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County works to finalize purchase of two Tioga Street properties

n Aug. 10, The Downtown Facilities Committee gathered to consider a resolution to acquire the properties at 300 North Tioga St. and 308 North Tioga St. for the future construction of a downtown Ithaca County Governmental Office Building. The meeting, which also considered the environmental impact of eventual construction, comes on the heels of several months of negotiation between Tompkins County and the property owners of the two land parcels. The purchase of the current buildings on Tioga Street — the Key bank Building and the Ithaca Professional Building — would amount to $2.8 million. Tompkins County seeks to consolidate the County offices into a single location as a way to maximize efficiencies, enhance service delivery to county constituents, and improve environmental efficiencies, among other potential benefits. The project would not exceed 65,000 square feet and would be no more than five stories high. Before discussing the acquisition resolution, the board considered the environmental impact resolution, assessing the maximum possible impact

of construction at the site. Although the project is in its preliminary stages and lacks any concrete construction plans, Jonathan Wood reminded the committee that SEQR case law requires an evaluation of environmental significance. “You have to do an environmental analysis before you really know what’s going to be there to comply with the law, so you do your best to look at what might have the maximum environmental impact,” he said. “So I wouldn’t look at the environmental assessment as having any real commitment, it’s just trying to do its best to look at what might be the environmental impact.” After comments of support

from some of the members, the committee unanimously passed a negative determination of environmental significance, meaning the construction will not significantly impact the environment. The committee swiftly moved on to the resolution to authorize the acquisition of property for the proposed project. Several members voiced their support for the new building, welcoming the possibility to consolidate most, if not all, of the county staff into one spot. Additionally, they responded to some of the main concerns that have been raised about the project. Considering that the county had recently

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paid $1.8 million for two buildings and a parking lot on the 400 block of North Tioga St., many critics consider the purchase of the 300 block buildings brash and the result of inadequate planning. Shawna Black responded to this criticism, calling the planned purchase a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” It allows the county to construct a contiguous building with ample space in a strategic location for county staff. “There are very few times in the city of Ithaca that you are going to have two properties that are older buildings that

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PHOTOGRAPHER County explores fund balance options as budget season arrives By C a se y Mar tin



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he Tompkins County Expanded Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee has formed a steering committee, made up of three legislators working with county staff, to make concrete funding decisions for the county. The resolution under consideration at the Aug. 10 meeting proposed the creation of what was originally called the Community Resiliency Fund. The name will change, however, in order to avoid confusion with the Department of Public Safety’s Resiliency Program. While it still lacks a formal name, the legislators referred to the proposed fund as the “recovery fund” during the meeting. The recovery fund would create a grant program for community recovery projects, funded by the county’s $48 million fund balance. At the outset of the meeting, committee chair Deborah Dawson made sure to point out that decisions about the recovery fund are separate from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fund spending decisions.

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ARPA funds have already been allocated to finance county operations. Members grappled with balancing immediate and future recovery needs. They noted that while many individuals and entities in the county still have yet to recover from the earlier part of the pandemic, the public health crisis is not yet over, so more pressing needs might present themselves in the future. Weighing these short-term and longterm needs, members disagreed over how much money to spend and over what period of time. Shawna Black advocated a more cautious approach, proposing to refrain from spending for the next three to six months as the COVID situation evolves, especially with the reintroduction of the student population to the Ithaca area. “My biggest concern right now is that we are in the middle of COVID and it appears that we are going to have an even harder time than we have had in the past,” she said. “We

know in the past 15 months we have spent $27 million taking care of people in our community, and the last thing I would want to spend the funding and not have anything in the bank when we need it in the next few months.” Mike Sigler disagreed with Black’s reserved approach. He did not see the point in waiting to spend the money, and supported using the funds as soon as possible to meet the immediate needs in the community. “We are in the midst of COVID,” he said. “The problems are here now, we can hang onto the money for a rainy day fund, but it’s been raining. It doesn’t make sense to me to hang onto this for any longer.” Dave McKenna agreed with Sigler’s sense of urgency. “We need to do this because there are various entities out there that are really hurting,” he said. “They need the money. Let’s get it out there and let’s get it done.” After hearing these opposing viewpoints, many members supported the idea of a compromise. Member Martha Robertson said that with a fund balance of $48 million, the county should feel comfortable spending some money on immediate needs and saving some funds for future needs. “We have the resources to respond to the continuing crisis and we have the resources to help recover,” she said. “We should put a meaningful amount [of the fund balance] into the community to start working for our residents and also invest in things that are going to pay off in the future whether it be childcare, broadband, housing.” She stressed the importance of community input in allocation decisions and proposed issuing a call to community organizations to identify needs within the community and propose projects to meet those needs. Interim County Administrator Lisa Holmes said that the county’s budget process should factor into any recovery fund decisions and suggested working in conjunction with the finance committee. Discussion about the county budget will take place in the next six to eight weeks, which would postpone any concrete recovery fund decisions until then. Despite the pause it would put on decision-making, many

members supported the recommendation. With a projected six- to eight-week decision-making window, the committee returned to a resolution that member Anne Koreman had introduced earlier on in the meeting. She proposed the formation of a separate committee specifically dedicated to ironing out the details of the fund — how much money to allocate, where to allocate it and over what time period. Koreman said that setting up a steering committee, which would be composed of chairpeople from various committees, would be a wise preliminary step for the recovery fund because it would permit a more focused and flexible decision-making process. The resolution garnered support from several committee members. Holmes, however, surfaced an important consideration, pointing out that county staff — not just legislators — should be involved in the decision making process. They have important expertise because they work on the ground with community organizations in the county each day. “I fear that legislators doing that in an open session without the context of staffing who work professionally with these organizations on a day in and day out basis — sometimes for decades — may miss some of the subtleties...that aren’t necessarily evident,” she said. “I think that in terms of process and the building blocks and the professional expertise, we have staff in the county that probably should be a part of this process.” Lane, among other members, welcomed this suggestion, citing the “expertise and institutional memory” of county staff. In the end, the committee decided to act upon Koreman’s resolution and create a separate steering committee tasked with crafting a detailed proposal to present before the entire legislature. The legislators populating the committee will be members Rich John, Leslie Schill, and Sigler. 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


N e w s l i n e Ithaca Tenants Union outside Ithaca City Hall on Saturday, July 31 (Photo: provided)


Ithaca Tenants Union proposes law to protect renters from eviction without cause The Ithaca Tenants Union recently proposed legislation which would give Ithaca tenants enhanced protections against evictions. The Right to Renew legislation landed on the desks of the Planning and Economic Development Board last week, completing the first step of the legislative process. The board will discuss whether to approve the legislation for circulation at its meeting tonight, Aug. 18. The Right to Renew law, also known as Good Cause Eviction, would give tenants who want to renew their lease the right to do so, unless a landlord can prove they have a good cause to evict the tenant. It seeks to protect tenants from landlord retaliation from actions such as organizing with other tenants or demanding repairs. Under the current law, landlords have three main ways by which to evict tenants. The first is for a tenant’s failure to pay rent. The second is for objectionable tenancy, which could be satisfied, for instance, through a tenant damaging the property, engaging in illegal activity on the property or harassing neighbors. Finally, a landlord can terminate a lease without cause. “What we’re trying to do is get rid of that third reason, so that landlords have to prove a legitimate legal reason under state law for evicting you,” Genevieve Rand, member of the Ithaca Tenants Union said.

“To evict someone, a landlord doesn’t have to prove anything, they don’t have to justify anything, they just have the unilateral power to make that decision for tenants.” More specifically, the Right to Renew law would require landlords to cite a specifically enumerated violation before a court in order to proceed with eviction, rather than denying lease renewal to a tenant without explanation. “If a tenant has done everything right — paid their rent on time, maintained their property, provided access to the landlord when the landlord requests — they should be entitled to renew your lease, and to have that lease renewal be done at a reasonable rate of increase,” Common Council member Cynthia Brock said. “I fundamentally believe regardless of whether you live in Ithaca or elsewhere, I think that this is a fundamental right, that that everyone deserves.” If a landlord fails to articulate a cause for an eviction case, they must wait until the end of the lease before asking the tenant to move. According to Rand, many landlords will make use of month-to-month tenancy agreements— as opposed to yearly agreements— to give themselves more leniency when ending lease terminations without cause. According to Rand, “there’s basically no downside” for a landlord to make month-tomonth agreements due to the

flexibility and authority it confers upon them. “If you put [a tenant] on a monthto-month tenancy, you give yourself the right to evict them almost whenever you want for no reason because on a month-to-month tenancy, the lease has to be renewed every month,” she said. “So rather than saying ‘I won’t renew your lease at the end of this year’ you can say ‘I won’t renew your lease next month,’ and so they can kick you out literally whenever they want with zero explanation or justification.” According to Seph Murtagh, Common Council member and chair of the Planning & Economic Development Committee, lease terminations without good cause have been an issue in the Ithaca area. “[Good Cause] is designed to prevent the type of situation where there might be retaliation, or if somebody is asking for repairs and they don’t get their lease renewed because of that,” he said. “I’ve had complaints about that over the years, so I think this potentially addresses an important problem in the community.” Even though month-tomonth agreements and terminations without cause were common before the pandemic, they have become more prevalent since its onset, especially with the eviction moratorium. The moratorium protects a tenant from eviction for delays in rent payment due to financial hardships generated by the pandemic. Rand said that as a way to get around the moratorium, landlords have “instead been opting to just not renew people’s leases.” The New York State eviction moratorium is slated to expire on Aug. 31. The Ithaca Tenants Union and other tenant organizations across the state have been lobbying to extend the eviction moratorium to comply with the federal expiration date of Oct. 31.

An extension of the moratorium through October would potentially allow for the good cause eviction legislation to be passed into law in Ithaca before the moratorium expires. The earliest date by which Right to Renewal could be passed in Ithaca is Oct. 6. In order to become a law, the Right to Renewal legislation must pass through a series of legislative steps. First, the legislation has to appear on the agenda of Ithaca’s Planning and Economic Committee (PEDC), which has already happened. The committee would then have to approve Right to Renew for circulation, which would entail one month of public comment. After public comment closes, the PEDC would vote on whether to pass Right to Renew on to Common Council for a final vote. Finally, Common Council would vote on whether to codify it into law. The City of Albany passed a Good Cause Eviction law last month, making it the first municipality in New York state to do so. Just like the bill being proposed in Ithaca, the Albany legislation entitles tenants to lease renewals, protects tenants against rent hikes, and requires that a landlord substantiate a specifically enumerated good cause for eviction. The law lists nine specific potential causes which include, for example, failure of rent payment and ​​a tenant’s unreasonable refusal to allow the landlord access to the unit. It also requires ​​receipt of prior consent by the tenant to vacate the unit at least five months prior to the vacate date. Brock said she supports using the Albany legislation as a model for the Right to Renew legislation in Ithaca due to its specificity and applicability to the local municipality. “I think that the Albany model is protective of both tenants and landlords,” she said. “I think [the Albany law] goes into greater detail. They provide protections for smaller units, and that I think is more appropriate for our location. I would really like to see a version of the Albany law implemented here.” In addition to listing specific causes for eviction, the Albany Good Cause law has

Ups NHL players and Cornell legends came to Lynah Rink last Saturday to play in a friendly hockey game to support programs for children with disabilities in Ithaca. Downs Active COVID-19 cases continue to grow in the county. On August 17, there were 16 new active cases, bringing the county total to 108. Get vaccinated and wear your masks!

HEARD&SEEN Heard On Thursday, Aug. 19, Noon Fifteen will perform at the Bernie Milton Pavillion in the Ithaca Commons as part of the 2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series. The free performance will take place on the Commons, and it begins at 6 p.m. Seen Steward Park will continue its 2021 Movies in the Park Series this Friday, Aug. 20, with a free showing of Disney’s Aladdin. The event starts at 7 p.m. Before the movie showing, there will be fun activities, live music, and food for purchase from Serendipity Catering’s food truck.

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It’s Never Too Late to Start Giving Back Wait… By Stac i e M a st i n, w e a lt h a dv is or for Tom pk i n s Fi na nc i a l A dv is or s


iving back to my community is something that has been near and dear to my heart throughout my lifetime. Giving back, or paying it forward as some call it, looks and feels different for everyone; there is no one size fits all approach. Some volunteer their time, some donate goods and services and others are able to provide financial support. Regardless of how you give, the impact is profound in supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities – and businesses play a key role as well. Philanthropy is needed all year, every year, not just during years of great hardship such as during a pandemic, though times like the ones we’ve just experienced make that need more profound. According to philanthropy research group Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, more than a third of nonprofits in the U.S. are at risk of closing within two years due to the financial strains of Covid-19. That’s why when, just about a year ago, I was asked to manage the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund, I was honored to take the opportunity. This was an easy decision for me as it combines my passion

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for helping our community and my talent for managing money. While corporate social responsibility (CSR) has gained traction in recent years, with many employees saying they prefer to work for a company with a focus on giving back, it’s important that we see this less as a trend and more as a moral imperative. I’m proud to say the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund was established 22 years ago, long before CSR was a popular term, to provide members of our community an efficient and costeffective way to provide financial support to not-for-profit organizations through a grant process. Since its inception we have distributed over $1.2 million to not-forprofit agencies throughout New York State and Pennsylvania. Surprisingly, in spite of how long the fund has been around and the financial grants given, many donors and nonprofits are unaware of this valuable resource. It is the generosity and commitment of individuals, families and corporations that enables organizations to thrive and support the variety of ever-changing continued on page 7


ait...I thought Afghanistan was the Soviet Union’s Vietnam. Now it’s ours? Didn’t we already have one? Wait...I’m having a deja vu moment. I thought we were out of the COVID woods. We’re not? Wait...Prince Andrew is cancelled? He has to ride horses and live in palaces the rest of his life? How awful. Wait...the UN report said that unless immediate, rapid and large-scale action is taken to reduce emissions, the average global temperature is likely to reach or cross a critical warming threshold within 20 years. Shouldn’t we, like, do something? are cryptocurrencies nonsense? Or not? Seems like we should figure that out since the amount of energy used to mine Bitcoin now exceeds the amount of energy used by Sweden. Wait...they’ve been washing cars and watering the desert to grow almonds in California for decades and now Lake Powell is a wading pool? Seriously, how was anyone expected to see that far into the future? the 2020 Census says the City of Ithaca grew by 2094 people since 2010? If we can just get 8000 more people we can justify all the new units currently being built in town! Wait...Marjorie Taylor Greene was actually elected to the House of Representatives? By citizens? Are you sure? Wait...the Jet Propulsion Lab and Cornell University tested the Perseverance rover on Ithaca streets to mimic surface conditions on Mars? I guess that checks out. Wait...we’ve been printing money like cocaine-fueled counterfeiters, and now we’re experiencing ‘inflationary pressures’? Don’t see the connection. now Florida’s now the most backwards state in the country? Sorry, Mississippi. You’re never going to out-douche Ron DeSantis. Wait...the My Pillow guy is a bloviating, conspiracy-swallowing, Trump-sucking, laughable-symposium-conducting buffoon? Mind blown... Wait...I thought Andrew Cuomo was America’s Governor. And didn’t Giuliani used to be America’s Mayor? Or are they still? Wait...Mark Zuckerberg makes money when Republican politicians run fundraising ads falsely blaming immigrants for COVID? the masks protect OTHER people?’s August 18 already. When exactly is Trump being reinstated? Couldn’t they just announce that? I can move some things around, but a little notice would be nice. Wait...I saw a sign looking for literally every position from manager to waitstaff in front of the new Milkstand on the corner of Buffalo and Meadow Streets. How is anyone still drawing unemployment? I’ve actually already been vaccinated against a lot of other diseases? How long has this been going on? Wait...should I be wearing a kevlar vest downtown? Seems like a lot of ‘shots fired’ lately. Wait...we’re in another surge, but schools are going back to all students full-time? I guess this surge must be different from the last ones...

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needs in our communities. When you give, you make lifelong connections with people in your community, you feel good and have a stronger sense of belonging, you help those in need and your good work often encourages others to join you. There is no time quite like the present to assess your ability to give back and make a difference. Find something that aligns with your values, speaks to your

heart and fuels your passion. If we all commit to random acts of kindness and finding small ways to give back, in our work and personal lives, we will make a big impact here in Ithaca and well beyond. And, should a nonprofit be in need of resources like those of the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund, please reach out for details at Grant applications are being accepted now until Sept. 1 and nonprofit organizations across Central New York are eligible to apply.


will be available,” she said. “As far as our constituents are concerned, this is the center point for all of our districts...I foresee this being a wise investment.” The county plans to continue using the 400 block property during construction of the new building. Once construction is completed, the county will most likely sell portions of the 400 block site. The county owns a portion of Sears St. by the 400 block, and some members brought up the idea of using these parcels to build affordable housing. Specific plans for the fate of the 400 block and Sears St., however, remain undetermined. Member Deborah Dawson shared her support for the project and responded to the concern that many residents don’t understand why the purchase of both buildings is necessary. She pointed to the many potential benefits to the public that purchasing the two buildings would generate. “It makes it much easier for us to make some kind of arrangement to build affordable housing on Sears Street, which the residents have been requesting,” she said. “It allows us to use some of the remainder of that property for parking and perhaps electric charging infrastructure.” Rick Snyder noted that some constituents have raised concerns that purchasing these properties and constructing a new building might not be a wise decision during the pandemic, especially considering the large expense of the project (the members did not specifically mention how it will be funded). In response, he framed the project as a long term investment that will outlive the pandemic. “The decision we are considering here is really a 50 year decision, perhaps more, and we have to look well beyond the pandemic for what will really work for the county,” he said. “You’re not losing value by buying real estate — you’re transferring it from cash to land... we will not lose value by investing in this land.” Adding to the chorus of support for the project, Interim County Administrator Lisa Holmes shared her excitement about the new building. “I think the consolidation of county operations downtown will only add to the synergies and efficiencies of the workforce

as well as the greening of our facilities,” she said. “I am excited about the opportunities this purchase affords us, and I am pleased to see it coming to fruition.” The committee unanimously passed the resolution. Before adjourning the meeting, the members discussed a rough timeline and future plans for the project. Specifically, they considered whether or not they should pass the project on to a subcommittee such as Facilities and Infrastructure or even form a new subcommittee to manage it. Robertson advocated sealing up major decisions this year, regardless of which committee tackles the project. “I think it would be most efficient to continue with this group that has the knowledge so far of this design,” she said. “I think there is work to be done and you can certainly move through the decision making and get it done this calendar year so that it’s buttoned up in the right direction.” Black disagreed with Roberton’s haste to shore up plans for the project in the next few months citing the heavy load already facing county officials. “I don’t see a reason to hurry this forward over the next three or four months,” she said. “We are working on ARPA funds, we are working on the budget — we have a lot going on right now, so if it can be covered in [Facilities & Infrastructure] or even having a special committee meeting, I think that is fine. I don’t see anything major coming up in the next 200 days that we will have to make major decisions on.” Even though no concrete decisions about committee referral or timing were made at the meeting, the passage of the resolutions marks an important starting point for the proposed county building. The land acquisition plans will be sent to the full legislature for approval, and if approved, Holmes can formally authorize the purchase. 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


YOUR LETTERS Re: Worth the price


enry Stark’s recent review of the Heights Restaurant was informative but incomplete. Henry should have mentioned the bar menu, which is delightful, inexpensive, and filling. In particular, Henry skipped over the pizzas, which are excellent, and, when served with a substantial Caesar salad make a very filling, very tasty meal for $18. Shame on you Henry for leaving everyone with the impression that you have to be a millionaire to eat at the Heights! (And kudos to the Heights for their imagination and determination throughout the pandemic.) -Ralph Janis, Ithaca, NY

Re: Where are the bikes?


f our community is reluctant to admit to the negative impacts dockless bikes and scooters bring, we will again suffer the clutter of chaos if they come back. In your recent article 8/4/21 “Where are the bikes?” it painted a positive, one-sided view only. There are many other viewpoints of concern. I take issue with a few points, needing correcting. A Lime Bike was shown at a bike rack. This photo speaks a thousand words. I have voiced concern for this problem since the first day of Lime’s arrival. These bikes must not be left at bike racks. Traditional cyclists need them to lock their bikes. It is a lifeline for them. Dockless bikes and scooters lock themselves, hence not needing racks. To move them, you have to lift them, possibly spraining your back. They are very heavy. Your reporter wrote that the bikes are lightweight. Lime Bikes (and many other similar companies) are left on sidewalks, streets, blocking entrances, are tipped over, bunched together, taking up bike racks, etc. Has anyone cared what an elderly person, someone in a wheelchair or walker will do when it’s in their path? The companies have deceptive practices, hence how they entered our community without community awareness and discussion. This info is easy to see online via many news reports. It was very hard for me to read your article without getting bundled up with emotion and frustration, seeing the same officials and groups saying the same things to the press, not acknowledging the huge problems we’ve had with Lime in our community. I feel as if someone is getting a payback by the company. At most, an unethical approach to denying the truth, considering the leadership positions of those interviewed in your article. Ithaca lacks the infrastructure needed Au gu s t

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for a dockless company to operate here. Before any consideration of having another company come here again, there must be public hearings and discussion of the past problems Lime presented. Bike Walk Tompkins sadly is still operating in the same manner, dismissing concerns and pushing the city to bring another company, even this fall, to Ithaca. At a recent meeting in City Hall with Common Council and the mayor, on Aug. 4, Bike Walk Tompkins presented their case for bringing a similar company, on presenting a positive spin to Council. In return, Council did not ask any hard questions of past impact. I was horrified by what I saw again. This is a huge lack of leadership and misinformation to the public. Bike Walk Tompkins does not represent my concerns. I have been biking in Ithaca since my arrival in 1982. I know and witness a lot of the porblems we have for bike safety daily. I do not see anyone addresing them. For example, talking and texting while driving with tinted windows, which you cannot see what the driver is doing. Bikers, scooters and skate boarders use their phones too. There could be an educational campaign between the city, Cornell and Ithaca College pulling together funding for this venture. The possibilities are endless in creating a sustainable bike community, without these companies taking over our streets or mom and pop rental stores. Dockless companies similar to Lime have a history of deception and chaos all over the world. The use of climate change to increase bike usage using their practices in communities is unsustainable. They make huge profits while the communities scramble to deal with the side effects. Some cities have canceled their contracts or introduced fines or police help. Yet, Ithaca did ont want any regulations or educational street signage. Nobody reads the fine print on their cell phones or wireless technology or how 5G radiation impacts us. I believe it’s unsafe and am not happy with how these companies are dependent on cell phone usage. There still has been no conclusion to their safety. We do not need these companies to solve our bicycle usage or transportation. Ithaca can do this on its own. I will not buy into their practices. We can do better than this. Please take some time to learn more about them and voice concerns. There needs to be an investigation into how badly the city and persons and groups in your article have handled these concerns. How Lime was brought here, why concerns were not addressed and why the other solutions weren’t researched. We can create a sustainable community only by working together for the betterment of all. -Fay Gougakis, Ithaca, NY

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A booming real estate market means higher prices, fewer options and more competition for homes


he housing market in Ithaca has always been strong. Buoyed by strong economic drivers like Cornell University and Ithaca College, the city’s real estate sold well even through hard times like the great recession. However, according to real estate agent Carol Bushberg, owner of Carol Bushberg Real Estate, the market has been pushed to “a fever pitch” by the pandemic. “What I’ve seen is that there’s been a migration from more densely populated areas like downstate, New York City — Brooklyn especially — and certainly Boston, California, Connecticut…There’s just flight from these more populated areas to Ithaca.” Bushberg said people in those areas see Ithaca as a safer, less densely populated area but still rich in culture. “So we have seen many instances of real estate agents selling properties to buyers who have never walked through the door of the property they’re buying,” she said. Another reason for more people coming to Ithaca is a direct result of a change in work habits due to the pandemic, surmises Bryan Warren of Warren Real Estate. “We’re seeing people move to the area who wouldn’t under normal circumstances,” he said. “The increased flexibility of jobs is allowing people to move to more rural, more beautiful areas such as the Ithaca area. People are moving here when they normally couldn’t, and which is creating less supply and a lot more demand.” With the influx of people interested in Ithaca, Bushberg said she’s seen a large rise in the number of cash sales happening in the marketplace. “Even though it’s a very strong market regionally, it’s still a relatively inexpensive market compared to downstate or New York City or California or Texas,” she said. “If someone is selling a condo in Chicago

By Ta n n e r H a r di ng or San Diego or Santa Barbara or Brooklyn, the prices, even though they seem high to us locally, don’t seem particularly high relative to the markets these buyers are coming from.” She said from her experience, that’s a big part of the reason prices are being driven upwards. “These are people who are willing, in order to secure a home, to pay more than locals might have suggested they would and they’re comfortable with that and they have

“I have seen them go to an extreme over the last 12-16 months for sure,” he said. “We’ve seen much more of that than we had seen in the past.” Karen Johnson, the president of the Ithaca Board of Realtors and owner of a brokerage in Spencer, said that the low interest rates have also played a part in people eager to secure homes. With rates hovering around 3-3.5%, people are in a hurry to lock in a mortgage at that rate. Johnson said she’s seen a lot of different

“I don’t think there’s any reason it’ll stop, I don’t think prices will fall, I don’t see it going backwards at all. The foundation for a strong market is still in place.” -Bryan Warren, Warren Real Estate.

the assets to do that.” Johnson said previously it wasn’t unusual for a home in this area to go over asking price by a little bit, but now homes are routinely selling for $20,000-$25,000 over asking price. She added she recently saw a home go for as much as $100,000 over. Bushberg added that the strong stock market over the past year also means people have assets they’re able to liquidate to secure down payments. Another thing driving the price up is the number of buyers, increasing the competitiveness of each sale. Bushberg said there are currently more buyers than houses on the market, so they’re getting more offers than usual on homes. Warren said he’s seen as many as 28 offers on one property, though notes that was an extreme situation.

tactics employed in an effort be the winning offer, ranging from offers over the asking price, making cash offers, putting down larger deposits or waiving the appraisal contingency. Warren said that more than ever, he’s seen parents buy homes for their children, who may be students at Ithaca College or Cornell University, to live in. “People are looking at recreational places to invest in and they can take some time to be close to their kids,” he said. “It’s probably a fair statement to say you’re seeing more investment because of that.” Johnson said she knows of a home that was sold for $600,000 to the parents of a student so that the student could live there while away at college. The jump in this market started around May 2020, and really picked up last fall. Au gu s t

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“In 2020, in February, March and April everything just stopped,” he said. “In summer we saw a little relief, and it’s been strong ever since.” And Warren, Johnson and Bushberg all said they don’t see the boom stopping any time soon. “I don’t think there’s any reason it’ll stop,” Warren said. “I don’t think prices will fall, I don’t see it going backwards at all. The foundation for a strong market is still in place.” Bushberg echoed that, reiterating that the market in Ithaca was strong even in the toughest of times. “It’s always been strong and continues to get stronger,” she said. “The market’s been tested in COVID and during the great recession and back in 1986 when inflation was rampant.” Johnson said she thinks the interest rates could rise a bit which might lessen the buyer pool, but she doesn’t think the prices will drop. “I don’t think the prices are going to go down…I think they’ll remain steady,” she said. “They go up and level off, but they don’t really dip.” According to statistics from the Ithaca Board of Realtors, through June 2021, there had been an increase of 34.4% in closed sales, a rise of 27.8% in median sales price and a decrease of 51.7% of homes for sale since June 2020. In June 2020, the average house was on the market for 82 days, while in June 2021 it was just 29 days. The median sales price has jumped from $230,000 to $294,000 during that time period, and the average sales price has climbed from $263,031 to $316,402. Further proving Warren, Johnson and Bushberg’s points about recent trends, the Ithaca Board of Realtors statistics

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Roy is the Reason By Ste ve L aw re nc e


recall interviewing Jim Butterfield — the legendary Ithaca College football coach — when he announced his retirement. Butterfield and I walked out into the football stadium, looked at the sign that read “Jim Butterfield Stadium,” and the beloved mentor told me, “When I saw that sign, I thought I had better check my pulse, since they don’t usually name a field for you until you’re dead.” Roy Staley — another local sports legend by any measure — might have a similar feeling when legions of his former Ithaca High School swimmers come to Ithaca on Aug. 27 for the Ithaca Swimming Reunion. According to its Facebook page, the three-day gathering will give participants a chance to “Reconnect with old friends and fellow swimmers from the past 50 years,” and adds, “Events include evening drinks, a fun swim meet, a picnic....and more!” I spoke with Allyssa Barnes and Kimberly Niefer about the upcoming event, and Kim said, “I started planning this well over a year ago — then we endured the cloud of COVID — and we are now expecting around 100 people to attend.” She added, “We’re happy with that number!” The gathering will start with a gettogether at Liquid State on Friday, while Saturday will feature a swim meet at the 10  T

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Ithaca Swim Club and a picnic at Myers Park, plus a fun trivia contest. “It has been so much fun prepping for that,” Kim stated. “We have been joking about our workouts, and even things like the names of Roy’s dogs — many who were named after Ithaca High swimmers!” The weekend will wrap up with a gathering at Stewart Park on Sunday. When asked if any of the alums will attempt to replicate the 39-mile swim from one end of Cayuga Lake to the other (a feat accomplished by Ithaca High swimming alum Claire de Boer), Kim said, “Uh... no. We’re having coffee and donuts.” Allyssa was the first to bring me into the loop on this story, and when asked why she was attending she replied, “We all think that Roy is the reason we’ll be there. He had such a positive impact on all our lives.” Kim’s last year on the Little Red swim roster was the 1974-75 season, and she talked about the swim meet that will take place on Saturday. “We want it to have as ‘official’ a look and feel as possible,” she offered. “We will have a timer, a referee, a meet official, and we will try to recreate some of the old relay teams.” Sounding stoked, Kim said, “It was enough encouragement to get a lot of us back in the pool!”

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“People are Allyssa was traveling from part of Staley Part all four corners II, so to speak. of the country: She said, “Roy Washington had left for a time, state, Califorbut he came back nia, Florida and when I was there Massachusetts.” from 1987-1990. Kim added, The program was “Among those just getting off the attending are ground, and he IHS Hall of said, ‘I think we Fame swimmers can build someDave Singley thing.’” and Terri HopBuild somepenrath, Olymthing they did... pian Alex Myers The IHS girls and ‘old timers’ varsity win/ Dick Chelekis, loss record was Ken Harris and without parallel: Bob Slater.” they won all dual Ithaca High School Swim team alumni Allyssa said, meets from 1989 are planning a reunion this month. Most “When you through 2013 attend a class (except for one were coached by Roy Staley (above) reunion, it’s loss to Johnson during his 50 year career in Ithaca just your class. City in 1998) and I am really won all Southern excited to reconnect with so many of Tier Sectionals from 1989 to 2012 (that’s these swimmers, to experience this inter23 years!). The Little Red also unofficially generational gathering and to hear about won the State Meet in 1993, 1994, 2005, how swimming played such a significant 2006, 2007 and 2008. role in peoples’ lives. Like so many, I have In Kim’s words, “Roy created a powertremendous gratitude for the community house of a program in the state for many that Roy has built, and I can’t wait to shake years and he has impacted the lives of the hands of some of these people and almost 900 kids over 50 years.” She added, “I am looking forward to giving swimmers say, ‘The stories I heard about you and your work ethic got me through a lot of the opportunity to recognize Roy for his workouts.’” dedication to developing kids through swimming for so many years. I also know Roy is excited to hear how swimmers’ lives For more information about the reunion visit the Ithaca Aquatics Club website: have progressed and what they are up to now.

pers, but don’t have the necesshow that in June 2020 sellers sary means to make those imwere on average getting 97% of provements. So you’re in this their listing price, while in June vicious cycle of owning a house 2021 they were getting 103.5%. by living in unsafe conditions. According to Warren, BushAnd deferred maintenance isberg and Johnson, the real essues can get worse and worse.” tate market in Ithaca is “strong.” She said she’s seen instances And while this certainly benewhere people’s households are fits sellers and real estate agents, expanding but their income is it’s maybe not such a good thing not, so they’re unable to afford for the average Ithacan. to leave the home they’ve outFor low- or moderate-ingrown and find something new come people, a $300,000 home within their price range. is not affordable, and the curThe Ithaca Neighborhood rent market is only further Housing Services administers alienating those folks from a program that can help lowhomeownership. er income homeowners with “It was a tight market before maintenance issues, but Anand it’s just gotten tighter,” Joderson said there are caps on hanna Anderson, executive dihow much can be spent. With rector at Ithaca Neighborhood the labor shortage pushing conHousing Services said. “We’re tractors’ prices up and the rise regularly dealing with people in cost of materials, Anderson who have been putting 10-20 said that money isn’t going quite offers on homes and they’re losA b ov e : C a r o l B u s h b e r g , ow n e r o f C a r o l as far as it once did. ing out nonstop. Not only is it B u s h b e r g R e a l E s tat e ( P h o t o : P r ov i d e d) B e l ow They also have a program a financial toll if you put in the K a r e n J o h n s o n , t h e p r e s i d e n t o f t h e It h ac a that aims to get more affordamount of time it takes to visB o a r d o f R e a lt o r s (p h o t o : C a s e y M a r t i n) able housing on the market by it potential homes, but also an building new for-sale houses or emotional toll to get your hopes buying homes and rehabilitatup […] and then to have that ing them, but Anderson said it’s dream not realized. It’s really a not enough. challenge.” “We’re limited in the amount Anderson added that the of homes we can get up for sale, increase in cash offers has also so it’s really a drop in the buckmade it harder for people who et,” she said. “We have massive are low- or moderate-income wait lists for those homes.” and have to finance their home However, Anderson said ownership. she’s optimistic about the future “This is an area that sees a of affordable housing in Tomplarger amount of cash offers in kins County. pre-pandemic times, but now “The city and county have those are even greater,” she done a great job of bringing said. “When you require bank experts together and coming financing there are limits to up with creative solutions, and how much you can put in on an some of those solutions are just offer, there are certain steps rebeing brought into reality right quired like an appraisal to make now,” she said. “I appreciate sure the home is valued at the there’s a real dedication of our appropriate ratio, and they will state government, county govrequire a home inspection to ernment and city government. make sure there are no issues.” They see this as a high priorShe said sellers are often inity and that makes all the difclined to go with an easier, fastference when everyone’s on the er selling route by accepting a same page, knowing this needs cash offer, where the buyer can “A person who is considered low or decide they’re willing to forgo the standard moderate income means there’s not a lot to be addressed.” Though as these programs get off the appraisal and inspection procedures. of wiggle room, so you can afford your Additionally, with homes being priced monthly house payment, but if there’s a ground, she recognizes it won’t be an imso high, it puts people without a lot of extra massive maintenance issue, that can throw mediate fix. “Will this be taken care of in the next six money in their budget in a tough spot. people over the edge,” Anderson said. “So oftentimes people can only afford fixer up- months? No,” Anderson said. “All of these A u gu s t

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an articulated rent threshold built into rent increases to help better determine what constitutes an unconscionable rent increase. As it currently stands, the legislation proposed by the Ithaca Tenants Union does not have an analogous provision. Brock considers the inclusion of this as a “linchpin” of a good cause law and expects that determining what is “unconscionable” will be the subject of back and forth negotiations because there are so many possible ways to compute it. “[Unconscionable rent] is something I think will need to be massaged.” Brock said. “I’ve seen so many different varia-

tions of what a threshold is. The underlying component is we want people to be able to stay in their home, but we also recognize that landlords have responsibilities and they need to maintain the unit in good order. We don’t want to unfairly impact landlords either.” Due to the inclusion of provisions like unconscionable rent hikes and more specific clauses, Murtagh considers the legislation in Albany “stronger” than what the Ithaca Tenants Union is proposing. “I think I personally would support something that looks like the Albany law over what the Ithaca Tenants union is presenting,” Murtagh said. “But obviously this is like a community decision so we’ll put it out there in the public and we’ll get

feedback on it to try to make the best decision possible.” Considering the resistance that landlords have already displayed in communities like Utica and Rochester where similar legislation is being considered, Murtagh expects considerable pushback from landlords in Ithaca. Landlords are primarily concerned that the law will constrain their ability to evict a tenant. Rand disagrees, however, with this central concern. She believes that landlords are upset about the way the legislation redistributes power from the landlord to the tenant. “The law is taking the power away from landlords and giving it to tenants,” she said. “Landlords, of course, have a self

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interest from an authority and a monetary perspective to have as much power over the property as possible. So they’re always going to object to this because it benefits them to have as much power in the relationship as possible, but that does not benefit tenants.” In Brock’s assessment, rather than restricting the landlord’s ability to evict a troublesome tenant, the law will require more responsibility and accountability on behalf of the landlord. “The law would require a higher level of management, engagement and correspondence on behalf of the landlord,” Brock said. “I think that [landlords] will need to rewrite their leases to protect their interests and make sure that there is language that includes that lease renewal in there so that it can be easily clarified when the lease begins and where it ends and how a renewal is to happen.” This added responsibility and engagement, however, is another source of pushback from landlords. Landlords in other municipalities such as Albany say that the eviction process will be more time intensive and potentially expensive due to the extra legal procedures involved in the eviction process. For example, the Albany Good Cause law requires that landlords obtain an order from an Albany City Court judge. Before a judge can grant a warrant, the landlord must establish legal grounds for eviction with proper documentation. Brock considers the enhanced level of landlord responsibility and documentation requirements a “good consequence” of the legislation for all parties. “Landlords will really need to document issues that they are experiencing with their tenant,” she said. “If you have a tenant in violation of the lease, there should be a document or written correspondence acknowledging what is occurring, so when it comes to the end of the lease term, and the landlord doesn’t renew your lease for a certain reason, the landlord will be able to demonstrate it if the tenant chooses to challenge [the nonrenewal].” With the legislative process still in its nascent stages, Murtagh said that it is difficult to determine the level of support among many Common Council members. Many council members haven’t had the time to learn enough about the issue, which is why upcoming discussions about the legislation will be beneficial. “I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the council members just don’t know a whole lot about this, and just need to learn more about it,” Murtagh said. “I think that’s part of the point of putting it on the agenda next week: taking the temperature of the room and just helping people understand what this is and then moving forward with it.” 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

Ithaca author Celia Clement’s book is a firsthand account of her family’s survival of the Holocaust, told through the eyes of her mother and two aunts. By Ta n n e r H a r di ng

Celia Clement doesn’t consider herself a writer, but you couldn’t tell if you picked up a copy of her book “Three Sisters: A True Holocaust Story of Love, Luck, and Survival.” The book combines the memoirs of Clement’s mother, Alexandra, and her aunts Eva and Judith as they went into hiding during World War II to escape capture by the Nazis. Eva, Judith and Alexandra, their brother Peter and their parents, Lore and Fritz, were a prominent and wealthy family in Leipzig, Germany before Kristallnacht shattered their

idyllic lives. The Jewish family was soon forced into hiding for four years as they tried to avoid being sent to concentration camps, taking shelter in a tiny tool shed in the French countryside. The memoirs tell the story from the three distinct views of Alexandra, Eva and Judith, who were 11, 15 and 14 respectively when the ordeal began. The girls reflect on their fight for survival, including the hunger, fear, family, music and kindness of strangers they experienced. Clement heard many of these stories from her mother over the years and eventually decided she wanted to record them. In a sun-soaked home overlooking Cayuga Lake, Clement spent hours listening to her mother tell the story about their escape from Germany. Alexandra passed away in 2005, and about a decade later, Clement decided she wanted to write a book

about her mother’s experiences. Both Eva and Judith had written their own accounts of what happened during the Holocaust, and Clement reached out to see if they’d be interested in publishing the three stories together. Clement visited Eva and Judith in Israel in 2016 and fact-checked parts of their memoirs, filled in gaps and ultimately spent what was to be the last summer of Eva’s life with her hearing her stories. Judith passed away in 2019, the year before the book was published. While putting the stories together, Clement said she thought she’d get away with not having to write the book. “But several people said, ‘you need to narrate each chapter to give the backstory of what was going on politically and socially in the different countries and cities they were living in,’” Clement said. “So I had to start writing, and it was very difficult for me. I wanted to craft it so it was very succinct but still relevant to the stories.” In her research, Clement said she had learned things about the war she had never known before. “I wasn’t particularly knowledgeable but I’m quite certain there are things you wouldn’t know about some of the things that happened in France, the extent of the collaboration [with Nazis] in France and Switzerland,” she said. “Some of the more horrific things that were going on I included in the narratives in the beginning.”

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Comfort food and Irish charm Kilpatrick’s offers tasty Irish-inspired fare in downtown Ithaca By He nr y Stark


f you eat out from time-to-time you must have noticed that restaurants in Ithaca, as they are around the globe, have been hit hard by the pandemic. In our community we have, sadly, lost a few permanently while others struggle to keep to a normal schedule despite being understaffed. Kilpatrick’s is an excellent example of restaurants that are working hard to stay open and maintain normal service during these difficult times. On the weekdays that they are open, dining service commences at 4PM which is when I try to arrive. However, more than once I’ve been met at the door by a staff member who told me there’s only one person in the kitchen and food won’t be served before 5PM at the earliest. I’m welcomed to have a drink at the bar in the meantime. There are regulars at the bar and one looks just like Norm from Cheers. When they do start serving food the service is amazingly attentive. On the

recent occasions I’ve eaten there, Christopher, the bartender, came out from behind the bar, on multiple occasions, to assist Marah or Zach, the servers, in taking care of the needs of customers at the tables. Kilpatrick’s has three different sites: the aforementioned bar and two small dining areas, one with three private high-walled, dark mahogany booths and three hi-top tables as well as a main area. It’s dominated by a lovely, large, hand-painted bucolic mural of the Irish countryside. The paper menus feature traditional Irish inspired and American fare. “Hand Helds” ($13-$15) include a house burger with a choice of the normal five toppings, as well as a Reuben, Rachel, chicken, and fish (beer battered haddock) sandwiches. I like the Rachel, which is a Reuben made with turkey substituted for the traditional corned beef. It comes on marbled rye bread, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese, and homemade slaw.

It’s thick and messy to eat…just the way I like it. The three salad plates ($11-$12) offer fresh greens and I was happy to note that the radishes and red onion slices weren’t sharp on the tongue. There are a half-dozen Full Plates ($13$21) which include the basic Irish offerings I used to enjoy when I visited Dublin. There is, of course, corned beef and cabbage served with mashed potatoes, as well as bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie. The bangers and mash came with two large hot dog types (bangers in Ireland are sausages) placed atop a generous portion of homemade mashed potatoes. The bangers are made of 100% pork mixed with finely minced breadcrumbs and surrounded by a thickish homemade onion gravy. The shepherd’s pie was served in an individual cast iron pan and consisted of a slightly dry combination of beef and lamb ground together with onions and carrots, topped with mashed potatoes and also served in an onion gravy. On my visits to Ireland I learned that an authentic shepherd’s pie is made exclusively with lamb (the word shepherd is derived from sheep herder and I’ve never been served it mixed with beef.) Incidentally, if it is made with beef it’s called “cottage pie.” Therefore, I think Kilpatrick’s use of “Irish-inspired” is appropriate and their bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie fit the bill of tasty and filling traditional comfort foods. I don’t normally eat “Sweets” at the end of a meal, however I did try the flourless

chocolate torte and was delighted how thick, “chocolatey” and sweet the slice was. The wine menu ($7-$9/glass) is more extensive than I would expect at an Irish pub and includes all the major grape varieties as well as countries of origin and winery identifications. And you’ll not have a problem finding a beer you like in bottles, cans, or draught. To be more informative and helpful to Times readers, I once allowed myself to order an Irish Coffee. It was authentic with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and coffee with whipped cream, which was squirted on the top from a can. It should have been served with a straw as some of us are not wild about sporting whipped cream mustaches.

Tidbits: -The main entrance is on Tioga Street however it can also be accessed through a short corridor from the lobby of the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn. -Kilpatrick’s is noisy. -The main dining area has a small platform which can be used by musicians.

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their characteristic styles and media. I do not tire of seeing these artists do what they do best. Both Christa Wolf and Craig Mains are masters of monotype. Wolf ’s painterly, animistic landThe Ink Shop features a variety of scapes writhe with chalky works in its latest member show lines and watercolor-like strokes and washes. Two By Ar thur W hit m an square format prints, “Summer Time V” and the particularly strikembers’ group exhibitions have infusion of drawings and ing “Sommer Wind II” long anchored the show calendar other “works on paper.” memorably evoke the at Ithaca’s Ink Shop Printmaking A pair of paintings on classic Finger Lakes setCenter at 220 E. State St. Over the years, I paper by new member ting: high above the wahave reviewed many of these. The mixMelissa Conroy fulfills ters, unseen but distinctly ture of the familiar and the new that they this promise with luscious felt, grapevines or trees embody continues to reassure us of the and playful results. Condancing and exploding in vitality of local art — a particular pleasure roy, a lecturer at Cornell the foreground. now given the uncertainties of the past few in textile design, brings Mains’ unique prints seasons. a love of texture and combine a collage-like The center’s exhibition, which opened repetition to her abstract manipulation of cutout this month and remains up indefinitely, paintings. The larger, shapes with painterly, Member Show viewable now at the Ink Shop (Photo Instagram) is characteristically well put together. Ununframed watercolor “On often abraded-looking fortunately, it feels constricted, spread out a Collision Course” and textures — drawn from between the two rooms of the Shop’s secits companion gouache Combining photo-etched imagery of her the subsequent “ghost” ond floor walkup. (Past group shows have “That Was an Interesting Conversation” abandoned childhood home with sculpimages taken from an already printed temmade use of the Community School of feature clusters of cell-like circles in tural manipulations of the paper, these are plate. His “Gender Reveal Over” trilogy Music and Arts’ space downstairs, which tantalizing, translucent shades of red and haunting, evocative works. It is welcome here takes a typically sardonic look at the is not currently possible.) A sister display, purple. to see an extended series in a show where all-American fascination with spectacle currently at Leidenfrost Vineyards in Another artist new to the Shop, most members are represented with one or and disaster. Recalling Pop-adjacent but Hector, NY, is recommended for anybody Julianne Hunter teaches in Cornell’s art two works — a sampling approach, which independent-minded artists like Robert interested in contemporary printmaking. department. She is showing several of often leaves one wanting more. Rauschenberg and Ed Ruscha, his theme I have long felt that the Shop’s print her small “Remnants” from her 2017 Several of the Shop’s longstanding continued on page 17 shows might benefit from an occasional MFA thesis show at SUNY New Paltz. members contribute excellent work in

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The book’s chapters are separated by location and date, and each sister gets to tell the story through their own eyes; there are subheads to mark which sister is speaking. Getting this part right was the difficult part, Clement said. “It was really hard work to take three separate stories and lace it together so it flowed,” Clement said. “Would the overlap I had with each voice work? It took a while before I could get them to be smooth.” As the stories came together, Clement said she was continuously blown away by what her family had survived.

“Even though I grew up with my mother telling me these stories, I was like this is my mother? This happened to someone I know?” She added that it was common for survivors of the Holocaust to want to shield their children from the trauma they endured, so often details or the worst stories were left out. “My mother wanted to spare us from the Holocaust,” Clement said. “My mother wanted to protect us.” One of the revelations Clement learned while working on the book was that Eva had been put into an internment camp when she was 17.

“We didn’t know her story,” she said. “What she described was new to all of us, so when some of our cousins read it, even her daughter, they said ‘oh I didn’t know this.’” The fourth sibling, Peter, died in 1980, but Clement said she made sure to include him as much as possible through the voices of the sisters. Despite all three sisters having now passed away, Clement is still close with her cousins, and they have reunions in Israel every year. One year, they decided to go to the village in France where their parents had been hidden. While they were there, they got to meet the descendants of the farmer who hid their family.

“It was such an amazing moment,” Clement said, emotional. “I said, ‘It’s because of you, your family. They risked their lives to save our lives.’ I get teary every time I say it. How often do you meet people who saved your lives?” “Three Sisters: A True Holocaust Story of Love, Luck, and Survival” is available to purchase on Amazon.

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with variations is like a wordless comic strip. A billowing cloud of smoke — here cyan, there dark gray — rises above a scene in silhouettes of earth tones and black: scattered flames, a van, picnic tables, a distant house in the desert. It’s a boy! – alas. Other Shop mainstays here are just as good or nearly so. Kumi Korf ’s painterly intaglio print “Interior, Purple Fruits” (from 2013, a markedly older piece) is a biomorphic abstraction in her signature poetic style. It combines confident, calligraphic brushstrokes and overlaid subdued tones. Gregory Page’s dense black lithographic fern-scape “Motifs from the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland” recalls traditions of specimen display and collage. Combining monotype with photo emulsion transfer, photographer Jari Poulin’s three small prints here continue her exploration of portraiture and symbolic objecthood, seen in her recent local show “Senses in Animate.” Inevitably, not everything here is up to the level of the show’s standout artists. For instance: I’ve never felt comfortable with the feel of Rebecca Godin’s digital photo-manipulations — especially printed on canvas, as two are here. Likewise, Pat Hunsinger’s mixed-technique “Yellow Crowned Night Heron” continues her ecological explorations in an exuberant but seemingly overwrought profusion of color and pattern. Compare the latter with Jenny Pope’s color woodcut “Chinampa,” an homage to Mesoamerican agriculture, which fully inhabits its “all-over” textures and camouflaged plant and animal figures. This is a fine little exhibition, professionally hung and highlighting the Ink Shop’s diverse and talented roster. An anthology of little worlds rather than a fully cohesive statement, this — only the Shop’s second new show of the year — is nonetheless a decent comeback.

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Concert: Max Creek (Dwyer Park) | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St Max Creek | 8 p.m. | Dwyer Memorial Park Little York Max Creek | 8 p.m. | Dwyer Memorial Park Little York


8/18 Wednesday Open Music Ithaca with SOLID | 4 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons | Free

8/28 Saturday Sugar Hollow Music Festival | 1 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd Concerts in Eldridge Park: Richman and the Poorboys | 5 p.m. | Eldridge Park, Eldridge Park Road Eldridge Park Classic Car Show & Concert | 5 p.m. | Eldridge Park, Eldridge Park Road

8/19 Thursday 2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series Presents Noon Fifteen | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons Music in the Park: Smoking Loons | 6:30 p.m. | Myers Park, Myers Road

8/20 Friday Lisa Lee Band | 5:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89 | Free Garden Concert: Tailor Made | 6 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | $5.00 Friday Night Music - Purple Valley | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd Groton Summer Concerts: 3’s A Crowd | 6:30 p.m. | Groton American Legion, 307 Main Street | Free

8/21 Saturday Jimmy Jam | 12:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89

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Chenango County Fairgrounds, Norwich | This year’s lineup features Jimmie Vaughan (pictured), Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Crystal Thomas and the Eastside Kings with the Texas Horns, Horojo Trio, Castro Coleman aka “Mr. Sipp,” Albert Castiglia, Zac Harmon, and many more. Camping is available; tickets must be pre-purchased online. (photo: provided)

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8/20 Friday Tim Ball at the Conservatory | 7 p.m. | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 1 Congress St. | $15.00 $18.00

8/21 Saturday Eldridge Park Presents: Twin Tiers Community Orchestra | 5 p.m. | Eldridge Park, Eldridge Park Road

8/25 Wednesday Newfield Music Series at Mill Park: Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project | 6 p.m. | Mill Park, 222 Main St. | Free


Sunday Brunch: Jim Scala | 1 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | Free Gerard Burke | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road


8/26 Thursday 2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series Presents Empire Kings | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons Music in the Park: Cruise Control | 6:30 p.m. | Myers Park, Myers Road

8/27 Friday Time for Three | 8 p.m. | Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 Lake Rd | $40.00 - $60.00

8/29 Sunday The Wailers | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | $15.00 - $30.00 CONCERT: The Wailers | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St

8/31 Tuesday An evening with the Henhouse Prowlers | 7 p.m. | Rose Hall, 19 Church Street

9/1 Wednesday Music in the Park: Kitestring |

Stage Queens Girl In The World | 7:30 p.m., 8/18 Wednesday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | 8/12-8/21. The Motown-infused story of Jacqueline Marie Butler, a Black teenager coming of age in the 1960s.



Ithaca Commons| Prog-Soul from right here in Ithaca. Noon Fifteen is the collaboration of Mandy Goldman (vocals & guitar), Samuel B. Lupowitz (keyboards & vocals), Joe Massa (guitar), Harry Nichols (bass & vocals), and Phil Shay (drums & vocals) (photo: Facebook)

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Feasting the Sea-God: A Live Performance of the Odyssey | 5:30 p.m., 8/19 Thursday | Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry Street | A live telling of the epic of the Odyssey by performance storyteller Jay Leeming, featuring floating cities, one-eyed giants, and a gender-bending prophet from the Land of the Dead. For all ages. | Free Live Laughs Comedy Series: Madelein Smith | 7 p.m., 8/21 Saturday | The Foundry, 416 E State St | | $10.00 - $20.00 An Odyssey: a community-created theatrical spectacular! | 4:30 p.m., 8/26 Thursday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | Hangar Mainstage OUTDOORS! 2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series Presents Empire Kings | 6 p.m., 8/26 Thursday | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons | Join us for LIVE music on the Commons, our Summer Concert Series is FREE and fun for the entire family! The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in Suggett Park) | 6 p.m., 8/26 Thursday | Suggett Park, 108 Homer Avenue | Doublemeanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. | Free An Odyssey | 7:30 p.m., 8/26 Thursday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | An epic new piece of theatre created by our town, for our town. An Odyssey will celebrate the skills and talents of Ithaca’s diverse communities, working alongside professional theatre artists, to create a fresh adaptation of Homer’s tale. With music, magic, and adventure for all ages. Black/brown/other | 7 p.m., 8/28 Saturday | A new play by Evan Starling-Davis which explores racism and racial identity on college campuses. An evening with the Henhouse Prowlers | 7 p.m., 8/31 Tuesday | Rose Hall, 19 Church Street | THE HENHOUSE PROWLERS ARE BLUEGRASS AMBASSADORS.Founded over 14 years ago with the simple desire to play original and powerfulbluegrass, this quartet now finds themselves at the intersection of Songs My Brothers Taught Me | 7:15 p.m., 8/31 Tuesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | “The setting is the often starkly beautiful Badlands of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; | Free

No Maps on My Taps | 7:15 p.m., 9/1 Wednesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | “Three aging but still-limber tap dancers show youngsters where it’s at in George T.

Art Journey Through Time Tour | 11 a.m., 8/20 Friday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Journey Through Time Tours are occurring every Friday thru August 27th! North Star Art Exhibition “Air Bathing” | 12 p.m., 8/20 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., 8/20 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | Michael Sampson paintings abstracted from the figure. | Free Norma Luther’s Painting ClassHalloween Gnome | 11 a.m., 8/21 Saturday | Registration for this class opens August 10th Junior Illustration Club | 10:30 a.m., 8/23 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., 8/23 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Illustration Club on Mondays this summer!

Film Swan Song | 8/19 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger escapes the confines of his small-town nursing home after learning of his former client’s dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. Ailey | 8/19 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Biographical documentary about Alvin Ailey, a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Ema | 4:45 p.m., 8/20 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | After a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a


Little York Lake Pavilion, 6799 Little York Lake Road, Preble | Cortland Repertory Theatre will wrap up their summer season with the theatre’s first-ever production written by William Shakespeare. This special adaptation is just one hour and will be performed by just six actors. Four performances are offered. (photo: provided)

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Special Events Night Sky Cruise at Allen Treman State Park | 9 p.m., 8/20 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. SCT Jubilee fundraiser for Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. | 3 p.m., 8/21 Saturday | Fools Hill, 657 Dawson Hill Road | 1st annual music benefit for Second Chance Thoroughbreds. Zach Nugent Band is our headliner, playing songs of Jerry Garcia/ Grateful Dead. | $40.00 - $1,500.00

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tempestuous choreographer, Ema, a reggaeton dancer, sets out on an odyssey of personal liberation, in this incendiary drama about art, desire, and the modern family from director Pablo Larraín. Demonic | 5 p.m., 8/20 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed. Directed by Neill Blomkamp Disney’s Aladdin | 7 p.m., 8/20 Friday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 | FREE! Bring friends, family, & neighbors as the 2021 Movies in the Park Series continues.


Sunday Seasonal Bounty Board | 11 a.m., 8/22 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

Books Tioughnioga River Writers: Personal, Memoir and Lyric Essays | 6 p.m., 8/18 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | in person writing workshop entitled Your Life is a Story: Personal, Memoir and Lyric Essays is facilitated by Priscilla. We Read Diverse Books | 8/25 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | The library will be offering a monthly virtual book discussion to discuss novels centered on characters with diverse cultures, ethnicities, and life experiences.

Kids Family Science Workshop | 3 p.m., 8/18 Wednesday | Sciencecenter, 601 1st Street | Wednesday, 8/18 at 3 pm Sciencenter Community Room Join us for our next Family Science WorkshopFoam Block Printing. These activities are fun for the whole family! Eco-Explorers: Cool Canines | 6 p.m., 8/18 Wednesday | Cayuga Nature

Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | Come out to discover more about New York’s canines, how they’re each unique, and how they survive! | Free Baby Storytime Meets Outside! | 10:30 a.m., 8/20 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Daring to Dig Tour | 1:30 p.m., 8/20 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., 8/20 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm. Disney’s Aladdin | 7 p.m., 8/20 Friday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 | FREE! Bring friends, family, & neighbors as the 2021 Movies in the Park Series continues. Sweetgrass & Splint Star Workshop - Community Education Program | 10 a.m., 8/21 Saturday | Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 North Tioga Street | Register on the History Center’s website. All ages (yes kids AND adults!) are invited to make their own Sweetgrass and Black Ash Splint Star with Seneca artist Penny Minner. Story Time @ Truxton Community Center: Frogs! | 10 a.m., 8/21 Saturday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Miss Martsje will

be offering a story time for children and their families at the Truxton Community Center as part of the traveling library. Free Community Science: Collagen & Synthetic Biology | 10:30 a.m., 8/21 Saturday | Sciencecenter, 601 1st Street | Saturday, August 21, 10:30 am Conley Park (behind the Sciencenter) Join the Sciencenter for a free activity in Conley Park (behind the Sciencenter). | Free Animal Ambassador Encounters | 12 p.m., 8/21 Saturday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd | Come enjoy a wild meet and greet with some of the Animal Ambassadors of the Cayuga Nature Center! Water Quality Cruise on Cayuga Lake | 9 a.m., 8/22 Sunday | Cayuga Lake, Allen H. Treman State Marine Park | Come sailing with CSI! A great opportunity for kids and families to learn about water quality in Cayuga Lake and to help collect samples that will contribute to a long-term data set of water quality there. Registration required. Contact Nathaniel.Launer@ | Free Highkey Science Family Program | 1 p.m., 8/23 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Highkey Science provides STEM-based play activity sessions to community organizations throughout Central New York. Highkey Science’s play-based learning approach encour-

ages kids to have fun while they learn all things STEM! | Free Family Book Club | 6:30 p.m., 8/25 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Family Book Club is for 4-8 year olds and their family. For now the family book club will be held on zoom.

Notices Community Sunset Cruise | 7:30 p.m., 8/18 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 Trumansburg Farmers Market | 8/18 Wednesday | Trumansburg Farmers market, Corner of Route 227 & 96 | 8/18: Taksim; 8/25: Small Tattoo | Free Better Together Community Coalition | 9 a.m., 8/19 Thursday | Virtual | events We invite caregivers who are parenting children with social, emotional, behavioral, or developmental challenges, foster and adoptive parents, kinship caregivers, and those parenting through challenges of all sorts, as well as those working with families, to join us. | Free Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 8/19 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 Check It Out Shoppe | 9 a.m., 8/20 Friday | Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Rd | Every Fri and Sat. High-quality used items at reasonable prices. Sponsored by the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church. 3-DAY ONLINE TREASURE AUCTION | 9 a.m., 8/20 Friday | Virtual, Online | Something for everyone! All are invited to browse and bid. The ONLINE AUCTION begins on Fri, 8/20 @ 9am, through Sun, 8/22 @ 9pm. See the website: | Free James Potorti Interpretive Gorge Walks | 10 a.m., 8/20 Friday | Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth / Various Locations, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route

96) | Join us for our annual James Potorti Museum of the Earth/State Parks Gorge Walks on Fridays in August. | Free Enfield Community Yard Sale | 9 a.m., 8/21 Saturday | Enfield, 162 Enfield Main Rd | Pick up a map of all the yard sales in Enfield, grab breakfast and check out the trunk sale at 162 Enfield Main Rd. Sponsored by the Enfield Community Council. Farmers Market in Brooktondale | 10 a.m., 8/21 Saturday | Brooktondale Community Center, 524 Valley Rd | Farmers Market with local flavor, easy parking, playground for the children, BBQ each week. Besides the usual produce, eggs, cheese, and meat, the market features a variety of fiber vendors, native plants, hanging flower baskets and homestead products. Broadway Brunch | 11 a.m., 8/21 Saturday | Little York Pavilion | Don’t miss this FUNdraiser for Cortland Rep, hosted by our Board of Directors and featuring cabaret-style performances by our amazing intern company! The Landlords Association of Tompkins County | 8/23 Monday | Virtual | Meetings are for members only. Rental property owners interested in these meetings are invited to join. For more information go to, email LATC@LandlordsAssociation. com , or call 607- 257-2382. Food Around the World | 3:30 p.m., 8/24 Tuesday | Virtual | Please join Nutrition educator Sarah Curless for a free Zoom cooking class series focused on different cuisines from around the globe, as well as learning about some practices around cooking and | Free Ithaca Restorative Justice Meetings | 6:30 p.m., 8/25 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | The discussions will be led by Ithaca Restorative Justice, and anyone who is interested in restorative justice is welcome to attend. The meetings will take place in-person in the Schwarz Jacobson room, but will also be available via Zoom. Questions? Contact Sophia McKissick at


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Robert H. Treman State Park, Meet at Upper Treman Park | The Finger Lakes region has an outstanding geological record exposed in the local gorges. These guided walks will introduce major concepts about geology and geologic time, allowing one to interpret the geological history of the region while enjoying the beauty of our local area. (photo: provided)

Fool’s Hill, 121 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer | Head out to tSpencer for a family-friendly day of music and friends. Featuring performances by CoZmic Theo and Honker. Zach Nugent will finish the night playing the songs of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead. (photo: provided)

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