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Cornell: Bomb threat a ‘cruel hoax’


arts of the Cornell University campus were evacuated on Sunday afternoon after Tompkins County 911 received an anonymous call from an individual claiming to be in one of the school’s academic buildings with automatic weapons, and that explosives had been placed in several other academic buildings. The school sent out its first alert at 2:13 p.m. on Nov. 7, urging people to evacuate and avoid the law school, Goldwin Smith, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall. It also asked people not to call the police unless there was an emergency. About 45 minutes later the university sent out another alert reiterating the evacuation for the aforementioned buildings and urging people to avoid central campus. At 3:23 p.m. the university sent out its third notification, finally confirming that they had received a call about bombs being placed in those buildings. Just after 4 p.m. the university sent out another alert, reporting that law enforcement was on site and investigating the bomb threat. It added that a security perimeter was in place but people should still continue to avoid central campus. The Tompkins County Sheriff ’s Office, Ithaca SWAT, Cortland Police Department, SUNY Cortland Police, New York State Police and FBI assisted Cornell police. At 5:30 p.m. building sweeps were still ongoing. Two hours later the final alert was sent out announcing no credible threats were found and that it was safe to resume normal activities. Similar threats had also been called into other Ivies. Columbia and Brown received bomb threats the same day, while Yale had received one Friday. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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Ithaca becomes first city in U.S. to try and electrify all buildings


t its Nov. 3 meeting, Ithaca’s Common Council officially approved a plan that would see all 6,000 of the city’s buildings, both public and private, electrified. The plan is part of the Green New Deal’s efforts to completely decarbonize the city by 2030. Led by Director of Sustainability Luis Aguirre-Torres, the city will be working with BlocPower, a company out of Brooklyn, to manage the large-scale program. Ithaca will be the first city in the country to undertake an electrification and decarbonization effort of this scale. Aguirre-Torres said when he began his position with the city in March 2021, he began trying to brainstorm ways in which the goals of the Green New Deal could actually be met. “It was very aggressive to reach them by 2030,” he said. “I needed to think of strategies to get us there as soon as possible.” He said he looked at build-

ings, transportation and the electric grid, which make up more than 95% of the city’s carbon emissions. He decided the most efficient way to make a big impact was to do something cross-cutting. “We need to go full energy efficiency,” Aguirre-Torres said. The city’s buildings are the number one source of emissions, accounting for 40% of the city’s carbon output. “And it’s hard to deal with buildings,” he said. “We had an energy code supplement for new buildings, but nothing for existing buildings. So to tackle existing buildings we had to look at energy efficiency and make buildings as efficient as possible.” To use less energy, the electrification plan will target things using fossil fuels like furnaces, water heaters, cooktops and clothing dryers. Needless to say, retrofitting 6,000 buildings to be more energy efficient isn’t cheap. So far, Aguirre-Torres has raised $100 million from private investors. He noted that while private eq-

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uity is the most expensive form of capital, he plans to offset interest costs through philanthropic funds and government grants. After securing funds, the next hardest part is getting people to buy-in. “There are several types of incentives we’re considering,” Aguirre-Torres said. About 40% of homes in Ithaca were built before 1920, and about half of them have never had any serious renovations done. “So there are a large number of homes that are highly inefficient because they’re old,” Aguirre-Torres said. “If you fixed it all and replaced things with electricity, you would have savings.” He said the idea of the program is that the homeowners will be lent money to do the electrification upgrades, with zero interest, and they pay it back only if they have savings. “Their property value increases, they don’t pay any extra money and they have a better home,” Aguirre-Torres said. However, while it seems like a no-brainer, the response has been mixed. “The vast majority is very happy and excited about it, but because of the city we live in, some people are opposing it on principle because it’s Wall Street money,” Aguirre-Torres said. “I respect that but I disagree.” He noted that while those people tend to believe that this is something the government should pay for, there’s just no money that comes from taxes that would be able to cover something of this scale. He also said there’s been some pushback from nonprofits who do similar work of electrification continued on page 7

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PHOTOGRAPHER Legislature approve centralized arraignment plan, honor veterans By C a se y Mar tin


“Devon Sawa! Aka…Casper the Ghost!” -Maya D.

“Justin from Nysnc….that curly hair the blonde tips!!” -Angela N.

“…Jennifer Love Hewitt…” -Adrian P.


resolution committing Tompkins County to reimburse up to 20% of the funds of local share for municipal bridge infrastructure projects under the state’s BridgeNY grant program was discussed and passed. Moved by Legislator Anne Koreman, the resolution passed 12-2 with legislators Mike Lane and Dan Klein in opposition. Klein proposed an amendment to include a requirement that design standards approved by the county are met. Klein shared a plea that the county have oversight in grants that it is involved in. The amendment failed, 3-11 with legislators Klein, Lane and Rich John in favor. The legislature also passed a resolution that approves the Centralized Arraignment Plan. John shared that in passing this resolution, “this is a big deal,” adding that this plan allows for virtual arraignment and other, different ways for the process to be accomplished. John spoke of his experience as a private attorney with arraignments previously happening in a highly inefficient way that would call lawyers, judges, and officers to a location at any given hour. If

this plan is approved by the Office of Court Administration, arraignments will be centralized in time and location with shared responsibility between the judges, so schedules and logistics are easier to manage and anticipate. An arraignment is a hearing where an individual is formally charged of a crime by a court and occurs after an arrest and the filing of a criminal complaint by the District Attorney. Among Other Business A resolution honoring Veteran’s Week (a local extension of Veteran’s Day, November 6-13, 2021) was read by Legislature Chairwoman Leslyn McBean-Clairborne. The resolution remembers and honors the courage and honor of service veterans. The resolution highlighted that a large portion of veterans experience stress in transitioning to civilian life, and are at high risk of suicide upon return. The county is participating in “Operation Green Light” to publicly acknowledge and shine a light on the service and experience of veterans and offer support to veterans in need. The Legislature encourages residents to display a green light during this week in a

public facing window or place of businesses to “green light veterans forward as valuable members of our community.” A resolution recognizing Indigenous People’s Month was also read by McBean-Clairborne. The resolution acknowledged the area’s Indigenous heritage and “periods of pain, tragedy, inequities, and bigotry” while remarking on the county’s commitment to make changes for the better, including its diversity and non-discrimination policies. Tompkins County celebrates the second Monday of each October as Indigenous People’s Day. The resolution calls on Tompkins County residents and organizations to recognize the month of November with appropriate celebrations and events. The Community Arts Partnership (located in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture) is hosting a November exhibit honoring Native American Heritage Month, featuring “The Art of Wampum,” a traditional regional Native American storytelling, treaty, ceremonial, and art form. A presentation was given by the county attorney and chief sustainability officer on the county’s participation in a hydroelectric facility in Waterloo, N.Y. The County receives credit on its energy bill by supporting this renewable energy source and also gets Renewable Energy Certificates acknowledging its renewable energy use (from July 2020-June 2021

the estimated total value of the certificates to Tompkins County has been $29,394). Sheriff Derek Osborne and Undersheriff Jennifer Olin were commended by John for their participation in a conference called Race and Justice; Finding Fair and Impartial Policing, held by the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers. Osborne shared that he gained perspective and met great instructors at the training and are looking to expand local training options in this area. Tompkins County Chief Equity and Diversity Officer Deanna Carrithers presented an update on the Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative. The Collaborative is preparing to kick off plans for community input and implementation including the plan to support officer wellness and the plan to release data from the District Attorney & Office of the Assigned Counsel. There will be print updates about the Reimagining process weekly in the free Tompkins Weekly newspaper for those who cannot access the website. Carrithers outlined that the Community Justice Center Project Director search is underway and that the collaborative has identified space at the Mental Health building on Green Street in Ithaca to house the center. -Staff R eport

Clairborne, Martha Robertson and Deb Mohlenhoff have been answered. Notedly, Tompkins County voters polled in favor of all five ballot questions, however statewide only two passed. The right to clean air, clean water and a healthful environment passed and the requirement that any civil lawsuits in New

York City with claims totaling $50,000 or less would be heard by New York City Civil Court were the two that passed. The redistricting proposition and the propositions that would allow for same-day voter registration and no-excuse absentee ballots were all rejected.


One race down to 20 votes “Gotta go with ALL OF NYSNC!” -Olivia P.

“Julia Roberts…that smile….. honorable mention: Mandy Moore. They are both sweethearts!” -Scott R.

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ongtime Democratic Legislator Mike Lane, who represents District 14, is at risk of losing his seat to newcomer Republican Thomas Corey. Currently, Corey leads 838-818, with absentee ballots still waiting to be counted. Absentee votes will not be counted until Nov. 15, according to the county’s Board of Elections. There are over 700 absentee votes anticipated, however it’s believed that only the outcome of the County Legislature District 14 race between Lane and Corey could change once absentees across the county are


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counted. Additionally, that race is currently separated by 20 votes, which the Board of Elections said is the exact threshold in Tompkins County that triggers an automatic recount. If Corey were to unseat Lane, it would add one more Republican to a Democrat-heavy legislature. However, it would do little to balance it as there would still be 10 Democrats to four Republicans. With a number of retirements from Common Council and County Legislature coming at the end of the year, the questions of who would take over from long-time public officials like Leslyn McBean-

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County turns vaccine focus to kids, hopes for return to normalcy

ocal health leaders are hoping that the vaccination of kids will help move things even closer toward normal, as the COVID-19 pandemic trudges through its 20th month. At the beginning of November the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. The first weekend in November the Tompkins County Health Department hosted its first two large-scale clinics to vaccinate the younger kids. About 600 children were vaccinated each day, totaling 1,200 over the weekend. “The clinics went really well,” Rachel Buckwalter, senior community health nurse at the Health Department, said. “We pulled together a real community effort.” Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker, a physician at Northeast Pediatrics, was also on hand for the Nov. 8 COVID Town Hall. He explained the studies and science behind the vaccine for children. According to Snedeker, the Pfizer vaccine studies for this age group began about six months and included around 2,200 children. Roughly two-thirds of them got vaccines, and one-third got a placebo. During the months that followed, the data shows that 99.9% of children who got the vaccine had strong antibody titers that would protect them against serious illness. The study also showed that fewer children in the vaccinated group contracted COVID than in the placebo group, and that the vaccine was 98% effective in preventing sickness. Children saw no unusual side effects and there were no serious adverse reactions. Younger children will receive the same vaccine as teens and adults, but at a lower dose. Snedeker explained there are 30 micrograms of the mRNA in the normal vaccine, but just 10 micrograms in the dosage for the younger kids. He added that 20% of the kids in the trial had additional risk factors for COVID, and all of them fared just as well. There are currently studies ongoing with children

ages 6 months and older. As far as schools go, Tompkins County’s Public Health Director Frank Kruppa said any type of mandate for the vaccine would come from the New York state Department of Health. However, he doesn’t anticipate that will be coming anytime soon, especially as the Pfizer vaccine does not have full approval for people under 16 yet. Moderna is fully approved for people 18 and older. Snedeker encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated, stating that while it’s true kids are less likely to become ill than adults from COVID-19, it’s not true that they are not becoming seriously ill. “It’s not a benign illness,” he said. “Even though most kids come through it fairly OK, a fairly significant number do not. There are potentially serious complications due to COVID.” He also noted that COVID is far deadlier than the other viral diseases parents already vaccinated against, such as meningitis and hepatitis A. “Part of the overall plan is to protect the entire population, and it’s important for kids to be part of that,” he said. “The bottom line is the risk of complications from COVID far exceeds any risk of the vaccine themselves.” Kruppa added that once children are vaccinated they

will not have to be quarantined and miss school if they’re a close contact of a positive case in class. Buckwalter said the Health Department and community partners incorporated things like storyboards, pictures, stickers, fun BandAids, books, coloring pages and Disney music to help kids feel more comfortable at the vaccine clinic. She said the vaccination staff also have training to help kids manage any fear or anxiety they might experience using tactics like physical touch and support from parents and breathing exercises. Additionally, both Buckwalter and Snedeker spoke of the importance of talking to your child honestly about the vaccine. “Tell them the day before, ‘we made an appointment and here’s why,’” Buckwalter said. “’It’s going to protect you and your family and your community.’ When I explain it to my kids I tell them it’s a parent choice, and tell them it might be a little pinch or poke. It’ll be over really quickly.” Snedeker said it’s important not to lie to your child about what’s going on. “Keep it straight and simple and keep it to their age level,” he said. Kruppa said he hopes to host clinics on Friday and Saturday and do 800 vaccines a day. “We’re hoping the vaccine

will arrive, but we’ve become really good at scavenging for vaccine over the last six months or so. We have a lot of connections in the region and we’re going to try our best to find enough vaccine for those 1,600 appointments.” He also noted that after vaccinating 1,200 children last week, and if they can get 1,600 this weekend, that will be about 50% of the children in that age range in Tompkins County. “Then we look at gaps and try to reach those missed populations at a smaller scale,” he said. I do believe all of us are going to be impacted by COVID one way or another, so it’s important to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible so they’ll have as much protection as possible.” Registration links are being sent out through school districts and pediatric offices to prioritize the children who go to school or seek medical care in the county. As for the county overall, Kruppa said things continue to head in a good direction. By late summer he and his staff shifted their focus from case numbers to the severity of illness and how many people are being hospitalized, which he said remains steadily low. “That’s reflective of the significant vaccination rate in the county,” he said. “The case numbers are also trending in the right direction. We shifted from high transmission to substantial transmission.” Kruppa added that it’s important to know case numbers are going to fluctuate, and even more so as we approach winter and flu season when there is always more respiratory illness. He added that holiday gatherings and travel will also impact case numbers. However, in a marked improvement from last year, he didn’t discourage holiday celebrations. “We’re not saying don’t have holiday events, just be mindful,” he said. “Especially those with underlying health conditions […] You might have to take some additional precautions and perhaps limit some of the people you’re around.” Ta n n er H a r di ng No ve m b e r

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Ups The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny over the weekend — hard to be mad about that — even if the sun is setting before dinner time. Downs Heavy rains led to lots of flooding last week, especially on Elmira Road and in plaza parking lots. Parts of the bird trail at Stewart Park are still inaccessible due to water.

HEARD&SEEN Heard More gunshots were fired on W Seneca Street last week after a dispute broke out. No injuries or property damage was reported. Try leaving your firearms at home, folks! Seen Ithaca was mentioned by satirical news source The Onion for its efforts to decarbonize the city’s buildings. That feels far more prestigious than the Washington Post, honestly.

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19.6% Three weeks before the holiday. 45.1% 11:59 p.m. on the day of previous holiday. 11.8% Never. Sincerely, the Grinch. 17.6% It’s a free county. Mind your business. 5.9% I roll with Mariah Carey.

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A whole new attitude


hen I learned that Ithaca High’s cheer team had won not only the Southern Tier Athletic Conference (STAC) title, but the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship as well, I would have understood if it took some time for someone to do some research into the last time the team hoisted a trophy in such competitions. In this case, it was easy, given head coach Unique LeFlore was on that team. In 1995. LeFlore is in her fourth season as the team’s coach, and she told me, “This is especially sweet because we have struggled with numbers, and it has been a challenge to keep a solid team together.” She added, “We have really turned the corner. I think that the fact that COVID changed so many things has helped the kids realize that they can’t keep procrastinating. Life is short. It’s a whole new attitude.” The team was proud to win the STAC Division A championship, but the athletes all knew that the state competition would be a lot tougher, given there were many more teams against which to compete. “Winning the states really made an impact on the girls,” LeFore said. “It opened their eyes to how much fun it can be. I hope it gives them the strength they need, because in the fall, we cheer at games but in the winter, it’s our sport season and it gets a lot

harder.” I asked Unique if she could connect me with one of her athletes, and she did not hesitate a moment in choosing Sofia Yantorno. In LeFlore’s words, “I chose Sofia because she is not only a captain — she started with me when she was in eighth grade — but she has never given up trying to make this program better. She’s a great kid.” I asked Sofia about the team’s makeup — whether it was an all-female or a co-ed team — and she replied, “It’s open to anyone, but at the end of the season there were nine of us, all girls.” Sofia explained that the nine athletes “make up two different stunt groups.” She added, “In each group there are two bases, a back spot — that’s what I am — and a flyer. We also have a teammate — Mina Tallman — that is a good tumbler, so she handles that part.” She stated that many of the girls have dance or gymnastics experience, but such a background is not required. Yantorno expressed her gratitude to be back on the floor after the involuntary, COVID-related year off, and she said, “I think the fact that we won the states (held at the Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamcontinued on page 7

Setting The Record Straight By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r Steve Bannon did NOT study the episodes of the Andy Griffith Show that featured Otis Campbell for tips on demeanor and sartorial choices. Facebook changing its name to “Meta” is NOT morally indistinguishable from Vladimir Putin changing his name to “Elsa, from Frozen.” Downtown Ithaca is NOT more dangerous than a remote combat outpost in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. Josh Hawley did NOT board at Slytherin while attending Yale Law School. The Library Place project has NOT been abandoned, to be left as a monument to human folly. Yemen does NOT have more paid parental leave than the United States of America. Wait, scratch that. It does. Rand Paul is NOT more likely than Anthony Fauci to prevail in a Squid Game scenario. The reorganization of the Wegmans aisles is NOT an elaborate social experiment designed to examine human reactions to the random placement of unrelated products in unfamiliar locations. Cat turds are NOT a curiously delicious source of nutrition. (That one’s for our dog.) Senator Joe Manchin did NOT block the Build Back Better plan to tax the 1% just to protect the Billionaires in Space program. It is true, however, that he has a statuette of the monopoly tycoon chiseled out of coal on the desk of his home office. Cryptocurrencies are NOT the Beanie Babies of the 21st century The defeat of New York State’s ballot measures providing for same-day voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting was NOT the result of massive conspiracy involving voter fraud, missing ballots, fake votes, unverified signatures and a rigged system. Ithaca will always be better than Cortland, no matter what happens at the Cortaca game. Crazy airplane passenger douchebags are NOT worse than crazy school board meeting douchebags. They are mathematically equivalent. The Finger Lakes region has NOT been re-designated as a rainforest ecosystem. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain bioluminescent tracking devices linked to the devil, you dunce. While we’re on the subject, Bill Gates does NOT give the slightest sh*t what you’re up to. The Ithaca City School District has NOT been boarding buses from other districts and pressing their drivers into service for the ICSD. Johnny Paycheck’s “You Can Take This Job and Shove It” is NOT the unofficial anthem of the Great Resignation, though it should be. We are NOT 42% of the way to being the earth from WALL-E. It is NOT too early for Christmas songs and decorations.

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2021 State Champion Ithaca High School Cheer Team (photo: Provided)

ton) will help our numbers. I hope it will encourage a lot of people to sign up.” She said she also enjoys being a tri-captain with teammates Nicole Witter and Ulyssa Pressey, and that she is pleased to be a part of a program that has come such a long way. LeFlore is also grateful to be a part of such a renaissance of sorts. She said, “I just love these girls so much, and it’s heartbreaking to know that some of them will be moving on. It’s wonderful that they are seeing the result of all their hard work and preparation, and knowing that the last time Ithaca High placed in the state competition was in 1995, I just burst into tears when they read the name of the second place team and I realized that we had won.” ● ● ●

It was a good football weekend in Ithaca. Even though the Ithaca High football

team’s loss to Elmira in the playoffs ended the Little Red’s season, the players should hold their heads high. A fluke touchdown at the end of the game clouded how close the game really was, as had Ithaca recovered their squib kick with the score 38-30, it would have put them in a position to play for a chance to tie the game with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The Little Red played some solid football this season, and the fact that the team stayed competitive despite the challenge of low roster numbers speaks to the old adage that quality can affect an outcome as much as quantity. As usual, Ithaca College football put on a show, putting a 26-7 thumping on a ranked Union team, and the Cornell football team left Philadelphia with a hardfought 15-12 win over the Penn Quakers. It put the Big Red in the win column in the Ivy League, and provided a boost heading into the homestretch. B y S t e v e L aw r e n c e

and retrofitting because their livelihoods are feeling threatened. “I don’t blame them, but it’s difficult to make progress [through incremental change],” he said. “We’d be doing 30-50 buildings a year when we need to do 6,000 in eight years.” To have a shot at reaching that goal, the city is working with BlocPower. “When I say the government is not equipped to do this, BlocPower is,” Aguirre-Torres said. “They have done 1,000 buildings so far, so we’re asking them to do something much bigger. But there’s no precedent. We’re the first city to do this.” Keith Kinch, the general manager and co-founder of BlocPower, said that when his company saw the request put out by the city for this project, they were excited for the opportunity to address electrification on such a large scale. “Decarbonization of an entire city is truly amazing and something the residents, mayor and Common Council of Ithaca should be applauded for,” he said. BlocPower will work with residents and city officials to assess all buildings prior to issuing recommendations to improve overall energy performance, Kinch said. They will then work with local partners to implement and install energy efficiency measures to decarbonize the city. These measures could include things like electrification of appliances, renewable No ve m b e r

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energy, weatherization and electric vehicle charging. Aguirre-Torres said there’s not much more expected from the city right now, and that they’re currently working to negotiate the final contract. His hope is they can get things moving in December. He’s also currently working on getting a pipeline of buildings ready to go, so when the contract is signed they can hit the ground running. “We’re looking at Cornell Cooperative Extension, at Southside Community Center, at GIAC,” he said. “We’re putting together a list of potential buildings to negotiate with landlords and building owners.” And while Aguirre-Torres forges ahead, he’s not immune to nerves. “I’m super excited but also very nervous and terrified of this thing,” he said. “It’s a huge animal we’re taking on. If we make it, it’s going to be for history, it’s like we cracked this uncrackable nut.” However, if somehow things go south? Aguirre-Torres is prepared for that too. “I’d risk my job for this,” he said. “If this doesn’t work, I lose my job, that’s for sure. But I don’t mind. […] We should be proud of trying. We’ll be the ones who tried something. Someone had to do it first, and why not us?” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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What is going on? The mayor and police union president weigh in.

believes more police officers are needed to do this, while the mayor has advanced a four-part strategy on Oct. 21 that includes support for community nonprofits and investment in infrastructure. One part of the mayor’s plan is “combat misinformation,” which is aimed squarely at the public relations campaign by the police union that has labeled him an “anti-police activist.” However, both the mayor and the union agree that targeted enforcement is necessary to address the west side violence. Condzella arrived in Ithaca as an officer in 2015 and was promoted to sergeant in 2019 and became president of the union earlier this year. The union’s Nov. 4 statement emphasizes the sharp upsurge in crime between 2019 and 2020. Myrick moved to Ithaca in fall 2005 to attend Cornell, was elected to Common Council in 2007 and became mayor in 2011. He takes a much longer view of the problem of crime in Ithaca A SERIES OF VIOLENT INCIDENTS

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hether you prefer to get your news from newspaper, television, radio or Facebook, there’s been no avoiding the violent crime that’s been inundating Ithaca this fall. Since the end of September, it seems like there’s been a shooting or stabbing at least once a week, often more, and sometimes more than once in a day. On Nov. 9, Cayuga Heights Elementary School, Boynton Middle School, Ithaca High School and Cornell University were instructed to shelter in place while police pursued an armed suspect and a helicop8  T

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ter flew over Cayuga Heights searching for the man. The arrests of Reuben Alexander and Ethan Cornelius on Nov. 4 are purportedly linked to two incidents of public gunfire on Oct. 18 and 19, but there were a series of stabbings during the past month as well. Mayor Svante Myrick and Sgt. Tom Condzella, president of the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association, have different ideas as to how to combat the recent upsurge in violent crimes on the west side of the city. While both parties wish to switch from the current reactive stance to a proactive one, the representative of the police union


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Between Oct. 8 and 19 there were eight incidents of stabbing or shooting in Ithaca. Several people were injured, some of them badly enough that they needed to be transported to a regional trauma center. On Oct. 21, Myrick, in a public statement, characterized the cause as “a couple of extremely irresponsible people engaged in a personal dispute.” These crimes occurred in what could loosely be described as the southwestern quadrant of the city, from West Hill through the commercial district around South Meadow Street and north through the neighborhoods west of downtown, many of them in broad daylight. Much of this area is actually one of the least densely populated and least urban parts of the city. On Oct. 5 someone was shot on West Hill. The next night there was a lot of gunfire nearby. On Oct. 7 two people were stabbed on West State Street, by someone the police said they knew. On Oct. 11 a man was stabbed in Walmart and was then aided by his fellow shoppers. The assailant was identified as a white male, aged around 30, height 5-foot-6 or 7 inches, wearing the very generic uniform of a black hoodie, blue jeans and black sneakers. On the same day someone was stabbed in the leg by two assailants outside the Southern Tier AIDS program office on West State Street. On Oct. 18, two weeks after the first incident, the police announced they would be increasing patrols in the West End and would create a special detail — in coopera-

tion with the New York State Police — to investigate. Later that night there was actually an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles as they were driving through the Washington Park area. The incident ended when the pick-up truck smashed into the BMW, causing the occupants of the car to flee on foot and the truck to careen off into the night. On Oct. 19, the night after the car chase with shots exchanged, there was gunfire at the Kwik Fill on Elmira Road. The only victim in this case was an empty coach bus parked at the pump, which received several bullet holes. Condzella noted that it was luck that prevented the bus driver, who was pumping gas, from being struck. Two people fled the scene on foot and one in a vehicle. The violence has continued into this month. On Nov. 4 around 10 p.m. shots were fired in the 500 block of West State Street. It was reported to be part of an argument, again carried out in public. This time no one was hurt and there was no property damage. WHY IS ALL THIS HAPPENING?

In a July 14 article about the local increase in violent crime, Ithaca Times editor Tanner Harding quoted Richard Rivera, who works with Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources (OAR) and the Re-Entry Program. Rivera said, “The uptick in crime is just a few bad actors. There’s a lot of poverty, a lot of anger, a lot of conflict, and new individuals are moving in who are making it bad. That’s the cause of it.” The mayor’s more recent remark — suggesting just a few people are responsible — echoes this perspective, although he does not call them “actors.” In a Nov. 6 phone interview with Condzella, he expressed irritation with this view and said it was not accurate to suggest all of the October incidents were related and said that this is an effort by the mayor to minimize the problem, which is not fair to the victims of these crimes. To his point, on Nov. 1 54-year-old Duane Magee was arrested for the Oct. 11 stabbing outside the Southern Tier AIDS office. He had used a machete, while Alexander and Cornelius were both carrying handguns when they were arrested on Nov. 4. In a Nov. 4 press release, the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association (IPBA) called Myrick a “anti-police activist” and blamed the current violence on “a decade of police cuts.”

While both the police and the mayor agree that targeted enforcement is necessary, in an interview Condzella stated that it simply wasn’t possible with current staffing at the department. In 2011, when Myrick took office, he said the department had 40 officers in the field. Now it has 22. There are currently 67 officers funded on the Ithaca Police Department. Of those, 18 positions are currently vacant or on leave, leaving 49 filled and active officers in total. Furthermore, Condzella said, the promised help from the New York State Police has not materialized. A look at the budget line for the police department on more than a decade of city budgets posted online shows that in 2010 the amount was $10,526,934. It rose to $11,729,833 in 2014, declined for a couple of years but after that rose steadily to $12,836,610 in the proposed 2022 budget. In all years but one, the amount in the budget recommended by the mayor was always higher than the amount submitted by the department — 2021 was the lone exception; that year the numbers were the same. In a Nov. 7 phone interview, Myrick addressed the apparent discrepancy between Condzella’s assertion of cuts and the police budget. He noted that each officer has become more expensive. They make, he said, an average of $90,000 per year plus about $55,000 in benefits. However, by the mayor’s count, the highest staffing level in the police department since he has been in office has been 69 and the lowest 62. When Condzella was informed of the budget figures, he suggested that the higher numbers were going toward overtime. He regarded it as bad practice to try to provide the “same service with fewer officers.” It was, he said, leading to burn out. Condzella believes that Myrick is part of the “defund the police” movement. People further left on the political spectrum, said Myrick, tell him that he should cut the police budget, but he disagrees. “We need policing,” he said, “but we need better policing. They need to be out of their cars and walking beats.” Although the police budget has been growing during his administrations, Myrick admitted it has been growing much more slowly than that of other departments. For example, the Department of Public Works funding, he said, has grown by 33%, while the police has increased by only 5 or 6% over the same period. Myrick does not think a new direction for law enforcement is simply a choice between “touchy-feely and crimestoppers.” The reforms that the mayor has in mind for

the police include adding two officers but also bringing in a civilian head of the department and making changes to the training regimen. Condzella, it should be noted, is the spokesperson for the police union, not the police department. His emphasis is therefore on restoring positions to his department. While he believes the idea of a special detail to address the recent upsurge in violence is fine, he does not believe it is possible. “The IPBA supports [the special detail], but not at the expense of immediate public safety,” he said in an interview. “There is no place to shift them from.” He claimed that patrol shifts were going unfilled, a claim that Myrick disputed. As IPBA president, Condzella said he sees several roles for the union. He wants to improve relations between the department and the community, to advocate for the officers publicly, to keep them safe and to keep the community safe. He suggested that morale was low in the department, not least because of a February 2021 proposal from the Reimagining Police task force that they all reapply for their jobs, which, he said, “fell apart when Common Council did not approve of it.” Condzella noted that the police have been working without a new contract and without a pay raise since 2011. This situation is, he said, not just demoralizing to the force, but also makes it difficult to recruit and retain officers. “People leave in the middle of their careers,” he said. “They find other jobs and leave the area.” VIOLENT CRIME HERE AND ELSEWHERE

The Nov. 4 IPBA release notes that the mayor only recently admitted to a “year-to-year rise in violent crime in Ithaca, but now he is simply ignoring the problem.” The IPBA statement cites the difference between the number of crimes in 2019 versus 2020. The numbers are drawn from the department’s own annual report. The statement strongly implies that the cause for the increase of crime in Ithaca is the mayor’s wish to abolish “traditional, proven law enforcement.” What does this situation look like if you pull back from it and compare that year-toyear difference in Ithaca versus other cities? The FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, an online database (, shows that since 2010 (Myrick became mayor in 2011) violent crime in Ithaca has oscillated from lows between 45 and 55 incidents per year

to highs of 60 to 70 per year. There is no trend. The FBI includes all violent crimes in its number, which leaps from 41 in 2019 to 98 in 2020, a 140% increase, which is higher than the 97% increase in aggravated assaults alone cited by the IPBA release. In fact, nationwide violent crime increased sharply from 2019 to 2020. But what about other specific cities? Jamestown, New York (population 29,000) is slightly smaller than Ithaca, but has no colleges or county government to bolster its economy. Violent crime there declined slightly between 2019 and 2020, but from 199 to 187. Ithaca has 3,000 more people than Jamestown, but only half the violent crime. Elmira (population 29,200) has held on to some of its industry and has a small (850 students) college. Although it is the same size as Jamestown, its violent crime rate is lower, but not as low as Ithaca’s. Numbers in Elmira declined from 83 in 2019 to 59 in 2020. Ithaca is often compared to Burlington, Vermont (population 42,545). Violent crime declined in Vermont between 2019 and 2020, and also did so in the state’s largest city, from 173 to 151. But while Burlington has 30% more people, it had 54% more violent crime in 2020, a year when Ithaca’s numbers were the worst they had been since 1993, when there were 103 violent crimes. What about another college town? Charlottesville, Virginia (population 47,000) is even larger than Burlington, but it has a comparable amount of crime. However, unlike Burlington and like Ithaca, Charlottesville saw a rise in violent crime between 2019 and 2020, from 159 to 189. Myrick maintained that in small cities like Ithaca, a few people or even one person can cause statistics to swing widely. He recalled the case of a cat burglar several years ago who robbed a large number of houses and caused Ithaca to be rated as one of the most unsafe places in the country. The burglar was caught and the next year Ithaca was rated among one of the safer places to live. In light of this, it is useful to look at a longer record of crime statistics. According to the FBI Uniform Reporting database, Ithaca’s violent crime numbers were generally higher between 1987 and 1997, a period that corresponds to the advent of crack cocaine, than they have been since. After 1997 the numbers rapidly declined to a mere 10 violent crimes in Ithaca during 2003, before rising again. No ve m b e r

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Burlington did not experience the 19871997 peak that Ithaca did. Instead, its violent crime jumped after 1997 and stayed high, except for a multi-year low centered at 2014. Charlottesville experienced a huge increase in violent crime after 1997, exceeding 450 per year in 1998 and 2001, but it has declined significantly since then. Each of these cities has its own history; they do not necessarily conform to the national trends. Ithaca’s 1987-1997 peak did correspond to a national high in violent crime associated with crack, which Burlington and Charlotteville avoided. On a national scale violent crime has declined significantly since the late 1990s. In 1991 it crested at 758 per 100,000 people. Between 2019 and 2020 it increased from 361 to 364 per 100,000 and has been below 400 since 2012. In contrast to the college towns and the national trend, the violent crime numbers in Binghamton, New York (population 48,000) have been rising steadily since 1985 (the earliest records available at the FBI Explorer interface). Jamestown shows a similar trend, but it begins with a sharp rise after 1997. Violent crime in Elmira, on the other hand, rose sharply in the mid 1980s and there were generally between 100 and 120 violent crimes each year until 2009. Numbers have generally declined since 2009. What can we learn from looking at these statistics? First, for a city its size, Ithaca has relatively little violent crime. Second, the oscillating changes in the amount of violent crime over the last decade in Ithaca over the long-term bear no relation to the amount of funding to the police department, which has been rising steadily (at least since Myrick took office 10 years ago), or even the number of officers in the department. Finally, although Ithaca followed the national trend in violent crime from 2019 to 2020, over the last 45 years (for which data is available) it has not seen as big a reduction in violent crime as the nation, but it has a much less severe problem than other small provincial post-industrial cities. ••• Myrick’s life story is well known. His father struggled with drug addiction and after his mother moved her family from Florida to upstate New York, she struggled to keep a roof overhead. Consequently, the mayor has perhaps meditated on the con-

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nection between crime and poverty more than some elected officials. While he believes the current upsurge is caused by a few people causing a lot of problems, “I think with crime generally, it’s because people think if they do something, there won’t be any consequences,” he said. “But sometimes they also think that the consequences won’t be worse than what they are dealing with already. Then, of course, there is the access to guns and people whose thinking is impaired.”

Myrick is baffled by the IPBA’s assertion that anti-police sentiment covered by the media is drawing criminals to Ithaca, an idea repeated by Condzella in a Nov. 6 interview. “This isn’t a Batman comic,” Myrick said. “You don’t have a criminal reading the newspaper on Tuesday and saying ‘Aha, I can go ahead with that crime I planned for Friday!’” He was inclined to characterize the violence-prone criminals of Ithaca as “knuckleheads.” Does the upswing in violent crime have anything to do with the drug trade? The Ithaca Police Department’s own numbers

of reported incidents show a marked decline in Possession of a Controlled Substance, from a high of 89 in 2018 down to 19 in 2020. Condzella attributed a decline in drug busts to staff shortages, which has forced investigators to respond to incidents rather than build cases. However, incidence of crimes often associated with drug use — because addicts need cash — are up sharply. Property crimes like Burglary went from 50 in 2019 to 143 arrests last year, and Larceny went from 758 to 1019. The crimes associated with people making bad decisions while high are up too: Disorderly Conduct, 105

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to 132; Criminal Mischief, 229 to 343; Possession of Stolen Property, 13 to 28; and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, 5 to 21. A WAY FORWARD

Condzella said it was the position of the IPBA that the number of officers in the department be “restored” to 92. “There should be a minimum of 12 in a platoon, which would be 36 in the patrol division.” He said that at present there are 20 and in 2011, when Myrick took office, there were 30. When asked to comment on the longrunning arbitration over the police contract, the IPBA president said, “We’re hopeful we will reach a settlement with the city and put this dark chapter behind us.” Myrick had hoped that the report from the Reimagining Police task force, which includes three members of the IPBA, would be ready by November. Now he hopes to have it in the first quarter of 2022. The city will put a hold on money in the coming year’s budget to allocate for reform. More officers might be among the recommendations. “It might be ‘You have zero unarmed officers and you need 10,” he said. Looking back over the 15 years he has lived in Ithaca, the mayor does not think that the attitude toward the police is as bad here as elsewhere. “Many of our officers do a very good job,” he said, “but it is a relationship that needs improving. We can’t keep doing things the same way.” At present, the Center for Policing Equity, a Los Angeles-based law-enforcement research non-profit, is examining the IPD’s practices. Myrick noted that the beats in the city have not changed since the 1950s and the shift changes may no longer be efficient. Who is dispatched to what kind of call is also under scrutiny. “Officers are busy,” he said, “but not with crime” because protocol demands that they respond to all EMS calls, which are the majority of incidents. While Condzella’s primary responsibility is to his fellow law enforcement officers, Myrick is the mayor for everyone in the city. He objects to the IPBA approach to the debate over violent crime. “They try to scare everyone [with public statements],” he said, “and they say ‘Leave us alone;’ they don’t want any civilian oversight. It’s not working. They are trying a ‘Texas strategy’ in Ithaca. They’re saying, ‘There’s a thin blue line separating you from them and the mayor is one of them.’”


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worked on pieces for countless engagements and marriages. “It’s the stories that go with the work. It’s not just like ‘Oh, I’m going to make this pretty thing that is cool,’” said Roof. “Jewelry most of the time marks an event in someone’s life. It has a very deep meaning. And that’s the part that is most important to me.” In her later career, Roof has also become passionate about supporting other artisans who want to maintain a retail space. “I don’t know how many artists there are in our county, in our town, and even maybe in the world, who actually have a business of making art in a retail brick and mortar. I would love to see more of that,” said Roof. “That’s my goal — to help other artists interact with the public so that they can teach them and show off their work.” After more than 40 years, Roof certainly knows a thing or two about the business of jewelry. But she paused when asked what advice she would give her past self. “I don’t think there’s anything I could have wished to know in the past because all the mistakes that I made were where I learned,” she said. “If you’re willing to be open and vulnerable to learn from your mistakes, you will go very far.”

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In college, where she majored in jewelry design, she started attending craft fairs to help pay for tuition. But after becoming pregnant and not wanting to travel as much, Roof decided to set up her own store in an old train station in Pennsylvania. It was there that she met the then advertising director for the Ithaca Times, Debbie Warren Holley, who convinced her that she should live in Ithaca. “I decided to do a craft show there to see what it was like and I sold out,” said Roof. “So I said to Debbie, ‘Fine I’m moving here!’ And I moved and have been here ever since.” At her current location on Taughannock Blvd, the Jewel Box offers services like custom jewelry design, jewelry repairs and restorations, and Roof also sells her own designs. One of Roof ’s signature collection is her Twig pieces, which was featured on the Today Show, and is jewelry designed around casts of birch trees that Roof found in her yard. Roof says that while she enjoys the physical process of making jewelry for others, she especially enjoys the “heart work” behind jewelry design. She’s created memorial pieces for loved ones who have passed, designed necklaces to cover up scars from medical procedures, as well


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BizBriefs Synergy IT Solutions acquires The Computing Center Synergy IT Solutions, Inc., of Buffalo, has acquired Baum Control Systems, Inc. dba The Computing Center of Ithaca. The combined companies are positioned to provide leading technology solutions throughout upstate New York. Synergy has additional offices in Rochester and Syracuse. The companies share a history of each being founded in the 1970s and enabling technological innovation to the most prominent companies in their respective areas. “Our two firms share common values of prioritizing client success and employee engagement,” said Joe Klimek, CEO of Synergy. “We look forward to extending the capabilities offered to The Computing Center clients including locally sourced help desk and system monitoring services, increased product offerings, and enhanced cybersecurity protections. We are excited for The Computing Center staff to join the Synergy team as employee-owners, increase our geographic coverage, and serve the technology needs of companies throughout the Finger Lakes region.” Mary Stazi, CEO of The Comput-

ing Center will stay on following the transaction and serve as Vice President of the combined firms. “We have worked directly with the team from Synergy for many years and knew they were the right partner to bring our firms forward. The combined companies will help our clients to take advantage of the latest technologies and protect them against cyber security threats.” “Over the past 43 years, The Computing Center has been a trusted technology partner throughout Ithaca and New York’s southern tier. Working with the Synergy team leading up to the acquisition has confirmed that our place as a trusted partner in the community is in good hands,” offered Larry Baum, Founder of The Computing Center. While many similar companies are being absorbed by large, private equity funded conglomerates, this transaction is different. Synergy is a 100% employeeowned company, creating unique value for The Computing Center staff as the companies come together. Rather than reducing staff and putting client relationships at risk, Synergy expects to retain the staff and include them in the employee ownership program. By retaining staff, clients of The Computing Center continue to benefit from long-standing relationships. The Computing Center will remain at its current location at 15 Thornwood Dr, Ithaca.

Cayuga Park breaks ground Cayuga Park held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 13th. The project received tax assistance from the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA), which is administered by IAED. The design for the project was created by local architecture firm, HOLT Architects, and the developer is Park Grove Realty. The project will include a 64,000 square foot medical office building for Cayuga Medical Center. The medical facility will be walkable to city residents, generate jobs in the area, and will offer essential healthcare services including women’s health, quick urgent care, imaging, and specialty services. Programs and services will be targeted to the at-risk minority and low-income community in the City of Ithaca’s West End Downtown District, allowing lower income families better access to health care and essential services. Cayuga Park will be home to 42 affordable housing units, as well as two mixed-use buildings with 166 market rate apartments and ground floor commercial space. The Community Gardens will be relocated slightly, but remain a vital part of Cayuga Park.

Tompkins Trust Company promotes Kristina Dresser to Residential Mortgage Loan Officer Tompkins Trust Company has promoted Kristina Dresser to Residential Mortgage Loan Officer. With 15 years of experience in the financial industry, Dresser has served as Assistant Branch Manager of Tompkins Trust Company’s Trumansburg location for six years. In her new role, Dresser will be responsible for assisting customers throughout their home buying process. Regarding Dresser’s promotion, Tompkins Trust Company’s Residential Mortgage Lending Manager Stacy Merrill shared, “We’re so excited to have Kristina continue her Tompkins career by joining the mortgage department. Her many years of experience in banking coupled with her knowledge and involvement in the community make her a true asset to anyone looking to finance their home.” Dresser, who lives in Interlaken, NY with her husband and two sons, is a Notary Public and holds a Mortgage Processing Certification. She is also an active member of her community volunteering with the Trumansburg Lions Club and Falcon Football.



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Vanessa Greenlee: 636 votes (43.68%) Robert Lynch: 74 votes (5.08%)

Phoebe Brown: 532 votes (70.28%) Rick Murray: 225 votes (29.72%)

County Legislator District 1

County Legislator District 9

Alderperson Ward 3

Jeffrey Barken: 292 votes (97.99%) Write-in: 6 votes (2.01%)

Elizabeth Buckles: 363 votes (16.79%) Richard Gamel: 712 votes (32.93%) Mark Robinson: 387 votes (17.9%) Crystal Young: 690 votes (32.28%)

County Legislator District 10

Alderperson Ward 4

Lansing Town Councilperson

Alderperson Ward 5

Ballot question 1

Travis Brooks: 980 votes (92.45%) Christopher Hyer Jr.: 74 votes (6.98%) Write-in: 6 votes (.57%)

County Legislator District 2

Veronica Pillar: 497 votes (96.88%) Write-in: 16 votes (3.12%)

County Legislator District 3

Henry Granison: 591 votes (99.66%) Write-in: 2 votes (.34%)

County Legislator District 4

Rich John: 198 votes (99.5%) Write-in: 1 vote (.5%)

County Legislator District 5

Anne Koreman: 1,086 votes (98.73%) Write-in: 14 votes (1.27%)

County Legislator District 6

Mike Sigler: 1,190 votes (98.67%) Write-in: 16 votes (1.33%) County Legislator District 7 Dan Klein: 1,141 votes (98.62%) Write-in: 16 votes (1.38%)

County Legislator District 8

Randy Brown: 746 votes (51.24%)

Lee Shurtleff: 1,087 votes (99.54%) Write-in: 5 votes (0.46%) Deborah Dawson: 829 votes (99.64%) Write-in: 3 votes (0.36%)

County Legislator District 11

Shawna Black: 867 votes (99.54%) Write-in: 4 votes (0.46%)

George “Jorge” DeFendini: 72 votes (69.90%) Alejandro Santana: 30 votes (29.13%) Write-in: 1 vote (.97%)

Amanda Champion: 449 votes (99.78%) Write-in: 1 vote (0.22%)

Robert Cantelmo: 502 votes (99.21%) Write-in: 4 votes (0.79%) Contested races in other Tompkins County towns

County Legislator District 13

Dryden Supervisor

County Legislator District 12

Greg Mezey: 1,140 votes (80.62%) Samantha Lushtak: 269 votes (19.02%)

County Legislator District 14

Michael Lane: 818 votes (49.4%) Thomas Corey: 838 votes (50.6%)

Alderperson Ward 1

Cynthia Brock: 487 votes (68.88%) Shaniya Foster: 31 votes (4.38%) Maddie Halpert: 187 votes (26.45%)

Alderperson Ward 2

Groton Town Councilperson (vote for 2)

Joseph Wetmore: 1,329 votes (28.18%) Hugh Bahar: 978 votes (20.74%) Ruth Groff: 1,290 votes (27.35%) Erin Worsell: 1,119 votes (23.73%) Yes: 9,073 votes (60.72%) No: 5,869 votes (29.28%)

Ballot question 2

Yes: 12,011 (77.82%) No: 3,424 votes (22.18%)

Jason Leifer: 1,979 votes (56.98%) Patrick Foote: 1,492 votes (42.96%)

Ballot question 3

Dryden Town Councilperson (vote for 2)

Daniel Lamb: 2,018 votes (29.49%) Melita Mertz: 1,432 votes (20.93%) Leonard Vargas-Mendez: 1,966 votes (28.73%) Ronald Szymanski: 1,424 votes (20.81%)

Groton Highway Superintendent

Yes: 9,802 votes (62.92%) No: 5,777 votes (37.08%)

Ballot question 4

Yes: 10,291 votes (66.12%) No: 5,274 (33.88%)

Ballot question 5

Yes: 11,001 (76.77%) No: 3,328 (23.23%) -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

Kenneth Carr: 436 votes (38.31%) Ellard Keister: 702 votes (61.69%)




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Sidney Piburn’s exhibit at the Gallery at South Hill showcases his wide range of styles influenced largely by the ‘60s. By A rt h u r Wh itm a n

hough it may seem a specialized and even esoteric practice, “serious” gallery-style art is sometimes wrapped up with the men and — more often — women who invented what we like to think of as Ithaca culture. Case in point for this week is Sidney Piburn, the man chiefly responsible for bringing Tibetan Buddhism to Ithaca. Piburn is also an ambitious abstract painter and (sometimes) sculptor. A 1969 Cornell MFA, the self-effacing artist exhibits irregularly in town. A 2019 show at the Community School of Music and Arts offered a rare opportunity to see his work en masse. This month (through Nov/ 21), his work is on-view once again: this time at The Gallery at South Hill. A selection of his paintings and figure drawings fills the room in a charactercontinued on page 18

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istically stately presentation arranged with the help of gallery director (and fellow abstract painter) Michael Sampson. Most of the work is untitled and undated — a hindrance to those of us who might want to trace the development of this important local artist. Piburn is in more ways than one a man of the sixties. As discussed in a gallery handout and in a recent artist’s talk, his influences run the gamut from figurative modernist artists such as Henri Matisse and Nathan Olivera, to “color field” ab-

stractionists like Helen Frankenthaler and Jules Olitski, and more conceptually-oriented figures like Jasper Johns and Robert Morris. (Sympathies for the latter camp are more apparent in his sculpture, which is unfortunately not on public view.) His canvases here — acrylic and occasionally oil — are largely in an Abstract Expressionist vein, while the drawings shift between a precise realism and more interpretive approaches. One large, upright acrylic piece — dated August 1968 — conveys an even more particular period flavor. As well as recalling classic hard-edge abstractionists such as Josef Albers and Frank Stella, it helps

anchor the current show through its unspoken rootedness in personal experience. According to Piburn, as an undergraduate art student at the University of Kansas, he would often visit the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, whose interior design incorporated fragments of classical temple entrances. The pronounced verticality of these spaces left a lasting impression on the young artist — one that continues to inform his work. The composition consists of interlocked rectangular column- and beam-like shapes in mostly muted colors: dark green, cyan, olive, purple, brown. An upright of brighter blue seems to pop out from the

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right edge. It’s difficult to describe such painting — seemingly the polar opposite of Tibetan painting’s elaborate fantasy — without sounding dry. But the piece itself exudes quiet joy. Hung nearby, a row of five skinny, column-like paintings form a centerpiece for the current show as well as showing-off the painterly lexicon Piburn explores as well in his more conventionally formatted canvases. Central vertical marks evoke cuts or tears. Dense layerings of material are a key to these works as they are to nearly all his paintings here. One particularly striking, blue and orange-toned piece incorporates little flickers of white light as well as patches of black — suggesting drawing as a kind of scaffolding. As well as architecture and geometry, nature is a perennial source material for the ambitious abstract painter. Several paintings evoke local waterfall scenery with their striking verticals while others suggest horizontal configurations of land, water and sky. Figure drawing, often practiced in a communal setting, is a grounding practice for visual artists of diverse stripes. Rendered in ink, charcoal, and graphite, Piburn’s drawings here (most framed) capture the speed and energy of sessions where nude models — most often, women — will hold a pose for five, 10, perhaps 20 minutes before moving on. Most engaging are three pieces in which the artist uses heavy ink lines, midtone washes, and dry-brushed areas to create expressionist, near-abstract jumbles of limbs and what might be folds of cloth. It is fitting that they are on-show in a gallery that has recently featured the abstracted figure drawing and painting of Michael Sampson and the discombobulated stilllife of Jessica Warner. Although they can be accused of poaching friends and Artist Alley studio renters — Piburn has a space nearby — the Gallery at South Hill has had an enviable lineup of abstract-leaning painting shows since they re-emerged from the pandemic under Sampson’s charge earlier this year. A more artistically diverse roster, including an invitational group show this November/December and exhibits featuring photography and folk-ish art, is upcoming. Still, it is welcome to see work like this in a community where it is sooften underappreciated.

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Thankful for reflection

The Kitchen’s “The Thanksgiving Play” hilariously explores the sensitive topic of celebrating Thanksgiving while respecting Native Americans By Barbara Ad am s


t’s Native American History Month, and everyone’s favorite friendly holiday, Thanksgiving, approaches — surely someone can make some hay with that combination. And Larissa FastHorse absolutely did, in her satiric, laugh-outloud comedy now playing at the Kitchen Theatre. FastHorse, a member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, is a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, an award-winning writer/choreographer, and the co-founder of Indigenous Direction, the nation’s leading consulting company for Indigenous arts and audi-

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ences. With immense tolerance and a generous sense of humor, she works to correct the ignorance and fictions about indigenous people of North America. The plot of “The Thanksgiving Play” –– unsurprisingly among the top 10 plays being produced this season –– is, in the words of actor Matthew Boston, “a group of very well-intentioned teaching artists tripping all over themselves with white wokeness in order to put on an unobjec-

tionable Thanksgiving elementary school play.” In her 15th year of directing here, Kitchen favorite Margarett Perry manages this play with relish and consummate comic skill. Four expressive Equity actors gleefully take FastHorse’s challenge: getting us to see ourselves clearly, laugh at our mistakes, and know we can do better. Can an all-white troupe present an ethnically sensitive play about Native Americans, much less about Thanksgiving? Just wait and see. Logan (Ginna Hoben) is anxiously directing, her school teaching career on the line because of the uproar about her previous show. She’s collaborating with her street-actor colleague (and main smooch), Jaxton (Alex Curtis). Her team is boosted by a local middle school teacher and history buff, Caden (Matthew Boston). But Logan’s real coup is hiring one genuine professional with her grant money: a genuine Native American actress from Los Angeles. Only, as she discovers early on in rehearsals, Alicia (Maggie Lou Rader) is very white (with just a hint of Spanish); she merely “acts” different ethnicities. Baron E. Pugh’s schoolroom set (amply lit by Jennifer Fok) is serviceably simple, with kids’ cubbies and a huge blackboard that doubles as a video screen. That screen is what welcomes us before the show starts: we watch a series of video clips live on the web featuring actual Thanksgiving songs for children. Nothing like reality to skewer reality: many of these videos are cringeworthy. Lulled by familiar tunes like “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” children are expected to mindlessly sing about counting turkeys, with a good dose of bizarre native lore thrown in (one little Indian hanged himself?). The surreal nature of these cheerfully racist songs will have you scrambling to the Internet after the show to find them yourself. The narrative scenes of the actors rehearsing are interspersed with song and dance numbers where they embody the instructional videos –– the most irresistible being a rousing chorus of four fat turkeys (costumer Lisa Boquist has great fun outfitting the characters). Even the group’s rehearsals offer a chance for mayhem, as Logan is keen on shaping the show collaboratively, having the team improvise

various scenarios. This too derails when Jaxton and Caden go full-on into battle against the natives, complete with bowling bloody heads. The more the foursome diligently tries for enlightened, progressive, politically correct theatre, the worse the outcome. Their earnest efforts echo –– and thus parody –– those well-meaning conversations you hear every day. A long debate ensues about whether as an all-white cast they can represent indigenous people, and they ultimately decide the only honest path is to simply exclude the natives from the celebration altogether. The transgression of appropriation efficiently resolved! Each character has endearing traits, which the actors brilliantly feature: Logan is neurotic and fretful, “too smart to be content”; Jaxton maddingly centered (he retreats into yoga poses, like headstands). He’s also the most excessively, cloyingly New Male, despite some chafing –– “I went by the pronoun “they” for a whole year!” he wails. Alicia, whose only ambition is to act, not learn, is avowedly simple and thus the only happy one, satisfied just to stare at the ceiling. And poor Caden –– a closet playwright who comes prepared with multiple scripts he’s authored, he craves nothing more than to hear his words spoken by Real Actors. Caden wants authentic history to be acknowledged, telling the others about native-and-colonist feasts that preceded the New England one (Texas, really!). But art can’t be constrained by facts, and theatre (which is spoofed as much as everything else here) is, after all, about radical re-imagining. For white folks, Logan’s conclusion –– alluding to directing, controlling, dominating –– is nevertheless fairly politically apt: “We need to be less.”

The Kitchen Theatre “The Thanksgiving Play,” by Larissa FastHorse, directed by Margarett Perry. Starring Ginna Hoben, Matthew Boston, Maggie Lou Rader, and Alex Curtis. At the Kitchen Theatre, 417 W. State/MLK, Jr. St., Ithaca. Wednesday-Sunday, through Nov. 21. Tickets at 607272.0570. Barbara Adams, a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College.

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Deep-fried delight

The Corner Pub in Lansing offers wings, burgers and big mugs of beer By He nr y Stark

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he greater Ithaca area offers a wealth of choices for foodies. I’ve experienced this firsthand, from fine dining to fun dining, enjoying the amazing variety our area has to offer. You may not be familiar with the Corner Pub as it’s not located downtown, however, you’ll find it just minutes away at the Rogues Harbor Inn in nearby Lansing. It’s in a National Historic Landmark building dating back to the 1830’s. There are two major dining areas: Inside, there’s room for about 50 diners with five booths, five high-tops and a bar, while outside, a porch runs the length of the building and can accommodate another three dozen patrons who might enjoy watching the traffic go by on Route 34. The menu includes all sorts of fun foods, and the atmosphere is like an indoor picnic — just subtract the ants and add quite a bit of noise if you choose to eat indoors. Selections favor lunches rather than dinners as there are only five dinner choices, whereas there is an abundance of chicken wing, burger, and sandwich possibilities. It might be important to some diners to learn that among the eight “small plates,” ($6.50-$8.50), five are fried or deep-fried. Chicken wings are an obvious specialty of the restaurant. The menu says they come in 1.5-pound portions of “Jumbo Fresh Wings” at $14.75. I have to take them at their word as I haven’t figured out a method to weigh them at the table. In response to my queries, servers tell me there are eight wings in each portion. However, when the portion arrives, I don’t need a scale to count four wings, each divided in two — consequently there are a total of eight breaded pieces: four meaty, plump drumettes and four wingettes. They are accompanied by a few celery sticks with a blue cheese dip and your choice of 13 sauces. This is not a misprint: there really are 13 different sauces. I’ve tried the

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medium Buffalo, mild Buffalo, and honey garlic and enjoyed them all. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, I’d recommend the mild Buffalo instead of the medium which is a bit on the hot side. Wings are served in a printed paper lined basket and the sauce comes in a plastic cup with a lid. I’m not wild about cutting into printed paper which, theoretically could mix in with the food, but the paper is presumably there to absorb the grease. Burgers are another key item here. There are four, ($13.50), and the ones I’ve ordered are quite good, however, they too, are served in a printed paper-lined basket. The servings are so generous I can’t manage to neatly pick up a half a burger, so I settle for a knife and fork. All the burgers are served on a bun with lettuce and tomato and one side. The garlic mushroom burger has lots of large mushroom slices but just a light sprinkling of garlic strewn across the top. Other sandwiches include a Ruben [sic] and a Rachel ($12). Typically, Reubens are made with corned beef and sauerkraut and Rachels are made with pastrami or turkey and coleslaw. However, at The Corner Pub both come with corned beef. There are three salad entrées, and the side salads are quite large and feature fresh greens. The house coleslaw comes in a ramekin and is made without a lot of mayo. It’s very good. The two desserts are rather ordinary: the apple crisp is homemade, the cheesecake is not. As for the beverage menu, the food served here normally is more appropriately accompanied by beer rather than wine and the limited wine list reflects that. There is an extensive selection of beers, by the pint and by “The Big Mug,” all from $4.75-$8.75. The Big Mug is impressively large, and for only one dollar more, I always opt for it because I think it offers good value and I never seem to have a problem seeing the bottom of the glass. The dozen beers on tap are mostly local, while the bottles and cans, $3.50-$6.75, are exclusively from national and international breweries. If you agree that a good burger, wings, or sandwich served with a cold beer makes for a fun meal, then I think you’ll leave happy, having enjoyed your indoor picnic.

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‘Echoes of the Empire’ returns Robert K. Lieberman’s Mongolia documentary screens again at Cinemapolis By Br yan VanC ampe n

king. The whole crew was down there. And it wasn’t that crowded. I hadn’t been to Cannes before, and I had come from Italy. We had our big world premiere in Ischia, and it was great because they put me up in a castle on an island, and treated me like royalty. It was a wonderful group. Good food, good company, nice repeated screenings.

a week in L.A., and we would have that. It’s [a cost of] about $150,000. IT: It’s a good time to come back to Cinemapolis because Wes Anderson is like Michael Bay to the arthouse crowd. I hear “The French Dispatch” is doing great business there. RL: I just saw Brett Bossard yesterday because I had to deliver a poster and he said the Wes Anderson movie is doing amazingly well. I’m happy for him and it’s important that people support the theater. It’s the only arthouse. Otherwise, you have the mall, which is horrible. It’s really important that locals support their theater.

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IT: You took the film to Cannes. What was that like? RL: It was nice. For me, it was basically watching Didier Brunner’s movie and eating. You know, they’re digging their own grave with a fork. [laughs]

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obert K. Lieberman just doesn’t stop. He’s working hard on a new novel, and a French animated feature produced by Didier Brunner (“The Triplets of Belleville”) based on one of his books that just found financing after 10 years of development. He’s also gearing up for a return theatrical engagement of his recent documentary “Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan” this weekend at Cinemapolis. In just 70 minutes, utilizing striking, inky, flowing animation, the doc explores the life of Genghis Khan and paints a portrait of modern life in Mongolia. Lieberman spoke to the Ithaca Times about what’s happened since the film’s Ithaca premiere last October.

Ithaca Times: It’s been just over a year since “Echoes of the Empire” premiered at Cinemapolis in “virtual cinema” mode. What was that experience like? Robert Lieberman: It was OK, but you’re not watching it on the big screen. We did that as sort of a test run. This film, by the way, is gorgeous. People have said it’s the best film we’ve ever done, certainly the most beautiful. It takes you into Mongolia, a place you would normally not travel to. In the midst of all the [pandemic] madness, it’s a chance to get out of Ithaca without any of the risk or hardship of traveling there. Mongolia is a

strange place. When you’re in the countryside, it’s absolutely empty. You can travel endlessly without running into people. And if you go up north, near the Siberian border, it’s like being in Siberia. And then, you go down south, you’re in the Gobi Desert. You go to the northeast, you’re in these mountains. It’s a huge place. I think it’s twice the size of France or something. If you’re in the city, you have this weird feeling. It’s like you’re in Russia or something. It’s post-Soviet, you feel the Soviet influences. We did a preview for Cornell alums in the New York metro area, and that was nicely attended. My son Zorba, who’s a businessman, and Deborah Hoard and I, we did a Zoom talk about the indie film business. We screened virtually for an Army group in Yokohama in Japan, but these were just small one-offs, and I have Los Angeles theaters to open the film physically after the first quarter. It’s very important, because that generates the reviews and the attention. IT: It also qualifies for an Academy Award, being theatrically screened. RL: Yeah, but we’re not going for an Academy Award, that’s expensive. To do an Academy run is enormously expensive. I think they need a week in New York and

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ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES One of the most critical decisions an older person will make when preparing for retirement is where to live. Many people immediately think of assisted living facilities or a continuing care community, and there are good reasons for this. Such senior housing options offer peace of mind for families and improved quality of life for their occupants. Residents receive the support they need. There are immense benefits, including round-the-clock medical care. Other services and amenities may include social activities and outings, housekeeping and laundry services, mobility assistance, nutritious meals, beauty salons, and barbershops. One of the most important benefits, however, is the strong bonds formed

with staff members and neighbors, which can combat loneliness and depression. The typical resident lives in assisted living for two to three years, and many then move to nursing homes. Individuals who require a wheelchair for locomotion, have a severe cognitive impairment, or show behavioral symptoms such as wandering are discouraged from becoming residents of an assisted living facility. 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. P.S. Assisted living residents are generally active and remain relatively independent, but may need support with activities of daily living (ADLs). 2230 N. Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 14850-6513

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sinated. Robert Kennedy was assassinated. Richard Nixon was the President. A lot of horrible things were going on: the Vietnam War, etc. So ’69 was a continuation of this madness that had engulfed the United States. I think what we’re going through now is even worse. IT: Nixon was such a disappointment. I’ve been cynical about politics since I was in middle school. Trump really upgrades Nixon. BP: [laughs] How old are you, by the way?

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IT: I was born in 1963, so my memory of 1969 is being at my grandparents’ house in Louisiana, waiting for the moon landing to happen, sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table and listening to the Fifth Dimension on the radio. BP: I was born in Waco, Texas, so I know all about that.

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Q&A: Bill Payne of Little Feat


Little Feat returns to the State Theatre on Nov. 12 By Br yan VanC ampe n

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realized when I spoke to Bill Payne from Little Feat that the band he cofounded with the late Lowell George might be the oldest running rock outfit I’ve come into contact with. George disbanded the group shortly before his death in 1979 due to creative differences, after recording ‘70s classic tracks like “Dixie Chicken,” “Willin,” “Easy to Slip” and “Fat Man in the Bathtub.” Payne reformed the band in the mid-’80s, scored a hit with the 1988 release “Let It Roll,” and Little Feat has been playing in one lineup or another ever since. They return with their “By Request Tour,” with special guest Jack Broadbent, to the State Theatre on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. Bill Payne spoke to the Ithaca Times. Ithaca Times: Can you talk a little about how Little Feat started? Bill Payne: Sure. 1969. I went down to Los Angeles to meet Lowell George. Actually, what I wanted to do was to meet Frank Zappa. But the record labels — there was Straight Records and Bizarre — I

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called Bizarre, and they said that Frank was in Europe and that I should meet Lowell. So that’s what I wound up doing. I met Frank a couple months later, but by that time, I was pretty well in Little Feat. 1969 was the summer of lust and murders — the Manson murders had taken place. IT: [Quentin Tarantino’s] “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019). BP: And men were on the moon. IT: There are shots of the moon when they were up there in Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H.” What was L.A. in 1969 like? BP: It was sort of like what Tarantino had in his film. I mean, Musso & Franks restaurant was one of the places that Lowell took me to. I had a Murph the Surf T-shirt, and I thought, “They’re not gonna let me in,” and he was like, “No, it’s cool.” I wound up being there for many years, and so it was fun to see that in Quentin’s movie. Because that was a big dating spot for many people. 1969 was kind of a free for all. We just had gone through 1968, right? Martin Luther King Jr. was assas-

IT: When you went to L.A. to find Frank and Lowell, you were well known enough to get that appointment? BP: Well, I wasn’t well known. I made a lot of calls to make that happen. And finally there was a secretary at Warners that took pity on me, I guess [laughs] and said, “I think I can help you out here.” And that’s when Lowell’s name came up. I was a pretty good talker and convinced this person that I was worth paying attention to, even though she didn’t need to. Later, she was in the audience at a Bob Segar show, and I went up to her and said, “Because of you, I was able to get a career started.” Because of that, I could never forget it. I was sleeping on the beach and in other peoples’ apartments. I was in a pretty precarious place at that time. IT: What made you want to reform Little Feat after Lowell’s death? BP: There was a place called The Alley, which has since dropped off the map. They were not listed, it was a rehearsal hall. The only people that knew about it were the people they wanted to know about it. Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt were some of the people that were rehearsing there. They were commemorating a room to Little Feat and wanted us to play, and so we did. It was like singing Christmas carols, we couldn’t remember: “What’s the next verse?” [laughs] We really couldn’t remember what we were doing, but we had a great time doing it. [Guitarist] Paul Barrère and I were driving back to his house, and I said, “You know, I think we should seriously think about putting this band back together again.” He agreed, and that’s how we came up with the second iteration of Little Feat.


Q&A: Wynton Marsalis





The nine-time Grammy winner performed at Cornell and spoke a bit about the similarities of democracy and jazz. By G. M . Bur n s

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nown the world over, jazz artist and composer Wynton Marsalis has earned nine Grammy awards, the Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio of “Blood on the Fields,” and has recorded on more than 70 classical and jazz recordings. He is also the managing and artistic director of jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Currently, Marsalis is the Alfred A. White Professor-At-Large at Cornell University through the end of the year. Marsalis was recently on the Cornell campus to talk about “Democracy and the University” and to perform a set in the program with his rhythm section, according to the Cornell Chronicle. The evening performance included performing ragtime, blues, and jazz music. The performance was arranged and conducted by James Spinazzola who directs the Cornell Wind Symphony. In this interview with the Ithaca Times Marsalis talks about the nature of jazz and how it is similar to democracy. Ithaca Times: This is your second Cornell campus visit since 2018. Can you talk about why music is important for the future and why you came to Cornell now? Wynton Marsalis: It’s universal. It’s history, it’s coordination, physical activity, spiritual nourishment. People are becoming more separated and more survival of the fittest. Musical conscientiousness is important and it’s not just music. Music is everywhere. It’s life. IT: I heard your talk about jazz and democracy, but can you share how form and democracy are alike?

WM: There is a Constitution. The Constitution provides us a conduit for which we can have a democratic practice. In jazz we have form, and we take that form and we improvise it, and we play the blues and we swing. In all those forms and those forms facilitate us playing the art of jazz. Of balancing, and in all of democracy, it is about balance of power. Constraining the concentration of agency in every area. A lot of checks and balances.

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IT: Jazz is an expression of individuality and it has been important for you to be free to do that. But can you talk some about what democracy requires from the people so that they become more involved in voting and the dynamics of it? WM: With jazz it is a process of improvisation — which is an individual. And it is also a process of swing — which is not the individual. There is the me and then there is the we, both of those can exist at the same time as in life, and we are constantly negotiating that as in a family. No one lives alone — even if you don’t have a family and you live by yourself — you depend on other people — you do — to keep the lights on too. Anyone who works in a community of people depends on others. IT: Would you like to say anything more about your love of music? WM: We are here to inspire. That’s what we are here to do — create inspiration in all seriousness. And I am honored to be here as a professor and coming together with James [Spinazzola].


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Family Concert & Storytime with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra | 3:30 p.m. | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street String-Piano Chamber Music at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, Wind Symphony at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College,

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11/14 Sunday Tuba-Euphonium Day Artist Recital at Ford Hall | 10:30 a.m., Ithaca College Junior Recital: Raelene Ford, oboe at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 1 p.m. | Ithaca College, 2 Junior Recital: Zoe-Marie Fuentes, voice at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 3 p.m. | Ithaca College, Jazz Vocal Ensemble at Ford Hall | 4 p.m. | Ithaca College, Tuba-Euphonium Day Ensemble Concert at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 5 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College Trumpet Studio of Aaron Witek at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, Senior Recital: Jennie Davis, cello at Ford Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College,


11/12 Friday GoGone | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Brewery, 1771 Dryden Road | Free

11/14 Sunday Live Music feat. Patrick Young | 1 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road Concerts/Recitals

11/10 Wednesday NYS Baroque: The Panther & the Rose | 7:30 p.m. | First Unitarian Universalist Society of Ithaca, 306 N Aurora St | Free

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Piano-Instrumental Duos at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, Trumpet Ensemble at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College,

Flute Ensemble at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, Graduate Lecture/Recital: Gabriel Leardi, trombone at Nabenhauer Recital Room | 8:30 p.m.| Ithaca College

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Ford Hall, Ithaca College | IC’s talented musicians are back this year and delighted to be performing live once again. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and another benefit of our proximity to a renowned school of music. (Photo: Facebook)

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Ithaca Music Forum: Phil Ewell: White Stories, Black Histories, and Desegregating the Music Curriculum at Nabenhauer Recital Room | 6 p.m., | Ithaca College Junior Recital: Eden Treado, bassoon at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, The Lone Bellow | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St Jazz at the Mill, The Music of Claude Bolling in Concert | 8 p.m.


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Junior Recital: Sophie Denton, mezzo-soprano | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College Walter Trout | 8 p.m. | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd.


11/17 Wednesday Woodwind Chamber Music at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Ithaca College, Percussion Ensemble at Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Ithaca College,

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11/20 Saturday Hiroya Tsukamoto Guitar Performance | 7 p.m. | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen St

Stage Friends! The Musical Parody | 7 p.m., 11/13 Saturday | State Theatre, Ithaca| $25.00 - $45.00

Art The Gallery at South Hill exhibit by Sidney Piburn | 5 p.m., 11/12 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | he Gallery at South Hill exhibit of paintings and drawings by Sidney Piburn. Open Fridays from 5-8pm, an Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm. Please use back entrance. | Free Landscape Painting Workshop | 9 a.m., 11/13 Saturday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road | Plein air workshop with award-winning artist Brian Keeler with demonstration and hands-on at the North Star Art Gallery full day from 9am to 4pm with an optional evening session from 6pm to 8pm. | $100.00 - $125.00

Film Daughters of the Dust | 7 p.m., 11/10 Wednesday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | Julie Dash took the culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands as the subject for her first feature film and crafted it into a lyrical portrayal of the Gullah culture and a unique dramatization of the sensibilities of African-American women. 2nd showing 11/14 at 4:30.



Hopshire Brewery, Freeville | Hopeshire begins a series of free music on Fridays this week featuring a regular on the club and festival circuit in the Finger Lakes region. GoGone plays original roots, rock & blues. (Photo: Facebook)

State Theatre, 417 W. State Street, Ithaca | The classic “Dixie Chicken ‘’ rock band plans to get you on your feet and dancing in the aisles of the State this Friday! With special guest Jack Broadbent. (Photo: Provided)


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Dirty Blanket with James VanDeuson & the Rollin’ Rust and Roger Decker | 6 p.m.| Rose Hall, Cortland

La Piscine | 7:00pm | 11/11 Thursday & 11/12 Friday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | A couple indulge in their passion for each other while borrowing a friend’s luxurious villa in the south of France. When the friend and his daughter arrive unexpectedly, rivalries and insecurities surface, and events take a sinister turn. Subtitled. Psycho | 9:40 p.m., 11/11 Thursday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | The Master of Suspense’s most financially successful picture, this story of a man, his mother, and a very creepy motel redefined the psychological horror and suspense genres and remains as terrifying as ever. Playing again on Saturday, November 13 at 9:45pm Spencer | 11/11 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. But this year, things will be profoundly different. Titane | 9:40 p.m., 11/12 Friday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | A film with a trigger-warning list a mile long (this movie is not for those easily disturbed by violence, sexual or otherwise). Playing again on Sunday, November 14 at 7:15pm Belfast | 11/12 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s. Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan | 11/12 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Two screenings featuring filmmaker Q&A: . Saturday, November 13 at 8 pm w/ Robert Lieberman and Sunday, November 14 at 1:45 pm w/ Deborah Hoard, Camilo Nascimento, and Norm Scott The Souvenir Part II | 11/12 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | In the aftermath of her tumultuous relationship with a charismatic and manipulative older man, Julie begins to untangle her fraught love for him in making her graduation film, sorting fact from his elaborately constructed fiction. A Fool There Was | 7:15 p.m., 11/13 Saturday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | A landmark in early American cinema, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2015. This recent 35mm print restoration

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even a magnifying glass. Before we head to the woods to start a campfire, participants will create their own fire starters to bring home! Secrets of the Library: Shape Shifters - A Virtual Children’s Writing Workshop with Anne Mazer | 1:30 p.m., 11/13 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Chinese-English Storytime | 3 p.m., 11/13 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited join Librarian Kai for songs, rhymes, stories, and books! Masks for those aged 2 and up are required for this drop-in program. Toddler Story Time - Friends | 11:30 a.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Toddler story time is for birth to preschool age children and their parent/guardian. This weekly program includes stories, songs, fingerplays and more all around the theme for that week.

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will be accompanied live by a score for chamber ensemble by Dr. Philip C. Carli. Fire Will Come | 7 p.m., 11/16 Tuesday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | Oliver Laxe’s third feature brings us to his ancestral home of Galicia. Here, in this remote Spanish region, where the grandeur of nature is both beautiful and terrifying, Laxe unfolds a story of the uncontrollable forces of nature on human lives. In Spanish. Subtitled. The American Friend | 7 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | Wim Wenders’s adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel Ripley’s Game, starring Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley, who cajoles a terminally ill man into committing murder. In German, English & French. Subtitled. Playing again Thursday, November 18 at 9:25pm Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road | 7 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Cinemapolis | One night only! Nationwide event. Driving around LA with his best friend, Wilson revisits the places that were formative in his legendary career, while archival footage and Wilson’s own words fill in the backstory.


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Events Spring Writes Literary Festival presents Workshop: A New Mourning- Growing Through Grief| 6:30pm, 11/18 Thursday | Virtual | w/ Regi Carpenter. Register online at content/view/spring-writes-events

Books Tween Book Club: Splendors and Glooms | 3:45 p.m., 11/10 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | 5th Grade Virtual Book Club | 6 p.m., 11/10 Wednesday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | Meet and discuss a different chapter book on Zoom. Registrants will receive a free copy of the book each month. Open to all 5th graders in Cortland County. Book Buddies Book Club | 4 p.m., 11/11 Thursday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | Meet and discuss a chapter book and make new friends. Registrants will receive a free copy of the book each month! Open to ages 7-9 yr. Registration is limited and is required. History Buffs’ Book Club | 6:30 p.m., 11/11 Thursday | Cortland Free

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Notices Library, 32 Church St | Do you enjoy history? Join us in person at the library to discuss a country you knew little about. Discussion will be led by Evan Faulkenbury. Contact the library for the link to sign up!

YA Book Club | 4:30 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

Secrets of the Library: Shape Shifters - A Virtual Children’s Writing Workshop with Anne Mazer | 1:30 p.m., 11/13 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

Toddler Story Time - Art | 11:30 a.m., 11/10 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Toddler story time is for birth to preschool age children and their parent/guardian. This weekly program includes stories, songs, fingerplays and more all around the theme for that week. East Green Street | Tween Coding Club | 4 p.m., 11/11 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Ballet and Books | 10 a.m., 11/13 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Ballet & Books is a national, non-profit organization that provides 3-9-yearold children with an opportunity to improve their literacy skills through a combination of dance instruction and literacy-focused mentorship with high school and college-aged students. Eco-Explorers: Fireside Chats | 1 p.m., 11/13 Saturday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | CNC will discuss fire safety and try out various fire-starting techniques, from using pine sap to batteries and

4th-6th Grade Writing Workshop | 4 p.m., 11/15 Monday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | A short story writing workshop series for 4 th - 6 th graders will be held Mondays 4-5 pm from November 15 th through December 6 th . Gratitude in the Face of Personal and/or Global Loss - Writing Workshop with Barbara Regenspan | 7 p.m., 11/15 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Virtual Teen Writing Workshop | 4:30 p.m., 11/16 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | STEAM Book Club: Each Tiny Spark | 3:45 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |


Baking with CBD | 5:30 p.m., 11/12 Friday | 15 Steps, 171 East State St | Learn how to bake with CBD. | $25.00 Ithaca Farmers Market | 9 a.m., 11/13 Saturday | Saturdays are the star, but Sundays are no slouch. Our pavilion gets full during peak season and there are some vendors that you won’t find on Saturdays. Homer Holiday Craft & Vendor Event | 10 a.m., 11/13 Saturday | Homer Central School District, 80 S. West Rd | Please join us for our Holiday Craft & Vendor Event to benefit the Homer Elementary PTO. There will be multiple vendors onsite with cash & carry items as well as raffles. Sunday Morning Meditation | 10 a.m., 11/14 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road | Sunday morning meditation, free and open to all. FREE Nutrition Classes with CCE & TCPL! | 12 p.m., 11/16 Tuesday | This event is online | Stop by and join SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator Sarah Curless in collaboration with Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) to learn about how to make simple changes in your food repertoire, try new | Free Nutrition Workshop Series - Add Some Spice to Your Life | 12 p.m., 11/16 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | ZOOM CLASS: Nut Trees for the Northeast | 6 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | This event is online w/ CCE Tompkins| Nut trees can provide highly nutritious food for centuries. Local nuts can be used for anything from holiday snacks to staples like flour, oil, and butters. | $20.00 Alchemy Sound Bath | 6:30 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd | An evening of deep relaxation and meditation through the sounds of alchemy crystal bowls, chimes, tuning forks, harp, gong and more! | $22.22




Hangar Theater, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | Trout has established a deep legacy in the world of Blues, Americana, and the realm of revered singer-songwriters. While many would slow down as they approach their 70th birthday, Trout continues to deliver inspired recordings and performances. (Photo:Facebook)

Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Hall | A landmark in early American cinema, this recent 35mm print restoration will be accompanied live by a score for chamber ensemble by Dr. Philip C. Carli. Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation/National Park Service and The Film Foundation. (Photo: Provided)

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Charitable Giving Update | 11 a.m., 11/11 Thursday | CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue | In this Consumer Issues Program, NY State Assistant Attorney General Michael Danaher will make a presentation on charitable giving, scams, and things to consider when making donations. | Free Leadership Scholar Portfolio Party at Student Activities Center | 12 p.m., 11/11 Thursday | Creating your online portfolio but feeling a little lost? Don’t worry! Lodi Town Board Meeting | 7 p.m., 11/11 Thursday | Topic: Town of Lodi RegularMeeting - February 2021 Time: Feb 11, 202107:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 839 89812800 Passcode: 987937 One tap mobile Science in the Virtual Pub: How do sharks react to fishing gear? | 7:30 p.m., 11/11 Thursday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd | A virtual event! Many shark species are facing conservation challenges around the world, and scientists are working in more collaborative ways to find creative approaches to shark protection. A Zoom event with Dr. Heather Marshall, of the Natural Science Department, State College of Florida | Free

Maker Fridays! | 3:30 p.m., 11/12 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Patrons ages 16+ can register for open making time to use the laser cutter, sewing machines, 3-D printer, Cricut, and more. These sessions are intended for experienced makers, as staff training will be limited. Some raw materials will be made available. Masks required while in the library building. | Free

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Substitute Teachers

OCM BOCES has an immediate need for per diem Substitute Teachers for Innovative Education programs located at the Seven Valleys New Tech Academy in Cortland, NY. Duties include but not limited to providing individual programming and support to alternative education students in grades 9-12. $115/per day. Bachelor Degree required. Register and apply at: For more information, visit our website at: EOE

Supervisor of Special Programs

OCM BOCES has the need for a Supervisor of Special Programs to be located at the Main Campus, Liverpool. The successful candidate will provide administrative support of Instructional Support Services programs, including but not limited to Regional Summer School, Virtual Learning Academies and the Teacher Immersion Program. Program planning, supervision and instructional leadership are the cornerstones of the position with other duties as assigned. NYS Building or District Leader certification is required. Experience with special education is preferred. Applications accepted online only. Register and apply at: For information please visit our website at: EOE

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Effective on or about December 1,

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teachers, administrate the daily activities

of programs and classes assigned. NYS administrative certification or eligibility

required. Salary commensurate with experience. Applications accepted online

only. Register and apply by November 16 at: For more information, visit our website at: www.

Teacher – Social Studies

OCM BOCES has a need for a Long-Term Substitute Social Studies teacher located at the Seven Valleys New Tech Academy in Cortland, NY. Provide social studies instruction for 9th through 12th graders. NYS Secondary Social Studies certification recommended. Register and apply at: For more information, visit our website at: EOE EOE

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