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14-year-old girl was killed and a 13-year-old girl injured after a man allegedly hit them while driving drunk. Tompkins County Sheriff ’s Deputies responded to the 1400 block of Trumansburg Road in the town of Ithaca for a report of a car/pedestrian crash at 6:24 p.m. on July 21. When they arrived they found the two girls who had been hit, and deputies were told the vehicle had fled the scene. Deputies located a car grill with a Volvo emblem at the scene and immediately put out information to surrounding law enforcement agencies that the fleeing vehicle was possibly a Volvo. Both girls were transported to Cayuga Medical Center. At 6:40 p.m., the dispatch center received a call from a local tow company that the tow truck operator had just witnessed a grey Volvo with a smashed windshield drive by the Ithaca Police Department. A few minutes later, Ithaca police officers located the vehicle on Danby Road. Deputies responded and interviewed the driver, who was identified as Robert J. Defelice, 37, of Ithaca. According to the Sheriff ’s Office, Defelice was found to be intoxicated and was subsequently arrested. Shortly after, deputies were informed that the 14-year-old had died from her injuries. The 13-year-old sustained a broken arm and is in stable condition. Defelice was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and vehicular manslaughter in the second degree. He was arraigned and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail with no bail. -Staff R eport

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rusty eyes, seizures, and paralysis are among some of the strange symptoms that have recently plagued and even killed some songbirds in several eastern states across the United States. Although this deadly phenomenon has reached neighboring states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, New York has yet to report a case of the mysterious outbreak. While remaining vigilant about the situation and researching causes, experts at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology and the College of Veterinary Medicine say they are not overly alarmed, especially as cases taper off and songbird populations remain stable. The Cornell Wildlife Health Lab has been monitoring the evolving situation. The lab, housed under the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, was created in 2010 with the Department of

Environmental Conservation in order to develop a wildlife disease surveillance program. The lab works with a network of partners on the local, state, and national level, and engages with the public in order to promote the health of wildlife populations. Through their highly connected communication channels, the lab received the first reports of cases at the end of May from partners in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Researchers in these states began testing, but were unable to come up with any conclusive results about the outbreak. “Over the course of weeks, no one was finding anything infectious,” Elizabeth Bunting, Senior Extension Associate at the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab said. “They did a lot of testing but could not come up with any disease process, and the rehabilitators were telling

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us they were trying antibiotics and things like that, but they did not have great effectiveness.” Bunting said that the outbreak exhibits similar symptoms to mycoplasma, a bacterial infection that commonly afflicts finches, causing swollen eyes. However, this disease lacks the neurological components that accompany the unknown illness. Labs across the nation have ​​worked to rule out many other possibilities including salmonella, avian influenza, and the West Nile virus. In just the past few weeks, the Wildlife Lab has received widespread news of declining cases and dropping mortality rates. “Information coming out of the National Wildlife Health Center and some of the other states said that the cases were declining all of a sudden,” Bunton said. “That would not be typical of an infectious disease outbreak. You wouldn’t expect an infectious disease to just spontaneously go away.” This sudden decline lends support to the tentative hypothesis regarding a cause of the outbreak. The most recent working theory is that the outbreak is related to the emergence of the cicadas this year — the geographic distribution and the timing of the undetermined songbird illness directly coincides with the arrival of the cicadas. The cicadas emerged in

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iscussions about economic policy decisions and public health updates filled the legislative chambers as the Tompkins County Legislature gathered for an inperson meeting on July 20. The centerpiece of the meeting was Director of Finance Rick Snyder’s presentation on the Annual Financial Report for 2020, especially as the legislature continues discussions about how to allocate American Rescue Plan Act funds. Before considering a policy recommendation, the legislature reviewed the county’s economic performance in 2020 and went over projections for the remainder of 2021. The general fund is the

county’s basic operating fund used to pay for ongoing expenses such as education, health, and human services. At the end of 2020, the general fund stood at $57.4 million, a $3.1 million increase from the previous year. Of this general fund, $48 million was unassigned. The county as a whole faced an increase in revenues of $11.3 million, while facing a $2.9 million increase in expenses, but federal award programs amounted to $36.3 million for the county. Standing at approximately $34 million, sales tax revenues in 2020 saw a dramatic decrease from the year before, which had hovered around $39 million. However, according to Snyder, this decrease from 2019 to 2020 was not as drastic as expected, and he projects a return to 2019 revenues for 2021. “Last year there was quite a cutback in sales tax and that was something that was planned for,” he said. “But again, we had at one time thought that we would be down as much as 11 million, and I think it’s pretty good that we’re only down about four

million.” After reviewing the county’s economic performance, Snyder advocated a change in the county’s fund balance policy. The fund balance represents how much cash is left after revenues have been deposited and expenses paid. The county is currently at 10% for the general fund unassigned fund balance, meaning that 10% of the total general fund is not designated to a specific purpose. Citing the Government Finance Officers Association (GOFA), Snyder recommended that the county maintain an unrestricted fund balance of ”no less than two months of regular general fund operating revenues.” For the county, this minimum percentage of the fund balance designated as unrestricted would amount to 16.7%. Using this as guidance, Snyder proposed changing it from its current 10% to 18%23%. According to Snyder’s calculation, this policy change would place the projected 2022 unrestricted fund balance between $36 million and $46 million, as opposed to $20 million under the current 10% policy. Legislator Martha Robertson took issue with placing the recommended range “so far above the 16.7%” minimum percentage recommended by GOFA. Additionally, she shared her concerns that a $10

million spread in the unassigned fund balance unnecessarily complicates the policy choice. Without adequate justification for the 18-23% recommendation, she recommended a range of 16-18%. “We did have an initial conversation at [Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee] about the policy, and as I remember, then there also was no reason given for 23[%],” she said. “...Having a $10 million spread makes it difficult to figure out where we should be aiming to land.” In response, Snyder said, “it needs to come up from 10% to something else. Ten percent is just not adequate.” Other legislators were more receptive to a proposed increase. Even though legislator Richard John agreed that the public “needs some justification” for the 23%, he used the example of the pandemic experience as reason to increase the unassigned fund balance. “We just went through a tremendous crisis, and governments all over our country struggled in ways that we were able to respond to,” he said. “We did not lack for any resource in responding to the pandemic because we had our fund balance where it was that we were prepared financially for that crisis. And that was well more than 18%.” continued on page 7


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aving watched numerous dragon boat races, and having seen the power and grace and synchronicity of the paddlers, and felt the thumping beat of the drums, it was quite a contrast. A lone man sat in an empty boat, using a repurposed laundry detergent bottle to bail out a few inches of rainwater. “You’d be surprised how much difference a few gallons of water can make,” Matt Oliver told me. “Especially if we’re on rough water.” I asked Matt if he was the Ithaca Dragon Boat Club’s “new kid on the block,” so to speak. “No, this is my fourth summer,” he offered, looking 28–Augu s t

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rather zen as he settled into the rythym of bailing water. Asked what he did in his “other life,” Matt said he works for Ursa Space Systems, and “Coming

here three days a week for an hour-and-a-half is a great way to get on the lake, and it has helped me connect with other paddle sport people like kayak-

ers, members of the outrigger club and the S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddleboard) folks.” continued on page 10


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Inlet Island proposal receives lukewarm response from PEDC

thaca’s Planning and Economic Development Committee got its first chance to discuss the proposal for Inlet Island after the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency chose Finger Lakes Development as the preferred proposal. Finger Lakes Development, led by developer Steve Flash, proposed two separate buildings, one with 50-56 affordable housing units serving a range of 30-120% of area median income ($18,000-$72,000), and one with 78-90 units for extended stays, called a “hometel.” Reviews were mixed from committee members, with most liking some aspects while not liking others. Committee Chair Seph Murtagh said he likes that Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) is involved, and he likes that the affordable housing ensures equitable waterfront development. However, in addition to the evergreen concerns of parking, he said he was also concerned with the lack of active ground floor uses in the proposal. “If there are no active uses on the ground floor, there won’t be a lot of reasons for people to visit the place,” Murtagh said. “I do have a concern that […] if there’s not something to draw people there, nobody will go [to the green spaces proposed].” Committee member Laura

Lewis echoed his sentiments. She said she can imagine hospital employees or teachers living on Inlet Island, but shared the concern about lack of active ground floor use, and asked Flash if adding that was a possibility. “We would certainly be open to it,” he said. “We do have the draw of people who want to watch the boats in the flood control channel, but sure we would be glad to have some commercial space.” Alderperson George McGonigal agreed and said it’s a perfect location for an ice cream shop or modestly priced restaurant for people leaving Cass Park. Another concern throughout the process, brought up by Lewis this time, has been the size of the buildings. “I wonder if you could comment on the possibility of reducing, somewhat, the size,” Lewis said. “Right now [both buildings] are projected at five stories […] and there has been concern and questions about the size of the buildings.” Flash said that reducing the building size isn’t out of the question entirely, but that it does depend on finding a balance between size and financial feasibility. “Size is generated by the demands placed upon the building,” he said. “We have to pay for [environmental contamination] clean-up, we have to pay

for the foundations. There has to be a give and take. This is a balance, but could there be a different balance?” McGonigal also said he thinks the project is too big, and said he thinks INHS has the skills to find different funding sources to build a smaller project. Joe Bowles, the director of real estate development for INHS, said they have similar financial constraints. “Fifty units feels not too large, but could we do 35 units? What does it cost and can we get the financing put together?” Bowles said. “That’s not a specific answer, but I’m saying what [Flash] said. We have to get into it to figure that out, but we’d certainly look into it if that’s the direction people wanted to go.” Committee member Stephen Smith, however, said he takes no issue with the size. “Looking at these pictures these seem like reasonably sized buildings, especially to get so much housing,” he said. “It’s not that dramatic and if we can create more affordable housing in such a nice location, I feel like we should do that. We should give people in our community a nice, affordable place to live.” Committee member Cynthia Brock expressed a lack of excitement toward the project overall. “There are so many benefits

of Inlet Island, the potential is amazing,” she said. “And [this project] lacks the imagination to take advantage of that potential and that’s what seems like such a missed opportunity.” She pointed out that the housing units don’t take advantage of the lake views and instead face away from it. “It could just go a little bit farther to satisfy and exemplify all the wonderful things we have here in Ithaca,” she said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity and we could get there with a little more work. There’s a tremendous amount of development and traffic fatigue from residents and to go through this process and bring forth a city recommended project, I think there needs to be significant value to say this is worth it. It’s almost there but it’s not there yet.” Director of Planning JoAnn Cornish reminded the committee that they weren’t voting on the specific details and design of this plan, but the overall concept. If Finger Lakes Development is approved by Common Council as the preferred developer, the design plans will still have to go through the normal planning process. With that in mind, the committee voted to send the plan on to Council. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

Downs The air quality has been poor and hazy at times during the past week as devastating fires rage out west and in Canada.

HEARD&SEEN Heard The jazz scene has been hoppin’ at Brews and Brats (pun intended?) in Trumansburg. If you missed Dave Richman last Sunday, head over to see Dean Hendrix and the Hang Dog Saints on Friday night, 6-8 p.m. Seen Residents near 200 First St. came home on July 25 to find a bullet hole through the wooden frame of one of their windows. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information should call Ithaca Police at 607-330-0000. If you care to respond to something in this column, or suggest your own grievances or praise, write, with a subject head “U&D.”


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Washington, DC and eleven other states: Delaware, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky in mid May. Birds in these states started showing the unusual symptoms about a week later. “The distribution of states where this spontaneously popped up was an exact match for the cicada emergence map, and it is a very strange distribution of states for this kind

of outbreak,” Bunton said. “It was Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and then it moved over to Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana but it completely skipped New York and the rest of New England. That is an exact replica of the cicada map.” Researchers such as Bunton believe that the ingestion of the cicadas could have had toxic effects on the birds. It is possible that individuals sprayed the cicadas with pesticides, which have chemicals that affect the brains of birds and

could have caused the neurological symptoms. Cicadas also carry fungi that can produce toxins when ingested which could have also produced the illness in the birds. The decline in cases corresponds with the retreat of the cicadas. Although researchers will continue to monitor the situation, Bunton expressed that the outbreak should not be a cause of alarm. The diminishing outbreak does not pose any safety threats to humans, nor does it threaten the stability of the various songbird species. “This seems not to have

been something that was going to travel and have a really significant impact,” Bunton said. “But we are very thankful that people are paying attention. This is exactly what we need to have happen when we see things in wildlife that are concerning.” Faith Fisher is a reporter from The Cornell Daily Sun working on The Sun’s inaugural summer fellowship at The Ithaca Times.

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he Cliff Street Retreat has received “Conditional Approval” for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 407 Cliff Street. A PUD allows a developer to come before Council and propose new sitespecific zoning, and is expected to demonstrate that their proposal provides community benefits that justify not being bound by existing zoning. The majority of the east side of Cliff Street is zoned R3a —which allows the owner the right to 1st Ward Alderperson Cynthia Brock develop 4 stories, 40’ high, high-density housing. Bed and Breakfast Inns are allowed by special

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permit in R3a. The property is currently a non-conforming (grandfathered) manufacturing/ industrial site. It could stay as-is and continue to be used for manufacturing/ industrial, or the building could be torn down and an apartment complex could be built (the current 22’ tall building with 28% lot coverage could be demolished and a new apartment complex be built 40’ tall to cover 35% of the site). continued on page 7

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.’s daughter starts at Binghamton University this year and they are busy planning the trip there. A. is a bit nervous about it, as she often is about driving to new places. It’s not so much the driving itself (although she never really learned to like driving, a city kid who didn’t get her license until late) but the directions. She gets agitated, if not actually panicky, when lost or disoriented. Of course there is GPS, but it’s not the same as actual familiarity. A. doesn’t know Binghamton at all, despite four undergraduate years nearby at Cornell. Ithaca was like a bubble for her then, or a pod, to which she came from the Bronx, then went back, as the academic calendar dictated. What lay between was just time and abstract distance rather than real places. It will be easier for her daughter than it was for her. Most things are. This is something she tries never to say, nor even think, although the former is sometimes difficult and the latter almost impossible. She considers herself successful if she doesn’t dwell upon it, which honestly she doesn’t. She is happy and satisfied beyond measure for the advantages she has provided her daughter. When A. came to Cornell there was no family car. She was entirely prepared, at least in her mind, to take a bus with a couple of suitcases. She didn’t have much to bring anyway. But the real issue was the emotional one of making the trip alone. Her parents wanted that less than she did. After some doing her father announced that a friend from work would lend them his car. In preparation her father studied maps. He had never driven upstate. He joked that there might be no people to get directions from, only cows and horses, plus he might get snow blind. The maps were fine until reaching Ithaca. The highways were big clear lines with numbers, easy to align with a general sense of direction (go north, go west), but on paper the city streets were small and jumbled. The family ended up lost downtown (A. still doesn’t know how they missed the campus), but eventually saw signs for a Visitors Center and stopped there. A staffer directed them up the hill and wished them luck. “I guess Cornell is a hard place to get to,” he said, and A. remembers thinking “You said it,” but not whether she said it out loud. When A. was applying to colleges her parents told her to choose anywhere she

wanted and not worry about money, that they would get it. She knew this was a baseless hope but a sincere commitment and she appreciated and loved them for it. Along with Cornell and two other schools she applied to Binghamton, which was called SUNY Binghamton then as a state school. She knew it would be a cheaper option than a private school, but in the end it didn’t matter. Cornell gave her aid, loans and a job that made the cost the same. A. had given the same directive to her daughter. The promise would be easier to keep for A. than for her parents. Ultimately her daughter chose Binghamton and told A. it was her first choice. A. asked if she was thinking about money

and her daughter admitted she was, in part, but wasn’t that part of a true first choice? A. appreciated and loved her for that, and consented when she was sure this was her daughter’s real wish. A.’s parents hadn’t wanted to return home the same day after bringing her to Ithaca, getting back to the Bronx in the dark, her father an inexperienced driver, her mother an inexpert navigator, neither of them with very good English. By the time they secured a car and could plan things it was too late to find a room in Ithaca, but they got one in Elmira. Her mother said it was just as well because they didn’t want to linger, they wanted A. to get started on her new life. Not until years later did her mother tell her it took them a while to drive away after saying goodbye, for crying. A. is not planning to stay overnight after bringing her daughter to Binghamton. It’s an easier trip for her than her parents had. In considering the lives of the three generations, she does not mind dwelling upon that.

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After receiving “approval in concept” the developer may begin the site plan review process based on the following elements: •Residential Development—13 onebedroom units, for short and long term rental. •Office Space—3,438 SF of area, divided into approximately 6 offices, a break room, and 2 meeting rooms. •Retail Space — 3,900 SF total, potentially divided into 1-6 separate spaces. •Light Industrial Spaces— 2 “maker spaces” at 1,200 SF each. •The lobby and lounge area are approximately 2,000 SF, with an 840 SF conference room. As with all development projects, resolution of design issues and environmental review under SEQR will be conducted through the Planning Board, allowing for community input to address anticipated noise and traffic issues. As a PUD, the project must come back to Common Council for final approval. The developers putting this idea forward are local, and they are using a

respected local architectural firm to help create their plans. We like that the existing building, which recently housed Incodema, and before that, Kohler Machine, will be retained and reused. It is not going to end up in the Seneca Meadows Landfill, and it won’t be replaced by a four-story apartment building. We also appreciate that the combination of uses and space reserved for each may change. For example, if someone wants to set up shop and needs a larger makerspace, that can be accommodated. The possibility of creating space for skilled, well-paying employment is important for our city. Landscaping, a new exterior, along with bicycle and bus amenities will support the residential component and small scale businesses and transform this former factory site into an inviting space that all can enjoy. And, there is plenty of time for the public, including nearby neighbors, to weigh in this proposal. Comments can be made to Common Council members, to the City of Ithaca’s Planning and Development Department, and to the Planning Board. We encourage the community to become engaged in the process.

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Legislator Mike Lane agreed with John. Forecasting future problems like pandemics and natural disasters, he welcomed an increase to 18% - 23%. “We’re going to get something more in the future, whether it’s another pandemic or whether it’s a flood, or whether it’s an ice storm, which will do a lot of expensive damage to our county,” he said. “Let’s be there and be able to react to it without panicking our population as to what they’re going to have to pay in taxes at that time, compared to what they need to spend on their own families and their own properties to recover from whatever happens.” Discussions about the unassigned fund balance policy are still in a nascent stage, and it will continue to be a topic in future meetings. Snyder’s presentation, which will be available on the county’s website, culminated with the unanimous passage of the resolution for the Acceptance of Audited Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2020. Acting County Administrator Lisa Holmes presented next, focusing on current vaccination rates and other COVIDrelated numbers. Of the 18 and over population in the county, about 76% of individuals have had at least one dose. The total county population statistic stands at about 68%. Some legislators asked for updates on the prevalence of the delta variant in the county. While the health department does not yet have specific data on the delta variant, Holmes shared that most cases within the county come predominantly from

travel or household contact. In other COVID-related updates, Health Director Frank Kruppa announced that New York State has received approximately $2.6 million in federal funds for testing students in grades pre-K through 12. The health department has been working with local school districts and have come up with a three-pronged approach to testing. The first prong deals with symptomatic children, and it would provide testing to the student at school prior to returning home should they become symptomatic that day. This would remove barriers for individuals that struggle with access to testing. The second prong entails surveillance testing that districts can opt into. Finally, the third prong involves the launch of a telemedicine pilot program to include telemedicine capabilities within local schools. In other economic news, County Attorney Jonathan Wood gave the legislators a brief update on the opioid lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson. Tompkins County is a claimant in both, and while Wood said the county can expect to receive compensation from the settlements, the amount remains unclear. The legislature will convene in the Legislature Chambers again on August 17 at 5:30 p.m. Faith Fisher is a reporter from The Cornell Daily Sun working on The Sun’s inaugural summer fellowship at The Ithaca Times. -Fa i t h Fish e r


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YOUR LETTERS Concerns about hypersonic missile capability


’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to nuclear weapons (with or without these,) and perhaps likewise even poison gas. If there is a chance of conquest by China, Iran, or North Korea — or a chance of destruction by any of those countries or by Russia, we need a freeze on new missiles and/or weapons of those sorts; there should be immediate inspection of any suspicious sites in order to verify this. (If they don’t fear a second strike, or would furnish to terrorists, we need to have them dismantle what they already have — again with immediate inspection.) Perhaps the way to do this is by offering and/or establishing increased trade while threatening increased sanctions, with the spread wide enough so that they won’t want to chance our missing any of the sites. (For Russia, we might also try diplomacy like a NATO invitation. Alternatvely, increased economic ties might forestall destruction. For North Korea, perhaps we might also give them a choice between de-nuclearizing the Korean peninsula or putting enough arms in South Korea and nearby to destroy them.) Perhaps we can bring about human rights, such as freedom of religion; and perhaps we can get China to stop supporting North Korea if nothing else works with the latter. -Alvin Blake, Ithaca, NY

Re: Vonnegut column


n Stephen Burke’s column on Kurt Vonnegut, “Vonnegut: Stuck in Time?” in the July 14 – 20 issue, he writes: “Vonnegut died in 2007. Even his biggest fans would acknowledge that his best work was far behind him. The last of his 14 novels was published in 1997.” I would argue that Vonnegut’s greatest work was “A Man Without a Country”, published in 2006, his last book published in his lifetime. (And there have been several jaw-dropping posthumous books.) I fondly remember being in the Autumn Leaves bookstore on the Ithaca Commons once, when my friend Mike Garland, a comic book colorist, pointed to a copy of “A Man Without a Country” and muttered, “This IS the greatest book ever written.” -Warren Greenwood, Ithaca, N.Y. Ju ly

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o-called news media recently blasted us with images of two billionaires who boasted of opening opportunities for handfuls of other super-wealthy folks to purchase 3 minutes of time floating on the edges of outer space, wherein they would “gain greater perspectives of planet earth.” Will these perspectives include the 26 million persons - half of them children - living in refugee camps, or the untold millions who have or likely will soon die from COVID-19 due to lack of medical facilities and vaccines? In contrast, through the generosity of local and regional Rotary Clubs, a primary school in Uganda has recently established a digital learning center and installed solar power, thereby enabling teachers and students to acquire digital literacy skills and access educational resources. So, instead of congratulating these new selfproclaimed “astronauts,” we cannot help but wonder what enormous humanitarian benefits could have been achieved by a small fraction of these billions of dollars to support good health, quality education, and access to clean energy for others, whose perspectives are focused more on down-to-earth issues, like survival. -Drew and Gertrude Noden, Ithaca, NY

Support the Keeping Girls in School Act It’s quite shocking to see the numbers. Across the globe, 132 million girls are not enrolled in school. Furthermore, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, 743 million girls have seen disruption in their education. The United States has the ability to make a difference with The Keeping Girls in School Act. This bill would empower girls all around the world by increasing educational opportunities and economic security. Girls ages 10-19 are, in fact, three times more likely than boys to be kept out of school, especially in countries affected by conflict. In addition, when girls reach adolescence, they are at a high risk of dropping out due to forced marriage, pregnancy, or family pressure. As the most powerful nation on earth, we must do substantially more to help the lives of women and children across the globe. Doing so would better national security and benefit economies all around the world. I’m contacting Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand and urging them to support the Keeping Girls in School Act. I hope you will too. -Alek Mehta, Ithaca, NY

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EPIDEMIC MEETS PANDEMIC Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services had to adjust its programming as it dealt with restrictions due to the pandemic — the very thing that made addiction recovery that much harder. By Ta n n e r H a r di ng Navigating a pandemic isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s proven to be exceptionally difficult for those battling addiction and those helping them. Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS) offers outpatient addiction treatment and opioid treatment program services at their State Street location in Ithaca. The outpatient program offers in-person and telehealth individual and small group addiction counseling, as well as medication assisted treatment. The opioid treatment program provides on-site medication assisted treatment dosing (methadone primarily, as well as suboxone) and addiction counseling services. CARS also runs a 60bed men’s residential rehabilitation facility in Trumansburg. That facility has an onsite nursing department, addiction, mental health, vocational and recreational counseling, and is a 24/7 facility. Additionally, despite delays caused by the pandemic, CARS is expecting to open a women’s residential facility in 2022. It will be 25 beds and on the same property as the men’s.

During the pandemic, the outpatient services were quickly forced to go virtual. Telehealth became an option for treatment providers in the state because of the pandemic, but critical on-site visits were still possible, though quite limited. According to Brad Walworth, the CARS communications manager, on-site medication dosing meant that the opioid treatment program continued on-site, but they were able to provide more flexibility for take-home doses. Telehealth has proven to be a rare positive gleaned from the pandemic, Walworth said. “We will continue to offer telehealth,” he said. “For people who don’t live in close enough proximity to treatment it’s much more accessible.” He added that it enabled people with transportation or childcare challenges, who may otherwise have difficulty accessing services, another option for treatment. It’s also a way to offer help to those who may not feel comfortable coming back on-site yet, for whatever reason.

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“The more accessible we can make our services for people in need, the better,” Walworth said. However, despite the positives of telehealth, there are some drawbacks. “On-site counseling is optimal for many people,” Walworth said. “It provides a more natural connection and possibly more opening up during counseling. It provides a better sense of how things are going for people. Counselors can pick up on things affecting their clients that may not be as obvious over the phone or Zoom. Some of that can be lost through telehealth.” Having limited on-site services also affected the ability to form relationships, something Walworth said is critical for many people in recovery. “It’s one thing when you’re working with people right there, and another when you’re disconnected like that,” he said. “Programs all over the state noticed that, because of the pandemic response, it really ended up keeping a lot of people unintentionally away from treatment.” However, overall, Walworth said telehealth is something they will be happily retaining. “It’s great for access,” he said. “It’s one of those things that should have been out there all along. The more accessibility, the

more people will take serious consideration and pursue treatment.” In addition to the logistical struggles of seeking recovery during the pandemic, there were also many other factors that added to the difficulty. “The challenge during the pandemic with a lot being closed down, but liquor stores being open, is for a lot of people with addiction and trauma history the use of substances is a way of self-medicating trauma,” Walworth said. The fact that people were so isolated during the pandemic also made recovery harder. “It’s the exact opposite of what people should do,” Walworth said. “They’re away from support groups and systems, away from counseling, away from treatment centers. A lot of people with opioid use disorder are using medication for treatment, so they might also be away from medication assisted treatment.” And that’s to say nothing of the stress generally associated with such a severe public health crisis. Walworth added that people were coping the best they could, but for many in recovery it was “really terrible.” And this struggle was a trend nationwide, with 93,000 people lost to overdoses in the United States in 2020 — a record

high and up 29% from the year previous. In Tompkins County, there were 19 overdose deaths in 2020. “It may not seem huge when you’re looking at 90,000 nationwide, but we’re a small county,” Walworth said. “And any one of those is too many.” Addiction, and specifically the opioid epidemic, has been a growing issue for years now. According to Walworth, only two people died from overdoses in 2007, and it wasn’t until 2011 that the county hit double digits with 15. “Between 2007 and 2020 there were only two years that had more than 19 overdose deaths,” Walworth said. In 2016 it was 21 and in 2017 it was 22. Walworth called the fact 2020 was the third highest in 2020 “kind of concerning.” He does think the struggles of the pandemic played into the high number of overdose deaths, but he also thinks a lot of the responsibility lies with fentanyl. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It’s highly addictive and is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The CDC said most cases of fentanylrelated overdose and death are linked to illegally made fentanyl sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It’s often mixed with heroin or cocaine as a combination product —with or without the user’s knowledge. “There’s more and more fentanyl in other substances,” Walworth said. “It’s being mixed more and more just because it’s cheap and it’s very powerful. But it’s also very deadly. People who are getting substances think they’re getting one thing, and if it’s laced with something more powerful it’s horrific.” Walworth said pharmaceutical companies played a big role in the opioid crisis in the United States and in fact, at the July 20 County Legislature meeting, county attorney Jonathan Wood told legislators that Tompkins County will receive compensation as part of settlements from opioid-related lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson. When the CARS opioid treatment program began in January 2020, it was capped

B r a d Wa lw o r t h , C o m m u n i c at i o n s M a n ag e r C ay u g a A d d i c t i o n R e c o v e r y S e r v i c e s ( P h o t o : C a s e y M a r t i n) at 50 people. But now there are more than 100 receiving services. Another struggle for those battling addiction during the pandemic was the reduced functioning of the court system. Walworth said many CARS patients are

“That’s often the initial catalyst [for seeking help],” he said. “For many people being unemployed or working from home or courts not being as active, there was a lot of screening that wasn’t being done.” He said they’re starting to see a rever-

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things are continuing to open, so it’s hard to tell where everything is going,” he said. “We’re just increasing the service delivery now, and it’s hard to tell when things are going to plateau.” Walworth does think there could possibly be another spike this fall after the extended unemployment benefits expire. “Obviously more people will be looking for jobs and that’s probably going to result in a lot more people going into treatment,” he said. “Most of the providers on state advocacy calls are concerned that following the pandemic the need is going to show up more and more and more, and we’re going to keep getting busier. Hopefully it won’t create too much stress on the system.” However, Walworth said CARS doesn’t want people to worry about overloading the system and that getting connected with a treatment service is critical. “Get a needs assessment and get a sense of what your needs are,” he said. He added that taking that first step and making a call is the hardest part. “Just take that step, there will more than likely be someone there to meet them where they are,” he said. “It’s a big community of help and it’s out there. We’re here, other providers in town are here, there are a lot of people who are really serious about helping.” After getting involved with a treatment center, Walworth encourages those with addiction struggles to take full advantage of that connection. “Get a mentor, get a sponsor, be involved with community programs and groups,” he said. “As many resources as you can connect with, it’ll benefit you that much more.” He also mentioned that confidentiality should not be a concern for those who want to seek help. “We’re not able to tell other people that they’re coming here,” Walworth said. “The confidentiality laws in place are so strong, and intentionally so. People should understand you can safely contact us and we’re required to keep things quiet.” Contact the CARS State Street outpatient office at 607-273-1277, the men’s facility in Trumansburg at 607-273-5500, or through their website at

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It took Matt some time to complete his bailing task, as the dragon boats are 12 meters long, and they weigh 1,500 pounds. Each boat features ten seats on which two paddlers sit side by side, and there is still enough room for the drummer and the steerperson, who sits at the stern and uses an eight-foot oar as a rudder. As Matt and I talked, more paddlers showed up for the Monday practice, and I noticed that some had an extra swagger in their step. Several members of the club (which is part of the Ithaca Asian-American Association) had just returned from The Cooper River Dragon Boat Festival in

New Jersey where, as proudly proclaimed by the club’s Facebook page, “We won this Big Ass medal for fastest time, and a silver for 2nd place in combined times!” While the sport was born 2,000 years ago, the Ithaca Dragon Boat Club was founded in 2004 by Siv Somchanhmavong, who brought the sport to Ithaca together with his wife, Amy; the two are still the head coaches. With the recent acquisition of two new boats — “Taughannock” and “Osprey” — the club now has four boats, and when I visited on Monday, I was steered toward one of the club’s longstanding members. I asked Surya Saha if he was in charge, and he replied, “No, we’re all just basically paddlers.” Surya said, “I got involved 10 years ago,

when I came to Cornell. I took part in the Dragon Boat Festival and I got hooked, as being on the lake is one of the best parts of living in Ithaca.” He added, “I appreciate the fact that we are as diverse a group of people as you will find,” and pointed out that the club “has members from [ages] 15 to close to 70, we draw a mix of abilities, and we are a cross-section of people from all over the region.” Surya also conveyed that the club “takes pride in the fact that we are based in a small town, but we are successful at the big festivals against clubs from New York City, Boston and Philadelphia.” (Prior to the pandemic, the Ithaca Dragon Boat Club had the experience of a lifetime, competing in the finals in Trinidad and Tobago.)

The size of the boats makes transporting them prohibitive, so the host club provides them for the festivals. There are several distances, and I asked Surya what times the paddlers aim for at each distance. He replied, “In the 200-meter sprints, we try to finish in about 1 minute, and our recent winning time was 1:03.” The next distance is a 500-meter race, and Saha said, “We try to finish in around 2:15,” and for the grueling 2,000-meter event, “We try to finish in 11 to 12 minutes.” Surya and the rest of the group are looking forward to the next festival — The Independence Dragon Boat Festival in Philadelphia — and they will continue to train for the mid-August event. With an active membership base of 25-30 paddlers who show up regularly, the group can pull together competitors to show up and put forth a good showing. Those interested in getting involved might be encouraged by these words on the club’s Facebook page: “The IDBC is an all-inclusive club with no experience needed to join! We are a fun and friendly team of all ages that enjoys spending time on Ithaca’s beautiful Cayuga Lake waters. Whether you’re looking to be part of a competitive team or just want to have fun on the water, there is a place for you and your friends.” B y S t e v e L aw r e n c e A r t s

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The Hangar successfully debuts ‘Sweeney Todd’ as its third show of the summer


By Barbara Adams

or its third musical this summer, the Hangar Theatre has turned from tender young romance to dismal mayhem in its excellent production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Set in London in the mid-1800s, this twisted tale chronicles injustice and revenge, defined by Todd’s macabre message of social dysfunction: “The history of the world, my sweet, is who gets eaten and who gets to eat!” The story: A ruthless judge exiles a “naïve young barber” to Australia on trumped-up charges so that he may ravish the man’s wife; years later, Benjamin Barker returns, bent on vengeance. Calling himself Sweeney Todd, he moves into a flat above Mrs. Lovett’s meat pie shop and resumes his old profession –– only now the customers will end up in the pies. In Todd’s tortured mind, he’s convinced “all people deserve to die: the rich to be punished

for their corruption, and the poor to be relieved of their misery.” The perverse and horrific narrative is larger than life, in large part because Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics and Hugh Wheeler’s book are unforgettable. (The show’s 1979 debut earned the Tony Award for best musical, book, and score.) Here, Sanaz Ghajar ably directs a cast of 12 on the outdoor stage (set by Diggle) –– just two minimalist platforms, backed by a dirty tile wall, under a huge marquee sign blaring “MEAT.” The multiple bulbs glow blue, flashing to red when the action gets gory. Marika Kent’s lighting washes a rich purple over dramatic moments, and a flat chute onstage cascades with “blood” –– Mrs. Lovett pouring bucket after bucket down it. The partners in crime dominating the action are splendidly embodied by two highly credited actors: Nik Walker (seen here previously in “Rent” and “Man of La Mancha”) and Donna Lynne Champlin. Walker is perfectly cast: vocally rich, he’s also tall and imposing, his very presence electric. What’s especially nuanced is how sympathetic he appears at first, then shifting to frightening ferocity once the madness consumes him. Mrs. Lovett is this dark musical’s main comic relief: a slatternly woman not above putting pussycats into her disgusting pies (so it’s just a practical move to grinding up the barber’s victims; “desperate times call for desperate measures,” Todd advises). Champlin

has great energy, voice, and comic chops; she wears a flouncy half-dress on her backside (the most amusing of Sarita Fellows’ costumes) and is absurdly upbeat in contrast to Todd’s grim gloom. The first act ends on a buoyant music-hall style number, with the duo singing “A Little Priest,” a display of Sondheim’s brilliant patter wordplay. “Have a little priest.” – “Is it really good?” – “Sir, it’s too good, at least! Then again, they don’t commit sins of the flesh. So it’s pretty fresh.” – “Awful lot of fat.” – “Only where it sat.” And their banter continues, as she offers up poets and politicians, sailors and tailors. The second act rumbles to the awful conclusion. Anthony, the young sailor who befriended Todd on their voyage home, has found and fallen in love with Todd’s daughter, Johanna, the Judge’s ward. As the budding lovers, Nathan Karnick and Kyla Stone are expressive and compelling, with fine voices. Aided by a sanctimonious beadle — aka legal pimp (Vincent Davis) — the Judge (Justin Lee Miller) secrets Johanna into a mental asylum until he can marry her. Anthony comes to her rescue, unaware Todd is using her as bait to lure the judge to his barber shop. Deception and hypocrisy abound everywhere, and the condemnation of humanity drowns out even the tenderest love songs. Earlier we saw Pirelli (Andrew Arrow), an Irishman passing as Italian, selling his “miracle elixir.” His scrub Tobias –– an irrepressible, dynamic Joe Montoya –– touts the cure (“piss!” Todd insists) in a lively number (Ben Hobbs, choreography). But once Todd dispatches Pirelli, Tobias, all unaware, starts working for Mrs. Lovett. The only one here pure of heart, he eventually ends up the mad avenging angel. Musical director Simone Allen’s six-person orchestra, onstage, supports the singers, who come through clearly via Sun Hee Kil’s sound system, though the occasional mic is still muted. Intermission could definitely be much shorter (especially as nights grow chill) for this three-hour event. But these are minor concerns –– this outstanding production earned a rousing standing ovation on opening night. With Walker and Champlin leading the fray, supported by a talented cast, this “Sweeney Todd” is one musical you’ll be pleasurably haunted by.

Hangar Theatre “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Sanaz Ghajar, at the Hangar Theatre. With Nik Walker and Donna Lynne Champlin. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Through August 7. Tickets at 607-273-2787 or Barbara Adams, a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College.

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Q&A: Summer of Sleaze

Ithaca Fantastik’s Andrew Summers talks about the ‘Summer of Sleaze’ at Cinemapolis By Br yan VanC ampe n


n the last months before lockdown, some of the most fun nights I had were events at Cinemapolis curated and presented by Ithaca Fantastik. Now they’re back with a new series of flicks titled “Summer of Sleaze.” I spoke to Ithaca Fantastik’s Andrew Summers about the films being shown over the next several weeks, so mark your calendars accordingly. Andrew Summers: The series is booked through the American Genre Film Archive, and the next one up is “Def By Temptation” (1990) on August 7. [The sole directorial effort of child actor James Bond III, the film stars Kadeem Hardison and Samuel L. Jackson; the story concerns two young Black men who become

involved in a series of mysterious homicides.] Ithaca Times: This reminds me of my days reading Fangoria magazine. It might have played at Cornell Cinema. AS: That was really my goal here, to try to find stuff that, if it played here, it was a long, long time ago. “Def By Temptation” is predominantly a Black production with a Black director and an entirely Black cast with a lot of people that you would recognize if you watched TV

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from that era. It definitely fits our sleazy, drive-in vibe. It’s the only straight-ahead horror film in the series. IT: What’s next? AS: Next up, on August 21, is “The Big Doll House” (1970), from [director] Jack Hill, which is very exciting. IT: I’ve always wanted to see that. AS: I hadn’t seen it all the way through for the last few years, but I’ve always been aware of the Roger Corman “women in prison” pictures. IT: That was one of New World Pictures’ early big hits. AS: What Roger Corman did really well was inject transgressive elements into what were otherwise standard genre pictures. Which is why in “The Big Doll House’’ you have a subplot about guerillas living in the mountains outside the prison that are interacting with the prisoners. There’s a bigger story about revolution. This is the first real starring role for Pam Grier.

I’m kind of excited about programming it for that reason alone, because she’s such a huge exploitation icon. IT: Just ask Quentin Tarantino. In his autobiography, Corman said that when one of the theater owners in New Orleans saw the box office numbers, he lit a candle in church to the success of the film. What’s next? AS: Next up, September 4, we have “Bloodstone” [A priceless ruby ends up in the possession of two coiffed newlyweds.]. It’s kind of an Indiana Jones-Allan Quatermain knock-off and an Indian coproduction. It’s sort of a crossover between Bollywood and European genre films. We’d love to show more Indian films, there’s a lot of very wild stuff coming out of that part of the world. IT: I wish I had a patent on the word “problematic” for your screening of Abel Ferrara’s “Ms. 45” (1981) on September 18. [Zoë Tamerlis becomes a serial killer after being raped twice in one day.] I saw that in its initial run. AS: This is one that people have been asking about for a long time. How did you like it back then? IT: I loved it. Tamerlis gives a very continued on page 14


Turn toward the worldly

Painter Suzanne Onodera uses family history, real-life struggles as inspiration By Ar thur W hit m an


he American artist Philip Guston (1913-1980) remains prescient in many ways — not least of all as a model for some of the promises and perils of engaging sociopolitical concerns in contemporary painting. A lifelong leftist and a Social Realist during the Great Depression, Guston became known, early postwar, as a painter of ethereal abstractions. Caught up in the struggles of the ‘60s, he had second thoughts. “What kind of man am I,” he later reflected, “sitting at home, reading magazines, going into a frustrated fury about everything and then going into my studio to adjust a red to a blue?” It’s easy to picture local painter Suzanne Onodera (1964-) facing a similar dilemma. A native Californian, active in Ithaca for a decade, Onodera is known for her lush abstract landscape oils about as far from social “relevance” as one might imagine. But the elegance of her familiar style belies a long-time involvement in punk

and activist subcultures. With the rise in anti-Asian bigotry in the era of Trump and COVID-19, it’s unsurprising to see her work take a tentative turn toward the worldly. Her July show at CAP ArtSpace remains up through August 1. “After the War: Paintings by Suzanne Onodera” features watercolors and altered photographs addressing Japanese-American wartime internment through her family history. Most of the work here has been completed since the beginning of the pandemic. The series is ongoing and one hopes to see her develop it further. A section of the artist’s website ( contains carefully researched annotations for several of the pieces here as well as additional materials. This is an intelligent use of the internet as gallery resource: more so than any ersatz “virtual exhibition.” We learn of her family history

Shade by Suzanne Onodera (Watercolor 30x22 2021)

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of the supernatural like “The Beyond” but also elements of Giallo. It’s got a really wild cast: Lance Henriksen, John Huston, Franco Nero from the “Django” series. It’s in the psychedelic tradition of cinema like “El Topo.”

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tough but nuanced performance, and not many films with a female lead are so tough-minded and hard-hitting. It definitely prepared me for Ferrara’s “Bad Lieutenant.” AS: Abel Ferrara’s a good example of someone who blends arthouse elements with the exploitation grindhouse elements. It’s this crossover between arthouse films and genre films. IT: Then you wrap things up with “The Visitor” (1979) on September 25. [An intergalactic warrior joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl and her pet hawk.] AS: It’s probably our weirdest and wildest. It’s very hard to qualify. It has elements

Ithaca Fantastik (All shows at 8 p.m. at Cinemapolis) DEF BY TEMPTATION Aug 7 THE BIG DOLL HOUSE Aug 21 BLOODSTONE Sep 4

MS. 45 Sep 18 THE VISITOR Sep 25 Recommended: “Pig” at Cinemapolis; “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” at Regal Stadium 14; “The Movies That Made Us” Season 2 on Netflix. RIP: Jackie Mason (“The Jerk,” “The Simpsons”)

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her mother’s side in California, father’s in Hawaii and their entanglements with war, migration and incarceration. Onodera is an able watercolorist, transmuting her virtuosic oil brushwork convincingly enough into a quicker, less layered method. Her large watercolors here are fluent, alternating between tightly rendered images of buildings and people and freer passages representing foliage and water. The paint is thin, mostly monochrome with an accent color playing off the dominant hue. You can sense that she is holding back

perhaps in imitation of her photographic references, perhaps out of solemnity. Absent figures, the deceptive pastorals “Orange Groves, 1940” and “Celery Fields, Decatur, MI 1945” the former a lovely evocation of Los Angeles mark a family history of forced displacement, while “Camp, Rohwer, AK” shows an aerial view of the grim prison that housed the artist’s maternal family. “Baby,” perhaps Onodera’s most memorable figure composition, shows her mother as an infant, being held by the artist’s grandfather. Other watercolors here reveal Hawaiian idylls seemingly a world away. It’s difficult to make Nisei Soldierby Suzanne sense of what the artOnodera. (Ink on paper 2021) ist is trying to do — a testament to both the personal novelty of her approach and the way painting-for-painting’s-sake and political engagement have gone separate ways in contemporary art. In Guston’s damning self-image, the “pure” painter retreats from the pressing concerns of his day to explore a hermetic space of shapes and colors. But painting retains its own intrinsic pull as it always did for Guston and most “post-medium” art-asfrom the message art seems unlikely to outlast its topical concerns. That Onodera is trying to reconcile the two streams is either brave or foolhardy. The significance and limitations of her project, as seen so far, come into greater relief when viewed alongside two series by fellow Ithaca painter Terry Plater. Plater, in recent work, uses vintage family photographs and observed and imagined upstate New York landscapes to reflect upon African-American legacies. A twopart exhibit, “Harriet’s Legacy,” is on view, through August 7, at the Schweinfurth Art Center and the Cayuga Museum of History and Art: both in nearby Auburn, NY. “Legacy” is one of the most moving local artist solo shows in some time. I hope to have more to say about it next week. Here it’s worth noting Plater’s fuller exploration of both themes: landscapes of beauty and veiled trauma on one hand; family remembrance on the other. The former, in watercolor, and the latter, in oil, achieve a parity and depth of painterly imagination that elude Onodera here.


CAP Artspace Onodera will be giving a lecture, “Silent Truths: Japanese Internment, Generational Citizenship, and American Silence” at CAP on Friday, July 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CAP Artspace is located at 110 N Tioga St. and is open Wednesday-Satuday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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‘Summer of Soul’

Cinemapolis airs the documentary that reflects on the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival By D av id Bura k

B.B. King, Mavis Staples and Mahalia Jackson, and Nina Simone (Questlove, Hulu)


urrently playing at Cinemapolis, “Summer of Soul” is a powerful documentary that showcases the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival as a celebration of Black history, culture and fashion. As this extraordinary documentary begins, we hear a lamentation from an unidentified speaker, possibly an organizer, or one of the estimated 300,000 people who attended the half dozen concerts which comprised The Harlem Cultural Festival. The events, which took place in the summer of 1969 at Mt. Morris Park, near the historic Apollo Theater, featured some of the era’s most significant contemporary artists, including Blues Master, B.B. King, 19-year-old Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, who channeled Langston Hughes with her defiant rendition of “Mr. Backlash Man,” and The 5th Dimension, which transported its predominantly Black and brown audience to the Age of Aquarius. Be that as it may, the Harlem series was overshadowed by Woodstock and the film follow up to that megaevent, which took place about 100 miles north of NYC. Many people were instrumental in the support and development of the Harlem Festival,

including Black performer and impresario Tony Lawrence and NYC’s progressive Republican Mayor, John Lindsay, as well as Rev. Jesse Jackson. Also, it’s worth noting that the confluence of artistic and spiritual performances was enhanced by the exceptional variations and collaborations among the amazing groups and individuals involved. We were carried away by the sounds of South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela. Also, one was transported by “Oh Happy Day,” which was a #1 hit for four weeks in 1969, sung by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, a religious choir clad in green robes. Along with that, there was Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria and conga drum master Ray Barreto. In addition to all the above, we see a coalescence of souls when the considerably younger Mavis Staples is asked by Gospel icon Mahalia Jackson to help her sing, “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite hymn. Major praise to documentary director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson for bringing our attention to this transcendent union of souls. On a more earthly plain, we see how, despite some initial uncertainty, both New York Police Department officers and members of the Black Panther Party were able to provide security for the concert goers and performers. Based on some degree of experience, I can attest to the fact that providing a safe environment at a cultural event —large or small —can be a formidable task. Let me segue by praising the incredible energy in Sly and the Family Stone’s profession of love for “Everyday People,” along with his closing number, in which he and his impressively diverse group let everyone know, “I Want to Take You Higher!” While both of these perspectives are genuine reflections of that era, in view of so much that has gone down since that time, the latter perspective calls for closer scrutiny than we gave it, back in the day.

Cinemapolis Summer of Soul - Showtimes Thurs-Sun. (117 min PG13) Ends Aug 5 Burak would like to thank Benjamin Bowser and Kenneth McClane for sharing their thoughts on the Harlem Cultural Festival. Both of them have had life-long relationships — personal as well as professional — with the community and cultures of Harlem, N.Y.”


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2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series Presents Rose & the Bros ft Good Dog | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons Whiskey Business | 6 p.m. | Lucas Vineyards, 3862 County Road 150 Music in the Park: Bad Alibi | 6:30 p.m. | Myers Park, Myers Road Tommy Tornado | 7 p.m. | Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court Street

7/30 Friday Grassroots Live: Jimkata & Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad | 5 p.m. | Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Rd

8/1 Sunday Bill Knowlton’s 48th Bluegrass Ramble Picnic | 10 a.m. | Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Rd

Founder’s Day Kick-off Parade and Concert | 6 p.m. | Downtown Auburn, NY Dan Forsyth & Joe Kollar (of Driftwood) w/s/g Molly Reagan & Chris Merkley | 7 p.m. | Rose Hall, 19 Church Street

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | 7:30 p.m., 7/28 Wednesday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | 7/22-8/7. Contact theater for showtimes. The macabre tale of a wronged barber in 19thcentury London who returns from exile with his blade, and a vengeance. He opens up a barbershop, conveniently located above a carnivorous meat-pie shop, and finds a memorable way to enact revenge. A Midsummer Night’s Musicale: Song and Dance for Stewart Park’s Centennial Celebration | 4 p.m., 7/30 Friday | Midsummer Stage, Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr | “A

Midsummer Night’s Musicale” will be performed on the Midsummer Stage in Ithaca’s Stewart Park on Friday, July 30, 2021, at 4 pm and again at 5:30 pm, as part of the Park’s Centennial celebration. | Free The Man With Bogart’s Face | 8 p.m., 8/5 Thursday | Trumansburg Fairgrounds Grandstand Stage, 2150 Trumansburg Road | Encore Players Community Theatre presents “The Man With Bogart’s Face,” a fast-paced, wise-cracking homage to the Golden Age of Cinema and Radio Theatre that is the perfect way to enliven a summer evening. | $10.00 The Golden Goose | 11 a.m., 8/7 Saturday | Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road | This summer, the Rev Theatre Company will tour The Golden Goose! | Free

Art Museum Book Club: Chasing Aphrodite | 4 p.m., 7/28 Wednesday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Avenue | Our summer reading series continues as Nancy Green and Maryterese Pasquale-Bowen take us on a great art-based reading adventure together. Landscape Drawing Class | 6 p.m., 7/29 Thursday | Historic Seneca County Courthouse (The Three Bears), 7175 Main Street | Come join Vanessa Varjian for a free landscape drawing class at the Three Bears in Ovid! Journey Through Time Public Tour | 8 a.m., 7/30 Friday | Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | Join us as we wander the pages of Earth’s history learning about its ever-changing life, climate, and land in our Museum’s public tour beginning at 11 am every Friday this summer. Daring to Dig Public Tour at Museum of the Earth | 10:30 a.m., 7/30 Friday | Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | Discover the many ways that women contributed to paleontology through the years. Journey Through Time Tour | 11 a.m., 7/30 Friday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Journey Through Time Tours are occurring every Friday between July 2nd and August 27th!


Stewart Park, Ithaca | Part of Stewart Park’s Centennial Celebration. A new production re-interpreting the classic Shakespeare play from a modern perspective. Admission to this event is free and open to the public, bring a lawn chair or blanket. Running time is about 40 minutes, rain date is July 31. (photo: provided)

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North Star Art Exhibition “Air Bathing” | 12 p.m., 7/30 Friday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road | Air bathing and forest bathing have been recognized as a health practice, and their depiction has become a form of expression of the human form. | Free The Gallery at South Hill exhibit of Michael Sampson paintings | 5 p.m., 7/30 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | Michael Sampson paintings abstracted from the figure. The Gallery at South Hill located at 950 Danby Road, back entrance to South Hill Business Center. Open Fridays 5-8 PM, Saturdays 2-5, and Sunday from 12-4. | Free Cayuga Arts Collective Annual Spring Show “Pop!” | 12 p.m., 8/1 Sunday | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen St | Announcing the fifth annual Cayuga Arts Collective Spring Show celebrating Pop Art and its enduring influence. Show runs Fridays & Sundays through 8/7/21. Junior Illustration Club | 10:30 a.m., 8/2 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Junior Illustration Club, for ages 11 and under, on Mondays this summer! Illustration Club | 1:30 p.m., 8/2 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Illustration Club on Mondays this summer!


Film Summertime | 5 p.m., 7/30 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, the lives of 27 young Angelenos intersect. Through poetry, they express life, love, heartache, family, home, and fear. Contact theater for additional showtimes. 2021 Movies in The Park Presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company: Godzilla vs Kong | 7 p.m., 7/30 Friday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 | Join us as we kick off the 2021 Movies in the Park Series on Friday July 30th! Movies in the Park is our annual summer movie series, hosted in Stewart Park on Friday nights in July and August. | Free No Ordinary Man | 8 p.m., 7/30 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Jazz musician Billy Tipton developed a reputable touring and recording career in the mid-twentieth century, along with his band The Billy Tipton Trio. After his death, it was revealed that Tipton was assigned female at birth. Featuring leading voices and breakout stars in the trans community, Summer of Soul | 7/31 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Showtimes Thurs-Sun. Over the course of six weeks in the summer

of 1969, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. Pig | 7/31 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | In Theater! A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped. w/ Nicolas Cage Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain | 7/31 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | In Theater! An intimate, behind-thescenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. Check website for showtimes.

Special Events Zoom: “Pershing’s Own” Army Band: Lecture by Sgt. Daniel Venora | 7 p.m., 7/28 Wednesday | Virtual, Virtual | Staff Sgt. Venora will discuss his career as a military musician, sharing his experiences as a bugler for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and participating in the Biden inauguration. Email for Zoom link. 16th Annual Golf Tourney | 11:45 a.m., 7/30 Friday | Willowbrook Golf Club | A fun Friday afternoon outing of

18 holes of golf with burgers, hotdogs and salad throughout day, prizes and more, to raise funds for a good cause. Night Sky Cruise at Allen Treman State Park | 9:30 p.m., 7/30 Friday | The late evening is a beautiful time to be on the lake. On a clear night, the stars and moon shine brightly above and are reflected in the lake’s surface. Sunday Seasonal Bounty Board | 11 a.m., 8/1 Sunday | Boundary Breaks Vineyard, 1568 Porter Covert Road | Sunday Seasonal Bounty Board at Boundary Breaks Vineyard available every Sunday from now until Columbus Day Weekend! | $28.00 Go Bowling at The Glen Weekend | 8/4 Wednesday | Watkins Glen International, 2790 County Route 16 | One of the most exciting weekends on the NASCAR calendar, the summer tradition continues as two-time defending race winner Chase Elliott tries for three consecutive wins at The Glen in 2021.

Books Farm Stand Fresh Flower Class | 6 p.m., 7/28 Wednesday | 79 US-11, Marathon, NY 13803-3705, United States | Wednesday July 28, 2021 at Exit 9 Marketplace we are hosting a class on making Farm Stand Fresh Flower Bouquets.

Zoom: “Pershing’s Own” Army Band: Lecture by Sgt. Daniel Venora | 7 p.m., 7/28 Wednesday | Virtual, Virtual | Staff Sgt. Venora will discuss his career as a military musician, sharing his experiences as a bugler for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and participating in the Biden inauguration. Email for Zoom link. True Crime Book Club | 6 p.m., 7/29 Thursday | Virtual | Read and discuss Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe, which uses four archetypes to explore four true stories of women obsessed with crime. To receive the Zoom link for participation, register at https:// Jr High Summer Book Club | 1 p.m., 7/31 Saturday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Students entering 6th-8th grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer. 2nd & 3rd grade Summer Book Club | 1 p.m., 7/31 Saturday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Children entering 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer. Webinar: How High-Energy Hummingbirds Survive-a Q&A with the Experts | 2 p.m., 8/3 Tuesday | Virtual | Hummingbirds delight with their brilliant colors and dizzying flight. But all that nonstop activity comes at a high energy cost, so how do hummers meet their calorie needs? Zoom: “Life as A Freelance Musician”--a lecture by Jenna Veverka | 7 p.m., 8/4 Wednesday | Virtual, Virtual | Jenna Veverka will share her experiences from a career of being a professional freelance musician, and will offer tips for those starting in this field..

Kids KIDDSTUFF: Stoo’s Famous Martian-American Gumbo | 10 a.m., 7/30 Friday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | Second show at noon. A young Martian moves to Earth and works with a diverse group of pals to make the ultimate MartianAmerican “special food.” Together, they celebrate the places they come from and the value of a shared meal.

Daring to Dig Tour | 1:30 p.m., 7/30 Friday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Daring to Dig Tours are occurring every Friday between July 2nd and August 27th! Tyke Tales Story Time | 6 p.m., 7/30 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm. 2nd & 3rd grade Summer Book Club | 1 p.m., 7/31 Saturday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Children entering 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer. Junior Illustration Club | 10:30 a.m., 8/2 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Junior Illustration Club, for ages 11 and under, on Mondays this summer! Family Outdoor Art at Tompkins County Public Library: Gone Fishing | 1 p.m., 8/2 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | This event will be held along the creek walk behind the library.

Notices Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 7/28 Wednesday | Trumansburg Farmers market, Corner of Route 227 & 96 | 7/28: TOiVO; 8/4: Sears Street Band | Free Community Sunset Cruise | 7:30 p.m., 7/28 Wednesday | Allan H. Treman Marina, 1000 Allen H. Treman Park Road | Engaging Conversations and Activities about our watershed aboard the MV Teal with rotating community members serving as hosts. | Free Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 7/29 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | 25 local vendors with a great assortment fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, maple products, crafts, soaps, baskets, pottery, brooms, kettle korn and a food truck! | Free Summer Sale Weekend in Downtown Ithaca | 7/29 Thursday | Thursday, July 29 – Sunday, August 1st, enjoy sales on artist seconds, Spring & Summer merchandise closeouts, and general sales inside local shops around Downtown Ithaca.



Finger Lakes Cider House, 4017 Hickok Rd, Interlaken | Enjoy some Friday Night Farm Jams! Kick back, watch the sun set, listen to a rockin’ four-piece band with guitar, upright and electric bass, drums, sax, flute and accordion. (photo: Facebook)

Stewart Park, Ithaca | The annual summer movie series is back! Movies are always free and family-friendly. Serendipity Catering’s Food Truck will be on hand as well, offering themed refreshments for sale and fun activities and live music from Ithaca Chamber Band before the movie starts! (photo: IMDb)

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