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he two known Democratic contenders for the newly created Tompkins County Court judge seat have come to an agreement Monday night, issuing a joint statement that one would step aside. Maura Kennedy-Smith, the current Lansing town justice, announced that she would drop out of the running for the Democratic nomination for the third judge seat, meaning Ithaca City Court Judge Scott Miller is now the presumptive favorite to receive the nomination. The Tompkins County Democratic Committee will have the final say after a vote at its meeting on July 22. If he is selected as the nominee and wins the general election contest in November, Miller will vacate his spot on the Ithaca City Court bench. It is not yet known if there are Republican or third party contenders for the position. The process to fill the position has met some criticism, as the late creation of the position left no time for a full primary process. That meant the public wouldn’t be able to vote on their preferred candidate; that decision would be made solely during the aforementioned TCDC meeting at the end of this month. The joint statement says the two met on Monday to determine the best way to move forward, alluding to the public frustration. In the interest of party unity, they then came to the decision that only having one candidate was more beneficial than a competition. “Given the timing of this race, and in order to preserve the integrity of the judiciary, we have decided the following: Judge Kennedy-Smith will not be seeking the position of Tompkins County Judge for this election cycle and will not

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fficers acted in accordance with department policies when they responded to a fight and arrested two people on April 6 on the Ithaca Commons, interim Ithaca Police Department Chief Dennis Nayor said. The internal investigation into the conduct of officers in the arrests of Cadji Ferguson, who was tasered, and Rose Degroat, who was pushed to the ground, has been completed, Nayor confirmed, as first reported by WSKG. The investigation included the review of body camera footage, other camera footage from the scene, and conversations with officers, Nayor confirmed, but said he could not comment on

further specifics. Nayor did not say whether passersby or other witnesses were involved in the internal investigation. The arrest of DeGroat and Ferguson, who has maintained he was responding to the sexual assault of his friend, drew outrage from many in the community. Camera footage shows that within about 30 seconds, police had tased Ferguson and tackled Degroat. Ferguson is charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. DeGroat faces two counts of second-degree attempted assault, a felony, and one count each of obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest after her

T a k e ▶▶ Jam band singersongwriter Jon Petronzia—more commonly known as Road Man—will have an outdoor concert on Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Ice cream and water will be sold on Cornell’s Arts Quad as Road Man takes a break from his road tour to perform some funk and reggae. The concert is

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case went before a grand jury. At the last Common Council meeting, protestors asked that the charges be dropped and the two be compensated, among other requests. The investigation was measuring whether the officers’ actions were in line with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Graham v. Connor and whether the force used was “objectively reasonable” for an officer at the scene, Nayor said. “It prevents 20/20 hindsight, because after the fact, there’s always information that can be known,” Nayor said. “But when you look at something that unfolds, as it unfolds, in this particular case, it was a person running up, punching and striking another person, knocking that person to the ground, running off, and that’s continued on page 7

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Housing Needed

Homeless youth population increases throughout Tompkins County

Shawnee Emmett, Family Support Specialist at Childhood Development Council

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ompkins County has not been immune to homeless youth population rises that have also been seen nationally. But with the county’s housing stock already nearly at capacity, particularly for lower-income people, agencies have begun to focus their efforts on stemming the rising tide of homeless youths. In recent weeks, several local organizations have been working together on a campaign to end youth homelessness throughout Ithaca and Tompkins County. Shawnee Emmett, the family support specialist for the Child Development Council, has found the growing issue of youth homelessness in Ithaca has become more of a noticeable problem, although how the youths come to be homeless can be due to a variety of factors. “It’s called the 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness, and we understand that we aren’t going to end youth homelessness,” Emmett said. “We are working through a prevention model. There is a larger national concerted effort and we are one of four communities in the country who have been chosen to create this plan, and each community does it differently to house youth. Every city has a specific goal, and our goal is to house 50 youth by the end of the 100 days. Our goal is to connect them to community services and surround them with circles of support.” According to data from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, based on information gathered

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by The Learning Web and other youth service providers in the county, there are an estimated 519 homeless youth living in Tompkins County. Eightysix percent of those youth were abandoned, pushed out or considered “throwaways” from their homes, 71 percent have histories of neglect and abuse, 45 percent have a history of family homelessness, 44 percent have experienced alcohol and drug abuse, 44 percent have health issues, 37 percent experience mental health issues, 37 percent have a history of delinquency or are an ex-offender, and 29 percent are pregnant or are parenting. The age definition for a youth is someone who anyone from ages 16 to 24. Currently, there are 73 young people on the waiting list for supportive housing. Other statistics show that 75 percent of youth have prior or current system involvement, with 30 percent in foster care, 18 percent in juvenile detention centers, 37 percent in prison or jail, 30 percent in a group home, and 48 percent in treatment for substance abuse of mental health issues. Meanwhile, 45 percent of these youth have an involvement in multiple systems. Only 45 percent of youth have completed their high school degree and only four percent have any college classwork completed. With funds being tight, 62 percent of youth reported they were skipping meals, with 49 percent going a whole day without eating on a weekly basis, and 16 percent of homeless youth in Tompkins County sold sex for cash, food, drugs, or a place to stay. Those factors include youth growing into homeless by leaving a tough home situation and aging out of the foster care system. With little support, it’s much harder for youth to make it on their own. Emmett has also seen that youth remain in Tompkins County because of the community’s relatively high amount of resources for impoverished people. However, according to Liddy Bargar, co-

ordinator of housing initiatives for the Human Services Coalition, housing in Tompkins County has predictably been a major hurdle in the way of the campaign. Emmett and Bargar are just two members of a local group of agencies working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to house homeless youth. “We have between a 0.5 and 2 percent vacancy rate for rentals,” Bargar said. “We have a lot of agencies ready to help and support youth and offer them guidance, but we don’t have anywhere that is available and appropriate for youth to be living independently. We do have Amicii House, which is a Tompkins Community Action project. They have 23 units of permanent supportive housing for youth. They opened in February [2019], and were full within two weeks and we could fill that more two more times, probably. We just don’t have the housing.” According to Bargar, the goal was supposed to be unrealistic so that agencies would set their sights high, but she hopes that the dialogue between agencies will create long-lasting change for years to come. Other agencies working with the CDC include the Ithaca Youth Bureau, the Human Services Coalition, and Family and Children Services. As of the 50-day mark, June 21, six youth have been housed, with the biggest challenge of the campaign getting landlords to house homeless youth who aren’t associated with any of the colleges in Ithaca. With day 100 looming, Bargar is looking forward to the plans for dealing with youth homelessness that stem from participating in this challenge. “As far as the Continuum of Care, we do have a youth committee, and people at these conversations for the youth challenge have never come to the table before and I’m hoping they will join our youth committee,” Bargar said. “One of them being Youth Employment Services— they don’t, per se, deal with homeless youth or didn’t realize they were serving homeless youth. But now, these conversations are opening their eyes. I’m just hoping we get a more streamlined system across agencies for youth experiencing homelessness.” E dw i n J. Vi er a

Common Council

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he light displays at Stewart Park weren’t the only fireworks on July 3, as last week’s Common Council meeting was filled with community members angry at a lack of discipline for the . Many residents came to speak about an incident on the Ithaca Commons on April 6, with all of them calling on council members to dismiss the charges against Cadji Ferguson and Rose DeGroat. Ferguson and DeGroat were both charged with offenses after an altercation with a third party on the Commons, but surveillance footage showed that the police reaction to the incident was particularly rough for DeGroat, who was swung to the ground and held down by three officers after reacting to Ferguson’s arrest. Ferguson was charged with disorderly conduct and plead not guilty, while DeGroat was charged with two felonies of second degree attempted assault, along with misdemeanors of resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration. She, too, plead not guilty. Residents came holding signs saying, “Justice for Rose and Cadji” and “Power to the Community Peace Board.” They filled the room, seeking justice after the incident, which inspired a rally held by the local activism group Stand Up for Racial Justice outside of City Hall prior to the council meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting, residents urged the Common Council, Mayor Svante Myrick, and the Tompkins County District Attorney, Matthew Van Houten, to meet the demands of #BlackLivesMatter in Ithaca (BLMI). In a Facebook post, BLMI asked Common Council to drop all the charges against those who were involved in the incident, issue a pu blic continued on page 11


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Money Moves

More Commons? Ithaca back in contention for $10 million NYS grant

This block of State Street could be turned into a Commons expansion according to the City of Ithaca’s latest application for a $10 million state grant. (Photo by Sam Fuller)

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he fourth time’s the charm. Is that the saying? Ithaca will make a fourth attempt at securing a $10 million grant from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC), part of an annual competition of cities competing to make the best case to state officials for funding downtown revitalization projects. If they win, exciting plans could begin to progress for downtown. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick made the presentation to state officials from the REDC on July 8, with only 10 minutes allotted to prove why Ithaca deserves the money over its competitors. Ithaca has been among the five finalists each of the competition’s four years, but has never won. The Downtown Regional Initiative (DRI), as this grant program is known, was started by Gov. Andrew Cuomo four years ago to help spark growth in different parts of the state: 10 winning municipalities are chosen from the 10 pre-determined regions throughout New York. Each winner is given $10 million to dedicate to a project or projects of its choosing to

facilitate downtown economic health. The newest part of that application to Ithacans is the extension plans of the Ithaca Commons: in the application, Myrick said they are proposing the idea of lengthening the Commons one street block down West State Street, if indeed they are awarded the $10 million. That would mean making the 100 block of West State Street, which includes landmark Ithaca icons like the State Theatre, Gorger’s Subs, and that tasteful little Adult Outlet variety store, into a pedestrian-only walkway, just like the rest of the Commons. Cayuga Street would continue uninterrupted, just presumably with more foot traffic to navigate. It’s the first time a Commons extension has been proposed as part of Ithaca’s DRI application. The new Ithaca Commons officially opened in 2015 after years of rehabilitation, and has become a popular spot once again for nightlife and retail. “These things will not only help our city and our downtown, they’ll help the entire region,” Myrick said in an interview, noting that

the application was heavily influenced by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s 2030 strategic plan, which is currently being formulated as well. “There’s very little downside [...] The biggest would be that it would hinder traffic from east-towest, but the truth is that there isn’t much traffic from east-west. You can just go to Geneva Street if that’s what you want to do.” While the Commons expansion, which has been discussed intermittently for years, might be the gaudiest part of the proposal, Myrick said it represents a fairly small portion of the potential plans. In the event of a win, other targets for funding would be affordable housing projects (like Vecino’s redevelopment of the Green Street Garage, but others as well), transportation upgrades, sidewalk infrastructure repairs, street-light conversions, streets and pothole repairs, and parking upgrades. The latter, Myrick said, could include parking garage improvements and even building another parking garage, which would represent one of the biggest expenses. Popping up for a second straight year is the conference center, another oft-mentioned proposal that may accompany the Green Street Garage redevelopment. Finally, Myrick also mentioned that installing universal WiFi downtown may also be examined. Myrick added that the proposed health hub is included in the application as well. The health hub, at least as it was designed in a push for a $5 million grant from the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge last year, is conceived as a “one-stop shop” of social services that would hopefully house a host of harm reduction services, centered on addiction treatment, as well as housing and career services for those who need them. It could also, theoretically, host a safe injection facility (or safe consumption site), as was proposed last year during the Mayor’s Challenge competition. Common Council member Steve Smith, who worked on that proposal last year, said earlier this year that one of the reasons Bloomberg had shied away from Ithaca’s proposal was because of the inclusion of a safe injection facility, which are still technically illegal in

New York State. Myrick said the safe injection facility is not part of the presentation for the DRI grant. Myrick said the waiting period could be as brief as a few weeks or as long as several months before the city is notified if it won. “We’ve never won before, so we’re really going with a fullcourt press strategy,” Myrick said. “The Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the city have put together a very strong application this year.” Ithaca’s growth, Myrick said, and relative economic health can actually work against it in these types of scenarios. While Ithaca has reached the finals each year, its needs have been outpaced by other cities in the region that are facing economic downturn or whose recovery from the economic crash a decade ago has been slower than Ithaca’s. Previous winners in the Southern Tier region were Elmira, Watkins Glen and Owego. “Each year, we make the case that our downtown is kind of booming—we’re seeing a lot of growth there,” he said, explaining that the city has tried to convince the state that Ithaca is the best choice for the state to see return on its millions in investment, but to no avail as other places’ struggles make it less politically popular to assist Ithaca. “Other places aren’t seeing that as much.” While lofty rents and affordable housing stock continue to plague the city, Myrick said the economic growth that Ithaca has experienced over the last several years make it a unique case in central New York, and usually weaken its case for an influx of funds in light of other municipalities who might have more dire issues the money can be used to fix. Myrick said he’d be highlighting the housing struggles in particular as one of the city’s primary reasons for pursuing the grant. “That’s why I’m going to make the presentation, to make the case that our problems are real too, and our opportunities are real,” Myrick said. M att Butler

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▶▶ Thumbs Up - For those desperately searching for comfort food made without meat, cheese, or other animal products, look no further than Angelhearts, a new vegan diner that will open in the Gateway Center building that used to house Napoli Pizzeria. After the closure of other vegetarian-friendly sites like Nikki Green, the opening of Angelhearts this summer is something to look forward to.

▶▶ Thumbs Down - It’s hot. When it’s not hot, it’s raining. When it’s not raining, it’s hot again. It’s a nightmare for people who don’t use air conditioners and leave their windows open in the morning. No one who reads this paper can likely do anything about this, aside from, of course, continuing sustainable practices in the hope that climate change doesn’t amplify the most polarizing parts of our regional climate. Because it is hot. ▶▶ Seen - Trumansburg firefighters saved a dog that was trapped in a creek on Saturday at Taughannock Falls State Park. The dog, which had entered the creek, got stuck on the shore across from the main gorge trail after the creek level quickly rose with rainwater. The two-hour rescue in the quick-moving water started after 6 p.m., and the dog was ultimately brought safely back using an inflatable rescue boat. ▶▶ The most popular stories on Ithaca.com this week are… 1. The Lioness of Cayuga Lake 2. Board reconsiders not renewing Newfield coach’s contract 3. Cayuga Power Plant files deactivation papers, future unclear 4. Trumansburg mourns Sgt. Johnston 5. Commons police incident sparks tense Common Council meeting

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tudies show that there is still no substitute for a thoughtful, handwritten note, mailed with a stamp and delivered to a mailbox, for conveying a heartfelt message. Observe...

Dear Scissors, I feel your pain. Nobody wants to run with me any more, either. Sincerely, Joe Biden

Dear State Archive of the Soviet Union, Thank you for Premier Stalin’s parade plans. We barely changed a thing. Believe me, it was tremendous. Best, Donald

Dear Ithaca College, Judge Scott Miller

Judge Maura Kennedy-Smith

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e are writing this letter to the editor together in order to promote unity in the Democratic Party and to do what is best for our community. Some people have expressed frustration with the truncated selection process of the next Democratic nominee for County Court Judge. It is important to

note that our legislature had no control over the timeline. In addition, the benefit to our community of an additional County Court Judge cannot be denied. We thank those involved in this process. Their years of hard work lobbycontinued on page 7

Want to know what having a huge endowment is like? It’s pretty freakin’ awesome! Love, Cornell

Dear 2019, 70 years ago, Ithaca had two daily trains from the West End to New York City, with sleeper cars, dining cars, and a bar. WTF happened?! Sincerely, 1949

Dear Lemmings, We can’t help feeling that we’re headed toward some sort of precipice. How does this usually turn out? Very truly yours, The Republican Party

Dear Florida, We thought you might be interested in some unique investment opportunities in the kayak and hip wader industries. Let us know. Best wishes, The American Association of State Climatologists

Dear Ithaca, How’s your film industry? Just wondering.

Love, Hollywood

Dear Baby Boomers, Have you seen our future? We can’t find it.

Best, Millennials

Dear United States, Keep throwing money at saber-rattling and years-long military adventures. You’ll always be Number One. Sincerely, The Roman Empire

Dear Stewart Park, Just a note to say that we visited your swimming beach. Love what you’ve done with the place! Signed, The Iroquois 6  T

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ing to bring this essential position to our community is appreciated by both of us. It is a tremendous benefit to the people of Tompkins County. . Since the timing of this race was so abbreviated, we met as close friends and colleagues in our mutual friend’s kitchen. We spent the evening talking about how best to move forward, undivided, for the benefit of our community. We are both busy working parents. We both love the law and love our work. Neither of us want to be politicians. Our young children only get one summer of 2019. We would like to spend our time with them rather than running against each other. To that end, we had an honest and collaborative conversation. We write

this letter to share our thoughts from that conversation with the public. Given the timing of this race, and in order to preserve the integrity of the judiciary, we have decided the following: Judge Kennedy-Smith will not be seeking the position of Tompkins County Judge for this election cycle and will not oppose Judge Scott Miller for the Democratic nomination. While we came to this race with different backgrounds, interests, and strengths, we believe both of us would do an excellent job and are highly qualified to sit on the bench. We discussed this decision at length and we both agree this is the best way, given the circumstances, to move forward. In the end we are both judges. When the law reflects the values of our community, everyone wins. We are writing this, unified, so everyone will win, now and in the future.

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what the officers had to go on.” The interim chief of police repeated that information available now was not known by officers at the time of their action, saying “we deal in chaotic scenes.” “When you’re right there in the middle of it, it’s not always going to be something “If the situation is ever looked at from the outside, and the first reaction people have is that there was something racist or something done wrong, then there’s more work for us to do in building trust,” -Dennis Nayor

that is a perfectly choreographed scenario.” Other factors Nayor mentioned were timing and the “predictability and people who have been drinking.” Although the investigation found that policies had not been breached, things could have gone better, Nayor noted. “If the situation is ever looked at from the outside, and the first reaction people have is that there was something racist or something done wrong, then there’s more work for us to do in building trust,” he

said. He cited ongoing training efforts in cultural competency, implicit bias, deescalation, and conflict resolution as part of the continual effort to improve. “We don’t always control things, we just control how we respond,” he said, and continually improving training and procedures is part of that. “Even if something meets all standards, if there’s things that obviously create public conversation, we look at what can we do better?” Nayor did not say who conducted the investigation or exactly when it was completed, saying that he could not comment on specifics. He did say that someone who was “impartial” conducted the investigation, which he called “comprehensive,” before it was reviewed by higher-ups in the department. The mayor has previously said the investigation is conducted by a lieutenant and overseen by department administration. Mayor Svante Myrick first announced an internal investigation a Facebook comment, and later shared footage from body cameras and cameras in the Commons. The May 3 comment was in response to a post by Black Lives Matter Ithaca demanding the release of body camera footage from the arrests. M arya m Z afar

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oppose Judge Scott Miller for the Democratic nomination,” the statement reads. “While we came to this race with different backgrounds, interests, and strengths, we believe both of us would do an excellent job and are highly qualified to sit on the bench. We discussed this decision at length and we both agree this is the best

way, given the circumstances, to move forward. In the end we are both judges. When the law reflects the values of our community, everyone wins. We are writing this, unified, so everyone will win, now and in the future.” M att Butler

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ithaca com YOUR LETTERS Ditch the Fireworks Yes, Gertrude, when will this madness stop!!!!!! Sometimes traditions are good and sometimes traditions need to come to an end. I believe that firework displays need to become a memory held to the past. Many communities are doing laser and drone shows because of the fire hazard/ environmental of firework displays. Whenever I see the amount of dollars spent on these shows that go up in smoke in a matter of minutes, I am so saddened. There are so many other ways to celebrate and better causes to extend the dollars raised to. Let’s go into the future with more environment friendly choices for our celebrations. Linda Weaver Ithaca, NY

In response to “Dryden bridges could cost taxpayers” “This bridge needs to be replaced and it’s about time! As Varna grows and gets absorbed into the outskirts of Ithaca itself -- yes, that is going to happen -- vital infrastructure upgrades are needed. Emergency and other vehicles need to be able to get across Fall Creek through Varna. Forest Home has nixed bridge expansion throughout history and is more built out and less amenable to larger crossing points. The location and future transportation needs make it necessary to put a two lane bridge here.” Peter Salton, on Ithaca.com

In response to “Dryden bridges could cost taxpayers” Dear Peter, I doubt that I can change your mind, but I am curious why you are so convinced that the bridge needs to be replaced. The official NY annual bridge traffic counts have not had an increase over the past 20 years, despite the increases in Varna and Ellis Hollow population over this period of more than 25%. I have lived right next to the bridge for 33 years and I have never seen a wait at either end of the bridge of more than 20 seconds. The first-responder emergency vehicles, including the first-responder fire trucks, can all pass over the bridge now (the fire truck did so less than 6 month ago). The bridge can be repaired with at least a 35-year life span for far less money than the replacement bridge will cost, especially if it continues to have a load J u ly

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limit of 15 tons per axel, and it is obvious that with the tight turn at the foot of the hill to the north, allowing truck larger than this to use Freese Road adds an additional danger to cars coming in the other direction, since trucks this large have to take up both lanes to make the turn. A two-lane bridge will lead to cars going faster (according to the town’s own study), which will further increase the danger. It sounds like you will be more than willing to pay my part of the tax increase to fund the expensive new bridge, so, if it comes to that, I’ll appreciate seeing your check in my mail. Thanks for expressing your opinion. David Weinstein, on Ithaca.com

In response to “The Lioness of Cayuga Lake” “This is an excellent article to start my July 4th -- I’ve never been to Lucas Wineries but now I really want to go and meet Ruth and Stephanie and the team, and I’m going to see if I can find their Riesling for today! Thank you for publishing this.” Hardy Griffin, on Ithaca.com

In response to “Trumansburg mourns Sgt. Johnson” The entire community is saddened and heartbroken. The Vanderzee and Johnston families do so much for so many. RIP soldier as you watch your family continue your kind, loving, and giving legacy. Jacqueline A. Worrell Wright, via Facebook

In response to “Commons police incident sparks tense Common Council meeting” An endorsement from city council doesn’t mean anything in the court of law. Just shows their lack of respect for IPD. Brian Parks, via Facebook

In response to “New vaxx laws won’t impact summer camps...yet” I am spending my day assessing the Measles Immunization status of every camper & Staff person in our program & I am under the impression this request comes from the State so . . . Ellen Mary, via Facebook

In response to “ICSD Board of Education appoints new principal for Caroline Elementary” Kristen is amazing! What a great thing for the community! Sue Haas Mueller, via Facebook

In response to “Cayuga Power Plant files deactivation papers” Hey, that’s great... sure *looks* like a ‘data center’... and, as a bonus, when we get a brutal cold-snap next winter, they can shovel some of that sweet, sweet data into that furnace to help keep us all warm... Genius. Zoltan Gergely, via Facebook

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Tenant’s Rights With new rental regulations coming statewide, will Ithaca and Tompkins County join?

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By M att Bu tler f there is any woe that has come to define conversations about Tompkins County, it is housing. Succinctly, there aren’t enough places for people to live, especially with the population seemingly still growing, and the places people can find to live are too expensive for them to afford to do so. With that housing struggle has come a push for more and more development, likely the defining mantra of the Svante Myrick administration in the City of Ithaca. That has even spilled into

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neighboring municipalities as well, either to the chagrin or rejoice of residents, without much middle ground. More recently, though, there has also been a legislative push, both locally and at the state level, to advocate on behalf of tenants and offer more wide-ranging protections. Locally, that effort has taken the form of a long examination of source of income protection (SOIP) legislation by the Tompkins County Legislature; rather inexplicably, the lack of SOIP meant that landlords could refuse to rent to a tenant based on their income stream. Often, that is used to exclude people from renting

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with them who use government programs like Section 8 vouchers or Department of Social Services subsidies to pay for housing. The county’s process was precluded, though, by SOIP passing through the New York State Legislature and becoming the statewide standard earlier this year. The legislature additionally passed a rent stabilization bill that applies to all buildings built before 1974 and hold more than six rental units, as well as “newer buildings that receive tax breaks for so-called affordable housing,” though the infrastructure needed to implement these guidelines as they have been in New York City is unclear.

Additionally, the City of Ithaca passed a slew of tenant reforms earlier this year designed to empower tenants and clarify the rules landlords must follow regarding keeping buildings up to code while increasing punishments for landlords who flaunt those rules. But these moves were overshadowed by the June actions taken by the New York State legislature, as the government’s legislative year was coming to a close. On June 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a batch of amend-


ments to the Emergency Tenant Protections Act, calling it “the strongest possible set of reforms that the Legislature was able to pass and are a major step forward for tenants across New York.” They included capping security deposit amounts, protecting against large rent increases for major capital improvements to buildings or individual apartment upgrades, eliminated vacancy bonuses (which allowed rentcontrolled apartments to hike rents as high as 20 percent after a tenant departure), longer stays for eviction cases taken to court (from six months to 12 months, plus more room for judicial discretion in favor of the tenant and against “retaliatory” actions by landlords) and others. One wrinkle is that a municipality must have below a five percent vacancy rate, considered a “housing emergency,” in order to qualify to opt into the new legislation; the legislation does not automatically apply to all New York State municipalities. Nobody spoken to for this story was prepared to say whether or not they thought the City of Ithaca or Tompkins County, if either or both of their vacancy rates qualify, would opt into the programs. But it’s not out of the question that an updated study would find them both eligible: According to the Housing Needs Assessment study published in 2016, Tompkins County had a vacancy rate of 4.8 percent among its 24,000 market rate rental properties at that time, and even higher demand in the City of Ithaca would likely mean its vacancy rate was lower then and is still lower now. The sweeping reforms mark arguably the largest single-day rental regulation changes in New York’s history, and were roundly celebrated by progressive groups who had been pushing for them for years. Newly motivated by the recently flipped state government, which had come under complete Democratic control for the first time in years, groups like Local Progress NY started publishing far-reaching policy platforms they intended to push during the legislative session. The legislation has been touted as a victory for low-income tenants, the most vulnerable population in the rental market and the ones who are most likely to be taken advantage of by a nefarious landlord. It’s still early and even several weeks

after the bills passed their implications are unknown; Ithaca Housing Authority, one of the primary affordable housing providers and advocates in the area, declined comment for this story citing a lack of information on the regulations. Others, too, are catching up, and it all might be a guessing game short-term until whichever programs are actually opted into are enacted and their impact on the market can be analyzed long-term. Naturally, landlords have not been particularly pleased with the advent of the new regulations, even as their impact re-

a problem, but if you try to fix it with certain legislation, there could be unintended consequences,” McIlroy said. The two sides differ on one crucial topic, though: whether or not the rental regulations will have a cooling impact on affordable housing ownership and development, an especially essential ripple to monitor in Ithaca. McIlroy said he thought that certain regulations, if opted into, would discourage affordable housing development and make it less financially feasible for landlords. Specifically, he mentioned capping the initial security

Dr. K enneth Clarke, Interim Director of the TC O f f i c e o f H u m a n R I g h t s ( P h o t o s S a m F u l l e r) mains unclear. Surely, the landlords have a some measure of bias in how they view the new regulations. For them, the regulations are, at best, a new annoyance. At worst, they take money out of landlord’s pockets and put them in precarious positions when dealing with troublesome tenants. But if they end up helping apartment consumers, the objections of landlords will likely be outweighed by the overall benefit to the community. Brian McIlroy, president of the Landlords Association of Tompkins County, said he was hesitant to embrace the changes because he felt they may be an overcorrection during a period when the rental market landscape is shifting anyway. The general sense among landlords, it seems, is that the regulations are either intentionally or unintentionally punishing them; obviously, housing advocates disagree. “You don’t know what’s going to happen until it actually happens, but our biggest concern is: everybody knows there’s

deposit and a longer eviction process with more litigation options for tenants. Of course, the counter to that is if the demand is strong enough, which public perception would tell you it is, that could overpower the regulatory hoops and still prove valuable for developers and landlords. McIlroy said he’s also nervous that the new rules will come into play during this time of relative transition for the area, as the drive to develop continues and construction either finishes or comes closer to finishing. This will mean thousands of more units coming into the area, and he said he feels there might be an easier way to measure demand once that has calmed down, and those units have been absorbed, instead of trying to hit a moving target while so many projects are either in progress or being discussed. That may be the most salient point of all: the options will likely be available to municipalities here, and with several of them trumpeting their progressive mettle, with Tompkins J u ly

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County and the City of Ithaca at the forefront, there would be significant pressure to adopt such measures. He also mentioned a softening of the market, the full extent of which isn’t quite clear yet, though it has been talked about before. “We’ve already been hearing where landlords are having trouble renting places that they haven’t before, or they’re having to lower rents,” McIlroy said. “There are already impacts and they’re not done building yet.” If Tompkins County does choose to enter into some or all of the new programs, the coordination of that would fall to the Office of Human Rights, currently led by interim director Dr. Kenneth Clarke. Clarke envisioned his department’s role in maintaining order between landlords and tenants in the context of state regulations as advisory; since the office’s Memorandum of Understanding with the state lapsed in 2008, it doesn’t have the authority to investigate such matters anymore. It can, though, act as liaison between citizens and the state, something Clarke said his office, which has had its role and purpose frequently challenged in the past, can adequately handle. “Housing and employment are the two major issues that people come with complaints about, a number of whom will file complaints, which we help them do with the state,” Clarke said. “Then we can follow up with them about the disposition of their situation.” It’s certainly true that there’s ample investigation more to be done in the next several months, and while landlords are certainly anxious about the regulations on the horizon, local housing advocates say these are welcome new steps that will benefit the dynamic between landlord and tenant. With the loopholes cleaned up, there’s optimism “Some of these loopholes basically say ‘We recognize that the way the law has been written created an undue burden on tenants, and we are adjusting these laws to either close loopholes or modify existing regulations in such a way that the burden of adjustments are balanced more effectively between tenant and landlord or tenant and owner,” Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles said. “I think that’s a fairer way of representing this.”

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ith high school schedules being so limited, and competition so often being marginal, many parents believe that getting their young athlete on a travel team will serve them well on many levels. Ideally, the kids learn time-management skills, see better competition and quality coaching, and meet similarly motivated young athletes. We often hear workplace water cooler stories about those weekend trips to Binghamton or Syracuse or Rochester for basketball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, or many other sports, and we admire the collective effort put forth by athletes and their families to make these travel teams viable. Then, we hear what can happen when teams work hard to hone their skills and improve by leaps and bounds, and we realize that things don’t get easier at that point. They get more difficult. And that, of course, is the kind of challenge we want our kids to face. A case in point is the S.T.A.R.S., the local 14-and-under boys’ basketball team that won the AAU Niagara district qualifier tournament a month ago and is heading to the national tournament in Orlando next week. The S.T.A.R.S.’ roster features players from Ithaca, Lansing, Newfield,

and Corning, and according to team parent Matt Clark (whose son, Trevor, is on

and Rochester.” (The timing of that regional win worked out very well for the Clark family, as Trevor’s 17-year old brother, Jeff, plays on a Rochester-based team that will be in Florida at the same time.) Tim Little is the S.T.A.R.S. head coach, and I asked him how long this group has been playing together. Tim (whose son, Luke, is on the team) said he had started with the majority of them in fifth grade, so it had reached four years now. I followed up by asking if having a core of players

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The S.T.A.R.S. 14-and-under boys’ basketball team, which pulls kids in from all over the area. (Photo provided)

the team), “They have seen some great success this year, as their spring record was 36-4. They won the regionals last month, and they did well in some of the bigger tournaments in New York City, Albany

who know one another well on and off the court is a key to their success, and he offered, “That’s the biggest reason I keep doing this. Each year, they get better, they play more competitively and it’s pleasing

to see that improvement.” Little laughed and added, “Every year I say ‘Maybe this is my last year,’ but for some reason, they keep driving me back.” The coach admits that he loves coaching the team, but he unselfishly added, “At some point, they might see that it is possible to branch out and play at an even more competitive level, and I am fine with that.” Like most youth coaches, Little is like a juggler with a few balls in the air. The former Tompkins County Sheriff ’s deputy is now a full-time New York State court officer, and also serves as a part-time assistant coach for the Ithaca High School basketball program (after many years as a volunteer). As if Luke’s travel schedule was not demanding enough, Tim’s 14-year old daughter plays on a nationallevel AAU team that practices four days a week in Binghamton. Tim drives half the time, a fellow team parent takes the other half, and that team plays a crazy tournament schedule that takes them all over the country. It’s okay, though. Little stated, “I just love sitting in a gym and watching basketball. When our team has a break, I’ll often just watch the other teams play.” While work responsibilities will prevent Tim from making the trip to Florida, another team dad will take over and the kids will have their opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the country, and have the satisfaction of knowing their hard work is paying off. Tim said, “Even though I can’t make the trip, I’m very happy that our team has this opportunity. They are a great group, and they make me very proud.”

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cil, but rather the council members are responsible for the citizens. She demanded Contin u ed From Page 4 $1.5 million in compensation for both DeGroat and Ferguson with a budget line of $5 million dedicated to retraining police apology, cover all healthcare expenses of officers to deal with officers in a nonthose arrested, investigate the individual violent manner. Other residents wanted who instigated the altercation (allegedly a officers to be better educated about the white male who, according to the Comsafety of tasers. mons videos, may have inappropriately Mayor Myrick touched a woman spoke after the bevy which led to Ferof comments from guson confronting residents about how him), discipline the perpetuation of the officers who structural racism has used excessive force BLMI Requests: continued based on a and, “acknowledge 1. Drop charges variety of factors. He the larger pattern also said the public’s of discrimination 2. Apologize attendance of these against people of 3. Compensate DeGroat and Ferguson for meetings is just as imcolor by the IPD healthcare costs and more portant as protesting, and equip the 4. Investigate and discipline the offending activism and other Community Police officers efforts to better the Board with real community. Following power to hold of5. Investigate the alleged instigator this, he called upon ficers accountable.” 6. Acknowledge the system racism at play in Nayor to speak about As reported in a the situation and beyond regarding local some of the plans WSKG article last law enforcement for the Ithaca Police week, interim IPD Department to try to chief Dennis Nayor have officers receive said an internal better training on investigation had conflict resolution and concluded and no de-escalating conflict. officers would be additionally disciplined. While Nayor attempted to speak about One resident spoke in detail specifically new types of training officers are receiving about what DeGroat and Ferguson would to deal with community members, resineed in order to recover. She prefaced her dents continued to demand answers from statement by saying that the citizens are city officials about whether the two would not responsible to the Common CounCOMMON COUNCIL

be released. Alderperson Seph Murtagh gave his thoughts on the incident, asking Chief Nayor about what can be done to keep this from happening again. Nayor responded to his question by saying officers are being given training and noting his attempts to be progressive in his work, though he has only been in power since the beginning of May after former Police Chief Pete Tyler’s retirement. However, a growing feeling of dissatisfaction in responses plagued the room, causing residents to walk out. Alderperson Laura Lewis commented, saying police officers are often put in situations where they have to make split-second decisions, with some of them being poorly made. Alderperson Cynthia Brock did bring an idea to have a letter written to support dropping the charges against Ferguson and DeGroat. She spoke about how, after seeing the videos of DeGroat and Ferguson, she does have some fears about people being harmed in this fashion. Councilors Stephen Smith and Graham Kerslick said they look forward to having a separate forum to address community concerns. The notion picked up more momentum as Alderpersons George McGonigal and Ducson Ngyuen said they would support a resolution to drop the charges against DeGroat and Ferguson. Following this, the council took a 15-minute recess to address members of the public before proceeding with the rest of the meeting’s agenda.

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uring an early meeting on July 5, residents came out en masse to speak against the committee’s decision to add on a resolution which could change the duties of the Office of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission. Attendees of the meeting were upset because the resolution was added onto the agenda on Wednesday night and didn’t leave HRC officials enough time to give the committee their thoughts on the resolution. While speaking during public comment, all residents in attendance felt the resolution should be tabled to allow for members of the HRC to review and comment on the resolution before it’s put before the legislature. Other comments from residents were that the committee has consistently been undermining the authority of the HRC but redeemed themselves, albeit briefly, in hiring a new commission board that has a diverse range of experiences in that line of work. Residents felt this was working against the interest of those who need the services of the HRC provides. Final comments centered on how this change was going to be primarily to save money and alter funds necessary for the HRC. Currently, the charter states part of the power and duties of the Human Rights Committee is, “Receive and investigate complaints of alleged discrimination because of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, disability, prior arrest or conviction, retaliation, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, military status, familial status, genetic

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dealing with discrimination and, in appropriate circumstances, provide facilities and equipment to assist persons in filing such complaints and, in matters and complaints within the jurisdiction of the Office, but outside the jurisdiction of Federal and State agencies, prepare its own plans

with a view to reducing and eliminating such alleged discrimination through the processes of conference, conciliation, and persuasion.” Members of the committee spoke about some of the changes being made to the charter, which would alter many of the already defined roles of HRC’s personnel. For the role of HRC’s director the first part of the description says, “ to handle all inquiries from employers, employees, landlords, tenants, individuals, and organizations regarding interpretation of local, state, and federal human rights law or other problems involving the human rights of individuals.” Now, the role will simply be, “to educate the public on issues involving human rights.” This limited description infuriated residents about the minor role the director will seemingly have. Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles, a member of the committee, said the change for the language regarding the responsibilities of HRC’s director wouldn’t eliminate their responsibilities but, rather, streamlines the language in the county’s charter. She attempted to reassure residents the new language wouldn’t diminish the HRC’s role. Other members of the committee echoed these sentiments, feeling the Human Rights Commission will be able to function the same with these changes. County Attorney Jonathon Wood said the new changes would be separate from the language in the HRC’s bylaws. The committee voted to approve the measure, with no amendments or changes to it. As residents left the meeting, there were clear feelings of anger among the crowd, directed at the committee for approving the changes. One woman went so far as to say it is a shame that the committee allowed something like this to happen. A public hearing on the new legislation will take place prior to a Tompkins County Legislature vote during its July 16 meeting. E dw i n J. Vi er a

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B y Wa r r e n G r e e n w o o d ablo Picasso once said you give people something they know, and then lead them into something they don’t know. It seems the Ithaca Shakespeare Company (ISC) is attempting that strategy with their 2019 summer productions. They are putting on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which everybody knows and loves, and “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” which nobody has ever heard of (admittedly, using myself as a reference here). “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is my favorite Shakespeare play. But I never heard of “Pericles.” I’m a smarty-pants theatre-reviewer guy who fell in love with Shakespeare at age 17 in 1970, and has written about the ISC for several years now. At the risk of repeating myself: the Ithaca

Shakespeare Company’s productions are the absolute best thing in the Ithaca summer. William Shakespeare is unequivocally the greatest writer in the English language. Quite possibly, the greatest writer in any human language. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is easily his greatest comedy. It is outrageously funny, charming and magical. Shakespeare scholar (and all-around pooh-bah) Harold Bloom, in his magisterial “Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human,” writes that the play’s ostensible protagonist, Nick Bottom, is one of Shakespeare’s greatest creations, up there with Hamlet and Falstaff and Rosalind. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” seems the essence of love, of magic, of summer itself, all somehow distilled into one irresistible, effervescent package. On the other hand, I knew nothing— zilch—about “Pericles.” So I read up on it. “Pericles” is the first play of Shakespeare’s final period, accompanying his tragicomic romances like “The Tempest.” And he collaborated on “Pericles” with a writer named George Wilkins. And, for what it’s worth, I fell in love with “Pericles.” The story is absolutely, over-the-top, bat-guano

crazy. How crazy? Here’s a description from “The Norton Shakespeare” (by a guy named Walter Cohen from our own Cornell University): “In ‘Pericles,’ a king adorns his palace walls with the skulls of his victims. A princess commits incest with her father. Another princess is kidnapped by pirates and sold to a brothel. Famine brings a city to its knees. An entire crew is lost in a tumultuous storm. Two royal families are sent to fiery destruction.” There are pimps, assassins, murderous monarchs, a burial-at-sea, a near-death experience, a miraculous rebirth, and an appearance by Diana, the goddess of chastity. What’s not to love? What “Pericles” reminded me of was Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” (also from his final tragicomic romance period), which struck me as a sort of twisted, adult fairy tale. I think I found myself enchanted with “Pericles” because it is so preposterous. The story progresses with something akin to dream-logic. From mid-June to early July, I spent some time with the ISC as they rehearsed—first at the Just Because Center in Ithaca, and then continued on page 17

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Scenes from the Ithaca Shakespeare Festival rehearsals as the ensemble prepares for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Pericles, Prince of Tyre.” (Photo provided)

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hree years ago, Syracuse-based Ecliptic Vision seemed to be just another heavy band in a state dominated by anything but, a standard fare death metal group in Upstate New York’s splintered scene of heavy bands dispersed from Troy to Buffalo. The group’s first album—more of a bedroom project, really— was 2016’s “Dissimilar Dimensions,” a thrashdominated collection of tracks that, more than anything, bludgeoned listeners more than drew them in. “Omphalos of the Void,” released a year later, was much more thought-out, with a technical proficiency unseen in their early work but still short of a certain “something”—heavy, but not distinctive, lacking a real voice of its own in a genre where chops mean everything. But Ecliptic Vision has done a lot of growing up over the past several years. From the group’s first show together in front of roughly 10 people, the band has harbored a type of momentum most upstart groups in New York’s small community of heavy music could only dream of. In short order, the group has amassed a number of opening slots for legendary metal bands like Suffocation, Carnifex and, this past spring, locked in a coveted spot at the annual Finger Lakes Metal Fest. “I definitely feel like the last year or two has just flown by playing shows that, frankly, we never thought we’d have the chance to play,” said Vincent Lawyer, the group’s drummer. “Not to go on a rant, but our first show was at the Warehouse, and there were probably about 10 people there, but we didn’t care—we were just stoked to have the opportunity to play our music out. To go from that to having the opportunities we’ve had, to play with some of our idols [...] there’s a huge list.” Now established, the group is ready to step out in a real way with their third, selftitled album, representing a culmination of all the growth they’ve seen over the past few years. Released this past week, “Ecliptic Vision” marks the band’s entrance into uncharted sonic territory, demonstrating an evolved level of musicianship that, 10–16 ,

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The album cover of Ecliptic Vision’s self-titled album, which was released on July 7. (Photo online)

while impressive, does not overindulge to the point of not being memorable. The signature “groove” that defined Ecliptic Vision from the band’s start remains present on the new album; however, the group introduces phrasings and a stylistic flair that make for more texturally intriguing compositions than the old school death metal stylings driving the band’s earliest work. The band seems to have truly found its sound, where the unapologetic aggressiveness of the first record—brutality for brutality’s sake—meets the technical strides made in their second record. “The new material pushes a lot of boundaries we haven’t really explored before compositionally —even pushing boundaries of ourselves as musicians,” said Lawyer. “I would say for myself as the drummer, I wouldn’t say I did anything that was necessarily technically impressive from a death metal standpoint—it’s no secret to anyone who listens to death metal that things have a tendency to become so technical, or that people have to play ‘this fast’ or ‘that heavy,’ it starts to take away from the music.” There are some marked elements that emerge—there are certainly overtones of more straightforward isotopes of heavy music, like old school death metal in a lot of the material—but there are some no-

ticeable divergences into prog or groove. “Anthropophage”—the title track, named for a mystic race of cannibals—hits you like a wall, strung together with a tension that inspires an anxiety and urgency that remains throughout the rest of the record. Other songs, like “Cosmocosm” and “Crux of Infliction,” harken back to the sound of the first record in a lot of ways, but with much more polish and flair. The peak of the album arguably comes on “Cephalic Anomaly,” with its sophisticated rhythms and the demonstration of musicianship representing the apex of everything the band has been trying to accomplish over the past few years. The mix itself is decidedly cleaner and much more balanced than previous records. Unique to death metal, the band only has one guitarist in a genre where two dueling axemen— two interplaying leads or defined rhythm and lead guitarists—are often the norm. Ryan Caughey, the band’s guitarist and principal songwriter, will alternate between lead and rhythm, meaning the band’s bassist, Derek Ponton, often has to occupy a higher register in the sonic sphere to stand out, something he does effectively on the album. Most important of all, the album represents two years of a band intent on honing its craft, working to produce something sophisticated and unique in a genre where both elements can be mutually exclusive. “Ecliptic Vision” is a true artistic statement for the band, where their signature sound has been distilled to the aspirational vision the group set for itself in 2017. “One contrast to the E.P. I could say we had was we gave every part the same attention to detail, to give each the chance to evolve a bit and marinate,” said Lawyer. “We didn’t give the E.P. as much time to develop, and we definitely didn’t push ourselves as hard as we did for this record—not necessarily from a technical standpoint—but the material in this record certainly feels a lot more thoughtful and mature than the material on the E.P.” “I feel like everything did come together perfectly this time,” he added.

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at Robert H. Treman State Park, where they have constructed a magnificent set (designed by Norm Johnson who taught acting at Ithaca College). The ISC artistic director, Stephen Ponton, is directing “Pericles.” I love watching Steve work. He’s brilliant at directing. And I think one of the things that struck me about the way he’s staging “Pericles” is that it seems sort of expressionistic. Often a play is set at one location— a living room or something. “Pericles” jumps around crazily to numerous locations in the Mediterranean of the Ancient World. In Stephen Greenblatt’s mega-brilliant book “Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare,” Greenblatt writes: “The strange play ‘Pericles’…is… unmoored, shifting from Antioch to Tyre to Tarsus to Pentapolis (in what is now Libya) to Ephesus to Mytilene (on the island Lesbos).” And it seems to me that Steve Ponton is using expressionistic theatre techniques to accomplish this…using a mixture of storytelling and theatre. One such technique is the use of a Chorus. In the original Shakespeare, the story is narrated by a poet named John Gower…a 14th-century author from whom Shakespeare swiped the story. But Ponton has replaced Gower with a supra-human chorus, like they employed in ancient Greek theatre (played wonderfully by Samantha

and are fabulous at both sets of roles. My Ithaca Times colleague Ross Haarstad is playing the central role of Nick Bottom, an irresistibly funny performance. Eric Michael Hambury should get a special Tony for The Funniest Thisby of All Time. Treamam State Park is one of the most beautiful locations on the North American continent, with gorges, and picnic and swimming areas, and hiking trails with mile-after-mile of waterfalls. It is such an impossibly perfect place to stage “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that it seems like some kind of cosmic synchronicity. I’ve been suffering from bouts of depression and weltschmerz lately…but I noticed that the only time I actually felt happy was when I was with the Ithaca Shakespeare Company watching “Pericles” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (It was what Ray Bradbury would call A Medicine for Melancholy.) Thus, I’m fervently recommending both plays in the hope it will have a similar effect on you, the theater-loving reader.

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art.” I thought of this watching director Amina Omari’s version of the play. Some of her casting choices were so unexpected that I realized that she was sculpting with living human beings, and coming up with a new interpretation of the Bard’s greatest comedy. Some standouts: Erin Lockett’s Puck may be the most engaging Puck I’ve ever seen. Her performance has a sort of gymnast’s physicality to it that somehow perfectly evokes the other-worldliness of Puck. Jahmar Ortiz and Kylie Heyman do double duty as both Oberon and Titania (the fairy king and queen) and Theseus and Hippolyta (the mythological royalty)

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Diana Leigh Trio | 11:00 AM, | Stonecat Cafe, Hector

Scott Adams | 7:00 PM, | Stonecat Cafe, Hector

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Lord Huron | 7:00 PM, 7/16 Tuesday | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Rd , LaFayette | | $35-40

Thomas Rhett | 7:00 PM, 7/19 Friday | Darien Lake Amphitheater, 9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center |

Tedeschi Trucks Band | 7:00 PM, 7/16 Tuesday | Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), 3355 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua |

311 & Dirty Heads | 5:45 PM, 7/20 Saturday | Darien Lake Amphitheater, 9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center |

The Hi-Jivers | 7:30 PM, 7/16 Tuesday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Paying tribute to the Rock N Roll and Rhythm & Blues of the 50s and 60s through their raw, wild originals and passionate covers.† | $15-20 Tommy Emmanuel, CGP & John Knowles, CGP - Heart Songs Tour | 8:00 PM, 7/16 Tuesday | Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer | Both are masters of their instrument, honored by the iconic Chet Atkins with the rare designation of CGP (Certified Guitar Players). | $22.50 - $45 Blink 182 & Lil Wayne | 7:00 PM, 7/17 Wednesday | Darien Lake Amphitheater, 9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center | Arthur B. and the Planetary Mix | 7:00 PM, 7/19 Friday | Cornell

Taughannock Falls State Park Summer Concert Series | 7:00 PM, 7/20 Saturday | Taughannock Falls State Park, 2221 Taughannock Park Rd, Trumansburg | Johnny Russo and the East Hill Classic Jazz Band All the Glory! | 7:30 PM, 7/20 Saturday | Corning Museum of Glass, One Museum Way, Corning | Part of the Endles Mountain Music Festival.

Stage The Return of the Calamari Sisters | 8:00 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Delphine and Carmela Calamari return with their unique brand of hilarity, failed dishes, and food fights as the larger-than-life sisters perform their live ìbroadcastî of a public access

cable cooking show Cooking with the Calamari Sisters. Thru 7/13. Grand Hotel | 7:30 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E Lake Rd, Auburn | Thru 7/31. Into The Woods | 7:30 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Thru 7/13. Mamma Mia! | 7:30 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | Little York Lake Pavilion, 6799 Little York Lake Rd, Preble | Thru 7/27. Jack and The Beanstalk | 10:00 AM & Noon, 7/11 Thursday thru 7/13 Saturday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | by Marjorie Sokoloff. Jack’s life is tough. He and his mother live in a run-down house with no money, no food, and an operasinging cow that won’t give milk. Jack meets a mysterious stranger, who gives him three magic beans that sends Jack up a beanstalk and into the clouds. | $9 Pericles, Prince of Tyre | 6:00 PM, 7/11 Thursday & 7/13 Saturday| Robert H. Treman State Park - Upper Entrance, 129 Upper Park Road, Newfield | An epic journey around the Mediterranean and across the decades,

ComedyFLOPS | 7:00 PM, 7/11 Thursday | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | | $5 s.d Spamalot | 7:30 PM, 7/11 Thursday | Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | Geneva Theatre Guild Presents SPAMALOT, lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Thru 7/14. A Midsummer Night’s Dream | 6:00 PM, 7/12 Friday & 7/14 Sunday | Robert H. Treman State Park - Upper Entrance, 129 Upper Park Road, Newfield | Shakespeare serves up quarreling lovers, feuding fairies, a mischievous hobgoblin, love potions gone wrong, and a hapless band of wanna-be actors stumbling around in the forest. The Producers | 8:00 PM, 7/12 Friday | The Central New York Playhouse, 3169 Erie Blvd. E., B201 , Syracuse | Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooksí classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. | $28-30 2nd Annual One-Minute Play Festival | 8:00 PM, 7/13 Saturday | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | Buy online at kitchentheatre.org or by phone at (607) 272-0570. Shows at 3 & 7 on Sunday.| $20 It Was a Very Good Year - A Tribute to Frank Sinatra | 8:00 PM, 7/13 Saturday & 2:00 PM, 7/14 Sunday | Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, 42 Delphine St., Owego | | $25 The Ghost of Versailles | 8:00 PM, 7/13 Saturday | The Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown | Thru 8/23. A humorous nod to The Barber of Seville and

Blue | 1:30 PM, 7/14 Sunday | The Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown | Thru 8/22. Reflective of a familiar American headline, this new work by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple as they raise a son in 21st-century America. Damn Yankees | 8:00 PM, 7/19 Friday | Civic Centers Theaters At Oncenter, 421 Montgomery St, Syracuse | Sex, sports, and second chances. Syracuse Summer Theatre at The Oncenter presents the Tony-winning musical. | $32 Kinky Boots | 8:00 PM, 7/19 Friday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Thru 8/3.†As Charlie Price struggles to save his familyís failing business, help arrives in the unlikely form of Lola, a drag queen in need of some eye-catching new stilettos. My Big Fat Italian Comedy Festival: Tammy Pescatelli | 8:00 PM, 7/19 Friday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | | $15/20

Art The Other Side - Charles, Caesar, Harry, Sam, Pompey, Lon, and Isaac | Ongoing | Women’s Rights National Historic Park, 136 Fall St, Seneca Falls | The first artistic photographic collection to examine the slave cemetery at the William Floyd Estate in New York. Shadow Box Workshop for Adults | 5:30 PM, 7/11 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Participants can build their own 3-dimensional box. Please register. Ivy Stevens-Gupta, Infinite Hues | Ongoing | The Bookery & Gallery, Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca | Stevens-Guptass latest work focuses on the joy of color that can be found in nature. Summertime | Ongoing | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road,

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DeWitt Park, Cayuga St. | Part of the Ithaca Concert Band’s 2019 Summer Concert Series -- performing free, outdoor evening concerts every week in July at different locations throughout Ithaca. Playing your favorites from movies, march kings and more! Bring a lawn chair and toes to tap. (photo: Facebook)

Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca Commons | Empire Kings is a local hip-hop group featuring Ave Mack. The group takes pride in being a clear illustration of hip-hop culture from music to art with the classic two turn tables and a microphone. This performance will begin with the creation of a live painting on stage, accompanied with music by the group’s DJ. (photo: Facebook)

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The Wedge 2019 Season: The War Boys | 6:00 PM, 7/11 Thursday & 7/12 Friday | Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca | by Naomi Wallace, directed by Sharifa Elkady. The War Boys follows three young Texan men who spend their nights patrolling the Mexican border wall to earn a $10 bounty for every Mexican they catch crossing it.

The Marriage of Figaro. The ghost of Marie Antoinette is upset about her untimely ending, so her favorite playwright, Beaumarchais, attempts to amuse her with a new work.

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Ask Amy: Answers! | 7:00 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Advice columnist Amy Dickinson distills the life lessons she has accumulated in almost 20 years of giving advice.

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f you are a Finger Lakes wine enthusiast look no further than Watkins Glen this weekend. Or maybe you just want a music festival with over 90 wineries on hand! It’s like a wine tour, but you camp all weekend and the wineries come to you! If camping is not for you, a 1-Day or 2-Day Taster wristband gives you admittance to the festival grounds. This includes a commemorative wine glass, tastings at 90+ wineries in climate-controlled tents, dozens of mouthwatering food vendors and unique craft and art purveyors, along with live music performances,

outdoor demonstrations, and educational wine seminars. Festival opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Festivities begin Friday with Launch of the Lakes presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese. Turn out in your best toga as Bacchus, the God of Wine, blesses the festival and you may be crowned King and Queen! Enjoy a preview of what the Finger Lakes Wine Festival has to offer including: Toga and Costume Contest, cheese samples, wine samples from many festival wineries featured at the Festival, live music

Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy | All Day 7/12 Friday thru 7/14 Sunday | Watkins Glen International , 2790 Cty Rte 16 , Watkins Glen | Sample 90+ New York State wineries, artisan food vendors, pace car rides, craft vendors, live music and entertainment.

featuring Keith James Band. Over the course of the weekend there are also Enhanced Wine Seminars presented by Women For WineSense. Enhanced seminars take place in the second floor of the air-conditioned Watkins Glen International media center. Each enhanced seminar will be led by

speakers from Women for WineSense and include small plates of food to further augment the tasting experience. There will be music all weekend, as well featuring local and national favorites such as Virgil Cain, Brazilian 2wins, Handsome Young Ladies, and CC Ryder, to name just a few.

Finger Lakes Wine Festival | July 12-14 at Watkins Glen International

Ithaca | The newest exhibition of Brian Keeler’s works of Summer. Florals Mixed Media Workshop | 1:00 PM, 7/12 Friday | Seneca County Arts Council Gallery, 109 Fall Street, Seneca Falls | Textural material will be supplied. Participants need to bring watercolors, brushes, palettes, pencils, erasers, and 140 lb. weight watercolor paper, colored pencils or pastels. | $30 Moments and Color - Opening Reception | 5:00 PM, 7/12 Friday | West End Gallery, 12 W Market St, Corning | Music performed by William Groome. On exhibit thru 8/30. Gallery Talk with GC Myers Saturday, August 17th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. A collection of new paintings by GC Myers. The Ink Shop Member Exhibit 2019 | Ongoing | Ink Shop Studio Gallery, 330 E.State / MLK Street, 2nd floor of CSMA building, Ithaca | Features Ink Shop artists using a wide range of printmaking techniques Art Reaction Writing Workshop | 10:00 AM, 7/15 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca |

“Form and Feeling,” a show by Ethel Vrana | Ongoing | State of the Art Gallery, 120 W. State St. , Ithaca | These paintings explore the emotive quality of form. All Access Art Club | 1:30 PM, 7/16 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Art Club Series for People of All Abilities. Teen and adult artists are invited to this weekly inclusive art experience led by Laura Rowley.

Film Cinemapolis Week of Friday, July 12 through Thursday, July 18. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first*. Wild Rose* | A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star.| 101 mins R

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco | A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind. | 121 mins R Pavarotti| A look at the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. | 114 mins PG-13 Booksmart | On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. |102 mins R The Dead Don’t Die | The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves. | 105 mins R Regal Ithaca

Echo In the Canyon | A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo

Wednesday 7/10 through Tuesday, 7/16. Contact Regal Ithaca for showtimes. New films listed first. * Stuber* | A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure. |93 mins R

Crawl* | A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators. |87 mins R Spider-Man: Far From Home| Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. | 129 mins PG-13 Midsommar | A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. |140 mins R Yesterday | A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. |116 mins PG-13 Annabelle Comes Home | While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll. |106 mins R Toy Story 4 | 100 mins G

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Stewart Park section of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail | The park will come alive with a spontaneous festival of music and dance, featuring new bands, new songs, and new choreography along with long-time favorite Finger Lakes performers. The dances can be seen, and the music can be heard, from the trail or from the water - so bring your kayak, paddleboard, bicycle, or walking shoes and come on down! (photo: provided) Ithac a T imes

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Special Events Cortland County Jr Fair | 7/10 Wednesday thru 7/13 Saturday | Cortland County Fairgrounds, 4849 Fairground Ave, | See the hard-work ethic of ag families and 4-H kids that showcase their hardwork, all striving for excellence.

Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail | 5:30 PM, 7/12 Friday | Stewart Park, 1 James L. Gibbs Dr., Ithaca | The park will come alive with a spontaneous festival of music and dance, featuring new bands, new songs, and new choreography along with long-time favorite Finger Lakes performers. The dances can be seen, and the music can be heard, from the trail or from the water - so bring your kayak, paddleboard, bicycle, or walking shoes and come on down! CFly Through the Finger Lakes: Regional Aviation Heritage Bus Tour | 9:00 AM, 7/13 Saturday | Starting from Ithaca or Hammondsport. Take in the countryside and small towns of central New York. Visit four museums without thinking about driving or parking. | Pricing includes museum admissions, bus, lunch, and snacks. $75 adult, $50 child, recommended for ages 8 and up Sterling Renaissance Festival | 10:00 AM, Saturdays & Sundays | Sterling Renaissance Festival, 15385 Farden Rd, Sterling |

Kitten Karnival | 4:00 PM, Wednesdays | SPCA of Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca | Weekly Wednesday Kitten Karnival - Every Wed through September from 4-7 PM. | $25 per Kitten

Escape The Courtroom | 11:00 AM, 7/13 Saturday | Papa Bear Building (Ovid Courthouse), 7175 Main St., Ovid | Teams of 4-6 people will work against the clock to crack codes and puzzles to unravel the mystery of an unsolved crime from Ovid history. Teams must register for a time slot (11, 1, or 3) for an hour-long interactive game. Inquisitive youth ages 12+ may join adult teams. | Suggested participation donation of $25/team

16th Annual Tioga State Bank Car & Truck Show | 5:30 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | East Waverly Park, Waverly |

Sixth Annual Lavender Harvest Festival | 1:00 PM, 7/13 Saturday | Rue Claire Lavender Farm, 9403 Rte 414, Lodi | Come and pick the fragrant

ROAD MAN

FRIDAY, JULY 12 AT 7:00 PM

Cornell University Arts Quad, Central Campus | A virtuoso musician highly-regarded in the jam band scene, singer-songwriter Jon Petronzio (aka Road Man) and his talented band of musicians present an invigorating and body-moving mix of funk, blues, and reggae driven by Petronzio’s awesome keys and soulful voice. (photo: provided)


lavender and enjoy the sunny weather. Pick by the bundle with varieties of† Hidcote, Grosso and Provence . The featured band this year is Moon Rabbit, performing acoustic tunes live. Additional information may be found at www.rueclaire.com Jacksonville Community Assoc. Fundraiser | 3:00 PM, 7/13 Saturday | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Congress at McLallen St, Trumansburg | Dubbed Woodstock 1869, and will feature Laila Belle, theatrical readings by local thespians, the Tburg Community Choir, games, a cake walk, Mark Twain, and TOiVO. Raising money to support our community build of a restroom at the ten acre public park. Treleaven’s 5th Annual Kings of Summer! | 4:00 PM, 7/13 Saturday | Treleaven Winery, 658 Lake Road, King Ferry | Dirtroad Ruckus beginning at 4pm & The Destination at 7pm. The 9-piece dance band will have you moving and grooving with its musical focus in the genres of R&B, Latin influenced material, Swing and Funk/ Disco. | Adults $5, under 12 free The Soaring Society of America Region 3 and the East Coast Junior Contest. | All Day 7/14 Sunday | Harris Hill Gliderport, 51 Soaring Hill Drive, Elmira | Thru 7/21.Nearly 50 soaring aircraft/ gliders will launch daily to compete in tasks from 200 to 500 miles. Glider rides will be available to the public on a limited basis days of the competition after launches and before the contestants return. 2019 Fall Creek Garden Tour | 11:00 AM, 7/14 Sunday | Thompson Park, N. Cayuga St. at Cascadilla Creek, Ithaca | Seneca County Fair | All Day 7/17 Wednesday | Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Swift St, Waterloo | The 109th Annual Spencer Picnic | All Day 7/17 Wednesday | Nichols Park, Spencer | Andrew Chaikin, author of “A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts” | 7:00 PM, 7/17 Wednesday | Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Awardwinning journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin brings the Apollo 11 mission back to life with stories about his one-on-one interviews

with the first men on the moon: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins. He’ll also provide historical insights to this incredible mission on its 50th anniversary. Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival | Begins 7/18 Thursday | Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Road, Trumansburg | The 12th Annual Elmira Street Painting Festival | All Day 7/19 Friday | Downtown Elmira, | An artfilled, family fun weekend celebrating creativity! Ithaca Artist Market | 1:00 PM, 7/19 Friday | Ithaca Farmers Market, 545 3rd Street, Ithaca | A juried show and sale of work by local and regional artists that takes place on a summer Friday and features over 75 artists, arts organization showcase booths, food, wine, beer and jazz throughout the day.

becoming familiar with the equipment in the Library’s Makerspace. No registration required. Lego Club | 5:30 PM, 7/11 Thursday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | All ages welcome. Weekly challenges provided. Painting with Friends (2nd - 5th Grades) | 6:00 PM, 7/11 Thursday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Express yourself through art alongside your friends.† No experience is necessary.† An instructor

Toddler Free Play | 9:30 AM, 7/12 Friday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | Kids can enjoy the Toddler Play Space.

Story Time | 10:30 AM, 7/12 Friday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | All ages - songs, games, & crafts, too.

Preschool Storytime at Southworth Library | 10:00 AM, 7/12 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | A different theme every week!

Astronaut Training Camp (Grades K-2) | 12:30 PM, 7/12 Friday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Join us for a fun, active camp that includes crafts, activities and more!† Must preregister.

Baby Storytime | 10:30 AM, 7/12 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Caregivers and babies up to 24 months embrace early

Kids and Teens Learn to Create Comics at TCPL | 10:00 AM, 7/13 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | 12 and under can attend weekly from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the Library’s Makerspace, and teens may attend from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm in the Library’s Digital Lab.

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Family Fit Yoga & Fantastic Food | 10:30 AM, 7/13 Saturday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Free yoga mats, books, and food samples for participating families. For families and children 5+, please register.

Book Release: Post Scripts by Rob Sullivan | 7:00 PM, 7/12 Friday | First Unitarian Church Ithaca, 306 N Aurora St, Ithaca | Former Ithaca Postal Clerk celebrates the release of his first book, which mixes poetry and prose. Join Rob for reading, refreshments, music by Jeff Claus, Judy Hyman and friends, and book signing as he shares his stories of 27 years behind the counter at the Ithaca Post Office.

Family Storytime | 11:00 AM, 7/13 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | LEGO Building Program | 3:00 PM, 7/13 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | The Library provides building bricks, and all creations are displayed at the Library for one week.

Kids Movie Nights at the Cayuga Heights Fire Station | 6:00 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | Cayuga Heights Fire Station, 194 Pleasant Grove Road, | July 10- Ice Age, July 17- The Last Jedi Bilingual Storytime for Families and Children | 11:30 AM, 7/11 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | A Mandarin and English Storytime series. Maker Thursdays for Teens at TCPL | 3:00 PM, 7/11 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | These drop-in hours provide people aged 12 to 17 the opportunity to express their creativity while

Summer Children’s Art Fun | 2:00 PM, 7/12 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | w/ Stiller Zusman. Children aged 3 to 6, along with their caregivers, are invited to celebrate summer and create masterpieces at this drop-in program.

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR - A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA Saturday, July 13 at 8PM; Sunday, July 14 at 2PM Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, 42 Delphine St., Owego | You’ll never get a chance to see Frank Sinatra, or even Frank Sinatra Jr., perform in concert, but some people say that Tony Sands is the next best thing. A multimedia extravaganza for the eyes and ears! Tony Sands has incorporated stunning graphics that entice you the moment the stage lights dim, and the music begins. The show follows Sinatra’s career from his early days in NYC with Tommy Dorsey all the way to selling out Madison Square Garden. (photo: Facebook)

will be there to guide you through the process.† Free.† All supplies are provided.† Must preregister.

literacy through books, music, movement and rhyming. This storytime is followed by an hour-long Baby & Toddler Playtime at 11:00 am.

Miss Judy’s Musical Adventure Series | 4:00 PM, 7/15 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | No meeting July 22. Judy Stock uses the banjo, guitar, spoons, and many more instruments to bring music to children, from newborns to 5 years of age.†

Family Story Time | 10:30 AM, 7/16 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Join us every Tuesday for stories, songs and fun. There is a different theme each week. Stories in the Park | 11:30 AM, 7/16 Tuesday | DeWitt Park, Cayuga St., | Cuddle-up Infant & Toddler Library Time | 10:00 AM, 7/17 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Youth Summer Reading: Space Program and Air Rockets with Kopernik Observatory & Science Center. | 3:30 PM, 7/17 Wednesday | Van Etten Library, 83 Main Street, Van Etten | “Maker Kids” at TCPL | 3:45 PM, 7/17 Wednesday | Each session will provide a range of activities for varying ages and ability levels; the program is most well suited to children ages 5 to 12. No registration required.

Notices Smith Opera House Tours | 10:00 AM, Wednesdays | Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | The public is invited to experience a bit of Smith lore and enjoy its unique architecture and decor via a tour of the theater. Census Worker Recruitment | 6:30 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | Learn how to apply for a range of positions related to the 2020 census. Registration appreciated. Wednesday Night Ithaca Women’s Basketball Association | 7:00 PM, 7/10 Wednesday | Lehman Alternative Community School, 111 Chestnut St, Ithaca | Check out the league’s website for more information. Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 PM, 7/11 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road, Candor | 18 Vendors with fresh produce, baked goods, jams, maple syrup, honey, tea, herbs, plants, soaps, hand crafts, tool sharpening and more!

2019 FALL CREEK GARDEN TOUR SUNDAY, JULY 14 FROM 11AM - 3PM

SATURDAY, JULY 13 AT 8PM; SUNDAY, JULY 14 AT 3PM & 7PM

Tour begins at Thompson Park, N. Cayuga St. at Cascadilla | Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of beautiful gardens, landscaping, and yards. Visitors will not only see enticing, well-tended front yards but also the hidden delights of private backyards. Start and stop whenever you’d like, chat with gardeners along the way. Rain or shine. (photo: provided)

Kitchen Theatre, 417 W. State St. | The #1MPF is a grass-roots community-engaged theatre festival with partnerships in over 20 US cities. The aim is to create locally sourced community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. The work attempts to reflect the values, topics, trends, styles, ideas, and big conversations that bubble up to the surface in each community. (photo: Facebook) Ju ly

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Open Heart Kids Yoga | 10:00 AM, 7/15 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Best suited for children ages 3 to 9, but younger siblings are also welcome. Space is limited for this free program, and registration is required.

Tuesday Morning Story Hour | 10:15 AM, 7/16 Tuesday | Candor Free Library, 2 Bank St, Candor |

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