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epresentatives of a community solar project planned for Millard and Burdge Hill Road in Newfield met with members of the Newfield Planning Board and the Newfield Town Board to discuss the details of the project Aug. 8. Local officials had many questions for Peter Dolgos of Delaware River Solar and Nicholas Vamvas, project engineer at The Chazen Companies, the civil engineering firm in charge of the project. Randy Brown, Newfield Planning Board member, stated that access driveways are supposed to be prepped before construction begins. He pointed to another community solar site in Newfield, which is in the late stages of construction on Millard Hill Road. The newly constructed array is not owned by Delaware River but by Nexamp, but they are similar in size and function, and Brown said they raise some concerns. “They just started going through, and it’s a mud road and that’s it,” Brown said. Vamvas told the board that it is required by state law that the site have a permanent access road. The original plans showed only temporary roads, but there will actually be a stabilized grass roadway that will be mowed and maintained. Nexamp had seven access roads during its construction, and Planning Board members were concerned about Delaware River’s plan to have just one access point. They heard out the board’s concerns but didn’t give any indication that they will be changing those plans at this point. Dolgos said that a different construction company is being used for the new project. He said that he believes much of 3  T

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The Green Street Garage’s health is now the subject of a lawsuit. (Photo by Casey Matin)

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Lawsuit alleges city failed to maintain Green Street Garage


n another twist to the Green Street Garage redevelopment process, one of the prospective developers has filed a lawsuit against the City of Ithaca alleging failure to maintain the garage’s structural health and safety. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month by Ithaca Properties, LLC, accuses the city of violating its contract with the company by neglecting to conduct necessary repairs in the Green Street Garage. The suit does not specify a monetary amount, though it claims the city has breached its contract with the property owners regarding the garage’s structural health and must make the needed repairs to the garage

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immediately, while also asking for financial damages that would theoretically stem from construction on the property. Ithaca Properties currently owns the Rothschild Building on the Commons, which houses the Finger Lakes School of Massage among other businesses on its lower floor, and was the first developer to submit a formal proposal to redevelop the garage when the city opened the floor for submissions earlier this year. The redevelopment proposal, which included a plan to rehabilitate the Green Street Garage in exchange for a low or nonexistent sale price from the city for the land, is not referenced in the suit.

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The crux of the lawsuit surrounds the structural health of the garage, drawing evidence from a 2016 report from an outside engineering firm, Stantec, that the city commissioned to assess the structure’s health. The report found a litany of problems with the garage, stating the widespread nature of its deficiencies and necessary repairs left the Green Street Garage with “limited options.” Ithaca Properties claims this warrants a breach of contract on the part of the City, which they say has failed to uphold its half of the agreement signed with the Rothschild Building’s previous owners. Those same problems, the lawsuit alleges, must be fixed “in the next one to two years” and will make the Rothschild Building uninhabitable during the duration of the

Survival Guide, designed to help these new young adults navigate our fair city without angering too many people. And as we provide those helpful tips, we just ask for a second of your consideration. We know, there’s a lot going on as school starts, but just take a few minutes to fill this out.

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Stewart Park’s communitybuild inclusive playground


pproximately 1,000 volunteers are needed during Phase I of the community-build construction of Stewart Park’s new inclusive playground, which will begin in the middle of September. Spearheaded by FSP executive director Rick Manning and

Friends of Stewart Park (FSP) are asking for help between September 11 and September 16. The inclusive playground is a major component of FSP’s and the City of Ithaca’s ongoing collaborative revitalization of Stewart Park that began in 2011

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FSP board chairperson Diana Riesman, several years of community planning along with fund-raising efforts have gone into this $1.5 million project that includes a $1 million NYS municipal grant secured by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.

with a series of projects to be completed in time for the park’s centennial celebration on July 4, 2021. As a volunteer communitybuild project, FSP’s playground build coordinator Lucas Raley said, “We want people to know


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lot of people with 26 years in their chosen profession might say that they always knew what they would be when they grew up. Not so with Joe Nelson. Trumansburg’s new police chief, who stepped into the position just last week after the retirement of longtime chief Tom Ferretti, said that if it wasn’t for his late mother, Julia Diann Sams, he might have quit on his first day at the police academy. His family travelled from Ithaca to drop him off, and other families were there seeing their loved ones off as well. Then they all went home, and the students were left to face the realities of the academy.

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“Prior to that, all the staff at the academy was pleasant and nice,” Nelson said. “The attitude changed once the parents left.” He wasn’t used to the military-type “breaking down and building back up process,” he said. “They gave us two hours that day to leave the academy and get our stuff in order, and I went down to Washing Ave to Denny’s in Albany and called my mother and told her ‘I want to come home,’” Nelson said. She convinced him to stick it out for week, and if he didn’t like it then he could quit. He ended up staying. Like many things in his life, Nelson said, he owes his career

about the project and we need people to help. Seventy volunteers are needed for each of the three daily shifts over six days.” Community-built playground design and construction services were pioneered during the early 1970s by Ithaca architect Bob Leathers and his associates whose expertise eventually drew international recognition with projects around the world. Since 2014, FSP has been working with Ithaca-based playground firms Parkitects, Play by Design, and Earthplay (some of whom are Leathers alumni) to design a playground that offers side by side play for children of all ages and abilities, while incorporating aspects of Ithaca’s rich history with design elements such as a steamboat and a trolley. “Stewart Park will never be the same,” Samantha McAdams of Play by Design said. “Over the years, accessibility and inclusion has become part of the design process, which is an opportunity to include the diversity that Ithaca has to offer. This park will be a place for families of all ages and abilities to socialize and make memories together.” McAdams added that gathering feedback from locals is the first step in Play by Design’s process, and that subsequently they work with other firms to formulate the best idea possible. “Collecting initial feedback

from the community is the basis where we begin each and every design,” McAdams said. “That way, it truly is a project specific to the community. Having the opportunity to bounce ideas off of other design and manufacturing firms in a collaborative effort gives Stewart Park one step above the other projects.” Rusty Keeler, of Earthplay, said he was involved in creating the Sand Play and Music Play Areas, as well as more generalized landscaping ideas that would advance the interest of children playing at the site to nature. “I actually love that the design process took a long time — we had many meetings and listened to many stakeholders, experts, and community-members about how to create a truly inclusive space for all children,” Keeler said. “Being part of the playground design ‘dream team’ was a lot of fun and everybody brought great humor and talent to the meetings and ultimately the design. Stewart Park is a special place— it deserves a truly special play space.” During the initial 5-day construction phase, volunteers will be crucial, not just to get the work done but to ensure the goals of the project, to remain vitally local and communityoriented at its core. Play by Design will be leading the

to his mom. Sams was a single mother who raised Nelson and his brother, who is an Ithaca police officer, with the help of family and friends. She had a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis, but she didn’t let that stop her from becoming one of the most accomplished women in Tompkins County. She was a heralded community leader, an Ithaca City alderwoman, and an advocate for African Americans and people with disabilities. Nelson said that’s another thing he owes his mother: his strong sense of community, which he plans to bring to his role as Trumansburg Police Chief. “You should know that when you come to Trumansburg it is a safe community,” Nelson said. “You should feel comfortable and safe approaching a police officer and

know that you are going to be treated fairly, and at any point in time if you’re not feeling comfortable during that interaction you should feel like you can come in and say something to me.” He said that one of his goals is for police officers in Trumansburg to be seen not just as protectors but as resources for assistance. “This county has a lot of programs, and not everyone always knows about the food pantries or shelters. It’s about asking how we can help an individual in need and seeing what we can do to help whatever is occurring with that person at the time.” Nelson said he would like to create a more consistent presence of recognizable

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With vacancies rising, is the student rental market flatlining?


he phrases “development boom” and “student housing” have been unmistakably linked in the Ithaca development lexicon over the last several years, as the constant need for the latter significantly contributed to the beginning of the former.

But while official data is scarce, recent trends show the seemingly bottomless demand for student housing might have actually met its bottom, or is at least approaching it. What that means for landlords, and future development patterns, is still very murky and might not be known definitively for years to come. There’s certainly no shortage of student-focused, or student-exclusive, housing in the development pipeline for the next several years. The Maplewood Apartments are set to open in the next few weeks, catering mainly to Cornell University graduate students, while projects downtown like City Centre are sure to garner its fair share of student tenants as well. That’s to say nothing of projects that are on the horizon and could be approved for construction in the next year or so, such as the North Campus Residential Initiative, a 2,000 bed-expansion for Cornell under-grads, along with potentially a redevelopment of the East Hill Plaza that could add more student beds and a massive Varna project that is still in its infancy.

This influx of housing would normally be welcomed, since the development conversation over the last several years always revolves around densifying and providing more housing for students so that other housing can be dedicated to normal residents, likely

without parental backing, who can’t afford the higher student rental rates. But, though hard data is unavailable to the public on the topic, many officials on either side of the development process said vacancy rates are higher than normal and rising, with the rental market struggling to sustain itself just with the current housing stock. While the evidence is almost strictly anecdotal at this point, so many parties are saying the same thing that it has become difficult to ignore. “We are hearing the same complaints and it is getting stronger than it has in the last few years,” Tompkins County Assessor Jay Franklin wrote in an email. “Ten years ago, I would say that vacancy wasn’t an issue at all. But starting 2 years ago, we started hearing more from landlords about vacancies they were experiencing. I think it will only get worse with the number of apartments we have being built, are in the planning stage, and also the projects that haven’t been formally announced yet.” Perhaps one of the most subtle, but strong, indicators of

market changes is the shifting interest of some student housing stalwarts. Visum Development has cut its teeth in the Ithaca development scene through numerous projects centered around Collegetown and focused on the student renter population. Yet recently they have begun to stray from that successful recipe; Visum is now involved in the bidding to redevelop the Green Street Garage downtown, and has seemingly backed off plans to build student housing where the Nines restaurant currently sits. Visum CEO Todd Fox said he feels the weakening of the student market is hard to deny at this point, which has motivated his company to look elsewhere for profitable development opportunities. “You’re definitely seeing a higher vacancy rate across the board because of all the new inventory that has come online,” Fox said. “Most of the growth has come in the student housing market. Because of all the new student housing beds being added to the market, we are starting to see price compression in rents [...] You cannot deny how it’s becoming increasingly difficult to lease apartments and how it’s taken significantly longer to get buildings rented. If you don’t think there is softening in the student housing market you’re either delusional or uninformed.” Fox did not respond to questions regarding the possibility of a student housing “bubble,” but did say overall he’s optimistic about the general development future of Ithaca. Tompkins County Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability Megan McDonald wouldn’t go so far as to say the student housing market is weakened, but did relay that she too had heard of landlords struggling to fill units recently, particularly in places not directly adjacent to Cornell University or Ithaca College. “Unfortunately, there isn’t a good source for current data on vacancy rates for the student-focused market specifically to be able to say the student market is ‘softening,’ but we have heard anecdotally that landlords renting units for high prices in less-than prime locations are having a harder time filling those

units,” McDonald wrote in an email. “Developers starting big projects geared toward students are certainly invested in having adequate demand for their product and would typically analyze demand prior to moving forward with construction [...] Competition for land in that prime area has been intense, so it makes sense that we would see local developers starting to look at the rest of the market.” McDonald also said market demands are changing, with students less likely to room together in a large structure, like a 5-bedroom house, and more likely to stick with a one- or two-bedroom house. If development follows that trend it could bode well, as those types of units are more appealing to a wider-swath of the population, including young professionals who have already graduated and older people moving into retirement. Landlords Association of Tompkins County Vice President Brian McElroy confirmed that they are hearing constant stories of landlords having to reduce monthly rents significantly and, even after that, still struggling to occupy their properties. “A lot of landlords who are having a hard time renting their apartments,” “I know of several landlords who are sitting on empty apartments, who have taken their rent down to 2012-2013 prices who still aren’t able to fill their apartment. This year has been a lot softer than people have talked about.” As development continues, the remaining chances to jump into the market grows ever smaller, Fox said. With that comes more anxiety that a developer who gets into the market too late will end up holding the bag, and quite a few unoccupied units, when demand is finally satisfied. “Real estate is like musical chairs,” Fox said. “Each time a new building gets built, the less opportunity exists in the market. The difference in the real estate industry is that you don’t want to be the last one to grab the chair.”•


▶▶ Thumbs Down: Last Tuesday’s flash flooding wreaked havoc on our neighbors to the north in Seneca and Schuyler Counties, causing destruction and loss of property, leaving many without potable water, power, and working septic systems and the cancellation of Phish’s Curveball festival in Watkins Glen. Some areas, including Lodi Point and Sheldrake, will take months, if not years, to recover from the devastation. ▶▶ Thumbs Up: To our area’s first responders for helping victims of the historic flooding last week, including Ithaca Fire Department who were called in to assist. Additionally, many local groups such as the Enfield Volunteer Fire Dept. have collected supplies and are pitching in with temporary shelter for those in need. The Red Cross of Western and Central NY is a good place to start if you would like to help.


▶▶ Seen: As if Ithaca were not confusing enough for drivers, with its plethora of one-way streets, now walkers have the challenge of finding which sidewalks are actually open for foot traffic. Don’t get us wrong, some of those Court Street sidewalks challenged gravity at times and we welcome the new level terrain. But if a person has not had her first cup of coffee for the day, anything that disrupts her normal walking route is a harsh start to the workday.


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It is di ff icu lt t o avoi d t h e su pe r l at i v e w h e n I ta l k a bou t It h ac a. e’re the city with the most gorgeous recently I have been reflecting on this. My crew coach at Cascadilla Boat Club was a landscapes, the most fantastic universities, the most delicious res- postdoc living on a minimal stipend. My orchestra conductor at Caroline Elementaurants, the most fun things to do, the most tary worked a second job as a store clerk to amazing people. The City continues to be supplement her income. My dear friend and recognized as one of the best places to live in her sister were raised in Fall Creek by their the U.S. That’s no surprise to the people who single mom on a part-time chef salary. call Ithaca home. The same folks who help The richness in this shape the vibe and personalcommunity is expressed ity of a city are the people in its people, culture, and who are lost when cities environment. The hard become too expensive. truth, though, is that it’s also In reality, I am pleased to introduce expressed in an increasing affordable my company to Ithaca. The barrier to entry. People are Vecino Group is one of four housing means being priced out of a city participating in the that prides itself on being a much more than firms submission process for the city for all. numbers. Green Street Development. It’s time we change that. Our home offices are in I grew up in Eastern Missouri but with a satelHeights neighborhood, lite office in Troy and six graduated from IHS and affordable housing projects stayed to study architecture across the state, we consider at Cornell. As the skyline continues to grow, I wonder what the future ourselves neighbors in upstate NY. When talking about affordability, it’s of Ithaca will look like. It is disheartening important to understand the metrics. We to hear people say “it’s too expensive to live are proposing over 200 homes designated here.” That’s not what Ithaca is about. for individuals and families making 50 to Cities cannot retain high contribution 80 percent of the area median income, or citizens without affordable housing. As a kid, I never considered salary a defining characteristic of the people in my life, but continued on page 7

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tell you they only had one seat left nce in a while in this column I (or to begin with) at $756, and if you like to have a consumer corner order two seats they will give you two of sorts to help readers augseats with the same fare: the more ment their lives in some practical way. expensive (available) one twice, not Mainly I’m supposed to entertain one with the cheaper and one with here, and while that seems simple the more expensive. They bundle by enough, it’s not always easy to do or what is available for what they will feel confident about. If, however, I call a group, at the higher price, and can help readers live a little better, hope you won’t notice, or care enough smarter, or cheaper, that’s a clear goal to start over and change. met. Similarly, a round-trip ticket I’m talking minor aid, of course, might cost more than two one-way not life-changing. I’m not smart tickets back and forth. The obfuscatenough for that, nor possessed of any ing airline might figure that you go to cosmic universals. round-trip ticketing right away, out of But I’ve got some small things to common sense (you think the airline impart, such as mentioned here some naturally wants your round-trip weeks back, for instance: two places in business, so would town to go for free air never scam you on it: for your tires, Diane’s mwooh-hah-hah-hah, Auto on W. State St., ...there is a laughs the airline), and Fastrac on N. consumer subset and charges you more Meadow. that chafes for that. Scoff if you will at If you care about at paying for the notion of seeking money, or getting something that out particular places ripped off, it’s best to for the sake of saving a used to be free check all options. It’s few quarters, but there everywhere...” even worth checking is a consumer subset with a second airline that chafes at paying for a one-way return. for something that Last week I flew from Ithaca to San used to be free everywhere and, if it Francisco on one airline, but found I still is somewhere, wishes to know. could return cheaper on another. The “Cheapskates” is the name of this cost of a one-way on one airline and subset, and sometimes you can’t the return on another was less than blame them, so why not join them? using either airline for either a roundWhy pay $1.25 at a gas station for air trip or two one-ways. Caveat flier. for nothing? No one pays $20 at the A side benefit of such scrutiny and gas pump and then takes only $18.75 usage was discovering big differences worth. in service between the two airlines Transportation costs are among serving Ithaca-San Francisco. I don’t the five highest in the average U.S. want to impugn anyone about items household. If you happen to be somesuch as snack mixes and drinks, cruone who frequents airlines, a major cial as they are, but contact me if you transport expense, this column can want, and I’ll give you details. help you. The savings of all this online work I worked in airline reservations mitigated the cost of the convenience years ago, when they were done of flying out of Ithaca rather than between people live on the phone, and chasing cheap fares out of Syracuse or learned a few tricks (which might or somewhere. Our local airport costs might not be a pejorative term), which more, generally, but is a paragon of still exist. quickness, nearness, and cool. When In those days, reservation agents I showed up at check-in, the worker routinely withheld information from was so ready that I kept him waiting, customers to maximize revenue. Airrather than vice versa. line websites do the same today. I was gone from Ithaca five days, When you look at an airline weband drove myself to the airport and site and it says the lowest round-trip left my car there, which cost less than fare from Ithaca to San Francisco is cab fares back and forth. $756, and you reserve two seats, it Really? Oh, yes indeed. You are might actually end up totalling more welcome, fellow cheapskates• than $756 twice, because they don’t

T a k e ▶▶ Director/ producer Josh Fox will bring his show ‘The Truth Has Changed’ to Cornell’s Bailey Hall on Friday evening at 7:30. Fox is best known for making ‘fracking’ a household word with his 2010 film Gasland. His latest show traces the downward trajectory of our democracy and

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addresses the concerns by stressing smart citizen action, especially through voting (see the cover of this issue). Tickets are free, but required and can be acquired at Willard Straight Hall beginning today. ( Read more on p. 29) ▶▶ Tractor Supply Company in Ithaca is hosting pet adoptions and a

pet supplies drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community members and their dogs, cats, pigs, goats and more are invited to make their way to the Elmira Road store to support local pet adoptions and maybe ‘just look’ at the furry friends in need of a permanent home.

YOUR LETTERS On instituting a living wage in Tompkins County You’re only going to know how people are spending after they are paid $15.00 per hour. You can’t foresee the future. Each person has varied experiences every day. One person may be paying down a medical bill while others are buying new furniture. A living wage of $15.00 per hour will change a lot of lives, help boost the economy, help pay off bills, credit cards, student loans. I think the time is Now. Every business will benefit from it. I live in TN, I moved here from that area. Every business here pays $15.00 an hour and up. One person in a family can bring home $2000 a month. That’s just one person. We have no state tax here. Everything is inexpensive. Houses are well kept. I wish you’d start paying those employees what they’re worth. Juleen Gutchess, via Facebook

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$29,500 to $67,360 annually. Monthly rents are scheduled to be $657 to $1,000 for a studio, $705 to $1,079 for a one-bedroom, $852 to $1,221 for a two-bedroom and $990 to $1,484 for a three-bedroom unit. In many cases, these rents are less than half of the rents currently available in the market. In reality, affordable housing means much more than numbers. It means there are housing choices for citizens. It means less time spent commuting from surrounding villages. It means families and seniors

can afford downtown living. It means Ithaca can continue to attract and retain the people who will shape our city for generations to come. Our company mission isn’t to create housing. It’s to create a better world, one development, one community at a time. The Vecino Group is grateful for the consideration of the City of Ithaca. Here’s to a better world and a future full of housing for all. Molly Chiang, Architect with the Vecino Group. The Vecino Group is currently contending for the Green Street Garage redevelopment rights.

Barbeque This Weekend The Ithaca Police Department has announced its annual Community IPD Barbecue. The event will take place this Saturday, August 25th, announced IPD Chief Pete Tyler.

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Tompkins County could do a lot to address homelessness on LAND THEY ALREADY OWN. The site that currently has the offie for the aging on W MLK is zoned for 6 stories. Develop a 6 story building there with housing on the upper 2 floors. Use the bottom 4 as a staging site for a *temporary* TCPL. Tear down the big-box wasteful building, 101 E Green St. Build 10 stories there. The top 4-5 could be housing. The first floor could be commercial and some library services. 2nd floor library services and shared conference rooms for Tompkins County and TCPL. 3 floor perhaps office space for TCPL and/or TC. And first 4 floors of the W MLK St building could be office space with 3rd & 4th stories perhaps being converted to housing after the temporary library moves out. I hope Tompkins County takes some initiative and works to develop some of their OWN land to address homelessness and affordable housing, especially in downtown Ithaca where the problem is significant. Daniel Keough, via Facebook

The event will take place from noon to 3:00 pm at Conway Park on Cascadilla Street. The event will be informal in nature and folks can expect to get to know various officers from the Ithaca Police Department. There will be a live radio broadcast as well as a bounce house, face painting and yard games. Hot dogs, hamburgers, vegan options, and a wide array of other food will be available and, as in years past, the event is free and open to the public. Door prizes will also be available upon entry into the barbecue. Wegmans, Walmart and Collegetown Bagels are all among the several business donating to the event. “This is such a great opportunity for IPD officers to connect and reconnect with the folks in our community,” Tyler wrote in a press release. “We’ve got a lot of great officers doing a lot of great

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Leave Ithaca alone already! Continuing to ruin one of the most beautiful and unique places in the country brick by brick. Brian Mayer, via Facebook

a lot of great things in this community too. I can’t wait for this barbeque to get everyone together. Please join us, I promise you it will be a great day.”

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With THREE Korean grocery stores in town, one question should have asked about preferences in that department. Siegfried Rambaum, via Facebook

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By M att Bu tler A quick drive around Ithaca on Friday and Saturday would have revealed an unfamiliar site amid the normal traffic gridlock and in-and-out bustle of Cornell University’s move-in weekend: Signs emblazoned with “#DoesCornellCare” and a corresponding website were planted throughout the area, accompanied by a driven truck toting a neon sign that featured a cartoon of Cornell’s beloved Big Red Bear handing over sacs of money to an ominous hand. The action, orchestrated by the Tompkins-Cortland Building & Construction Trades Council, was deliberate and targeted, positioned strategically around Cornell’s campus and the surrounding area to best attract the attention of passing families of incoming students moving in for the fall semester. The goal of the public pressure, according to union officials, is to 8  T

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push Cornell into utilizing more organized union labor construction workers on its housing projects, particularly with a slew of high-profile projects being discussed, most prominently the North Campus Residential Initiative and East Hill Village. “We’ve tried to caution them,” said Dave Marsh, Secretary of the Building Trades Council. “Cornell should not be ignorant about this [...] You would like to think they’d learn from their mistakes, we’re just trying to make sure they understand our perspective. We did have these conversations early on, and they chose to ignore our concerns.” Those mistakes, as Marsh puts it, played out in real time as union workers toted signs and yelled slogans. This was by far the most significant move the labor union community in Ithaca has made in retaliation against what they say is a trend of being left out of work, despite a development

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boom that would have, in theory, been a boon to local construction firms. In September, the unions said they were happy with the work they were getting, but still felt they deserved a bigger portion of the available construction. At the time, a sizable part of their gripes centered on the massive Maplewood Apartments Redevelopment Project, a large-scale project managed by EdR Trust headquartered out of Memphis that is slated to bring 404 units and nearly 900 beds to just outside the city limits in the Town of Ithaca. Marsh estimates local union laborers made up only about 10 percent of the total Maplewood construction workers, a number that he says has grown recently as the project began needing to

call in reinforcements to try to finish on time but is still much lower than a normal Cornell project. While the project was scheduled to start moving students in as early as midJuly, it was announced in late-July that 106 students would have to postpone their starting lease dates, mostly scheduled for August 20, for several weeks due to construction delays, something Marsh, Bruer and the unions say is a clear symptom of having so little union labor on the project. In a case of dark irony, the launch of the unions’ campaign came just as EdR sent letters to other student tenants announcing another batch of delays which would affect an additional 200 or so students for between 1-3 weeks from when their leases

were scheduled to start in late August, bringing the total to nearly 300. EdR PR Coordinator Craig Wack said as of August 21, 78 residents had moved into their apartments, calling the situation at Maplewood “fluid,” and that more units were expected to be approved by the Town of Ithaca for inhabitance in the coming days. Wack said 760 beds total have been leased. Cornell’s website lists its starting class date as Thursday, August 23. According to an email sent by Cornell’s Dean of Graduate Students Barbara Knuth, students weren’t alerted to the new delays until August 14, just over a week before the beginning of classes. This was after EdR repeatedly asked for work-day

minute nature of the notice. We have outlined some solutions to help alleviate the inconvenience.” Students were presented with the opportunity to either stay in a hotel (during which the students would pay rent as if they were living in their apartment but would receive $100 per day for spending), stay in an Airbnb or on a friend’s couch (during which they would not pay rent and receive $200 per day), or terminate their lease with Maplewood entirely free of charge. The letter, signed by “the Maplewood Apartments team,” goes on to apologize for the late notice, but said they provided notice as soon as they knew the delays were happening. In a separate note

M a p l e w o o d u n d e r c o n s t ru c t i o n a s o f J u ly ( P h o t o : C a s e y M a r t i n) extensions from the Town of Ithaca, receiving three total, blaming inclement weather and difficulty retaining workers as a result of not being able to provide enough work hours for them. “Maplewood Apartments has learned that due to circumstances beyond our control, your building will not be completed on time for your Aug. 20 lease start date,” a form letter sent out by EdR to impacted tenants said. “We sincerely apologize for this unfortunate situation and the last

to a different group of tenants, the delays are blamed on last week’s weather. The school’s reaction to the delays has been stern. Ryan Lombardi, Cornell’s Vice President for Student and Campus Life, sent a letter to graduate students last week outlining the school’s anger about the delays and that they were unknown until merely days before move-ins were scheduled to take place en masse. “By now you should have heard from EdR, the developers for the Maplewood

Apartments, regarding delays that will prohibit you from moving into your apartments on time,” Lombardi wrote in the letter. “I am deeply disappointed in the delay and the impact it will have on you. I am equally disappointed that you – like me – are finding out about the delay on such short notice. We have communicated our strong displeasure about these issues to the leadership of the company [...] As the developer and leaser, EdR is responsible for securing and communicating alternative options for your short-term housing, as well as for answering any specific questions that you may have about what these delays will mean for you.” Lombardi also said the school would be active in trying to help the students determine where to find housing in the interim, though the ultimate responsibility lies with EdR. “Whether you are a new or returning student, the start of any academic year can be stressful, and access to housing should not be an added factor,” Lombardi continued. “Please know that we are here to help you during this transition and that we will do all we can to ensure that EdR completes all remediations as quickly as possible.” Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Opperman responded to the Does Cornell Care effort by trying to reiterate Cornell’s willingness and dedication to using local union labor in the future. She did not address why the Maplewood project was assigned as it was with so little union labor utilized, though she did acknowledge the struggles the project had seen under EdR. “Cornell University has a long history of working closely with the TompkinsCortland Building & Construction Trades Council to ensure that on-campus projects make the fullest possible use of local union labor, and we certainly can understand their frustration with EdR and its execution of the Maplewood Apartments project,” Opperman said in a statement. Perhaps hoping to allay union fears that the Maplewood situation was a precedentsetting project, Opperman went on to say that at least one of the larger Cornell-associated projects on the horizon, the 2,000 bed undergraduate housing expansion to North Campus, would be utilizing local union labor. “We remain fully committed to making sure the upcoming North Campus Residential Expansion, one of the largest residential housing projects in our history, makes maximum use of our skilled and highly valued local labor community,” A u gu s t

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Opperman added. “The developer of this estimated $200 million project has been contractually required to comply with Cornell’s standing agreement with the Building & Construction Trades Council. In addition, we have a robust capital project list for the Ithaca campus, all of which will utilize our trades employees.” Opperman said Cornell understands the value of union labor local businesses, and that the answer to the question “Does Cornell care?” is an “unequivocal Yes!” Marsh and Building Trades Council President Todd Bruer remain unconvinced for the time being. They both agree that in the past, the working relationship with Cornell has been fairly beneficial. But after being squeezed out of Maplewood, they’re looking for the public to push Cornell into using union labor, despite it being more expensive. “Cornell had a great opportunity to really invest in our local community, the sustainability of it, and they failed on it miserably,” Bruer said. “They hired this outfit that brought everybody in, materials in and everything, not just from out of the area but out of state. That’s the most devastating part [...] It’s demoralizing when you see members sitting on the bench out of work, and the developer’s crying that they can’t find manpower.” The Does Cornell Care website also draws parallels between Cornell’s recent lack of union labor dedication to the unionization effort among Cornell graduate students in 2017, when the school was found to have violated federal labor law due to an email sent by Dean of the Graduate School Barbara Knuth prior to a graduate student vote on whether or not to unionize. The site excoriates Cornell, asking question after question of its commitment to its students, fair working conditions, workers’ rights and the suitability of the Maplewood project even as it is being finished. It includes a strongly-worded petition that points the finger at both Cornell and EdR for not utilizing local union labor, and asks signees to endorse a request to the school that all future student housing project construction be conducted by union laborers. “Cornell University and EdR’s failures on the Maplewood Project have resulted in a nuisance for students and the community at large,” the petition states. “By turning their backs on local workers, venders and construction companies, Cornell University and EdR have NOT contributed to a sustainable community for Ithaca, NY.”• 2 0 1 8

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charge on the community build, “The community-built process is at best a oncein-a-generation occurrence, a historical event that’s cherished for decades to come,” McAdams said. “Play by Design invites and embraces the opportunity to work with local artists and craftsmen to coordinate and supervise large groups of volunteers to efficiently complete the construction of a custom-built playground.” Meanwhile, Keeler said he would be looking to work with local craftspeople to build “the Greatest Marimba Ever” to be installed in the Music Play Area along with “an assortment of gongs, drums, chimes and metalophones.” For those looking to volunteer during Phase I construction, scheduled daily shifts are: 8:00am – 12:00pm; 12:30pm – 4:30pm and 5:00pm – 8:30pm. Raley emphasized that unskilled workers should not be shy about signing up because they can assist skilled workers and be trained to do specific jobs. Skilled workers are folks who feel comfortable using power tools, ladders, lifting and can help others learn. To sign up for construction and other shift opportunities, such as staffing the check-in tent and directing volunteers to their work area, please visit: build or email: If you are unable to volunteer time to this project, consider donating a financial gift via Phase II is scheduled for spring 2019 with an anticipated completion by Memorial Day•

faces in the police force by hiring two fulltime police officers if the budget allows. Trumansburg currently has 22 part-time officers. Nelson was with the New York State Police for 26 years, first as a trooper, then as an investigator from 1997 to 2001, and then as a trooper again until he retired 18 months ago. He said the time away from law enforcement, during which he worked at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, allowed him to clear his head and figure out what he wanted to do next. Then he heard there was an opening in Trumansburg. He said taking the job make sense for him and his family, given that his wife is an employee of the Trumansburg Central School District and his son attends Trumansburg schools. “The last few days coming in here I’ve been really excited about coming to work,” Nelson said. And the community appears excited about having him, if the highly enthusiastic crowd who attended his swearing in ceremony is any indication. They filled the Village meeting room until there was standing room only and gave a standing ovation after Nelson was officially sworn in. “From the perspective of the Board, I want you to know how happy we are,” said Keith Hannon, Trumansburg Village Trustee. “We can’t wait for you to get started.”• Jaime Cone

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construction. Further, the lawsuit claims the property’s condition has made it “unmarketable” to potential tenants, and that Ithaca Properties is thus “unable to generate any income from the property and has subjected it to risk of foreclosure.” There are no documents provided to prove these alleged dire financial straits, as currently the only submitted evidence from Ithaca Properties is its contract with the city and the 2016 structural report on the parking garage. City Attorney Ari Lavine denied that the City of Ithaca had violated its obligations to the property, saying that because the Rothschild Building is still operational and useable, Ithaca Properties’ claims are nullified. This language may be what the case hinges on, since even in Ithaca Properties’ words within the suit, the obligations they cite are that the city must ensure the continued operation of the parking garage and the “effective and convenient operation” of the Rothschild Building. Lavine also mentioned that Ithaca Properties was the initial catalyst for the redevelopment proposal process, and that its own redevelopment proposal would subvert any necessary repairs. “The City has not breached its agreement with the plaintiff-developer for the simple reason that both the garage and the developer’s building remain fully useable at this time,” Lavine said in a statement to the Ithaca Times. “What’s more, the City— very much at the developer’s request—is

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the potential problems with the construction will be avoided because he intends to make sure there is a forceful project manager at the site. “We’re really putting it on the construction company to be responsible,” said Brown. Karen Trask, Newfield Planning Board Chair, said she would like to have the phone numbers of the construction crew in case issues arise, which Dolgos said he is agreeable to. Good communication with neighbors will also be a priority, he said. “In some other towns where we’ve been working there has been an individual responsible for contacting landowners or neighbors and letting him or her know what’s expected to happen,” Dolgos said. He added that while it’s hard to know with 100 percent accuracy exactly what will happen on a job site on any given day, the company will try to let neighbors know when there will be noise, when trucks are coming in, and when other potential disturbances may occur. “That’s what we had found helped,” Dolgos said. “That would be extremely helpful,” Trask replied. Bob Mazourek, Newfield Planning

preparing to select a redevelopment proposal for the garage. The developer is a partner in a group that submitted a $123 million proposal that would necessitate the demolition of the eastern section of the garage, the same section of the garage on which the developer now prematurely seeks to compel the City to spend $5 million on repairs. The developer simply cannot have it both ways.” The Green Street parking garage is the most structurally unhealthy of all the city’s parking garages, though others have problems as well. That was part of the motivation of presenting the garage as a redevelopment opportunity; not only could the city add another influx of housing units, but theoretically it could also avoid paying for costly repairs to the garage, which would likely be handled by whatever development firm was awarded the project. That’s why the lawsuit is inextricably linked, even simply by location, to the ongoing redevelopment selection process. There are four projects under consideration, three of which came during the unexpected second round of submissions; Ithaca Properties was the only one that was submitted in time for the first Request for Proposals, and made minimal changes to its proposal for the second round. Its $123 million proposal would bring hundreds more units of housing to the Commons, along with potentially a conference center and the planned renovations to the Green Street Garage• M att Butler Board member, asked if there would be dust control throughout construction, and Dolgos said that would be something the project manager would be responsible for. There will be a few changes from the original plan presented to the Planning Board. One board member asked Vamvas if there needs to be a concrete wash area, and Vamvas confirmed that yes, there will be one, and it needs to be added to the plans. Dolgos clarified that there will not be concrete footers supporting the panels, just metal racking installed in the ground. Trask asked how much glare could be expected from the panels. Vamvas said that with the panels they will be using there is potential for glare only for a few minutes when the sun is in a low position and only for a few days out of the year. Several neighboring landowners were present at the meeting, including Dan Winch, who said he and his wife just built a wraparound deck that overlooks the proposed site. He invited the project managers to come see the view from his deck before they finalize plans for the landscaping intended to help shield the panels from view•

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or about the fifth or sixth time in my tenure as the sports guy at this newspaper (26 years), I had a conversation with an enthusiastic coach taking over the Ithaca High football program. To a man, they were all optimistic about the team’s upcoming season, and so am I. I am not predicting a huge turnaround in terms of wins and losses – and any true fan knows that win/loss records are but one component of how a high school program should be measured - but I can tell you this: Clarence Welch will have these players working hard, improving week after week and holding their heads high. I spoke to Welch after practice on Saturday, and the Little Red’s new head coach was still getting dried off after the team’s first week. “Yeah,” he laughed, “we got rained on pretty good!” Welch called the first few days “installation week,” and when asked to elaborate he stated that the team was installing a new style of offense, accompanied by a new mentality on defense. On the topic of installation, the new coach has installed a new staff as well, and it is a diverse group of coaches. Some are young guys, others are not so young, and one of them – Gary Shippos, the Junior Varsity (JV) coach – was a part of Ithaca’s undefeated football dynasty of 50 years ago. Welch himself played for Ithaca High from 1995-98, and then he went on to Hartwick College, where he played football for 4 years and ran track for three. I told him that if memory served, Hartwick recruited regularly from Section IV, and he said, “Yes, I played with Chad Doolittle and Ryan Soule, both of whom played at Spencer-Van Etten.” Welch got his coaching start helping out with the freshman basketball program at I.H.S. (working with Mike Smith),

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and he coached and worked at the Ithaca Youth Bureau for a time. For much of the past decade, Welch was a member of the coaching staff of the Sprint (formerly Lightweight) Football at Cornell, and he said that he sees a lot of parallels between the Sprint and the Little Red programs. “I saw a lot of raw talent up [at Cornell], because we did a lot of on-campus recruiting and we had some players who were learning the game,” Welch stated. “We had to start from scratch.” “Those players had a lot more maturity than high school players, and the learning curve is greater in high school, but we’re working to close that gap as quickly as possible.” In both cases, Welch pointed out that “We start with them learning the plays on the chalkboard, then we walk through them, then we move onto full-speed drills.” Welch will deploy fellow Ithaca High graduate John Nicholas (Class of 1988) along with Chad Rylott and Chris Murphy to round out the Varsity staff. The wins and losses are not the real focus, says Welch (who works as a substitute teacher for the ICSD). He explains it as such: “Every player and every coach wants to win every time they step onto the field, but this new program and new staff is all about building relationships and preparation. When they walk through the door, we’re all business. We were expecting the kids to be willing to work hard, and that is what we’re seeing.” He continued, saying “Our goal is to keep repping and keep repping to prepare them as best we can. Yes, we want to win, but as we build the program it is our goal to build better young men.”•

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hen students feel more at home, more at ease and comfortable with their surroundings, they will experience a release in their stress levels which in return will help them succeed academically. That’s the goal, Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Marketing Director Allison Graffin said, which is driving the Downtown Ithaca Welcome Student Weekend. The event is a joint effort between the DIA, Cornell, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Tompkins County Area Transit (TCAT). The goal of the event is to introduce students to Ithaca’s downtown, helping to familiarize students with areas beyond campus, in the name of helping them feel at home. Broken into two days, CU Downtown will take place Saturday, September 1, while IC & TC3 Downtown will welcome students on Sunday, September 2. Both days, events will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year will be the third iteration of CU Downtown, and the second year of IC & TC3 Downtown. IC Downtown will occur within the schedule of events for the First Bomber Weekend at Ithaca College which will include a trip to the Farmers Market and on-campus activities. Shuttles will be offered to the campuses

Alumni are especially encouraged to attend the event and reach out to current students with support and advice for adapting to the community. Amidst the performances which will continue throughout the afternoon, businesses will be open with special discounts and samples for students. Nonstudents are asked to respect the generosity of small-business owners and leave limited supply samples for the students. Graffin explained that a scavenger hunt will also be open to student participation. With 25-30 stops, the hunt will lead students to different downtown niches, such as Press Bay Alley or Dewitt Mall. Helping with mapping and identification of the local landscape, the scavenger hunt will follow an Avengers theme with plenty of prizes available, including items and certificates donated by local businesses. In addition to the scavenger hunt which will introduce students to areas beyond the Commons, shuttles offered by TCAT will not only transport students downtown but help them to feel comfortable with the County’s transportation system on which many students rely. “By helping them learn the local transit system, it helps the students get connected to their new community at the

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with increased frequency. The Downtown Ithaca Welcome Student Weekend is expected to draw in about 3,500 Cornell students, 1,500 students from IC and 100200 TC3 students. A notable component of the weekend is that while it is coined a student weekend, members of the broader Ithaca community are encouraged to join in the festivities. Both days will feature performances from student groups, serving as an introduction to the multitude of activities available to incoming students, while simultaneously offering Ithaca residents a look at the passion and creativity present on East and South Hill. Performances will include Cornell’s marching band, and a focus on the work of music and performing arts majors from Ithaca College.

outset of their college experience, and we hope it helps them feel more confident and at home while at school in Ithaca,” Graffin said. The DIA, as well as the colleges, often receives feedback from seniors who say they did not know something existed, until it was too late or when it would have been useful to know about earlier in their tenure. This sentiment from students was part of the motivation behind the event, which initially came about as an idea from Margherita Fabrizio, the Director of the Carol Tatkon Center for First-Year Students at Cornell University. Collaboration on Graffin’s part with Fabrizio, along with Lyne Pierce of IC, Deb Mohlenhoff of TC3 and Patty Poist of TCAT, has been essential to the success of the weekend•

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reetings, students! We welcome you and your debit cards to our fair city. For those of you that are here for the first time, we’d like to ease you through that period of transition when newcomers are feeling their way in an unfamiliar environment. Every place has its own culture, and to help you navigate your way in Ithaca, we’ve come up with ten rules which, it is hoped, like the rules posted at swimming pools, will enable you to avoid awkward and unsafe situations. Learn How to Pronounce “Taughannock”. It’s a park and a road and the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Pronunciation: “tug” as in tugboat, “ann” as in ‘Ann Coulter is clinically insane,’ and “ick” as in ‘ick, what is that blue-green stuff in the lake.’ You should practice saying it before going public. Do Not Speak Ill of Wegmans. Ithaca is a mostly secular community, but there is a sacred space, open for worship 24 hours a day every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving, where one can shop for groceries without ever showing an ID. It’s a glorious monument to abundance, with an aisle devoted to hundreds of breakfast cereals and a section of gluten-free dog foods, and in the space of any 36 hours, everyone in Ithaca passes through its

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climate-controlled entrance at least once. Try the Wings of Life Salad! Lose yourself in the cheese caves! Bask in the good cheer of every Wegmans employee! But never, ever take the store’s name in vain. Someone in the House of Representatives Hates You. Don’t take it personally. By taking up residence in Tompkins County, your voter registration status is automatically changed to “Extreme Ithaca Liberal.” The NSA determined that Russian hackers altered New York’s 23rd Congressional District voter registration software, but Vladimir Putin himself denies it, so...apparently there’s nothing to be done. As a result, our own Representative Tom Reed reflexively rolls his eyes whenever he hears the word “Ithaca.” Don’t Touch the Little Cloth Squares. They’re not handkerchiefs or tearaway towelettes; they’re Tibetan prayer flags. Don’t ask how I know this, but trust me, people can act in a most un-Buddhist way when the issue comes up. The Weather’s Not Always Going To Be Nice. There’s a reason campus visits aren’t scheduled during winter. Actually, now that the climate has been reset, it’s not all that horrible until about the ninth week

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of February, when the sheer relentlessness of scraping ice off your windshield every stinking time you want to go anywhere can become mildly vexing. Get Used to Dogs. This is the dog-walkingest town in North America. Dogs have their own park. Purity Ice Cream has a menu item for dogs. Around half the Ithaca Festival parade is canine-themed. Do not be alarmed. In Ithaca, expecting a dog to hold up its end of a conversation is not necessarily a sign of mental weakness. (For the record, it’s not a sign of genius, either.) Take Your Parents to the Commons. Ithaca’s recently-refurbished downtown pedestrian space is a bona fide tourist attraction. Sure, there’s a giant construction crane that looks like it’s about to topple over and wipe out downtown, and the fancy fountain is turned off most of the time, but it’s got 19th-century buildings and there are cute stores and a lot of good restaurants nearby. It’s not required that you be looking at a device while walking around, unless you want to fit in. “Grassroots” Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does. In this fraught mid-term election year, everywhere else in America the word refers to a type of political campaign

characterized by collective action from the local level and associated with bottom-up, rather than top-down decision-making. Here, the word refers to an annual four-day festival held in July in nearby Trumansburg characterized by great music, torrential rains and aging hippies engaging in mildly disconcerting dance maneuvers. Our Mayor Is A Rock Star. A Cornell grad with a compelling backstory, Ithaca’s youngest mayor ever and a man of charisma and vision, Svante Myrick is the living embodiment of the yin and yang of Town and Gown. Sure, Ithaca’s starting to resemble Dubai just a little bit, especially in what used to be Collegetown, but he’s our guy until he’s old enough to run for president. Don’t Wear That MAGA Hat. “I’m wearing it ironically.” It doesn’t matter. Studies have clearly shown that all clothing owned by people born after January 1, 1991 is worn ironically. Still doesn’t matter. Ithaca City Code section 138-3 reads as follows: “The wearing of any hat, cap, chapeau or other headgear colored red and bearing the inscription ‘Make America Great Again’ shall be deemed a microaggression and be subject to public opprobrium including but not limited to muttering, harrumphing and/or the administering of the stink-eye.” Hide it in your dorm room until the Storm•

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Sunday Only, 1-5pm: Come tour the TC3 Extension Center on the 6th floor for fun Student Weekend activities & treats. Check out the classroom spaces and computer labs. Find out more about classes downtown or using the facility for meeting space. All are welcome to check it out, students, alum, and whole community!

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HOME GREEN HOME 215 The Commons | | Saturday & Sunday: Enjoy a FREE lemonade with purchase of mason jar beverage kit! (While Supplies Last) Plus coupon for 15% off future purchase of water bottles + zero waste lunch supplies (up to $50 off)! Saturday Only: Demonstration and FREE samples with Lesli of Avital's Apiaries! Avital's Apiaries offers a full line of natural personal care products made in Ithaca, NY. Soaps, balms, lotions, bath fizzies, and body butters!


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MONKS ON THE COMMONS 120 S. Aurora St. | | @monksonthecommons Stop by Monks for non-alcoholic school pride drink samples: Big Red Fizz and Blue Bomber. Check out our $2.00 S'mores Bar too. Please show Student ID.





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HOW TO PLAY: We've hidden Avengers heroes and villains inside shops and restaurants around downtown. The shops listed on this map with an Avengers icon next to their name have one of them hiding somewhere in the store.

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SEWGREEN & EILEEN FISHER RENEW CLINTON STREET 112 N. Cayuga St. | Do you want to learn how to knit? Come into our store to get one free yarn ball and set of knitting needles to get started! No purchase necessary! CHRISTIAN SCIENCE READING ROOM 117 S. Cayuga St. Stop by Ithaca’s “wellness resource center” to take the “5-minute challenge” and receive a free trial digital subscription to a Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper. We feature books and magazines that nurture mind, body, and spirit. Visit us during Welcome Weekend - take the challenge and learn how "impact journalism" is changing the world.



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COLTIVARE 235 S. Cayuga St. | | @coltivareithaca Join us for Dinner during Student Weekend. Check out our special school pride inspired menu items: Cornell University: Big Red Hot Cauliflower Bites - Buffalo cauliflower wings appetizer | Ithaca College: Bomber Blue Burger - Blue cheese burger | TC3: Mint Ice cream w/brownie Enjoy a special deal when you order all three!

1. To compete for prizes, seek out the hidden Avengers. 2. When you find it, let a store staff person know, and he or she will stamp/sticker your icon. 3. Return your completed map to the Information Tent in Bank Alley before 5PM to collect prizes and enter to win our grand prize raffle drawing. Prizes include fun Avengers memorabilia and gifts donated by many of the great shops downtown!

SUNNY DAYS...A NY MARKETPLACE 123 S. Cayuga St. | | @sunnydaysofithaca Stop in to make a free button and enjoy a local treat! 20% off entire purchase with your student ID for this special weekend (discount is normally 10% off EVERY other day of the year)!

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Stop in for a free sample of our delicious and refreshing Iced Ginger Tea. Play the Avengers Scavenger Hunt and you might win a $10 Gift Certificate to dine at Moosewood! Please show Student ID.

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JILLIAN'S DRAWERS 171 The Commons | | @jilliansdrawers Stop in to find an Avengers scavenger hunt hero.

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F. OLIVER'S OILS AND VINEGARS 154 The Commons | | @f_olivers Stop in at F. Olvers and sample popcorn flavored with our oils and spices!

URBAN OUTFITTERS 131 E. Green St. | @urbanoutfitters Stop in to find an Avengers scavenger hunt hero. CINEMAPOLIS 120 E. Green St. Stop in at the theatre and pick up a Buy One Get One movie pass. Please show Student ID.



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PETRUNE 126 E. State St. | | @petrunevintage Stop by Petrune, a women's and men's modern and vintage clothing store.


Check out our store and get a free Ithaca Guitar Works Pikcard or Bumper Sticker with any purchase! Take part in the Avengers Scavenger Hunt this weekend to possibly win our prize, a Makala MK-S UKULELE PACKAGE, includes a mahogany soprano ukulele, gig bag, electronic tuner and instruction pamphlet.


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1:00 - 1:10 TARANA SOUTH ASIAN A CAPPELLA -Cornell's only South Asian a cappella group bringing together the musical traditions of the East and the West. 1:10 - 1:20 THE TOUCHTONES -Founded in 1983, this is Cornell's first officially recognized a cappella group. Its all female members sing a mix of oldies and contemporary songs. 1:20 - 1:30 THE MEN OF LAST CALL -An all-male a capella group formed in 1993 that has even performed live on NBC's Today Show. 1:30 - 1:40 CORNELL UKULELE CLUB -A performance dedicated to sharing the joy of ukulele music. 1:40 - 1:50 AFTER EIGHT A CAPPELLA -Official a cappella subset of the Cornell University Chorus. 1:50 - 2:00 ABSOLUTE ZERO BREAKDANCE CREW -Cornell's hip hop dance crew, getting down with the original hip hop dance-breaking. 2:00 - 2:10 CORNELL BIG RED RAAS -Traditional dance from Gujurat, India revamped with modern moves. 2:10 - 2:55 BIG RED MARCHING & PEP BAND @ TROLLEY CIRCLE -A blend of both the Big Red Marching Band and Pep Band performing a selection of pop hits and alma mater favorites. 3:00 - 3:10 CORNELL LION DANCE -A traditional Chinese performance blending martial arts and dance and thought to bring good luck and prosperity. 3:10 - 3:20 WORDS OF WELCOME -Vice President for University Relations, Joel Malina, Deputy Mayor for the City of Ithaca, Deb Mohlenoff, and Director of the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students, Margherita Fabrizio 3:20 - 3:50 CORNELL ORIGINAL SYNCOPATORS -A Cornell University ensemble specializing in Prohibition-era Jazz, both Hot and Sweet, from the 1910s-1930s. 3:50 - 4:05 CU JAZZ VOICES -Jazz Voices study jazz singing through improvisation, scatting techniques, group harmonizing, and solo performance. Their repertoire includes jazz standards, swing, blues, RnB, soul, folk, and more! 4:05 - 4:25 YAMATAI -Japanese Taiko drumming group formed in 2006. 4:25 - 4:30 CORNELL BHANGRA -High energy Punjabi folk dance. A quarter finalist on America's Got Talent. 4:30 - 5:00 FALL CREEK BRASS BAND -A local favorite, formed over 10 years ago, Fall Creek Brass Band plays a wide variety of dance music from traditional New Orleans tunes to funk, hip-hop, and rock and roll. The last of their set will be a collaboration with Cornell musicians. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND IC DOWNTOWN & TC3 DOWNTOWN 1:00 - 1:30WICB -92 WICB is a student-operated 4,100 Watt FM station that serves Tompkins County and beyond, reaching from northern PA to Lake Ontario, with a potential audience of over 250,000. Founded in 1949, the radio station is Ithaca College's onlyFCC-licensed broadcast facility and is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. JoinWICB DJs and station staff for lively music, entertainment and games to win cool prizesthroughout the day at the Bernie Milton Pavilion. 1:30 - 1:50 ITHACAPELLA -Ithacappella started in 1996 as the Ithaca College Men’s Chorus. Our repertoire contains choral pieces and traditional tunes that trace back to the group’s early days. Today we also integrate contemporary hits into our music. This helps us bring professionalism and personality to classrooms, school assemblies, and performances nationwide. 2:00 – 2:20 PITCH PLEASE -IC Pitch Please is a coed all-inclusive a cappella group that provides performance opportunities to any and all students who are interested in vocal music. 2:30 - 2:50 VOICESTREAM -IC Voicestream is Ithaca College's premiere co-ed a Cappella group. There are currently 16 members in the group, each bringing their own unique contribution to the table. Founded in 2002, the group was formed aiming to sing songs that were not of the normal a Cappella culture. Voicestream is a family, and we hope you feel at home as we perform our music for you all. 3:00 - 3:20 ROUTINE DISTURBANCES -Routine Distrubances promotes theatrical learning of the masses through an organized performance of song and dance. 3:30 - 3:50 IC PULSE HIP HOP TEAM -The IC Pulse Hip Hop Team provides its members an outlet to perform a personal expression of the hip hop culture through the medium of dance to the Ithaca College community. 4:00 - 4:20 PREMIUM BLEND- Premium Blend is Ithaca College’s only all-female a cappella group. Founded in 1998 as a larger ensemble, the group is now comprised of 15 women dedicated to learning, performing and sharing the beauty and fun of a cappella music with a wide variety of audiences. The group enjoys exploring many different styles incorporating rock, folk, choral, and alternative music into their sets as well as current pop hits off the radio. 4:20 - 5:00 WICB

Ithaca Transit - live tracking app TCAT BUS ROUTES TO & FROM CORNELL FOR CU DOWNTOWN (SATURDAY): Route 70 Saturdays & Sundays Only Also Serving: Collegetown, Cornell West Campus, Cornell North Campus, Community Corners, Kendal, Tops(Lansing), YMCA [See route 30 for Mon–Fri service] Route 72 Saturdays & Sundays Only Also Serving: Cornell Bus. Park, Langmuir Lab, Northwood Apts., Gaslight Village, West & North Campus, University Park, Convenient Care, Community Corners, Collegetown [See route 32 for Mon–Fri service] Route 90 Monday - Friday & Saturdays Also Serving: Collegetown, Statler Hall, Robert Purcell Community Center, Sage Hall CU Downtown Special Schedule: Look for CU Downtown Signs at bus stops with routes going to downtown. Bus will pick up approx. every 10-15 minutes between 12:30 2:30PM and 3:30 - 5:30PM TCAT BUS ROUTE TO & FROM ITHACA COLLEGE (SUNDAY): Route 11: Everyday Also Serving: Grandview, Challenge, South Hill Business Park, South Hill Elementary, Longview Student Weekend Special Schedule: Behind of the Roy H. Park School for Communications. Pick up a complimentary pass at this bus stop to ride to and from IC Downtown for the day. Bus will pick-up approx. eery 15-20 minutes between 12:30 - 2:30PM and 3:30 - 5:30PM TCAT BUS ROUTE TO & FROM TC3 (SUNDAY): Route 75 Dryden – TC3 (Select trips serve Freeville and Groton) Also Serving: South Dryden, Shops at Ithaca Mall [See route 43 for Mon–Fri service] Operating on a special Welcome Student Weekend Schedule.



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WALKING BACK TO CAMPUS CORNELL CAMPUS 1.4 mi to north campus Approx. 35 min. Head north on Aurora St. toward E. Seneca St. Turn right onto E. Seneca St (0.3 mi), Turn Left onto Stewart Ave (0.3 mi) Make a slight right onto Campus Rd (0.4 mi). Turn left onto East Ave (0.4 mi), Continue to Thurston Ave (0.1 mi). Turn right onto Cradit Farm Rd. ITHACA COLLEGE CAMPUS 1.4 mi. to campus Approx. 35 min. Head South on Aurora St. toward Hudson St. (0.7mi), Continue onto Danby Rd. (0.2). Turn let onto Coddington Rd (371ft.), Turn right onto Farm Rd/Farm Pond Rd (0.3mi), Turn left onto Grant Egbert Blvd.


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SATURDAY & SUNDAY INSIDE SHOPS & RESTAURANTS ALL OVER DOWNTOWN ITHACA, 1-5PM Students are invited to check out open house activities, samples, and special deals inside shops throughout Downtown Ithaca, as well as take part in the annual scavenger hunt with great prizes from downtown businesses. As supplies are limited, students must present their IDs at businesses to participate in the scavenger hunt. See Inside Map for Complete Listing of activities and deals!

Thank you to all the businesses in Downtown Ithaca who organized activities, provided samples, discounts, and donated scavenger hunt prizes to this year's Welcome Student Weekend. About Welcome Student Weekend: Welcome Student Weekend, including CU Downtown, IC Downtown, and TC3 Downtown is organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance About the Alliance: The Ithaca Downtown Business Improvement District (IDBID), is a State of New York chartered 501c3 not-for-profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of downtown Ithaca. The IDBID operates as the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA).

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ost would not be surprised if they went to a party, stated that they intended to consume alcohol, and as a result were asked to forfeit their keys, drunk driving having gained attention as a public health issue over the past few decades. What if, like drunk driving, sexual assault – in all its forms – was treated as a public health issue, raised Naomi Barry, adult community educator at the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County. Barry’s suggestion has the potential to become reality amongst incoming and current college students who live in a generation where talking about the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment is increasingly commonplace, yet the biases that fuel such a culture are nevertheless societally ingrained. To name just one example of rising awareness surrounding the issue, Cornell University’s orientation weekend featured a session entitled “Speak About It,” a performance which “includes thoughtprovoking and sometimes humorous skits and monologues, all based on true stories dealing with sexual consent, assault and misconduct, and bystander intervention.” Followed by meetings to debrief among individual residence halls, such sessions provide students with information regarding resources on college campuses, a forum to voice their own experiences and the opportunity to hear the experiences of others, perhaps learning of behaviors they did not previously realize could have harmful impacts. In a similar vein, Ithaca College has been working with the Advocacy Center’s campus educator, Lara Hamburger on

“Bringing in the Bystander,” a workshop which addresses the role the bystander plays in being able to let aggressors know that their behavior is not acceptable before it progresses. In American society, problematic behaviors, aggressive advances, someone touching a person who does not want to be touched, are accepted in favor of confrontation. Trainings that give tools for action, rather than standing by, help in reducing instances of sexual violence – if the seemingly “little” things are not addressed, escalation is more likely to ensue. As patrons entering bars and venues, students and members of the greater Ithaca community share a mutual responsibility with staff to uphold a social contract that expects appropriate conduct and ensures bar safety. Created in the Fall of 2016, the “Barstander” training is Barry’s effort in treating rape culture as a public health issue. The Bar-stander training acknowledges that 83% of sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption and gives particular power to the staff of alcohol-serving venues as bystanders. The training gives bartenders and other staff tools to address behaviors which might lead to sexual assault, giving the victim a way out and letting the aggressor know that their actions are seen and not condoned, before the actors leave the bar without an attempt to defuse. The Watershed, a bar centered on its conversational atmosphere, was the first to take the Barstander training. Co-owner Ashley Cake is passionate about creating a space where patrons feel safe and staff feel they have the support from management to intervene in situations where they sense

Ashley Cake, co-owner of the Watershed, is leading the charge for reforming conventional bar behavior and improving bar etiquette. (Photo: Casey Martin)

someone is uncomfortable. Cake has established a space where problematic behaviors are not condoned, and she extends proper bar conduct to include the necessity age-verifying identification (like a passport for international students) and adequate gratuity. In many other countries, gratuity is not custom, in some places a tip is even considered rude. In the U.S. however, service workers often depend on tips to supplement low wages, something which students not used to tipping should be aware of. In Cake’s experience, denying a tip can be an aggressive act and a power play by a customer.

As Barry has trained the staff of over 5 bars, Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance staff, and others, there has been a surge is DJs stepping forward in the effort to ensure bar safety, Barstander trainings for DJs being held in January and May. DJ Jona, who has been a DJ at Moonies Bar & Nightclub for over two years feels a responsibility to act when he sees something that is a threat to someone’s safety, utilizing his vantage point. Whether it is coming off the stand himself to say something to someone behaving inappropriately or calling out a description of someone until he gets the aggressors’ attention and they stop fighting, for example. Barry writes on the Facebook event “Patrons have a unique perspective of the bar floor, relationship with bar staff, and awareness of the space when hanging/ dancing in a bar or music venue. We hope this program will help you utilize your unique role to create a safer environment.” Circling back to efforts to address sexual assault on college campuses, opening the training to patrons becomes relevant in the reality that most assault does not occur in public spaces, meaning that the staff of bars cannot act beyond their realm, making it an issue where widespread awareness is crucial. While it is reassuring to know that service staff are aware and willing to provide support to patrons, and that Ithaca is a community eager to educate itself about sexual assault, it is a two way street, with expectations for customer behavior at bars and to take these lessons to less public parties. If you or someone you know has been domestically or sexually assaulted, contact the police or the Tompkins County Advocacy Center. The center provides free services for people of any race, ability, religion, immigration status, gender identity or sexual orientation. The 24-hour hotline is (607) 277-5000 and more information about the center can be found here. •

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he college bubble can be insular and intoxicating, which makes it eminently important to extricate oneself from every so often in order to regain perspective about the real world. One of the most effective, and useful, ways to do that in Ithaca is to become involved in one of the several mentorship programs located around the city that aim to help youths in a variety of ways, whether it be socially, academically or otherwise. College Discovery Program The College Discovery Program is aimed at curing one crucial systemic problem: the achievement gap in Ithaca City School District, and further lowering the threshold for access into college classes for those enrolled in the program. Students are nominated to participate, and are hopefully within the program from fifth grade up through their freshman year of college. Meanwhile, prospective mentors are expected to spend at least two hours with the student each week, though it doesn’t have to be within some sort of strictly structured curriculum. CDP encourages volunteer mentors to build a bond with the student through, in essence, meeting them where they are. “We don’t ask mentors to act as parents, teachers or disciplinarians; we simply ask them to be a friend,” the program states. “During the 2 hours, mentors and mentees can participate in various activities, such as shooting hoops, playing board games, exploring campus, cooking a dish together, etc.”

Tutoring opportunities are also available to help with the program. Mentors and students are connected in a variety of ways, including family dinners, chances for positive contribution to the community, and the perhaps unique opportunity of longterm mentoring. Paul Schreurs Memorial Program Another program that starts early, with students around the sixth grade, this mentorship opportunity was founded by the family of Paul Schreurs, a participant in the One-to-One program mentioned who had pledged to pay his Little Brother’s college tuition but who died in an accident. Mentors in this program are encouraged to connect on a deeper level with their student pairing, providing a litany of services in a variety of different circumstances. “Maintains contact with the youth’s family, offers friendship, encouragement, emotional support and advocacy and spends time with the youth academically or socially,” the program’s description states. Beyond that, students in the program are provided with several different things that will theoretically give them more of an opportunity to reach and succeed at college, including college preparation, finding financial aid resources, advocacy and support during crisis, and the like. Mentors are expected to spend 3-4 hours per month at least with the youth, providing an image of a “positive role model,” while tutors should be spending two hours per week at least providing help with homework. One-to-One Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brother Terence and Little Brother Terrell. Bigs of the Year 2017 Cincinati, OH (Photo: provided)

Big Brothers Big Sisters This is one of the most successful and prominent mentorship programs in the country, and Ithaca’s no different. Eligible students are between the age of 6-14, and the friendship they build with their Big Brother or Big Sister is aimed at fostering a cooperative relationship between both parties that enriches both lives in unique ways. “Big Brothers and Sisters are volunteers from the community who have decided that they would like to play a positive role in the life of a local child,” the program description states. “They come from all walks of life and range in age. All volunteers have committed to spend about 2 hours a week for at least 1 full year with your child.” Bigs are selected through a vetting

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verybody needs a break. It’s an integral part of surviving the grind of every-day life and the seemingly unstoppable tide of performance demands. That’s where these classes can come in handy. Now, inclusion in this list is not to suggest these classes aren’t valuable or don’t deal with significant subject material; but focusing so strongly on achieving a degree can induce some tunnel vision among students, and these classes might be able to provide an outlet for the parts of you that aren’t necessarily interested only in what is your planned career. Nobody should be reductively defined by their occupation, so don’t let your course load be either. Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds - PLPPM2010 - Cornell University No, you probably won’t end up dancing down State Street barefoot with a boombox blaring Phish like they used to in the good old days. But all your friends will think you might, and what matters more in college than the thoughts of your peers? As the course description tells it,

“Presentation of the fungi and their roles in nature and in shaping past and present civilizations. Emphasizes the historical and practical significance of fungi as decayers of organic matter, as pathogens of plants and animals, as food, and as sources of mind-altering chemicals.” The class’ range of outcomes stretches from gathering the know-how to spot and identify edible and toxic forms of mushrooms in the wild to more scientific-based analysis of biological traits and aspects of mushrooms. The History of the United States Popular Culture HIST27500 - Ithaca College Department majors can satisfy a history requirement with this course, which focuses on the evolution of pop culture in the United States and how some of the most omnipresent cultural items of today sowed their roots in the 20th century or even before. In a time of crucially necessary self-reflection going on in American society now (or at least, that’s the hope), see how some of the nascent ideas of gender roles, technological innovation, the ever-present factor of race, have acted

Backcountry Cooking PE1601 - Cornell University Cooking for oneself seems like a bit of a lost art as the proliferation of diverse restaurants (or on college campuses specifically, ever-growing dining hall options and meal plans) continues and more and more students come from families who order out more than they cook in. This is all to say nothing of acquiring the skills to improvise meals when a kitchen cupboard or a fully functioning stove aren’t readily available. That’s what backcountry cooking is for, a Cornell-offered class designed to show students how to fend for themselves when perhaps all they have is a pan and an open flame. The course offers a way to learn gourmet techniques even when roughing it in the great outdoors, and one can assume those who pass the class will be the envy, and possibly savior, of any camping group trip for the rest of their lives. Selected Topics in Vertical Environments - RLS18004 - Ithaca College In another outdoor-oriented entry, this class “examines fundamental concepts and standard practices of a specific adventure skill discipline.” It sounds as if this is taught on a rotating basis, with different particular skills taking center stage with each different offering of the course. That means it’s more or less about

choosing which skills matter to you and that you think might enrich your outdoor experience the most, but whichever one is being offered, it’s important to be prepared for physical activity since it does involve the actual application of the techniques being taught. Added bonus: the course can be taken a maximum of six times in order to gain the most well-rounded grasp of, well, vertical environments. Introduction to Wines HADM4300 - Cornell University Rumored to be the most popular entrant on this list, Introduction to Wines teaches enrollees about the best ways to enjoy wines with certain foods, how to navigate label terminology when selecting a wine and familiarizes them with some of the world’s most famous wine-producing regions. It’s a chance to totally avoid the inevitable feeling of being in over your head once a wine conversation begins at your next work function. It’s apparently good wine too, as in it doesn’t come sold in a plastic bubble bag cased in a cardboard box. Cornell’s polite way of advising students against waiting to enter this course is as follows: “It is recommended that students do not wait to enroll in this class during their final spring term as space is limited, but rather the fall of their junior or senior year.” That can be roughly translated to “All your classmates would like a drink too, so if you snooze you lose.”•


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Bombers’ Hopes Rest on Offense Can Big Red Make The Jump? SWARDSON’S SECOND YEAR BRINGS HIGHER EXPECTATIONS


By Steve Lawrence


here is an old adage in sports that says, “You’re only as good as your last game.” At Ithaca College, the hope is that the 2018 Bombers are as good as they were for eight of their last nine games. Head coach Dan Swanstrom took the helm from longtime coach Mike Welch after the 2016 season, and hopes were high. Everyone knew that it takes a coach some time to gain his footing, so to speak, and when the 2017 Bombers dropped their first two games, people were not panicking. Ithaca went on to win eight of their last nine games, and with a 4-1 Liberty League record, the Bombers tied for the league title in their inaugural Liberty League campaign. Ithaca’s offense averaged 24 points per game on 372 yards of average offense, and the defense yielded 15 points and 284 yards. Those numbers were good on both sides,

and Will Gladney are back and they are only a sophomore and a junior respectively. Nabi was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year, and he threw for 2,552 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 63% of his passes. He set a Cortaca Jug record by connecting on six touchdown passes, and one of his favorite targets was wide-out Will Gladney. Gladney – who hails from Owego – has garnered some attention to be sure. After grabbing 72 passes for 1,024 yards and 7 touchdowns last season, Gladney was selected as a First-Team Pre-Season All-American. His 1,000-yard season was only the second time a Bomber receiver had reached that number, as Joe Palumbo hauled in 74 passes for 1,119 yards in 1993. On the defensive side of the ball, lineman Brian Gill is back for his senior season after a stellar 2017. Gill had 28


hen David Archer took over as Cornell’s football coach, it made sense that he was so fired up all the time. Archer grew up in nearby Endicott, NY, he played football at Cornell (class of 2005), he was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2007-2012, and when hired as The Roger J. Weiss ‘61 Head Coach of Football in 2013, Archer was the youngest head coach in all of Division 1. Yes, Dave was fired up. Anyone who has attended one of the football luncheons (at which the coaches from Ithaca College and Ithaca High School also give a weekly update) knows that Archer’s enthusiasm has not waned, and when I sat down in his office last week, I asked him, “Coach, how many consecutive Augusts is this that you have been around this football complex and found yourself getting really excited?” Archer scratched his chin and said, “Let’s see… I arrived in

After a successful debut season, Bombers coach Dan Swanstrom hopes his team can rise to a challenging schedule that includes a top 10 matchup with Brockport in Week 2

Cornell’s David Archer led the Big Red to a fifth-place finish in 2017, its best Ivy League ranking since his tenure began in 2013

and the Bomber faithful were as happy as they have been in a long time when the 2017 season drew to a close. After all, not only did I.C. pull off a thrilling come-frombehind 27-17 victory over Salisbury in the ECAC Scott Whitelaw Bowl, they put a 4820 thumping on staunch rival Cortland to claim the Cortaca Jug for the first time in 8 years. Those two big wins have had Bomber Nation smiling for 9 months. Swanstrom brings some serious credibility, despite only being a head coach for one season. He was a 2-time captain at Rhodes College, he played professionally in Germany and when he returned to his native Texas to coach high school ball, he had a hand in the development of Andrew Luck (of the Indianapolis Colts). Dan went on to coach at Johns Hopkins and Pennsylvania, and as a Quaker assistant helped lead Penn to the Ivy League title in 2015 and ’16. Big time offensive fireworks might be the order of the day at Butterfield Stadium this year, as the dynamic duo of Wahid Nabi 24  T

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and it’s not like we lost a big name star like a Jeff Matthews or a Bill Lazor. Almost all of our guys are back, and that experience is key.” There was a legitimate four-man battle for the quarterback position in spring practice, and Dalton Banks, Mike Catanese, Richie Kenney and Richard Wagner are all competing for snaps. Archer hopes for big contributions on defense. He has high hopes for sophomore cornerback Phazione McClurge, saying “He was heavily recruited, and we got him over North Dakota State.” He mentioned defensive back David Jones, and senior cornerback D.J. Woullard’s name came up as a seasoned player. Archer likes what he sees from tailback Chris Walker, calling him “a marquee name,” and says Walker is at full strength after missing the last three games of this past


solo tackles and assisted on another 46 for 74 total tackles. He was a steady presence in the opposing teams’ backfields, as he had 7.5 sacks on his way to First Team All Liberty League and Second Team All ECAC honors. Defensive back Tyler Kishbaugh also returns, having played all 11 games for the Bombers last year. Tyler had 10 tackles and a forced fumble at Brockport recorded 6 tackles against Hobart and logged four tackles and an interception on Nov. 18 against Salisbury. He finished the season with 40 tackles (18a, 22u), one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries and was named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team. Ithaca will open the season against St. Vincent at Butterfield Stadium on September 1, and will seek redemption a week later when they play the #6 Brockport Eagles, who handed the Bombers a lopsided loss in 2017. That game will also be played at home. For a look at the complete 2018 schedule, go to•

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2005, I was gone for a brief time when I was involved in Teach for America, and then I came back…” The wheels turned again and he said, “Now it is 12 consecutive years and 16 out of the last 18. Wow. I hadn’t thought about that.” Every head coach brims with optimism every August, but this year there really are numerous concrete reasons to be… well… fired up. “Last season was the first time in 18 years we were in first place in November,” Archer stated. “I always explain it in weight-lifting terms… You have to really ‘feel the weight’ before you can finish putting it up.” We also framed our conversation in terms of a golf tournament, and Dave said, “Being in the lead on a Sunday feels a lot different than it does on a Friday. You have to learn how to dig deep and finish it.” Digging deep is a good metaphor for a team that returns so many starters. Archer told me “We return both lines of scrimmage, and that’s the foundation of it all. We have a lot of guys coming back with a lot of game experience. We were ‘there,’

season. The names of Harold Coles, S.K. Howard and J.D. Pickell were mentioned as potential game-changers, and given there are 117 players on the roster, we agreed that we would revisit who was doing what as the season progresses. When asked if there were any new rules this year, Coach Archer said ‘Yes, we will now be able to fair-catch kickoffs,” and he said that this is one of the ways the NCAA is trying to limit high-speed collisions. The ball will come out to the 25 yard-line on such plays. The Big Red will be at Delaware to start the season, and will follow up by hosting Yale, Sacred Heart and Harvard. Those early autumn games at Schoelkopf Field offer a great view of the surrounding hills and the beautiful campus, and Archer hopes that the view of what is happening on the field is just as compelling. He said “We start our season late compared to other schools, and by the time you get to the third week of practice, you just want to play. We’re very excited to get started.” For more info, visit•

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By Linda B. Glaser

place to feel beautiful” is how one adult student described Circus Culture, the three-yearold venture by Ithaca College alum Amy Cohen. The school has proved so popular it’s more than doubled in size and expanded into a second space in Press Bay Alley. “One of the gifts of circus for adults is the discovery that you can do what you didn’t think you could. In most of our lives, we’re not meant to try and fail – we can’t look stupid,” Cohen said. “In this space you can break that down, which is important for being a whole person.” Tasha George-Hinnant comes all the way from Rochester to take classes. She’s tried lots of other circus schools before deciding her home is at Circus Culture. “Here it’s really acknowledged that there are many ways to accomplish a skill based on your abilities and your body shape,” she said. “Other places say, ‘do it this way.’ At Circus Culture, it’s ‘try it this way.’ They help you see all the options to accomplish the skill or whatever you want.” 25  T

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But fitness is really just a by-product, George-Hinnant said. The main focus, she said, is the art. Nick Marino agrees, describing the classes as “an interesting blend of great workout and interesting art form.” For those who aren’t sure what most appeals, there’s a 12 week class of all things circus so those interested can try all the circus disciplines, from trapeze to tightwire. And many of the “equilibristics” (ground skills) classes are dropin, like adult-only tumbling, unicycle, juggling and a twice-a-week class devoted to handstands. Unlike in gymnastics or ballet, you don’t have to look or land a certain way to be successful. “Someone will come up with something to try and ask me, ‘is this a thing?’ and I’ll say, ‘It is now,’” Cohen explains. “Safety is always at the top of what we do, but circus lends itself to different ways of doing things. It’s not wrong, it’s different.” With the options of class passes, pay-as-yougo, and an unlimited membership, it’s possible to spend every day of the week at Circus Culture, and many do. Cohen said a goal of the gym is to never turn people away for financial reasons; that providing access for participation is one of the central values. Circus has always been multigenerational – think of the Flying Wallendas and other famous circus families – and that tradition is honored at Circus Culture. All ages are welcome, from the youngest to the oldest, with adaptive equipment available for those with differing abilities. Some classes are divided up by age, while others are 2 2 – 2 8,

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open to all, like the Unicycle Hangout on Sundays and the all-ages Juggle Jam, which is just what it sounds like. “Multigenerational classes are a place where you can break down assumptions and honor each other’s abilities,” Cohen said. “We can represent pushing the edges and all push together. Because the most productive and safest way to learn is in community.” Kai Becker says they take the classes because Circus Culture seemed inclusive and fun, as well as a healthy way to express herself. “I want this to be one of the places for people to find their home,” Cohen said, noting that the inclusive environment is entirely intentional. Circus Culture teachers are primarily career educators who love teaching, and that’s important to Cohen. She wants teachers who, like her, simply want to share the joy of circus. Ithaca is not unique in having a circus school; they’ve sprung up all over the country. Cohen is executive director of the American Youth Circus Organization, a non-profit whose membership has grown from an initial 8 schools 20 years ago to more than 200 today. She explains that in the 70’s and 80’s there was a resurgence of circus, with teachers coming to America from Chinese and Russian schools, and those first students have gone on to open schools of their own. Cohen got her first circus training at a camp run by people trained in the Big Apple Circus, which included instructors from all over the world. The experience influenced her by providing a diverse representation of circuses and even inspired the name. “Historically, the message sent by P.T. Barnum was come and see performers doing super human things, come be an observer of something that is out of your league, come be amazed,” she adds. “Here, we’re saying come meet us on your own terms. Be a participant. As Pete Seeger said, ‘Participation, that’s what’s gonna save the human race.’”•


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Circus Culture – Trapeze class Alex Russell, Anna Raninous, Emily Babin, Alizé Hill and Nathan London (Photo: Casey Martin)


MacLeod’s quirky production a CRT success By Bryan VanCampen

Women In Jeopardy, by Wendy MacLeod. Directed by Kathryn Markey; scenic design by Anna Grigo; costume design by Orli Nativ; lighting design Mary Lana Rice; property design by Andrew Carney; sound design by Seth Asa Sengal; at Cortland Repertory Theatre RT through August 25. o paraphrase a review that the late great Harlan Ellison once wrote: You know how I know a funny show? A funny show, I sit and laugh. An unfunny show, I sit there and think about putting the clothes in the washer when I get home, and all the interviews I still have to transcribe and just wishing I was doing anything else than watching an unfunny show. Cortland Repertory Theatre’s current production of Women In Jeopardy is a funny show. We open in a kitchen and dining room in a house in the woods of Utah that belongs to Mary (Charlie Jhaye). She and her best friend Jo (Stefanie Londino) stagger in and head straight for the wine.


It turns out that their other best friend Liz (Rebecca Mason-Wygal) has a new boyfriend, a dentist named Jackson (Nicholas Wilder). Trouble is, Jackson is a little…off. It doesn’t help that he looks like Ray Liotta, has a tendency to lurk and has a thing for The Silence of the Lambs. Oh, and by the way, one of Jackson’s most valued dental hygienists was just abducted from the parking lot of Jackson’s dental practice and later murdered. So now it’s not just two friends who think their best friend’s boyfriend isn’t right for her. He must be a serial killer. The murder plotting keeps the momentum going all the way to the end, but in some ways, I enjoyed the play most for its clever digressions, almost like an episode of “The Simpsons.” A note to the author, Wendy MacLeod: kudos for the Derek Zoolander reference. Liz has a daughter named Amanda (Amanda Walker) who’s dating a misplaced surfer dude type named Trenner

CRT’s production of Women In Jeopardy (Photo: provided)

(Ethan Rich) who works in a snowboarding shop. As the plot thickens, Trenner gets the idea that Mary has the hots for him, and he’s totally ready for The Graduate experience. And so it is that halfway through the play, Rich’s Trenner ambles into Mary’s kitchen and kind of steals the show – and the story – for longer than you’d think. There’s one or two other major comic surprises – and I do mean surprises – waiting for you when you see Kathryn Markey’s very clever and hilarious production. Right from the jump, Jhaye, Londino and Mason-Wygal suggest that kind of decades-long friendship, when in reality these performers probably met two or

three week ago at most. Within minutes they’re finishing each other’s sentences. Amanda Walker in turn establishes a very exacting and adroit take on the kind of teenager who rolls her eyes at any utterance from an adult. And there’s no understating this: Ethan Rich takes what might have played like a cheap sex joke and almost walks away with the whole show. (Almost. Remember what I was saying about surprises? You’re welcome.) Once again, CRT gets a lot of juice out of the performing space available at Little York Lake. Anna Grigo’s clever set design establishes Mary’s home, the local police station, Trenner’s snowboarding shop and a chilly campsite out in the middle of nowhere. Orli Nativ’s costumes are equally effective; everything the actors wear suggests the kind of commonplace reality that actually helps ground the accumulating comedy onstage•


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Xanadu hits all the right notes By Ross Haarstad


he Hangar decamps for the beach with its final summer show. Venice Beach, CA to be precise. With a helium-light plot, Xanadu mixes hits from the cult Olivia NewtonJohn film that was a hybrid of songs from ONJ’s main writer, John Farrar and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra. Douglas Carter Beane provides the sharp, witty book. Down-on-his-luck chalk mural artist Sonny is ready to cash it in, when he meets the mysterious Kira, actually (Clio the muse of history, one of the nine Greek muses who come to life from his mural. She has disguised herself with leg-warmers, roller-skates and an Australian accent, naturally.) Now he suddenly has a BIG dream, to resurrect an abandoned theater on the boardwalk (Xanadu) and turn it into a roller-disco / art-gallery. There is of course trouble with the developer (ex-clarinet player Danny), jealous sister-muses, and Zeus almighty. Yes, the plot is that silly and it works like gangbusters, as the disco glitter ball and neon pastels of the 80s are gloriously resurrected. Director/choreographer Devanand

Janki and a crack design team create the laid-back, fun-loving vibe of Southern Cal (ironically propelled by UK/Aussie beats) in a fast-paced and deliriously daft dream of a show. Just five actors play all the main roles, backed up by an interactive, costume-changing four-piece onstage band (Music Director Zeek Smith on keyboard, Emani Barber also on keyboard and bass, Sue Terwilliger on lead guitar, and Chelsea Catalone propelling all on percussion.) Beane mocks juke-box musicals, musicals from films, Clash of the Titans, as well as his source material but still roots all in a provisional sincerity—old-style musical (think 1920s) meets 21st century irony. But lightly, easy on the meta. This is high camp as it should be served, with a graceful touch worthy of Noel Coward. Diana Huey manages to be both pert and powerful, innocent and seducing, in the ONJ role of Clio. Her singing can caress the fizzy pop of 80s ballads, purring and slinking her way around the melody; grab hold of a sharp power-belt, and even bounce in 40s jazz stylings. Adante Carter is all goofball at first as her love-interest Sonny. Flipping fast from despair to delight, he wears the character’s

innocence brightly. His lanky body manages to fall into the choreography, a deceptive clown. He is a born rock crooner, pulling out the stops in “Don’t Walk Away.” As partners, the two quickly grab our hearts. Villainy is supplied by sisters Melpomeme (Desiree Rodriguez) and Caliope (Lea Savola). Their joint rendition of Hangar’s Xanadu runs till September 1st (Photo: provided) Evil Woman brings down the house, Rodriguez’ clarion belt entwined with Savola’s baritone rainbow palette. Beginning with a semi-reba-da-bas. Rodriguez alistic boardwalk, bordered with iron rails, is slinky, arch and playfully nasty in the Iacovelli manages a number of magical reall-out vein of a classic Disney villainess, veals with each change of scene. Reynolds’ while Savola is all boppin sidekick (somecostumes lightly touch the fanciful. Cory times just ßa bit behind on the plan). Pattack’s lights splash the set with wonderSonny’s competitor/mentor is Danny ful washes of light, from SoCal seaside, to (Graham Stevens.) Danny, too, had his deep disco. dreams, back in the 40s, just after the war, Also of note, this cast is all people of when he had a muse called Kitty. This color. The Hangar under Artistic Director leads to the delightful pastiche number Michael Barakiva keeps upping the bar on between Stevens and Huey “Whenever inclusion. You’re Away from Me.” Stevens lends it Leave your weary brain at home and a dreamy big-band touch. His comedy jump into the waves. You’ll come away works with sharp edges and suddenness. refreshed. His doubling as Zeus is priceless. Xanadu music & lyrics by Jeff Lynne Janki’s choreography is simple yet highand John Farrar, book by Douglas Carter ly playful (see what a phone booth can do.) The design is effortless yet abundant. Both Beane; directed and choreographed by scenic designer John Iacovelli and costume Devanand Janki; at the Hangar Theatre through Sept 1; tickets 607-273-2787 (handesigner Dixon Reynolds play with a soft

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It’s part of an inclusive atmosphere the AWI staff seems intent on delivering and facilitating. Katie Spallone, who teaches at AWI, also noted the wide breadth of students and how positive the environment is at the workshop. One would think, in the sometimes extremely difficult days of college, the “supportive network” that Spallone, Van Cort and even the workshop’s students talk about could be crucial. “It is fascinating and encouraging to see teens and college students interacting with and becoming friends with people in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and older,” Spallone said. “This kind of connection affects people on a very deep level and I consistently see people become very good friends even though they may have come to the class from two very, very different backgrounds.” Former AWI student Sylvie Yntema said some of the things she learned during her time at the workshop, which she did while she was in college, she wished she had learned much earlier in life; those lessons, much of them surrounding interpersonal interactions as she describes them, seem to be easily and helpfully applicable to everyday life. “You are with another person and it

works to develop not only a sense of what you are feeling emotionally, but truly listening and connecting to another person,” Yntema said. “That is the best skill. Being okay with your own emotional life and sitting with another’s emotional life is not something that I think we’re taught in this society.” The workshop employs the Sanford Meisner technique, aimed at emphasizing an actor’s partner in a scene instead of focusing on oneself. In a somewhat roundabout way, this seems like one of the aspects that can help a college student the most, even if they are not interested in pursuing acting on stage or on screen as a profession, or even if they’re not interested in the craft itself. “It became very clear to me very quickly that because we are basically the only game in town in terms of this technique, I really needed to make sure we were a onestop shop,” Van Cort said, something she’s achieved by accentuating the more subtle, less conventional aspects of acting classes, like audition techniques or choosing the best headshot. “We want to make sure that our students go out there understanding the artistic part of this, but also understanding that acting is a business, and that they are a product.” According to Van Cort, that’s just a symptom of the workshop’s love of acting, and the efforts they’ve made to structure it so that if one person is doing well, the whole group is, instead of the more frequent notion of competing for parts in the acting world. “One of the tenets of the workshop is that every student needs to be kind to each other and support each other, we always say on the first day of classes that you don’t need to love each other, but you need to treat each other with respect,” Van Cort said. “So we have this eclectic community of people from all different backgrounds who might not ever intersect engaging in this common adventure together every semester.”•

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“Utilizing his skills as a master storyteller, the show chronicles Fox’s experience as a first responder during 9/11, the fracking wars, the relentless smear campaigns against climate scientists, the BP oil spill, hurricane Sandy, the sweat lodges of Standing Rock, the catastrophic heating of our planet, the 2016 election and much more. Throughout, he examines the downward trajectory of our democracy, the dark forces that influence our political process, the twisting of facts to portray an alternate reality, and the data collection on all of us by social media, governmental agencies and others. To address these concerns he optimistically stresses smart citizen action and participation in government, especially through voting.” Fox will travel onto New York City for a September 11 show that will be filmed by HBO after his stop in Ithaca concludes. The Truth Has Changed is slated for widespread release as a feature film next year.•

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The Inner Crazy | 2:00 PM, | Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Ithaca GoGone | 4:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM, | Mix Kitchen and Bar, Ithaca Loud Rabbit | 4:00 PM, | Two Goats Brewing, Burdett Big Sister Beat Show | 7:00 PM, | The Westy, Ithaca


Bound for Glory:Traonach | 8:00 PM, | Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca


Jill McCracken w/ Noon Fifteen | 8:00 PM, | The Range, Ithaca

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Open Mic | 9:00 PM, | The Nines, Ithaca

Djug Django | 6:00 PM, | Lot 10 Lounge, Ithaca

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Music Series at Mill Park: Road Man | 6:00 PM, | Mill Park, Newfield

Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale Open Mic hosted by Benny T | 7:00 PM, | Flynn’s Roadhouse Cafe, Lansing

Pelotones Trio | 6:00 PM, | Ithaca Beer Co., Ithaca

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Jen Cork | 7:00 PM, | Stonecat Cafe, Hector

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Open Mic with Marty Flynn and his Good Time Band | 7:00 PM, | Flynn’s Roadhouse Cafe, Lansing

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Reggae Night w/ the Crucial Reggae Social Club & DJ Mike Judah | 9:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $5

8/23 Thursday CFCU Summer Concert Series: The Blind Spots | 6:00 PM, | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca Marv Williams | 6:00 PM, | Two Goats Brewing, Burdett Violet Bell | 6:00 PM, | Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Ithaca NBT Bank Free Thursdays Summer Concert Series - Yonder Mountain String Band | 7:00 PM, | East Side Park, Norwich The Blasters w/ Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $20/$25

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Firelight Live: Tuesdays with Ted Walsh | 6:00 PM, | Firelight Camps, Ithaca Li’l Anne & Hot Cayenne | 6:00 PM, | Ellis Hollow Community Center, Ithaca Tuesday Bluesday with Danny P & friends | 6:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca

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Bobby G. and Timeless | 6:00 PM, | Boathouse Beer Garden, Romulus

Mike Titlebaum and Catherine Gale Jazz | 5:00 PM, | Red Newt Bistro, Hector

Local Farmers Union | 7:00 PM, | The Westy, Ithaca

Raised on Radio | 9:00 PM, | Farrell’s Pub, Groton

Next to Kin | 8:00 PM, | Two Goats Brewing, Burdett

Irish Session with members of Traonach | 7:00 PM, | Argos Inn, Ithaca

Digger Jones | 9:30 PM, | The Range, Ithaca

I-Town Jazz Jam w/ Prof. Greg Evans | 9:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca

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Garden Concert Series: The Petty Thieves | 6:00 PM, | Treleaven Wines, King Ferry Ithaca Bakery Presents Music on Meadow Street | 6:00 PM, | Ithaca Bakery, Ithaca Old-Time Duo: Lloyd & Jerone | 6:00 PM, | Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery, Trumansburg

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Aurora, 337 Main Street, Aurora | Eric Machan Howd will perform an organ concert of classical and church music on the United Ministryís 1970 Moeller pipe organ. Blondie | 8:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse | Chevy Court Concerts at NYS Fair Pickin’ in the Pasture | 8/23 Thursday thru Sunday 8/26| 2515 Covert Rd, Lodi | World-class bluegrass Dave Mason and Steve Cropper | 2:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse | Chevy Court Concerts at NYS Fair Jazz at the Cherry | 6:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | The Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry Street, Ithaca | Blue Cayuga Jazz is Dave Streater (piano) and John Bunge (banjo), playing original modern jazz-classical fusion. Fall Creek Brass Band | 6:30 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Aurora Village Park, Aurora | Twenty musicians, all brass instruments and ten years of evolution† equals one of the brightest, rising community band stars. Pentatonix | 8:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Lakeview Amphitheater, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse | | $25-$130 Ravyn Lenae | 2:00 PM, 8/24 Friday | New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse | Chevy Court Concerts at NYS Fair Lynyrd Skynrd | 6:00 PM, 8/24 Friday | Lakeview Amphitheater, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse | Classic Southern Rock w/ Special Guests Hank Williams Jr., The Marshall Tucker Band, and .38 Special | $30-$200 G-Eazy & Li’l Uzi Vert | 6:30 PM, 8/24 Friday | Darien Lake Amphitheater, 9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center | +LIVE+ | 2:00 PM, 8/25 Saturday | New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse | Chevy Court Concerts at NYS Fair† Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and Lucy Fitz Gibbon | 7:30 PM, 8/25 Saturday | Trumansburg Conservatory

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Smokey Robinson | 8:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse | Chevy Court Concerts at NYS Fair Dickey Betts | 8:00 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse | Chevy Court Concerts at NYS Fair† DJ/Dance/Trivia Salsa Dance Night | 10:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Agava, 381 Pine Tree Rd, Ithaca | Includes free dance lesson from 10-10:30 | $5 Beginning Argentine Tango Class | 7:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Cornell University Physical Sciences Building, 245 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, Ithaca | The class is followed by a free 2.5 hour practice where you can practice, socialize, or watch our local dancers. | $10 Karaoke w/ DJ Dale | 10:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Trivia Night | 9:00 PM, 8/26 Sunday | Rulloff’s, 411 College Ave, Ithaca | Line Dance Lessons | 7:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | Punk’s Place, 21 Mill Street, Candor | | $5

Trivia Night w/ Herman Nugent | 7:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | Tango Night | 8:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | The Range, 119 E State St, Ithaca | Tango Milonga, featuring local dancers and DJs! Come out and join the dance floor, new dancers welcome! Karaoke w/ DJ Dale | 9:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca | Tango Tuesdays with Xavier Vanier | 7:00 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | Just Be Cause, 1013 W State Stree, Ithaca | No partner needed. No pre-registration. Pay at the door. Class 1 (Tango Fundamentals) at 7PM, Class 2 (Tango Sequences) at 8:15. Free Practice until 10:00. Reduced student prices. | $15 for 1, $25 for both Trivia Night | 7:30 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | Monk’s Patio BBQ, 120 S Aurora St, Ithaca | Win a pitcher of beer and wings (or an alternative option for our vegetarian and vegan friends) halfway through and a $50.00 gift card to Monks for the grand prize!

Stage Women in Jeopardy! | Contact theater for showtimes. | Cortland Repertory Theatre, Dwyer Memorial Park Pavilion, Preble | Itís†Thelma and Louise†meets†The First Wives Club!†A vibrant new comedy about three best friends who are anything†but†in jeopardy! Note: contains adult language and situations. Xanadu | Contact theater for showtimes.| Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | A great artistic journey to restore the mythical roller-skating rink Xanadu. Holiday Inn | Contact theater for showtimes.| Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Road, Auburn | Based on the classic film, this joyous song and tap dancing musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-outloud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. | $51-$62 Open Mic Comedy | 10:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | Drag Show with Cassanova’s Royal Court | 9:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | The Range, 119 E State St, Ithaca |

The Mesmerist and the Mailman | 7:00 PM, 8/24 Friday | Old Havana Courthouse Theatre, 408 W. Main St., Montour Falls | Hilarious Interactive Musical Melodrama! Shows thru 8/26 Fri&Sat at 7pm; Sun at 2pm Josh Fox - The Truth Has Changed | 7:30 PM, 8/24 Friday | Bailey Hall, Garden Ave, Cornell University, Ithaca | Emmy award winner, Oscar nominee, environmental hero and director of “Gasland,” Josh Fox brings his solo LIVE performance, “The Truth Has Changed,” which examines the†downward trajectory of our democracy, the dark forces†that influence our political process, and the climate crisis while it advocates for citizen action and participation in government. Tickets required. Moving Landscapes: An Evening of Dance and Music | 7:30 PM, 8/26 Sunday | CRS Barn Studio, 2622 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca | The evening will include choreographed pieces in a wide range of dance styles, as well as music-and-dance improvisations that promise to be both unpredictable and entertaining. Olivia Gatwood & Joaquina Mertz | 8:00 PM, 8/26 Sunday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | The Alternate Universe Tour, titled after Olivia’s viral poem, Alternate Universe In Which I Am Unfazed By The Men Who Do Not Love Me, will be a night of girl-power, radical self-love, & reclamation. | $12/$15

Art Juxtaposition of Light and Texture | Ongoing| Boyce Thompson Institute, Tower Road, Ithaca | A photography show of flowers and cement abstracts by Nancy Ridenour. Norman Rockwell and the Camera | 6:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St. , Cortland | Did you know that Rockwell worked with a professional photographer and staged scenes to create his work? Every change between the two was intentional. Join us for this eye-opening discussion by local artist David Beale

as he shares about Rockwell’s romance with the camera. The evening will include side-by-side comparisons of photos and the finished artwork. The World Bewitchíd: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections | Ongoing | Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca | Works by Paulina Vel·zquez SolÌs & Travis Johns | Ongoing| Neighbors Art Gallery, 115 Franklin St., Ithaca | 2018 Groton Art Show | 5:00 PM, 8/24 Friday | Groton American Legion, 307 Main St., Groton | Opening gala 8/24, 5-7. Show hours on 8/25: 10-5. State of the Art New Members Show | Ongoing | State Of The Art, 120 W State St Ste 2, Ithaca | Featuring works by Saundra Goodman, a textile artist; Tobias Inigo, drawings and paintings; Photographer Harry Littell; and Vanessa McCaffery, drawings that explore various aspects of human relationships with animals. Celtic Coastlines:An Artistic Homage by Brian Keeler to Ireland and Scotland | Ongoing | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca | North Star Art Gallery’s new exhibition opens this Saturday with an exhibition of the works of Brian Keeler celebrating his ancestral lands of Ireland and Scotland. John Whiting Landscapes | Ongoing | Just A Taste, 116 N Aurora, Ithaca | A selection of John Whiting’s expressive local plein air paintings is on exhibit at Just A Taste, 116 N Aurora St, Ithaca from Aug 27 to Oct 1.

Film Cornell Cinema All films are shown at Willard Straight Hall on Cornell campus. Avengers: Infinity War | 9:15, 8/23 | The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Wings of Desire | 7PM, 8/22 & 8/25 | An angel tires of overseeing human



2515 Covert Rd, Lodi | Pickin’ In the Pasture hosts some of the finest professional bluegrass entertainment in the country. The event features legendary performers as well as exciting new artists. Pickin’ In the Pasture is known as “the destination” for traditional bluegrass music in NY State by the many fans that return year after year. (photo provided)


Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons | The everpopular local band will perform a late summer show on the Commons. (photo: Facebook)

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activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. A Quiet Place | 9:45PM, 8/22 & 8/26 | In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing. Yellow Submarine | 7PM, 8/23 | With John Lennon, Paul McCartney. Find your inner flower child with this pre-disco mélange of psychedelia, pop art, three chord progressions and animated versions of the Fab Four shown in a special, limited engagement, 50th anniversary restoration!

triplets who were separated at birth. They describe their lives, and what they’ve discovered about why they were separated. | 96 mins PG-13 Eighth Grade | An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school. | 93 mins R BlacKkKlansman| Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and

Crazy Rich Asians | This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. | 120 mins PG-13

who dumped her was actually a spy. | 116 mins R

Mile 22 | An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. | 95 mins R

Dog Days | Follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts. | 112 mins PG

Alpha | An epic adventure set in the

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation | While on a vacation with his family, Count Dracula makes a romantic connection. | 97 mins PG

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again | In this sequel to Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother’s past while

Isle of Dogs | 7PM, 8/24; 9:45PM, 8/25; 7:15, 8/27 | Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.

everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future. | 105 mins PG-13 The Meg | After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible. | 113 mins PG-13 Ant Man and the Wasp | Hope VanDyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission to Ant Man that leads him to fighting alongside The Wasp as they uncover secrets from their past. | 118 mins PG-13 Slender Man | The story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens. | 93 mins PG-13

Black Panther | 9:15PM, 8/24; 7PM, 8/26 | T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past.

Special Events

Medium Cool | 7:15PM, 8/28 | A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Skaneateles Festival | Through 9/1 | Various Skaneateles locations, |


15th Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event | 8/23 Thursday thru Sunday, 8/26 | St. Catherine of Siena Church, 309 Siena Drive, Ithaca | This is a fundraiser for One World Market (formerly Ten Thousand Villages). This program works with over 800 families in approximately 100 villages and provides those involved a means to support their families when there are few other opportunities.

The Great New York State Fair | Begins 8/22 Wednesday | New York State Fair, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse |

Week of Friday, August 24, 2018 through Thursday, August 30, 2018. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films are listed first. The Miseducation of Cameron Post | In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians. | 91 mins NR Puzzle | Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined. | 103 mins R Sorry To Bother You | In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe. | 105 mins R Three Identical Strangers | In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted discover that they are

THE GREAT NYS FAIR Begins Wednesday, 8/22 through Labor Day, 9/3 | More than one million people experience this affordable, 13day celebration of delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment and great fun. This is the 173rd edition of the fair! See thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of exciting midway rides and dozens of big-name entertainers... all just a short trip from wherever you live. (photo provided)

became the head of the local chapter. | 135 mins R Regal Ithaca Wednesday, 8/22 through Tuesday, 8/28. Contact Regal Ithaca for showtimes. New films listed first. The Happytime Murders | When the puppet cast of an ‘80s children’s TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detectiveturned-private eye puppet takes on the case.| 91 mins R

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Mission: Impossible-Fallout | Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong. | 147 mins R The Spy Who Dumped Me | Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend

pregnant herself. | 114 mins PG-13 Christopher Robin | A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winniethe-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. | 104 mins PG The Equalizer 2 | Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? | R The Darkest Minds | Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears


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St. Catherine of Siena Church, 309 Siena Dr. (off Hanshaw Road) | If you have ever dreamed of owning an Oriental rug? This is a non-profit fundraiser event where you will find over 300 Tribal, Bokhara and Persian rugs in sizes ranging from 2’x3’ to 10’x14’ and runners. The best part is that you can be assured that they have all been made by adults who are earning a fair and equal income through their artistry and labor. (photo provided) Ithac a T imes


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The Big Mean BBQ | All Day 8/24 Friday thru Noon on Sunday, 8/26 | Held at the former Grassroots Festival Off-Site Campgrounds (3150 Agard Road) in Trumansburg, NY. This year expanding to two days. Featuring a diverse lineup full of music and art. Garden Tours- Cornell Botanic Gardens | 11:00 AM, 8/25 Saturday | Cornell Botanic Gardens- Nevin Welcome Center, 124 Comstock Knoll Dr., Ithaca | Take a relaxing stroll with a Garden Guide through the gardens around the Nevin Welcome Center and discover the beauty and diversity of our cultivated plant collections.Tours

are offered every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. | $5 suggested donation Downtown Ithaca Food Tour | 11:30 AM, 8/25 Saturday | Various locations, Ithaca | Enjoy local cuisine on a guided walking tour of Ithaca’s unique restaurants. During a three-hour culinary adventure, satisfy your appetite for inventive and delicious food while getting a taste for our town’s history, culture, and architecture. Call†607272-4830. | $57 6th Annual Wine for Wolves | 6:00 PM, 8/25 Saturday | Animal Adventure Park, 85 Martin Hill Road, Harpursville | Admission includes food, beer and wine tastings, a souvenir Animal Adventure wine glass, and park admission.†Proceeds from this evening, in addition to wolf care, will be dedicated to further expansion of exhibits and educational programs at Animal Adventure Park. 21+. | $40

Books Buffalo St. Books Presents Trampoline Thursdays | 7:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Lot 10 Lounge, 106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | A night of competitive storytelling where the public is invited to share their tall tales. Contestants will be given three minutes to share their stories. Friends of the Groton Public Library Annual Book Sale | 12:00 PM, 8/24 Friday & 10:00AM, 8/25, Saturday| Groton Public Library, 112 E Cortland St, Groton | Drag Queen Story Hour | 12:00 PM, 8/26 Sunday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Our special guests will be joining us from the House of Merlot! Literary Reading by Miriam Lerner | 7:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | 401 Espresso, 401 W. Main St, Montour Falls | The Watkins Glen Writers Group presents a featured reading by Miriam Lerner, a poet, from Geneseo, NY as part of the Watkins Glen Reading Series. Her book NO CENTER LINE was released by FootHills Publishing Company in December, 2017. This is her first collection of writings, culled from old emails, scraps of paper, and journals from the past 20 years.



3150 Agard Road, Trumansburg | Featuring a diverse lineup full of music and art situated on a beautiful property outside the village of T-burg, the event seeks to bring the community together in order to ignite the body and mind through music and dance! Featuring many of your favorites including hosts Big Mean Sound Machine, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Marco Benevento (pictured) among many others! (photo: Facebook)

Kids Lego Club | 10:00 AM, 8/22 Wednesday | Candor Free Library, 2 Bank St, Candor | All welcome. A new theme each week for building a Lego world. Science Together | 10:30 AM, 8/22 Wednesday & 8/24 Friday | Sciencenter, 601 1st St, Ithaca | Engage with your little ones as you investigate sciences processes through hands-on activities. Family Expedition Cruise | 12:30 PM, | Allen H. Treman State Marine Park, Ithaca | With a lively narration and optional hands-on activities, including water quality monitoring and looking at plankton under our microscopes, an expedition with us will please everyone in the family. Cruises every day until 9/12/18. | $80 for a family Operation Cooperation | 1:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Come join us as we spend the afternoon playing fun, cooperative games.† Good for all ages!† Parents are welcome to join the fun as we complete group challenges.† Hosted by Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes. Summer Teen Writing Workshop | 1:30 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | In this workshop, teens will discover how to use poetry and creative writing to craft a meaningful life and shape their futures. Game On! | 3:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Kids and teens meet for board games, tabletop RPGs, card games, and more. Lego Literacy | 3:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Interlaken Public Library, 8390 Main Street, Interlaken | A fun weekly event combining literacy and a fun lego project! Older children read for younger children, modeling success for their peers. Build a fun project out of one of our 1,000-piece kits while you have a snack. Baby Storytime | 10:30 AM, 8/24 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Caregivers and babies up to 24 months embrace early literacy through books, music, move-

ment and rhyming. This storytime is followed by an hour-long Baby & Toddler Playtime at 11AM. Comic Creation Workshop Series for Teens | 4:15 PM, 8/24 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Family Storytime | 11:00 AM, 8/25 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early-literacy skills. Monday Storytime | 10:30 AM, 8/27 Monday | Interlaken Public Library, 8390 Main Street, Interlaken | Early literacy education thru reading, writing, talking, singing and playing, combined with a healthy snack and a quick hello to our resident turtle Ted, prepare your child for success in school. Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime at TCPL | 6:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Children and their caregivers are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to this special storytime. After storytime, the stuffed animals will spend the night exploring the Library and having adventures. Children can pick up their stuffed friends and a postcard documenting their late-night escapades the following day.This storytime is most well suited for children ages 3 to 6. Family Story Time | 10:30 AM, 8/28 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Join us every Tuesday for stories, songs and fun. There is a different theme each week.

Civic Meetings ICSD Board of Education Meeting | 5:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Board Development Work Session Meeting Spencer-Van Etten Board of Education | 7:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Spencer-Van Etten Middle School, 1 Center St., Spencer | Meeting held in library. Ithaca Town Council | 4:30 PM, 8/27 Monday | Ithaca Town Hall, 215 North

Tioga Street, Ithaca | Work session; no voting by council. Cayuga Heights Planning Board Meeting | 7:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | at Marcham Hall. Cayuga Heights Planning Board Meeting | 7:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | At Marcham Hall. Dryden Schools Board of Education | 7:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | Dryden Middle/High School, 118 Freeville Rd., Dryden | Meets in the Middle School Library. Spencer Town Board Meeting | 7:00 PM, 8/27 Monday | Spencer Municipal Building, 79 E. Tioga St., Spencer | ICSD Board of Education Meeting | 5:00 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | BoE Legislative Advocacy Work Session - Board Room City Planning & Development Board | 6:00 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | Common Council Chambers - Ithaca City Hall, 108 E Green St, Ithaca | Includes a privilege of the floor interval where the public may speak. Ulysses Town Council | 7:00 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | Ulysses Town Hall, 10 Elm Street, Trumansburg | Includes a privilege of the floor interval when public may speak. Second meeting of the month is a working session (no voting by the council).

Notices Trumansburg Fair | All Day 8/22 Wednesday thru Sunday, 8/26| Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Road, Trumansburg | Ithaca Rotary Club Luncheon Speaker Series | 12:15 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Coltivare, 235 S Cayuga St, Ithaca | John Guttridge, Managing Partner Urban Core LLC: Rebuilding the 100 Block of West State Street | $15 Candor Food Pantry | 3:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Candor Food Pantry, 1 Water Street, Candor | Here to help you with food supplies you may need. All you have to do is bring proof of your residence in Candor. For more information (607)206-1060.

Weeding Wednesdays with Cornell Botanic Gardens | 4:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Cornell Botanic Gardens, 124 Comstock Knoll Dr., Ithaca | Wednesdays are drop-in volunteer nights this summer at Cornell Botanic Gardens!†Open to ages 15 and older. Cancelled in the event of rain. Open Hearts Dinner | 5:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St., Candor | Come and join in the fun. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one’s for you. Contact: Denice Peckins Ithaca Sociable Singles | 6:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 PM Dinner: The Antlers. Host: Allen Q., RSVP: What’s up with smart meters? Taking a closer look at our energy use | 6:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca | Learn how your family can lower your energy bill at our FREE workshop on†at Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Bring your questions, ideas, and your electric bill†to this facilitated community conversation. Summer Jewish Film Festival: The Band’s Visit | 6:30 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Temple Beth-El, 402 N Tioga St, Ithaca | All films are appropriate for children ages 10 and above. Teens are encouraged to attend. | $8 Wednesday Night Ithaca Women’s Basketball Association | 7:00 PM, 8/22 Wednesday | Lehman Alternative Community School, 111 Chestnut St, Ithaca | The league is non-competitive and fun and involves pick-up style playing. Check out the league’s website for more information. Workforce Forum (formerly Professional Opportunity Developers Meetings) | 9:00 AM, 8/23 Thursday | Tompkins County Workforce Center, Center Ithaca, Suite 241, | Current Trends in Job Searching: Join our staff and your professional peers to discuss new trends that may impact your job search as you move forward. Staff will share current news articles and invite discussion among participants. Candor Farmer’s Market | 3:30 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Candor Town Hall, 101 Owego Rd, Candor | Fresh local garden

LEGO Digital Designer Workshop at TCPLís Digital Lab | 5:00 PM, 8/23 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | A workshop designed to teach participants to use LEGO Digital Designer, a software program that allows users to create models using virtual LEGO bricks. The program features a palette of bricks and pieces in different colors that can be used to build any model imaginable. The program can then generate building instructions for the models that users create. Space is limited, and registration is required for this workshop. This program is most well suited to people age 13 and up. Ithaca Heritage’s Unveiling Ithaca’s Living Past Tour | 4:00 PM, 8/24 Friday | Meet at the trolley circle on the Ithaca Commons in front of Center Ithaca. Bird Watching with Chemung Valley Audubon Society at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Seneca Falls. | 7:00 AM, 8/25 Saturday | Meet at Sugar & Spice Restaurant, 300 Watkins Rd, Horseheads. We will carpool from there. We will look especially for shorebirds, but we should also see Bald Eagles, Ospreys and herons. Bring a bag lunch plus your own snacks and beverages. Bring binoculars if you have them. Community IPD Barbecue | 12:00 PM, 8/25 Saturday | Conway Park, Cascadilla Street, Ithaca | The event will be informal in nature and folks can expect to get to know various officers from the Ithaca Police Department. There will be a live radio broadcast as well as a bounce house, face painting and yard games. Hot dogs, hamburgers, vegan options, and a wide array of other food will be available. Corn Festival and Tractor Show | 12:00 PM, 8/25 Saturday | Klumpp Park, 88 Park St, Windsor | Introducing Butterflies & Dragonflies | 1:00 PM, 8/25 Saturday | Cornell Botanic Gardens, 124 Comstock Knoll Dr., Ithaca | Participants will learn about the biology, diversity, and field marks of common species in the classroom, and take outdoor walks to look for them in the gardens, arboretum,

and nearby natural areas. Ages 15 to adult are welcome. Pre-registration is required. | $25 for members; $30 for non-members Silent Movie Under the Stars | 8:15 PM, 8/25 Saturday | Taughannock Falls State Park, 2221 Taughannock Park Rd, Trumansburg | With live music composed and performed by Cloud Chamber Orchestra. Two episodes of the acclaimed Beatrice Fairfax serial, as well as an episode of The Perils of Pauline. Knitters and Crocheters | 3:00 PM, 8/26 Sunday | Varna United Methodist Church, 965 Dryden Rd, Ithaca | Come meet other fiber artists and share skills with one another. Country Jam at The Country Dinner | 4:00 PM, 8/26 Sunday | The Country Diner, 45 East Tioga St., Spencer | Please bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas. Sunset Cruise | Allen H. Treman State Marine Park, Ithaca | Daily twohour cruises aboard the MV Teal, that feature a light narration and a chance to chat informally with our crew. Feel free to bring your own refreshments. | $40 regular fare Doug’s Fish Fry To Go | | Triphammer Marketplace, 2255 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca | PLAN AHEAD: Will be on Wednesday, August 29 from 11-6. To benefit Cayuga Medical Center Auxiliary. Place phone orders by 4PM at 607-423-5996. Red Cross Blood Drives | Brooktondale: 8/28/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Brooktondale Fire Department, 786 Valley Rd; Ithaca: 8/31/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Beechtree Care Center, 318 S Albany St Brooktondale Farmers Market | 4:00 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | Brooktondale Community Center, 522 Valley Road, Brooktondale | Tour: What Is Happening Downtown | 5:30 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | Press Bay Alley, 118 Green Street, Ithaca | Part of the Development in Ithaca and Tompkins County: Past, Present, and Future Event Series. Candor Fire District Commissioners Meeting | 7:00 PM, 8/28 Tuesday | Weltonville Fire Station, 3232 W. Creek Road, Newark Valley |


Conway Park, Cascadilla Street | This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with community leaders and IPD police officers. The event will be informal in nature and folks can expect to get to know various officers from the Ithaca Police Department. There will be a live radio broadcast as well as a bounce house, face painting and yard games. Hot dogs, hamburgers, vegan options, and a wide array of other food will be available and, as in years past, the event is free and open to the public. (photo: Facebook)

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CRS Barn Studio, 2622 North Triphammer Road | This choreographers’ showcase will include choreographed pieces in a wide range of dance styles, as well as music-and-dance improvisations that promise to be both unpredictable and entertaining. Featuring work by established professionals and emerging young choreographers, with a strong emphasis on live music, original music/sound compositions, and audience interaction. (photo: Scott Stull) Au gu s t

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Martz Trailways is currently accepting applications for Full Time Motorcoach Operators for commuter runs from Ithaca, NY to New York City. Successful candidates will have a CDL, clean driving record and strong interpersonal skills. Previous Motorcoach experience helpful but not required. We offer $21.15/hr. for all drive time which is approximately 9+ hours/day and a 4/3 schedule. Martz offers a comprehensive benefit plan including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 401k savings plan and more. If interested, please apply online at or call 570-821-3840 for additional information. Finger Lakes Real Estate Section Martz is proud to be an Equal Opportunity part of the Zagpad online network Employer. M/F/Vets/Disabilities





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