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he investigation into the bomb threat called into Cornell University on Nov. 7 is still under investigation, according to authorities. NBC News reported that a teenage gamer in Virginia is allegedly involved in the spate of bomb threats that included Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, New York University and Cornell. On Nov. 7 Cornell sent out its first alert at 2:13 p.m. urging people to evacuate and avoid the law school, Goldwin Smith, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall. They eventually confirmed there had been a bomb threat to those buildings. Several hours later the campus was deemed safe and the following day the university called the incident a “cruel hoax.” The suspect is said to be a 14-year-old. NBC also reported that several people communicating online through Discord were responsible for similar swatting incidents in Los Angeles in August and September, as well as 30 other bomb threats and swatting incidents. It’s unclear if the current spate of threats at universities is related. Swatting is the act of prank calling law enforcement with the sole purpose of inciting a large police response. In a statement to the Ithaca Times on Nov. 15, Cornell’s vice president for university relations Joel Malina said Cornell is working in close collaboration with federal, state and other campus law enforcement agencies to investigate the threat made to Cornell and other similar threats to universities around the country. He declined to comment further as the investigation is ongoing. The FBI was also tightlipped and would not confirm or deny any reporting or suspects. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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he District 14 County Legislature race remains undecided after absentee and affidavit votes were counted on Monday, Nov. 15. The race, between incumbent Democrat Mike Lane and challenging Republican Tom Corey, was separated by just 20 votes after election night. After counting the remaining ballots, they’re separated by just two. Corey was ahead 838 votes to Lane’s 818 votes. However, as of Nov. 16, Lane has taken the lead with 866-864 after receiving the majority of absentee votes. According to Stephen Dewitt, the Democratic commissioner for the Tompkins County Board of Elections, while they were opening affidavit and absentee ballots

there were attorneys watching from both Lane’s and Corey’s campaigns. There were four ballots that were unopened because one or both attorneys disagreed with the decision to open them or not. Five others were opened but the candidates’ attorneys didn’t want Board of Elections counters to count certain ballots. The attorneys have until the end of the business day Thursday to initiate court action to uphold their arguments. If they don’t, Dewitt said, they will reconvene Friday to deal with the nine ballots. Dewitt added that for three of them the attorneys took issue with the dating of the signature, one of the affidavit ballots the Board of Elections

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was not planning to count but the attorneys disagreed, and the others had perceived flaws in the way the ballots were marked. “So we’ll just have to wait and see if they follow up on their objections,” Dewitt said. Regardless of what happens with those nine ballots, there will be a manual recount of the ballots. There’s a law that states if a race is separated by 20 or fewer votes, a manual recount is required. Dewitt said the law is pretty new so this is the first time they’ve had to do it. The Board of Elections did a manual audit of 1,200 votes just to check for machine accuracy for this election and said that took about three days. However, they had to tally the results for all races, and Dewitt said this recount will likely be quicker because they only have to count one race. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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needs following the passage of the Reimagining Public Safety Plan. This will not re-name the Ithaca Police Department. The Ithaca Police Department will be included within this larger, currently unnamed, public safety department. Ideas for the naming of the department can be submitted through the Collaborative’s www.

website. City of Ithaca Working group co-lead Eric Rosario stated, “We’re looking for the community’s creativity in naming this department. This is an opportunity to help establish the vision for what services and responses will be delivered by the department and how the community will view the work and services offered.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER Healthcare workers strike at nursing home over expired contract, wages By C a se y Mar tin


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According to White, some employees are not earning a living wage, and the lowest wage earners are being paid minimum wage. He said between the short staffing and low wages, it’s been hard to recruit and retain employees, and current employees are getting burnt out. Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is operated by Shully Braunstein, who also operates nursing homes in Brooklyn, New York, Bronx, New York, Long Island, New York and Rochester, New York. A request for comment from the nursing home administration went unreturned. Employee Selene Krone, a licensed practical nurse, said it’s been rough for people working there who want to provide good care to residents. According to Krone, she is currently working on a floor with 40 residents and said often there’s only one or two nurses working it. “There’s a big potential for medication error, it’s endangering to residents,” she said. “The [certified nursing assistants] have to get residents up, get them dressed, get them ready


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taff at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have been picketing in front of the building as part of a demand for a new contract. According to Emmanuel White, the union organizer for 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, employees have been working without a contract since May 1, when the previous contract expired. “They’ve been short-staffed since before the pandemic,” White said. “And it has been worse since. We believe if we can get a quality, fair contract with good benefits and wages, we could recruit the staff we need to provide the best care. These residents deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and they deserve quality care.” White added that management had been “demanding we take cuts to benefits like health insurance, vacation, and all the things these members have gained over the years.” He said they were also currently offering only a “mediocre” wage increase. “We need decent wages to recruit and retain employees,” he said.

for meals. It’s very hard. They want to make sure everyone is safe and taken care of.” She said in the behavior and dementia units, short staffing can be dangerous. “We should have at least six CNAs on day shift and two nurses, one on each med cart. And on the evening shift there should be at least four CNAs and two nurses, and on night shift there should be two CNAs and one nurse,” Krone said. There are also new staffing laws that will take effect in January that will require a minimum of 3.5 hours of care per resident per day, White said. With the current staffing levels, the center won’t be able to meet that requirement. “We’ve been using a lot of agency nurses and agency staff CNAs to supplement,” Krone said. White said that agency staff can come from anywhere and is not as invested as a regular employee may be. “They may be here tomorrow and another facility next week,” he said. “The continuity of care is constantly changing.” Krone said she’s also frustrated because those agency workers are often better paid than the regular staff. “Why can’t they pay those wages to the Cayuga Ridge staff?” Krone said. “They’re the local workers who are there day in and day out.” White said there has been

CAT is set to receive $17.8 million in federal funding from the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, TCAT confirmed. A bipartisan infrastructure deal signed by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, the $1.2 trillion bill was passed by Congress on Nov. 5. Thirteen Republicans crossed party lines to vote for it, including Rep. Tom Reed, who represents Tompkins County. It is the largest single infrastructure investment in American history. The legislation includes $39


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billion of new investment to modernize transit, in addition to continuing the existing transit programs for five years as part of surface transportation reauthorization, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer. The bill also includes provisions such as $5 billion that will help replace deficient transit vehicles, including buses, with clean, zero emission vehicles; the transportation sector is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas

emissions. According to Scot Vanderpool, the general manager of TCAT, his mind immediately went to electric buses when he heard the news. “Our main objective is to keep the wheels rolling, but more specifically, part of our thought process is electrification,” he said. “We plan to be all electric by 2035.” TCAT did roll out seven new electric buses earlier this year, but Vanderpool noted

some progress in the collective bargaining process, but that with such little movement on things like quality wages and benefits, there has been talk of a strike. “We would never look to strike and hope we can avoid doing things that extreme, but with no movement from management, employees are seriously considering a strike,” he said. The next step is meeting with a federal mediator at the end of the month to try to find some common ground between the two sides. Krone hopes they can work something out so that both the employees and residents can benefit. “There’s a lot of good people who work there and deserve to be able to take care of their families and have the help that they need,” she said. “We can’t expect people to work for minimum wage when other places are paying more. And we’re talking about being responsible for people’s lives. I take my job very seriously — I have been an LPN for 28 years. [Residents] are there because they need to be taken care of. They’re not cattle. We need to be there for them, but we can’t be there for them if our owner is not there for us.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

they’re expensive at about $1 million a piece. “In order for us to reach our no-emission goals, we’ll need capital help and this will certainly provide that,” he said. Vanderpool added that with electrification comes a change in infrastructure and training, and said the funds will help with that too. “We’ll need charging infrastructure and as far as an operational thing, when you talk about electrification, you have to think about how everything changes,” he said. “Moving toward electrification will not be possible without trained employees. Diesel mechanics will be less valuable in 10 years unless we set up training.” The transportation industry, in Tompkins County and nationwide, is also facing a shortage of drivers and mechanics. continued on page 7


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Kendal seniors aim for climate impact through gardening

limate change is a current issue that the Ithaca community is constantly trying to battle to better the future of the environment. Leah Horwitz is a 94-year-old resident at Kendal at Ithaca who is adamant about climate change and wants to help make an impact to improve the environment through taking care of her garden. Kendal at Ithaca is a senior living community in the on Triphammer Road in Cayuga Heights that provides older adults with extensive residential services and amenities, plus onsite healthcare for life. Horwitz has a binder titled “Climate Change” where she keeps all her recorded documents she finds important about the climate. “If we’re not trying to be part of the solution, then we are part of the problem,” Horwitz said. Horwitz has two great-grandchildren and she worries that if people do not come together to confront climate change, then there will not be a future for her family. “I’d like their world to be better and it’s going downhill,” Horwitz said. “They live in California, where the air is full of smoke all because of climate change.” She wanted to start her garden in hopes that more people will turn to gardening, but says her garden alone hardly makes any impact at all. “I’m hoping that other people will catch on and maybe, they will follow suit,” Horwitz said. “The garden itself is miniscule in its effect. The main hope is that it will inspire other people. In fact, I’m hoping that all of Kendal, I’m hoping it’s part of their five-year plan to get rid of the huge lawn in the middle...and convert it to something that helps rather than hinders climate change.” Cathy Chymes is an 82-year-old resident who lives

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at Kendal at Ithaca and she has been working on her garden since she moved in over 17 years ago. She has two strips of gardens that surround her cottage. “I’ve continued onward and we’ve done very well,” Chymes said. “As long as I can find somebody to help me, I like gardening.” Chymes said she does not like how the services at Kendal at Ithaca spray pesticides near her garden because it is a direct impact against climate change. “I’m forever after the maintenance fellas... they’re not allowed to spray within four feet of my garden,” Chymes said. Cathy Kessler is a part owner at Baker’s Acre which is a business that prides itself on giving professional advice to people interested in gardening. Kessler is in charge of the perennial and herb department and gives consultations to people who want to start gardens of their own.

Kessler gave a consultation to Horwitz at Kendal at Ithaca before she began her garden. When giving a consultation, Kessler goes to the area where someone wants to start a garden and spends about an hour with the person discussing what their vision is for their garden. “Just getting as much information from them that I can possibly get so I can do what they’re really looking for,” Kessler said. Kessler offers advice on including native plants as an option for people wanting to begin a garden because they are usually not that invasive. “I do try to stick with plants that are good for our area and will help our area,” Kessler said. “They’re not taking up a lot of the oxygen in the air and so forth. They’re meant for this area.” After Kessler gives a consultation, the next step is to purchase the plants from Baker’s

Acre and then Kessler will return to where she gave a consultation and place the plants where she thinks will be the best place for them to grow. Horwtiz was inspired to take action and make a positive impact for climate change when she read “Nature’s Best Hope” by Douglas W. Tallamy. “I was feeling very depressed and thinking, ‘What could I do? There’s nothing I can do.’” Horwitz said. “And then I realized there is something I can do. I can become an active participant in trying to makeover the whole of Kendal.” Horwitz takes pictures of her garden and sends them to an email chain that goes to all the residents that live in Kendal at Ithaca. “I think that this is the most important issue of our day,” Horwitz said. “That if we don’t get involved and change the course that we are going on, our children are going to suffer irreparable damage. Our grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren, will certainly suffer.” Horwitz’s garden recently became certified by The National Wildlife Federation which aims to help inform people of positive impacts of eco-friendly gardening. “I am very concerned about generations to come,” Horwitz said. “I don’t have much time and energy left to put into it [climate change]. But whatever I have, I feel I must do it to the best of my ability.” Certified Wildlife Habitat applicants ask that your garden fulfills several requirements. To be certified, your garden must provide food, water, cover, places to raise young, and offer sustainable practices. To certify your garden, visit -Sydney Keller

RIP fall. Downs Ithaca College lost the Cortaca Jug game by a single point on Saturday afternoon. Next year’s rematch is at Yankee Stadium!

HEARD&SEEN Heard Cornell University’s men’s hockey team scored 11 goals defeating Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday. Not too shabby. Seen The first snowfall of the season dusted some of the higher elevations in Tompkins County over the weekend. Gross.

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n the beautiful town of Ithaca, Christa devoured, beloved animals are brushed Núñez is savoring a resplendent late au- and fed, cleaned and cared for,” Chrisa tumn, as kids romp around the Learning said. “Our healthy plants, our trees, the Farm, brushing a well-loved goat, sheep or waterfall and pond…We use outdoor bunny. Unbeknownst to us, spaces to create a fun, Christa is building a bluehealthy model for commuprint to connect us all to the nities and schools to bridge wonders of the natural world. the gap between experience “Everything we do on the and education. It is where Farm, we bring to schools,” real learning begins.” she said. “School children at “We are in our second Enfield Elementary School year at Enfield Elemenare experiencing what life tary School where we are on the farm is like: learning, thrilled to be piloting our growing, eating, discussing student learning program. how best to grow food and Principal Keith Harrington, co-create healthy communiAssistant Principal Aileen ties together through what Grainger, and [Ithaca City Christa Nunez we are calling the Equitable School District’s Equity and and Edible Farm School.” Inclusion Officer] Mary At the Learning Farm, Grover are key players in children from kindergarten through high this vibrant partnership. We figure out school are seamlessly connected to the each step together. Keith and I wrote our biodiverse, vibrant work of nature. And latest grant for the ever-generous Park the same vibrancy is accessed on school Foundation. Enfield teachers are on board grounds just down the road in Enfield. continued on page 7 “Fruits and vegetables are planted, and

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eople are alarmed, and should be, about the recent spate of shootings and stabbings in Ithaca. What they shouldn’t be is unduly afraid, or unconstructively unfocused. In a front page story for the Ithaca Times last week, Bill Chaisson reported, “Since the end of September, it seems like there’s been a shooting or stabbing once a week, often more, and sometimes more than once a day.” He cites eight such incidents. An important point is that, pending official investigation and comment, it seems most if not all of the incidents were between people who knew one another and were acting violently in personal disputes, mostly related to drug trade. None of the acts involved business stickups or house break-ins or indiscriminate criminal activities such as those. Of course, the danger and fear engendered by such public acts of violence are real and should not be downplayed. One shooting was at a gas station and an empty parked motor coach was struck. Another on a downtown street reportedly struck a parked school bus with its driver inside. Ithaca’s mayor, Svante Myrick, ostensibly means only to reflect reality and not dismiss concern when, as Chaisson reports, he “characterize[s] the violenceprone criminals of Ithaca as ‘knuckleheads.’” The slang term can possibly best be defined, in this context, as dangerous idiots rather than cogent or professional criminals, though no less worthy of capture and punishment. Meanwhile, Chaisson reports, a November press release by the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association “called Myrick an ‘anti-police activist’ and blamed the current violence on ‘a decade of police cuts.’” Clearly the political battle lines are drawn. Ithaca is a liberal town. But more conservative cities in the area, never mistaken as hotbeds of anti-police activism, have violent crime rates that are worse. Chaisson cites figures showing that Elmira, 40 miles from Ithaca, has a higher violent crime rate despite its smaller size. Jamestown, about 200 miles southwest of Ithaca, is smaller than Ithaca but has double the violent crime rate. Decades ago, before relocating to Ithaca, I Iived in Washington DC, then New Orleans, in the middle of the crack cocaine era with its attendant violence. Frequently I had to explain to visitors and outsiders that the danger was not widespread: Stay away from where drugs are dealt and you won’t have much to worry about. When I relocated to Ithaca I noted the lack of crime. “We have crime,” one

resident replied, somewhat aghast at the appraisal. I said of course there are incidents of crime here, like anywhere, but not epidemic or pervasive. Referring to Washington and New Orleans, I said there are places there I did not feel safe alone or at night; I don’t feel like that anywhere or at any time in Ithaca. Recent events might change that for some. You don’t want to feel like you have to be on your guard at a gas station or Walmart (where a stabbing occurred here last month). You don’t want to hear about a school bus being struck by a bullet, empty of children or not, nor about shelter in place orders for schools while police are chasing armed suspects. Still, Ithaca seems a strong, safe place. For twenty years I’ve lived in Southside, Ithaca’s most demographically diverse neighborhood. I’ve never encountered a feeling of separation or rancor from anyone: never a cross word, a glaring glance, certainly never a threat. Residents value stability, peace and sociability. The same seems true throughout the city. Somewhat surprising amidst all the trouble is the relative lack of dialogue about the need for greater gun control. Usually this is a point of agreement for police and progressives. Maybe talk will turn that way once passions and political posturing have abated. More talk and action are also needed about the scourge of drug use. The opioid crisis started by Purdue Pharma and other corporations twenty years ago, as they knowingly addicted millions to their products, created a criminal market for their illicit sale and a new market for heroin and fentanyl to the addicted. The markets tend to be violent. Over half a million people in the U.S. have died from opioids in the past twenty years. Their use has devastated countless lives and communities and created rampant crime. The corporate drug dealers didn’t need guns, just compliant doctors and lawyers, and none have gone to jail. In his Ithaca Times article, Chaisson noted that “incidence of crimes often associated with drug use - because addicts need cash - are up sharply” in Ithaca. “Property crimes like Burglary went from 50 in 2019 to 143 arrests last year, and Larceny went from 758 to 1019.” Meanwhile, treatment programs are prohibitively expensive for many, when available at all. Beyond our fear of violent crime, attention must turn to its causes, thus possible solutions.


as the nutrition and anti-racism-based curriculum continues to build in tandem with farm school infrastructure including a greenhouse, hoop house, chicken coop/ run, raised beds, outdoor learning pavilion, working orchard, sensory garden and scholar’s forest, plus garden beds.” Field trips to the farm create a natural bridge by which the children can gain a multicultural, multilingual perspective on what farming is: a community where all voices can be heard and where all backgrounds can be empowered, to embrace healthy food systems.” On the farm, the after school program and summer program children are given daily exposure to the great outdoors, as well as multicultural experiences like sushi-making and Japanese garden architecture, double-Dutch jump roping, West African cuisine, native plant and pollinator symbiosis study, indigenous basket weaving, so that working parents can feel secure that their children will be having lots of fun in a safe, healthy setting, connected to their community.” Recent emails from parents to Christa say things like: “I am so happy that my kiddos get to spend after school with you and your fantastic staff and other campers at your amazing location. Historically, both of my younger children take a long time to come out of their shells. It was a joy to see them so happy and comfortable at pick up. It really makes my heart feel so good and grateful as a parent. Thank you!” While programming has been piloted at Enfield Elementary School, the Learning Farm after school program will begin taking students K-12 from all schools in the Ithaca City School District, with bus transportation provided, beginning in 2022. The waiting list is open. Students in K-5 are guided and supported by counselors in training (high schoolers), and leaders in training (middle schoolers) who learn childcare, child development, leadership, group collaboration, safety and first aid. “The older students help create activities and teach the little ones. Their input and guidance are vital to the success of the program.”

As Ithacans, Enfielders and community members hear about the lively happenings, Christa is welcoming more local farmers, contractors, volunteers and observers. “Local farmers have visited our school and shared tips and insights they have garnered throughout sometimes a lifetime of farming, or several generations of ancestors working the land,” she said. “Contractors have dropped in to help build infrastructure large and small — raised beds and a greenhouse, sheep shed and farm animal pens. There’s nothing sweeter than to complete a project successfully together, having gained new skills and developed talents along the way with lots of help from others.” Woven throughout the joyous times are the issues that our little people will face increasingly as they come of age. Christa said: “Early on, we begin to lift the veil on how food is produced on huge industrial agri-business farms — how things are done when small farms go under and animals spend their entire lives in dark, dirty warehouses, separated at birth from their mothers…As equity is declining in America’s local food chain, we must be and are solution-oriented. It is our responsibility to do better. Our children are the leaders of the future. Together we plant in healthy ways, we care for our precious Earth and our neighbors. We learn to tread carefully in the natural world, trying to disturb as little as possible the miraculous ecosystem we depend upon. The choices we make today will determine our tomorrow and our tomorrow’s tomorrow. “As we live and learn, we share our growth with our partner school district, then New York State, the region and beyond. When young children are supported and empowered in their embrace of the natural world, we can rest more securely in the knowledge that we’ve done all we can to protect the environments in our care and ensure the natural regeneration of all that Nature so generously provides to us.” Stay tuned for a late winter announcement about an exciting guest coming to the Equitable and Edible Farm School.

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Vanderpool said some of the funding could go toward providing incentives to employees, paying for training courses and figuring out other ways to entice people to work at TCAT. He added that he’s still waiting for some details and clarification about how the money has to be used and in what time frame, and any other restrictions that may come along with federal funding, but said he’s already trying to think outside of the box for uses.

One area that he thinks could use some support is TCAT’s Human Resource Department. Vanderpool noted with everchanging COVID protocols, regulations, and employee shortages, HR has been dealing with a lot. “I want to concentrate on, as a general manager, how can we support our employees better? And HR is ground zero when it comes to supporting your employees,” he said. “Everyone should be putting more thought into that piece.”




wenty five years ago on November 17, 1996, officers from the Ithaca Police Department responded to a noise complaint at an apartment on West State Street. It was not the first time they had responded to calls regarding that residence, but it would be their last. Debbie Stagg resided there. She was an individual who had a serious psychiatric illness and had been hospitalized many times in the previous twenty years. Debbie’s illness was so severe that ten years earlier in the midst of a psychotic break, she performed a cesarean on herself with a penknife, delivering a healthy baby and then sewed herself up. That night in November, having stopped her medications weeks earlier, she again was psychotic. As the officers arrived, they tried a variety of approaches to calm her with the hope they would be able to enter her apartment and take her to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. Eventually, Investigator Mike Padula showed up to add his knowledge of her and assist in taking her into custody. After officers managed to enter the apartment, Debbie retreated into her bathroom. She had a long term fear of people breaking into her home and hurting her. Apparently this fear drove her to burst from her bathroom, knife in hand to inflict a mortal wound on Mike Padula. An officer at the scene then shot and killed Debbie. In the weeks and months after, the actions of that evening and events leading up to it were reviewed multiple times. As the supervisor of the county mental health clinic that Debbie attended, I was deeply involved in this process. At the time, there was no New York State law to mandate treatment for certain individuals with serious psychiatric illness. There is now. Debbie had refused treatment and claimed to be taking medication. The criteria for “Danger to Self or Others,” forcing her to be taken into custody had not been met prior to that night. After that event, the Mental Health Department became strong advocates for a change in the law. When it was passed, we were one of the first in the state to use it. The word most often used by officers at the scene was chaos. Imagine a small unkempt apartment filled with police officers while a screaming, cursing psychotic person overwhelms communication as various officers attempt to make contact or offer suggestions. As the review process went on, headed by Deputy Chief Randy Haas, one idea No ve m b e r

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appeared to emerge. The City and County needed a response that would have changed the outcome of November 17. The two lives lost were part of every discussion. A Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit and Critical Incident Negotiations Team (CINT) unit were planned. As Deputy Chief Haas and I wrote the original grants for funding these two additions to police/mental health services, some unique decisions were made. The SWAT team would be an interagency team including the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, so it could serve the larger community. The CINT team would also be interagency. It not only included members of other departments such as the State Police and Cornell, but also mental health professionals as part of the negotiating team. Myself, two other social workers, and a mental health nurse joined our law enforcement colleagues in the FBI basic and advanced hostage negotiation courses. We then began a heavy training schedule with the SWAT team to integrate our services in the most effective ways. I authored many of the training scenarios to include a variety of mental health and domestic abuse situations. One very important element of the training was an understanding of how the process works. A simple view is described this way: SWAT is an arm, CINT is an arm, Incident Command is the head. Law enforcement is para-military. The assigned officer in Incident Command is in charge. No actions are taken without his or her say so. Traditionally that officer is senior to others on the scene. Fully trained we began to respond to events. One of our first was a response to a domestic violence call that became a hostage taking. This became a common event. In this case, a domestic violence call came in, an officer responded, the man wouldn’t come out and he wouldn’t let his female partner leave. Incident Command had SWAT secure the scene. When we were certain no one was coming or going, the negotiations began, the incident was peacefully resolved. Over a decade, I was involved in approximately fifty incidents. Some small and brief, some large and long. One lasted 23 hours. The common element in all of these incidents was a lack of chaos. We had achieved our goal. A calm, reasoned approach prevailed and nobody died. Everyone knows the bad SWAT stories. There is no defense for bad and at times illegal behavior. When there is, it is a leadership problem. Good police departments have good leadership. As the time comes to review law enforcement in our community, it may be easy for some to come to the conclusion that SWAT is an unnecessary and intimidating part of policing. The national stories pollute our views and hinder our judgement. SWAT is a tool to be used judiciously in the most serious incidents. Having it rechristened as the

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IN THEIR WORDS Tenants, landlords, residents speak out on the Right to Renew legislation


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he Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC) decided to hold off on voting on amendments to local rental laws to give newcomer to the board Patrick Mehler more time to catch up on the issue. Mehler joined Common Council in October, filling the vacancy from Steve Smith’s resignation. Subsequently, Mehler assumes all of Smith’s duties, including his role on committees. With the entire month of October dedicated to working on the budget, Mehler said he didn’t yet feel comfortable voting on the legislation as he was still working to catch up. This legislation has been a consistent point of discussion at PEDC meetings since the summer. The amendments, as currently written, tackle a host of issues including the following: • Requiring landlords to return security deposits within 14 days of termination of tenancy or surrender of the premises (whichever occurs later), or to provide the tenant a written statement specifying the reasons for retention of the full or partial deposit 8  T

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• Requiring landlords to provide a minimum of 60 days written notice to current tenants of residential unit before a) renewing the current rental agreement b) showing the residential unit to prospective new tenants c) entering into a rental agreement with new tenants However, the portion of the legislation that has received the most attention from the public is Article IV: “Prohibition of Eviction Without Good Cause.” Often referred to as the Right to Renew, this section, in its essence, aims to prevent tenants from losing their homes. It not only prevents eviction without good cause, but it also requires landlords to offer lease renewals to tenants who are not in violation of any of the outlined “good causes.”

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nuisance in their housing accommodation or damaging the property either with malicious intent or negligence Occupancy of the unit is in violation of or causes a violation of law and the landlord is subject to civil or criminal penalties Tenant is using the unit for illegal purposes The tenant has unreasonably refused the landlord access to the housing accommodation for the purpose of making necessary repairs or improvements required by law or for the purpose of showing the unit to a prospective purchase, mortgagee, or other person having a legitimate interest The landlord seeks in good faith to use a unit in a building containing fewer than 12 units for personal use and occupancy for themselves or their partner, spouse, parent, child, stepchild, father-in-law, or mother-in-law when no other suitable unit in such a building is available The landlord seeks in good faith to recover any or all units in a building with less than five units to personally occupy as their principal residence

• When a tenant has refused to enter into a written lease with a landlord (subject to certain criteria being met by the landlord prior) According to PEDC Chair Seph Murtagh, the goal of the legislation is to fix the city’s issue with non-renewals. “Tenants are being told they’re losing their home, and in their perspective that’s no different than eviction,” he said. “This happens all the time in the city where properties are purchased with tenants living there and then those tenants’ leases are not renewed. It happens to people who have been living in their homes for decades, who have an attachment to that home and a sense of place.” Unsurprisingly, many tenants and landlords seem to be diametrically opposed on the issue, as evidenced by a more than hour-long public comment portion of the PEDC’s Nov. 10 meeting. Below, are soundbites from various tenants, landlords and residents. For full public comment, you can watch the PEDC meeting on the City of Ithaca Public Meetings YouTube page.



“This law is a good basis for moving forward, but some points need fixing. One problem peculiar to Ithaca is the crazy September/October hunting season for the following year. Nobody knows if their room will be warm in the winter. Nobody knows their plan for next year.”

“A lot of people who seem to be addressing this issue in favor of it are either people who are transient in our community or have nothing to do with landlording and renting. I think the voice of the landlords is really important because we’re local stakeholders, we’re part of the community. We’re invested literally and figuratively in the community and we’re here for the duration.”


“I’m a small landlord. Tenants and landlords have a symbiotic relationship. An ordinance should protect a tenant as well as a landlord. I use my rents to upgrade and maintain apartments and pay mortgage and particularly taxes.” MICAH BECK:

“Adult humans have the right to make promises to each other and then to uphold those promises. A lease is traditionally for a period of time and this is a good thing. Choosing to not renew a lease allows a relationship to die when it has gone sour, without the rancor of involving a court.”


“Earlier this year my landlord told me that if he could find a party large enough to rent the entire house in which my apartment resides, he would not renew my lease for the next year. Thankfully, he was not able to find such a party, but had he been able to do so I would have had to move which would have caused me time, effort and money. I can only imagine the burden that situation would have placed on an elderly person or a family with young children.”


“My stove hardly works, my fridge spoils my food, and there is no room for negotiation for me. And I know I’m putting myself at risk of non-renewal by even telling this story. This shitty little apartment is my home. I have plants, I have pets, and I feel relatively safe in this building — most people do not even have what I have. People need stable homes.”


“The actual outcome of this law will fail to achieve the desired objectives. Finding new renters and turning over apartments often take a large amount of landlords’ time and other resources. It’s expensive to place new tenants, therefore we do everything we can to keep our renters happy.”

to leave. My lease is not being renewed. No cause is being presented, no conversation, no discussion, no negotiation. Just a landlord seemingly itching to redo the kitchen. After four years of being a great tenant, no cause. Given 40 days to vacate, in Ithaca in the fall, mind you, when finding new housing is almost impossible.”


“I’m a long-term renter in Ithaca. I’m very much part of the community. Not owning property doesn’t mean you’re transient or not part of the community. I would like to say that housing is a human right and housing justice must be a key priority for a city that truly desires to realize its progressive and equity-focused ideals.”

“This legislation stifles competition for property owners, creates barriers for new owners to enter the market and does not promote quality housing. This will push out smaller property owners and encourage corporations to buy up the local housing stock. Instead of having a working class individual providing housing, it’ll be a corporation. Tenants will be another name in the computer and another rent check received.”



“Renters are the lifeblood of Ithaca, there is no Ithaca without us. We’re tired of consistently being spoken over, and saying that high tenant turnover frees up housing for others is ridiculously cynical [...] This is not an anti-landlord bill, this is a pro-tenant protection bill. If you’re a landlord who treats people fairly, this bill will not affect you in the slightest.”

“The right to renew in the September version of the bill is a moderate and sensible measure, and this committee has an obligation to the people of Ithaca to forward it to the full council. It doesn’t seek to prevent property owners from removing a tenant who poses a legitimate threat to their ability to have a profitable rental business, it simply establishes the requirement that landlords use the criteria that are already established in state law to justify removal. It’s hardly an undue burden.”



“The idea that tenants who are in favor of a strong right to renew are somehow carpetbaggers is bizarre and offensive and false. I wanted to be calm about this but honestly some of the things people are saying are so ridiculous. Frankly, the arguments against the right to renew are shockingly, embarrassingly bad. This is a very conservative argument that people make against having a minimum wage. If you don’t like working for peanuts, just go get another job. If your landlord or housing situation is bad, go get a better one. I don’t know if people are shockingly privileged and out of touch, or people know these arguments are ridiculous and they’re just making them in bad faith because they have a vested material financial interest, but I think it’s quite clear who has the moral high ground here.”


“In August, in the midst of a pandemic, I get an email out of the blue that informs me in cold and legal language that I have 90 days

landlords who are coming and saying ‘Oh I always offer lease renewals, I’m a good landlord, I don’t raise my rent too much,’ et cetera et cetera. Then great, keep doing that, you’re going to see zero effect to your business because of this law.”

“The reality is this proposal is mislabeled as eviction control when it’s really a rent control and a violation of personal property rights. Non-renewal does have a legal definition, this is not based on feelings but facts.”


“I’m angry about this ordinance. I feel this ordinance is hypocritical and misleading of the committee and council at best. I find the title of Good Cause Eviction or Prohibition of Eviction Without Good Cause is misleading, as it’s not about eviction but about non-renewal. Non-renewal is not eviction. This is about rent control and the punishment of homeowners by removing their rights.”


“The Right to Renew legislation is intended to shift the burden of proof from the tenant, showing why they deserve a lease renewal, to the landlord, to show why there’s good cause to evict that tenant. The process ensures the landlord cannot remove tenants outside of the judicial process, and in particular for discriminatory reasons.”


“The law would largely improve housing stability in the city, and in particular, stop or highly curb this non-renewal as a way of displacing, in particular, more marginalized people. Poor folks without a lot of other housing options, we know this affects Black and brown people more often, we know it affects people who don’t speak English as a first language more heavily and disabled folks.”


“A lot of landlords are coming and telling stories of horror story tenants who are harassing or intimidating or damaging the property and I mean, you guys know, you’ve read the law, those are still valid reasons to evict. And I think a lot of landlords, if it’s that dangerous, would evict immediately, rather than waiting until the end of a lease for a non-renewal. There’s also a lot of No ve m b e r

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The Game Ball By Ste ve L aw re nc e


sports story — any story, for that matter — needs “a good set of bones.” In some stories, the bones consist of a great game, a great rivalry, or great athletic ability. This story’s bones are made of one guy’s refusal to quit, no matter how many times he got blindsided — not by a blitzing linebacker, but by life. The subject of this story is LaVerne Allen “Stub” Snyder. Stub died a few days ago at age 67, and our shared story goes back 55 years — to 1966 — when I was a pitcher in the Owego Little League and Stub was my catcher. I once ran in to cover home after one of my pitches found its way to the backstop, and Stub went after it — sliding hard into the backstop. He flipped the ball to me, I walked back out to the mound and turned around to face the next batter. Imagine my surprise when I saw that my catcher was not behind the plate. He was still at the backstop, his foot stuck in the fence, trying frantically to free himself like a coyote in a trap. He liked to tell that story.

I already miss the dozen phone calls in Owego, I realized that his stint as a and two letters per week I received for the Manager/Gofer/Waterboy/Towel Boy for better part of 35 years. Stub would call me the Cornell football team in the late 1980s from the group home — or, sometimes, makes for just the type of story I love to 607-277-7000 x220 the hospital, where he went many to write. regain his emotional balance after yet anIn 1988, Stub had recently moved from Newspaper: other mental health crisis — and he would Owego to a group home in Ithaca, and I say, “Hey, I have a sports story for you!” I had been hustling to help him navigate the would ask who the subject might be, and mental health care system, find a job and he would reply, “Me! We went bowling make social connections. Having worked yesterday!” for Cornell Athletics for many years, I Stub wasn’t much of a bowler, and his called in a few favors and my friends in baseball days ended with Little League, the football program carved out a spot for so his story ideas never made their way Stub as the Team Manager. He was in awe into print. However, when I looked at the — of the stadium, of the players, of the fact sad faces of those gathered at his funeral that he would interact daily with past and

future NFL players... The other managers made him feel like one of the gang, as did the athletic trainers and equipment managers. When the Client: team won the Ivy League Co-Championship in 1988, they gave Stub a game ball. It was a high point in his life. The year after that, a new coach came in. He didn’t really understand Stub’s role there and he had his own program to build, so Stub’s time with the team came to an end. For the next 32 years, he called the training room often — sometimes

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Vital for Life

by Betsy Schermerhorn Director, Marketing and Admissions

NUTRITION FOR OLDER ADULTS Good nutrition is essential, no matter what our age. However, it is even more necessary for older adults because as they age, their bodies change and so do their dietary needs. Some changes can make it more challenging for seniors to eat healthily. A change in home life, such as suddenly living alone, certain prescription medications, a loss of income, diminishing sense of smell and taste, and chewing and swallowing issues can all lead to nutritional deficiency. Older adults also require more essential vitamins and minerals to help maintain overall health, so a diet high in foods with lots of nutrients without the calories, such as fruits and vegetables, whole

grains, low-fat dairy, seafood, lean meats, and nuts, is preferable. If you have started to lose your appetite, exercising may help you feel hungrier. It’s also important to drink enough liquids so you don’t get dehydrated. Some people lose their sense of thirst as they age, and certain mediations might make it even more important to have plenty of fluids. 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 P.S. Aging adults should speak with their healthcare providers if they are experiencing weight loss and other problems. 2230 N. Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 14850-6513

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Ithaca YMCA moves forward with new director search By Robe r t Riege r


he Board of Directors of the Ithaca YMCA has commenced its search for a new Chief Executive Officer after the current CEO, Frank Towner, announced his retirement effective Jan. 7, 2022. According to Ryan Weese, board president, the Ithaca Y just completed a community survey to gather input that will inform the job description and position direction. “The survey will help us know what to look for in our next CEO,” said Weese. “We engaged current board, staff, Y members and leaders in the community.” While the local Y’s board will ultimately select the next leader, the national

Frank Towner CEO of YMCA Ithaca

YMCA organization and state alliance also get involved to help guide the search and manage the transition process. Weese expects the board to review the community input then finalize the position description for the nationwide search, which would likely be in full swing in early January. “We’re looking for strong candidates,” he said. “We don’t want to rush someone in just for the sake of filling the role.” The Y is fully open with a full slate of aquatics, health and wellness classes, afterschool programs, and gym and exercise facilities.

Because of the gap between hiring and Towner’s retirement, an interim leader, such as from another area Y or a retired CEO, will likely step in, spending a few days per week in the Ithaca facility. Currently the Ithaca YMCA has a staff of 52 and just under 1,800 members. According to Towner, the proposed budget for 2022 is $1.267 million. Before the COVID pandemic, staffing level reached 141, with 3,540 members and a budget of just under $2 million. Weese expects no changes during the transition period. “The Y will continue to develop programming in collaboration with our strategic partners, provide working families with reliable school age childcare, and develop the Y facilities,” Weese wrote in a press release. Weese thanked Towner for his leadership in maintaining the Y’s long legacy as a community resource. “Anyone who knows Frank, knows that his energy lifts the spirits of members and staff,” said Weese. “He’s always had a ‘how can we serve’ mentality.” Towner volunteered at the Ithaca Y before starting as a program director in 1995. He served in various leadership roles until assuming the CEO position in 2011. During his tenure, he has helped build community collaborations, including a recently announced partnership with Cayuga Medical Center. The Ithaca Y facilities on North Triphammer Road have been expanded and upgraded, including the addition of training and nutrition centers. An Outdoor Education Center on

Mecklenburg Road was launched, which now offers programs such as archery and a summer camp. During the pandemic, Towner helped launch a community food hub which continues to serve over 200 people a week. Towner sees the YMCA as a unique and historic organization that can respond to community needs under the three pillars: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. It started in England in 1844, came to the USA in 1852, and was launched in Ithaca in 1868. “The local Y is an independent organization that has touched the lives of many over 150 years, becoming a fabric in the community,” said Towner. He describes his management philosophy in three ways: Surround yourself with people who are more intelligent in areas that you are not; find people who are creative; and, once you hire a person to do something, get out of the way and allow them to be the leader. Towner, who lives in Lansing with his wife Melanie, plans to spend more time with his family, including his three children (Clement, Thomas, and Cassidy) and two grandchildren. He describes his next phase as “semi-retirement,” as he will work as a bus driver and substitute teacher in Lansing schools. “I’m pulling back on the reins. Let somebody else ride,” he joked. “We will miss his energy and great knowledge of our community, but we will also have an opportunity to consider and respond to what the new normal looks like,” said Weese.



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daily — and trainers Bernie DePalma and Linda Hoisington remained loyal friends until the end. Linda sent letters to Stub, brought him care packages after he moved into a nursing home last year, and was as true a friend as he had ever known. Equipment guy Doug Vorhis — along with retired coaches Pete Noyes and Richie Moran — kept an eye on Stub for three decades, gave him rides when possible, and were a part of our lunch gang as often as they could be. As the years passed — and Stub’s emotional challenges increased, and his body grew weary from a half-century of

medication adjustments — he told anyone who would listen about his experience with Cornell Football. He did so with great fondness and pride, and while those of us — Richie, Bernie, Linda, Doug and I — who received letters from Stub twice a week for many years could not read a single word, we will miss getting them. He thought I was fortunate to interview Super Bowl champs, Stanley Cup MVPs and U.S. Olympians, and he understood why their stories superseded his in finding their way into my column. Not this week. It’s all about you, Stub. You were one tough hombre.

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Pfizer vaccination clinic for youth scheduled for Nov. 19


vaccination clinic for children ages 5 to 11 years old will take place this week on Friday, Nov. 19 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ithaca Mall Vaccination Site (40 Catherwood Road, Ithaca). The registration link for this week’s clinic is below and available on the Tompkins County Health Department website (

BF27771602CEE0530A6C7C15E8A6). A second dose clinic will be held on Friday Dec. 10.

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Crisis Response Team (CRT), might be a good beginning. Also understanding that the large vehicle used is not military grade, but essentially a fancy RV set up as a communications center for the three parts of an incident response. The last year has found our safe little community in the midst of a minor epidemic of gun crime. Rolling gun fights have taken place in the City of Ithaca and Town of Lansing. Recently, the Village of Cayuga Heights was locked down due to an armed fugitive. There is an increasing likelihood that an armed person will be pinned down by the police in a car or building during the course of a crime. The life of that person is as important as others who may be at risk due to his actions. At that time, order rather than chaos needs to prevail. We currently have the means to achieve that. Let’s not let that go. Terence Garahan, retired Clinical Social Worker and former Ithaca College Faculty member


Victoria Romanoff ’s exhibit in T’burg shows off decades of artwork.


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t is a rarity for an area art gallery to mount a retrospective exhibition of museum-quality artwork by a local artist — much less one covering six decades. Such is currently the case at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA). Running through Nov. 28, “Romanoff Redux” offers visitors a deep plunge into the art of Ithaca legend (and Trumansburg resident) Victoria Romanoff. Best known for her historical preservation work, Romanoff is also a trained and ambitious visual artist. While her architectural restorations demand fealty to tradition, her personal artworks are imbued with the anarchic spirit of modern art. There are more than 50 pieces here: satirical drawings, vintage protest posters, painted paper mosaics, and assemblage sculptures. The artist’s mature sensibility emerged early. Rather than showing a linear development, she returns cyclically to established approaches. Architectural themes pervade her art. The 1851 Greek Revival building that houses the TCFA was formerly a Baptist church. The structure – a rustic wooden approximation of a Greek temple – offers a welcome physical

context for appreciating Romanoff ’s sensibility. While the artist’s approach to the classical tradition is sometimes explicitly satirical and always playful, an appreciation is also clear. And while the imperialistic associations that that tradition has accrued might seem off-putting to the unabashedly anti-war artist, here they more immediately recall the small town civic pride of times past. Framed drawings and mosaics fill much of the perimeter of the Conservatory’s enormous main room — thoughtfully punctuated by freestanding and wall-mounted sculpture. Five pencil drawings from 1962 are the oldest pieces here. Recalling the conflation of abstraction and caricature found in the work of Picasso and George Grosz, densely wrought pieces like “Theatrical setting for a battle” and “Departure from an overstimulating community” set her sensibility at its most caustic. Much of her two-dimensional work here takes a more lyrical, formal approach. Romanoff ’s paper mosaic technique involves assembling pieces — often fragments of existing work — into compositions where they fit together puzzle-like, without overlap. Recalling the so-called formalist abstraction of the mid-20th century, flatly painted and sprayed areas of acrylic are emphasized in some works. In others, a brushier approach, recalling the neo-Expressionism of the ‘80s, predominates. The former leaning encourages a “purer” abstraction, juxtaposing areas of diverse, highkey color with darker and more neutral foils. The approach is most concentrated in a set of

four 2004 pieces occupying a corner behind the TCFA’s stage. “Starting a revolution demands proper attire” displays an appropriately chic radicalism. Two vaguely figural standing forms in bright red and magenta front areas of thin olive, orange cream, gray blue, milk chocolate brown, and white. Sprayed, flat, and brushed textures intertwine. Eight overscaled, unframed paper mosaics reengage Romanoff ’s political and war themes. They date to 2002 and reflect her impassioned protest against the renewed American militarism of the time. More deeply, however, they recall her early childhood experience as a refugee from World War II Europe. Four of these, hung towards the other back corner, reflect the destruction and dispossession experienced by the various peoples of Europe. “Night of the soul-lifting stars” and “Night of a billion shards” capture the hope and horror of the Jews, seen in symbolbedecked skies. Three additional pieces from the same series hang behind the balcony seating. “WW1 warrior capitulates” and “The uniformed enthusiastically endorse” mock the grand spectacle of war. An aerial, apocalyptic view of contemporary-looking cityscape, “The harvesting of the industrial-military complex” is particularly haunting. Developed as a fine art technique by the early 20th-century avant-garde, assemblage — an outgrowth of collage — merges abstract form with fragments of the everyday. Assembling wood and sometimes metal scraps, Romanoff constructs memorable comic-absurdist furniture. A 1966 piece, “Babylon prior to urban renewal” is large and sprawling, resembling a child’s miniature stage set. Knobby towers, elaborate staircases and entryways, miniature fences of nails and wire, details in wan white paint, haphazard supports in back — this the artist at her most ludic. In contrast, her later sculpture here is more compact, often taking totemic forms and emphasizing the vertical. “Sarah Bernhardt debates method acting with Eleanore Duse” (1986) and “Controversial aspirations” (2015) have been mounted on mock-Doric columns that echo those along the TCFA’s front façade. Like Ithaca’s Community School of Music and Arts, the TCFA more commonly deals in “inclusive,” unfocused group shows. It’s surely necessary fodder for a community arts school of this sort. Still, Ithaca and Trumansburg alike have more than their fair share of artists that can fairly be called masters: ones that have created bodies of deeply compelling works stretching back decades. Local galleries ought to emphasize their contributions more often.

Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts has upcoming gallery hours for “Romanoff Redux” on November 19, 21, 27, and 28. The show, free and open to the public, can be seen between noon and 4 p.m.

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Seasons of change

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n 1996 –– a hundred years after Puccini’s “La Bohème” chronicled a Parisian demimonde of impoverished artists –– Jonathan Larson’s “RENT” did the same for struggling East Village artists and rebels. His musical, which won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer for Drama, struck a nerve and defined an era –– one in which the creative community was decimated by AIDS. Our own pandemic, equally global, equally deadly, makes Ithaca College Theatre’s choice to stage “RENT” painfully apt. Under Cynthia Henderson’s inspired direction, this powerhouse production, featuring 22 talented young actors and over 40 songs, is a tsunami of stagecraft and emotion. The world of these bohemians, squatters in an unheated building, is marked by drugs and disease, homelessness and prostitution, anger and despair. But it’s also fueled by creative dreams –– Mark (Tristan Tierney) is inseparable from his movie camera; Roger (Hunter Kovacs) tries to pick out “just one good song” on his old Fender. The downbeat of their lives is countered by their vibrant camaraderie and friendship, a community that includes Tom (Anthony Garcia) and his drag queen lover, Angel (Michael Marrero); and Mark’s former girlfriend, the performance artist Maureen (Amanda Xander) and her new lover, Joanne (Alaysia Duncan). And of course, there’s Mimi (Sierra Martinez),


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assertive and seductive, a far cry from Puccini’s fading flower. The fellowship extends to all the others in the neighborhood living marginally, eluding cops, barely imagining something better. This swell of humanity is fascinatingly diverse and yet familiar (thanks to casting and to costumer Nicole Brooks, one of four seniors who designed the show). The denizens of the Lower East Side swarm over the levels of Olivya Deluca’s rundown set, metal scaffolding over boarded-up windows and endless graffiti. The six-man band, conducted by Chris Zemliauskas, lurks in the rear, sounding the heartbeat. All the action (Daniel Gwirtzman, choreography) is unforgettably rendered in a succession of striking stage pictures, of couples, trios, or the entire ensemble. The most memorable, and comical, is a long feasting table with everyone gathered around, echoing Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”; the most moving are the continuously breathtaking washes and cones of light by designer Kyle Stamm. Henderson keeps the layered story moving briskly and the actors’ delivery is fully committed. Xander’s Maureen creates street theatre to protest their eviction by their once-comrade Benjamin (Neftali Benitez); her cow-poem performance is superb comic parody. As lesbian lovers, Xander and Duncan spar incessantly. Martinez’s Mimi is as tough as Tierney’s Mark is sensitive, both equally driven by what they desire. An otherworldly element comes from Angel, the drag queen whose gentle wisdom calms their conflicts. Lean and towering in little-girl dresses, Marrero gracefully steals everyone’s heart. All the bickering and break-ups are mended by the music, from the rousing “La Vie Bohème” to the tender “I’ll Cover You” and the nostalgic “Seasons of Love,” registering a year’s passing. When the HIV support group sings “Will I Lose My Dignity,” the anguish is palpable, and the memory of those we lost to AIDS conflates with the sharpness of those we’ve lost recently –– an eloquent moment in a remarkable production.

Ithaca College “RENT,” book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson; directed by Cynthia Henderson. Ithaca College’s Hoerner

At Cornell, similar themes of time passing, loves won and lost, and the imminence of death appear in the comical drama, “Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England,” by playwright Madeleine George ’96, as directed by Samuel Blake. In a small liberal arts college, somewhere in New England, dean Cynthia Wreen (Samantha Noland), has to defend the decision to tear down the tired but cherished natural history museum on campus to make way for a spa-like dormitory. As both students and townspeople protest, Wreen also faces upheaval at home. Her new-age lover, Andromedea (Yue Aki Ji), 20 years her junior, is among the protestors, and her old friend, the love of her own youth, philosophy professor Greer (Kit Ellsworth), has moved in with them at Wreen’s insistence –– Greer being weakened by a relapse of her stage IV breast cancer. Greer is grounded and sensible, a touchstone of normality. Wreen, consumed by her work, is turning into a pragmatic administrator who can justify any collateral damage. (She proposes giving the museum’s mammoth skeletons away to local businesses…to display and decorate.) Andromeda is pure-hearted but excessively childlike, enthusiastically sharing spiritual truisms and rituals that the older women can’t relate to. (One gets the gist; unfortunately, fewer than half of her rapidly delivered speeches were decipherable.) Both the dean and her young lover are critiqued here as types, yet we’re also asked to invest in them. Another concern is that the script details every encounter to its fullest, stretching the production out to nearly three hours. Judicious cutting would pick up the pace and leave something to the imagination. The simple setting, by Jason Simms, includes an old museum room with a natural history diorama, flanked by glass cases displaying random stuffed animals. And it’s this space that offers comic relief, which comes in two forms: the elderly museum caretaker (Trence Wilson-Gillem), who somberly reads aloud passages from the local newspaper, and the surreal element of four early humans in skins and wild wigs, who first appear inside the diorama, and then pop up elsewhere. They pose motionless, as in a display case, in the midst of skinning animals or grinding corn –– meanwhile conversing in contemporary speech on ordinary concerns, like relationships and drugs and money. It’s a fresh and amusing device in a play exploring, in Andromeda’s words, “alternative kinship structures.”

Cornell “Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England,” by Madeleine George, directed by Samuel Blake. At Cornell’s Flex Theatre, Nov 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Barbara Adams, a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College.

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Looking back on tragedy

The new documentary ‘Attica’ reflects on the 1971 prison uprising that left more than 40 dead. By D av id Bura k

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“Just because we were prisoners didn’t mean we were less than human.”

-Daniel Sheppherd, former Attica inmate


he impacts of a tragedy like that which took place at the Attica Correctional Facility remain significant 50 years after the uprising and slaughter that ensued. The causal factors for the actions of both the State Troopers and the revolting inmates continue to merit substantial analytical attention if we are to avoid future eruptions of violence within the penal system and beyond. Let me introduce some of the assessments and information presented in the extraordinary documentary, “Attica,” directed and produced by Stanley Nelson. Additional

background facts were provided by dedicated historian Heather Ann Thompson, author of “Blood in the Water,” (2016) will help in contextualizing this ongoing quest for deeper understandings. Nelson introduces several high-intensity individuals who describe the dehumanizing situations which they endured as inmates at the Attica maximum security facility. One problem which contributed to their sense of being mistreated was that their allotments for toilet paper permitted them to get only one roll per month. This necessitated the tearing of each “sheet” in half, and even then, as the end of the month approached, they’d have to use pages from books in their cells or clean themselves manually.


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Keep in mind that this prison population was fairly youthful. Thompson describes the Attica prisoners as, for the most part, “young, urban, undereducated and African American or Puerto Rican.” Also, she notes that more than two-thirds of them had been incarcerated prior to their terms in Attica. To add to the difficulties, the guards rarely spoke to the inmates. Rather, they conveyed their commands (like “walk” and “stop”) by hitting the floor or the cell bars with their batons. In addition, mail was often delayed and bedsheets were not cleaned regularly. While any one of these things, on its own, may not seem of great consequence, when combined with substandard levels of nutrition and periods of significant heat or bone chilling cold, we can deduce that the situation was volatile. Also, in the closing phase of the seige, when some of the inmates pressed knife blades against the guard-hostages’ throats — a move described as a “bluff ” by one of the former prisoners interviewed in the film, one can see how those men in the yard could be perceived by the men with guns as “barbarians,” even though this wasn’t the case. “Attica is the ghost that has never stopped haunting its survivors, including both the inmates and the families of the deceased guards and prison personnel,” it’s written in “A Time For Truth,” a report issued by an advocacy group, the Forgotten Victims Of Attica. Eventually, state authorities agreed to pay $20 million to the traumatized families of the hostages; Dee Quinn Miller, daughter of William Quinn, the guard who had been brutally beaten in the initial stage of the uprising (and died a few days thereafter) said “the victory felt hollow.” There’d been no official admission of culpability on the part of the state, and there was an ongoing coverup of what had taken place. Quinn-Miller, interviewed several times in the film, as well as in Thompson’s book, isn’t, by any means, the only significant individual to raise substantive questions about the mode of operation of officials of the state. Mary Valone, whose father, Carl, was one of the hostages killed when Troopers reclaimed D-Yard , said in the course of an interview that, in an earlier meeting between hostage’s family

members and prison officials, she and her cohorts felt that the officials “dismissed their concerns.” On another note, the judge, Michael Telesca, responsible for deliberations regarding the class action suit by Attica inmates, was glad that the state agreed to provide a settlement of $12 million. In a break with precedent, Telesca invited all the plaintiffs to come to his courtroom and describe what had happened to them. The judge later declared, “It was the most fulfilling thing I ever did.” The judge also noted that out of the many former inmates who spoke to him, the one who “impressed him most profoundly” was Frank “Big Black” Smith, who was tortured in a very disturbing way in a scene near the end of the documentary. One of the cognitive jolts that filmmaker Nelson’s film provides takes place in the aftermath of the Troopers retaking control. A news report notes that all the hostages had been killed, and the official police report is cited as the source. The cause of death is stated as slit throats. Then, on the next day, and in the following scene, we see the local coroner stating to newsmen that none of the hostages had their throats cut. The cause of death for all of them was high-caliber bullets, which were found in their upper body. In any case, let me close, at least for now, with a comment from Mike Rotkin, who was an Ithaca activist who once invited me for dinner at his apartment, where three of the guests included Cesar Chavez and two other organizers for the United Farm Workers. “There have been a lot of changes in the California prison since Attica, including, most notably, a citizen initiative that responded to [California’s] overcrowded prisons by releasing many non-violent inmates early, usually on probation.” Rotkin notes that the program has been, for the most part, successful. He served as Mayor of Santa Cruz for many years, and continues to teach in the Community Service Education program at UCSC.

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s a Canadian guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Sue Foley has been playing blues music for more than 30 years. It was in 1990, she first arrived in Austin to record with Clifford Antone’s label, and went on to release two other albums: Young Girl Blue in 1992, and Big City Blues in 1995. By 2000, Foley had returned to her native land of Canada, where her solo and collaborative music seemed to have kept pace, including the releases of Love Comin’ Down (2002) and New Used Car (2006). But, this Canadian blues guitarist at last returned to Austin in 2016, and she recorded The Ice Queen here. This latest album was released just this past March. Her music has earned awards along the way, including a Juno (for best album) and a record-breaking 17 Maple Blues Awards. And Foley has earned three Trophees de Blues de France Foley has played with Koko Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lucinda Williams as well as BB King, and has performed around the world. She is currently on tour now in the New York area in support of her recently released new album titled Pinky’s Blues, and in this interview the Ithaca Times interviewed Foley about the new CD and her life in blues music.

Ithaca Times: According to one interview I came across, you were 13 when you began to compose music. Talk about what drew you to write songs and what was the first song you wrote? Sue Foley: I started writing songs right away when I first started touring. I was gigging a lot and at that time we would play sometimes three hours a night, six nights a week and that required a lot of material. So basically I used to make stuff up on the spot. That was the first experience I had with writing music, and that was done out of necessity. And it’s very easy to write blues songs for the most part, because it’s a very simple form. It’s basically two lines repeated, and then there’s a third line. So you’ll really only have to write two lines for a verse. So I was able to do that pretty easily and sometimes right on the spot. And then later on, I got interested in actually learning the craft, but that was years later. IT: When you moved to Austin, Texas, it was clear music was a large part of the city, but tell us who had influence on you when it came to your playing? continued on page 18

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SF: When I moved to Austin, I was enamored with the whole local scene. There were just so many good musicians, especially all the ones hanging around Anton’s Nightclub. People like Derek O’Brien, Denny Freeman, Lou Ann Barton, Angela Strehli. They were just part of the local scene, but it was also legends like Jim Yvon and people like Junior Brown, and then all the blues legends that came through the club. So they all had a huge impact on my playing.

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IT: Who do you feel influenced your blues music the most as a guitarist and who influenced your singing style? SF: As a guitarist, I could name you dozens who’ve influenced me. From BB King to Jimmy Vaughn, to Memphis Minnie, to Mabel Carter, to Charro even. But my very favorite guitar player was one of the more obscure guys out of Chicago named Earl Hooker. And Earl Hooker was really well known around Chicago in the sixties and he recorded several albums. He recorded a lot of instrumental pieces, which I love. But he just was really diverse in his approach to music in general. He could play country, he could play blues, he could play funk and he had this lyrical way about his playing. And I loved his tone. His tone was a little more fine and thin, but very expressive. And he was very creative in the way he phrased and just his musical ideas. He just seemed very inspired. So I love Earl Hooker as a guitar player. He’d probably be my number one. But seriously, I could name a dozen right off the top of my head who’ve also had a huge influence on me. Vocally, I was really influenced by T-bone Walker, believe it or not. Because I just love T-bone Walker’s vocals. He’s got this rich, smooth, low key, conversational way of singing and talking at the same time. It just draws you in. But I also, for my vocal sound, I think you might hear some Memphis Minnie. She’s a little edgier and as far as being a woman, she doesn’t sing very feminine. If that makes sense. She sings with a harder edge to her sound and I always appreciated that. And I definitely got a lot from Memphis Minnie. My other very favorite vocalist is probably Bessie Smith. I consider her the greatest vocalist in blues ever. I just adore Bessie Smith. She’s super special. IT: Talk about your new record, Pinky’s Blues. What was the creative songwriting process like for you? SF: On Pinky’s Blues, I wasn’t too concerned about the songwriting process. Basically, I used a lot of cover songs in

this album and they are inspired cover songs. They’re songs that I’ve always loved and I’ve always wanted to record or play. And then I peppered it with my own things. For instance, Dallas Man is written because of my infatuation with so many guitarists from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And that means Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Vaughan to Blind Lemon Jefferson to T-bone Walker or to Freddy King, you name it. It’s just such a great area for guitar, so I got very inspired by that. The other songs on the album, Pinky’s Blues, specifically the title track, that was just an instrumental. And that’s a very traditional form that I just sort of dug my teeth into. It’s a well-known blues style in the key of D that I’ve actually been playing a lot in my whole career, so I just reworked it. And Hurricane Girl was just a fun song I wrote about a woman who wants to destruct or create destruction all around her. So that was just fun. And that was also written with a musical foundation that was very traditional blues in the vein of Elmore James. IT: The track, Hurricane Girl is an artful song. How did you come to write it? SF: Hurricane Girl was just a fun song I wrote after an actual hurricane in 2014 that hit Austin. I forget the name of the hurricane, but we get hurricanes up the gulf coast a few times a year and some get really bad. And I just thought it was an interesting metaphor for destruction in calling somebody a hurricane girl, that there might be a woman who, or a man for that matter, it could go both ways. But in this case it’s a woman, but a woman who wants to just be really destructive or she’s just wild and crazy and she’s going to go into her man’s life and just give him everything she’s got, I guess, and act real crazy and destroy everything in her midst. IT: What is the one question you have not been asked about your music that you want answered for your fans? SF: I really don’t know how to answer that. I try to be pretty open about what I do and I try to connect with my fans a lot on my social media. And I also have a Patreon that I connect with people on a more personal and deep level. I talk a lot about how I play, how I approach the guitar. I give a lot of background information on just behind the scenes and what we do, but I’m very active on social media. I feel like I answer a lot of things for my fans. If they have anything they want answered, I’m usually right on it. So I think I’m up to date on everything. This interview was shortened for length.


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Bones East Christmas Concert | 1 p.m. | United Presbyterian Church, 25 Court St, Cortland

Pianist Nicholas Hrynyk Returns to “History’s Hometown” | 2 p.m. | Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn

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Bassoon Studio Recital at Ford Hall | 7 p.m.| Ithaca College Martha Guth Voice Studio Recital at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 8:15 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College

Purple Valley | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Brewery, 1771 Dryden Road | Free Dirty Blanket with James VanDeuson & the Rollin’ Rust and Roger Decker | 6 p.m.| Rose Hall, 19 Church Street, Cortland

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Dream and Little Dream Cabaret | 7:30 p.m., 11/19 Friday | Center for the Arts of Homer | With all that the arts industry has been through due to the pandemic, some of CNYs favorite performers wanted to remember their dreams and celebrate the return to live theatre. Rasanubhuti: Mohiniattam with the Sakhyam Group | 8 p.m., 11/19 Friday | Sage Chapel, Ho Plaza | Join us at Sage Chapel at 8:00 PM EST on Friday, November 19, as we experience Mohiniattam, the dance of Kerala, performed by the Sakhyam Group (Divya Shanker, Arathi Remesh, Sarita Warrier, and Suja Pillai). | Free

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11/24 Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve feat. The Ende Brothers | 5 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road Concerts/Recitals

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The Gallery at South Hill exhibit by Sidney Piburn | 5 p.m., 11/19 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


Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street | Vonnegut, who once described his years at Cornell as “a boozy dream,” authorized production of this documentary in the early 1980’s. This Friday it is finally being released, nearly 40 years in the making. (Photo: IMDb)

215 N Cayuga St | The third in a hands-on three-part workshop series with book artist Laura Rowley of Illuminated Press. Craft a substantial book with the Link Stitch binding. Some bookbinding experience recommended. All materials provided; tools available for use. | $45.00 Adult Book Club | 7 p.m., 11/22 Monday | Watkins Glen Library, 610 S. Decatur Street | Virtual Teen Writing Workshop | 4:30 p.m., 11/23 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

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Film 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. 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 The American Sector shown w/the short film Civil War Surveillance Poems, Pt 1 | 7 p.m., 11/18 Thursday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | or 18 months directors Stephens and Velez criss-crossed the United States chasing down over sixty remnants of the Berlin Wall, along the way interviewing a cross-section of the nation. These relics of the Cold War become a window into 21st century America. Belfast | 11/18 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | A young boy

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and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s. The Rescue | 7 p.m., 11/19 Friday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | When 12 young soccer players and their coach were trapped by monsoon floods inside a cave in Thailand, the world watched for 16 days as reporters gave updates from outside the rescue zone. Includes never-before-seen footage. Playing again on Sunday, November 21 at 4:30pm North by Northwest | 9:20 p.m., 11/19 Friday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | Cary Grant plays an advertising executive kidnapped in the middle of a client meeting at the Plaza Hotel, and plunged into a series of improbable and, for the audience, highly enjoyable adventures. Playing again on Sunday, November 21 at 7pm Hive | 11/19 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Based on the true story of women in a patriarchal village, who live with fading hope and burgeoning grief since their husbands went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for their struggling families, they launch a business selling a local food product. Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time | 11/19 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | The life and insights of author Kurt Vonnegut, whose works

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are still in print years after his death in 2007. Includes footage from over 33 years of interviews from the author and those close to him. Classic Movies at The State: Planes, Trains & Automobiles | 7 p.m., 11/20 Saturday | State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 West State St | A Chicago advertising man must struggle to travel home from New York for Thanksgiving, with a lovable oaf of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. FREE! | Free The French Dispatch | 11/20 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | The latest film from Wes Anderson. Ponyo | 2 p.m., 11/21 Sunday | Cornell Cinema, 136 Ho Plaza | Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Ponyo is an adorable, yet unnerving odyssey of a half-human, half-fish daughter of a sea wizard who longs to live closer to the humans on land. Recommended for ages 5+.

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Books STEAM Book Club: Each Tiny Spark | 3:45 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | YA Book Club | 4:30 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry & Oprah Winfrey BOOK DISCUSSION | 6 p.m., 11/18 Thursday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street, Homer | Whether we work with children who might have been traumatized, whether we are dealing with our own trauma, or whether we are just living through the Covid pandemic and the resulting trauma that 4 Seasons Book Club Discussion “The Promise” by Damon Galgut | 6:30 p.m., 11/18 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Nov. 18-29: Spring Writes Literary Festival (Virtual and in November!) | Virtual | Let’s get Immersed in Verse! Bookbinding Workshop | 3 p.m., 11/20 Saturday | Buffalo Street Books,

Family Concert & Storytime with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra | 3:30 p.m., 11/18 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Tween Coding Club | 4 p.m., 11/18 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Ballet and Books | 10 a.m., 11/20 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. Secrets of the Library: Lost and Found in the Library - Virtual Children’s Writing Workshop with Anne Mazer | 1:30 p.m., 11/20 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

Notices ZOOM CLASS: Nut Trees for the Northeast | 6 p.m., 11/17 Wednesday | This event is online | 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.Visit | $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 HARMONY CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR | 12 p.m., 11/19 Friday | HARFORD TOWN HALL, 394 State Route 38 |

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR at Harford Town Hall, Vendors with glass & wood items, wood clocks, sewn & knitted & crocheted items, heat press vinyl & decor items, jewelry, cards, stampin up & more FOOD: Soups & Chili, hot dogs & sausage, lots of delicious baked goods, DRAWINGS -win P | Free Ithaca Farmers Market | 9 a.m., 11/20 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. Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair | 10 a.m., 11/20 Saturday | Henry St. John building, 301 S. Geneva St | Join us for a day of giving to local community groups in honor of loved ones, fun for the whole family! | Free 2021 Holiday Shopping Spree at Various locations along the wine trail | 10 a.m., 11/20 Saturday | Here’s a quick rundown on how this event will work, but please see the website for further details, explanations, and event tidbits: Event days are November 20 and 21 & December 4 and 5, from 10 Sunday Morning Meditation | 10 a.m., 11/21 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road | Sunday morning meditation, free and open to all. Prayer that Heals at Home and Around the Globe | 2:30 p.m., 11/21 Sunday | First Church of Christ Scientist, Ithaca, 101 University Ave. | Local Ithaca community radio host Eric Clay interviews Alex Fischer, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer, about practical spiritual healing. The Landlords Association of Tompkins County | 4 p.m., 11/22 Monday | Virtual, 222 S. Cayuga St. | The LATC now holds virtual meetings on the 4th Monday of each month. Events are for members only. FREE Nutrition Classes with CCE & TCPL! | 12 p.m., 11/23 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 Press Bay November Holiday Market at Press Bay Alley | 2 p.m., 11/23 Tuesday | Our annual Pop Up Market full of farmers, crafters, drinks and food and live music Customers



Henry Saint John Building, 301 South Geneva St, Ithaca | The IAGF offers the opportunity to give meaningful holiday gifts to your friends and family, without buying a bunch of things they probably don’t need. Meet representatives from dozens of local organizations and find out how your donation can affect change in our community. (Photo: Provided)

Hangar Theater, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | Known for their pure harmony, beautiful lyrics, and joyful energy, Annie and Marie Burns always celebrate a hometown gig. Featuring Doug Robinson, Eric Aceto, Harry Aceto, and London McDaniel. (Photo:Facebook)

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