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PEDC: Right to Renew legislation needs more work from council
ity officials engaged in their first real discussion recently about passing a Good Cause Eviction, or Right to Renew law. At its core, the law aims to give tenants who want to renew their lease the right to do so, unless a landlord can prove they have a good cause not to. The Good Cause Eviction language can get a bit confusing because the law is actually referring to landlords not giving tenants an option to renew a lease, rather than evicting them through a legal process before the end of the lease contract. This becomes an issue for tenants especially when they’re on month-to-month leases and can essentially be left without a home with little-to-no notice. The law also seeks to protect tenants from landlord retaliation from actions such as organizing with other tenants or demanding repairs. The Planning and Economic Development Committee discussed the Right to Renew law at its Aug. 18 meeting, where they agreed there were still some aspects of the legislation to be worked on. The law in front of them was submitted by the Ithaca Tenants Union and
committee chair Seph Murtagh thought it could be closer to the legislation that was recently passed in Albany. “When I first looked at what Albany passed, I thought it was something we could work with as a starting point,” Murtagh said. “My preference would be something that looks like the Albany legislation but is tweaked toward Ithaca.” He added that one of his concerns about the legislation is that it could lead to landlords who are much more strict about who they rent to. “That means potentially upgrading properties and making them more expensive,” he said.
“It’s a concern just because it could result in a lack of lower income housing in the city.” Murtagh added he also worried it could cause more AirBnbs or other short-term rentals to pop up, and that he doesn’t want any new legislation designed to protect long-term tenants to negatively impact student renters. “That’s not to say we couldn’t figure out a way to make this legislation accommodate that, but I don’t want to cause chaos for the thousands of students who come here to go to school and sign one-year leases,” he said. Alderperson Cynthia Brock said she sees the legislation as guaranteeing tenants the right to renew, but it is up to them if they choose to exercise that right or not. “It would still allow the student-focused cycling in and out where they wouldn’t
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The Ithaca Tenants Union (ITU) hosting an assembly outside City Hall on Saturday, July 31
exercise their option, but they would have that option,” she said. She added that she thought landlords being more careful about who they rent to would be beneficial to the community. “If there’s an onus on the landlord to be more selective to do the screening, engage with tenants, give them an opportunity to correct behavior that’s not acceptable […] I think this is a wonderful improvement,” she said. With the committee seeking improvement to the legislation proposed, they decided to bring back something that looks more like the Albany legislation next month to vote on to circulate. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g
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PHOTOGRAPHER COVID concerns color school year planning By C a se y Mar tin
THEY’RE HERE. WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER 1 TIP FOR NEWCOMERS TO ITHACA?
“Hit as many of the waterfalls as you can before it snows!” -Max J.
“Stick around for the Summer time. It’s amazing!” -Cath L.
“Drive Slow…and explore all of the waterfalls outside of the city!” -Shruti K. & Swasti S.
s COVID fears ramp back up due to an increase of cases as the delta variant surges, the Ithaca City School District is doing what it can to keep up with an ever-changing landscape. At the Aug. 17 Board of Education meeting, executive staff and board members talked about everything from vaccine mandates to online learning as the new school year creeps up on Septembe 9. “Things are changing so rapidly that what we thought a month ago things would look like for the fall are changing on a daily or hourly basis,” board member Moira Lang said. Currently vaccines are available for anyone ages 12 and over, but Superintendent Luvelle Brown said the district does not have the ability to mandate vaccination requirements for eligible students or staff. In previous meetings, board members explained only the state could hand down a mandate for vaccination in students, but at the time none of the vaccines were fully approved by the FDA. However,
Could cooperation make clean energy cheaper?
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on Aug. 23, the FDA did grant full approval to the Pfizer vaccine, which is the one available for children as young as 12. As of yet, there has been no word from the state on whether or not the vaccine will be mandated. Board of Education president Rob Ainslie said the Ithaca City School District does have a high rate of vaccination in its staff, but Deputy Superintendent Lily Talcott said asking for vaccination status is off the table at the moment. “We can never stop a family from asking an employee, but not everyone would be happy to share, so folks should be cognizant of that,” Talcott said. In a previous meeting there was little talk of online learning aside from the limited spots that will be made available for people with certain medical requirements, but at the Aug. 17 meeting the board acknowledged the delta variant could change things. “Every school leader in our state is thinking about a remote option,” Brown said. “We’ve been thinking about
ix months after a presentation about community choice aggregation (CCA) from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Planning and Economic Development Committee heard about it again from Luis Aguirre-Torres, the city’s director of sustainability. When the committee heard the original presentation, the director of sustainability role had yet to be filled, but Aguirre-Torres has started moving toward community choice aggregation more concretely. Essentially, community choice aggregation is a bulk buying agreement for energy supply by one or more municipalities on behalf of its residents. A participating municipality would pass a local
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law to purchase an energy supply on behalf of residents and small commercial accounts; any individual can opt out. Aguirre-Torres told the committee that he had been working for several months with other municipalities about pursuing CCA. “The aggregation of potential customers allows for better negotiations,” Aguirre-Torres said. “I believe it would work to do this at the county level […] However, probably just the city and town will pursue it.” A CCA would guarantee 100% renewable energy to the city and town of Ithaca, and all residents would be enrolled unless they opt out. The city and town would eventually
that and are offering a limited number of spaces based on medical needs, and that’s what we currently plan to do. If and how we expand that is something we’ll be talking about.” Brown noted that due to a staffing shortage, the district does not currently have the capacity to offer a completely virtual option to anyone who wants it. “If I’m correct with the data, the turnover rate has doubled over the last year, and that coupled with a dwindling pipeline […] this teacher shortage is real,” he said. “It’s impossible for us to staff a completely virtual option and an in-person option at once. We don’t have the capacity to do so at scale.” Both the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics indicated that in-person learning is critical for children, according to Talcott, and she said that the district will be following those organizations’ guidelines around health and safety. Students will remain masked while learning and be seated three feet apart, or six feet apart when unmasked for eating lunch. Additionally, the district will continue to engage in layers of safety measures such as hygiene, symptomatic testing and improved ventilation and filtration systems. To ensure proper distancing is achievable, the district invested
in new triangular desks that prove more flexibility for spacing. Additionally, cohorts will be entire grades (rather than classrooms like last year) so some students in a grade level will eat lunch in the cafeteria and some in a classroom so that six feet of distance can be guaranteed. Talcott also said physical distancing is not required on school buses, but students must wear masks. Board member Kelly Evans asked if there was yet a plan in place in case the district was required to shut down again. “If hybrid is not an option, what does that [scenario] look like?” Evans asked. Talcott said it’s been a question on all of their minds and said they’ve gotten good at making that switch at a moment’s notice. Teachers at the secondary level are going to use Canvas (an online learning management system) throughout the year to post assignments so that if a switch to online learning is necessary, students will already be comfortable using it and the change won’t be as drastic. Brown added that the district will not be engaging in hybrid learning — teachers will be teaching either remotely or in-person, but not both. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g
need to pass ordinances to seek the CCA. Alderperson Cynthia Brock asked about the price differential for residents and what it would cost in administrative funding. Aguirre-Torres said he anticipates the savings could be 20-30% compared to the retail price, and that they could likely lock those savings into a long-term price with a 15- 20year deal. The administration of the program would be paid for through the electric bill. He said that even with paying for those administrative fees, residents would still see around 20% in savings on electric bills. “At the end of the day, savings remain,” he said. Brock asked if there was a threshold where if enough people opted out of the CCA that it would become economically infeasible. Aguirre-Torres said yes, but that public outreach is part of the program. Joining a CCA is also pretty low-risk, and in the previous
presentation, it was stated that customers likely would notice no difference to their service other than a lower cost and knowing they were consuming clean energy. The only real potential downside is if for some reason electricity prices drop dramatically, the city and town could still be locked into the previously agreed upon rate. Aguirre-Torres said the recommendation now is to move forward with just the town of Ithaca to get the process moving more quickly. He said with the city and town joining forces, they can likely accomplish everything in about 12 months. From there, other municipalities can sign memorandums of understanding to join in the CCA. This discussion was preliminary, and eventually an ordinance will have to be passed by both the city and town. However, that is likely months down the road. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g
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Ups Every step of the process was more miserable than the last, but that repaved section of Meadow Street is now smooth like butter. What potholes?
Downs Tompkins County is considered an area of high COVID transmission after passing the 100 positive cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period threshold. Get vaccinated and wear your masks!
HEARD&SEEN Heard Hip hop group Empire Kings is taking the stage at Bernie Milton Pavilion on Thursday, Aug. 26. The show is free and starts at 6 p.m.
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Town officials shoot down resident-backed petition against Dryden Rail Trail
he Dryden Town Council will not hold a referendum on its resolution to contract with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to manage the acquisition of sections of two parcels of land as well as approve the preferred design of a pedestrian bridge suggested by the Dryden Rail Trail Task Force. The two sections — 0.71 acres of a private property and 0.16 acres of a commercial property — are two key pieces to the council’s proposed pedestrian bridge project that would travel over Route 13, connecting portions of the Dryden Rail Trail from Monkey Run Road to Hallwoods Road. A petition was submitted on or around July 17 by a town resident to the council to hold a “permissive referendum” on the resolution. A permissive referendum, according to the state’s Division of Local Government Services’ Local Government Handbook, is a form of referendum “in which the local governing body is autho-
rized to place a matter before the voters on its own motion,” or “after the local governing body renders a decision on the matter, it may be required to wait a specified period of time (after public notice of the decision) before the matter is finally decided.” During that time frame, “a petition may be filed demanding that the local
Protesters against the Dryden Rail Trail Bridge holding signs on Main Street in Dryden (Photo: Andrew Sullivan)
governing body may submit the matter to referendum for a public decision.” At the end of July, Town Supervisor Jason Leifer issued a letter to the individual who submitted the petition stating that following a review of the petition, the council decided that the actions taken in the resolution were not fit for a permissive referendum. “The town looked at this and concluded that there is not a specific statutory provision making a resolution for a contract with the State of New York subject to a permissive referendum,” Town Attorney
The Proposed Rail Trail Bridge across Rt. 13 Between Rt. 366 and Lower Creek Rd.
Peter Walsh said. Certain situations, such as changes to the form or structure of government, require a municipality to hold a referendum, according to the Local Government Handbook. Permissive referendums are typically conducted by a town when it is “constructing, purchasing or leasing a town building or land there for and when establishing airports, public parking, parks, playgrounds, and facilities for collection and disposal of solid wastes.” In addition, “local laws of counties, cities, towns and villages are subject to referenda on petition if they result in changes in existing laws relating to such matters as public bidding, purchases, contracts, assessments, power of condemnation, auditing, and alienation or leasing of property,” according to the handbook. The New York Consolidated Laws Municipal Home Rule Law also outlines local laws of towns that would be subject to a referendum on petition, such as laws that: Dispense with a provision of law requiring a public notice or hearing as a condition precedent to official action.
Seen Ray Pompilio won the Visions Federal Credit Union’s Tompkins County debit card photo contest. Pompilio’s waterfall photo is now available to all Visions members as a debit card design option. Congrats!
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nowing that I am a “community newspaper” kind of guy, Stephanie Valletta — the coordinator of student wellness and athletics the for the Ithaca City School District — recently reached out to me and conveyed that the ICSD was really proud that several of their owm alumni have returned to their home school district as coaches. I told her that I liked the idea of writing a column about that, and I asked her how many coaches were ICSD grads. A half-dozen, I guessed? I was very surprised to learn the number was over 20. Here is a run-down (always nice to throw in a good sports reference): Clarence Welch III is the head man for the football program, and also coaches indoor and outdoor track and field. John Nicholas is a member of the football coaching staff, as is Khiry Brown, a Little Red alum who just wrapped up a fine gridiron career at Ithaca College. Jonathan Billing is on the soccer coaching staff, as are Teo Levitan-Armstrong and Kaitlyn Hoffay (who also coaches lacrosse). Twenty years of my sportswriting archives will also show that Jodi Maddren is a longtime soccer coach for the district, and Sydney Trumble has
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returned to coach volleyball and basketball. Tim Little and Lindsey Bryant will lead the girls basketball program, Shane Taylor is coaching tennis and basketball, Dan Miller coaches golf and basketball, and Lester McNair runs the show for the boys varsity basketball program. Tim Wood is on the basketball staff, Gordon Begent coaches both basketball and softball, and Eric Parker pulls doubleduty with wrestling and outdoor track and field. Jane Bryant keeps a hand in the girls basketball program, Dave Buchner helps out with soccer and Carson Case is on the lacrosse staff. It was also pointed out that ICSD has a mother/son coaching duo, as Khiry Brown is coaching football and his mom, Unique LeFlore, is the cheer coach. They also have parent/child duos as Tim Little is the varsity girls basketball coach, and his daughters — Nia and Madelyn — are on the team. John Nicholas coaches football as an assistant, and his son — Dom — plays football and lacrosse. Al Plue is an assistant softball coach and
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ith the pandemic there have been unforeseen problems everywhere, of course, but beyond the universal kind, Ithaca is a benign locale that does well in evading many earthly sorts. This month we had torrential rain for a day. It was part of a tropical storm, but Ithaca is northern and inland enough to get only limited fringes of such disturbances, when we get them at all. There were storm-related tornadoes as near as Pennsylvania. Here we had only minor troubles such as mildly flooded basements and roads. Car-pooling home from work with me the night of the rains, a colleague who just moved to Ithaca, fairly far up South Hill on Coddington Road, said he was happy to live on high ground where trouble wouldn’t touch him. What he doesn’t realize (yet) is that the further up you go, the more roadway there is below you to flood and hinder your travel. The hilly hamlet of Newfield knows this. Its main thoroughfare, Route 13, was closed for overflowing creeks and other downhill drenching. Still, problems in the area were largely navigable or even non-existent. For many years I’ve lived downtown in Southside, 200 feet from Six Mile Creek, a bucolic feature of the neighborhood that provides natural beauty and sustains charming wildlife while quite thoughtfully never overflowing into nearby streets. Only once in all these years did it even come close. Recollection says it was during a storm like this latest one, except worse, lasting many more hours. I worked late nights at the time. Arriving home around midnight I could see the creek was near its brink, but put it out of my mind with the humble but accurate realization that there wasn’t much I could do about it. A few hours later there was pounding at my door. I live up a flight of stairs and went down to find an emergency worker on the porch. He said that flooding was a possibility and workers were alerting residents that evacuation might be ordered, in maybe an hour or two. I rubbed sleep from my eyes, at least figuratively, and said look, my neighbors work days and will be up in an hour or two anyway, but I work nights and this is like 1 a.m. to me, not 6 a.m. I live upstairs and don’t have anything on street level. If it’s all the same to you, I’d like to go
back to bed and take my chances on not evacuating. He said that was okay with him, but was that my car parked out front? If water rushed down the street it would soon become my boat. I quickly realized this was true, a boat that was by no means anchored. Beyond that, he said, maybe plan on going back to bed for a day or two, as your usual activities might be curtailed by lack of utilities, and going anywhere might be difficult unless you are a strong swimmer. In fact I am, but prefer less turbulent host water, so I took his hint, and stayed up and made coffee and prepared for the vigil. As it happens, the creek stayed put. (It is a matter more of superstition rather than self-regard or simple nonsense that I consider preparation for the bad a boost for the good.) In winter, too, Ithaca is blessed by obligingly benevolent geography. We have a reputation for harsh winters simply by being in upstate New York, which millions of downstaters and other outsiders equate with the Yukon. But there’s upstate, and there’s upstate. Neighboring Syracuse suffers in winter. It is only an hour north of Ithaca, but in a different microclimate, which begins near Tully. When conditions are sharp you can sometimes actually observe the switch traveling on Route 81. Just north of Tully in winter there is a deepening of darkness and cold that is not just metaphysical. Syracuse gets lake effect snow from the Great Lakes. So do Rochester and Buffalo. Vast precipitation accumulates from vapors rising from relatively warmer surface temperatures above the lakes and falls dramatically when reaching colder temperatures above land. Hello, Rochester and Buffalo. The effect travels with prevailing winds, often getting worse along the way. Hello, Syracuse. Meanwhile, Ithaca enjoys a kind of reverse Finger Lakes effect. The city is on Cayuga and east of Seneca, deep lakes which are slow to freeze, thus providing rising mild temperatures. The lakes are too narrow to add significant precipitation to passing storms, instead moderating them. Or let’s say confusing them, as maybe these meteorological postulates do downstaters who think we winter in snowdrifts. If that slows second home hunting by them here, maybe that’s another benign effect.
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less. If you rented for a week then the last 3 weeks had to have no guests. If you were already renting by the week, you were “grandfathered in” and could continue with the minimum weekly rentals. Owners were responsible for unlawful acts. This new rule took care of the comings and goings surrounding “daily guests.” -Bea Fulmer, Ithaca, NY
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his daughter, senior Jenna Plue, is on the softball team. Coaching newcomer Sydney Trumble (2017 grad and SUNY Oneonta basketball player) is the daughter of longtime coach and administrator Jason Trumble. I asked Stephanie if she shared my amazement that coach Jane Bryant is still at it and she said, “Jane does everything for us. She’s a mentor and observer and she is still working very hard to get us through what is still a crazy time. She knows how important it is to have kids playing sports now, and she does whatever she can to make that happen.” One more close connection: Girls basketball coach Tim Little is married to Samantha Little, ICSD’s director of athletics and wellness. Expressing her gratitude that so many former Little Red athletes are now in
coaching positions, Stephanie said, “There is a lot of pride involved in stepping back onto the field, or the court, where you once played as a high school athlete. We just love the fact that these coaches are keeping it all in the family, so to speak. The roots run deep.” ● ● ●
A few columns back, I did a story about the Ithaca Dragon Boat Club, and how hard the paddlers were training for the prestigious Independence Dragon Boat Regatta in Philadelphia. I was pleased to learn that the team won gold in the B major division at the prestigious event — one of the biggest on the east coast. Not only was the event prestigious, it was also very popular, as 55 total crews showed up. The breakdown was: 27 women’s crews, 21 mixed crews and seven open crews. Congrats to our local Dragon Boaters.
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Change a provision of law relating to public bidding, purchases or contracts. Change a provision of law relating to assessments of real property or benefit assessments for local improvements. Change a provision of law relating to the alienation or leasing of real property of the local government. Section 64 of Article 4 (titled “General powers of town boards”) of the Town Law does state in number two (“Acquisition and conveyance of real property”) that towns that “acquire by lease, purchase, in the manner provided by law, or by acquisition in the manner provided by the eminent domain procedure law, any lands or rights therein, either within or outside the town boundaries, required for any public purpose, and may, upon the adoption of a resolution, convey or lease real property in the name of the town, which
resolution shall be subject to a permissive referendum,” though in this instance it is the NYSDOT overseeing the acquisition process, not the town. On the whole, Walsh said there is a reason for there being limitations on what a municipality can hold a referendum on. “The town is not entitled to simply say, ‘Oh, well, this is controversial. Let’s have a referendum,’” he said. “The reason for that is very simple — if you allow that any time there was a matter of controversy, the politicians could avoid making a real choice. … New York hasn’t organized itself that way. There are things required to have a referendum. There are things that may have a referendum, but only if the statute provides. And that’s the reason for it.” - A n d r e w S u l l i va n
he Heights is a local gem where you can celebrate birthdays and special occasions, just enjoy a night out, or dine in with their curbside service. As mentioned in your recent Times review it can seem pricey, but the servings are so large that with take-home you get two meals not one, which cuts the price in half. The bar menu is excellent and very reasonably priced, as is the takeout, which we came to especially appreciate during the pandemic. During the pandemic, the restaurant very quickly pivoted to curbside pickup, retained most of the staff, added more space to the patio, and even added heaters to extend the season. We feel lucky to have such a fine, dynamic, and responsive restaurant in our area, and the price is not so great as it might at first seem. -Mary Helen and Larry Cathles, Lansing, NY
Re: Audrey Cooper’s obituary
hank you for running a full obituary of Audrey Cooper in your online edition, and for the shorter news item alerting print readers to it. Obituaries have been a casualty of our fragmented media choices, reliance on the internet, and the avarice and irrelevance of our local Gannett “newspaper.” But without them, we lose the sense of closure from knowing that people are gone, and the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions they made. Rest in power, Audrey. -Deirdre Silverman, Willseyville, NY
The problem with AirBnb
returned to the Ithaca area after years in Florida. I have noticed that Ithaca has a problem with AirBnBs and thought I would comment on the problem. I owned a B&B in Spencer for many years, and would spend winters in Sanibel Florida. I sold the B&B because of the competition with AirBnBs and the new motels in the area, and my “advanced age” saw retirement on the horizon. Sanibel had many problems with short-term rentals, and many residents were “up-in-arms” at many of the short turnovers. Houses that were approved for four family member rentals sometimes had 6-10 guests crowded in. None of the houses needed special inspections for safety and many had safety issues. Guests’ noises, cars parked illegally on the street, dogs loose in the neighborhoods, garbage/ recycling illegally were only a few of the problems. Meetings were held, and after months of discussion, a new law was passed. Rentals were to be for 28 days per month, no Au gu s t
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Re: County works to finalize purchase of two Tioga Street properties
hy take prime locations off the tax rolls? It just shifts that tax burden onto the remaining property owners. County government should concentrate on making ALL of its services accessible via the internet and virtual meetings, not having satellite offices. -Eddie Coyle, via Ithaca.com
Re: Tom Reed’s political donations
ongressman Tom Reed (R-NY) is in the pocket of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels, costing New Yorkers dollars at the grocery store and jobs in the food industry. Reed continually votes to maintain the U.S. sugar program. Why? It’s really quite simple, Congressman Reed received well over $62,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 2010. Thanks to Rep. Reed and others, the U.S. sugar program continues. The U.S. sugar program is a Soviet-style command and control scheme that restricts American planting and imports. This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price. So, when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more! The U.S. sugar program means Americans pay $4 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to $48 per household. While all Americans feel the impact of the sugar lobby in the food they buy, many also feel it in the job market. High domestic sugar prices force confectionery manufacturers to cut costs, putting tens of thousands of Americans at risk of losing their jobs. For every job defended by the sugar cartels, at least three jobs are lost in confectionery manufacturing. Thanks to politicians in Washington pandering to donors, sugar remains a rigged sector of the American economy. In Rep. Reed’s 11 years in office, he repeatedly voted against reforming this corrupt system. This costs each New Yorker family an additional $528 at the grocery store. It’s time for Congressman Reed to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the cartels! The Independent Bakers’ Association is an international trade association that fights to protect the interests of mostly family owned wholesale bakers and allied trades. For more information about IBA and sugar program corruption, visit IBAbaker.com. -Nicholas A. Pyle, President of the Independent Bakers Association
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NEW VARIANT, SAME REFRAIN
County officials encourage masking, vaccination and hygiene as delta variant invades Tompkins County.
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ounty Legislature received its most thorough COVID update in months from Acting County Administrator Lisa Holmes, Deputy County Administrator Amie Hendrix and Public Health Director Frank Kruppa at the Aug. 17 meeting. The updates had previously been given at each County Legisla8 T
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ture meeting, until they cut back early July. However, due to the sharp increase in cases since then, Holmes, Hendrix and Kruppa, all part of the Emergency Operations Center team, had plenty to share on hospitalizations, disease severity, vaccinations and the delta variant. Through June and July, the Health Department was regularly recording zero or
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one new case of COVID-19 a day. However, That changed the last few weeks in July as the delta variant took hold, and Tompkins County is now regularly seeing double-digit days, with as many as 35 new cases reported on Aug. 18 alone. “This has shifted for us, and our case numbers are going up pretty significantly and pretty quickly,” Kruppa said.
There had always been the anticipation that when students returned for their fall semesters there would be an uptick in cases, though this wave seems to predate that as move-in has only taken place over the last couple weeks. Kruppa said this is due to the delta variant, which is much more transmissible than the original coronavirus or the UK variant that the area had seen.
“The delta variant is the new normal,” Kruppa said. “Our cases are the delta variant.” He said that the most recent update showed that the percentage of cases that are caused by the delta variant is in the high 90s. “We are dealing with the delta variant just as the rest of the country is,” he said. “There’s a higher transmission rate […] which is why we’re seeing cases go up quicker than we might have seen them in the past.” Kruppa said at this stage, the most important thing to focus on is the severity of illness. He said over the past few weeks there had been an increase in hospitalizations, with some people ending up in the ICU or intubated. “The good news is many of them are beginning to recover,” Kruppa said. There was one additional death reported on Aug. 19. Kruppa added that the vast majority of hospitalizations are people who are unvaccinated. Some hospitalizations have been in people who are vaccinated, but that includes people who were admitted to the hospital for an unrelated reason and happened to test positive for COVID, though they were asymptomatic. In general, Kruppa said there have been breakthrough cases in Tompkins County but those vaccinated individuals are not getting severely ill, are rarely being hospitalized and are often asymptomatic. “We’re not seeing a lot of hospitalizations in vaccinated individuals,” he said. A concern throughout the country as cases surge is hospital capacity and overwhelming the healthcare systems. Kruppa said that Cayuga Medical Center is able to “flex” their capacity, meaning they can shift around the available number of beds in certain units to better fit their needs at the time. He said that Dr. Marty Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health Systems, said things at the hospital have picked up recently not only because of the increase in cases, but also because people are starting to seek care for things they had put off due to the initial wave of COVID. “The hospital is busier in general as people are beginning to take care of those health needs that were delayed,” Kruppa said. Kruppa added that Cayuga Medical Center was seeing the same nursing shortages the rest of the country is seeing, which also makes it difficult to support more people needing care.
“The hospital is not anywhere near close to being out of space, but we are getting to the point where the hospital has to start managing what they can and can’t do with the staffing levels that they have,” Kruppa said. The best way to protect yourself against illness is the vaccine, Kruppa said. “Vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself,” he said. “There may be breakthrough cases but we’re still not seeing those folks end up in the hospital.” New York state’s state of emergency expired on June 24, and Tompkins County’s state of emergency expired July 3. Kruppa said the federal state of emergency is set to expire Sept. 30, but that it’s expected that it will be renewed. However, he doesn’t think the county is in a position that it needs to declare another local state of emergency. “We will be looking at hospitalization rates, community infection rates, contact tracing capacity…disease severity is going to be an important component of it,” he said. “As this evolves and if there are additional variants, we’ll look at what that means.” Kruppa said the county administrator would declare the emergency which would allow the county to fully reactivate the Emergency Operations Center and suspend local policies and procedures to more effectively respond if needed. “But we as an [Emergency Operations Center] team feel like we can do it within the existing structures we have,” he said.
He noted that this time around is a lot different than March 2020. “We were flying in the dark trying to understand what we needed to do,” he said. “We had to take dramatic steps to protect us quickly. Now we know more and are able to manage it differently.” Kruppa added that he was hesitant to draw a line in the sand of what exactly would need to happen for him to consider requesting an emergency declaration, but that it would include a multitude of variables, such as the severity of the illness and the severity of illness in children who can’t be vaccinated. “It will be the totality of the situation,” he said. Kruppa also addressed the recent recommendation of third shots for folks who are immunocompromised. He said that the language being used is a third shot, which is different from a booster because it focuses particularly on immunocompromised people. Kruppa said anyone who thinks they might be eligible to get a third dose of the vaccine should work with their primary care provider. “Who is eligible is a very finite list,” Kruppa said. “There are certain medications and diseases that make you eligible, and there’s no way for us to know at a [vaccination] clinic who meets those criteria.” He added that many primary care providers have vaccines available on-site, otherwise pharmacies are an option too. Kruppa said he has also been talking to Cayuga Health Systems about reimple-
Vaccination Clinics Walk-ins are welcome or you can sign up for clinics on the tompkinscountyny.gov website. Sept. 1: Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) (ages 12+) Sept. 2: Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) (ages 12+) Sept. 13: Groton American Legion (ages 12+) Sept. 16: Center Ithaca (ages 18+) Sept 18: Lansing Town Hall (ages 18+)
O ngoing Vaccination Locaitons There are many ongoing options to get your first vacciantion Most Local Pharmacies: Check websites or call ahead. Northeast Pediatrics: Pfizer vaccine is available for any individual ages 12-18 years. Same day appointments are available. Individuals do not need to be an established patient. Arrange an in-home vaccination by visiting tompkinscountyny.gov or call 2-1-1.
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menting the mall vaccination site if it’s determined everyone needs boosters. County Legislator Anne Koreman asked if all the schools in Tompkins County would be requiring masks for the upcoming school year. Kruppa said yes, that all are planning on following the guidance from the New York State Department of Education, which recommends masking. She also noted that at the county’s current rate, it could reach or surpass infection highs in the next couple weeks, and asked if there are any actions that should be taken. Kruppa said he looks specifically at what’s driving the case numbers up. For example, if it’s small gatherings in people’s homes that are causing a rise in cases, it wouldn’t make sense to reduce restaurant capacity. “One thing I would share is we know we’re going to see cases,” he said. “We may see case numbers be as high as they’ve ever been for us, partially because we were extremely fortunate to have done so well in the first year of this. So we need to prepare ourselves for having cases.” He added that at this point his main concern is not overwhelming the healthcare system, reducing the severity of illness in people getting sick, and managing spread in a way that doesn’t lead to a shutdown like the county saw in March 2020. “I don’t think anybody thinks that’s a real option in front of us anymore,” he said. “If it gets to an unmanageable spot then we would think about what steps we want to take, but it would really center around where the cases are coming from.” Kruppa added that at this point transmission is happening in situations where there’s prolonged, close contact with an individual, or being in a shared space for a long time without masks. Starting Oct. 1, county employees will be required to be vaccinated or undergo surveillance testing. How often that testing will be is still being determined, but Holmes said most employees have been supportive of the mandate. However, in general Kruppa said he’s not a fan of mandating vaccines, such as in schools, because he thinks it causes people wary of being vaccinated to dig their heels in even more. He said he thinks continuing to educate people will be the best way to go. “That’s the path we’re taking at the moment,” he said. To stay up to date on the county’s COVID data or to find a vaccine pop-up clinic, visit. https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health.
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Q&A: Sondra Buesing-Riley Known then as Soni Edwards, Sondra BuesingRiley was a staple in Ithaca’s ‘60s rock scene. By David Burak
he Ithaca Hotel, with its informal olden-days elegance, was a downtown musical venue before there was a Commons. “Soni & The Bravados” performed there on several occasions. Also, The Alt Heidelberg, a more rough and tumble place, was a large C-town bar on Eddy St., where Sondra Buesing-Riley (then Soni Edwards) sang with “The Ratchettes” led by Ron Altbach, who, eventually joined up with The Beach Boys. Buesing-Riley finished her local singing endeavors as part of a group called, “Filet of Soul.” Some of the other Ithaca groups which also appeared in shows in which she performed were “Little Bernie Milton and the Cavaliers,” and “Oliver Wiggins and the Del Royals.” She was also influenced by “King Harvest,” particularly Sherman Kelly’s song, “Dancin’ In the Moonlight.” Soni was eventually offered a recording contract, but decided to focus on her academic efforts. She’s currently the Director of Internships and Professional Develop-
ment at Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey. ITHACA TIMES: You noted that your rock and roll performing endeavors were catalyzed as a result of singing in the shower. Would you elaborate on how one thing led to another? Sondra Buesing-Riley: Singing is in my DNA. My grandfather sang at Hampton, my grandmother at Bordentown, my dad in the Army, my mom at Wilberforce. It’s such a part of me that I routinely sing, like so many of us do, while taking a shower or walking down hallways — there’s a slight echo effect that seems to enhance our singing, which I couldn’t [still can’t] resist. My daily shower singing on the fourth floor of Cornell’s Mary Donlon Hall got the attention of a floormate, whose boyfriend was in a college band. Apparently, they [The Bravados] were looking for a female soloist. I had no interest in singing in a band and could not conceive of myself as a solo artist. Besides singing in the shower, my
musical experience was limited to playing the piano and participating in school and church choirs. I did my best to decline her entreaties … but she was relentless, and I liked her. After a few weeks, her pleas weakened my resolve and I agreed to audition, just to appease her. The audition went surprisingly well. Bruce Braverman and his fellow Bravados were talented, fun, welcoming, convincing … even charming. They had a great sound, were well-organized, and even respected time, none of which I expected. After a song or two, they made me an offer I could not refuse — brief rehearsals, local gigs, and very decent compensation. It was completely mind-bending that I, a naive, sheltered, old-fashioned church going “dogooder” [as my school counselor labeled me] from a close-knit, loving family, had left home and joined a rock band. I let several months pass before I told my parents. IT: Did you find it difficult to maintain a balance between your responsibilities as a student and doing gigs with Bruce Braverman’s group, “The Bravados,” then with Ronnie Altbach’s band? I know I had some noteworthy difficulties
juggling three part-time jobs and keeping up with my course assignments. SBR: It’s funny. My greatest challenge took place during the fall semester of my first year, well before I began singing. Balance was not the issue, perspective was. I remember spending hours upon hours in Olin Library, trying to study and absorb, but was too stressed about failing to derive much benefit from my efforts. I lived with the anxiety that I would not fit in and that I might fail. I was one of five black females in a class of thousands, arriving at Cornell as a product of the Jersey City public school system, operating solo in a pre-Affirmative Action climate with no safety net and with ever-present thoughts of the Civil Rights struggle, the Black Panther movement and the looming Vietnam War. I was anxious and unsettled. It was not until the first round of finals that I gained the right perspective. Midweek I learned that the roommate of one of my friends had hanged himself. Later I heard that a couple, maybe a few, students had committed suicide by leaping into one of Ithaca’s gorgeous gorges. Those searing events helped me put school in the proper perspective. I relaxed and did well enough, acing some courses, doing OK in others. Singing with Bruce Braverman [The Bravados, later Soni and the Bravados!] and Ron Altbach [The Ratchettes] was not really an issue of balance. In both cases, our rehearsal times were limited and we worked on weekends, mostly Friday and Saturday nights. I probably committed less than 15 hours per week to rehearsing and performing, putting in fewer hours than most students do in typical part-time jobs. It just occurred to me that singing and interacting with the members of these dynamic groups may have created a kind of balance in my life, giving me temporary release from the pressure cooker of Arts & Sciences academics. Had I not sung, would continued on page 14
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Ithaca: An Origin Story WE TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE SOME OF THE NAMES OF STREETS, PARKS AND LANDMARKS CAME FROM. B y Tanner Harding
n its early days, Ithaca —known as a rough and rowdy town — was named Sodom, after the biblical sinful city with a bad reputation. Eventually, Simeon DeWitt, surveyor general of New York state from 1784 until his death in 1834, renamed the community Ithaca, named for the Greek island and home of the hero Odysseus. In 1807, DeWitt surveyed 49 lots and marked only five streets: Aurora, Tioga, Seneca, Buell and Mill. By 1836, Buell, originally named for silversmith and typographer Abel Buell, was renamed Buffalo. Aurora and Tioga were named for the destinations they led toward, Seneca was named for the Indigenous tribe of the same name, and Mill was named for the mill on nearby Cascadilla Creek. Ithaca was designated as the seat of the newly formed Tompkins County in 1817, incorporated as a village in 1821, and chartered as a city in 1888. As the city grew and streets and parks and landmarks were added, new names popped up and many changed over the years. Below, we found the inspiration behind the names of some of Ithaca’s most recognizable places.
ALLAN H. TREMAN MARINA The marina was named for city and university attorney, and chairman of the Finger Lakes Park Commission, Allan H. Treman, who died in 1975. He is the son of Robert H. Treman, who the local state park is named after.
CASCADILLA CREEK/ STREET
This one is a bit of a mystery, but the two most popular theories are that Cascadilla is a word with an Indigenous origin, similar to Unadilla in Broome County, or it’s a combination of cascade and dell (a small, secluded hollow).
A popular park for recreating, Cass Park is named for Leon H. Cass, the city civil engineer in the 1930s who supervised the development of West Hill subdivisions and who helped form the park.
CECIL A. MALONE DRIVE
Originally the 700 block of West Clinton Street, this street was renamed to honor Bishop Cecil Malone of the Bethlehem Church of Jesus Christ in 2000. A cornerstone of the community, Malone died in a car accident in 1980 at just 50 years old.
This street was named for DeWitt Clinton, who served as governor from 1827-1823 and 18251828. Clinton was essential in the creation of the Erie Canal (a.k.a. Clinton’s Ditch), and the cousin of Simeon DeWitt, the man who named Ithaca.
Now home to Restaurant Row and the Aurora Streatery, Aurora Street was named to indicate a destination. In 1831 a petition was approved to rename it Pearl Street, but it was repealed the following year.
While not the name that will show up on a map, The Flats refers to the flat area of the community that stretches from the south shore of Cayuga Lake through the Inlet Valley. It includes the downtown, Fall Creek, Northside, Southside and West End neighborhoods. So it’s safe to say it doesn’t include Buffalo Street’s vertical climb.
The Belle Sherman elementary school and surrounding neighborhood is named for Mary Isabella Sherman. She was a Cornell alum, scientist, artist and beloved teacher at Ithaca High School from 1876-1908.
The pièce de resistance of downtown Ithaca, the Commons was a main commercial hub from the get-go. It was closed to vehicular traffic in the early 1970s, and the pedestrian mall opened in 1974. Ithaca High School senior Bill Ryan won a
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Court Street is actually the same street as the aforementioned Mill Street, which had been named for the Cascadilla Mills. In 1924, residents petitioned for the street to be renamed Finch Street after Judge Francis Miles Finch, and then two weeks later petitioned again to name it Court Street for the Old Country Courthouse located there.
DeWitt Park, DeWitt Place and DeWitt Middle School honor surveyor Simeon DeWitt. After his death the public named the public park after him, while DeWitt Place marks his residence and original place of burial.
JAMES L. GIBBS DRIVE
The road leading to the entrance of Stewart Park is named for James Lowell Gibbs, a former executive director of the Southside Community Center, post office and BOCES, as well as district representative for Mohawk Airlines. He was the president of the local chapter of the NAACP and received an award from the county’s Human Rights Commission two months before his death in March 1981.
NEWMAN GOLF COURSE
The municipal golf course is named for Jared Treman Newman, the city mayor who leased most of the land for the creation of the course, which was developed in 1935.
You guessed it; this street is short.
SIX MILE CREEK
Less obviously, Six Mile Creek is not six miles long. It’s believed to have been named from two markers, six miles apart, on an important Indigenous trail.
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Current home of the Ithaca Farmers Market, Steamboat Landing was situated on the old channel of the Cayuga Inlet. By 1827 lake boats began using the port there, and for many years it was a busy place for freight and passenger transportation.
The park was originally developed in the early 1890s and named Renwick Park for the land owned by Mjr. Robert Jeffrey Renwick. The city, led by mayor Edwin C. Stewart at the time, later purchased the park lands. When he died in office, he left funds in his will to rebuild the park, which was re-named in tribute to him shortly after his death.
Another road named for its destination, Taughannock Boulevard leads straight to the 215-foot Taughannock Falls in Trumansburg. Taughannock is an Indigenous word thought to mean “great falls in the woods.”
The origin of the name Vinegar Hill is debated. The fun story is that a wagon carrying a shipment of cider lost control on the steep street and overturned. The barrels of cider that spilled caused the neighborhood to become a stinky mess until the next big rain. The less fun story is that the Board of Public Works gave the street that name because a vinegar factory had once been located there.
Information gathered from “Place Names of Tompkins County,” a book from the Office of the Tompkins County Historian, edited by Carol Kammen. For more, visit https://www2.tompkinscountyny.gov/historian/place-names.
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Ithaca Food Guide: A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO TRY B y Hannah Fit z patr ick
hether it is your first-time visit to the Ithaca area, or you’re looking to branch out and try something new, there are a ton of restaurant options in various cuisines that are not only affordable, but also delicious. With dozens of restaurants in the downtown area alone, you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes. From vegan restaurants to steakhouses, from Latin American food to Ethiopian cuisine, there’s a little something for everyone.
authenticity in the food they serve while catering to a variety of people who are not familiar with Korean or Japanese food. All three of their bone broths - chicken, beef and pork - take over 20 hours to prepare, and many of their ingredients, like ramen noodles and pork belly, are locally sourced and made from scratch. None of their products contain any monosodium glutamate (MSG), a controversial flavor-enhancing ingredient that has been linked to detrimental effects, such as weight gain, neurotoxicity, and reproductive abnormalities. MARU RAMEN Though Maru Ramen’s menu has a For college students and seasoned residents variety of options, Kim said that his go-to alike, ramen is an easy-to-make and cheap recommendation is their Tonkotsu ramen - a option for a filling, tasty meal. However, if traditional Japanese ramen recipe made with pork broth, signature dashi and sliced pork belly. “Tonkotsu ramen is a base, and you can go off in different directions of flavor based on that recipe,” Kim said. “That’s the essence of ramen, which I think is pretty amazing.” If ramen is not your thing, not to worry; Kim and Lee plan to open another restaurant, Milkstand, later this year. Their new restaurant, located at the old Byrne Dairy building at 215 North Meadow Street, will be a twist on classic American diner food, like pancakes — Kim’s all-time favorite meal. “We are always looking for a good diner in Ithaca, but there are not that many in the area,” Lee said. “We really want to level up the experience of a family-friendly diner, but Miso Ramen from Maru Ramen on West with a modern and healthier State Street (Photo: Casey Martin) approach. When you don’t have to get up early in the morning and you want to take you’re looking to upgrade your ramen experience your family out for a nice breakfast or lunch, we from the usual to-go packets found in grocery want to be that place.” stores, then Maru Ramen, located on West State Street in downtown Ithaca, is the place for B I C K E R I N G T W I N S you. Since their opening in 2018, owners Chris R E S T A U R A N T & Kim and Soyong Lee have dedicated themselves T E Q U I L A B A R to providing customers with a one-of-a-kind Are you tired of the same burrito or taco order ramen experience - just like the homemade from traditional fast-food Tex-Mex restaurants? If you’re looking to branch out and step up your ramen that Kim and Lee grew up eating. “A few years ago, I got the inspiration to experience in Latin American cuisine, pay a create [Maru Ramen] from visiting another visit to Bickering Twins. Since beginning their ramen restaurant in Manhattan,” Lee said. business in 2016 and opening their flagship “When I was there, I thought ‘wow, I thought location on North Cayuga Street in downtown people were very conscious about carbohydrates,’ Ithaca, identical twin brothers Corey and Kevin but I guess if it’s really good, slow-cooked and Adelman have worked hard to share their love hearty, like my mom used to cook at home, for Latin American cuisine to others. Though maybe it will be accepted by young people and the restaurant focuses on traditional Mexican people who are conscious about their health and recipes, the brothers were first introduced their food. That’s when we decided that we had to Latin American cuisine after one of the brothers, Kevin, studied abroad in Bolivia to bring ramen to Ithaca.” One aspect of Maru Ramen that Kim during their college years. and Lee take pride in is their dedication to
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“I guess you could say that my brother’s enthusiasm was infectious,” Corey said. “We were both just starting to work in restaurants at the time; someone [Kevin] worked with had given him Mexican cookbooks, and I think he was fascinated with the old, labor-intensive techniques associated with that kind of cooking. I was just kind of taken by that when he started learning more about the cuisine, and we decided to create this business together to explore our passion for cooking and discover a new way to challenge ourselves.” Due to unforeseen challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant has reduced the size of its menu to primarily Mexican-style tacos. Some of their most popular taco options include chicken tinga, which consists of braised, shredded chicken stewed in a tomato and chipotle sauce, and al pastor - shaved pork shoulder seasoned with adobo spices and tossed with a pineapple slaw. However, Corey said that he hopes to add some of his favorites - which were offered on their menu prior to the pandemic - back to the menu in the near future. “We used to do fish tacos with beer-battered, fried mahi-mahi that were really popular and also one of my favorites,” Corey said. “We also used to have empanadas as well, which will be back eventually. Over the years, we had done Argentinian-style beef empanadas, seafood empanadas with shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce, and vegetable empanadas with peas and potatoes - all made from scratch.” Though the current menu may be limited, one aspect that Bickering Twins takes pride in is making everything, from their tortillas to their fillings, in-house. “Even when our menu was bigger, it was always small enough that it could be very focused on a specific thing,” Corey said. “We try
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to make everything exceedingly well, and we try to make it stand out because of the quality and care we put into it.”
MOOSEWOOD VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
For plant-based consumers, or for people who are simply looking to cut back on meat consumption, look no further than the worldrenowned Moosewood, located within Dewitt Mall in downtown Ithaca. Since 1973, this restaurant has been an essential part of the Ithaca experience, with people coming from all over the country to try one of the hundreds of recipes from the Moosewood Collective’s 14 cookbooks. As time has progressed, so has Moosewood’s menu. Though the menu changes frequently — primarily on a weekly basis — some of the restaurant’s most popular items include a Thai rice bowl — which consists of sticky black rice, carrots, bell peppers, tofu, and a Thai peanut dressing made from scratch — and roasted red pepper pasta with caramelized onions, garlic, green peas, and local arugula from Remembrance Farm in Trumansburg, NY. Not sure what to order? Tim Mooney, kitchen manager at Moosewood, suggests their black bean burger, complete with vegan chipotle lime aioli and a relish made with local sweet corn. “In my experience, veggie burgers can always be a little bit finicky,” Mooney said. “It took a lot of recipe testing and tweaking to get it in a particular way where it’s not dry and crumbly, and still has great flavor. I’m pretty proud of it, and it’s something that I definitely go out of my way to make for myself after a long day.”
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ITHACA OFFERS A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES FOR WEEKEND FUN OR AFTER SCHOOL HELP. B y Sydne y Keller
thaca is nothing if not full of activities for kids. From the interactive learning activities at the Sciencenter to the diverse foliage at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, we rounded up some of Ithaca’s best options for a kids day out.
Sciencenter The Sciencenter provides hands-on exhibits and programs for children to learn science during play. The center is open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday. Members and children under the age of 2 have free admission to the Sciencenter. Regular admission costs $8 and admission for seniors 65 and older costs $7. The Sciencenter is located at 601 First St. Ithaca, NY. The Sciencenter provides daily hands-on science activities in the afternoons, several programs geared for different age groups, and hands-on exhibits such as their playground and mini golf course. Their morning program, Science Together, takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is for children ages 0-4 years of age, and the program is geared toward caregivers. Director of Programs & Partnerships Ali Jackson said the program helps children interact with science while doing play. “That’s a lovely program,” Jackson said. “It’s all sort of about science process skills and encouraging children’s natural development as scientists.” Free community science events are held Saturdays at 10:30 a.m and run through the end of October. These events take place in Connolly Park, weather permitting. Each Saturday offers different activities for children of all ages. “That’s something that we started during the pandemic, but hoped to continue,” Jackson said. “It feels like it’s a little bit of a silver lining through all of this that we have been able to create a program that really welcomes the whole community to participate.” All programs offered at the Sciencenter are included with the price of admission. All
Fun on the Sciencenter’s one of a kind playground (Photo: Provided)
visitors over the age of 2 must wear masks in indoor spaces. “The programs enliven the guest experience and give people a chance to interact with our staff educators, with our volunteers, with our community members…” Jackson said. “I think the facilitation piece is often meaningful to our guests.” For more information, call (607) 272-0600 or email email@example.com.
Ithaca Children’s Garden The Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) is free to the public and offers an outdoor school — Playful Nature Explorers — for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6. Monique Caraballo, communications and marketing coordinator at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, said the program allows children to explore and play in the garden. “To see their creativity is really phenomenal,” Caraballo said.
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There is an after school program for students in kindergarten to fifth grade, and the garden is currently enrolling for the 2021 school year. The Ithaca City School District provides busing from schools to the Ithaca Children’s Garden. This service runs from September to June from 2:30- 5:30 p.m. “My favorite part of ICG hands down is our hands-on nature anarchy zone,” Caraballo said. “That is the space where children can run in and out of the mud through our tube, just climbing all the structures, building structures and just really have the freedom to explore in a very cool way.” The garden is located in Cass Park at 121 Turtle Ln, Ithaca, NY. Staff can be reached at (607) 319-4203.
Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center The Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center provides service for children 6 weeks to 5 years
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of age. The center also offers an after school program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School during the school year. The after school program offers assistance with homework and large motor arts and craft-type activities from 2-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year. The program includes snacks for children and all the food provided at the programs are within the program fees. Parents can arrange for any children attending a school in the Ithaca City School District to take a school bus to the program. Krista Tripp, executive director of operations at Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center, said that the center started as a parent collaborative and has transitioned to an education center. She emphasized that the center is an accepting community for all families. “It’s important to us that the adults that are employed here at the center represent all the genders and ethnicities and races of the children in the rooms,” Tripp said. She added that the center continuously focuses on making sure all children feel comfortable in their environment, making the center a safe place to learn and play. “We strive daily to improve upon areas that are such points of contention and weaknesses that have come to light in the last couple years,” Tripp said. “We’ve been working, longer than they have been in the media forefront, at trying to encourage and raise good humans, good citizens who are confident in themselves no matter what color their skin is, no matter what gender they identify with, no matter who their parents are… that we all appreciate each other for who we are and we all have the same ability to thrive and succeed despite that.” There are currently openings for preschoolers this fall, but none available for infants. The center only offers weekday services and it is located on 506 First St. Ithaca, NY. For more information call (607) 272 -7117 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Where to go RUNNING AND WALKING TRAILS B y Faith Fisher
ne of the best ways to explore Ithaca is by foot, but sometimes, we don’t know where to start. Here is a list of some of the best running trails the city has to offer which will get you hitting the pavement or gravel in no time.
to Cayuga Lake. Surround yourself with rich forest, seeps, and wet meadows, and make sure to take in the views afforded by the 100-foot bluffs along the path.
Sheltered by a towering canopy of hemlock, oak, maple and hickory trees, the 8.5-mile Black Diamond trail is the perfect place for a scenic run. The stone-dust path features views of agricultural lands and ravines. Leave your headphones behind to embrace the soundtrack of the cascading water and rustling leaves. Open to eager runners all year, the path spans from the city limits of Ithaca to the picturesque Taughannock Falls, which historically served as a passenger line of the Lehigh Valley Railroad from 1896 until 1959. Runners can find parking at Cass Park and at the west end of Taughannock or at various road crossings dotted along the trail.
Run through a diverse landscape of woods, fields, rivers, creeks, and cliffs on the Cayuga trail, a nine-mile trail that takes you through Cornell University, Cornell Botanic Gardens, and off-campus natural areas. As you make your way along Fall Creek, you will be met with railroad history, lush areas of ferns, pine plantations, and hardwood forests. The trail starts at the Fall Creek gorge and runs east into the Town of Dryden.
Monkey Run Cayuga Trail Interconnected to the Cayuga trail stands Monkey Run Natural Area, a 10-mile looped path of earth and gravel. Open all year, this 550-acre swath of the Cornell Botanic Gardens follows a long natural corridor along Fall Creek
picturesque views of the lake. Along the way, run past some of your favorite Ithaca destinations like Stewart Park, Cascadilla Boat Club, Ithaca Farmers Market, the Cornell and Ithaca College Boathouses, Boatyard Grill, and more. If you need to take a rest, take a seat at one of the benches dotted along the trail, or stop to soak in the view of the lake.
Along your run, witness mature forests, cross the historic Sackett Bridge, meander to Hemlock Gorge, and take in the views of the sweeping natural area. If you want to lengthen your run, connect with the other trails in the vicinity within the Cayuga Trail network and the Cornell Botanic Gardens, or take a running tour through Cornell’s expansive campus.
Dryden Rail Trail
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This 5.5-mile scenic trail down a railroad bed will take you from Village of Freeville to the Village of Dryden. As you run along the gravel and stone dust path, you will pass the Cornell Botanic Gardens Pervis Road Wetlands Natural Area. Hosting active beaver dams and wetland habitats, this area along the run is an optimal site for wildlife viewing. If you need a quick rest, stop at one of the benches at every half mile marked with an interpretive sign where you can learn about the natural and historical features of the trail.
Jog along the 3.5-mile former railroad bed of the Elmira Cortland & Northern Railroad from 1869. The trail will take you through the Upper Cascadilla Creek Natural Area of the Cornell Botanic Gardens, where you will run past a demonstration wetland and the MacDaniels Nut Grove. As your run takes you south, you will find yourself in the Pine Tree Wildlife Preserve and the East Ithaca Nature Preserve. Situated along the way, the gazebo is the perfect place to take a rest.
Cayuga Waterfront Trail
Lace up your sneakers and hit the eightmile Cayuga Waterfront Trail for a run with
This one-mile loop circles the man-made Beebe Lake that sits on Cornell’s campus.
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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ustomarily, I talk to a coach when I write a season preview. This preview will offer a slight departure, as I spoke with a young man who has been connected to Cornell football since he was old enough to walk. In fact, when head coach Dave Archer stepped onto Schoellkopf Field as a freshman in the fall of 2001, the 2-year-old Turner was scampering around the facility. Turner DePalma’s dad, Bernie, has been part of the Big Red’s sports medicine staff for 40 years, and over the course of the past 20 years — give or take —Turner has gone from unofficial team mascot to team member, and he is looking to make the most of his last season. In Turner’s words, “I have played on special teams throughout my career at Cornell, and I have gotten some reps at wide receiver. This year, I am hoping to get a lot more, and I’ll be competing for a starting job.” DePalma is one of a dozen or so returning seniors who will be coming back with extra fire in the belly after sitting out the 2020 season. “The last game I played was in November of 2019,” Turner said. “While that is a long time for sure, it sure feels like a lot longer. We had some spring practices, but it’s the longest I have gone without playing an actual game of football since I started playing when I was 6 or 7 years old.” Sounding very excited, he added, “The fact that we have approximately half our class choosing to re-work their lives so they could come back will definitely give us a big advantage, and we plan to turn that into an Ivy League title. We’re just not ready to be done.” I recall watching a youth football game a dozen years ago, and when I saw a fleet-footed
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kid average about a half a football field per rush, I wasn’t surprised to learn that it was Bernie’s son. I knew that the fact that the young athlete’s mom — Mary Turner De Palma — was a D1 runner (at Penn) would give him a big advantage, and I saw him light up the field again as a player at Ithaca High, where he was a three-time AllConference player. Everything was unfolding as planned until about midway through his senior season at Ithaca High, when Turner went down with an injury and heard the dreaded words he knew his father had spoken to too many other athletes: “You have a torn ACL.” When DePalma arrived at Cornell, it was determined that his knee was not yet ready, so he took the year off. He put in the rehab work, and in the ensuing years, has seen his playing time increase. When I asked him if it was a big decision to come back, he offered, “Because of my knee injury, I had another year of eligibility anyway. Regardless of COVID, I was coming back.” While the cancellation of the 2020 season did not throw a major wrench into DePalma’s own plans, he feels a lot of empathy for some of his friends and teammates. He told me, “We had a few guys transfer and try to play elsewhere as grad students, but we also have a lot of guys who had their football careers end very abruptly. They won’t get that year back, and we plan to win a ring for them, hoping it will give them some peace of mind, knowing they were a part of it.” DePalma paused and added, “We see it as unfinished business.”
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Ithaca By the numbers MAX DEPTH OF CAYUGA LAKE – 435 FEET GALLONS OF WATER IN CAYUGA LAKE – 2.5 TRILLION LENGTH OF CAYUGA LAKE – 38 MILES HEIGHT OF TAUGHANNOCK FALLS – 215 FT HEIGHT OF NIAGARA FALLS – 167 FT FARMERS MARKET VENDORS - 125 AREA MILES OF TRAILS- 250+ PLANTS IN THE CORNELL BOTANIC GARDEN – 32,000 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: 14,743 (CU) + 5,000 (IC) + 5,046 (TC3) = 24,789 NUMBER OF DAYS WITH RAIN - 166/YEAR OR 14/MONTH NUMBER OF DAYS WITH SNOW - 43/YEAR, WITH MOST IN A MONTH 21 DAYS. NUMBER OF CLEAR DAYS - 57 NUMBER OF PARTLY CLOUDY DAYS - 100 NUMBER OF CLOUDY DAYS - 208 TEMPERATURES DURING 2020: LOW OF -11 TO HIGH OF 95 RESTAURANTS PER CAPITA IN ITHACA: 1 PER EVERY 162 PEOPLE RESTAURANTS PER CAPITA IN NEW YORK CITY: 1 PER EVERY 316 PEOPLE 8
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Gotta Look Forward B y Ste ve L a wrence
ne of my most memorable interviews of 2020 was with Dan Swanstrom, the head football coach at Ithaca College. We talked about the fact that while some of the players he had recruited as a rookie coach would be able to adjust their lives and schedules and come back to play in 2021, many would not. Grad school plans were already in place, jobs awaited them, and it was just a cold, hard fact that their football careers were finished. When Dan told me that those conversations were some of the toughest he had ever had in his coaching career, I was impressed with the empathy and sincerity he emanated when recalling those interactions. When I brought up that interview during a conversation with Swanstrom about the upcoming season (the Bombers’ 88th), he said, “Man, I can’t look back. It’s too painful. I gotta look forward.” We shifted gears quickly, and Dan’s excitement level rose as our pre-training camp conversation progressed. “Tuesday is move-in day,” the coach offered, “and it’s always special to get your players back. It’s a thrill to see the level of optimism, to be in fall camp in Ithaca, New York...” Swanstrom laughed and added, “Sometimes I have to do breathing exercises to calm myself down!” We took the conversation into the standard pre-season format, and Swanstrom started reeling off the names of players he expected to return on offense, defense and special teams. Given the disruptions of last year, Swanstrom said, “It’s probably not as clear as it usually is [who will play where], but we do have a lot of guys who saw a lot of playing time as sophomores, and we have a pair of fifth-year seniors that will provide some leadership.”
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He pointed out that some of his key components are in the “wait and see” stage, like the all-important quarterback position. “Wahid Nabi and Joe Germanerio are both gone, so that’s one of our key areas to address.”
I asked Dan if the process of choosing team captains is more complicated than usual, given the lack of opportunity to assess team chemistry, and he said, “That process is in the works, and while we were together in the spring, we were in
groups, and clusters, and it was disjointed. We really don’t know each other yet, and choosing four captains (the Bombers customarily have two from the offfense and two from the defense) will involve extra patience and a more thoughtout process.” That process was made a little less complicated when the team had its spring practices. As the coach said, “We took a vote in the spring, and it was clear that Andrew Vito and Antonio Valle were frontrunners, and we’ll sort out the other two.” Asked if fans will see any unfamiliar opponents this year, Swanstrom said, “Yes, we will host Bridgewater State at home in week one.” (That will be on Sept. 4, which is 651 days after the 2019 Cortaca Jug season finale.) He also pointed out that Brockport is back on the schedule, while St. John Fisher is off. I circled back around to address the level of excitement that may require Dan to do breathing exercises, and when I said it sounded like more than just a job, the coach — sounding very grateful to his support system — stated, “That’s true. My family knows it, my wife and kids — we chose it. It never stops.” When asked if the Bombers will play in front of 45,000 fans again (as they did in the 2019 Cortaca Jug game at MetLife Stadium), Dan said, “Probably not, but I will tell you this... we will put our team on display anytime, anywhere. This team has been through a lot more adversity than ever before, they have attacked the challenges, they have improved and you will see a very resilient group of young men take the field at Butterfield Stadium. Our fans will have a lot of reasons to be very proud.”
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(607) 3199110 Offering halal foods on the border of Press Bay Alley. Open 8:00AM - 10:00PM Ithaca Mini Mart 124 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca 607-319-0823 Open daily 9AM-9PM Ren’s Mart Asian Groceries 701 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY (607) 319-5073 Trader Joe’s 744 S. Meadow St., Ithaca, NY 607-272-1420 Open 8AM-9PM. *Wed and Sun: the first hour of operation is service for senior customers (age 60 and over) and customers with disabilities who may need extra assistance
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Area Attractions Visitor information Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau Downtown Visitor Center: 110 North Tioga Street, Open Thur-Sat, 10AM5PM (607) 272-1313; (800) 284-8422 (toll-free) www.visitithaca.com Downtvown Ithaca Alliance 171 East State St. Center Ithaca Ithaca, NY 14t850 (607) 277-8679 Downtownithaca.com The Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District is a New York state-chartered not-forprofit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion and management of downtown Ithaca.
East Hill Plaza 327 Pine Tree Road Ithaca, NY 607-257-1725 An outdoor complex that includes Burger King, Collegetown Bagels, local banks and more. Ithaca Commons Ithaca, NY The epicenter of Ithaca—located between N. Aurora and S. Cayuga Streets, and East and West State Streets—includes restaurants, clothing stores, art galleries, book stores, record stores, and much, much more.
Ithaca Farmers’ Market Steamboat Landing off Third Street Ithaca, NY 14851 (607) 273-7109 Ithaca’s can’t-miss Farmers’ Market operates on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at three locations in Ithaca. The Saturday market hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Sunday market hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and runs from spring through fall. During parts of fall and winter, the market reduces its hours to just Saturdays 10:30-2 at Triphammer Marketplace. Plus be sure to check out the Wednesday market in East Hill Plaza, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m and Tuesday at DeWitt Park 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See Ithacamarket.com for hours and vendor information.
DeWitt Mall 215 N. Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY 607-273-6464 In this smoothly converted brick building, you’ll find the worldfamous Moosewood Restaurant, the comfortable (and delicious) DeWitt Café, GreenStar Oasis natural foods market, Cat’s Pajamas, Ithaca GuitarWorks and other retail stores.
The Shops at Ithaca Mall 40 Catherwood Road off North Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 607-257-5337 www.theShopsatIthacaMall.com This is home to the “big-box” national retailers such as Target, Best Buy, Michael’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Around the back you’ll find Regal Cinemas.
The Ithaca Times 109 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 277-7000 Ithaca.com
The Westy on West State St. (Photo Casey Martin) The Triphammer Marketplace 2255 North Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 607-273-6851 www.triphammermarketplace.com The variety of retail, dining and service offerings at the Triphammer Marketplace include Ithaca Bakery, Ithaca Coffee Company, Gene’s Barber Shop, Finger Lakes ReUse, Triphammer Laundromat and much more.
Supermarkets Greenstar Cooperative Market 770 Cascadilla St. Ithaca, NY (607) 273-9392 https://greenstar.coop/ This market is open daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and features organic produce and homeopathic products and a cheap yearly membership. Greenstar DeWitt Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-8213 Monday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm Greenstar Collegetown 307 College Ave (607) 882-2667 Mon – Fri: 8 am – 8 pm Sat & Sun: 9 am – 8 pm
Wegmans 500 South Meadow St., Ithaca, NY (607) 277-5800 Keep your head on a swivel because this place is packed with shoppers, and for good reason: there’s a staggering array of baked goods, fresh produce, deli items, meats and seafood in Ithaca’s largest market. And if you need a break from the aisles, there’s also a café, sushi bar and several buffet tables offering a variety of choices. Open 6 a.m. to 12 a.m..
Ithaca Tofu Food Mart 23 Cinema Dr Ste F Ithaca, Open 10 am – 6 pm East Asian market located near the Triphammer Mall
P&C Fresh 315 Pine Tree Rd., Ithaca, NY (607) 272-5836 Open 6am - 10pm
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Win Li Supermarket 374 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY (607) 277-6790 This is the largest Asian market in the Ithaca area. They have fresh meats, fish and produce as well as a wide variety of processed foods and specialty items.
Nirvana Foods Bazaar 528 West Seneca Street, Ithaca, (607) 277-3300 Indian and South Asian Food & Grocery
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This is a large full-service, up-market store that is within walking distance of Cornell graduate housing.
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Cayuga Wine Trail See cayugawinetrail.com for a listing of the 16 wineries on both sides of Cayuga Lake. The region is most wellknown for its Rieslings and Cabernet Francs. Recently some wineries have begun to focus on Pinot Noir and Lemberger, both cool, temperate weather vinifera grapes. Ports of New York 815 Taber Street Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 220-6317 www.portsofnewyork.com/ Regular Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 noon - 6 pm Located along the Cayuga Inlet in the Northside neighborhood. A scion of Maison La Bouche of France and a producer of Meleau Specialty Wines, includes ports and other fortified wines. Six Mile Creek Vineyard 1551 Slaterville Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-9463 or toll-free (800) 260-0612 www.sixmilecreek.com Ithaca’s own winery features an especially lovely setting to enjoy memorable wines styled to a variety of preferences. A new line of distilled specialties, including Vodka, Limoncella and Grappa add to the tasting experience.
Arts & Entertainment Cinemas Cinemapolis ( Has Online Option) 120 E. Green St. Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 277-6115 www.cinemapolis.org Independent theater features art and indie movies, showcases local filmmakers and hosts film festivals. Cornell Cinema (Has Online Option) 104 Willard Straight Hall Ithaca, NY 14853
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(607) 255-3522 www.cinema.cornell.edu Screening over 300 films a year, seven nights a week, Cornell Cinema runs the gamut with classic Hollywood cinema, international movies, cult classics, documentaries and experimental films as well as Ithaca premieres. See website for details. Regal Cinemas @ Ithaca Mall 40 Catherwood Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (844) 462-7342
Galleries CAP ArtSpace A program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, The ArtSpace gallery is located in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture at 110 N. Tioga Street. Monthly live and virtual exhibits. www.ArtsPartner.org Community School of Music & Arts 330 East State St.,Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-1474 www.csma-ithaca.org Aside from the “Music” side of this community school, CSMA houses excellent art by many local artists in its many galleries and hallways. With an emphasis on collaborative ventures with lesser-known artist groups, the galleries feature experimental, daring and aesthetically pleasing work. Corners Gallery 903 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 257-5756 Visit: Tues/Wed By Appt Th/F/Sat 12-4pm. Located just minutes from Cornell University, the Corners Gallery specializes in Ithaca art by Ithaca artists. Here you’ll find paintings, prints and photographs depicting scenes of Ithaca, Cornell, and the Finger Lakes by local, regional and national artists.Women owned and operated. Handwork Open 11AM-5PM 102 W. State/MLK St., Ithaca, NY https://www.handwork.coop/ (607) 273-9400 This unique cooperative in downtown Ithaca features crafts and fine art made by craftspeople and artists from all around the country. Members are required to work in the store several days a month and “sales clerks” are actually working craftspeople, so don’t hesitate to ask them about the work. The Ink Shop Printmaking Center 330 East State St., 2nd Floor, Ithaca, NY (607) 277-3884 www.ink-shop.org Visit by appointment only at this time. Ithaca College: Handwerker Gallery Opens Sept. 2 1170 Gannett Center 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY (607) 274-3018 The Handwerker Gallery will open during Spring 2021 with limited hours and attendance to
aid in the efforts to abate Covid-19 transmission. Due to campus-wide access restrictions, the gallery will be open for Ithaca College students and staff, only. Neighbors A small art gallery founded in 2017 in a converted garage in Ithaca. Opening hours vary from week to week, please check our Facebook page for details or email to schedule an appointment. 526 Elm Street Ithaca NY 14850 North Star Art Gallery 743 Snyder Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY (607)323-7684 www.northstarartgallery.com In addition to fine arts, the North Star Gallery also offers visitors a chance to stay at their Airbnb next door. Open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. State of the Art 120 W. State St. #2, Ithaca, NY (607) 277-1626 www.soag.org Thu&Fri 12:00pm - 6:00pm; Sat&Sun 12:00pm - 5:00pm This members’ only gallery features rotating exhibitions on a roughly monthly basis. The space is lovely and intimate; works are carefully hung in between the two separate exhibition spaces. Expect high-quality work from artists both regional, national and international.
Museums Cornell University Lab of Ornithology (Temporarily Closed) 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca (607) 254-2473 www.birds.cornell.edu The CUMV Ornithology Collection currently consists of approximately 38,300 round skins, 700 flat skins,
1,000 spread wings, 5,500 skeletons, 1,400 fluid-preserved specimens, 3,200 egg sets, 590 nests, and 1,000 uncatalogued mounts. Tompkins Center for History and Culture 110 N. Tioga St., on the Commons, Ithaca (607) 273-8284 ext. 228 https://www.tompkins-center.net/ With extensive and informative exhibits on aspects of Ithaca’s colorful history—everything from Ithaca’s boating history, to its most wild women—there’s much to be learned here. The History Center is requesting all visitors pre-schedule their visits at their web site and to review Health & Safety protocols before visiting the Exhibit Hall. Johnson Museum of Art 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY (607) 255-6464 www.museum.cornell.edu An internationally-renowned institution—and housed in a stunning building, designed by iconic architect I.M. Pei—the Johnson Museum is one of Cornell’s shining stars. Free and open to the public, exhibits range from avant-garde video art to iconic Impressionist works. Museum of the Earth 1259 Trumansburg Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-6623 www.museumoftheearth.org This natural history museum hosts a collection of about 2-3 million specimens. Family friendly and bustling with energy. Open Sat-Mon with advanced tickets required for visitors available on website. Sciencenter 601 1st St., Ithaca (607) 272-0600 www.sciencenter.org
This kid friendly non-profit educational organization will appeal to the kid in every adult, too. This is a place where fun and science come together. Expect a large amount of interaction to go with your serving size of learning.
Theaters The Actors’ Workshop of Ithaca (Temporarily Closed) 105 Harvard Place, Ithaca (607) 339-9999 www.actorsworkshop.biz Performances are at a variety of venues around the area. The choice of plays does not hesitate to grapple with social issues. This is essentially an acting school that regularly stages productions. The Cherry Artspace 102 Cherry St., Ithaca (607) 241-0703 thecherry.org A not-for-profit arts facilitator and presenting organization supporting a wide range of artists and arts organizations, in a variety of disciplines. The Artspace is a flexible, multidisciplinary arts and performance venue located on the banks of the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca’s West End. Civic Ensemble www.civicensemble.org 607-241-0195 The Civic Ensemble season will include new plays about issues relevant to our community, and open dialogue about the questions they raise. Hangar Theatre (Outdoor option) 801 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca Phone: (607) 273-2787 www.hangartheatre.org
The Hangar Theatre puts on a plethora of different productions during their season, including musicals, comedies, dramas, classics and regional premieres. Ithaca College Theatre (Temporarily Closed) 953 Danby Road, Ithaca (607) 274-3345 Ithaca College brings to the stage stories from the 17th century right up into the 21st, reaffirming live theatre’s power to delight and inspire, provoke and activate. Kitchen Theatre (Vaccination/negative test required) 417 W. Martin Luther King St./W. State St., Ithaca (607) 272-0403 (admin office) https://www.kitchentheatre.org/ With stage classics, regional and world premieres, family fare and oneperson shows, “great conversations happen in the Kitchen.” State Theatre of Ithaca 107 West State Street, Ithaca, (607) 277-8283 www.stateofithaca.org Schwartz Center of Performing Arts 430 College Ave., Ithaca 607-254-2700 https://pma.cornell.edu/
Local Music Organizations Cayuga Chamber Orchestra 110 N. Tioga Street, Suite 302, Ithaca A professional 35 member orchestra which performs a regular orchestral concert season, as well as a Sunday afternoon chamber music series, an annual Holiday Concert: Caroling by Candlelight and youth concerts. ccoithaca.org
Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble A chamber music ensemble, with a regular season of chamber concerts, solo and lecture-recitals performing in Ithaca and Lodi. www. fingerlakeschamberensemble.com
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble P.O. Box 95, Ithaca, NY 14851 The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, is directed by Dr Sean Linfors (appointed in the spring of 2020). The Ensemble has been performing broad selections of choral music since 1976 to Ithaca audiences and around Tompkins County. Each season, the Ensemble usually presents three or four major concerts in Ithaca, often with guest musicians. cayuga-vocal.org
Ithaca Community Chorus (hosts four groups): www.ithacacommunitychoruses.org Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers (ICC&CS) Founded in 1976, the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers includes over 100 and Tompkins County residents. The Chorus membership finds commonality in the dedication to learning and performing history’s best choral offerings. The Chamber Singers is a select sub-group of the Chorus.
Chamber Music at New Park New Park Ithaca 1500 Taughannock Boulevard Annual chamber music festival presenting world-class performers in a relaxed and natural venue on Taughannock Blvd in Ithaca. www. chambermusicatnewpark.com Cornell Savoyards Producing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas since 1953. They delight in exposing modern audiences to the wonderful wit and music of G&S. They also produce light opera, Broadway musicals, revues and singa-longs. https://www.facebook.com/ CornellSavoyards
VOICES Multicultural Chorus Founded in 2002, VOICES expands Ithaca Community Choruses’s outreach to the Ithaca community and by creating a multicultural group of singers interested in learning, sharing, and singing songs from diverse ethnic choral traditions. Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus Founded in the spring of 2009, the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus expands Ithaca Community Choruses’ outreach to the Ithaca community by embracing all men who wish to perform music set for the male voice.
Cornell University Concert Series 101 Lincoln Hall, Cornell The Cornell Concert Series has been hosting musicians and ensembles of international stature since 1903. Originally featuring Western classical artists, the series presented Ravi Shankar in 1987 and has since grown to encompass a broader spectrum of the world’s great art musics. www.cornellconcertseries.com Dryden Area Intergenerational Band & Chorus The DAIBC provides a noncompetitive, fun, free summer music ensemble experience to anyone of any age or musical ability. www.daibc.org
SummerSing Summer Sing is a summer choral project of Ithaca Community Choruses. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to know how to read music and there are no auditions. Ithaca Community Orchestra PO Box 6787, Ithaca NY 14851 The Ithaca Community Orchestra (ICO) supports community musical
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education through the rehearsal and performance of the classical orchestral repertoire, as well as music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. www.ithacacommunityorchestra.org Ithaca Concert Band Ithaca’s official community band for more than 40 years, celebrating music-making for all ages. ICB offers free concerts throughout the year, including an outdoor summer concert series. ithacaconcertband.org Ithaca Underground A not-for-profit whose goal is to nurture a sustainable, all ages (and especially youth) supportive environment where music and art outside of the mainstream is encouraged and able to flourish. Presents events featuring national touring, regional, and local bands and performers on a year-round basis, averaging 40+ shows a year. www.ithacaunderground.com Music’s Recreation Music’s Recreation is devoted to exploring new concert formats that integrate professional performance of a wide range of music with intriguing and educational commentary in a very informal atmosphere. https://www.musicsrecreation.org/
operaithaca.org State Theatre of Ithaca The historic and restored State Theater is a venue for national, international and community performances and programming. www.stateofithaca.com Triphammer Arts 607-257-2043 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca Triphammer Arts consistently brings together dancers and musicians from the area to resent high quality, audience-friendly music and dance productions both outdoors and indoors. www.operacowpokes.com Vitamin L 105 King St. Ithaca (607)273-4175 Vitamin L is a diverse group of 65 80 singers, ages 11 - 21, performing in Vitamin L concerts year-round in Central New York and beyond. The purpose of the Vitamin L project is to spread love and goodwill through music... to uplift and inspire young people and encourage positive character development, through music. vitaminl.org
NYS Baroque 333 The Parkway, Ithaca 607-301-0604 Performs music of the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods on period instruments. nysbaroque.com
Greater Ithaca Art Trail A program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, the Trail gives people the opportunity to visit studios by appointment, on October special event weekends, and on monthly First Saturdays, along with plenty of virtual events. www.ArtTrail.com
Opera Ithaca Opera Ithaca brings professional opera to Ithaca, New York and the surrounding Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region.
Spring Writes Literary Festival A program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, the Festival features over 40 readings, panels, workshops and
performances in May featuring over 100 local writers. www.SpringWrites.org Friends of the Library Book Sale 509 Esty Street, Ithaca booksale.org Each year, the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library holds two book sales, one in the spring and another in the fall, to benefit organizations working for literacy in Tompkins County. The number of items available for each sale usually exceeds 250,000. Books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, records, puzzles, and games are items found at the Book Sales. Children’s Corner is especially well-stocked and Collector’s Corner is a separate area housing many unique items of special interest which are priced individually. One Fest Ithaca Late May Ithacaunderground.org One Fest is a musical festival put on by Ithaca Undergound showcasing two stages of metal, punk, hardcore, and noise - featuring regional and local extreme bands and artists. Ithaca Festival Late May- Early June Downtown Ithaca and the Commons This over-40 year running festival of music and art is somewhat of an Ithaca tradition. With more live music than you can shake a stick at — both on The Commons and at Stewart Park — this weekend-long festival celebrates the richness of Ithaca’s social and artistic culture, with its highlight being the endlessly bizarre and joyous parade the first Thursday evening of the festival. Juneteenth Celebration Southside Community Center 305 Plain Street, Ithaca, (607) 273-4190
Growing,together. B’Yachad means “together” and Temple Beth-El’s B’Yachad Preschool in downtown Ithaca provides a nurturing environment for children aged 2.5 to 5-years to grow together. Employing a bi-cultural curriculum emphasizing kindergarten-readiness, community and caring, B’Yachad builds students’ self-confidence while encouraging investment in one another. Open to all children regardless of religious background. Call today to discuss if B’Yachad is the right place for your preschooler to grow.
An annual celebration of this national event symbolizing the end of slavery — a day-long event involving music performances, a street fair, food and crafts vendors, and more. Downtown Summer Concert Series Late June through mid-September The Commons, Ithaca, NY Listen to free live music every Thursday evening on the Commons. Local musicians perform all different styles, from classical to folk to rock to jazz. GrassRoots Festival 150 Trumansburg Road, Trumansburg, NY (607) 387-5098 www.grassrootsfest.org The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance started as a concert to benefit local AIDS support organization AIDS work at the State Theater in Ithaca. GrassRoots is held the second last weekend in July. It is held at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg New York, located about 10 miles north of Ithaca NY on Rt. 96 on the west side of Cayuga Lake in the very scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York. Ithaca Artist Market Each year, the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County organizes and facilitates a summer and winter juried show and sale of work by local artists. Artists exhibit paintings, drawings, photographs, collage, prints and sculpture. The Ithaca Artists’ Market has become a summer fixture after 20 years. First People’s Festival Early December Dewitt Park, Ithaca, NY The Multicultural Resource Center’s First People’s Festival is a celebration of indigeous peoples of New York
State featuring traditional music, crafts, displays and foods. Festivalgoers will have an opportunity to learn more about the traditions of First Peoples and to unlearn the stereotypes learned about their culture. Winter Recess February 2022 During Winter Recess, Ithaca opens its doors to the pre-K–12 community, offering you a chance to relax, refresh and renew among friends in a city built on education. You’ll discover a discounted week of outdoor recreation, indoor relaxation and entertaining education. We’ve put the whole city on sale, just for you. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration January 2022 In partnership with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and many other community organizations, The MLK Day of Celebration takes place at GIAC on Martin Luther King Day every January. Workshops, children’s activities, music and a free community luncheon all staffed by volunteers makes this a day on, not a day off.
Book/Record Stores Alphabet Soup 171 The Commons, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-6885 Angry Mom Records 115 East State St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 319-4953 Autumn Leaves Bookstore 115 The Commons, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-8239 Barnes and Noble 614 South Meadow St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Sports & Recreation Golf Courses RaNic Golf Club 189 Pleasant Grove Road Ithaca, NY 14850-2601 (607) 257-0010 www.countryclubofithaca.com The 18-hole, par-72 course at the Country Club of Ithaca facility features 6,595 yards of golf from the longest tees. Designed by Geoffrey S. Cornish, ASGCA, the Ithaca golf course opened in 1900. Newman Golf Course 10 Pier Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-6262 The nine-hole “Newman’’ course at the Newman Municipal Golf Course features 3,055 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . The course rating is 35.2 and it has a slope rating of 113. Newman golf course opened in 1935. There are men’s and women’s tees, and it has an 18hole rating of 70.3. Reservations are required on weekends and holidays. Other sports areas:
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Pools Alex Haley Pool (GIAC) 408 N. Albany St., Ithaca, (607) 272-3622 or (607) 277-6169 Cass Park Pool 701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca (607) 273-1090 Ithaca Swimming Club Inc. 124 Uptown Road, Ithaca, (607) 266-9574 YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County 50 Graham Rd. W, Ithaca 607-257-0101 Cornell - Teagle Building 607-255-1318 Ithaca College Outdoor Pool & Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium (607) 274-1880.
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Bryant Park Development of East Hill began in earnest in 1908. The land was developed by the Bryant Land company in collaboration with attorney / developer Jared T. Newman, who was then Mayor of Ithaca. 45 Acres of the old Bryant Farm were subdivided into 161 building lots. Three open spaces were incorporated into the subdivision: Bryant Park, Maplewood Park and Campbell Park, of which only Bryant park and Maplewood Park survived. Today Bryant Park is located in the triangle formed by Bryant Avenue, Irving Place and Ithaca Road Buttermilk Falls State Park 112 Buttermilk Falls Road, Ithaca (607) 273-2440, (607) 273-5761 (summer), (800) 456-2267 (reservations) Buttermilk Falls State Park takes its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it flows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. The upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the
Columbia Street Park Columbia Street Park is located between Columbia Street and Hillview Place, across the street from Hillview Park. This park is heavily vegetated and contains a stairway which connects to Hillview Park.
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Conway Park Conway Park shows up as public land as early as 1835. The park was known for decades as Lafayette Park, being renamed Conway Park in 1920 to honor former City of Ithaca Alderman Michael Conway, who died in action in France with the American Expeditionary Forces. Today Conway Park is an active neighborhood park located at the triangle of Cascadilla Street, Madison Street and Third Street. It has a half basketball court with three hoops, a play structure, and a large lawn area used for informal play. The play structure was built, using Community Development Block Grant moneys, by residents of the surrounding neighborhood in the spring of 1997. Cornell Botanic Gardens
Hillview Park Hillview Park is located on the corner of Turner Place, Columbia Street, South Aurora Street and Hillview Place. This park is heavily vegetated, with many large trees, and contains two small play fields with a backstop Ithaca Falls Natural Area Ithaca has many beautiful gorges and waterfalls. One of the most famous is Ithaca Falls, which is 150 feet high and 175 feet wide. These stunning falls are visible from Lake Street, a short walk from downtown or Cornell. McDaniels Park McDaniels Park was donated to the City of Ithaca by Cornell University Professor Laurence McDaniels. He lived next to the land that is known today as McDaniels Park. He donated a portion of his land to the City for use as a park a few years before his death. This Park is a neighborhood passive park. The entrance is located at the intersection of Hook Place and
Stewart Park Stewart Park Road, Ithaca Stewart Park is a regionally active park with several facilities including tennis courts, a playground with several play structures including a carousel, athletic fields, a duck pond, a spray pool, a municipal golf course, and a bird sanctuary. Swimming is no longer allowed due to pollution and turbidity.
Titus Flats/Ithaca Skate Park Titus Flats is located on South Meadow Street and Wood Street. It is a neighborhood active park with a full basketball court, a handball court, four softball fields, and a playground that was the result of a community build effort, funded by a Community Development Block Grant in 1994. Ithaca Skate Park is the first public concrete skatepark in CNY.
Strawberry Fields The history of Strawberry Fields is connected to the Belle Sherman Elementary school off Mitchell Street in Ithaca. Previously, the land was owned by the City of Ithaca School District. In 1940 and in 1960, apartment complexes had been proposed for this land. On July 21, 1970, a 9.9 acre parcel was sold to the City for park use.
Titus Triangle Park Titus Triangle is a small neighborhood passive park located in the triangle formed by Fair Street, South Street and Six Mile Creek.
Taughannock Falls State Park 1740 Taughannock Road Trumansburg, NY 14886 (607) 387-6739, (800) 456-2267 (reservations) Taughannock Falls State Park’s
Washington Park The City blocks surrounding the park were laid out in 1832 by Simeon De Witt and his son Varick De Witt. By the end of the century homes were built on all the streets around the park. (For more information see De Witt Park) The park has been under municipal authority since 1847. It is located in a square created by Washington Street, Court Street, Park Street and Buffalo Street.
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Atlas Bowl (Will re-open this fall) 61 W Main St Trumansburg, NY (607) 387-3191
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Cass Park Rink 701 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca (607) 273-1090 Cass Rink offers public ice skating (October through March) and rollerskate nights (June through October)
Town of Ithaca 215 N. Tioga Street (607) 273-1721 (Town Hall); (607) 273-1656 (Public Works Facility) www.town.ithaca.ny.us/ Located on beautiful Cayuga Lake, the Town of Ithaca is home to about 20,000 residents and is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College.
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Parks Allan H. Treman State Marine Park Just north of Cass Park, off Route 89, Ithaca (607) 273-3440, (607) 272-1460 (marina office, summer) Allan H. Treman State Park is one of the largest inland marinas in New York State. It boasts 370 seasonal, 30 transient and 30 dry boat slips. The park has picnic areas and playing fields and provides access to the Barge Canal and Seneca Lake. It is a marina only, there is no camping available and it is not the same as Robert H. Treman State Park. Allen Treman Park is located on Route 89, north of Ithaca, on the western shore and southern end of Cayuga Lake. (Limited Capacity) Auburn St. Park The park is actively used all year by residents of the neighborhood. Supervision is recommended as this park is surrounded by streets and cars. Baker Park This park is a neighborhood passive park located in the triangle formed where Elmira Road, South Plain Street and Park Street meet. Baker Park has several large shade trees, an open lawn area, and benches. Brindley Park Brindley Park is the only remaining piece of the former Inlet Neighborhood Community Center which was built in the 1930’s in response to the social and recreational needs of Inlet neighborhood residents at the junction of Buffalo and Brindley Streets for use as a park.
Village of Cayuga Heights 836 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca (607) 257-1238 www.cayuga-heights.ny.us/ A largely residential suburb located next to the Cornell campus within the town of Ithaca. It has one shopping area called Community Corners and ready access to shopping in the adjacent village of Lansing. Tompkins County Clerk 320 N. Tioga Street, Main Courthouse (607) 274-5431 www.tompkinscounty.gov
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gorge and rim, picnic areas and playing fields. The lower park has a campground, pool and playing fields, beyond which is Larch Meadows. Larch Meadows is a moist, shady glen and wetland area through which a nature trail winds. Park activities, including tours through Buttermilk gorge, are offered weekly from July 4th through Labor Day. Park open all year. Camping season from midMay to mid-October. Swimming area opens on June 20th All trails close November 10. Deer hunting, bow only, is permitted in season. Located on Route 13, south of Ithaca. Cass Park 701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, (607) 273-1090 Cass Park is a regionally active park used heavily by residents from all parts of Tompkins County. In addition to the ice rink, and swimming pool, there are four tennis courts, 20 athletic fields, four of them lighted, playground equipment, an exercise trail, and a large picnic pavilion.
124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca (607) 255-2400 As the arboretum, botanical garden, and natural areas of Cornell University, Cornell Botanic Gardens has a lot to offer – 40 natural areas spanning nearly 4300 acres of rich and diverse habitats. Collections include maples, oaks, crabapples, conifers, dogwoods, urban trees, and other species in a 150-acre pastoral setting. Specialty gardens in the arboretum include the Zucker Flowering Shrub Collection and the Treman Woodland walk. The 25-acre botanical garden features 14 specialty gardens. DeWitt Park De Witt Park, the oldest park in the City of Ithaca, is at the corner of Buffalo and Cayuga streets. Before it became known as De Witt Park, it was called Public Square Park. The park contains several war monuments, including monuments honoring local residents who served in The Civil War, WWI, WWII, The Korean War and the Vietnam War. Each year on Veteran’s Day, De Witt
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Warren Road. The park is heavily vegetated with trees and shrubs. It contains benches, a picnic table and a grill. Robert H. Treman State Park 105 Enfield Falls Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-3440, (800) 456-2267 (reservations) Robert H. Treman State Park is an area of wild beauty, with the rugged gorge called Enfield Glen as its scenic highlight. Winding trails follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls, where visitors can see a mile-and-a-half down the wooded gorge as it winds its way to the lower park. Campers can choose from tent or RV sites or cabins. Enjoy nine miles of hiking trails, or swim in a stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall. Swimming is allowed in lifeguarded area only. Open year round. Camping season runs from mid-May to November 30. All gorge trails close November 10. Bow hunting for deer is permitted in season. Located on Route 13, 5 miles south of Ithaca, on Route 327.
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namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. Boat Launch Site not suitable for any type of sailboat. The park also offers organized activities including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront. Open year round. Camping season runs from April 24th to mid-October. The rim trail closes in winter; the gorge trail remains open. Thompson Park Thompson Park is a small, triangularshaped neighborhood park on North Cayuga Street. It is primarily used for passive park uses, although it has been known as an outdoor volleyball site.
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Higher Education Cornell University General Information: (607) 254-4636 www.cornell.edu Ithaca College General Information: (607) 274-3011 www.ithaca.edu Tompkins-Cortland Community College (TC3) 170 North St. Dryden, NY (607) 844-8211 www.tc3.edu
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Cayuga Street Parking Garage 235 S. Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY 14850-5509 (607) 256-7275 Long-term parking is offered by the Cayuga Street Garage located between Green and Clinton streets in downtown Ithaca. Dryden Road Parking Garage Dryden Road Ithaca, NY 14850
Green Street Garage (Currrently closed for construction) Green Street Ithaca, NY 14850
Waste Removal Services The City of Ithaca provides a trash collection service for residents within the City limits, and trash is collected once a week. To determine the day of collection for your address, please call the Streets and Facilities Division office at 272-1718. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residents need to place trash at the curb the night before the scheduled collection day as the crews start their day at 4 a.m. Criteria for placement of trash is as follows: Trash cans or plastic bags may be used. There are no specific rules governing the type of can or bag that may be used.
Trash Tags Trash collection is paid for through the purchase of trash tags. Residents can purchase tags at City Hall or at any of the local grocery stores. Full Tags are for up to 35 pounds of trash. One tag is $4.50 while a sheet is $27.00. Whole tag strips are to be used; tags torn in half will not be accepted. One tag is needed for each can or each bag of trash that is placed at the curb. If more than one bag of trash is put in a can, be sure that the total weight of all the bags does not exceed the weight on the tag. The tag must be placed around the neck of the bag or on the bag itself. If trash cans are used, be sure to place the tag on the handle of the can so that it can be readily seen by the collectors. The weight of a can containing multiple bags/tags cannot exceed 70 pounds. Recycling Recycling is collected in the City of Ithaca every other week. More information about recycling can be obtained by calling the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management at w(607) 273-6632. There is no fee or tag needed for this service, and Recycling bins may be purchased at 122 Commercial Avenue, Ithaca, NY. The Department of Recycling and Materials Management site is www. recycletompkins.org Yard Waste Note: Leaves and grass clippings are not to be raked into the street. Yard waste is collected in the City of Ithaca on a regular basis from April 1through late fall. Once snow falls, crews work on snow removal and yard waste collection is suspended. Yard waste tags are $9 for a sheet of 6 and can be purchased at Agway, GreenStar,, P&C Fresh, Cornell Campus Store, Dandy Mini-Mart (on W. Buffalo St.), Tops, and Wegmans. Yard waste is collected every other week on the opposite recycling weeks. Yard waste may also be taken free of charge to the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center at 160 Commercial Ave., Ithaca. Criteria for placement of yard waste is: Only natural materials are
On-StreetParking The City of Ithaca has installed pay stations downtown in order to provide multiple payment options. These have replaced traditional coin meters. Parking pay stations accept cash, coin and debit/ATM or credit cards. How Parking Kiosks Work: These pay stations use license plate recognition technology to track your parking, so you will need to know your license plate when you go to pay at the machine. Pay stations are currently located 1 station per every street block, but will soon increase to 2 per street block (one on each side of the street). For your convenience, you can also receive notification by text or phone call when your time is running out. Follow the prompts on the screen to enter your phone number. You can also pay for parking on your smartphone by setting up a Park Mobile* account either on your phone through the app store (Apple and Android) or online at a computer.
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Street Parking Rates: At metered spaces, the hourly rate is $1.50/hr with a minimum 1 hour purchase when paying with ATM/ credit card. You can purchase smaller
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New Roots Charter School 116 North Cayuga Street P.O. Box 936 Ithaca NY 14851 (607) 882-9220 www.newrootsschool.org A high school (grades 9-12) charter school, tied to the Ithaca City School District, New Roots is open to all students in Tompkins County. Curriculum is focused on sustainability and entrepreneurship. Students will earn a Regents diploma.
Parking in Downtown Ithaca is easy because you have a number of options. You can park on the street or in garages for your convenience. Parking is FREE on weekends, and special holidays on the street. In the Garages, parking is FREE on weekends.
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Parking in Garages The parking garages charge $1.00 an hour to park between the hours of 2:00am and 11:00pm. The parking attendant is on duty at the garages until 11:30pm to collect any parking fees that may have accrued between these hours. You can pre-purchase hourly tokens/tickets for garage parking at $0.65/hr through the City Chamberlain’s office inside City Hall.
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Ithaca City School District 400 Lake Street Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 274-2101 www.icsd.k12.ny.us Grades K-12 are served in 12 school buildings, and the district has a total enrollment of approximately 5,500 students. The schools include: Ithaca High School (grades 9-12); Lehman Alternative Community School (grades 6-12); Boynton Middle School and DeWitt Middle School (grades 6-8); Belle Sherman Elementary School, Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, Caroline Elementary School, Cayuga Heights Elementary School, Enfield Elementary School, Fall Creek Elementary School, Northeast Elementary School and South Hill Elementary School (grades K-5, some with pre-K programs).
Cascadilla School 116 Summit Avenue Ithaca, NY 14850-4734 (607) 272-3110 www.cascadillaschool.org Cascadilla School is a preparatory school in Ithaca. It was founded in 1876 as a boys’ preparatory school for Cornell University. Serves as a high school, grades 9 through post graduate.
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considered yard waste (grass, leaves, branches, brush and the like). Yard waste must be placed in garbage cans (with the lids off) or in untied plastic bags. All brush must be tied in bundles. No brush or branches can be longer than four feet in length, and no branch can be larger than two inches in diameter. No bundle or container should exceed 50 pounds.
24 Hour Crisisline: (607) 272-1616 Other Services: (607) 272-1505 Missinon to promote constructive responses to crisis and trauma, and to prevent violence to self and others through direct support and community education. Human Services Coalition 171 E. State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca (607) 273-8686 The mission of the Human Services Coalition is to enhance the delivery of health and human services in the Tompkins County area.
Voting Vote by mail subject to change in response to state regulations. Tompkins County Board of Elections 128 East Buffalo Street Ithaca, New York 14850 (607) 274-5522 www.tompkinscountyny.gov/boe Voting in the City of Ithaca takes place in five different wards, with several polling places in each ward. Polling places are based on Election Districts. The election district is not the same as your County Legislative District number, but is printed on the voter registration acknowledgement card. Call the Board of Elections office for more information.
Mutual Aid Tompkins mutualaidtompkins.com firstname.lastname@example.org (607) 288-3252 Neighbors concerned about our communities and helping to make sure those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 get the help they need.
City of Ithaca polling places: FIRST WARD District 1 & 2 – Lehman Alternative School, 111 Chestnut St. District 3 – Titus Towers II, 798 S. Plain Street District 4 & 5 – South Hill School, 520 Hudson Street SECOND WARD District 1 & 3 – GIAC, 300 W. Court Street District 2 – Titus Towers II, 798 S. Plain St. District 4 – Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga Street THIRD WARD District 1, 2 and 3 – Belle Sherman Annex, Cornell Street FOURTH WARD District 1 – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Ave. FIFTH WARD District 1, 2 – Tabernacle Baptist Church District 3 – Alice Cook House, Stewart and University Avenue corner
Town of Ithaca polling places District 1 Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road District 2 Tompkins County Public Works, 170 Bostwick Road District 3, 12 College Circle Community Center, 1033 Danby Rd. District 4, 11 Ellis Hollow Apartments, 1028 Ellis Hollow Rd., East entrance District 5, 6 BOCES, 555 Warren Road District 7 Kendal at Ithaca, 2230 N. Triphammer Rd. District 8, 9 First Congregational Church, 309 Highland Rd. District 10 Linderman Creek II Community Bldg., 201 Cypress Court
Libraries Cornell University Libraries Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-4144 email@example.com www.library.cornell.edu
No Mas Lagrimas/ No More Tears (607) 339-8344 facebook.com/ NoMoreTearsNoMasAlgrimas/ nmlagrimas.wordpress.com Supporting individuals and families of all backgrounds, cultures, and identities affected by economic and social barriers in meeting their basic needs and in empowering themselves to achieve their aspirations.
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The libraries offer guest borrowing privileges to qualifying individuals (see below). Users should apply at the Library Public Services Office, 116 Olin Library, and provide the appropriate documentation. Users applying for contract college Privilege Cards should apply at Mann Library. Fees are payable by cash, check or credit card. Hours: see www.library. cornell.edu for individual library hours. Durland Alternatives Library (Currently Closed, but you can order books through the FLX Library System) 130 Anabel Taylor Hall Cornell University (607) 252-6946 www.alternativeslibrary.org Founded in1974, the library collection has focused on alternatives. The first books were about alternative communities & lifestyles in the 70’s. The collection has since grown to include a variety of topics, all with themes of social justice, ecology, and transformative action. Ithaca College Library (Closed to public) 1201 Gannett Center Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 274-3182 Hours vary by season, people should check the library’s Web site — www. ithaca.edu/library — for hours. The library is open to the public for browsing, but only students and college staff may check out materials or access the databases. Tompkins County Public Library 101 E. Green St. Ithaca, NY 14850-5613 (607) 272-4557 tcpl.org Library hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 9a.m.-6p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Curbside Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Library loans can be arranged through the library’s online loan system.
Post Offices Main Branch U.S. Post Office, 757 Warren Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-9998
(607) 375-6003 Downtown U.S. Post Office, 213 N. Tioga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 275-8777 Cornell University U.S. Post Office, 135 Ho Plaza, Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-3907
$2.50. Single-ride fares that originate in the Greater Ithaca Area (Zone 1) are $1.50, whether traveling in either zone.
Planned Parenthood 620 W. Seneca Street Ithaca, NY (607) 273-1513
Ithaca Dispatch Inc. 615 5 Mile Dr., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 277-7777, (607) 277-CABS, 277-TAXI toll-free at (888) 321-1149.
Collegetown Cab 630 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 588-8888
Ithaca College U.S. Post Office, 953 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 274-3367
Transportation Ithaca Tompkins International Airport Terminal Address: 1 Culligan Drive Mailing Address: 72 Brown Road Ithaca, NY 14850-1248 (607) 257-0456 www.flyithaca.com Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is owned and operated by Tompkins County. Airline services available at the airport:
Delta Air Lines Direct service from Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to Detroit. Delta Reservations: (800) 221-1212
Convenient Care (Cayuga Medical Center Branch) (Services Temporarily Suspended) 10 Arrowwood Dr. (off Warren Rd.), Ithaca (607) 274-4150
Cayuga Medical Center 101 Dates Dr., Ithaca (607) 274-4011 www.cayugamed.org Cayuga Medical Center houses 204 beds, employs over 1,200 health-care professionals, and has a medical staff of more than 200 affiliated physicians.
American Airlines Service from Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to its hub in Philadelphia. American Airlines Reservations: 1-800-433-7300 Local Customer Service: (607) 2570808
Cortland Medical Center 134 Homer Ave. Cortland, NY (607) 756-3500 WellNow Urgent Care 740 South Meadow Street, Ithaca (607) 319-4563
United Airlines Flying from Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport. United Reservations: (800) 864-8331 Arrivals & Departures: (800) 8246200
Guthrie Medical Group 1780 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca (607) 257-5858
TCAT – Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit Inc. 737 Willow Ave. Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 277-7433 www.tcatbus.com The fare is based on where you board, not your destination or how far you travel. Single-ride trips originating in rural areas (Zone 2) cost more than trips originating in the Greater Ithaca area (Zone 1). Those fares are
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Ithaca Health Alliance 521 West Seneca Street, Ithaca (607) 330-1253 The Ithaca Health Alliance is a nonprofit community health organization which helps members pool their resources in order to create community health care. Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (C.A.R.S.) 334 W. State. St, Ithaca 607-273-5500 https://www.carsny.org/
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TC Office for the Aging 214 W. MLK Jr./State St Open Mon-Fri 8:30 am –4:30 pm (607) 274-5482 tompkinscountyny.gov/cofa Bridges/Cornell Heights 407 Wyckoff Ave, Ithaca (607) 257-5777 Family-style rental housing with coordinated aide service. Kendal at Ithaca 2230 N. Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY (607) 266-5300 A continuing care retirement community situated on 106 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes District. Longview, an Ithacare Community 1 Bella Vista Drive Ithaca, NY (607) 375-6300 A residential senior community offering both independent apartments and assisted living located in the Finger Lakes region, high on South Hill overlooking Cayuga Lake.
Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County 210 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca https://loaves.org/ Free Meals-to-Go. Fresh meals will be packaged to-go and served outside in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. MWF- 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, T/TH5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Organizations & Clubs American Legion 1231 Danby Road, Ithaca (607) 272-1129 American Red Cross 618 West State St., Ithaca (607) 273-6684 Big Brothers Big Sisters 1 James L Gibbs Drive, Ithaca (607) 273-8364 Cayuga Bird Club c/o Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca (800) 843-2473 Cayuga Trails Club P.O. Box 754, Ithaca, NY 14851-0754 Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca 127 W. State St., Ithaca (607) 273-7494
Foodnet Meals on Wheels 2422 N. Triphammer road, Ithaca (607) 266-9553
Finger Lakes Independence Center 215 Fifth St., Ithaca (607) 272-2433
LifeLong 119 West Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-1511
Finger Lakes Land Trust 202 East Court Street, Ithaca (607) 275-9487
Love Living At Home www.lovelivingathome.org (607) 319-0162
Crisis Supportave services Advocacy Center HOTLINE: 607-277-5000 www.actompkins.org The Advocacy Center is dedicated to providing support, advocacy and education for survivors, friends, and families of domestic violence, and sexual assault in Tompkins County. Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service 124 E. Court Street Ithaca, ithacacrisis.org
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GIAC (Greater Ithaca Activities Center) 301 West Court St., Ithaca (607) 272-3622 A center for all ages, particularly youth and teens. It serves the immediate neighborhood and the greater Ithaca area by providing multicultural, educational, and recreational programs focused on social and individual development. Ithaca Community Recovery Inc. 518 W.Seneca St., Ithaca (607) 216-8754 https://www. ithacacommunityrecovery.org/ Ithaca Womens Softball facebook.com/groups/58172200554/
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Local children’s author embraces technology to bring stories to classrooms
By Jaime Cone
s a classroom teacher of young children in the early 1970s, Rick Rogers, of Spencer, noticed a gap in the subject matter presented in children’s books. “I was a reading teacher, originally, in the early ‘70s, and I felt there was a lack of good stories about nature and natural history, and I thought I would try to fill that void,” Rogers said. He wrote his first children’s book and took to the road, handing out copies and reading his work in classrooms and school libraries all over the country. “As a self-published author I would pay to have one of my books printed, and I would market them and set up the events myself,” he explained. “I sent out hundreds of letters to school librarians, and then they would schedule it.”
And that was the way Rogers, now 73, introduced children to his woodland fiction tales for the past 18 years. His stories interweave true facts about the forests and its creatures with the magic of fairy tales. As Rogers is not only an author but a storyteller in the old oral tradition, they are designed to be read aloud, and not necessarily by the children themselves. For example, much of the language Rogers uses is perfectly comprehensible to a fifth grader, but is often too advanced for them to read. His work is also unique in that he writes different stories that are tailor-made for different ages. When the oldest of his two sons was born in 1995, Rogers put the school visits on hold and became a classroom teacher again so he could spend more time with his family. Then, in retirement, Rogers began looking for a way to continue reaching young readers without having to visit schools in person. Fortunately, his sons were eager to help. “They said, ‘why don’t you do it digitally?’ And helped me put together the website,” Rogers said. The
father-sons team launched earthtalesandbirdsong.com as a platform for Rogers’ latest book, which can be downloaded as a free e-book, as well as an accompanying video and collection of songs. An audiobook version, also available on the website, was recorded at Howl Studios in Trumansburg. “I don’t have to do this for a living anymore,” he said, regarding his choice to offer his book for free. “In the old days that’s how I made my money… now as a retired person I don’t have the pressure of economics anymore.” The irony of creating a book about nature designed to be read on an iPad or other high tech device is not lost on Rogers. “I already have such a concern about children spending so much time on handheld devices that it took me a while to reconcile, but I thought, ‘it’s going to be OK if I can reach two more children this way.’ It’s not the technology. It’s the way it’s used.” He hopes the e-book will inspire children to ponder the great outdoors and ultimately inspire them to spend more time in nature—the same objective he had when he first started out in his career.
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Nostalgic portraiture Corners Gallery’s latest exhibit is an homage to instant film By Ar thur W hit m an
aught between the artisanry of traditional darkroom photography and the ubiquity of digital methods in commercial and popular practice today, the instant film photo seems an unlikely artform. But in fact, the link runs deep. The association between instant photography and fine art dates back to the late ‘40s, when Polaroid founder Edwin Land encouraged famed landscape photographer Ansel Adams to try out his new invention. Photographers and other artists associated with the medium include the likes of Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Walker Evans, and the recently deceased photo-based portrait painter Chuck Close. Polaroid and its technological heirs have enjoyed a resurgence in the 21st century amongst independent minded artists and their — often online — fans. On view through Sept. 17, 12- p.m. Wenesday - Friday 11-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. “Project Polaroid” at Corners Gallery gathers 12, mostly local, photog-
raphers for a loving homage to instant. Gallery owner Ariel Bullion Ecklund, who is included in the show, brings her own photography training and passion for the specialist technique to its curation. The artists here make use of a variety of film and camera types. Approaches range from the formal to the casual and genres from portraiture and landscape to abstraction and (broadly understood) collage. Most of the work here is recent but a few prints are vintage efforts, adding to the sense of nostalgia. Small prints and the familiar white Polaroid border — thicker at the bottom — are typical. Fuji has emerged as Polaroid’s main commercial heir in the new millennium; several artists use their cameras and film. One prominent school in the history of Polaroids as art emphasizes the physicality of the image, manipulating the developing print to create painterly or abstract effects. At their best, such photographs go beyond mimicry of paintings to create
strange hybrids that anticipate (or echo) the photo-manipulations of the digital age while remaining resolutely handmade. Randi Millman-Brown’s “Polaroid 1-4” uses emulsion lift: essentially removing and collaging the photographic material onto watercolor paper. Using close-ups of leaves and flowers, she creates lovely little picture gardens. Similarly, InShik Lee’s quartet “Pre-Pandemic Ithaca” subjects tightly cropped vignettes of local culture — most memorably an upward glance at the famed Chanticleer rooster — to expressionistic streaks and blurs. D.E. Todd deserves credit for his two very different but equally striking pieces here. Using a rare, large format Polaroid camera known for producing 20x24 inch prints, “The Backwards Man” (from 2003) uses the lush color and intense focus to parody traditional portraiture. We see a balding man in a black suit and red tie – only his clothes face us from his back while he looks away. It would be a gimmick if not for its formal beauty. Making unusually apt use of the serial, multiple prints under one frame format seen in many of the works here, Todd’s Fujifilm “Photo by Number” creates a sort of flattened, collage-like space. Using saturated primary colors and typography from vintage-looking photo products, Todd creates a sequence from one to nine – again a novelty “concept” executed with finesse. Using warm black-and-white, Kat Dalton, Leslie Ford and Rachel Philipson create evocative, close-cropped vignettes
that explore distinctive Polaroid worlds. Dalton’s “Supplicant” and “Mother Love,” shot with the legendary SX-70, have a distinctly Catholic-medieval feel with their blurred and spotted portrayals of religious statues. Ford’s sepia-toned “Ivy” and “Coleus” are hazy and lyrical while Philipson’s “Barn, Pickett, Wisconsin” and Edward Weston-like “3 Chairs” are cleaner and make use of inventive cropping. Other artists in the show take more familiar documentary or snapshot approaches. Jon Reis, a well-known commercial photographer in town, contributes four seemingly casual SX-70 snaps from his late ‘70s/early ‘80s years documenting the punk scene. Likewise, Steve Carver, a neo-Surrealist and Neo-Pop painter previously associated with the gallery, contributes prints exploring portraiture and folksy Americana. Covering the latter, “Old Trapper’s Motel, L.A., Numbers 1,2 & 3” (1980) is notable for its novelty approach: three Polaroids of crude wooden statuary mounted on a bulletin board “assemblage” with other snapshots, postcards, and ephemera. It feels like raw material for a trompe l’oeil still-life painting. “Project” is Ecklund’s most substantial formal exhibition since Corners Gallery’s rebranding late last year as Corners Gallery & the living room, the latter a design shop in collaboration with Philipson. This is a welcome development and we can expect more ambitious shows to come.
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By Br yan VanC ampe n “Cryptozoo” was created by comic book writer Dash Shaw, and the animation was overseen by his wife, Jane Samborski. (Shaw’s previous feature, 2016’s “My Entire Georgia@ithacatimes.com High School Sinking Into The Sea,” is unseen by me.) It doesn’t look or feel much like any animated film I’ve ever seen, Newspaper: and that’s its major quality. In the voice cast, you’ll hear Lake Bell (“In a World”), Michael Cera (“Sausage Party”), Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) and Grace Zabriskie (“Wild at Heart”).
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rowing up, my love of movies engendered a true hatred of animation and family films in my mother. She hated taking me to movies like “Doctor Doolittle” and “The Jungle Book” so much that as soon as I could go to the theater by myself or with my brother, she never saw another Disney movie again. I still wish I could time-travel back to the day she told me I couldn’t see “Song of the South” on a rerelease, just to let her know that that movie would soon be buried in Walt’s vault, and this would be my only chance to see it. She ended up loving the Ralph Bakshi version of “Fritz the Cat.” (Isn’t it ironic?) Moma Orlene Crone passed away almost 10 years ago, but as an animation buff, I was always on the lookout for ‘toons that she might have liked, and I was certainly thinking of her when I saw “Cryptozoo” (Magnolia-Fit Via Vi-Electric Chinoland-Low Spark Films-Washington Square Films-Cinereach, 2021, 95 min.), and I wondered if she would have liked its hallucinatory primitivism. It opens at Cinemapolis on Friday, Aug. 27. The film lets you know right away that it’s not kid stuff. In an opening that could be an uncut Grimms fairy tale or the first scene in a Roger Corman flick, two young people make love in the woods, explore the forest further and discover a unicorn. The film is about a band of cryptozookeepers on the hunt for all manner of bizarre mythical creatures. They’ve fashioned a retreat of sorts, but still question if the critters should be exposed and seen, or remain hidden.
The dopey new thriller “Reminiscence” (Warner Bros.-Film Nation-Kilter FilmsMichael De Luca Productions, 2021, 116 min.) playing at Regal Ithaca Mall, stars Hugh Jackman as a private eye who mainly dispenses peoples’ favored memories and then stands around watching them. If such technology comes to pass, I doubt Jackman will spend any time reliving the making of this movie. Written and directed by Lisa Joy, who overthought HBO’s “Westworld” series, “Reminiscence” mashes together the worst elements of dystopian future sci-fi and film noir, and not only reminds you of better films like “Chinatown,” “Blade Runner” and “Strange Days,” it makes you wish you were watching those movies instead of “Reminiscence”. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s science fiction with lots of conditions and rules that never pay off. Joy’s film takes place in a future Miami where the polar ice caps have flooded the city. It’s a stylistic fillagree that has no effect on the story involving Rebecca Ferguson as a crimsonclad femme fatale who gets into Jackman’s memory bank, as it were. All the flooding set-up is literally window dressing. “Reminiscence” is proof that if someone wants to make a good noir, Rebecca Ferguson has the right smoldering stuff for the job. Also, my UK pal Jamie Lewis sent me a bunch of alternate titles, and I thought I’d share them with you: “Wave Runner” “Miami Dull Fin” “Groundhog Bay” “Until the End of the World and Thanks for All the Fish”
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by Betsy Schermerhorn Director, Marketing and Admissions
DEPRESSION AND OLDER ADULTS Depression is a legitimate medical condition that is not a regular part of the aging process. However, older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression, and it manifests itself differently than in younger people. With the elderly, depression often accompanies other medical illnesses and disabilities, and its duration is longer. Also, symptoms are often misdiagnosed and undertreated, so it\’s vital to know the signs. Symptoms of depression may include struggling to pay attention; feeling excessively tired; having suicidal thoughts; not taking pleasure in activities once enjoyed; and feeling hopeless, worthless, or guilty. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, and successful treatment op-
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Sometimes older people who are depressed appear to feel tired, have trouble sleeping, or seem grumpy and irritable. Certain medications and some medical conditions can cause the same symptoms as depression. A doctor can rule out these possibilities by doing a physical exam, interview, and lab tests. Call the marketing team at (607) 266-5300 to schedule a tour to see our facilities and learn more about lifecare at Kendal at Ithaca. Find us on the web at http://kai.kendal.org/ P.S. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression, seek professional help sooner rather than later. 2230 N. Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 14850-6513
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I have used those hours in the diligent pursuit of knowledge or filled them with dancing, fun, and self-care? I wonder … IT: How might young artists effectively navigate through the demands of the music business and what we consider “normal life?” SBR: I am humbled by the question, since I cannot claim to have effectively navigated the demands of the music business for any sustained period. It could be said that I succeeded in navigating those demands during my college days because I sang every year, and joined two additional groups —Mario Baeza’s phenomenal Filet of Soul, and After Hours, a jazz band I was invited to join in grad school. I should disclose that at the end of my junior year I contracted a horrendous flu and was hospitalized during and after finals, causing me to miss and therefore fail all of them. By the time I was released, faculty were gone and unfindable. Sadly, I had no campus advocate. Then came the stinging letter informing me that I had been withdrawn from Cornell but that I could appeal for readmission at some future time. Eventually I appealed, returned and as fate would have it, found myself singing again. While singing with The Bravados I had the opportunity to audition with Atlantic Records and was offered my own song and a recording contract. Of course, I was
The Bravaados at Willard Straight 1965 From left to right: Gene Coggshall, Soni Edwards, Bruce Bergman and Joe Mooney (Photo: Bergman)
flattered and excited, but in my soul, I knew that the music business was not for me. That realization leads me to my first words of advice, drawn from Polonius’oftquoted blessing to his son Laertes, “This above all: to thine own self, be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” My paternal grandparents had a plaque on their dining room wall inscribed with that quotation, which always resonated with me and helped guide my decision. I knew that being true to myself meant not signing
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the contract and staying in school. That decision provided me with a great sense of relief, and a kind of validation about who I was, and who I might become. On a deeper level, because I am a woman of faith, I can’t help but recommend that young artists be mindful of who they should become spiritually, apart from and above the lures of worldly success, money and fame. I believe that those who are grounded spiritually are better equipped to discern their source and purpose, to withstand external pressures,
and to navigate any challenge a bit more effectively. Young artists also would do well to align themselves with those who’ve either made it or are well on their way. Identifying and cultivating relationships with mentors while developing diverse support networks are also critical to success — however they choose to define it. Lest we forget, the internet has revolutionized and democratized the music business. Today’s aspiring artists actually have a shot at making it, without the backing of a label. The world is virtually at their fingertips, just a few clicks away. IT: How would you describe the relationship between contemporary music and culture? You and I have both seen “Summer of Soul” twice, and it appears that the Harlem Cultural Festival represents an outstanding example of how social concerns can be meaningfully intertwined with a range of musical forms to help a fractured society heal. SBR: Intimate. Culture informs and inspires music and is conversely transformed by it. They are so closely interwoven that it’s difficult to separate the catalyst from the catalyzed. I often think about the music of my generation, of my parents’ and great grandparents’ generations, all of which tell the stories of our lives and times. Old Negro spirituals such as “Wade in the Water” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” helped Blacks endure and escape enslavement and gave hope for a heavenly respite. “Strange Fruit,” Billie Holiday’s rendi-
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tion of Abel Meeropol’s “Bitter Fruit,” the ever-poignant repudiation of lynching, is still timely. Music and communal songs powered and empowered the civil rights movement. Locking arms and singing Pete Seger’s “We Shall Overcome” strengthened and emboldened us. James Brown’s “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud,” gave me the courage to put down the straightening comb and wear my hair naturally … at Cornell. His performance and that particular song also helped quell the 1967 Boston riots. Nina Simone’s “I Sing Just to Know I’m Alive,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” gave voice to what most of my generation was feeling about society, culture and the environment. There is something about giving voice, and being heard. Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “Higher Ground,” Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind,” Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” Aretha’s version of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” molded and lifted us. Fast forward to hip hop: Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message,” Tupac’s “Me Against the World” and so many songs of this genre were that generation’s protest songs, rising out of the Black experience, being informed and inspired by … and somehow transforming it. Since 2002, I have had the privilege of singing with Rev. Stef and Jubilation, a remarkably anointed choir based in Newark, NJ. One of our goals is to share good news in bad times through the ministry of African American gospel and sacred music, something which heals the mind, spirit [and sometimes] body while transcending the constraints of time. The power of music to touch and enliven us individually and collectively, to crosscut differences and bring about [as Queen Latifah sang] U.N.I.T.Y, is nothing short of miraculous. IT: In the early days of MTV, VJ Julie Brown asked RUN DMC if they had any advice for aspiring performers, and Run said “Keep your daytime job.” It appears that you’ve done an excellent job in that regard, as you’re currently the Director of Internships and Professional Development at St. Peter’s University in New Jersey. Would you provide us with an encapsulated description of the steps that brought you to this realm of endeavor? Is there an identifiable connectivity between your role as a performing artist and the work you do today? SBR: That’s sound advice. My mom, a former social worker and phenomenal woman before Maya Angelou penned it, has been my inspiration. Now two months away from her 103rd birthday, she is most responsible for giving me the heart I have for helping people, the nagging desire to make the world a better place, as trite as that may sound. In my first full-time job after Cornell, I found fulfillment as a social worker at Patrick House, a multimodality drug and alcohol treatment center in Jersey City, NJ. The heart to help was, and remains, central to my work. It led me to Saint Peter’s University, New Jersey’s Jesuit University where I’ve been involved in a number of departments and roles, tutoring the basketball team [in Spanish, no less!],
academic advising in minority affairs, directing the cooperative education & internship program, experiential learning, and presently internships & professional development. My heart to help has enabled me to affect the lives of thousands of students over an almost 37-year run. I’ve been described as cheerful, energetic, positive, dynamic, amazing, sweet, wonderful by many … but I’m not ... not really. I strive to be all those things, but struggle every morning to face the day with a smile. After shaking the persistent gloom away, I nonetheless start with gratitude, thanking God for the gift of yet another day and pray for wisdom, direction, strength, and yes, optimism! I pray and expect that my prayers will not return void.
Steps? Hmm … I’ve led “Order My Steps” many times in one of my church choirs, which is almost uncanny since I believe my steps have been ordered, that divine providence, has had a major hand in charting my life. This is quite an admission for someone in my profession, where career planning and mapping are highly valued, promoted and reinforced. My career pathing has not followed any particular steps, but has evolved providentially. Working hard, doing my best, giving my all, seeing people through spiritual eyes, treating others with respect and dignity, being likeable, thinking and speaking clearly, listening actively, exceeding expectations, being prepared –all the things our parents and mentors told us — count, and
invite opportunity. I’ve been the recipient of good will and open doors throughout my working life, and [as we say in church], count it all joy. I’ve never before contemplated any relationship between my experience as a performing artist and my role as an experiential educator … but I do see parallels. Showing up, projecting your best self, bringing the art to life and life to the art. Knowing your craft. Delivering on command. Acting confident. In retrospect, there are undeniable elements of performance in counseling, coaching and advising. I have to admit I often sing while walking to my office, along an empty corridor in Dinneen Hall.
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8/25 Wednesday Newfield Music Series at Mill Park: Erin and the Backwoods Blues Project | 6 p.m. | Mill Park, 222 Main St. | Free
Deep Audio Groove Priest and DJ Freeze 4th Saturday Sessions | 3 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons
8/29 Sunday Sunday Brunch: Roadhouse Prophets | 1 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | Free Travis Knapp | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road
Virgil Cain | 2 p.m. | Homer Hops, 700 State Route 90 Cortland NY 13045
Bobby Henrie and Aaron Lipp | 5 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road
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 Sim Redmond Band | 5:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89 | Free
An evening with the Henhouse Prowlers | 7 p.m. | Rose Hall, 19 Church Street Concerts/Recitals
8/25 Wednesday Old Crow Medicine Show at Beak & Skiff | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road | $45.00 - $50.00
Open the Mic: Sensory-Friendly Open Mic Event for All Ages | 6 p.m. | First Congregational Church Multi Purpose Room, 309 Highland Road | Free
Time for Three | 8 p.m. | Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 Lake Rd | $40.00 - $60.00
Max Creek | 8 p.m. | Dwyer Memorial Park Little York
8/28 Saturday Concerts in Eldridge Park: Richman and the Poorboys | 5 p.m. | Eldridge Park, Eldridge Park Road
Roll Call | 12:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89
8/29 Sunday The Wailers | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | $15.00 - $30.00
9/2 Thursday 2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series Presents Danielle Ponder | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons Duke of Earl w/Russ Keene - Athens Summer Concert Series | 6 p.m. | Teaoga Square
9/4 Saturday Concerts in Eldridge Park: Max & the Kats | 5 p.m. | Eldridge Park, Eldridge Park Road
Garden Concert: L’Bonti | 6 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | $5.00
GoGone | | Firelight Camps, 1150 Danby Rd
Eldridge Park Classic Car Show & Concert | 5 p.m. | Eldridge Park, Eldridge Park Road
Stage Feasting the Sea-God: A Live Performance of the Odyssey | 5:30 p.m., 8/26 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 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 | Virtual | https://civicensemble.ticketleap.com/blackbrownother/ A new play by Evan Starling-Davis explores racism and racial identity on college campuses. Join Civic Ensemble for a screening and dialogue about your role in pursuing racial justice in the classroom and campus. All are welcome. 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 2046 at Willard Straight Theatre | 9:15 p.m., 9/2 Thursday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | 2005 \> China/France/Germany/Hong Kong \> Directed by Wong Kar Wai With Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li Tony Leung reprises his role as the frustrated romantic of In the Mood for Love in this Limbo | 7 p.m., 9/3 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Released earlier this year to wide acclaim, this story about a group of refugees await-
Milo the Magnificent Puppet Show | 10:30 a.m., 9/4 Saturday | The Cherry, 102 Cherry St | An engaging puppet show about an aspiring magician, inspired by turn of the century vaudeville entertainers. | $4.00 - $12.00 The Birds at Willard Straight Theatre | 7:15 p.m., 9/6 Monday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | 1963 \> USA \> Directed by Alfred Hitchcock With Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren A Hitchcock classic of a small town on the California coast that is inexplicably besieged by vast flocks of birds that Being a Human Person | 7:15 p.m., 9/7 Tuesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | A moving portrait of the artist at work (and at drink), this documentary captures the 76 year-old Swedish auteur Roy Andersson creating his supposed swan song, About Endlessness* . Sisters with Transistors w/postscreening panel discussion at Willard Straight Theatre | 7:15 p.m., 9/8 Wednesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Although the democratizing potential of technology has often been overstated, the advent of electronic music in the 20 th century was a radical break from all musical traditions that came before
ney Through Time Tours are occurring every Friday thru August 27th! North Star Art Exhibition “Air Bathing” | 12 p.m., 8/27 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 Project Polaroid | 11 a.m., 8/28 Saturday | Corners Gallery & the living room, 903 HANSHAW RD | An exhibition showcasing instant film photography The Gallery at South Hill exhibit of Michael Sampson paintings | 12 p.m., 8/29 Sunday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | Michael Sampson paintings abstracted from the figure. | Free Historic Barn Tour | 4 p.m., 8/29 Sunday | Maryhill Farm, 85 Ferguson Road | Historic barn tour at Maryhill Farm - Sunday, August 29th - 4 to 6 PM. | Free Junior Illustration Club | 10:30 a.m., 8/30 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., 8/30 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Illustration Club on Mondays this summer! Illustration Club at Museum of the Earth | 1:30 p.m., 8/30 Monday | Join us for Illustration Club on Mondays this summer! Each week in our Illustration Club, we will learn about different fossils and artistic techniques throughout the summer.
BEYOND Interactive Art Exhibit | 4:30 p.m., 8/25 Wednesday | Center Ithaca, 171 East State Street | BEYOND is an interactive, immersive art experience for all ages featuring participatory light and sound installations, games, community art making, a giant rideable unicorn, and more! | Free Journey Through Time Tour | 11 a.m., 8/27 Friday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Jour-
2021 Movies in The Park Presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company: The Karate Kid | 7 p.m., 8/27 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Join us as we conclude the 2021 Movies in the Park Series on Friday August 27th! | Free Cryptozoo | 8/27 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Dash Shaw’s fantastical animated feature follows cryptozookeepers through a richly-
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Hangar Theatre, Ithaca | The Hangar Theatre’s first ever outdoor summer season closes with this co-production with The Cherry Arts. The show celebrates the skills and talents of Ithaca’s diverse community, working alongside professional theatre artists, to create a fresh and unexpected adaptation of Homer’s unforgettable tale. (photo: Rachel Philipson)
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Animal Ambassador Encounters | 12 p.m., 8/28 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!
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Family Outdoor Art with the Johnson Museum: Picture Yourself! | 1 p.m., 8/30 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | At this final session, create life-size self-portraits inspired by the bright, joyful forms in Henri Matisse’s series Jazz. All materials will be provided. Feel free to bring your own blankets or cushions for sitting on! drawn hallucinatory world as they struggle to capture a baku and begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a zoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown. Together | 8/27 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan star in the story of a family, like so many, who found a way to survive – together. This hilarious and heartbreaking story intimately shows two partners forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of lockdown. Silent Movie Under the Stars | 8 p.m., 8/28 Saturday | Taughannnock Falls State Park, 1740 Taughannock Boulevard | Wharton Studio Museum’s 11th annual Silent Movie Under the Stars presents Sherlock Holmes (1916) at Taughannock Falls State Park on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 8pm and it’s free and open to everyone. | Free
Special Events Friday Night Roller Skates | 5:30 p.m., 8/27 Friday | Cass Park, 701
Taughannock Blvd | Sessions will be limited to 60 public skaters. Skaters are encouraged to use online registration to pre-purchase your session admission and your skate rental, if desired. There will ONLY be walk up spots available if pre-registration has not reached capacity prior to the start of each session. Night Sky Cruise at Allen Treman State Park | 9 p.m., 8/27 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. The WoooodChuck Classic | 9 a.m., 8/28 Saturday | Greek Peak Mountain Resort, 2000 Rt. 392 | CNY FreeRide presents the second annual WoooodChuck Classic Downhill Dual Slalom Mountain Bike Race. Registration will be on CNYFreeRide.com. Sugar Hollow Music Festival | 1 p.m., 8/28 Saturday | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd | An afternoon of fun and music w/ five amazing artists from the Finger Lakes region fill the afternoon with music while Hopshire fills you with great beer and food!
Six Mile Creek Creekside Gathering | 4 p.m., 8/28 Saturday | Titus Triangle Park, South Titus Avenue between Plain and Fair Streets | Six Mile Creek has a new wildlife (and otherwise) creek-side community observation board in Titus Triangle Park, just west of Plain Street along the creek! All lovers of Six Mile Creek are invited to come celebrate. | Free Silent Movie Under the Stars | 8 p.m., 8/28 Saturday | Taughannnock Falls State Park, 1740 Taughannock Boulevard | Wharton Studio Museum’s 11th annual Silent Movie Under the Stars presents Sherlock Holmes (1916) at Taughannock Falls State Park on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 8pm and it’s free and open to everyone. | Free Community Bike Sale | 10 a.m., 8/29 Sunday | Waterfront Trail, 708 W Buffalo St | Bike Walk Tompkins in partnership with Southside Community Center’s RIBs will be hosting a community bike sale with proceeds going to fund youth bicycle programming throughout the Tompkins County community. Sunday Seasonal Bounty Board | 11 a.m., 8/29 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 Utica College Field Hockey at Ithaca College | 9/1 Wednesday | Utica College Field Hockey at Ithaca Collegen https://ucpioneers.com/ calendar.aspx?id=12646
Kids 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. Baby Storytime Meets Outside! | 10:30 a.m., 8/27 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Daring to Dig Tour | 1:30 p.m., 8/27 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., 8/27 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm. 2021 Movies in The Park Presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company: The Karate Kid | 7 p.m., 8/27 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Join us as we conclude
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 email@example.com. Community Sunset Cruise | 7:30 p.m., 8/25 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 | 8/25 Wednesday | Trumansburg Farmers market, Corner of Route 227 & 96 | 8/25: Small Tattoo; 9/1: Radio London | Free Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 8/26 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | 25 local
Check It Out Shoppe | 9 a.m., 8/27 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. James Potorti Interpretive Gorge Walks | 10 a.m., 8/27 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 Farmers Market in Brooktondale | 10 a.m., 8/28 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. Community Bike Sale | 10 a.m., 8/29 Sunday | Waterfront Trail, 708 W Buffalo St | Bike Walk Tompkins in partnership with Southside Community Center’s RIBs will be hosting a community bike sale with proceeds going to fund youth bicycle programming throughout the Tompkins County community.
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Hopshire Farm & Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd., Freeville | An afternoon of fun and music with five acts from the Finger Lakes region including Rachel Beverly, Leo and the Maydays, Noon Fifteen, Kitestring, and Alex Cano (pictured). Best of all - it’s a day of free entertainment!! (photo: Facebook)
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Teacher – Special Education & TASC
The OCM BOCES Cortlandville Campus has a unique teaching position for a full-time Special Education Teacher, working in two Innovative Education programs. At Seven Valleys New Tech Academy, the successful candidate will partner with teachers to provide special education support in a student-centered, Project Based Learning environment. Opportunities to authentically connect students with local businesses and community agencies supports a positive, collaborative learning environment. Duties as TASC teacher include instructing and preparing students for high school equivalency requirements, including testing. For additional information visit our website at www.ocmboces.org. Register and apply at: www.olasjobs.org/central EOE 2 5 – 31 ,
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