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Developers present plan to transform Collegetown

group representing Novarr-Mackesey presented their vision for a revitalization of Collegetown to the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Nov. 18 as the first step of its application for a Planned Unit Development. The plans comprise 10 buildings, eight of which would require height variances, along College Ave., with Dryden Road as the northern boundary and Cook Street the southern boundary. The 10 buildings are split into sections, with the Dryden Center building on the corner of Dryden Road and College Ave acting as the so-called “landmark building.” The other portions are called Catherine North, Catherine South, The Nines and Catherine Summit. Dryden Center is proposed to be 144 feet tall, well over the currently allowed 80 feet, with 12 stories, twice as many as the currently allowed six. The building is imagined as an office building, with a lobby that has space for pop-up events. The Nines site is proposed as a mixed-use development, with

activated use on the ground floor. It’s proposed at 108 feet tall, 28 feet over the allowed 80 feet, and 10 stories instead of the allowed six. Catherine Summit comprises three parcels. One would be a mixed use building and the other two would be residential buildings along Linden Avenue. The buildings are in different zones with different requirements; all three buildings are proposed at 108 feet, which is over the current allowances of 80 and 70 feet, and 10 stories instead of the allowed six and five stories. Catherine North will provide 222 residential units across three buildings, planned to be

student housing that is a mix of studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms. One building is proposed for 108 feet instead of the allowed 80, another is proposed at 66 feet instead of the allowed 45, and another at 56 feet instead of 45. Additionally, the biggest building is proposed at six stories instead of the allowed four, while the other two are proposed at five stories instead of the allowed four. Catherine South will mirror Catherine North with about the same number of residential units for student housing. However the buildings are proposed at 100 feet instead of the allowed 70, 96 feet instead of the allowed 70 and 56 instead

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▶  Poet Laureate- The Community Arts Partnership is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Tompkins County Poet Laureate. The position of Tompkins County Poet Laureate was established by the Tompkins County Legislature in 2001 to honor local outstanding poets, integrate poetry into the community, enrich the education

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of the allowed 35. They’re also proposed at 10 stories instead of the allowed five, nine stories instead of the allowed five and five stories instead of the allowed three. Kathryn Wolf from Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects said the hope of the development is to transform Collegetown by creating a new employment center, widening the sidewalks and adding pedestrian areas, and creating a 24/7, 365-days-a-year economy. “It diversifies the workforce and that is the foundation of the success of this project and continued on page 7

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of our young people, and enhance the county’s position as a cultural center. Current Poet Laureate Melissa Tuckey is completing her two-year term at the end of 2020. CAP Executive Director Megan Barber is looking for poets with a substantial body of work that has been published, either digitally or in print, or performed, and who

are willing to take on the duties of the Poet Laureate. Anyone can nominate a poet, and poets interested in being considered for the position may self-nominate. Full guidelines including poet laureate duties, selection criteria, and nomination process can be found at: artspartner.org/content/ view/poet-laureate.html.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Tompkins County budget finalized, down 5.64% By C a se y Mar tin




“Mac & Cheese and Apple Pie!” -Andrew & Clodagh K.

“Candied Yams!” -Ruth P.


he Tompkins County Legislature approved the 2021 county budget on Nov. 18. The tax levy will in-

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crease by approximately 2.21%, and the average tax rate will be $6.21 per thousand of taxable evaluation, a decrease of

tarting on Nov. 2, the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management (DRMM) implemented a new system of rejecting recycling bins that do not adhere to the guidelines set forth on their website. Residents will now receive a rejection sticker if their bins include items that are contaminants such as plastic bags, styrofoam, and electronics. If a resident does receive a rejection sticker, they will have the opportunity to correct it and either wait for the next collection date or bring their recycling to the Recycling and Solid Waste Center. This decision comes after


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nearly two decades of supplying warning stickers to residents asking if they could correct their mistakes while still collecting bins. However, with little improvement, the DRMM have switched to actively leaving bins at the curb if they do not meet the department’s guidelines. Jeremy Betterley, the communications coordinator for the DRMM, states that while this recycling issue is not unique to just Tompkins County, “there is a general issue with there being too much trash in the recycling. Tompkins County does better than many other communities; however, in order to produce quality recyclables, we really 20 2 0

1.6%. The median price home is $200,000, meaning the average person will see an increase in taxes of $42.87. The budget totals $182,611,872, which is down 5.64%, or $10,915,637, from last year. The vote came after weeks of discussions about amendments and over-target requests. One such request that was approved was about $60,000 for the county outreach workers program which is supported and operated by Family & Children's Service of Ithaca. Legislators also approved an amendment to restore target funding for staff hours at the Department of Planning and Sustainability totaling $50,833. To account for the expected budget shortfalls due to the ongoing pandemic, the legislature voted to use $1,404,856 from the fund balance in concurrence with a 2.21% tax levy increase to get to the decreased tax rate for the seventh consecutive year. The budget also includes up to $59,000 for a broadband study to identify gaps in Tompkins County where people are underserved or unserved by broadband internet; that information will be provided to the nonprofit Southern Tier Network, which is working on a region-wide plan. This budget season proved

to be one of the tougher ones, as there is still so much uncertainty ahead. “Generally you can identify the problem and put together a solution based on the environment around you,” County Administrator Jason Molino said. “We know the problem, but we have no ability to make a solution because the variables keep changing. What happens if the economy doesn’t recover? What happens if the disease gets worse?” Molino added that the biggest economic factor this year for the county was the decrease in sales tax when businesses were forced to shut down in March. “The shortfall in sales tax is millions of dollars,” he said. “It’s significantly less than usual.” Additionally, municipalities around the state are prepared for a severe decrease in state funds, as well as an increase in mandated costs, particularly for social services such as Code Blue, which requires the county to provide shelter for individuals who need it when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. “Those costs are reimbursed at 100% by the state, but they could say ‘no, you only get 80%,’” Molino said. “But we still have to provide that service.”

need to cut down on the problem items that keep getting into the recycling bins.” Some of the problem items that DRMM refers to in their guidelines are plastic bags and films, electronics, paper towels and tissues, styrofoam, textiles, and general trash that is finding its way into recycling bins and that cannot be recycled. Although it is too early to say if there has been an improvement in the quality of the recycling, Seth Dennis, the Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist at DRMM, stated in a post on the DRMM website about this new rejection system: “We’d like to thank residents for doing their part to be informed about recycling and taking steps to make sure their bins can be collected. Together we can make sure recycling continues to be a success in our community.” The DRMM worked closely with the Tompkins County

Legislature as well as Casella Recycling, the company that performs curbside recycling collection in order to develop this new phase of rejection. Betterly said the move isn’t necessarily financially motivated, and that the department has not really been affected by the pandemic. “This is really just an effort to provide some education and cut down on contamination,” explained Betterley. “One way we like to think of it is people tend to ‘wish-cycle,’ which is when you aren’t sure if something is recyclable, but you put it in anyway because you hope it is. We’re really encouraging folks to have the correct information, and when in doubt, keep it out.” For more information and access to the Department of Recycling and Materials Management’s guidelines, go to their website: recycletompkins.org

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Locals plan for Black Friday as COVID cases surge

very year, herds of early morning, post-Thanksgiving-Day shoppers flock to their local malls and, through the bustling crowd, seek out the latest Black Friday sales. But with a global pandemic that has

forced limits on the number of people shopping in a certain area, the jam-packed stores typically associated with Black Friday may be less crowded this year. Black Friday — often seen as imperative to some families’ day-after-Thanksgivingday celebrations — is a holiday with a history not just rooted in retail excursions. The name relates to the 1869 financial crisis, when the gold market in the United States crashed. But the first recorded story connected to the holiday’s retail connotations comes from the theory that, after operating after a year of losses, or being “in the red,” stores would earn a profit on the holiday, or be “in the black,” as a result of shoppers spending so much money on discounted items. These days, shoppers flood their local stores, hoping for a chance to score the latest, seemingly better-than-average deal. Coined “doorbusters,” these exclusive deals are available for only certain items and for

a short period of time. In 2019, Americans spent more money on Black Friday shopping than any year before, both online and in-store, with electronics, appliances, sporting goods and clothing as the most-

bought items. Natalie Yesner, a senior at Ithaca College, said she has been participating in Black Friday shopping since she was in sixth grade. The endeavor has since become a tradition between herself and her mother. But this year, she said that they will not be going because her mother, who formerly had breast cancer, is at a heightened risk for COVID-19. Instead, the two will opt for online browsing and engage with sales on Cyber Monday, the holiday that takes place the Monday after Black Friday. “My mom and I agreed that what we would do this year is: we would have my laptop — and I have an extra laptop — and we would both wake up early and, instead of going and shopping, we’d be on some of the different [online] stores,” Yesner said. Yesner also said that in anticipation of Black Friday, she wants to go to her local mall’s American Eagle — her favor-

ite store to shop from — to see what sizes fit for each item she wants to buy. “When I get there, I'll try it on in the dressing room, see what I like, what I don't like, take notes,” she said. “[That way] it’s not just browsing. It’s in case the site crashes or something so I know what styles [I like] instead of taking this guess and spending maybe more money.” Andre Gardiner, owner of APG Enterprises in Ithaca and board member of Downtown Ithaca Alliance, said he does not participate frequently in in-person Black Friday shopping, though sometimes he will check Amazon the morning of and check for any crazy deals. This year, he will be home for Black Friday, but the pandemic is an even greater reason to avoid the malls, he said. “I think the idea of lining up with a crowd of 50 to 100 people isn't particularly safe,” he said. “You're putting your health at risk to try to save a relatively small amount of money in the grand scheme of things.” Gardiner said that he used to work in customer service at Amazon, where, on Black Friday, the e-commerce giant promises delivery before Christmas. As a result, Gardiner said he had to jump certain shipping hurdles to confirm the package’s arrival date, sometimes calling manufacturers to make one item and ship it to a customer. It keeps the buyers happy, he said, but at a price for workers. “It's a lot of work for a lot of people so someone can get a set of dinner plates on Christmas versus the next day,” he said. “Employees are having a really rough time working a lot of hours, dealing with, quite frankly, mean customers. It's just not worth it.” Yesner said she won’t just be shopping at big-name stores. Shopping at local boutiques is

important to Yesner and her mother, especially during the pandemic, she said. “I also try to, like, support local small businesses as well, just because a lot of them have been, like, struggling during this time,” she said. “For the small boutiques, or the small businesses online, I'm looking for potential gifts or stuff for my friends, for my boyfriend and even family members.” Gardiner said shopping local in Ithaca can be a mixed bag because many of the shops — some of which sell Finger Lakes, Ithaca College or Cornell University merchandise — are geared toward tourists. He said he’d rather order from local restaurants that have been impacted more severely during the pandemic. “I’m not going to buy an ‘I Love the Finger Lakes’ set of shot glasses to support the local retailer because I don't need that,” he said. “I will definitely be ordering takeout from local restaurants, which at the end of the day employ a lot more people than general retail.” Lisa Swayze, general manager of Buffalo Street Books — a local bookshop in Ithaca — said via email that this year, the bookstore will have discounts on items Nov. 27–30 for “Give Big, Shop Small Weekend.” The Saturday after Black Friday is often referred to as Small Business Saturday, a campaign initially started by American Express in 2010 to raise awareness of and promote shopping at small businesses. The credit card company offered free, personalized ads for these local businesses. Customers nationwide spent approximately $5.5 million that year. She said that it’s imperative to shop local, especially during the holidays, to keep the local community diverse. “Shopping locally helps keep your friends & neighbors employed and keeps interesting, carefully curated shopping in our community,” Swayze said. “At the bookstore we do between 20-30% of our sales for the entire year in the last two months, so if people choose to buy their books from big boxes instead during the holiday season, it could be the difference between us being here next year or not.”

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-Arleigh Rodgers


Freedom! Dogs got one step closer to being allowed on the Commons last week. We’re just waiting on that final Common Council vote.


Lights Downtown Holiday lights have been strung and are illuminating the Commons at night. The festive feel almost makes the snow

worth it. Bloody Fall Creek Melee Homeowners fought off an invader on N. Cayuga Street; all three men were transported to local hospitals with stab wounds and other injuries.

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Describe your 2020 Black Friday mood. 70.8% I dropped shopping last March. Sorry kids. 8.3% I’m camping out for that new vaccine. 20.8% Spread the love. Local shopping only.

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Joe Mareane: Easing the Pain of Those We Cherish T

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By M a rjor i e Z . O l d s his month is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month, and we give thanks for our much-loved, muchneeded Hospicare, with offices and programming in Tompkins and in Cortland counties. This month, we are thrilled by the news that Joe Mareane is Hospicare’s Interim Executive Director. Many of us met Joe during his nineyear tenure as our Tompkins County Administrator, chief executive officer of the 700-person, $170 million organization. Others met Joe during his 35 years serving in local government and private industry leadership positions in Syracuse. During Joe’s short “retirement” after many illustrious years in public service, he has continued his service on the Boards of Challenge Workforce Solution, the Human Services Coalition, and the New York State Indigent Legal Services. Joe and his wife Amy have savored this time off, able now to spend more time with their three grown children. “I am looking forward to working with an organization I’ve come to greatly admire from the perspective of a com-

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munity member, board officer, and family member of one whose passing was eased by a remarkable team of Hospicare nurses and staff,” Joe said. Joe admires t he range of ser v ices Hospicare offers to everyone, regardless of income — whether they are in their homes, in a nursing facility, a hospital, or in Hospicare’s peaceful, soothing six-bed residence on Ithaca’s South Hill. And Joe points out that while hospice care is for end-of-life situations, palliative care is available to anyone who is suffering a serious illness; whether they have a finite diagnosis or not. “When someone from Cortland or Tompkins calls Hospicare, they are connected with a nurse who helps identify medical, personal, or emotional issues that are causing stress or suffering,” Joe said. “Our Palliative Care staff connects patients to appropriate agency and community resources that make all the difference to their quality of life during a difficult time.


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By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r SCENE: The Oval Office. Seated at the Resolute Desk is still-president DONALD J. TRUMP. Legal Advisor and hair-dye spokesperson Rudy Giuliani is maintaining a cadaverous presence behind the president's chair as GEORGE BAILEY, of Bedford Falls, is ushered in by a White House attendant. BAILEY is one of New York State's 29 electors, scheduled to vote on December 14 in the 2020 presidential election. The president gestures to BAILEY to sit down, and offers him a cigar. BAILEY: Thank you, sir. Quite a cigar, Mr. President. TRUMP: You like it? I'll send you a box. BAILEY: Well, I, uh, I suppose I'll find out sooner or later, but just what exactly did you want to see me about? TRUMP: Now that's just what I like so much about you people. George, I'm an old man, and most people hate me. But I don't like them, either, so that makes it all even. You know, just as well as I do, that I run practically everything in this country but the election. You know, also, that for a number of years I've been trying to get control of it or kill it. But I haven't been able to do it. The Dems have been stopping me. In fact, they have beaten me, George, and, as anyone in this country will tell you, that takes some doing. BAILEY: Yeah. Well, most people say you tried to steal the election. TRUMP: The envious ones say that, George, the suckers. Now, I have stated my side very frankly. Let's look at your side. Young man, thirty-seven, thirty-eight, married, making say...forty thousand... BAILEY: Forty-five! TRUMP: ...forty-five. Forty-five. Now, if this man was a common, ordinary yokel, I'd say he was doing fine. But, George Bailey is not a common, ordinary yokel. He's an intelligent, smart, ambitious young man. A young man who's been dying to get out of Bedford Falls ever since he was born. A young man...the smartest one of the crowd, mind you, a young man who has to sit by and watch his friends go places, because he's trapped. Yes, sir, trapped into frittering his life away playing nursemaid to a lot of politically correct snowflakes. Do I paint a correct picture, or do I exaggerate? BAILEY: What's your point, Mr. President? TRUMP: My point? My point is I want to hire you. BAILEY: Hire me? TRUMP: I want you to manage my property at Mar-a-Lago. George, I'll start you out at two hundred thousand dollars a year. BAILEY: Two hundred thous...Two hundred thousand a year? (BAILEY drops the cigar on his lap and frantically retrieves it, brushing ashes off his lap.) TRUMP: You wouldn't mind living in Florida, buying your wife a lot of fine clothes, a couple of business trips to New York a year, maybe once in a while Europe. You wouldn't mind that, would you, George? BAILEY: Would I? Y-you're not talking to somebody else around here, are you? You know, th-this is me, you remember me? Democratic George Bailey? TRUMP: Oh yes, George Bailey. Whose ship has just come in, provided he has enough brains to vote the right way next month. BAILEY: Holy mackerel. (Pauses.) Well, how about the popular vote? TRUMP: Oh, confound it, man! Are you afraid of success? I'm offering you a threeyear contract at two hundred thousand dollars a year, starting today. Is it a deal, or isn't it? BAILEY: (Standing up.) Well, Mr. President, I...I...I know I ought to jump at the chance, but I...I just, uh, I-I wonder if it would be possible for you to give me twenty-four hours to think it over? TRUMP: Sure, sure, sure. You go on home and talk about it with your wife. BAILEY: I'd like to do that. TRUMP: Yeah. In the meantime, I'll draw up the papers. BAILEY: All right, sir. TRUMP: Okay, George. BAILEY: Okay, Mr. President. (BAILEY shakes TRUMP's hand, but then pulls back, wiping his hand on his jacket.) No, no, no, no. Wait a minute here. Wait a minute. I don't need twenty-four hours. I, I don't need to talk to anybody. I know right now, and the answer is no! No! Doggone it! You sit around here and spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. President. In the...in the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider. (Indicating Giuliani.) And that goes for you, too! (BAILEY exits the Oval Office, slamming the door on the way out, and we fade to black.)


“So much care is provided by Hospicare, often in the home. Receiving essential medical care at home is a great comfort to many people. So many people prefer to be at home with family. Through Hospicare this desire can be accommodated. “My father-in-law lived in our home for the last two years of his life. He was able to spend cherished time with his daughter (my wife) and his grandchildren. I loved my time with him while he lived with us. I saw first-hand the wonderful benefit of Hospicare coming to our home, focusing on my father-in-law’s needs. The nurses listened to his concerns and then addressed them. “Hospicare is such an asset to the community. We are the kind of place that is open to all, regardless of income. All that I observed and learned inspired me to join the Hospicare Board, and now to help out as director.

“This wonderful Tompkins-Cortland community has been remarkably generous and supportive, so that we can be available to all people, regardless of their income. Women Swimmin’ is an essential annual fundraising event. People sometimes make gifts to us in honor of the passing of loved ones. Or they provide a gift in their will, so that others’ passings can be made more comfortable. We are only a click away online for donations; and we can also assist people with end-of-life planning, which can be very reassuring. “Our medical staff, our social workers and bereavement counselors, our 400 terrific volunteers (who tend our gardens, prepare food, visit those eager to have company) sustain our loved ones and we, the families, during a very difficult time. “This month we toast our remarkably devoted staff who wake up every morning, get on the road, and go wherever people need support in their most challenging time of life.”

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of Collegetown,” she said. “This will increase consumer demand for neighborhood services and restaurants. It will make new commercial activity viable.” Wolf said the developers would also contribute $1 million toward Collegetown neighborhood improvements, $1 million toward affordable housing projects and $1 million to the city for budget shortfalls. The committee was receptive to the idea, but not without questions. Particularly, multiple committee members asked for specifics about where the proposed 360 added jobs would really be coming from. According to Phil Proujansky from Cayuga Venture Fund and a partner on the project, the hope is to bring new businesses to town who might want to be close to Cornell. “Our hope and expectation is that we will be able to bring some tech-related company jobs, both transfers and startups, to Collegetown,” he said. “We’ve had success with this in the past and we believe this will work in Collegetown. Our hope is that the same people who are working there will be living there and become permanent residents.” However, committee members pushed for the group to come up with something more concrete. “My concern is that the jobs plan seems vague to me,” member Ducson Nguyen said. “‘If we build it they will come’ is not convincing enough. I’d like some more meat behind those strategies.” Committee member Cynthia Brock said she felt the Dryden Center building, at 12 stories, was too tall, and that the proposed pedestrian areas were unwelcoming. “The open spaces you have along College Ave are very much within the footprint of the building,” she said. “They have overhangs and it feels like a private space […] I don’t think of it as a public amenity the way

you talk about it as one.” There was also some concern about the character of Collegetown from board member Donna Fleming. “What about the people who would miss the charming, human-scale, small town feel of Collegetown?” Fleming asked. “What do we say to constituents who bemoan the increase of massive buildings?” Arvind Tikku from ikon.5 architects said that things are going to change anyway, and planning for it would ensure Collegetown remains an attractive place for people. “There’s already an understanding that the two-story single-family residences are no longer viable in these places,” he said. “I think the issue is for the vitality of this environment, it needs to change. And that change is not an ad hoc change, but a welldesigned and well-planned change that accommodates the inhabitants of the area.” Mayor Svante Myrick agreed with Tikku, and said Collegetown is in need of improvement. “I lived there for a decade, I wore out my welcome, and I really do feel that same sense of loss,” he said. “But there’s a reason people only stayed there for a few years […] It’s expensive, unsafe and unclean. The quality of life in that neighborhood is too poor and has been too poor for too long […] Just because Collegetown is getting taller doesn’t mean it has to get uglier. I think this is an opportunity for the neighborhood to be better looking, even if it’s getting bigger.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

YOUR LETTERS Dear Newfield Community,


s I look back over the past decade that I have had the privilege of serving you as Superintendent of Schools, I am grateful for all of the support and kindness I received from this community. Although I came here on my own without family or friends, many of you took the time and effort to see the person behind the position, reached out, and became my friends and family. It has been an honor to be a part of your children’s lives and I will miss them as I move on to the next phase of my life. So much has been accomplished over the past 10 years, thanks to the support of this community [...] We were able to renovate the athletic fields, add safer bleachers and more seating in the gymnasium, completely re-do the gym floor, build a stateof-the-art auditorium, update the kitchens and cafeterias, replace the HVAC systems that now include AC in the elementary building, create safer playgrounds, install safer entryways, create a safe traffic pattern for parent drop off in the morning, and purchase a bus lift and cement flooring in the bus garage, to name a few! Our academic program improved greatly as we added co-taught classes that gave every special education student access to the same curriculum and experiences as regular education students for the first time. Four-year-old Pre-K classes were extended to a full day and the 3-year-old program developed into a type of head-start. Teachers and staff cared and paid attention to the social, emotional, mental, and academic well being of each student in PK-12. Extra-curricular activities were added to give students opportunities to discover themselves and develop their interests. Students sang at Carnegie Hall and played basketball in the state championships [...] I could go on and on about how proud I am of what we were able to accomplish together and will continue to pray for and boast about the Newfield community in the days to come. Thank you all for the time we spent together. You will always be special to me and I will remember you fondly. Wishing you all the best in the years to come, -Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Superintendent of Newfield schools

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s a Schuyler County Legislator I have actively participated in elections and been present at our local Board of Elections for the count and review of absentee and provisional ballots many times. Each county in New York State has two Elections Commissioners, a Democrat chosen by the County Democratic Committee and a Republican chosen by the County Republican Committee. Each commissioner, in turn, hires their own Deputy Commissioner, and these four employees work together in bipartisan fashion to ensure that the election process is accurate and fair. No ve m b e r

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I was at the Board of Elections on Monday, November 9th to observe the counting of absentee and provisional ballots. I found no reason to question the accuracy and integrity of the process. When a voter goes to vote on election day and their name is not in the poll book, that voter is allowed to cast a provisional vote that is kept aside until the Board of Elections staff can determine whether that vote can be legally counted. Here the bipartisan nature of our local board of elections was critically important, as both commissioners reviewed each ballot and were in agreement on whether each vote was to be counted or not. During the process, no objections were made to provisional ballots by representatives from the campaigns and all the provisional ballots were reviewed in their presence. In these heated times, it is more important than ever that we recognize the dedication and diligence that goes into every election in our county. -Michael Lausell, Schuyler County Legislator


Re: Ren’s Mart It’s amazing! So happy they opened a store in Ithaca! -Jenny Miller via Facebook We went a week or so ago. It's Fabulous! -Joleen Stone Krogman via Facebook

Re: Mobile COVID testing I have been asking for MONTHS what the opportunities are for mobile testing for folks who are homebound, and not a single answer from anyone, except to say there are none. Is this solved by any of these programs? I contacted the health department again last week and still haven't gotten a response. -Rebecca Weger via Facebook

Re: Increase in graffiti downtown Graffiti is the only good thing happening downtown -Gloria Sumner via Facebook Oh, no! Independent creative artists! Whatever shall we DO!?!? -Alec Frazier via Facebook There is also graffiti defacing the historic stonework of the remnants of the old mill era industrial building walls on Lake St at Ithaca Falls. -Simon Wheeler via Facebook

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The Hempire State Ithaca poised to cash in on the cannabis economy


By Rya n Bieber

thaca, NY, is building a hempire, one plant at a time. With miles of sprawling farmland, a vibrant downtown and an open mindset, Ithaca is uniquely poised to take the potentially multi-billion dollar hemp industry by the reins. Cornell University alone boasts a stateof-the-art hemp research team, the United States’ only industrial hemp seed bank and the country’s first master of professional studies (MPS) program with a specialization in hemp science. The fruits of these labors can be seen across the region as the university works with local growers to establish best growing practices and teaches a new generation of farmers.  Still, the path to now has been a rocky one, and with the pandemic adding new pressure, the industry is rapidly changing to keep up with the times. The result is a high risk, high reward field marred with uncertainty and ripe with potential. In Ithaca, there have been successes and there have been failures, but ultimately hemp is here to stay.  There’s a common misconception that hemp and marijuana are two separate species. In actuality, both are just two different names for cannabis, a flowering plant of the Cannabaceae family. Hemp refers to a cannabis plant that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) but is low in THC, the psychoactive ingredient most commonly associated with getting someone high. Marijuana refers to a cannabis plant with high amounts of THC and low levels of CBD. To be classified as hemp under NYS law, a cannabis plant must contain 0.3% THC or less.  Although the history of hemp actually dates back as far as 8,000 BCE, the crop has only reached the limelight in the U.S. in recent years. Previously, hemp was lumped in with marijuana and treated as an illicit substance. That all changed when the 2014 Farm Bill defined industrial hemp as separate from marijuana and began authoriz8  T

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S a r a h , L o g a n , a n d B r i a n R o b a r g e o f It h aC a n n a b i s p r e pa r i n g t o m a r c h i n t h e It h ac a F e s t i va l pa r a d e ( P h o t o : P r ov i d e d) ing institutions of higher education and state departments of agriculture to research and regulate hemp cultivation in pilot programs. The 2018 Farm Bill further legalized the regulated production of hemp, paving the way for the myriad hemp farms and CBD stores now dotting the map. After the farm bills, the industry exploded, but not without growing pains. While the number of farmers planting hemp increased exponentially, there was not yet enough existing infrastructure of processing facilities or buyers. Farmers had an overwhelming supply of hemp but no one to sell it to. The result was a bottleneck in the industry as the prices of hemp plummeted, dropping as much as 80% to 90% in price per pound.


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“You have a lot of farmers here that were looking at hemp as a savior crop to help boost their overall farm profits, because they were getting beat up from their traditional type of agricultural commodities that they were growing, “ Jeff Luciano, CEO and founder of High End Multigroup, a hemp processing and investment company, said. ''They were expecting one sort of price point for their product but got something entirely different, so many farmers were unable to sell their crop or recoup what they had put into the cost.” Allan Gandelman, owner of Main Street Farms and president of the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association (NYCGPA) said a lot of new farmers were drawn to the hemp industry for the poten-

tial payoff but didn’t fully grasp the ups and downs of the market. “The old school farmers that got into hemp as an additional crop understood this going into it,” he said. “A lot of new farmers got into growing hemp that didn’t really understand the agricultural situation, in general, because they didn’t have the experience, so I think they were very blindsided by how quickly farming commodity prices can crash.” Larry Smart, project lead of the Cornell hemp research team, echoed this sentiment. “We’ve seen pretty dramatic falloff in acreage,” he said. “I would guess it’s less than half and probably closer to one-third of what the acreage was last year. It's really only the most resilient farmers who have diversified their operation that are still growing hemp. A lot of those sort of start-up companies that thought they could make a lot of money just growing hemp, I think, are unfortunately out of the business.” To remedy the problem, Smart and the rest of the Cornell research team have been working alongside growers, conducting research and educating farmers to improve growing practices in New York State. Ithaca Organics was one farm that was able to avoid the early pitfalls of the industry. Although they had grown fruits and vegetables since the ‘90s, in 2019, Ithaca Organics shifted entirely to growing and selling hemp after securing a contract with another hemp company. Although the certainty of the contract ensured they recouped their investment, this year the farm has significantly decreased its hemp acreage and is once again selling produce. “There were people who were ready to buy plants right out of the field, so it was a crop we had a market for before we even started to seed,” Matt Soucy, sales and marketing manager for the farm, said. “Starting in 2020, we didn't have any contracts

in place, but we knew we wanted to grow hemp for ourselves … This year we balanced and did more equal parts food and hemp.” Gandelman was also less affected by the price drop because he vertically integrated, personally controlling the entire growing, processing, manufacturing and selling processes. But Main Street Farms and Ithaca Organics were some of the lucky ones. As a whole, the industry is still recovering from its setbacks, and many of the problems that caused the price drop still exist today. In New York State, many growers and CBD store owners feel there is an overwhelming lack of processing plants. Just this year, one business, Great Eastern Hemp Company, planned to build a processing facility in Broome County but ended up selling the property eight months later. This came shortly after Southern Tier Hemp dropped their plans to develop a hemp processing plant in Johnson City. Gandelman said he believes the problem isn’t a lack of processing, but rather a lack of demand. “The reason none of those companies built their facilities is because there’s no market,” he said. “That should be a sign to other farmers and processors … Even these huge companies with all this money like Great Eastern Hemp have all abandoned their products, and they did it because they knew if they built the facilities, they would be out of business right now.” Still, even processing plants that are already up and running are not necessarily equipped to handle the high volume of incoming hemp from farmers. Luciano built his first processing plant in Spencer, NY, in 2018 but has already begun building a second, larger facility in Tioga County to combat the drop in the price of hemp. “It's really about scale and volume,” he said. “The more you can process at a lower price point, the more that you're able to produce and the more that you’re able to sell at a lower price point and still be a successful, profitable business, because you're able to speed up that process.” Donna Lupardo, assemblywoman of the 123rd district in Binghamton and a fierce proponent of the hemp industry, said the solution to the issue is creating more regulations. “I think there was uncertainty in the market, and people attempted to make investments when it wasn’t clear what the rules were or what the regulations were going to be,” she said. “Farmers need to know who will be purchasing their crops, so we’re

hoping to have a supply chain that is predictable, manageable and profitable for our farmers.” These regulations are already well underway, with a new hemp extract bill providing stricter rules and guidelines on CBD regulation and labeling in food and beverage in NYS. Lupardo herself was a sponsor of the bill, with Gandelman lobbying for the regulations as well. Sarah Robarge, co-owner of Ithaca Natural Remedies and Ithacannabis, said she hopes the new regulations will lead to more consistency in the industry because in the past there have been lots of cases of people selling false, misleading and even harmful CBD products. “One thing I do see is that, with consistent regulations, investors will feel it's a safer bet to invest in manufacturing and in extraction, because that’s something that is really missing in Central NY right now,” she said. Jay Bame, manager of Hemp Geek, a CBD store in Ithaca, said while the store does work with some local growers, they often have to outsource and get product from other states due to the lack of processing plants “We do source a lot of products from states where it’s recreationally legal because they have the resources available to grow and produce high quality products,” he said. “Here in New York .... There's a lot of land to grow the stuff but … there are not many processing facilities or testing facilities.”

However, Robarge said she does worry some regulations will make it difficult for small manufacturers. “New York wants to set the highest standard, but they have to be mindful that if they're going to set the highest growing and manufacturing standards, they need to have a way for medium to small growers, extractors and processors to stay competitive,” she said. “If you set the bar too high then it really is only going to be open to big money and big business.” Adding to the uncertainty of the industry is the pressure of the pandemic, which has both helped and hindered the industry. Bame said the pandemic has made it more difficult for CBD stores to make connections and sell products. “When it comes to the cannabis industry, it's better for people to come in and talk to somebody,” he said. “If you go online it's a little more difficult to figure out what works best for you on a personal level. You can read all this information, but you still may not know how to apply it to your own life and preferences.” Other CBD stores have fared worse. Our Remedies, a CBD store located right on the Commons, closed its doors permanently during the pandemic, although it still has a second location in Destiny Mall. Still, there have been some benefits for CBD stores. In the midst of the pandemic, protests and an election cycle, more people have turned to CBD as a way to potentially treat their anxiety and stress.

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“One of the things that has come out from the pandemic that I've noticed is that it's opening up the conversation of mental health more,” Noah Johnson, manager of Your CBD store in downtown Ithaca, said. “I think it used to be, in the CBD world especially, kind of hard to coax out of people what their ailments were ... Now a lot of people are experiencing it and it's a norm … so getting that conversation started, I think, makes it a lot easier.” With towns all over the country looking to reinvigorate the economy in the midst of the pandemic, some states are considering less stringent laws on hemp and even recreational marijuana. In New Jersey, 67% of voters voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also restarted a push for the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults in 2021. “I think now, given our budget shortfalls and general public sentiment being on the side of legalization, we're going to see it happen,” Lupardo said, referring to the legalization of marijuana. “I think most everyone understands it's not a question of if, it's a matter of when.” Carlyn Buckler, an associate professor of Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science and creator of the class Cannabis: Biology Society and Industry, said she is not certain the hemp industry will be the be-all end-all savior of the economy, at least while the pandemic is still in effect.  “We have these people who think the hemp industry will save everything that's happened financially with COVID, but that's just silly,” she said. “We need to take care of people first and make sure we get rid of COVID and then maybe we’ll have some bandwidth to start thinking more seriously about legalization.” With all of these factors at play, the future of the hemp industry is unclear, but most believe it will continue to thrive. “I tell people to just strap yourself in and hang on and expect things to change,” Buckler said. “I know it's going forward but we’re bound to have ups and downs along the way.” “Being at the forefront of a new emerging industry is very exciting, but the industry is still just starting to come out of a start-up phase,” Luciano added. “You have to understand that we’re talking about an industry that's going to continue to develop over the next years and decades. It’s an amazing opportunity to be a part of this industry and be a part of helping shape it.”

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Cornell professor finds a whey


t seems as though a perfect evolution of circumstances led Cornell University professor Sam Alcaine to winning a $50,000 prize on Nov. 19. Alcaine and his business partner Trystan Sandvoss were one of six winners of FuzeHub’s Commercialization Competition, which provides up-and-coming entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas and products to judges for award money. Alcaine and Sandvoss won for their product Norwhey. “We’re a refreshing, low alcoholic natural seltzer,” Alcaine said. “We’re in the ‘better for you’ beverage space, and the reason we can play there is because Norwhey is brewed from yogurt whey.” New York607-277-7000 producesx220 the most strained Georgia@ithacatimes.com yogurt in the country, and, by default, Newspaper: leaves a lot of whey behind that isn’t used. At the end of 2016, Alcaine heard about this when the Department of Environmental Conservation spoke at Cornell, and that’s when he had the idea. “I was formerly a brewer for Miller-Coors, so I kind of put my product development hat back on,” he said. He then received a grant from the DEC to do some of the early research, and was backed early on from dairy farmers who he

Norwhey, a beverage startup, recently awarded a $50,000 prize from FuzeHub, hopes to start brewing and bottling with a brewerey in Cazenovia.

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Though currently a professor in the department of food science at Cornell, Alcaine didn’t necessarily know this is where he’d end up. After studying microbiology as an undergrad, he came to Cornell to get his graduate degree in food science from 200305. What got him into brewing was actually a friend’s dad who did it and suggested to Alcaine that he might enjoy it too. “I thought it was really cool, so I started looking at schools with brewing,” he said. He then worked for Miller-Coors for a number of years before moving on to Unilever, where he did a lot of food safety

said are “always thinking about how to improve the sustainability of their industry.” After doing the research and working on the product, Client: Alcaine realized he had something good on his hands. “I do love weird beverages; I love kombucha, I’m a fermentation guy,” he said. “But the feedback was ‘yeah, this actually tastes good.’” Alcaine insists that if you didn’t already know it was from yogurt whey when you tried it, you’d never guess. “It’s light, crisp, lightly fruity, not too overpowering,” he said.

work for their dairy brands. After he “hit a ceiling” there, he decided to get his PhD in 2012 at University of Massachusetts Amherst; there, he focused on food microbiology and food safety, as well as starting a homebrew club. Serendipitously, a position at his alma mater opened in the department of food science when he was finishing his PhD, and he has been teaching at Cornell since 2016. With his work at Cornell, he has been working on building a program that drives sustainability through fermentation, such as using fermentation to prevent spoilage and pathogens, or using it to upcycle byproducts from dairy. “In academia we do research, we write papers, we do the conference circuit and then it ends there,” Alcaine said. “But I really wanted to show that this isn’t just some professor’s idea, it has market value. I hope that Norwhey can be an inspiration for the dairy industry and other entrepreneurs out there.” With the money from FuzeHub, Alcaine said he and Sandvoss are going to work with a brewery in Cazenovia to ferment the base, get the product canned, and put it in front of retailers. He said there are also future plans for a small taproom in Interlaken for consumers to visit — all of this in addition to his work at Cornell. “My career has gone a bunch of different places,” Alcaine said. “Life takes you where it takes you.”


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Classes will be fully remote for the rest of the semester starting Nov. 25 through Dec. 19, with most of the students on campus going home and staying there. The college will be offering COVID testing before they leave. There are about 75 students who will remain on campus through Dec. 19 for varying circumstances, and then 32 who will remain over the whole winter break. Classes begin remotely on Jan. 25, and then in-person classes begin Feb. 9. Students will begin returning to campus on Jan. 7, with the first group of students being athletes. Students from states other than New York or its contiguous states will quarantine on campus for three days while waiting for a negative test. Dean of Students Bonnie Prunty said the change in quarantine requirements makes it easier for the school to offer on-campus quarantine and less likely for students to return to the local area. On Jan. 15, essential student workers will return, and then general move-in will be spread out from Jan. 19 – Feb. 5. Prunty said, at most, 360 students will be moving in on the same day and move-in locations will be spread throughout different residence buildings to reduce density in any one place. “Every student will be tested when they arrive,” she assured. Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Christina Moylan said that testing will be available on campus through December for the students who are still in the area. When students return, they will be tested every week. She added that the monitoring process and testing process will not change in the spring semester. Additionally, there will be no spring break this year to discourage students from traveling. Instead,

there will be “mini breaks” throughout the semester, where students will get a random day of the week off.


Cornell announced that it plans to proceed with the plans it had outlined for the spring semester, with classes beginning Feb. 8 and concluding May 25 on the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses. There will be no week-long spring break, but two separate two-day wellness breaks are planned. Courses in the spring will be offered in a variety of modalities, including in-person, online and hybrid approaches, with the hope to add more in-person courses for the spring. Students will receive more information in December. As of now, the school plans to continue with many of the same rules and guidelines from the fall, which include wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distance, limiting in-person gatherings and complying with Daily Check health assessment and surveillance testing requirements. Students will also be required to abide by the Cornell Student Behavioral Contract, which may be updated based upon experiences in the fall. Spring move-in will operate similarly to the fall, with students in oncampus housing assigned an arrival date and time that corresponds with current New York state quarantine and testing requirements. Off-campus students will be responsible for self-quarantining for at least five days while awaiting two negative test results. All students will be required to complete necessary testing before they are allowed to access campus facilities. Travel for all members of the Cornell community will continue to be strongly discouraged during the spring semester, and there will be a more rigorous approval process for any non-essential personal student travel. There will be no in-person student events or activities at the beginning of the spring semester. Once students have completely quarantined and university officials are sure the virus prevalence is low, some restrictions will be eased to allow for small inperson activities. No determination has yet been made regarding commencement in May. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g


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island of sorts for the past sev“If thousands of Cornellians and Big desert eral months. In an effort to revisit the Red fans around the country were a good times, I called fellow sports melittle bleary-eyed on Monday, March dia guy Mark Goldberg. Mark is a native Ithacan and he 22, 2010, from excessive television has been connected to Cornell sports in many ways since his childhood. viewing during the weekend, you As an undergrad at Cornell (class of could hardly fault them.” (From ’81), Mark served as the basketball “Making History: March 18-21, team’s manager, and upon graduating he took the job as the assistant 2010, The Greatest Cornell Sports sports information director. He Weekend Ever.”) went on to found MomentumMedia, publishing several magazines and undertaking many specialty ● ● ● publishing projects. If there is a have seen several movies in which harder-working, more generous and people marooned on a desert is- genuinely nice guy anywhere, I have land or imprisoned in some God- yet to meet him. Mark and I had a conversation a forsaken place maintain their sanity by mentally revisiting the good times few days ago, and we were like two starving men reminiscing about the feast they once attended. We thought back to that unbelievable weekend in 2010, when Cornell was all over the national sports radar – appearing on CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and the NHL Network – and I recalled that Mark’s company had released a special publication to celebrate it. “I’ll never forget it,” Mark said. “During my time at Cornell, I would have been thrilled if the Cover of Making History (Provided) basketball team had won an Ivy title, and holding onto the hope that they and there they were in Jacksonville, will get back there one day. While having won their third consecunot comparing myself to a person tive Ivy championship and mowing in such a dismal fix, I – like so many other sports fans – have been on a continued on page 14

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down these powerhouse teams.” (The Big Red shocked Temple and Wisconsin on their way to the NCAA Sweet 16, the first time an Ivy team had been there since 1979.) That run would have made for a historic weekend, but wait… there’s more! The men’s hockey team had won the ECAC and was moving on, and the women’s hockey team was competing for a national championship, as was the wrestling team. All told, it added up to 12 hours of coverage over a 3-day span, and the women’s hockey and wrestling teams both finished as national runners-up. A few months after that veritable sports smorgasbord, Goldberg and his colleagues at MomentumMedia released “Making History: March 1821, 2010, The Greatest Cornell Sports Weekend Ever.” Looking back on that time, Mark said, “We ended up doing two specialty books, one on the basketball team and one on all four teams. Jon Jacques (a member of the Sweet Sixteen team and a current Cornell assistant coach) had been writing for me, and he’s such a good writer. We completed the book about the basketball team, and we said, ‘This will never happen again.’ I got so

absorbed and I said ‘Let’s do another one!’” Asked if the book made anyone wealthy, Mark laughed and said, “We sold some, but it didn’t matter. We had to get it done.” The book featured some great photographs from some of the area’s best sports photographers, like Tim McKinney, Patrick Shanahan and Dave Burbank, Lindsey Michalik and Ned Dykes, and some great writing was put forth by Andy Noel, Dave Wohlheuter, Jeremy Schaap, Jeremy Hartigan, Kevin Zense, Bill Duthie and Steve Friedman (as well as several other “insiders”) . We talked about the fact that while Cornell has not seen a weekend like that for some time (few schools have), there are still plenty of people who will be thrilled to get back to the venues when allowed. In Goldberg’s words, “Attending Cornell sporting events is a huge part of their social lives. The hockey games, the wrestling matches – they sell them out.” Sounding more like a fan than a journalist, Mark added, “When I talk to people about it, there is even a bit of depression. People will come back for sure.” Reiterating what he wrote in the book’s introduction, Mark added, “As Cornell fans, we will remember March 18-21, 2010 forever.”

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been absolutely heroic during this entire time. We have again and again asked them to deliver the impossible and they have risen to the challenge. My second point is that there has been good that has come from the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking back over the nearly nine months that we’ve been living this, and even what we face now...it’s easy to miss this. I think it’s easy to be discouraged and demoralized. And certainly everyone involved is exhausted, but we can also be lifted up by certain bright points, silver linings as I call them. And they give us hope and encouragement, if we can recognize them.” Stallone is very proud of the award and says it will be displayed at the hospital.  The third ToGo award when to Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino.  “This award means a lot to Tompkins County,” Molino said. “If anything over the past 10 months, relationships and partners have allowed us to work collectively through the betterment of the community. It’s been a true pleasure working side-byside with Cornell and the leadership team there. Frankly, I think we could probably write a book on relationships and how important they are in managing situations like this.”  

After the ToGos were accepted, Susan Riley and Kate Supron presented the retiree awards to the following people: Karen Bishop, Bev Chin, Melissa Gatch, Joanie Groom, Janice Johnson, Mark Macera, Dan McClure, Sarah Myers, John O’Neill, John Spence, Paul Streeter, Liz Thomas, Daniel Tier, Rich Tracy, Jim Weber, Deborah Whitney and Erik Whitney.   The 10th Annual Town Gown Awards ended with one last award, the 2020 ToGo Achievement Award which was given to professor Richard S. Booth.  “Thank you very much,” Booth began in his remarks. “I’m honored and I’m very appreciative of this award. I’ve been fortunate to be a member of the faculty and the department of city and regional planning, which has not only allowed, but in fact encouraged me to pursue my interest in public service.”  Booth has always not only seen himself as a professor, but also focusing on public service. “It’s been a wonderful journey and I thank you again for this  award,” Booth expressed.  -Sydney Keller

Artist Marjorie Hoffman’s exhibit at ArtSpace Gallery is rich in color and texture


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thaca’s fall gallery season has been characterized by the cautious reopening of key local art spaces. (Cornell’s Johnson Museum and Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery, which remain closed to the general public, are the major exceptions.) Run by the local arts council and located on the Commons, the Community Arts Partnership’s ArtSpace Gallery is the latest reentry. Their November show, “And It’s Good: Mosaics by Marjorie Hoffman,” (showing through Nov. 28) is most welcome. Featuring framed, wall-mounted pieces in a medium less-often seen in a formal gallery setting, it makes good use of the expansive space, also known as the Ithaca Commons Gallery. Hoffman’s work incorporates handmade ceramic tiles, fragments of stained glass, and carved and found pieces of wood, as well as stones and shells. (Witness the unexpectedly Pop-reminiscent “And It’s Good Logo,” a square panel with the cartoonishly lettered title in the center, in grisaille, surrounded by colorful strips of glass.) The bounties of nature, particularly plant life, are her main themes, though a few pieces here illustrate or allude to Biblical themes. Not surprisingly, given Hoffman’s contemporary mosaic approach, a tension emerges between the predominant shallow relief and

her more fully sculptural elements. Small stones and shells act as textural punctuation while larger forms, such as her ceramic leaves and flower petals and natural wood forms, act as “figures,” drawing the viewer’s focused attention. This tension, while sometimes awkwardly resolved, adds to the interest of her work. A welcome outlier here, “Cherry Blossoms” pushes the interplay of flat and three-dimensional elements to a comical, even absurd extent. Supported by a dark tree branch, a pale, pink, papier-mâché cloud bursts out along the top edge of a lime-green-painted wooden box frame. The sky, in a light purple-blue, has been shoved beneath, filled out in an incongruously delicate tesserae of stones, shells and tiles. It would be interesting to see more work that breaks the frame, extending out into the realm of full-fledged sculpture. Or perhaps the artist might alternate freestanding pieces with wall-mounted works. More characteristic, at least in style, is “The Lord Saw It Was Good.” A nicely articulated, tan-toned carved wood hand emerges from the sky. He (God) is about to release a small bird, in a lighter wood, upon a somber-colored stained glass landscape held together in lines of pale, dirty yellow mortar. A banner—a mottled ceramic tile—floats through the sky, bearing the title in tiny black letters. It’s a characteristically cute, unexpected detail. “Entwined” is a particularly striking piece. Sculpted in medium relief, a central panel in reddish, patinated clay bears the image of a mother and her infant child. Her head and shoulders nearly fill the left, her eyelids shut, face down, wearied. The baby boy, in profile, is alert and expectant. Framing the ceramic panel but integral to the piece, a shallower

carved wood area carries leaves (in yellowgreen) and branches (in thin turquoise). Hoffman has added a shelf-like ledge to her usual wood strip frame, echoing the form of an altarpiece. While three multi-panel pieces (two triptychs and a diptych) allow the artist to stretch out a bit, the emphasis here is single-panel pieces: tightly packed, self-enclosing microcosmic plant-scapes. Ceramic flowers and leaves engulf most of the artist’s pieces here: sometimes gaudy but at their best welcoming and rich. “Chaos of Tropical Life III” is a particularly engaging effort. The panel incorporates snaking copper wires into its dense mélange of deep green leaves, crimson and orange ochre accents, and evocations of dark soil. The leaves are accented—seemingly lit—with veins of eye-popping white. Predominantly ceramic pieces like “Tropical Leaves,” “Lilly,” and “Sedum” zoom in on plant forms in a manner reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe. These display a compelling abstraction, but the glossiness of the glaze can be off-putting when not offset by rougher textures and more subdued surfaces. “Staghorn Fern” gets the balance right, playing off shiny and matte, bright and dark, clay fronds against a seemingly nocturnal ground of glass and stone. In deference to the current public health crisis, “And It’s Good” can also be viewed as a “virtual exhibit.” (See the CAP ArtSpace’s website for a link.) I recommend, however, seeing Hoffman’s mosaics—rich in color and varied textures—in person if possible.•

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uch to study her in as has complete a fashion been as I wanted. So in written on modernthe final chapter ist writer Virginia of my third book, Woolf, and profes“Family Likeness: sor Mary Jean CorSex, Marriage, and bett, who specializIncest from Jane es in 19th-century Austen to VirBritish literature ginia Woolf ” (also at the Univerpublished by sity of Miami, has Cornell in 2008), I researched more chose to situate her about this iconic representations of writer in her recent sexual abuse (in her book “Behind the memoirs and late Times.” Published fiction) in relation by Cornell Univerto nineteenthMary Jean Corbet sity Press. In this century materials. interview, Corbett One of the readers discusses what her of the manuscript research found and illustrates why Woolf suggested that, in leaping from a discusis a late-period Victorian writer and how sion of Elizabeth Gaskell's final novel, Woolf rewrote history. “Wives and Daughters” (serialized from Ithaca Times: Talk about your latest 1864-66), to Woolf 's work (her first novel book titled “Behind the Times” and what wasn't published until 1915), I was overmade you decide to write about Virginia looking a lot of women's writing published Woolf. in the interim, which Woolf (I have come Mary Jean Corbett: I have been fasto see) largely ignored. Though I couldn't cinated by Virginia Woolf 's writing since remedy that gap in “Family Likeness,” I my college years, but as someone who decided that I wanted to figure out why primarily specializes in nineteenth-centuthe writer so well-known for the claim ry literature, I hadn't had an opportunity that "we think back through our mothers

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if we are women" hadn't attended more in her own writing to the literary "mothers" of the generation just prior to her own. So I turned in particular to her nonfictional writing of the first two decades of the 20th century — diaries, letters, reviews, essays — to see if I could assess the reasons for this gap. And I also began to read in the varied literatures of the late Victorian period, particularly what's known as "New Woman" fiction as well as work by those of their contemporaries who also had close ties to Woolf 's birth family. From there, I branched out to consider Woolf 's ambivalence regarding two key movements in which late-Victorian women of her class background were very much involved: philanthropy and suffrage. At this point I knew I had another book on my hands! IT: Many think of Woolf as a “modern” writer, but your research shows she was tied to the late Victorian period. Can you say how this shaped her as a writer? And how she rewrote the past while living in the early part of the 20th century? MJC: One of the things that made a key difference in her career, I think, is that her father, Leslie Stephen, was a well-known man of letters who encouraged her reading and writing from her earliest years. He was also, however, 50 years old at the time she was born, and his literary tastes and values were very much shaped by the midVictorian standards set by "great men" such as Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens, and William Thackeray. With a few exceptions, he had little interest in the emerging new literatures of the 1880s and 90s, and since his daughter was educated at home, she didn't have much access to those new literatures until after her father's death in 1904. Also, because she was a girl, her reading was much more closely monitored than her brothers' would have been. But while she rejected quite a bit of her father's mid-Victorian point of view, she didn't do so entirely. Like him, she maintained a bias against literature with an explicitly political agenda, even a feminist agenda. And she also resisted the idea of literature as a money-making profession — although she did go on to make quite a bit of money from it herself! These facts account, in part, for her attitude toward a number of women writers active around the turn of the century.  As others scholars have noted, Woolf persistently returned to and rewrote the Victorian era, often in a comic tone, as in “Orlando” (1928) or “Flush” (1932). My book focuses much less on these comic representations of the Victorians, however, and more on the shaping force of the nineteenth-century tradition on her first two novels, “The Voyage Out” (1915) and “Night and Day” (1919), and on her revisionary look at the later Victorians in the last novel published in her lifetime, “The Years” (1937). It's my argument that as an older writer, she actively worked to make up for the gaps in her knowledge and understanding of the turn-of-the-century world in which she'd been raised. IT: Woolf ’s life was a journey of selfdiscovery; she had 20 journals, numerous letters, essays and nine books when

she passed away. It seems her 20 journals show the intensity and personal focus to her writing, but what is your sense of Woolf ’s contribution to literature as an early feminist? MJC: It's interesting that for a good portion of her adult life Woolf eschewed the word "feminist," supporting a number

of the movement's goals while rejecting some of its more conservative aspects. Yet Woolf 's contribution is nonetheless very considerable; she has had a formidable, indeed, global influence on any number of writers. Whatever its blindspots, “A Room of One's Own” (1929) remains a key foundational work of feminist criti-

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aving covered the greater Ithaca dining scene for about 20 years, I have come to admire any restaurant that survives, and thrives, for a long period of time. Moosewood, still at its original site in the Dewitt Mall, has done just that. It opened in January 1973 so is now approaching its 50th anniversary. In fact, my first assignment for the Ithaca

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Times was to write a feature article about Moosewood’s 20-year anniversary in January 1993. When it opened it had eight coowners. Over time that has increased to 19 co-owners, and at least two of the original group still work there, both in the kitchen. Each of the co-owners has adopted a specialty that fits his/her individual interest.


Moosewood has developed a national reputation based on their cookbooks – there are now 14 – and their original and creative vegetarian recipes. The menu changes frequently – usually weekly – and the major categories like bowls, entrées, lighter fare, and even burgers and wraps feature the incorporation and combination of a multitude of ingredients. For example: I recently ordered Red Bean Jambalaya ($13.50) from the entrées section. That one dish included sautéed onions, celery, organic red beans, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, okra, tomatoes, garlic, creole spices, thyme, basil, a dark rice flour roux, organic red quinoa and kale, and was topped with smoked New York State cheddar cheese. Unfortunately, among the ingredients that were not listed on the menu were two inedible bay leaves. I was surprised that the chef hadn’t remembered to remove them. At lunchtime during a subsequent week, I tried the Indian Cashew Curry ($13.50) and wasn’t surprised to find 17 ingredients listed in its description. Noteworthy among them was karee, a yellow, mild curry paste often used in Thai recipes. In Thai cooking, karee is often combined with coconut milk, and at Moosewood, one of the ingredients was, indeed, coconut milk. It should be mentioned that the staff is diligent in presenting original fare from foreign lands and, after eating a meal

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TECHNICIANS NEEDED! Royal Nissan Subaru & Royal Chevrolet has Immediate Openings. ALL SKILL LEVELS. Offering: Paid Training, Benefits, Paid Vacation. Pay Commensurate with Experience. Contact Dave Edwards, Service Manager, in confidence at: 607-7567555 or dedwards@royalautogroup.com SALES CONSULTANTS NEEDED! No Experience Required. Paid Training, Benefits, Paid Vacation, $26,000 Plus Commission. Join the Busiest Sales Floor in the Area. Contact Joe Reagan, Owner, in confidence at: 607-756-7555 or jreagan@royalautogroup.com



DELIVERY Part-Time Route Driver needed for delivery of newspapers every Wednesday. Must be available 9am-1pm, have reliable transportation, and a good driving record.

Call 277-7000


Begin a new career and earn your Degree at CTI! Online Computer & Medical training available for Veterans & families! To learn more, call 855-541-6634. (AAN CAN)


Become a Medical Office Professional online at CTI! Get Trained, Certified & ready to work in months! Call 866-2435931. M-F 8am-6pm ET) (AAN CAN)



• Rebuilt • Reconditioned • Bought• Sold • Moved • Tuned • Rented

Complete rebuilding services. No job too big or too small. Call us.

Ithaca Piano Rebuilders (607) 272-6547 950 Danby Rd., Suite 26

South Hill Business Campus, Ithaca, NY





805/Business Services

HughesNet Satellite Internet

Anyone that was inappropriately touched by a Scout leader deserves justice and financial compensation! Victims may be eligible for a significant cash settlement. Time to file is limited. Call Now! 844-8968216 (AAN CAN)


Compare 20 A-rated insurances companies. Get a quote within minutes. Average savings of $444/year! Call 844-712-6153! (M-F 8am-8pm Central) (AAN CAN)

Septic, sewer, drain cleaning, excavation company www.cleanearthseptic. com

www.cleanearthseptic.com Sewer Line jetting, tank pumping, video pipe inspection & more (607) 564-7931


Let us fight for you! Our network has recovered millions for clients! call today for a FREE consultation! 1-866-9912581 (AAN-CAN)


Become a Medical Office Professional online at CTI! Get Trained, Certified & ready to work in months! Call 855-5436440. (M-F 8am-6pm ET) (NYSCAN)

4G LTE Home Internet Now Available!

Get GotW3 with lighting fast speeds plus take your service with you when you travel! As low as $109.99/mo! 1-888519-0171 (AAN CAN)


No Contact Virtual. Ch. 7 Bankruptcy $500 Legal Fee. Must have e-mail access. Also Ch. 11 Business Ch. 12 Farm & Ch. 13 Foreclosure. Auto Accident Injury too. Call/text Mark Gugino. 144 Bald Hill, Danby 607-207-0888; hk@ twcny.rr.com


$59.99 For 190 Channels + $14.95 High Speed Internet. Free Installation, Smart HD DVR Included, Free Voice Remote. Some restrictions apply. 1-888-609-9405 (NYSCAN)


and LED signs Manufacturer Direct plus installation services. Signs available on NYSID Fiberdyne Labs, Inc. Frankford, NY Sales@Fiberdyne.com; WWW. Fiberdyne.com. Call or Click today: 315895-8470.


ONLY $35/month! 155 Channels & 1000s of Shows/Movies On Demand (w/SELECT All Included Package.) PLUS Stream on Up to FIVE Screens Simultaneously at No Additional Cost. Call DIRECTV 1-888-534-6918 (NYSCAN)



Train ONLINE to get the skills to become a Computer & Help Desk Professional now! Now offering grants & scholarships for certain programs for qualified applicants. Call CTI for details! (844) 947-0192 (M-F 8AM-6PM ET) (NYSCAN)

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Get Fresh Start or Forgiveness‎. Call

1-877-258-2890 Monday through Friday 7AM-5PM PST (AAN CAN)


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(Substitute, Part-time)


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Are you behind paying your MORT-

the bank threatening foreclosure? CALL Homeowners Relief Line NOW for Help

1-855-439-5853 Mon-Fri: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sat: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm (all times Pacific) (AAN CAN)

Struggling With Your Private Student Loan Payment?

New relief programs can reduce your payments.


OCM BOCES has the need for a part-time substitute Custodial Worker I, available at multiple locations within Cortland County.

GAGE? Denied a Loan Modification? Is

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Place Your Ad Go to ithaca.com/classifieds

Call the Helpline 888-670-5631 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Eastern) (AAN CAN)

Responsible for routine

building cleaning tasks, cleaning ceiling vents, changing lights, washing windows, toilets, fixtures, collecting trash, minor maintenance and repair on equipment, and maintaining inventory of supplies and equipment. Send letter of interest and resume to: OCM BOCES, Personnel Department/ Recruitment Office, PO Box 4754, Syracuse, NY 13221. For more information, visit our website at: www.ocmboces.org EOE


Tax Foreclosed Real Estate Auction Cayuga County • Online Only 30+ parcels available: Lots, Acreage, Homes, Commercial Properties

Due to COVID-19 mandates and regulations, this auction will be conducted 100% online.

Online Auction Start: November 19TH, 12PM Online Auction Closing Begins: December 3RD, 10AM

**Pre-Registration Required**

To participate in this online only auction, please visit our website and complete the “Online Bidder Registration Packet”. Originals must be received at our office no later than 11/30.

For complete information, visit www.auctionsinternational.com/liveauctions or call 800-536-1401, Ext. 110 “Selling Surplus Assets 7 Days a Week Online”

Prepare for power outages with a Generac home standby generator SCHEDULE YOUR FREE IN-HOME ASSESSMENT TODAY!



7-Year Extended Warranty* A $695 Value! Offer valid August 24, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Special Financing Available Subject to Credit Approval

*Terms & Conditions Apply

Saving a Life EVERY 11 MINUTES

alone I’m never

Life Alert® is always here for me. One touch of a button sends help fast, 24/7. with


Help at Home Help On-the-Go ®

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

Batteries Never Need Charging.

For a FREE brochure call:

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277-7000 p h o n e 277-1012 f a x

Men’s and Women’s Alterations for over 20 years

Same Day Service Available

John Serferlis - Tailor


Open and Delivering!

Pesticide/herbicide free

Fur & Leather repair, zipper repair.

John’s Tailor Shop


The Roberts Family Tree Farm, Groton

Choose & Cut Xmas trees Come see Socially-distanced Santa on Dec 6 from 11am-2pm

102 The Commons



Google/Facebook for hours, info and directions

Macintosh Consulting 2300 N. Triphammer Rd.

http://www.allaboutmacs.com (607) 280-4729

No Health Insurance? No Problem!

607 391-2227

Free Medical and Holistic Care! Medicaid Enrollment & Medical Debt Advocacy

ANIMALS Looking to Boost your Holiday


Oil Change

Find out about great holiday ad packages at

Includes oil & filter

Please forward a resume to: Todd James, Marathon

Cash Coupon

Central School, PO Box 339, Marathon, NY 13803.

Ithaca Auto Service

Love dogs?


Check out Cayuga Dog Rescue! Adopt! Foster! Volunteer! Donate for vet care!


READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS? We reach more Ithacans in more ways than anyone!

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Buy Local Issue - November 24 Holiday Gift Guide - December 9 Last-minute Gift Guide - December 21

For more info call 607-277-7000 x214 or email Larry@ithacatimes.com

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Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture

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The only dedicated retail store



INDEPENDENCE CLEANERS CORP 607-227-3025 / 607-697-3294

(Across From Mc Donald’s)

4 tire rotation & brake check with Community

Ithaca.com & Ithaca Times


New Location: 363 Elmira Rd Ithaca


Cheerleading Coach

Deadline November 30, 2020.

Save up to $1000 Bishops Carpet One

Call Larry at 607-277-7000 ext 214

High School Cheerleading Coach

Flooring Sale

521 West Seneca Street |www.ithacahealth.org

Business this year?


Marathon Central School Positions for 2020-2021:

Ithaca Free Clinic (607)330-1254

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