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A personal request from Cortland Repertory Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Kerby Thompson

Hello Friends and Fans of CRT!

As you know, COVID-19 has stricken the heart of what CRT does – gathers people together to enjoy the unique magic of live theatre. CRT is doubly affected because next year, 2021, is our 50th year. This year has been challenging for us, and one that we continue to navigate with the support of our friends and fans.I frequently hear “how can I help” when people ask how CRT is doing. One way you can help is by participating in the


From now until November 15, making a gift to CRT will not only support us, but will also make us eligible for additional challenge dollars. • •

CRT is eligible to win up to $10,000 through one of these challenges: The not-for-profit who raises the most dollars can win up to $10,000 The not-for-profit with the most number of people making a gift to them can win up to $7,000

So...how can you help? With a minimum donation of $100 and a maximum of $5,000, make a gift online - before November 15 at CortlandCommunityFoundation.org. Please be sure to note Cortland Repertory Theatre in the “Please direct my gift to the following charitable organization” line. Or, you can send your gift via check made out to the Cortland Community Foundation, with Cortland Repertory Theatre noted on the memo line. Mail or deliver your check to: The Cortland Community Foundation, PO Box 466, 50 Clinton Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045 Please note: your gift must arrive no later than November 15, 2020 to be eligible for the Philanthropy Day challenges. If you would like to make a gift to CRT under the $100 level, please make that gift directly to CRT online at CortlandRep.org or by mail to: Cortland Repertory Theatre, PO Box 783, Cortland NY 13045. Those who make a gift will be listed in our 2021 Summer program as a member of our Circle of Donors. * One hundred percent of your gift will go directly to CRT, and every gift makes a difference! We know many of you have already given generously to CRT, and for that we are grateful. Philanthropic support continues to be a much-needed source of income while we can't have in-person performances. Thank you for your continued support! th

As I mentioned, with 2021 set to be our 50 year, gifts made to CRT will help us put together a memorable celebratory season. COVID-19 might have shaken us up, but it can’t keep us down, and we are committed to making sure the curtain continues to rise! With our wishes to stay safe, stay healthy and stay sane, thank you for your steadfast support! Until we meet again... Sincerely, Kerby CRT and the Cortland Community Foundation are 501(c)(3) organizations. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. *Please contact CRT if you would like your donation to remain anonymous.

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Common Council adds 2 police positions, passes budget

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“The fact that IPD has to use overtime to simply [staff] a basic shift seems very problematic to me,” he said. “I know for a fact we have a good department. I really urge my colleagues to seriously consider it. If we don’t do this, it could hurt.” Alderperson Seph Murtagh said that while he doesn’t think adding two police officers is going to fix the recent increase in crime, he does think there are enough other reasons to fund the positions. He pointed specifically to county outreach worker Tammy Baker, who spoke in favor of adding policing positions during the meeting’s public comment. “I take her advice very seriously, and there have been times where lack of [police] staffing has resulted in her not being able to do her job,” he said. Murtagh added that the department’s operations would need to see some changes long-term, but he was willing to support the addition of the officers for right now. Myrick reiterated that he did not support adding more officers and that going from 61 to 63 officers wasn’t going to make a difference. “And that’s assuming we can even hire those officers, which I have serious doubts


thaca’s Common Council officially approved the 2021 city budget on Nov.4 night after one final amendment — the funding for two police positions starting July 1. The two officers added $82,100 to the budget, and increased the tax rate from $11.81 per thousand of taxable evaluation to $11.85. When Mayor Svante Myrick proposed his budget on Oct. 9, he recommended defunding eight currently vacant positions in the Ithaca Police Department. In a subsequent meeting, Police Chief Dennis Nayor clarified that those positions are empty not because they aren’t needed, but because he hadn’t found the right people to fill them yet, and requested that the budget be revised to fund five of those eight positions. He also emphasized that the department is sorely understaffed and his officers are working overtime at a rate that’s unsustainable. It seems as though his point was heard, as council has debated back and forth in meetings since then about finding a way to fund a few more positions for the department. At the start of the discussion on Nov. 4, Alderperson Laura Lewis proposed adding back two positions and funding them from taxes. “While reform is needed, residents still very much want, and are asking us to provide, public safety,” she said. She added that starting the positions in July reduces the costs for the city. Lewis had strong support from Alderperson George McGonigal, who said he had heard from social service workers and community members who think the city needs more police officers.


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▶  Accident - Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a dump truck at the intersection of South Meadow Street and South Street around 3 p.m. on Nov. 9. The pedestrian was reported conscious at the scene and was tended to by Bangs Ambulance personnel before being

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transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. According to a police report, the pedestrian was hit while using the South Meadow Street crosswalk while the truck was turning off of South Street northbound onto South Meadow Street. The driver of the dump truck was found to be at fault and was ticketed.

▶  Missing inmate - An incarcerated parolee from the Willard Drug Treatment Campus near Ovid escaped while on a work detail outside of the secure area on the Willard campus. Kevin Witt is 29, white and 5-foot-9 with a medium build. He was last seen on Nov. 9 around 7 p.m. Call the New York State Police at 585-3984100, or 911 with any info

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PHOTOGRAPHER Residents sound off on police reform at public forum By C a se y Mar tin




“More people coming out to Black Lives Matter Protests.” -Camille H & Rita

“Accountability of facts.” -Savan D.

“New York State legalizing marijuana”


ompkins County and the city of Ithaca held a public forum on Nov. 6 to hear what residents wanted when it came to police reform. The goal of the forum was to answer the question: “What do we need to know to reimagine public safety in Ithaca and Tompkins County?” The forum was hosted by County Administrator Jason Molino and Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick. “We need as many voices as we can,” Myrick said. “We need to build a reimagination that will work for everyone.” Genevieve Rand, one of the protesters arrested on Oct. 22, has been consistently outspoken about IPD and her negative experiences with them, and she encouraged forum attendees to continue making their voices heard. “I think it’s all of our responsibilities to participate in government, but we have to ask what participation means,” she said. “And if those ways aren’t working, we need to come up with new ways to participate. If you want less police and are frustrated with the militarization of police, don’t let that frustration stop here. Talk to anyone you can. Do what you can to make that frustration

heard, and find a way to move the needle.” A few residents discussed their experiences with police and suggested there are times where the police are not the agency that should be responding to some emergencies. “There are times where the police are called and they’re not helpful,” resident Megan Cosgrove said. “I have experience with domestic violence […] When we’re in fear for our lives and safety and our childrens’ safety, calling the police is the furthest thing from our minds because they will not help us most of the time. They can’t help until harm has already happened.” Leon Miller-Out agreed, and added that the function of police of the country is vague. He suggested that, as part of reimagining public safety, officials should look at the calls police respond to and figure out who best could serve that purpose. “The most important thing, from my perspective, is a list of what the police are currently asked to do, and then ask ourselves: ‘Who are the best people to respond to this situation?’ Most of the time that won’t be the police,” he said. “I’ve lived in Ithaca for 20 years

and have never needed the assistance of an armed police […] I think there are some places where having an armed first responder would make sense. I don’t know if that’s a police officer or if it’s a newly created position with a much narrower function, but I think police often escalate things.” Resident Ashley Cake echoed that sentiment, adding that oftentimes the only number people know to call is 911 when they need help. “Police don’t need to be called for noise complaints,” she said. “That leads to escalation. We need conflict resolution between community members.” A couple of residents also suggested community advisory teams to increase accountability within police departments, as well as adding more community outreach programs. “One of the things we can try to do is get our finger on the pulse of the expertise and interest in the community … and use people who exist already and have strong relationships within the community to see who has the potential to grow into these positions, like responding to domestic violence incidents,” Katie Anderson said. Resident Rudy Nunez said that he thinks funds from the police should be shifted to independent oversight committees. “Funds should go to forming a new institution that is a public and independent

oversight committee to ensure a real change in consequences and how they’re enforced,” he said. “I think consequences are an important all-around solution.” A few residents also referenced the arrest of Benjamin Thonney the afternoon before. A suspect in a string of violent crimes, Thonney was believed to be suffering from psychosis. The SWAT team was on scene to take him into custody, where he was then brought for medical intervention. Community members took issue with the fact SWAT was involved. “[We need to] get rid of that SWAT team that terrorizes people,” resident Rochelle said. “And not just the person who was arrested yesterday, but my friend who saw it with her baby […] and thought she was going to die in a hail of bullets.” Another resident, identified only by his first name Nick, echoed that point. “It’s a pretty reasonable thing to think someone in a mental health crisis doesn’t need the traumatizing incident of people in military fatigues and AR-15s to pick you up off the street,” he said. At the end of the meeting Myrick noted there are five months until the reform plan is due to the governor’s office on April 1. “I know it feels like a long way to go in this process, but it will go very quickly,” he said. The next public forum will be on Friday, Nov. 13.

close contacts as well, the college said. “This is out of an abundance of caution to allow for thorough and safe contact tracing after a new COVID cluster was discovered this weekend in the campus community,” the college stated TC3 has suspended oncampus surveillance testing for Nov. 9–15 while the health departments continue contact tracing. It said it will resume surveillance testing Nov. 16 through Nov. 19 instead. Testing will cease once again the week of Thanksgiving. TC3 intends to reduce its on-campus density after the Thanksgiving break, according to its calendar. The college appears to be considering a mixture of reduced density

and distance-learning after the break. The semester ends Dec. 18. “At this time, the College has not been required to go remote by the county, state, or SUNY, but decided to act out of an abundance of caution. The College will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available,” the statement said. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo discouraged traveling for the holiday season and announced a new policy for interstate screenings. More information can be found on the NYS Travel Advisory webpage. This weekend, TC health department reported 60 active COVID-19 cases and four hospitalizations.

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TC3 goes remote after COVID cluster “Better environmental policies.” -Brandon H & Jack T.

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ompkins Cortland Community College announced that it will move to remote instruction for two weeks after 70 students and 11 faculty members were quarantined due to potential in-class exposure. Remote began Monday, Nov. 9. TC3 reported that it is currently monitoring 11 positive COVID-19 cases among its student population. Of the 11, nine are commuter students who are quarantining off-campus and two are in quarantine within the residence halls. No active cases have been traced to faculty or staff.


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Seventeen of the 70 potential exposures are presently in quarantine in campus residence halls. In its public statement, the college said it hopes to resume in-person instruction Nov. 16 if it determines that it is safe to do so. The college noted that, while on campus, students and faculty followed social-distance protocols, but that it decided to transition to remote instruction after consulting with the Tompkins County Health Department. The Tompkins and Cortland County health departments recommended mandatory quarantine for

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Voting Record! Though ballots around the country are still being counted, voter turnout was the highest it’s been in 120 years. November Dog Days The unseasonably warm weather has allowed people to enjoy outdoor dining a bit longer than usual, as the Aurora Streatery enters its final week.

HEARD&SEEN Street Relief The downtown streets saw happy demonstrators this weekend, as residents celebrated the election of Joe Biden as the country’s 46th president.


BZA approves variances for affordable housing developments


he Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved variances for the 130 Cherry St. affordable housing building and the mixed-use development on W. State Street. The building at 130 Cherry St., called the Arthaus building, is owned by the Vecino Group and will have a groundfloor gallery space run by the Cherry Arts non-profit. The floors above will be home to about 120 affordable units. The project was seeking a variance for the size of its sign. Originally, architects planned to have a sign flush with the building, but the new plan is to have it extend off the building. It will be doublesided and illuminated. “This creates depth for the building,” Kayla Mosebrook from Whitham Planning and Design said. The variances required were for the actual size of the sign, which is 10 square feet bigger than zoning laws allow, and the extension of the sign, which projects 34 inches beyond what is allowed. Board members noted the variances, particularly for the extension, were fairly large and asked for justification.

“We feel that it’s in scale with the building,” Kate Chesebrough from Whitham Planning and Design said. “It’s an area that is in transition and we hope that this size will be more noticeable from longer sight distances.” Both Chesebrough and Mosebrook noted that as the area becomes more developed, having that sign will make the building easier to find. They said they anticipate development on the north or south sides of the building would obscure the on-building sign from the roadway, and they didn’t want to put it on the west side where it would face the inlet and distract from a waterfront view. They also argued it would add to the urban streetscape the city is hoping to create in the area. “It creates interest, and we feel this is an appropriate style, as opposed to an on-building sign,” Chesebrough said. “This is a neighborhood with pretty interesting signs already, so we see this as part of that context.” The only other real concern the board had was the lighting of the sign. “This area is in transition and could have more residen-

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tial places,” Teresa Halpert Deschanes said. “We’re not interested in neon signs lit all night.” Chesebrough clarified that the sign would not be internally lit like a neon sign would be, and that the light would be fairly muted. “It’s in no way a garish design,” she said. “It’s very small back lighting behind metal lettering...the dark color of the metal helps mute the effects.” Ultimately, the board approved the variances unanimously, with the one stipulation that the lights of the sign would be turned off in “the wee hours” of the night. The board also approved a two-foot variance for Arnot Ithaca 2 for their project at 430-444 W. State Street. The building will be mixed-use and will be home to more affordable housing downtown. The first floor will be 4,800 sq.ft. of retail/commercial space, while floors 2-5 will have 129 residential units. The property is unique in that it straddles two zoning areas, CBD 42 and B2-b. In the CDB 52 zone, which is for commercial structures, there is a required 12-foot floorto-floor ground floor height, and then the remaining floors above it must be 10 feet high. However, in the B2-b district, which is for commercial and residential structures, there is a maximum building height of

40-feet. According to Marissa Reilly from Arnot, abiding to both sets of rules causes misaligned floor plates, rendering the project infeasible. In addition to the issues it would cause for compliance with the American Disabilities Act, it would also force the parking garage below to be just 6.5 feet high, making it tight for vehicles. “We feel the two feet will be imperceptible for pedestrians, and without this variance we won’t be able to provide the same amount of housing, and it will be inaccessible,” Reilly said. Halpert Deschanes asked why they couldn’t just take one story off the portion of the building in the B2-b zoning district and have 12-foot floors instead. Reilly said it would force them to eliminate units. “Ithaca is in such a housing deficit that we feel adding additional housing is the public benefit of this project,” she said. “We would lose four units, which are some of the larger two bedrooms.” Board member Marshall McCormick said he doesn’t feel the extra two feet were a dramatic change, and that the benefits far outweigh the detriments of the two feet. The rest of the board agreed and it passed unanimously.


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Rejoice the Vote! Art Contest Winners


Hell No, He Won't Go By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r

January 29, 2021, Washington, D.C. BLITZER: For those of you just joining us, we're in Day Nine of the Standoff at the White House. Former President Donald Trump remains barricaded in the second floor of the executive residence portion of the White House. There've been a number of developments overnight, and we've got Pamela Brown on the scene. Pamela? BROWN: Thanks, Wolf. I'm actually in the Blue Room on the State Floor of the Executive Residence, which is the floor just below where they are still trying to coax citizen Trump out of the presidential bedroom. I'm here with Emilio Cornstarch, the project foreman in charge of the renovations planned for President Biden and the First Lady. Mr. Cornstarch, is it true that you've already begun work in spite of the crisis unfolding upstairs? CORNSTARCH: Thank you. Yes. We've gotten clearance to start construction on certain projects here in the residence for President Biden. You can see behind us that we're installing a stair lift elevator up the grand staircase. Plus, we're just about done with the work in the West Wing. BROWN: What sorts of things were done in the West Wing? By M a rjor i e Z . O l d s


ast week’s Rejoice the Vote! Art Contest engaged young people to relive the struggles of so many brave advocates secure the right to vote and to encourage everyone to vote in this recent election. As we now know, this year’s election had

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CORNSTARCH: Well, the large-print teleprompters in the Press Briefing Room and the Oval Office we put in right after the inauguration. The toilet safety rails were fairly easy, too. Mostly, it was cleaning up the mess. There was a fair amount of graffiti on the walls, some of it pretty rude, and somebody left something unspeakable on the Resolute desk. I don't want to say what it was. BROWN: There's a rumor that the official White House portrait of former President Obama was damaged. CORNSTARCH: Yes, that's true. It appears someone took a Sharpie and drew a moustache and devil horns on the Obama portrait. BROWN: Crisis negotiators have been working all night to convince former President Trump to leave, and if they're successful today, would the Bidens be able to move right in? CORNSTARCH: They won't let us up there, so we don't actually know what conditions are like. We also have some construction projects that we haven't been able to start upstairs. There's the walk-in bathtub in the presidential master bathroom, the presidential pill organizer, slip-resistant flooring. That being said, we should be ready within a couple days. There's a lot that's been done already. The perimeter barricade around the White House was removed, of course, but also things you wouldn't think of necessarily. They modified the nuclear briefcase with a large-button keyboard, for example. BLITZER: Pamela, I hate to break in, but I'm told that the former president has requested food and that a Grubhub driver is at the front gate entrance with a bag of cheeseburgers. That doesn't seem to bode well for an imminent resolution to the crisis. BROWN: No, it does not. Twitter suspended the former president's account, and they've cut power to that portion of the building, but he's proved to be determined to stay at all costs. At this point, communication is done by shouting through the presidential bedroom door. Sometimes we can hear the negotiations down here. BLITZER: Is there nobody in the former president's inner circle that can talk him into coming out? BROWN: Wolf, Melania and Barron are back in New York City, basically in seclusion, as are Ivanka and Jared. Donald Jr. is hunting African bush elephants in Zambia. The staff has been gone for weeks. Rudy Giuliani is reportedly in Kazakhstan at the invitation of a young woman he met during the filming of “Borat,” though that is unconfirmed. Bottom line is that he's pretty much alone up there. It's just hard to say how this will all play out, given the former president's notorious unpredictability. BLITZER: Thanks, Pamela. We'll keep you updated on events as we enter day nine of the Biden presidency, after these messages.

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C. Lewis, a giant in this country’s voting rights movement. Jeff: “The best way to honor John Lewis is to continue the work. And the best way for me to do that, given my background and age, is to support and encourage the younger generation who are engaged in that work. “The results are thoughtful, original, powerful and beautiful. Almost 100 entries were received from around the country, and the winners were chosen in each of five age groups in both national and hometown categories. The works were judged by a seven-person jury of artists, activists and community leaders. Local jurors were Ana Goldsmith (artist and teacher at LACS), Cal Walker of Village at Ithaca, and artist Maryam Adib. “The winner of the Hometown Grand Prize honoring Kirby Edmonds is 8-yearold Charlie Sue Orinda, and the National Grand Prize is a tie between two teenagers from San Francisco. The winning designs

are being shared on social media and will be printed on posters that will be up on local walls before Election Day. “I was assisted by Shira and Ari Evergreen, local designers who specialize in working with nonprofits and sociallyconscious small businesses. They created the website and graphics for Rejoice the Vote!, ran the social media campaign and moderated the process of reviewing and judging the submissions. “Jury member Ana Goldsmith worked with LACS students to submit posters to the contest, turning her art class into a place to learn about democracy. Other local teachers — Beth Myers of Ithaca Waldorf School and Christa Nunez of the Learning Farm Outdoor School — also helped their students participate. Jeff worked with Andrew Douglas, owner of Homegrown Skateshop, to raise $45,000 for GIAC programs and an additional $4,000 to be used to support the art contest. Ithaca Hummus will print 100 posters of each of the three grand prize winners to be distributed throughout the community. A true community effort.

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about,” he said, citing the eight unfilled positions. “I don’t want to pretend to the public that adding two officers will decrease overtime or increase visibility on the street. This won’t do that.” Alderperson Stephen Smith agreed with Myrick that the issue was a lot bigger than two officers. “We need to find a staffing system that makes sense, we need to provide a sense of relief for our officers, we need to support our outreach workers and we need police on our streets in our communities,” he said. “The reason why two officers won’t make a difference and the reason we’re not able to have [officers] in the streets is because of structural issues in the bargaining agreement.” Lewis and Alderperson Rob Gearhart agreed that bigger problems needed to be worked out and a plan for police reform needed to be created before the city sees any real improvements. Alderperson Deb Mohlenhoff agreed

with those sentiments, but argued that they needed to do something to help bridge the gap between the state of the police department now and the reimagining of public safety. “I think the toll on IPD right now is not sustainable,” she said. “I’m concerned that what’s happening is the police show up when people are at their worst, and we don’t also need the police to be at their worst. Reform takes time and I’m concerned if we’re too limiting on IPD’s capacity, we won’t get there.” The amendment passed 8-2, with Smith and Alderperson Ducson Nguyen both voting against it. The budget for $79.268 million passed unanimously. The tax rate of $11.85 per thousand passed 10-1, opposed by Myrick who said he thought the original tax rate was already pushing it and was uncomfortable going any higher. Ta n n er H a r di ng


YOUR LETTERS Election Practices are Destroying Confidence, Tranquility


his is not a partisan essay. At the time of this writing, Saturday, November 7, it's been over 80 hours since the polls closed and no one in America knows for sure who our next President will be. 100% of both Democrat and Republican partisans are anxious about the outcome, which at this moment rests on the integrity of unknown authorities in a handful of cities and states, and with our legal system. We have arrived at a dangerous circumstance for American Democracy. My purpose is not to say that bad things are being done to change the final 2020 election outcome. No, but what is now clear to all of us is how bad things MIGHT be happening, somewhere, in some state or municipality, to “steal” an election. Public confidence, which acts as the bedrock of our civil society, has now been shaken in a way that will be difficult to restore. And our civic peace, good will, and social tranquility have been placed at risk. Are we destroying public confidence in our elections? I am a senior machine technician at the Tompkins County Board of Elections. I have spent days working at early voting locations, at Election Day poll sites, and also among Board of Elections teams processing an extraordinary volume of vote-by-mail ballots. I've spent days checking every aspect of our machines prior to elections, "test-decking" their data-keeping functions to ensure a 0% failure rate. And I've spent days auditing those machines for 100% agreement with the paper ballots sealed inside after the polls close. We seal and double-check every possible security weakness and maintain bipartisan custody and security protocols. But this year, with well-intentioned concerns for public health followed by overkill remedies, the volume of votes secured through our established machinebased process has been swamped by the number of mail-in ballots. In "progressive" New York State we have traveled backward to the low-tech, much less secure days of paper ballots. Of course, paper has always been the absentee ballot option for a tiny fraction of the public who need and request it, as a concession to special needs in proportions that make less security of those paper ballots of little concern. This year the widespread use of paper ballots has carried an inherent security risk far greater than the recent past. We No ve m b e r

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have traded machine reliability for a return to "the Stone Age" of paper ballots and paper security. In a risk-reward analysis of any imagined machine and/or data tampering, the risks were great compared to potential rewards. But with the widespread use of paper ballots, to be counted after all the machine tallies are known, in proportions large enough to reverse a narrow losing margin, with a 50-state field of play to impact the presidency, the risks and opportunity costs are proportionately low. And the rewards? Enormous! All the double-verification and documentation of machine seals, all the locks and double-locks on equipment, and almost all the bipartisan and chain-ofcustody protocols may be relatively easy to circumvent with paper ballots delivered in large quantities after Election Day's machine totals are known. The public now senses that and Public Confidence is taking a heavy blow, regardless of who finally wins. Paper ballots have always only been secure in proportion to their scale of use. Back in the day, they were safeguarded by ballot box guardians who knew most of their neighbors. In 2020 they have become the Devil's playground. I've said "destroying" confidence above after careful reflection. I don't want to over-state. Eroding confidence is easier to swallow, but when it comes to America's election confidence (across the whole population), and not unlike a highway bridge, there's not much room for erosion before the damage causes a break. We may be there now. -Jim Crawford, Freeville, NY

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wanted to correct a letter in last week's Ithaca Times that falsely claims that I do not attend Veteran's Day Parades, and do not support our Veterans. I do not know where this slander originated, because I rarely miss an opportunity to attend the Veteran's Day parades and ceremonies - where I have spoken many times. I've also partnered closely with the DAV Transportation network to provide rides to Veterans with Disabilities, as well as supporting our new Green Light for Veteran's Programs downtown. I do these things and more to thank our Veteran's because I appreciate the veterans in my own life - my grandfather Red Raville who raised me. My father Jesse Myrick, a Navy veteran. My best friend Steve Wilcox, who died while in the service of our country. But also because I appreciate the sacrifices of all who served to secure the freedom and comfort we enjoy in America today. And I believe, as President Kennedy said, that "as we express our gratitude we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to utter words to live by them." -Svante Myrick, mayor of the city of Ithaca

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Arnot Realty’s Boathouse Landing property on Cayuga Inlet (Photo: Provided)

A New Market

Arnot Realty is expanding into Ithaca to take advantage of the stable economy and the need for more housing


By Ta n n e r H a r di ng

s Ithaca has continued to suffer from a housing shortage, more and more real estate developers have begun to take advantage of the unique opportunity the city has to offer. With its stable, higher-education-based economy and the large commuter population, Ithaca is attractive to people like Peter Dugo, the president of Arnot Realty. “Not too many places in upstate New York have such anchors as Cornell and Ithaca College,” he said. “We think that an education-driven economy doesn’t always 8  T

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move or change in the same ways that other economies do.” This security was the reason that, in 2017, Dugo and the board made the decision to start expanding outside of its home base of Horseheads, in Chemung County. “We started exploring the Ithaca market, and it’s a unique market that operates differently […] and we felt like there are a lot of development opportunities we can pursue.” Deputy Planning Director Lisa Nicholas said Arnot is one of many development


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companies that sees the opportunity in Ithaca. “We have an incredibly active real estate market; there’s so much interest in developing in Ithaca right now,” she said. “It goes back to the fact we have huge employers, so not only do people already work here that don’t live here, but just having those employers creates opportunities. There’s a lot of capacity for growing housing and economy.” Arnot Realty’s first foray into Ithaca was the Boathouse Landing development, the high-end apartments on Taughannock

Boulevard overlooking the Cayuga inlet. There were already two individuals working through the development plans when Arnot got involved. “We partnered with them to bring that project to fruition, so we opened that just about a year ago,” Dugo said. Since then, Arnot has continued to make moves in the city. The group won a bidding war for more waterfront property in September when it paid $3.79 million for the eight acres on Third Street recently vacated by the New York State Department of Transportation.

Dugo said they’re still working with the state to finalize the purchase contract, so they haven’t begun making any concrete plans for the property quite yet, but it’s something they’re looking forward to. “We’re really excited about it,” he said. “There are a lot of stakeholders we want to involve in the process to come up with a development there that helps that area of the city flourish.” He added that Arnot’s growth strategy focuses on developing multi-family properties and many include some type of mixed-use component, so that could be the general direction they head in. “But again, it’s so early in the process there are so many opportunities we may not have thought about,” he said. A project they have thought a lot about is the one on W. State Street. Any fans of the Planning Board or the Board of Zoning Appeals will have heard about the mixeduse development Arnot has slated for 430444 W. State St. On Nov. 4, the BZA unanimously passed a variance for the height of the building to allow the section of it in zoning area B2-b to exceed the height limit of 40 feet by two feet. The property will be a mixed-use building and will provide more affordable housing downtown. The first floor will be 4,800 sq.ft. of retail/commercial space, while floors 2-5 will have 129 residential units. “State Street is the ideal development plan for that site,” Dugo said. “Every site and location is unique, so we’re not a cookie cutter developer that does the same thing over and over again. It has to respond to neighborhood context and make neighborhoods more diverse and help them grow and prosper. Every property has a different solution.” Nicholas agrees that Arnot’s plan for that space fills a need in the downtown area. “Increasing housing is one of the main goals of the city, and we draw people from about a five-county area to work here. So we want to create a variety of

housing that is walkable and has access to transit and is close to jobs to draw population into the city,” she said. “We want development to be appropriate, efficient and attractive.” When examining the W. State Street property and getting to know the neighborhood, it was clear to Dugo and his colleagues at Arnot that the area was historic. In an effort to maintain some of the neighborhood character, they decided to retain the original brick façade of one of the properties and incorporate it into their own design. It’s these touches, Nicholas said, that the city’s planning team appreciates. “They knew they were going to make a big impact on the feeling of State Street,” she said. “This corridor has been zoned for more development for a long time, but there haven’t been many big projects. We want to retain the character W. State Street has and they informed themselves about the history. They decided to keep that brick façade, and that created a lot of good will. It would be less expensive to just tear the

whole thing to the ground and start over, but they’re giving something they knew would be of value to the community.” Though new to Ithaca, Arnot Realty has long shaped the towns of neighboring counties, with fairly extensive development in Chemung and Steuben counties. The group’s portfolio includes The Shops at Chambers in Horseheads, which is an open-air shopping center with restaurant and retail options, the Hickory Grove Apartments in Horseheads, the Corning Social Security building, the Country Inn & Suites in Horseheads and various chain restaurants around Horseheads such as Chili’s, McDonald’s, Olive Garden and Red Lobster. The pièce de résistance, if you will, is the Arnot Mall, a community staple for decades. “Arnot Realty built [the mall] in 1967, so it’s over 50 years old,” Dugo said. “When they built it there were just a handful of malls in the country, so it was a type of property and industry in its infancy. It’s ex-

In September, Arnot Realty was the hightest bider for this prime waterfront site neighboring the Ithaca Farmers Market. The property was owned by New York State DOT (Photo: Provided)

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panded and has been a tremendous property for Arnot Realty and the community.” However, as the internet, and more recently the pandemic, has devastated brickand-mortar retail establishments, Dugo said the group is open to a new future for the property someday. “A lot of retailers have filed for bankruptcy or haven’t reopened, and this year those challenges have been magnified,” he said. “There will always be a need for retail. There was a time where retail was downtown centric and then moved to shopping centers, and now maybe it’s moving back downtown. It’s all cyclical and it creates an opportunity.” Dugo said he and his colleagues have been working on various redevelopment plans for the mall, and that some have even gotten close to moving forward, but that they just haven’t found exactly the right idea. “It’s still a regional shopping center with really great tenants in it, so it’s perhaps premature to think it has to be used for something else. But there will be an evolution.” Despite the uncertainty caused at the Arnot Mall, developments in Ithaca and in everyday life in general by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dugo believes in forging ahead. “I guess it would be easy for someone to look at what’s going on and pull the plug on new properties, but we feel like you can stop working or you continue to push forward, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re continuing to move forward because we think that eventually we’ll get a handle on the coronavirus and we’ll all move out of the pandemic, and there’s a good life on the other side.”

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A Collaborative Effort By Steve Lawrence

An d the go od ne ws ju st k e e ps coming…


n alignment with the timely and resonant theme of “unifying,” I am pleased to share the news that Ithaca High School has recently been named a national banner Unified Champion School. According to the school’s website, the award came “In recognition of its commitment to inclusion and youth leadership.” The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a program that aims to use sports as a platform to promote such things as acceptance and social inclusion, and it does so in deed as well as philosophically. In the words of Samantha Little, the ICSD’s Director of Athletic and Wellness, “It speaks to putting our values at the forefront, to actually living what is in our mission statement.” The Unified program at Ithaca High took shape 3 years ago. “We were at a STAC meeting,” Little offered, “and they asked which schools would be interested.” Ithaca was definitely interested, so

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a representative from the Special Olympics helped to get things moving. Samantha said, “At first, it was Corning, Horseheads, Elmira and us.” In the ensuing 3 years, Lansing has come on board, as has Johnson City and Owego, and according to Little, “Several IAC schools are hoping to join as well.” Samantha is very proud of the fact that so many in the ICSD are working together to make this happen. “It really is a collaborative effort, and we’re working to assure that inclusion is not an add-on,” she said. “Margaret Shaw is our Inclusive Specialist, and the program is in alignment with [ICSD Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown’s] commitment to building an anti-racist, inclusive school community.” Samantha speaks to the “intentionality” of the program, and she looks forward to seeing it grow. “Our Unified Basketball program is in its fourth year,” she stated, “and our Unified Bowling program is in its first year.” Both programs are co-ed, and both have somewhere between eighteen and twenty-five students taking part. Samantha sings the praises of the student-run Youth Activation Committee, saying the group is “working to foster and nurture an inclusive environment.” Samantha is appreciative of the efforts being put forth by the coaches, saying “Stephanie Valletta — the coach of the basketball team — is also the Coordinator of Student Wellness and Athletics, and William Asklar — the Unified Bowling coach — is an English teacher in the district.” Looking forward, Samantha exudes optimism when she says, “We will continue to build programs and create opportunities!” ● ● ●

For those hungering to watch Ithaca College football, and who are not opposed to taking a trip back in time to do so, an opportunity will present itself on Saturday that will give Bomber fans an opportunity to relive one of Ithaca College’s greatest moments. The 2019 Cortaca Jug game (which was played at MetLife Stadium, shattered the Division III attendance record by drawing 45,161 fans and marked the Bombers’ third consecutive Cortaca Jug victory) will be rebroadcast on YouTube Premiers, and the historic contest will feature “Chalk Talk” from head coach Dan Swanstrom, a Cortaca History montage and remarks from prominent alumni. There will also be an interactive feature enabling viewers to share thoughts, and the rebroadcast will unfold in real time. Registration is required; visit www. alumni.ithaca.edu for more information. It will be a bittersweet experience for the Bombers’ players, coaches and fans — especially the players who were hoping to take the field for this year’s Cortaca Jug and make it a clean sweep for the class of 2021. As readers may recall, I spoke with head coach Dan Swanstrom a few weeks ago, and he was brutally honest in conveying how painful it is not to see his seniors finish out their football careers. It was to be their fourth year in Bomber uniforms and Swanstrom’s fourth year coaching, and Dan spoke of the “rough conversations” he had with his guys when they met one-on-one and conveyed that as much as they would love to play another year, jobs, law school, grad school and many other “next chapters” awaited. I wish them all the best, and thank them for wearing the Bomber Blue with such pride and competence.

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he Village of Lansing’s planning board opened the public hearing on The Alcohol & Drug Council (ADC) of Tompkins County’s special use permit application on Monday Nov. 9. The permit, if granted, would allow Phase II of the ADC’s Open Access Center, located on 2353 Triphammer Road, to commence, which involves presenting a site plan review to the board for a renovation of the second floor of the facility building for additional sleeping areas for patients. The council received $7 million in funding from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) for its 40-bed residential detox and stabilization program back in August of 2019. The Open Access Center is a 24/7 walk-in assessment, referral and medication-assisted treatment service for individuals with mild to moderate substance abuse disorders that also has a 40-bed residential detox and stabilization program. The special permit review process has been delayed for a couple of months due to some uncertainty around the facility’s classification as either a “hospital,” “special care facility” or an “assisted living facility” as defined in the village code. According to the village code, a “hospital” is an “institution, private

or public, that provides medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and treatment for the sick or the injured, which is typically open on a 24-hour basis and patients are allowed to stay for an extended period of time if needed (does not include nursing homes or veterinary hospital).” A “special care facility” is described as “convalescent, progressive care, senior housing, or nursing home, adolescent or outpatient housing.” An “assisted living facility” is a “supportive housing facility designed for those who need extra help in their day-to-day lives but who do not require the 24-hour skilled nursing care found in traditional nursing homes. Typically these facilities combine housing, personal care services, and light medical care in an atmosphere of safety and privacy. Based on a monthly fee, basic services typically include meals, laundry, housekeeping, recreation and transportation. Residents typically have private locking rooms and bathrooms and personal care services are available on a 24-hour-aday basis.” At a previous planning board meeting back in September, Angela Sullivan, the executive director of ADC, said classifying the facility as a “hospital” could potentially impact present and future funding from the

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“The only problem and additional component as you described around here that’s the big difference is the overnight stay component to it. It is still a moderate- or a lower-level care facility. It’s been described similar to an adult living facility, and I think that’s probably the most apt definition of what they’re doing.” Planning board chairperson Lisa Schleelein said the categorization is up to the village code enforcement officer, Mike Scott, and that the planning board does not lean on that decision. Schleelein also iterated the board has been supportive of the project. “Really, it’s very clear, as we’ve discussed, it’s not a hospital and we know that,” Schleelein said. I’m not going to go there for a knee replacement or whatever.” The public hearing will remain open, and Scott said he will have his decision on the facility’s categorization by the end of the week. He also made it clear to those at the meeting of how he goes about the categorization process. “How I do this, how I categorize this, is no different with your special permit than I do with anyone else’s special permit,” Scott said. “I do not look at public view; that makes no difference to me. I do not put my personal feelings into a categorization. … I really have no involvement at all in the special permit process except to give the planning board the facts that they need, and one of my jobs is, unfortunately in this case, is to identify the use of a project.” - A n d r e w S u l l i va n

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through the Center Ithaca building, which has remained fairly dormant since reopening to the public in the summer. “This,” Rougeau said, pointing to the counter across from Lou’s, “was a cafe similar to what Lou’s doing. This was a juice bar. But they’ve both been sitting vacant for a while and when COVID hit— well, people aren’t really starting new businesses, so they sat vacant even longer. We wanted to try to revitalize the area as a whole. This is for small or startup businesses that have an idea, but are maybe not ready for a long term lease yet.” The Pop-Up contracts are an affordable option for vendors during this time, costing a little over half the price of a preCOVID contract (approx. $1500/month). Ferguson said the agreements vary from vendor to vendor depending on the building and circumstances of the vendor. Lou has offered to share his space with an upcoming business owner Adelaide “Addy” Castillo, owner of FLX Bakes. Castillo’s Carribean and South American style bakery started in 2017 as a part-time, at-home operation, but she has chosen to make her bakery her primary focus since losing her job in March. “Lou and I met through the DIA through Caleb of Nothing Nowhere, but we’re still trying to figure out a way to word our arrangement,” Castillo said. “Lou’s used to working on the smaller cart and he had all of this space all of a sudden and was looking for a way to fully use it.” Lou said he’s excited about the new location. In fact, he was the first name on the list when DIA announced the program. “There’s millions of dollars of construction happening around here and all of those construction workers will need breakfast and lunch, so I’m very optimistic,” Lou said. “And in the Christmas season, she’s baking and I might do something— I expect all my regulars to come inside.”

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Between the two of them, there’s a steady line of customers who find their way to Lou’s counter, but it’s still a far cry from the 250–300 customers Lou served during lunch hour over 10 years ago. Nowadays, Lou maybe serves 50 customers per day. With more businesses, Lou hopes to see the public seating area filled to capacity. “I don’t want competitors, I want people doing business,” Lou said. Lou and Castillo also expressed enthusiasm about the business expected to move in across from them in the coming weeks, Urban Blends, a soul and Latin cuisine vendor. Ferguson and Rougeau have also placed a vendor inside Dewitt Mall, Sunshine’s Creative Designs, a specialty stone store. “We started the Pop-Up Program to give opportunity to vendors who have maybe been affected by COVID and loss of sales and revenue throughout the year,” said Rougeau. “It’ll also activate some vacant spaces downtown and make it a more vibrant and active area.” Galal “Jimmy” Hassanein, owner of the Adam’s Grill Halal food cart on the Commons said he hopes to be able to bring his business inside too. Business on the Commons has been difficult this year due to the pandemic; Hassanein said he averages 60% to 70% of the customers he used to. Hassanein said he’s thankful for the unseasonably warm weather this fall, which has allowed him to stay open later into the year. Last year, he was forced to close up in October after Ithaca’s first snow. “I started late this year because of COVID. I was supposed to start in March, but I started in June and I lost a lot of money because of that, but thank God for the customers in Ithaca who have supported me,” he said. “And thank God— we’re almost in the middle of November and the weather is still so nice. Winter is very cold here.”

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he Ale House has been at the same site on Aurora Street for more than a dozen years. Ironically, the pandemic has assuaged the only concern I’ve had about the Ale House… and that’s the noise from the kitchen with the cooks loudly communicating with each other. Since the pandemic, I’ve been eating outside for the last few months and it’s been lovely. The Ale House is my go-to place for a burger and a beer when I’m downtown. The burgers are high quality, always cooked as ordered, and are served in generous portions with a choice of sides. I almost always order the “Perfect Burger” ($16). It’s not really perfect and it doesn’t quite match the hyperbole of the menu: “creates burger utopia.” The Perfect Burger is served with lettuce, tomato, onion slices, bacon, New York State Cheddar cheese, pickle slices, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. Since it’s already “perfect” substitutions aren’t permitted, however I never have a problem when I ask the server to omit the mayonnaise. You can choose one side from among French fries, onion rings, or Caesar salad. And you may be inter-

ested to know that for an additional charge of $3 you can substitute a gluten-free roll on any burger. Although the burgers are really good, they’re not the only items served here. There are a half dozen salad entrées ($10-$16). I recently selected the Maryland Crab Cake Salad ($16). There were four crab cakes which were tasty and seemed fresh. They were surrounded by greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and bits of avocado. A rather bland homemade chipotle-citrus dipping sauce accompanied the salad. Flatbreads are really another name for pizza. Seven are offered, all for about $13. The dough is, indeed, flat, kind of like a pan pizza, which I prefer because it offers less dough and leaves more room for the main ingredients. I like garlic and I like shrimp, and when I noticed a flatbread entrée called Garlic White Shrimp Flatbread, I didn’t hesitate. I was impressed when it arrived at the table - bits of chopped shrimp evenly mixed with large amounts of melted mozzarella cheese and flakes of continued on page 20





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by Car a Hoffman

or more than 30 years, the novelist Jon Frankel has been writing the kind of expansive, high-concept, transgressive work which has only recently come to dominate contemporary American Literature. His fiction is so meticulously written—the rhythm of each sentence is its own delight—and so inventive,

vulgar, comic, and apocalyptic, you don’t want it to end. It’s Shakespeare as a B movie, it’s the alienation of Chandler’s Philip Marlow, it’s the crisp metaphysics of John Donne. And it’s no surprise the work has achieved a cult status. Frankel recently published his fourth novel, the 1,000 page “Isle of Dogs,” which will be released in four parts. The book belongs to his DRIFT series — a multivolume saga set in New York and Los Angeles in a future devastated by climate change and the political, technological, and social responses to that disaster. The scope and consistency of the worlds Frankel has built began with Specimen Tank, which was published under the pseud-

onym Buzz Callaway in 1993. The novel deals with drugs, sex work, medical experimentation and political torture. And it has absurdist elements; a character turns into a rabbit. “I’ve been more at home writing crime and futuristic dystopian fiction,” Frankel says. “You’re freer as a writer to express ideas that literary fiction shuns. In American fiction there’s a weird optimism at work, but noir is where the real American society exists — the system isn’t fair, the fates are stacked against the little guy; it’s a glimpse of power from the perspective of one who suffers it—violence and crime are a part of American culture, it’s the foundation of the capitalist enterprise.” continued on page 18

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Philip Shelley, founding member and principal songwriter of the influential NYC punk-era band The Student Teachers, describes Frankel as “a poet who happens to write novels.” And indeed, Frankel’s first work was poetry. “His ear is so unfailingly musical,” Shelley says, “and there is always a certain level of pure sonority and abstraction in his prose—you know, it’s just beautiful.” Frankel inhabits the same universe as Kathy Acker, Pynchon and Dennis Cooper; but he says, “It all goes back to Joyce. He did the formal experiments that went on to spawn all of their—all of our work. But I’m happy to engage the reader on the vulgar level—the daily nonsense of the novel, all the things that intellectuals get frustrated with. I like shocks and suspense. I like the safe falling out of a window and landing on someone’s head. The ideas are there to entertain, but it doesn’t mean you have a vacuum of ideas. You can explore the inner consciousness of multiple characters. Even if that character is a giant cockroach walking across a desert, worrying about his marriage.” Frankel grew up in Larchmont, a suburb of New York City, graduating high school at the height of Cold War paranoia with an exuberant punk-driven sense of possibility and a terror of dying in a nuclear blast. He haunted CBGBs and Max’s, and he read obsessively. In 1978 he

was arrested with five others for breaking into a nuclear facility in Seabrook, New Hampshire. He refused to post bail, cooperate, or plead, and spent six weeks in jail. “It was,” he says, “an education.” As it would turn out, it was the kind of education to which Frankel was constitutionally suited. Within the next five years he would be accepted to Oberlin, drop out, move to the Lower East Side, work waiting tables and bartending, travel the world with his wife — an artist he met during his fleeting college days — have two children, write a novel, and take full part in the bohemian scene of ‘80s Manhattan — creating a family of queer, activist, artist friends living on the top of a tenement and publishing his poetry in journals alongside luminaries like John Ashbury. “I can’t even imagine what it must be like in his brain,” says Shelley. “He is, by a mile, the best-read and most widely read person I have ever known, a genuine 19thcentury style autodidact, only with 21st century synapses — constant sparks flying and everything lightning fast. It’s kind of scary how smart he is.” From 1984 on, the city began to change. “AIDS consumed our life,” Frankel said. “We lost so many friends.” He took part in political funerals, marching up first avenue with ACTUP, carrying the body of a close friend in a lavender coffin, his young daughters in tow. In 1988, during the trifecta of crack, AIDS and gentrification in Manhattan, Frankel moved to Ithaca, New York,

working first as a bartender and then later at Cornell’s Olin Library as a book shelver. He was often seen hunched over a notebook in a quiet study carrel, writing. In the next decade, Frankel would marry, have three more children, write a hundred or so poems, and create one of the most compelling and prescient science fiction landscapes since Philip K. Dick. In 2017, he would discover his birth parents, and would go on to learn he was the grandson of Edgar Hoffman Price—a pulp horror and sci-fi writer and contemporary of Lovecraft from the 1930s — reinforcing the sense, among his fans anyway, that Frankel’s talents were born in the blood. But he would argue that his talents are born in community. “Writing is something we learn from each other,” Frankel said. “It’s a vocation learned through reading, through talking with other writers. My relationship with other writers is a relationship of love.” The poet Bridget Meeds met Jon Frankel in 1993 at an open mic poetry reading at the State of the Art Gallery. “He was an intriguing punk guy in a ripped white t-shirt and purple converse sneakers who also happened to be a single father of two toddler girls,” she said. Meeds, who then worked as a secretary at Cornell, and Frankel fell into the habit of walking home together and, as she says, “talking frantically about what we were writing and reading.” “Frankel is an autodidact,” says Meeds, “better read than many PhDs, with an

incredible wit, cogent political analysis and deep personal generosity. We haven’t stopped talking since then. I trust his thoughts on my writing more than anyone else. We work for the academy, but we are not academics — we’re our own particular breed of writer.” Frankel has taken on the role of mentor, reader and trusted editor to many writers — whether they are established, long-suffering, or up-and-coming — and he has fully immersed himself in the world of radical, small-press publishing. Amidst the quiet epiphanies of literary fiction and the glib, knowing pose of the academy, Jon Frankel is dedicated ultimately to language alone. “Language is a root system,” Frankel says. “As an artist, I do believe we have a receptivity to the unconscious of the world. I think artists retain a childlike connection to this. And artists will exploit everyone, including themselves. The practice is about being sensitive to the way language works, whether it’s a conversation in the laundromat or puzzling through a Middle English text. You are always absorbing more than you are aware.” Cara Hoffman is the author of three novels each named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review. A MacDowell Fellow and an Edward Albee Fellow, she has been a visiting writer at Oxford University. She currently lives in Athens, Greece, where she is at work on a book about the occupation of Exarchia.

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ith his new courtroom ensemble “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix, 2020, 130 min.), writer-director Aaron Sorkin returns to the genre that made him famous, having written the play and screenplay for the iconic “A Few Good Men” (1992). Made now, after four years of Trump’s insanity, Sorkin looks back on another crazy moment in American history that reflects back on where we are today. The film follows the Chicago 7, a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It’s a movie, not a court transcript, and I would not take its drama as gospel, but it’s a tale that needs telling. The seven defendants are Yippie founding members Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong); SDS President Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne); SDS national community organizer Rennie Davis (Alex Sharp); MOBE leader David Dellinger (John Carroll Lynch); Lee Weiner (Noah Robbins); and John Froines (Daniel Flaherty). There’s an eighth defendant as well: Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), National Chairman of the Black Panther Party, who famously refused council because his lawyer was unavailable. I would not have thought of Cohen for Hoffman, but it turns out to be the kind of inspired casting that sets the tone for the whole film; Cohen and Strong are like a hippie comedy team at times, and yet we see who they really are behind the schtick. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Frank Langella have important roles as Prosecutor and Judge here, as well as a big movie star cameo that I will not spoil. The real scene stealer here is the protean Mark Rylance as Defense Counsel William Kunstler, the rock-star lawyer of his time. This is a big, busy and almost riotous courtroom drama with many great moments of “Did that really happen?” absurdity. As such, it reminded me of the insane courtroom sequences in Miloš Forman’s “The People Vs. Larry Flynt” (1996). A double bill might be in order as we move forward…

*** Josh Trank’s “Capone” (Redbox and Vertical Entertainment, 2020, 104 min.), starring Tom Hardy (“Dunkirk” [2017]) in the title role, is a character study without any character. Considering that Al Capone is one of the most popular, notorious and well-known historical figures of the 20th century, it’s a shame how little happens in “Capone.” The film chooses to focus on the final days of Capone’s life, sprung from an 11-year sentence in Atlanta Penitentiary, sick and addled from neurosyphilis and dementia, lurching around his palatial Florida estate. Hardy’s showing, mumbling performance is emblematic of the problems with the film’s dramatic structure. Sporting fine suits and a scarily realistic horseshoe-shaped scar on his face, Hardy is all dressed up with nowhere to go. It’s all much muttering about nothing. And poor Linda Cardellini had better beware; with this film and “The Founder” (2016), this talented actress is in danger of being typecast as the Obligatory Biopic Wife. Unfortunately, nothing happens of note or interest for 104 minutes. Over and over again, Trank sets up stories and characters that never go anywhere. There’s a lot of interest in Capone’s financing, but it all ends in a shrug. Matt Dillon plays a composite character based on Capone’s partners in crime who shows up to visit, but may in fact be a ghost. Why? Who cares? If you’re really interested in well-made dramas about the life of Al Capone, you’d be better off watching Steven Graham, who etches a convincing and affecting portrait of Capone over the course of the run of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” (2010-2014). Then there’s Brian DePalma’s muscular, John Ford-like remake of “The Untouchables” (1987), featuring a very entertaining and theatrical turn by Robert DeNiro. Jason Robards isn’t much of a physical match for Capone in Roger Corman’s “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” (1967), but he and the film are still more entertaining and engaging than anything that threatens to happen in this new “Capone.”

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I found three expected Thanksgiving items: oven-roasted turkey breast, stuffing, and cranberry/mandarin relish. The rest was tasty but didn’t remind me of the traditional holiday fare. It was all served on a toasted rosemary-olive oil focaccia bread and the whole portion was liberally sprinkled with walnut halves on top of a creamy, cheesy sauce. I liked the dish but I’m still planning on celebrating the holiday with something more traditional. With Ale House in the name, it’s not surprising to find more than 18 beers and ales on draught. All but three are from various parts of the United States. The interesting variety of craft beers are a big attraction for me and although I am rarely familiar with more than a handful, the servers and bartenders are wonderful in helping me select a “hoppy” one. There are a few wines but that’s not what this place is about.

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I’m wary when I order onion soup in a restaurant. There are many ways to prepare it and, until the server presents it, we really have no idea of what we’re going to get. At the Ale House it’s called, “6 Onion Soup.” I never had heard of that one. It created quite a dramatic presentation, with a large chunk of melted provolone and swiss cheese melted on top and spreading down the sides of the bowl. Sitting atop the cheese was a large, breaded fried onion ring — I learned that was the sixth onion – the other five were mixed into the interior broth and were indistinguishable from each other. Onion soups can be quite salty; this one wasn’t. It was really good…one of the best I’ve had in Ithaca. At a recent (Nov. 9) lunch I discovered a “New Item - Thanksgiving in a Sandwich” ($18). I had to try that….and I quickly learned that the person who named it did it with a touch of whimsy.

TIDBITS Sunday Burger Brunch (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) is now on offer. Outdoor diners are asked to eat within an hour-and-ahalf to make tables available for other diners (and to increase turnover) however that shouldn’t be a problem and I’ve never seen anyone asked to leave.

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CCO Makerspace event w/ TCPL | 4:00 PM, 11/11 Wednesday | A fun, interactive program online with Max Michael Jacob, principal bassist of the CCO. Advance registration through TCPL is required to receive the Zoom link. While all ages are welcome, this will be presented with an adult/senior audience in mind. Cornell Concert Series Presents Jeremy Denk | 7:00 PM, 11/11 Wednesday | Denk will present a discussion on ‘writing elitism out of classical music.’ Noting how written and verbal communication can become obstacles between us and music, Denk takes a detour around the usual avenues of musical discussion, in an examination of pieces by Mozart and Clara Schumann.http:// www.cornellconcertseries.com/

Stage Virtual Syracuse Stage: Talley’s Folley | All Day 11/11 Wednesday | †The mainstage opener, available for viewing Nov. 11 ñ 22.† A Day by Gabrielle Chapdelaine | 7:30 PM, 11/13 Friday | Presented by the Cherry Artists’ Collective and live-streamed from the State Theatre. Tickets available at†thecherry. org†

Art Close to Home in Fields and Woods | 12:00 PM, 11/12 Thursday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 W Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca | An exploration by two artistsóFrances Fawcett and Susan Larkin--of areas still accessible during the pandemic. Show dates: November 5ñ29, 2020. Hours: Thurs. & Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm.

Separation of Art with a Capital ‘A’ | All Day 11/14 Saturday | Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee Street, Auburn | Artist Victoria Fitzgerald explores the still profound lack of representation for women of all backgrounds in her art series on display at the Cayuga Museum through the end of the year. Masks and reservations required for museum entry.

Movies Cornell Virtual Cinema: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands | All Day 11/13 Friday | Thru 11/19. Brazil’s all-time most popular film is an erotic delight directed by the 23-year-old Bruno Barreto and shot in Bahia, Brazil’s San Francisco.†cinema.cornell.edu Cornell Virtual Cinema: The Killing Floor | All Day 11/13 Friday | Thru 11/19. Tells the little-known true story of the WWI-era struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago Stockyards.†cinema. cornell.edu Virtual Cinemapolis: Action USA | All Day 11/13 Friday | Two FBI agents protect the fleeing girlfriend of a jewel thief slain by gangsters in a 4K restoration of the 1989 cult classic by director John Stewart. | 3 day rental for $12 Virtual Cinemapolis: City Hall | All Day 11/13 Friday | Shows the efforts by Boston city government to provide many services and illustrates the variety of ways the city administration enters into civil discourse with the citizens of Boston. Mayor Walsh and his administration are presented addressing a number of their policy priorities which include racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, and homelessness. | 72 hour rental available for $12 Virtual Cinemapolis: Divine Love | All Day 11/13 Friday | Itís the year 2027 in this dystopian, fluorescent Sci Fi story of Joana (Brazilian star Dira Paes), who uses her bureaucratic job to convince divorcing couples to stay together. | 3 day rental for $12 Virtual Cinemapolis: The Donut King | All Day 11/13 Friday | The rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975 and building an

unlikely multi-million-dollar empire baking Americaís favorite pastry, the donut. | 3 day rental for $12

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Virtual Cinemapolis: Coming Home Again | All Day 11/14 Saturday | Ends 11/19. Based on a personal essay by Chang-rae Lee that was published in The New Yorker, Coming Home Again is an intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations. | 3 day rental available for $12

Live Virtual Fire Ceremony Healing the Past, Welcoming the Future | 7:00 PM, 11/13 Friday | All are welcome! Zoom info: Meeting ID: 822 5382 1565 Women & Wellness Financial Roundtable Discussions | 10:00 AM, 11/18 Wednesday | Novemberís discussion on the topic of ‘Managing Your Finances During Periods of Uncertainty.’†www.tompkinsfinancialadvisors.com Virtual Spring Writes Poetry and Prose Open Mic | 6:00 PM, 11/18 Wednesday | Open to writers of all ages and experience levels, will be held via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link and instructions for participation, families with younger children, teens, and adults can register as performers or audience members at www.tcpl.org

M.L. Stedman.Patrons can register at https://www.tcpl.org/events/4seasons-book-club-light-betweenoceans-ml-stedman to receive updates and the Zoom meeting link. Limited copies of the book are available by patron request. The Iís Have It - A Virtual Writing Workshop for Adults | 10:00 AM, 11/14 Saturday | Writers of poetry and prose at all levels of experience are welcome. This free writing workshop will be held via Zoom. To register and receive instructions for participation, visit https:// www.tcpl.org/events/have-itwriting-workshop-zoom. Virtual Author Talk: Your Portal to Another World with the Writerís Room from Beatrix Greene | 6:00 PM, 11/14 Saturday | Novemberís event will feature authors†Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons, and Vicky Alvear Schecter of†The Haunting of Beatrix Greene, a series about a savvy spiritual medium in Victorian England. This free event will be offered via Zoom. Learn more at†https://www.tcpl. org/† Spring Writes Literary Festival in November (23 Virtual Events!) | 3:00 PM, 11/18 Wednesday | Virtual, Ithaca | Visit www. SpringWrites.org to see all of the events.



TCPLís 4 Seasons (Virtual) Book Club | 6:30 PM, 11/12 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Participants will read and discuss The Light Between Oceans, an acclaimed work of Australian historical fiction by

Music of Central New York Youth Program | 2:00 PM, 11/14 Saturday | Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N Tioga St., Ithaca | Kids (ages 6-14) & families are invited to take a musical trip around Tompkins County and Cen-

Virtual Cinemapolis: The Man Who Mends Women | All Day 11/14 Saturday | A portrait of the impressive life and work of internationally renowned gynecologist Doctor Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received the prestigious 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle against sexual violence. Mukwege medically assisted over 46,000 sexually abused women in sixteen years of professional practice. | 3 day rental for $12

tral New York with songs and stories from the Erie Canal, the Haudenosaunee people, the underground railroad, rural farms, traveling circuses and more. Visit The History Center’s Facebook page to stream this free, live event.

Notices Newfield Public Library Craft Night | 6:30 PM, 11/11 Wednesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St, Newfield | Virtual Fall Maple Workshop Series | 7:00 PM, 11/11 Wednesday | The Cornell Maple Program is offering six free online workshops this fall. Each course features a selection of self-guided materials including narrated presentations, videos and articles, followed by a live question and answer session. Learn at your own pace from the safety of home, then dial in for the discussion with Cornell experts and fellow sugar makers.Registration information is available at www.cornellmaple. com. Doug’s Fish Fry To Go | 11:00 AM, 11/12 Thursday | Eddydale Farms, 827 Elmira Road, Ithaca | To benefit Ithaca Flotilla 2-2 Inc. To place orders until 4pm: 607-423-5996.

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Marathon Central School Positions for 2020-2021:

OCM BOCES Seven Valleys New Tech Academy,

High School Cheerleading Coach

Cortland Campus, is recruiting a full time secondary

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