on the party caucus, and an unswerving rededication to straight talk with everyone we serve. The ornate windows of our 1854 legislative chambers may be old and narrow. But they can still can let in much sunlight Safety: To bring sunset to the pandemic, our first goal must be universal, voluntary vaccination. And when it comes to policing reform, I’ve already put my thoughts on the line. I support our Sheriff. We should craft our own Reimagining plan, not bind ourselves to the City’s. And true toughness demands nothing short of a zero-tolerance policy that confronts police violence and discriminatory enforcement with no-nonsense discipline. Bold Ideas: Let’s think outside the box. Has County Administration grown so big we need an elected Executive? Should we hasten reapportionment’s equitable rewards by using weighted voting these next four years? Is there a better choice than the current one-rate-fits-all solid waste fee? Talk costs us nothing but a little of our time. And I’ve learned that the best solutions can sometimes result from the wildest of ideas. “Dave McKenna says on his legislative page, “My goal is to bring common sense to county government.” Let’s continue that tradition; continue the fight for the principles that matter. What began for me with Harry Kerr and Jim Ray long ago, through Dan Winch, Greg Stevenson, and up through today, inspires my journey. Let’s keep leadership alive for the great Tompkins-Southwest. I ask that you partner with me. I seek your vote in the Democratic Primary, June 22. I welcome your support beyond, in November.”

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ment, which is expected to be voted on at the Common Council’s May meeting, and said that while it’s impressive and ambitious, it really only affects a small percentage of buildings in Ithaca. “It’s going to do really good work for new buildings,” he said. “But what do we do for the housing that’s already here?” Sanderson said in their research they’ve found trying to phase every house in Ithaca in under the a new energy code would take a huge amount of manpower to both complete the labor and enforce the code. “Incentives are a much more effective way to go,” he said. “Make it economically feasible to do it through permit relief or tax abatements.”

As for what can be done right now, Sanderson said the energy code is a good place to start. “The biggest issue is buildings, which is why we focus on it,” he said. “75% of emissions are coming from buildings, and the first part of addressing that is the energy code supplement. Getting it off the ground is critical.” He said after that, focusing on existing buildings should be the priority. “I personally think that’s the next big step,” he said. “Getting incentives and labor in place.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g


YOUR LETTERS Ithaca Energy Code Supplement Will Produce Unintended Consequences


torage rooms are given a higher permissible lighting power allowance than dorms, according to the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement. Table AA1 provides a list of 58 "lighting power allowances" for everything from atriums to banking areas to post office sorting areas. "Class I sports arenas" will by far have the best lighting, at 1.84 LPAs. Notwithstanding that Ithaca is one of the least sunny places to live in the United States, why we need to granularly assess lighting power allowance and how code enforcers will enforce it remains unclear. 68 pages of bureaucratic legalese regulates everything from the amount of permissible lighting, square footage that can be heated, the ratio of windows to walls, and the types of heaters and dryers that can be purchased. What this will effectively do is reduce and slow renovations in a highly regulated community that has a generally dated housing supply and not enough new homes being built. For my family, the choice to install a wood stove in 2008 was purely economic. We were excited in 2005 to move into the beautiful community of Trumansburg, but less so when we began receiving electricity bills that often surpassed $200 per month. Wood, propane, and natural gas heating sources appear to be popular for this reason, and also because the supply of electricity seems to fail at least once yearly. While wood stoves, grouped under "biomass" heating sources, are technically allowed, the list of EPA approved stoves is short. Limiting consumer choice to less reliable and desirable supplies of heat will curb demand for home improvements, which will leave increasingly outdated, less efficient equipment in place. Just as worrisome is that heating systems using propane and natural gas will be banned. With acute energy shortages in Texas and California, we should be particularly wary of leaving our community members vulnerable. These regulations will likely chill new home development. Take for example Chapter 5 Table R502.3.1.1, which details area requirements for new single-family dwellings. If one point is necessary to meet the energy code supplement, a 3-bedroom home will be limited to 1,870 square feet, or 1,540 if two points are necessary. The number of square feet you can technically heat is even more limiting. A cursory search on A p ri l

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realtor.com reveals that many homes in our community do not meet this requirement. Another example: The regulations relating to "modest window-to-wall ratio". Perhaps the wordiest of all lines comes in the form of R502.3.4.1, which states: "The vertical fenestration area, not including opaque doors and opaque spandrel panels, shall be not greater than 20 percent of the gross above-grade wall area.". These last two examples will result in a homogenous supply of homes, which isn't so awful if you want to live at Harry Potter's 4 Privet Drive. One of my first experiences in Ithaca was visiting a family friend who had built his own off-thegrid cabin. A smattering of solar panels, golf-cart batteries, and a fist-sized wind turbine ran his water pump and a few odd electronics- and this was back in 2005, before renewables became heavily subsidized. His home was unique and intrepid, and many similar experiences formed my first impressions of an eclectic Ithaca. The idea that the government should forcefully fix the problems of inequitable and unaffordable housing through energy policy has attracted much attention. Might I suggest that our government is the greatest contributor to these issues? When the Great Recession hit, my family struggled to pay the more than $7,000 in property taxes each year. Eventually, 3 years of taxes accumulated which put us in jeopardy of tax foreclosure and auction. In a home that was completely paid off, the property taxes were our greatest expense. The situation caused years of anxiety, and eventually we sold the home. The issue of excessive taxation is chronic throughout Tompkins County. Today I see people being edged out of our community due to the cost of living which is ranked among New York City and San Francisco. Per the Economic Policy Institutes Family Budget Calculator, the cost for a two-parent and twochild household to live in Ithaca in 2016 was estimated at $92,603. Today, the cost is estimated at $111,990, a 21% increase. Taxes are estimated to be the second greatest cost for families, behind only childcare. I would rather see Common Council and Mayor Myrick focus on reducing the tax and regulatory burden in our community, and I urge them not to adopt the Energy Code Supplement. -Jason Evans, Ithaca, NY

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WHERE’S ALL THE FOR-SALE HOUSING? Ithaca remains a renter’s city as homeownership becomes more difficult and more expensive By Rya n Bieber


ver the past few months, we’ve covered the affordable housing projects in the works and the challenges that come with creating them. But one thing that hasn’t been touched on is the disparity between for-sale housing and rental units in Ithaca.

Simply put, there are far fewer for-sale houses being built than rental units, despite city goals expressing a desire for more owner-occupied units. There are currently 12,465 total housing units in the City of Ithaca; 9,811 units are rentals and 2,654 are owner-occupied,

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meaning rental units make up nearly 80% of all units within the city. According to the Planning Board’s annual report in 2020, out of the 1,966 housing units built from 2006 to 2020, only 63 units were for-sale units (the rest being rentals). Out of the 786 units approved to be built in 2020, only two were for-sale hous-

ing. And for the 801 housing units pending construction in 2021, only four will be forsale. It should be noted, these statistics refer to the total of all for-sale units, not just those designated for affordable housing. These numbers are even more startling when compared with the 2016 Tompkins County housing strategy, which announced

plans to create 380 for-sale units a year, for a total of 3,800 new owner-occupied units by 2025. On paper, the county wants to create hundreds of for-sale housing units a year. Yet, in reality, Ithaca isn’t even hitting double-digits. Still, there is a potential solution in the form of community land trusts (CLT). WHY OWNER-OCCUPIED MATTERS

Before getting into all the challenges with creating for-sale housing, it is important to consider whether having more owneroccupied units even matters. In a city facing an immense housing shortage, it stands to reason that it should focus on creating more housing, regardless of type. Right now, Ithaca doesn’t necessarily have the luxury to be picky. While this is true, one could also argue that a healthy mix of housing types will lead to greater flexibility in the housing market. Having a larger variety of housing means the city can better fit the community’s diverse needs. As JoAnn Cornish, planning director for the city, puts it, “I think the healthiest communities have a variety of options and a variety of means to pay and such.” Additionally, owner-occupied units are also often used as a means of creating financial stability, as Lynn Truame, senior real estate developer for Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS), explains: “That’s one of the chief ways families build wealth and hand it down generationally,” she said. “It would be healthier, I think, for communities to have more owner-occupancy for that reason, if nothing else.” So, while for-sale housing may not be the most pressing matter when it comes to the housing shortage, there are plenty of benefits to adding more of it. THE RENTAL MARKET DOMINATES

One of the more obvious reasons for the lack of for-sale housing is the emphasis on building rental units in Ithaca for students. Ithaca is a college town, first and foremost. The mere act of being situated between two large college campuses, both with large off-campus populations, creates a demand for a large amount of student rental housing. Indeed, nearly 50% of the rental housing units built between 2006-20 were made solely for student housing, according to that same planning board report.

While having a large student housing market isn’t inherently bad, the desire to fill this market can take away from the creation of owner-occupied units. Student housing is a far more lucrative opportunity for developers and landlords, especially compared with affordable for-sale housing. As a result, many developers prefer to build student housing over for-sale units. This helps explain why so few new for-sale houses are being built. This trend has continued in recent years, as more student housing is approved and begins to enter the market. This can be seen in projects like Cornell’s North Campus Residential expansion and the Student Agencies building in Collegetown. There is some hope on the city’s part that as students move into these new projects, older units will become available for community members, though this will not necessarily equate to more for-sale housing, as these units will more than likely remain rentals. Still, Mayor Svante Myrick said he sees filling the rental market as a stepping-stone to owner-occupancy. “The single best way to make housing more affordable is to build more of it, but the best way to create more owner-occupied housing would be to satisfy the rental housing market, so long as we’re in the position where we are now where there are more people who want to rent here than there are rental units,” he said. THERE IS A DESIRE FOR OWNERSHIP

Even though there are fewer for-sale houses being built, the demand for this type of housing is stronger than ever. The pandemic is a primary culprit as more people leave large cities for towns like Ithaca, but the demand has been steadily growing even in years prior. Bryan Warren of Warren Real Estate grew up in Ithaca and has spent over 20 years selling homes in the area. Right now, he said the for-sale market is the most competitive he has ever seen. He attributes much of it to the shrinking pool of available for-sale housing. “This is a pretty significant appreciation period where we are seeing an excess of multiple offers, sometimes up to 10 offers, on certain houses this spring, and it’s really pushing the prices up,” he said. Between 2010 and 2020, the Tompkins County average selling price for for-sale homes rose over $75,000 from $214,389 to $291,804, according to statistics from the Ithaca Board of Realtors. In 2010, approximately 648 homes were sold in Tompkins

County. In contrast, 734 homes were sold in 2019 and 710 in 2020. These two trends illustrate an increasing demand for housing in Ithaca and how this demand drives up prices. While higher housing problems are undeniably bad for prospective homebuyers, Warren said the lack of for-sale housing hurts realtors as well. “It is negatively affecting our business as a brokerage because we just do not have the inventory to sell,” he said. “We are feeling the effects of it.” Carol Bushberg, another long-time Ithaca realtor, said she has also noticed a shift “I’ve been in real estate for 35 years and have never seen a market like this,” she said. “There is inadequate opportunity for both the local population and for a population that’s identified the Ithaca market as where they’d like to move to.” THE CHALLENGES

One of the biggest drawbacks of creating for-sale housing is the costs involved with it. Although a rental and a for-sale home may have similar construction costs, the cash flow from the properties are completely different. As Leslie Ackerman, community housing trust manager of INHS, explains, “The rental income is an ongoing stream, whereas when you’re selling a house, you get the income once you sell the house and that’s as much as you get. It’s just much harder for a for-sale project because the streams of income are limited. It’s a much simpler equation but it’s a bigger gap with fewer opportunities to fill it.” When it comes to creating affordable for-sale housing, the problem is even more pronounced. Because affordable houses are sold at prices below the standard market rate, developers recoup little, if any, of their investment when they sell the house. “If it costs you $250,000 to build a house that you’re going to sell for $150,0000, you’ve got a $100,000 gap, and that’s a challenge when there is even more competition for the grants, funding sources and other subsidies that are available to us,” Ackerman explained. “The cost of construction, whether it’s new or rehab, gets you up into a number that is substantially more than the below market housing price that we’re going for to make the house affordable to a low to moderate income buyer.” Now, most affordable project developers aren’t in the game for the money, but the lack of funds can make financing a project even more difficult and serve as a further deterrent from building for-sale housing. A p ri l

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As Ackerman alluded to, affordable housing developers typically fill financing gaps with federal and state grant money, but these already competitive application processes tend to favor affordable rental housing over affordable for-sale housing. Myrick put it plainly. “We’d like to see more owner-occupied options but there are challenges,” he said. “It’s tough to get these incentives to line up financially. Building single family housing is expensive.” BUILDING TRUST

Taking all these factors into account, it’s no wonder so few for-sale houses are being built. The good news is, there is a potential solution, and as usual, when it comes to affordable housing, all roads lead back to INHS. In Ithaca, INHS is the only affordable developer that ventures into for-sale housing. This is all made possible by its Community Housing Trust (CHT) program, which was established in 2009. The trust works like this: The homebuyer buys the house, but INHS owns the land. The homeowner in turn gets a 99-year lease on the land under the house and pays a monthly land rent fee (typically around $60). Since a homebuyer only has to pay for the house and not the land, this greatly reduces the purchase price of the home, making it possible for people with lower incomes to become homeowners. Most houses under the trust also receive a tax assessment, which can result in substantially lower property taxes. One of the most promising features of the trust is that homeowners can only profit a certain amount from their home when it is sold. While this might sound odd at first, limiting the price the home can be resold at actually prevents the home from rising too much in value. This in turn ensures that the home will remain permanently affordable when it is sold in the future. “The housing trust structure helps maintain affordability in the long-term,” Ackerman said. “...The community benefits in the longer term by having more permanently affordable housing rather than just benefiting one household at a time.” The system seems to be effective. According to Community Wealth, 79% of CHT residents are first-time homebuyers and 82% of CHT residents have an income that is less than 50% of the area’s median income. Overall, this type of housing is getting placed in the right hands.

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INHS has built 59 affordable for-sale homes in the 11 years since the CHT program started. This month, INHS finished up 4 affordable townhouses on South Cayuga Street and South Titus Street (All houses are currently under contract.) Also underway are four townhouses that are part of the Founder’s Way project, which is set to start construction in May and be completed by the fall of 2022.

Community housing trusts (more commonly referred to as Community Land Trusts or CLTs) are not unique to INHS, nor a new concept. The idea has its roots in the late ’60s with organizers from the Civil Rights movement, helping African American farmers in the rural south gain access to farmland and secure land rights. CLTs have been growing in popularity as of late, and it is currently estimated that there are between 225 and 300 CLTs nationwide. Still, though CLTs do provide some workarounds, most are still plagued with

familiar issues like a lack of funding. Additionally, most CLT’s rely on non-profit or mission-driven organizations like INHS to get off the ground in the first place. Overall, it’s still hard to get many developers interested in this sector or concept as there is little financial reward involved. CLTs likely won’t be the savior of the affordable housing crisis, and they can’t be the sole factor in bringing more for-sale to Ithaca. But as Cornish puts it, there are other things that can be done to foster home ownership.

“It can start at a much more fundamental level, which is to find programs that can encourage wealth building among minority communities …” Cornish said. “If we can help people to find gainful employment, higher pay wages and increased minimum wage and all these things that you need to do in order to be able to afford a mortgage, those are the kinds of things that the city can do in helping people buy homes.”



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TRUMANSBURG TAKEOVER German-born Trumansburg resident named director of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

By Jane Dieck mann The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), a leading upstate New York ensemble for almost 100 years, has appointed Germanborn conductor Andreas Delfs to be its 13th musical director. With a stellar career, he has conducted leading orchestras worldwide, knows many American ensembles well and has been connected with the RPO as a guest

conductor since 1994 as a friend to previous leaders and as a nearby resident for many years. Oh, and now he lives in Trumansburg. This promises to be a splendid collaboration. The orchestra was established in 1922 by George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera and founder of the world-famous Eastman School of Music. The RPO has essential connections with the school, including its beautiful concert hall. With a roster of about 90 musicians and a full-fledged concert season, the ensemble has been well known and popular in our area. Among its previous vmusic directors are some notable names — Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman and Sir Mark Elder. In recent years, however, even before COVID-19, performances waned here in Ithaca and eventually disappeared. The new maestro intends to change this, and already a special event is scheduled for May 2022 in Bailey Hall at Cornell University. Although Delfs signed his contract last June, the public announcement was made only in late January. Considering the pandemic and

its attendant issues, plus the political turmoil previous to and continuing with the election, it seemed almost frivolous to convey this news sooner. We are now more hopeful, and ready for a new and exciting beginning. Delfs was born in Flensburg, northwest of Hamburg. The nearest big city is Copenhagen. When we talked a few weeks ago, he told me that beyond his backyard was the border, his schoolmates were mixed German and Danish — everyone spoke and studied both languages. He studied at the Hamburg Conservatory with Christoph von Dohnányi among others, and at 20 became the youngest ever music director of the Hamburg University Orchestra and musical assistant at the Hamburg State Opera. He studied at Juilliard with Leonard Bernstein in 1982, spent summers at the Aspen Festival, and has been guest conductor with many ensembles here and abroad. While he was resident conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony, he led a program in Bailey Hall, part of the Cornell Concert Series. Over the years he has divided his time between the United States and Europe, mainly Germany. His longest stint here was in Wisconsin, with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra between 1996 and 2015 as music director and conductor laureate, and as leader of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra across the river for three seasons. “I was known as the Corn Belt von Karajan,” he said. Gradually, he found himself spending more time in the U.S., and eventually he settled with his family in, of all places, Trumansburg. He purchased a house in the early 1990s and has lived there mostly full time for about 10 years. He finds it convenient, and is now about an hour from work. He knows many people in our area, many are friends. And he finds his privacy is respected. He will be really busy. Since signing in June, he has already mapped out the next three seasons. For the 2021–22 season, opening in late September, there are two plans, as the major concern is to start out safe and according to established guidelines. Plan A has the optimistic view: Delfs says “we hope to return to Kodak Hall this fall” after medical advisers have decided upon safety issues. Plan B will be to stream concerts online. He added that the mood was good and subscriptions are selling well. The season looks wonderful, with varied and compelling repertory. Semi-staged performances of Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel,” and “The Nutcracker” with the Rochester City Ballet have been scheduled. The RPO Pops series led by pops conductor Jeff Tyzik and offerings by the youth orchestra are included. To view the entire season, and for up-to-date information, visit the orchestra’s website, rpo.org. Plans are afoot for us in Ithaca as well. Above all, Delfs wants a concert here every season in the future. Already scheduled for May 8, 2022, in Bailey Hall, is a violin concerto by Cornell composer Roberto Sierra, which Delfs commissioned himself, with RPO concertmaster Juliana Athayde as soloist. So mark your calendars now.

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History in black & white Dowd Gallery’s latest exhibit examines nation’s history with critical lens By Ar thur W hitm an


hrough April 16, the Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland is hosting “Founder,” an exhibition featuring cast sculpture and large works on paper by Carnegie Mellon professor Andrew Ellis Johnson. The show, viewable online and in person, provides a satirical-allegorical look at some of the founding myths of our country. Johnson, though well-traveled and artistically cosmopolitan, is a native of Cortland. He cites his father Ellis A. Johnson, a noted Civil War historian and long-time professor at the local SUNY school as an important influence on his work. “Founder” is composed of work from three distinct but thematically interwoven series. Together, these form a kind of historical fiction blending erudition and fantasy. Characteristic of the artist’s sensibility, the show title is meant as a double entendre: founding as in “founding father” but also founder as in to break down or sink. The show, which is retrospective, was selected by the artist and arranged with help from the Dowd’s director Jaroslava Prihodova. Two series of works on paper here — “Tall Tails” and “Flaying Fathers” — represent a kind of critical postmodern take on the traditional European genre of history painting. While history painting used to glorify powerful leaders and armies, in Johnson’s version, such figures are typically both perpetrators and victims of cruelty and violence. Rather than oil on canvas, Johnson’s history “paintings” make use of ink and other drawing and painting materials on large — sometimes epically scaled — sheets of paper, which hang here unframed. Mostly black-and-white and combining precise realism with areas of painterly “special effects,” these are virtuosic and slick, clearly send-ups of the heroic tradition in art history and political history. These works are impressive in ambition but collectively overbearing — both as images and as narratives. (The satirical, sometimes disjointed baroque is characteristic of a certain strain of contemporary figurative art.) Some of the most compelling works here are the simplest in both composition and/or iconography. In a comic nod to the ill-fated 2017 Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally, “Tall Tails” a large, upright piece in black ink, toys insouciantly with the iconography of nationalism. It portrays a Tiki

Torch pointed at a delicate little bust of Jefferson, seen in profile, facing away. Rather than the expected realistically rendered flame or smoke, the torch trails upwards an expressive swoop of ink – deliberately recalling East Asian traditions of calligraphy and ink painting. From the same series and painted in gouache and ink on large panoramic sheets, “Release” and “Revelry” substitute raw brutality for obvious wit. Both portray masses of Confederate horses, dead or dying on the ground. The gruesome subject matter is compensated for, seemingly, by the formal presentation. The beasts are surrounded by clean empty space: rendered in gradations of purple-blue and dusky brown, respectively. “Fathers” concentrates Johnson’s acidic gaze on the first five American Presidents — slave owners all. “Jefferson Marsyas” is literally the show’s centerpiece. It mimics film in its scale, proportions, complexity — and lurid violence. Combining charcoal, crayon, and graphite as well as layered washes of ink, the piece alludes to the classical myth of Marsyas, who was flayed by Apollo for his hubris. Concentrated behind “Marsyas” in the gallery’s central, sunlit space, are numerous “Eternal Flames,” taken from a series of modestly sized sculptures in cast cultured marble. Again, the series title comes with a double meaning: an eternal flame is a symbol of everlasting life but also invites associations of violence and destruction. Cast from carefully manipulated rubber masks of eagles, these rest on variously tall cylindrical pillars capped in rusted metal. (Seen from above, these tops evoke coins and their patriotic imagery.) While “Eternal Flames XII” presents a whole (albeit visibly hollow) head, others are bent out of shape, sometimes barely recognizable. Elegant but cynical, these literally and figuratively abuse a familiar national symbol.

Dowd Gallery Unfortunately, “Founder” is accessible in person only to members of the SUNY Cortland community. Several online lectures, all of them free and accessible to the public, have been held in conjunction with the exhibition. (All have or will be posted to the gallery website.) An upcoming talk, “How the Word is Passed,” featuring poet, writer, and historian of slavery Dr. Clint Smith, will be held April 15 beginning at 4:30 p.m.


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BVC browses the latest tales from Harley Quinn and the Dark Knight By Br yan VanC ampe n


he DC The first two Animated seasons of “Harley Universe Quinn” (Warhas been spinning ner Bros. – DC out cool directUniverse Originals, 2019) stars Rauch’s to-video comix “BBT” castmate movies for decades Kaley Cuoco, also now. I haven’t loved an executive proevery single one, ducer. This is one but most of them of my favorite new are quite good. In things, a mash-up the last few years, cocktail blending they’ve really been “Seinfeld,” “The experimenting, Tick” and over-thetelling Batman top violence. It’s a stories in anime or classic sit-com with imagining him as exploding people a contemporary of and profanities Jack the Ripper. galore. Harley Now we have Quinn stories usu“Batman: Soul of Harley Quinn from DC Universe features ally revolve around the Dragon” (Warthe voice Kaley Cuoco as Harley her twisted relationner Bros.-DC, 2021, ship with The Joker 83 min.), the 40th (Alan Tudyk). In film in the line. the first episode, Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) The story centers around Bruce Wayne’s finally convinces Harley to dump that (David Giuntoli) early training period purple clown, and she moves into Poison as he’s preparing to become the Batman, Ivy’s apartment with her roommate, a talkwhen he trained with five other students ing plant named Frank (J. B. Smoove). at a secret monastery run by O-Sensei Season one does a great job blowing up (James Hong): there’s Richard Dragon (Mark Dacascos), a clear nod to Bruce Lee; the whole world, leaving season two to get even weirder as Harley and her crew pick Jade (Jamie Chung); Lady Shiva (Kelly up the pieces and get back to the busiHu); the Jim Kelly–inspired Ben Turner (Michael Jai White); and Rip Jagger (Chris ness of crime. The whole thing gets really meta: In one episode that focuses on the Cox). Years later, when a millionaire cult leader seizes power from a mysterious gate return of Batman, Harley and company don’t actually appear, and the whole story to other dimensions, Dragon and Wayne must reunite, re-form the team and go into is framed by two nerds in a basement deciding to watch the latest show. One battle. guy wears a shirt that reads “Release the This is good pulpy stuff. It’s a flat-out Snyder Cut,” and the other guy’s shirt says love letter to 1970s pop culture, a spot-on “The Last Jedi is Not Canon.” mash up of kung fu movies, blaxploitaThis is most emphatically not for kids tion flicks and the James Bond franchise. — it’s what’s called a “hard R” — but it is (I especially enjoyed the opening title sequence, a tribute to Maurice Binder, who catnip for the kind of grown-up comic created all the classic Bond titles like “Dia- book fan who appreciates genre manipulation and sharp, satirical writing about monds Are Forever” and “You Only Live the tropes of the genre. It’s as much about Twice.”) “Batman: Soul of the Dragon” is rated R, but it feels more like PG-13 bad dating and mundane everyday stuff as it is about heists and evil schemes. One episode takes place at a bar mitzvah for ● ● ● the Penguin’s nephew. The voice cast is all comic aces like Tudyk, who also voices As mentioned, The DC Animated Clayface and other baddies; Jim Rash Universe has been gradually dipping its (“Community”) as The Riddler; Andy characters into R-rated shenanigans. They Daly as Two-Face; and James Adomian as made a terrible, wrongheaded version Bane. Diedrich Bader reprises his version of the classic graphic novel “The Killing of Batman from “Batman: The Brave and Joke,” and Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang the Bold.” Once you get into the whole Theory”) played the voice of Joker moll “Clerks” vibe of “Harley Quinn,” it’s a show Harley Quinn in “Batman and Harley where you feel like any DC character can Quinn” (2017) with more adult language show up, and probably will. and situations.

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he joys of the summer seem to begin with the Friends of the Library Sale (FOL) on May 1. It has felt like a tradition in Ithaca because the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library was first formed in 1946. According to FOL, the Book Sale idea came from a volunteer who was thinking of how this informal organization could help the library. The first Book Sale was one year later, and was initially held at the library. After 74 years, the sale has grown and will now have over 2.4 miles of books and 12,810 feet of bookshelves for the May sale event. In this interview Kathy Weinberg, coordinator of the Friends of the Tompkins County Library answers questions about the upcoming library sale. Ithaca Times: It has taken over four months to gather the adult and children’s books, records, magazines, maps, movies, and rare books, and arrange it all in just over two miles of bookshelves. What can you tell us about the volunteers, the time it takes to organize it all in what is still a pandemic, and what you want people to know about this sale? Kathy Weinberg: What can we say about our volunteers? They are the best on the planet! We have over 150 active volunteers. They have been accepting mountains of donated books in the blazing heat of summer and the frigid cold of an Ithaca winter. Our “rough sorters” make an initial decision on where every donated book goes, placing them in one of our 80 categories. Then our many “category

sorters” take a closer look at the books in their section, deciding which to shelve and which to hold in our storage area for restocking during the Sale. We restock every morning before our doors open, every evening after closing, and on days during the week when we’re closed. That means you can find “new” books in your favorite sections every time you shop during the Sale. Our volunteers also work at the Sale itself, staffing our “pricer” and “cashier” functions in 4 shifts every day of the Sale. A separate staff handles sales in our Collector’s Corner, which has slightly shorter sale hours (check at www.booksale.org). We will again be staffing our Information Desk at key times during the day to help you find the books you want. During the pandemic we have instituted rules to keep our volunteers widely separated and to limit their time in the building. Anne Neirynck, one of our Co-Coordinators, has used her nurse practitioner experience to help develop the COVID-19 rules and procedures that have allowed us to work at our Esty Street building safely. She also helped lots of our volunteers find vaccination appointments when those were scarce. Volunteering at the Book Sale is a labor of love for the many folks who help us organize and run our Sales; 150 volunteers worked over 7,000 hours to get ready for this Spring Sale.  They are people who like books and getting people connected with books they might like. If that describes


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Gil Merod at the plate, Buzz Shirley on the mound (photos: Ithaca College)

In Full Swing

It’s Ithaca spring and baseball is back By Ste ve L aw re nc e


s I sit down to write this week’s column, it feels like April… The temperature is hovering around 40 degrees, the sky is gray, the morning is damp and gloomy, and I am very happy. Indeed, the fact that I can peruse Ithaca College’s website and see that spring sports are in full swing — a good metaphor, no? — brightens things up considerably. Whether we are talking about the weather, the temperature or momentum in a baseball game, things can change quite rapidly. Just ask the Vassar baseball team. Going into the final inning of last weekend’s double header against the Ithaca College Bombers, Vassar was sitting on a comfortable 9-0 lead. Then, the storm blew in… The Bombers’ bats came alive, and when the dust settled, the Brewers were on the miserable end of what looked like a weekend softball beer game. Ithaca scored 28 runs over the next eight innings, roaring back for an 11-9 opening game win

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and keeping the gas pedal to the floor, laying a 17-1 smack down on the hosts in the second game. The wins left the Bombers at 7-5 overall, and, most encouraging, 2-0 in the Liberty League. It is the Bombers’ first year in the L.L., and a sweep is always a good way to start a conference schedule. I spoke with first-year head coach David Valesente, and when I told him that I heard that the Bombers had erupted for 28 unanswered points I thought I was seeing stats from a football game, he replied, “Yes, it was nice to see them display that much energy and momentum. We have ‘been there’ in every game, but we have beaten ourselves in every game we have lost.” He added, “We try to bring a ton of energy to every game, and it’s great that we’re learning how to win.” Valesente was actually hired to take over the program (from his father, George, the Hall of Fame coach who retired after the 2019 season) last year, but we all know 14–20 ,

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how many plans went askew in 2020. I asked him about the move from the Empire 8 to the Liberty League, and he said, “We’re looking forward to it. It’s a 10-team conference, there will be some crossover between the East and West Divisions, and it’s definitely a well-rounded and competitive league.” The Bombers are slated to play 14 more Liberty League games, (they hope to get in 30 overall), and Valesente said that while the team obviously didn’t get to do a spring trip as they customarily do (to California or some other warm climate), they have been “fortunate to have played a decent number of games so far.” The coach and I talked about my affinity for local athletes competing at the collegiate level — especially when they compete at nearby colleges — and I told him that while it’s great to see these local players drawing friends and family to the bleachers, that will not get them onto the field at this level. College baseball is not, after all, t-ball. I asked him about the two Ithaca High graduates on the Bomber roster, and he said, “We play our best nine players, and Gil Merod is our starting catcher. He carries himself at a high level, with a lot of pride. He has a lot of talent, he handles the pitching staff well, and we sometimes forget he’s only a sophomore.” I asked Valesente if it was a good feeling to have

a young catcher he can likely count on for years to come, and he replied, “Yes, we have a young pitching staff and Gil is really helping to develop them.” The coach also had good things to say about Buzz Shirley, saying, “He’s another Ithaca High kid, and he’s making big contributions on the field and on the mound.” Valesente is pleased to be back in his preferred spring routine — going to the ballpark, mentoring student athletes, even talking to sports writers. “It feels great to be back,” he offered. “We couldn’t be more excited.” ● ● ●

When Tim Locastro played for the Bombers (class of 2014), the Auburn native was a nightmare for pitchers and catchers, stealing 40 bases in a single season. Those players likely feel better now that Locastro (now an Arizona Diamondback) has set a Major League baseball record by stealing his 28th consecutive base without being caught since starting his MLB career. Tim might not be headed to Cooperstown (yet), but his shoes are on their way!

Virtual Music

4/21 Wednesday


Percussion Ensemble at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m.

4/14 Wednesday


Junior Recital: Andrew Becker, piano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd Anthony Trionfo, flute and Albert Cano Smit, piano - The Angela and William Haines Young Concert Artists Residency at online | 7 p.m.

4/15 Thursday Junior Recital: Ethan Cowburn, percussion at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd

4/16 Friday Graduate Recital: Nicholas Mathisen, double bass at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd

4/17 Saturday Graduate Recital: Marissa Plati, soprano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd CONCERT: Amanda Shires | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St

4/18 Sunday Graduate Recital: Amber Murillo, violin at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 12 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd CONCERT: Tab Benoit (RESCHEDULED) | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St

4/19 Monday

Asiamnesia | 7:30 p.m., 4/15 Thursday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Additional shows 4/16 at 5:00pm & 4/17 at 2:00pm. https://schwartztickets.universitytickets.com

Art There’s Your Ready Girl - Film Screening & Panel | 6 p.m., 4/14 Wednesday | The History Center in Tompkins County, 401 East State Street | Dorothy Cotton was a bold, highly effective and important civil rights leader, the only woman on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Executive Staff. Eurythmic Light: American Pastoral Landscapes at North Star Art Gallery | 12 p.m., 4/18 Sunday | North Star Art Gallery presents “Eurythmic Light: American Landscapes,” by Brian Keeler at the gallery at 743 Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca, March 6th to April 28th - Fridays-Sundays noon to 4pm Drawn to the Water A Virtual and Physical Art Show | 12 p.m., 4/18 Sunday | Virtual | A Virtual and Physical Art Show - March 20 to May 16 The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts presents a virtual art show experience of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Finger Lakes Intro to Basic 3D Modeling! With Cornell’s MannUFactory | 4 p.m., 4/19 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |


Graduate Recital: Christian Vallery, piano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 8:15 p.m.

There’s Your Ready Girl - Film Screening & Panel | 6 p.m., 4/14 Wednesday | The History Center in Tompkins County, 401 East State Street | Dorothy Cotton was a bold, highly effective and important civil rights leader, the only woman on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Executive Staff.

Amy Zuidema, clarinet at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Virtual

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**If Anything Happens I Love You; Yes-People: PLUS A SELECTION OF ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS (from the Academy shortlist)

appointment screenings will be daily at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, and 10pm through 4/20. Cornell Virtual Cinema: Fandango at the Wall | 4/16 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | A documentary that follows masterful son jarocho musicians from Veracruz, Mexico to the US-Mexico border where they join renowned New York Maestro Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for a transformational music & dance festival,. Directed by Cornell alumna Varda Bar-Kar ‘82. Cornell Virtual Cinema: Soleil Ô | 4/16 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | A starry-eyed immigrant leaves West Africa for Paris in search of a job and cultural enrichment, but soon discovers a hostile society in which his very presence elicits fear and resentment. cinema.cornell.edu Cornell Virtual Cinema: Oscar Shorts: Documentary | 4/17 Saturday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | A Love Song for Latasha; Do Not Split; **Hunger Ward ; Colette; A Concerto Is a Conversation Cornell Virtual Cinema: Oscar Shorts: Animation | 4/17 Saturday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Burrow, **Genius Loci; **Opera;

Virtual Cinemapolis: The Man Who Sold His Skin | 4/17 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Virtual Cinemapolis: Slalom | 4/17 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | This riveting, Cannes-selected #MeToo drama from debut filmmaker Charlène Favier follows the relationship between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor. Virtual Cinemapolis: Oscar Shorts | 4/17 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | All three categories are available to view from home: Documentary, Animation, & Live Action. Visit https://cinemapolis.org/ for details. Cornell Virtual Cinema: Oscar Shorts: Live Action | 4/17 Saturday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | The Present; **Feeling Through Two Distant Strangers; White Eye; The Letter Room** Virtual Cinemapolis: La Boheme - The Met Live in HD | 4/21 Wednesday | Cinemapolis, 120 E Green St | The appointment screenings will be daily at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, and 10pm through 4/27.

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Social Movements at Online | 12:05 p.m., 4/15 Thursday | Welcome to our Block IV specialized workshop series!

Spring Wine & Cheese | 10 a.m., 4/16 Friday | Various wineries around Seneca Lake, 2 North Franklin Street | Spring Wine & Cheese April 16, 2021 Time: 6 seatings, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm $160, a table of 4 people The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is hosting this one day event on Friday, April 16. | $160.00 Annual Lip Sink Fundraiser Opening Night! | 7 p.m., 4/17 Saturday | Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. State / W. MLK, Jr. Street | Our Annual Lip Sink Fundraiser is back! This year, we’re taking this thing online with not one but TWO evenings of lip syncing and libations! A Virtual Walk Through Spring, Looking Mostly at Flowers | 7 p.m., 4/20 Tuesday | Virtual | Take a virtual stroll through spring in the Finger Lakes with Cornell Botanic Gardens botanist, Robert Wesley. See many of the interesting spring plants in flower without the trouble of travel.

Books Book Discussion Online: It’s Ok That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine | 5:30 p.m., 4/14 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Book Discussion Online: It’s Ok That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine Co-facilitators: Chantelle Daniel, BFA, MLIS candidate & Laura Ward, LMFT, CT Presented by: Hospicare & Palliative Care Services IPE Workshop: Understanding

Building Bridges Across Silos for Systemic Change Workshop | 3 p.m., 4/15 Thursday | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center | In the face of our four current crises - COVID-19, systemic racism, economic disruption, and the climate emergency - we must begin reaching across silos to address our shared challenges. Building Bridges Across Silos for Systemic Change Workshop | 3 p.m., 4/15 Thursday | Virtual | In the face of our four current crises COVID-19, systemic racism, economic disruption, and the climate emergency - we must begin reaching across silos to address our shared challenges. | Free Teen Writing Workshops | 4:30 p.m., 4/19 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | A Virtual Walk Through Spring, Looking Mostly at Flowers | 7 p.m., 4/20 Tuesday | Virtual | Take a virtual stroll through spring in the Finger Lakes with Cornell Botanic Gardens botanist, Robert Wesley. See many of the interesting spring plants in flower without the trouble of travel. STEAM Book Club: Journey of the Pale Bear | 3:45 p.m., 4/21 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

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