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“Protect kids, not guns!” “This is what democracy looks like!” “Hey-hey, ho-ho, gun violence has got-to-go!”
n June 11, these chants, among others, ricocheted off all sides of downtown Ithaca as protesters picketed street corners and the front of the Ithaca Commons. They held cardboard signs speaking out against gun violence, citing statistics of gun casualties and demanding legislative change. Passerby cars even participated in the protest, honking their horns as they drove past. This protest is part of the larger March For Our Lives (MFOL) initiative. MFOL origins stem from March 2018 when students in Washington D.C. chose to rally following the school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February of the same year. The rally was meant to serve as both a place of mourning as well as a space to advocate for gun regulations. MFOL, following the mass shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, and others not covered as extensively by national media, decided to host another march in D.C. just like the one it hosted in 2018. However, MFOL has chapters nationwide, as well as a large social media following on Instagram with 351,000 followers. This made it easy for Ithacans to orchestrate a march on their own turf. Although many Ithacans protested in the name of the same cause, their reasons for doing so varied. In asking a group of high school students what prompted them to march, Corning junior Maddy Palm said, “All of us wanted to come because we all feel very strongly about this issue and
we don’t really get much of a chance to speak out about it.” “I just hope everyone can just get a chance to stand up for something they believe in and get a chance for others to listen to them. A lot of times it’s just hard to find a group of The recent massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo inspired another wave of March For Our Lives rallies. (Photo: Ash Bailot) people that share the same thoughts and Notably earlier this month, there were will support you,” Corning junior Maxine two shooting threats made at Lansing high Liu said. school. The first was on June 1, where a Parents, too, attended the rally. “I have 16-year-old made a Snapchat post alluding an eighth grader, so when the events to shooting up the school. The second happened in Uvalde it kind of hit close to incident occured where several students home. I work at a middle school locally, overheard two other students, a 15- and so I don’t go very long at school without 16-year-old, discussing and creating a “kill thinking about ‘what would I do?’ I work list.” with special needs kids, what would I do? Although all three of these students What would happen if [my son] was in were arrested and all charged with makschool? He goes to high school next year,” ing a terroristic threat, a class D felony, Cori Maloney said. it demonstrates that the threat of gun Members of the First Unitarian Society violence, particularly in schools, lurks in of Ithaca (FUSIT) also participated. Ithaca’s own backyard. This is why police “It was an 18-year-old able to buy an encourage students, parents and teachers AR-15 for me, and slaughtering people. to notify authority when a sign of a school And that there’s this fear that these famishooting is witnessed, as the time it takes lies feel about sending their children to to question how genuine it is may be the school. [Schools] need to be a safe place time it takes for a potential shooter to turn for children. And here, in our little enlightened county, people are scared to send into an active one. their children to school. It’s so wrong,” — L au r a I l ioa e FUSIT member Judy Jones said.
T A K E Juneteenth programming Calvary Baptist Church and Southside Community Center are co-sponsoring a community discussion about important health issues that affect Black men's lives on Friday, June 17, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church (507 North Albany St.). The center will also hold its annual
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607-273-4190. Southside is also working with the Ithaca chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the Ithaca Free Clinic, GIAC and the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes to sponsor free breast cancer screening for Black women and other groups. More information on that will be available soon.
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s the City of Ithaca works to become a greener place, Fire Chief Tom Parsons is leading the way with plans to replace the department’s current fleet with all electric trucks. Parsons told Common Council at its June 1 meeting that he’s been working on figuring out how to meet the city’s goal of reducing emissions from city-owned vehicles by 50% of 2001 levels by 2025, with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. “When we have a lot of heavy apparatus, it’s very expensive. And how do we move in the direction that the world is just starting out in?” Parsons said. So far, the department has been purchasing vehicles with clean diesel technology, good fuel efficiency and idle reduction technology. It currently has three hybrid SUV staff vehicles, and has purchased on electric pick-up truck that should be delivered this year. Additionally, the anticipated new East Hill Fire Station will be built to be fully electric, except for the emergency generator. Parsons said he’s also currently investigating electric fire truck technology. The fire department in Los Angeles just bought an electric fire truck with a hybrid design, similar to a hybrid automobile with a
diesel engine backup. Going fully electric with emergency vehicles at this point is difficult, as there needs to be a fail-safe in case the battery runs out before an emergency situation is resolved. While optimistic about the technology in general, Parsons said it’s no secret that it’s more expensive. A traditional pumper costs about $750,000, while a hybrid or electric pumper costs between $1.4 million and $1.6 million. Additionally, the fire stations would need to be renovated to accommodate rapid chargers for the trucks, which Parsons estimates would be another $1 million. “One of the challenges is these chargers take up quite a bit of space, and the stations weren’t designed for that,” he said. “So we will have to look for creative solutions to fit those.” Parsons estimates that Ithaca’s busiest fire engine would save about $87,000 over 17 years, but reiterated that the point of this was to become a carbon neutral community. “We have to move, despite the cost, in the direction of electric powered vehicles,” he said. There’s currently a gradual plan in place from Parsons to switch to electric trucks.
Ithaca High unified basketball team ends perfect season
iven I do not write about the NBA, it feels odd to be submitting a basketball story in June, but the Ithaca High unified basketball team just wrapped up an undefeated season, and that is a great way to end a school year. Stephanie Valletta — the Ithaca City School District’s Coordinator of student wellness and athletics — is the coach of the unified team, and she said she is very proud of the way the team navigated some challenges this year. In Stephanie's words, “We had 29 athletes on the roster, and the kids were very patient and understanding. They bought into the purpose.” A unified basketball team is made up of boys and girls in high school — some 15–21,
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with and some without disabilities. According to Valletta — who has coached the varsity and junior varsity girls programs previously — said, “We use Special Olympics rules, which dictate that there must be at least three kids with disabilities on the floor at any given time.” The combination of a roster that large and the aforementioned requirement require some savvy planning, and Stephanie said, “I try to have the rotations all set, and I try to balance offense and defense, taking the mix of personalities into account.” She added, “Sometimes, depending on an opponent's skill level, I go backwards, considering who we will want on the floor at the end of the game.”
The goal is to have all electric fire apparatus by 2035.
In 2023 he hopes to purchase one electricpowered heavy rescue truck, which was due to be replaced this year, plus two electricpowered pumper trucks. That’s estimated to cost $4.9 million, with delivery expected in 2024. He also wants to modify the stations for electric chargers by 2024, and anticipates that the new East Hill fire station will be completed in 2024 as well. In 2026 the station would purchase one electric aerial truck for $3.3 million with delivery in 2028, then in 2028 purchase two electric pumper trucks for $3.2 million with delivery in 2030, and in 2033 purchase two electric pumper trucks and one electric aerial truck for $5.5 million with delivery in 2035. Council members expressed support, and noted that there could be grant funding available for the purchases of electric vehicles. “We’re going to gain more momentum, and what people really recognize is the courage we’re showing by making every choice focused on this agenda,” Alderperson Jeffrey Barken said. “And we’re going to see inbound support in the city.” — Ta n n e r H a r di ng Stephanie also talked about the fact that pulling in athletes from so many different schools — Ithaca High, BOCES and Lehman Alternative Community School — can be a challenge, but there is also an upside. “It was a really diverse group,” she stated, “and some of them had not seen their teammates since they were in elementary school together.” The 8-0 record suggests that Valletta's planning and execution were in alignment, and she said that the team saw many close games, including three overtime contests. “One of the divisions was over near Binghamton, so that consisted of teams from that geographical region,” she said. “We played Corning, Elmira and the two teams from Horseheads, and most of our games were decided by four-point margins. Our biggest margin was 12 points, and when we played Elmira in the championship game, they had some players that could really get after it! I thought some Contin u ed on Page 14
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Sheriff’s Office kicks off unarmed response pilot program
hile the focus has largely been on creating an unarmed division to the Ithaca Police Department, the Tompkins County Sheriff ’s Office has quietly been assembling a small unarmed team of its own. Sheriff Derek Osborne said two new employees, called sheriff ’s clerks, started at the Sheriff ’s Office on Monday, June 13. He explained in detail how the job would work at the June 7 County Legislature meeting. “It’s a three-year pilot program where we hire two sheriff ’s clerks to handle nonemergency calls for service, either over the telephone or here in-house at the sheriff ’s office,” Osborne said. “I have no idea at this point how this is going to go, though I’m very excited about it and I believe it’s going to be hugely successful.” The idea of the two unarmed clerks is to provide an opportunity for unarmed responses within law enforcement, and also free up deputies to respond to emergency calls, complete investigations and build community relationships. Osborne also noted that this is completely separate from the work being done in Ithaca, and it does not impact the police departments in the villages of Groton, Dryden or Trumansburg. Showing a graph of call types received by the Sheriff ’s Office, Osborne said serious crimes are few and far between for the most part, and that the vast majority of calls are related to traffic safety, property crime and property checks. That’s what the sheriff ’s clerk will focus on. There are seven call types in total that the sheriff ’s clerks will tackle — car vs. deer, traffic issues/complaints, property complaints, vacant property check requests, fraud/telephone scams, larceny/ thefts and noise complaints. Osborne called the number of car vs. deer calls the Sheriff ’s Office receives “astronomical,” and said that as the department currently operates, each one requires a deputy’s response. If there is no injury, the sheriff ’s clerks will be able to handle that over the phone. For traffic issues and complaints, Osborne explained that this was focused more on the calls they receive about persistent issues, such as regular speeding in a neighborhood. The sheriff ’s clerks will take those complaints over the phone and
then generate a report so that the patrol deputies are still kept abreast of the issue without having to take the time to take the report themselves. Certain property complaints will also go through the clerks. Osborne specifically mentioned the loss of DMV-related items, which requires paperwork from the sheriff ’s office. “That doesn’t need an armed response,” Osborne said. Vacant property checks are a common request from people going on vacation or out of town and want a deputy to swing by their home or business to make sure everything is in order. Those requests will go through the clerks, who will file them, so the deputies know to do those checks. The clerks will not do the property checks themselves. Osborne said his office also gets a lot of complaints regarding fraud or telephone scams. “These incidents nearly never have a suspect, and they’re very difficult to solve, if not impossible. Typically, if someone called in that complaint we’d send an armed deputy to take that report,” he said. “Now, it’ll be funneled through the sheriff ’s clerk to start that process. If we need to, we can turn it over to the investigator later if a suspect develops.” There are also many reports of larceny or theft without suspects. These are the incidents, Osborne explained, where something might have been taken days prior before being noticed.
“There’s no suspect and little opportunity to identify one,” he said. He said these reports can be taken by sheriff ’s clerks, and if a pattern is noticed in the areas in which larcenies are happening, that’ll go to patrol or investigators. The last call type is noise complaints, which Osborne conceded is a bit more of a difficult one to try. When the call comes in about a loud party or loud music, it’ll go to the clerks. They will then use the records management system to identify who the noisy party is and then “give them a call and ask them to knock it off,” Osborne said. If that doesn’t work, they will send a deputy to respond in person. Osborne said he worked closely with the dispatch center to work through the logistics of how to identify calls that are appropriate for the sheriff ’s clerks to handle. The clerks will be under the supervision of the road patrol sergeants, which Osborne said will make it easy to switch a call from clerk to deputy if necessary. During the first few weeks of training, the two employees will work normal eight-hour shifts, Monday-Friday. However, once they’re comfortable, the goal is to transition them to work four 10-hour shifts during the sheriff ’s office’s busiest times, which is late afternoon and evening hours Thursday-Sunday. “With two [clerks] it’s obviously not enough to have them on 24/7, but we will have them available at our busiest times. I think it’s the smart way to go,” Osborne said. County Legislature could provide funding for more clerks in the future if the pilot is successful. For now, if a clerk isn’t on duty and one of those call types comes in, it will just go to a deputy like before. — Ta n n e r H a r di ng
Lots of activism in Ithaca lately in support of College Ave Starbucks employees and for an end to gun violence.
There have been numerous threats of violence at a handful of different schools in Tompkins County lately.
The mask advisory has been lifted in Tompkins County as the area remains in the CDC’s “medium community level.” Residents are still advised to get tested if they feel ill.
The City of Ithaca has launched the Community Dashboard to make police statistics available to resident. Find it here: https://www. cityofithaca.org/752/Community-Da shboard?fbclid=IwAR1PmhDNOq8 8ffehQk-7U9DnIXnLetmqlCmhT-j82mVe4uzsEmpRGeFUnQ
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Controlling gun violence requires mental health vigilance
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ompelled by recent killings at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, let us reflect on possible means by which recurrences of horrific situations, like those mentioned above, might be reduced, if not completely averted. So, lets begin by reflecting on a comparison of fitting historical situations involving two young men who had planned acts of mayhem at opening night screenings of Batman and Twilight blockbusters. As many of us recall, James Holmes, looking like “The Joker,” walked into an Aurora, Colorado theater exit door and opened fire on the capacity audience. He killed 10 moviegoers and wounded over 50, one of whom was a Syracuse alum who was staying with nearby friends while celebrating his recent graduation from SU by biking across the country. He needed many surgeries to remove buckshot from his upper body. A key question is “why didn’t anyone make note of Holmes drift to the dark
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side before he wreaked havoc at the Dark Knight opening?” The answer is that Dr. Lynne Fenton, Director of Mental Health at University of Colorado Aurora, did diagnose “Jimmy” Holmes as a threat and recommended that he be institutionalized before he hurts himself and/or others. Tragically, her recommendation was overridden by a committee, comprised of a dean, a professor and the chief of the Colorado University Campus Police. To compound the painful irony, this “disciplinary” committee was created by Dr. Contin u ed on Page 7
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here’s a lot of analysis and, dare I say it, hand-wringing lately about how social media content algorithms have turned people, and especially the Young, into anxious pawns of Big Media. By the time you ask “what’s trending?”, the answer’s already changed. You see it when a new iPhone is released. Apple customers go to great lengths, staking out stores all night, so as not to be outdone by their peers, even by a couple hours. I say relax. We’ve been pawns for a long time. Let’s take a trip in the Wayback Machine to exactly 100 years ago. In the spring of 1922, there was a little-remembered craze among high school and college students, mostly girls, called the “Shifters.” It was kind of an unorganized pyramid scheme — no structure or leaders. Also no real philosophy other than a resonance with that other group of 1920s rebels of a slightly older demographic: the Flappers. A Shifter would approach a prospective new member, solemnly swear her to blood secrecy, have her take an oath to “be a good fellow,” collect an initiation fee (anywhere from a nickel to five dollars), and then the new member was dispatched in search of fresh recruits to initiate the same way. The fad seemed to come out of nowhere sometime in February. Depending on where you were and how early you joined, there were secret Shifter rituals to observe: a Shifter walk, a Shifter handshake, certain Shifter ways of wearing clothes (like a “turned-back coat lapel”). The motto? “Get something for nothing.” The universal sign that you were a member of this awesome secret society was wearing brass paper clips, and there developed a code: two clips on your hat brim conveyed the message “I kiss”; one clip on your lapel said “I’m waiting for someone to say Hello.” From the 1920s to the 1950s, high school girls liked to keep autograph books. Not for celebrities, but for their friends, who would write funny poems, draw surprisingly good pictures, and make oblique references to inside jokes. I mention this because that’s how I figured out my grandmother was a Shifter. She was a high school sophomore at Hutchinson High in Buffalo in the spring of 1922, and though she never told me she belonged, autograph books don’t lie. In any event, it seems to have swept the country pretty quickly, and was getting the attention of newspaper editors,
religious leaders and the grown-up world generally by late March. An editorial in the March 31 Ithaca Journal contained no small amount of dudgeon: “The Shifters craze is the most peculiar psychological wave that has swept the country since jazz music was imported from the underworld dives of Buenos Aires,” it read, continuing “it is obvious something is wrong with the morals of American youth. The solution may be largely in outdoor sports and more attention to children in the home.” One can only imagine that such editorials pushed Shifter membership to new highs. A separate article in the same issue noted that a local stationery store had run completely out of “brass paper fasteners.” Four days earlier, the United States Supreme Court had ruled in Ponzi v Fessenden that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could prosecute Charles Ponzi for larceny even though he had served federal time for mail fraud for the same acts. “Something for nothing” was the spirit of the times. On April 4, the Journal reported that “the hill [Cornell] is moving with Shifters.” This was likely old news. The March 15 Cornell Daily Sun contained a limerick that one hopes represents a lapse in its usual quality of writing at the time: “There was a young man from the Drifters, who was asked to join the Shifters. He said no he wouldn’t, but really he couldn’t, for they’re very exclusive – the Shifters.” By Sunday, April 23, the New York Times ventured to publish a glossary of Shifter terms. (An “oil burner” is a girl who chews gum; “ankling” is taking a walk.) Then, as now, if the New York Times is on to your secret language, your craze’s days are numbered. We all know how these things work. When a fad is over, it dies an abrupt, gruesome death. The brass paper clip that conferred status and exclusive membership on Monday afternoon becomes the shameful badge of the Loser by Tuesday morning. Judgment is final. Indices of Shifter membership were scarce by the middle of June 1922. There’s a point to my sharing this century-old historical nugget. All of this obviously predated social media. It predated television. In the spring of 1922, maybe one in 400 American households Contin u ed on Page 10
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Fenton. What is a significant takeaway from the outcome? I’d suggest that the diagnoses and treatment recommendations of the mental health professional that is most familiar with the party in question be given greater weight than that of all the others on the committee, especially in matters of this gravity. After finding two AR-15’s and a drawer fi lled with ammo, Blaec Lammers mother, Tricia, called the police in Bogota, Missouri. They tracked him down at a local cafe and brought him in for questioning. He eventually made statements which indicated he’d been planning an attack on an opening-night showing of the second fi lm in the Twilight series. Since then, his parents have contended that their son is mentally unstable and was easily manipulated into confessing he had the intention to commit mass murder, even if that wasn’t actually the case. (Also, he’d given the AR-15’s to his girlfriend’s father.) Lammers’ appeals of his 15-year prison sentence have been rejected twice, the last time by a six-to-one majority at the Missouri Supreme Court. A substantial takeaway from this outcome is that if one has reason to believe that a family member or friend may be planning (or may have committed) an act of killing, the concerned individual should seek psychiatric care, including, if advised, the institutionalization of the person who is showing, or has shown, signs of a violent breakdown. In this setting, a thus affected individual has an enhanced opportunity to get the kind of therapy which could assist him or her in re-gaining a viable state of mental health. Let’s look at a somewhat parallel situation which can provide us with examples wherein instructive lessons may reside. Consider the case of Amy Bishop, a neurobiologist and assistant professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In February 2010, she brought a handgun to a faculty meeting where she knew she was to be denied tenure. She proceeded to wound three of her colleagues and kill three others. She is now doing a prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole. In the investigation after the tragedy at Huntsville, a couple of Alabama detectives went to Dr. Bishop’s mother’s home in Boston. Based on finding pertinent newspaper articles and on an ensuing discussion with Mrs. Bishop, it was determined that, as a younger girl, Amy had an argument with her big brother and shot him to death. In the investigation in the aftermath of that killing, Mrs. Bishop had
told police that it was an accident which took place while her kids were playing with a rifle. Thus, it’s legitimate to posit that one consequence of Mrs. Bishop’s “protective lie” was that her daughter didn’t receive the intensive psychiatric attention she needed. Thus, years later, the 45-yearold Amy Bishop sought to address an institutional challenge to her life situation by terminating the lives of six leaders of her department. Her former department chair returned to teaching a few years ago, though he was still recovering from his head wounds, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. It is situations like the above which underscore the validity of former Congressman Patrick Kennedy’s observation (made when speaking at both Syracuse and Cornell Universities several years ago) that our society needs legislation that will compel Americans to get a yearly “check up from the neck up.” Given the increasing frequency of killings — Buffalo, Uvalde and at music festivals in Taft, Oklahoma (5/29/22) and Las Vegas (2017) quite possibly our society would benefit if people got bi-yearly mental health examinations. Let me shift from the previously discussed situations to ongoing scenarios that merit our attention. Consider the comments of Dr. Lillian Liao, a pediatric trauma surgeon who treated some of the Uvalde victims. She noted that high velocity gun/bullet injuries were (and are) more destructive on the bodies of children. Thus, Dr. Liao contends that the power of the AR-15 contributed significantly to the magnitude of the slaughter. (B. Goldberg, LAT Letters, 5/27/22). Therefore, we have additional basis for the banning of the sale of these weapons (and ammo for them) especially when the buyer is under 21. In a related vein, there should be “Red Flag Laws” to allow taking away guns from people identified as dangerous. While congressional leaders and others debate details re: these issues, one “common sense” corollary should be to refrain from giving your son a high-powered weapon. This was the case with Adam Lanza’s mother, who took him to a nearby firing range to learn how to use the gun. On Dec. 14, 2012, she was killed in their home before Adam went to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where he gunned down 20 first graders and six adults, plus himself. It wasn’t until after this tragedy when investigators noted that, on his bedroom wall, Lanza had a newspaper article about a neo-Nazi mass murderer who had killed Contin u ed on Page 10
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YOUR LETTERS We can do something about children’s gun deaths
ast month, as we grieved the deaths in Uvalde, I read a news report that profoundly shocked me. In 2020, firearms became the leading cause of death for children over the age of one in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle fatalities. According to the CDC, two-thirds of the 4,368 children killed by firearms that year were homicide victims. Thirty percent of these deaths were suicides, and the rest accidental or undetermined. Race also factored into these senseless deaths. The firearm death rate for Black children was four times that of White kids.(Guns have become the top injury-related cause of death for U.S. kids (axios.com).)These deaths constitute a public health emergency of the highest order. I have no expectation that 2022 will see a decrease in firearms deaths among our children. Hundreds of names already have been added to this year’s grim toll — the children in Uvalde, the victims at the Shepherd Street shooting in Elizabeth, North Carolina, teenagers at a party in Garland, Texas. The list goes on. It includes Eliza Spencer, a 12-year-old Binghamton girl murdered as she walked on Bigelow Street in April. These deaths were not foreordained. No other developed democracy in the world tolerates the violent deaths of so many children We know firearm safety practices do work. New York, with its strict gun safety laws, ranks second after Massachusetts in its low percentage of gun deaths. Alaska and Alabama, states with a high rate of gun ownership and lax gun laws rank first and second in the percentage of deaths caused by firearms. Public opinion favors stricter laws to curb gun violence, especially universal background checks and red flag laws. The majority of New Yorkers, including some gun owners, support the Safe Act and recent bans on untraceable “ghost” guns used by criminals. Studies of the adolescent brain, as well as the fact that so many mass murderers are teenage boys, spurred conversations that a ban on gun purchases by people under 21 might also curb gun violence. This research backs Gov.
Hochul’s decision to sign a law banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles to New Yorkers under the age of 21. Yet gun violence, as Buffalo and the murder of Eliza Spencer sadly remind us, remains a fact of life in many of our New York communities. We need better funding of psychiatric facilities so that more young people like the Buffalo shooter will have guns confiscated before they use them. We need to push back against Republican politicians, like State Senator Tom O’Mara, who vote against sensible bans on ghost guns manufacturers, even as law enforcement agencies implore legislators not to do so. In reality, New York Republicans who proclaim they belong to the party of “law and order” voted to coddle criminals who use ghost guns to commit violent crimes. Most also remain silent about the inflow of guns from states like Virginia that vicious gangs employ on the streets of our upstate cities like Binghamton, Elmira, Utica and Ithaca. It is far past time for voters to reject politicians who cower before a minority of gun rights extremists. There is no excuse to reject sensible laws that keep guns away from law breakers and troubled young people. We cannot bring back the lost children of Uvalde. But we can and must reject any politicians who ignore sensible solutions to help curb the public health gun menace that is killing so many of our children. — Ann Sullivan, Ithaca, NY
In support of Lea Webb
recently had the pleasure of meeting Lea Webb, and came away from that encounter with great enthusiasm for her candidacy for State Senate. Lea is a different kind of candidate: she’s a public servant, not a politician. She is deeply concerned with the needs of people in the district and in the state, and focuses her energy on promoting solutions to those needs, rather than self-promotion. We need to elect a highly qualified candidate with experience and the ability to understand the complexity of voters’ lives. As someone who worked for many years in human service organizations, I am especially enthusiastic about Lea Webb’s humanitarian background and commitment. It’s important to note that Lea has been endorsed by our assemblymember, Dr. Anna Kelles, as well as Senator Rachel May from Syracuse. I am confident that Lea will make a superb member of that team to represent our regional interests in Albany. — Nina Milla, Ithaca, NY
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TROUBLE BREWING College Ave Starbucks closure comes after months of management turnover and frustration among employees.
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broken grease trap. A missing ice bucket. Space, attendance and staffing issues. These are the official reasons Starbucks is giving for the closure of its College Avenue store on June 10. Employees, however, say those are just excuses. The Starbucks location in Collegetown, along with the two other locations in Ithaca, voted to unionize back in April. Shortly after, the now much talked about grease trap broke, causing workers to strike, citing unsafe working conditions. On June 3, the employees were told the store would be permanently closing in one week. “I have no idea what the grease trap even is, I don’t know where the grease comes from,” shift supervisor Bek MacLean said. “Apparently at other Starbucks it’s underground. All I know is it’s really stinky. We operate around it. We’ve been dealing with the stinkiness and nastiness of this grease trap since I got hired there in 2017.” According to some Starbucks baristas in online forums, the grease trap collects grease from milk fat, among other runoff from the hundreds of drinks made daily. On April 16, a failure of that trap led to its contents spilling across the floor. Despite customer complaints about the smell and employee concerns about safety, the store’s manager would not close the café. Shortly after, employees decided to walk out. Though the unionization efforts that began at the start of this year and the grease trap-fueled strike in April were certainly more public efforts for better working conditions, MacLean said there had been issues behind the scene for much longer. Since Oct. 2021, MacLean said the College Ave store has had at least four different district managers and four different store managers, to varying degrees of success. She said there was originally a manager at the store named Tracy, who she described as awesome. “She cared about the [employees], she wanted our store to be unique and involved 8 T
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“She said [Tracy] was getting overwhelmed with the holiday season,” MacLean said. “That doesn’t make any sense for our store. That’s the slowest time of the year for our store because all the students are gone. I didn’t believe that for a second but that’s what she told us.” MacLean accused Starbucks upper management of lying to them frequently, including assuring them they would get the hours
they requested. However, MacLean said as soon as there were whispers of unionization, things changed. Employees who had requested a lot of hours were getting much fewer, while students who could only work 12-15 hours were being scheduled for more than 20. MacLean also said that after the store voted to unionize, employees started to get written up regularly for trivial things, which she said they saw as retaliation.
After that support manager left, a manager from Horseheads began doing double-duty at the College Ave store and their Horseheads store. After that, MacLean said a woman named Amanda came in from the West Hollywood store. “She the worst of them,” MacLean said. “She has zero respect for any of us.” In April, a new store manager was hired. He trained in Horseheads and started at College Ave in early May, according to MacLean. She said he was there for a week before he transferred to the Commons location after that manager transferred to Cortland. All that to say, there has in fact been a lot of turnover in management, and the reasons aren’t entirely clear. A spokesperson for Starbucks said she didn’t have any information on the management turnover, but did say time and attendance were issues at the College Ave store. MacLean notes that shortly after the store voted to unionize, college students started putting in requests for transfers so they could work at their home stores while they went home for the summer. “There was one person whose transfer got accepted, so they kept on scheduling these college students when they were going home, so all of our students were forced to quit,” MacLean said. “Literally all our partners quit except the locals and the one person who got approved.” The spokesperson could not clarify if that is what was meant by time and attendance issues. MacLean thinks they’re all excuses anyway. “In the original reason they gave [for closing the store] they said ‘business reasons’ and ‘time and attendance reasons,’” MacLean said. “But in the bargaining meeting they said none of those issues. We’re the
B e k M ac L e a n a d d r e s s e s s u p p o r t e r s o u t s i d e o f t h e C o l l e g e Av e l o c at i o n t w o d ay s b e f o r e i t c l o s e d . ( P h o t o : Ta n n e r H a r d i n g) most profitable store in Ithaca, and we don’t have time and attendance issues.” The Starbucks spokesperson said she did not have information on which store in Ithaca was the most profitable, so that could not be confirmed. However, located on prime real estate in Collegetown, it’s undeniable that the store receives much foot traffic. It’s unclear how much Starbucks pays in rent for that location, the spokesperson declined to say, but based on similar properties in that area, it’s likely upwards of $20,000 per month. However, there was no inclination from Starbucks that the cost of the lease played any part in the store closure.
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“We open and close stores as a regular part of operations,” the Starbucks spokesperson said. “This is often the case because we are continuously working to create the environment people expect from Starbucks.” As both Starbucks and MacLean noted, there is a bargaining process currently underway between the College Ave union and Starbucks upper management and attorneys. Both MacLean and the Starbucks spokesperson confirmed that Starbucks’ original plan was to transfer all employees from College Ave to different stores. MacLean said she believed they would go to the other two Ithaca stores, but the Starbucks spokesperson said she believes they were just stores “in the area,” and not necessarily in Ithaca. There are stores in Cortland, Binghamton, Vestal and Elmira. However, the union has not agreed to those conditions, and has been continuing negotiations with Starbucks. MacLean said the College Ave employees are still firm in their desire to reopen the store, but are for now continuing to bargain in good faith. “We saw what they wanted and made a counteroffer,” MacLean said. “We wanted all the sick and vacation time paid out. They said they wouldn’t do sick time, just vacation time.” MacLean noted that vacation time does not start accruing until employees have worked for Starbucks for a full year, which is less common in a student-dominated store like College Ave. The union asked Starbucks, since they weren’t willing to reopen the current store because of the facilities issues, if they would consider relo-
cating in Collegetown. However, MacLean said Starbucks told them that Collegetown has old buildings, and they don’t want to rent old buildings. “So that’s obviously bullshit,” she said. “And they said they will not reopen the College Ave location in that building.” However, when the union tried to negotiate a right of first refusal, or the guarantee they’d get first dibs on jobs at a Collegetown store if one reopened, Starbucks refused and said they would only get the right of first refusal for that location — which they said they will not reopen in. MacLean said the union has also been frustrated by Starbucks’ seemingly lack of preparedness for bargaining meetings. “They’re late to every single meeting, and at the end of our first meeting we asked for their proposal in writing before the next meeting. They sent it to us 45 minutes before that next meeting, so we didn’t have time to look it over,” she said. “They’ve been so ill prepared, and they are still not providing us with information we’re asking for.” In addition to the ongoing bargaining, the union’s lawyers are working on legal action against the corporation and is filing an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. It alleges that “Starbucks closed the store in retaliation for activity protected by federal labor law and in order to stop workers elsewhere from organizing, and in violation of its legal duty to bargain over the closure.” MacLean is confident that the National Labor Relations Board will rule in the employees’ favor. “What they’re doing is illegal,” she said. “It has to be.”
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over 90 people, most of whom were at a summer youth camp in Norway. Somebody (mother or estranged father) could have been motivated to look for indicators of this sort, if a Red Flag Law called for due diligence in these matters. Finally, for now, let’s develop a sense of peer group responsibility re: responding to clearly unhinged behavior, as demonstrated by Jared Lee Loughner. At age 22, he was known for his rants; some of his dormmates at a community college
in Arizona, when interviewed by an LA Times reporter, spoke of how Jared Lee would rage at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when she appeared on the television news. “I’m going to kill you, you !**#!” - expletives deleted, Loughner would scream at the dorm lounge tv screen. His fellow students later claimed they thought Jared was joking around. Perhaps, if there was a Code of Conduct which compelled students at the college to speak with a counselor or administrator if a fellow student was/is demonstrating eruptive behavior which may call for psychological intervention, another slaughter could’ve been averted.
However, instead, on Jan. 8, 2011, Loughner brought his semi-automatic Glock to a Tucson supermarket where Gabrielle Giffords was holding a meetand-greet with constituents. He killed six (including a 6-year-old) and wounded 11, including Giffords, a Cornell alumna. Her significant head injuries eventually led Rep. Giffords to resign her Congressional seat. She remains active in civic matters, including gun control issues. (The information in this piece was acquired from a variety of sources, including the LAT, the NYT, and a government information sheet.)
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had a radio, and there were only a couple dozen stations in the whole country, so it predated radio. It all happened too quickly to make it into the movies. Newspapers discovered it after the fact. The craze was born, thrived and died without much aid from technology. It was word of mouth or osmosis or however else young people have communicated these things since the time of the Great Empires. I’m happy to give the internet its due when looking for evidence of the crumbling of our society, but we were herd animals way before it came along. Also, you know what those crazy teens are up to this year? They’re getting jobs. YOUR LETTERS contin u ed from page 7
Re: Remembering Richie Moran
hank you Steve. I am writing this through tears... — Peter Salton, via Ithaca.com
eautiful. A beautiful man, life, and story. — Dwight Mengel, via Ithaca.com
Re: Here we go again: Welcome to NY19
o having a competitive district in which candidates will have to represent a broad range of opinion across the aisles will “intensify partisan competition,” ???!! and said that “voter confusion is voter suppression.” On the first point, the person then quoted went into a very partisan call to action for the midterms. I think most people, those not partisan or ideologues on either side, want someone who must appeal to both sides to get elected, rather than a slam-dunk vote for one side only. On the second point, with RECORD voter turnout in the Georgia primaries, even with an unopposed candidate in one party, it may be time to retire the “voter suppression” line. It appears it was hyperbole, and in any case, proven to not be so. Also on that second point, what group of voters are so confused by a change in an electoral map that they are incapable of adjusting to the change, listening to candidates, and going to the same poll they always have & voting? I’d be insulted if that is what a candidate thought of me. — Eddie Coyle, via Ithaca.com
Two larger-thanlife characters command the stages at Kitchen Theatre and The Rev.
By Barbara Adams
wo highly entertaining regional productions opened last week, both featuring a charismatic and unusual central character who bends nearly everyone to their will. At Auburn’s The Rev, it’s Frank Abagnale, the legendary con man, narrating his own fantastical story in “Catch Me If You Can.” The 2009 musical (libretto by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, score by Shaiman and Scott Wittman) is based on the 2002 film (directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Leonardo DiCaprio), which was itself based on Abagnale’s co-written and highly exaggerated 1980 autobiography, which was in turn based on…lots of posturing, fabrications and magical thinking. Frank presents himself as a 15-year-old distraught by his parents’ divorce, blithely following his dad’s advice to get what you can before the world takes it from you. Leaving his Bronx home, he passes himself off as an airline pilot,
Lindsay Brill, Melissa Miller, Cynthia Henderson and Erica Steinhagen in “Hurricane Diane” at Kitchen Theatre. (Photo: Provided)
a professor, a pediatrician, and more, gleefully writing bad checks all along the way (for $2.5 million, the real Abagnale later claimed, as inaccurately as everything else he said). This is the ’60s, when we were perhaps more credulous. Frank charms the pants off everyone, responding to their surprise at his position despite looking so young (“Yeah, I get that a lot.”) Frank’s escapades are amusing, but the dramatic action’s in the chase: veteran FBI man Carl Hanratty pursues Frank doggedly, eventually astonished to discover his quarry is “just a kid!” What’s outstanding about this production is, well, everything — acting, singing, dancing, staging, sets, lights, costumes. Directed by Brett Smock, this show is Broadway-worthy — and its quality definitely builds excitement for The Rev’s next show, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” As Frank, Ian Ward fascinates — a blond Tom Cruise-lookalike with an irresistible smile, boyish and disarming. He owns the role at every moment, sings splendidly, and is so amiable and polite you forget he’s scamming. His obsessed tracker, Hanratty, is excellently shaped by Mike Masters. And Timothy Warmen, as Frank Sr., the failing father figure, superbly deteriorates before our eyes. Sandy Bainum’s French mother is self-absorbed, finally less influential than the men in young Frank’s life. The musical’s handsome ensemble dazzles us with ’60s-style moves (choreography by Richard J. Hinds) and truly delicious period costumes (by Tiffany Howard). But it’s Adam Koch’s set, wildly lit by Jose Santiago, that stuns — almost a character in itself. Slender metal poles at odd angles mark the space, filled by shifting screens within colorful shapes, a stained-glass chapel to mid-century American culture. And no small feat: every word and song are clear, thanks to Kevin Heard’s sound design complementing Brian Cimmet’s musical direction. “Catch Me If You Can” is such great entertainment, you might never notice that you’re enjoying not an inventive kid’s antics (today, might Frank have been a teen hacker?) but watching the made-for-tv version of a convicted felon. Americans are strange: we dote on criminal tales but hate being the victim of crime; we’re enthralled by con men but abhor being duped. And we prefer the digestible deceit to the raw reality: Abagnale himself, now 74, stiffed his father first of all; served prison
Ian Ward as Frank in “Catch Me If You Can” at The Rev. (Photo: Ron Heerkens, Jr., Goat Factory Media Entertainment)
time in the U.S., France, and Sweden; molested women under the guise of medical examinations; stole from ordinary people, not corporations; lied about everything, including working “with” the FBI; and now ostensibly makes his living as a “secure document consultant.” So is this the tale of a liar — or a great storyteller? And what version of reality do we demand? The devastating social price of our desire for palatable fictions is an issue currently being explored in Tracy Letts’ “The Minutes” at New York’s Studio 54. (Check it out.) A more complex approach to reality — through a different kind of fantasy —is offered in “Hurricane Diane,” an intimate comedywith-a-message now at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre. The 2017 work is by Madeleine George, a 1996 Cornell alum whose play, “The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence,” was a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer drama prize. This production, closing the Kitchen’s 30th season, is the first directed here by producing artistic director Rebecca Bradshaw. The premise: Hoping to restore the classic golden age, Dionysus arrives in the guise of a butch lesbian landscaper to solicit four suburban New Jersey women as his maenads. Can they resist the appeal to give themselves over to unleashed Nature, arrest the climate doomsday clock, and embrace the permaculture ethos, thus possibly saving the planet? This god of wine (a demi-god, actually, we’re reminded) is seeking a comeback and figures it will take at least four women to whip up an ecstatic frenzy and lure a larger following. If you notice that Bacchus aka Dionysus aka Diane is played by an attractively androgynous woman, you’re right. Jackie Rivera’s divinity is, forgive the pun, a force of nature — dominating the stage with godlike assurance, electric sexuality and boundless energy. Irresistible to the ladies of Red Bank, and to the audience as well. All the action takes place in a spacious, if aptly sterile, suburban kitchen that opens through French doors onto the much-debated backyard landscape (set by Izmir Ickbal, a bit fussily lit by M. E. Berry). In envisioning a brambly, unrestrained, all-natural terrain, Dionysus extolls the virtues of native species like pawpaw and milk vetch, forbidding, in Contin u ed on Page 14
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Cortland Rep refuses to cut its Hair By Br yan VanC ampe n
ortland Repertory Theatre (CRT) opened its 50th anniversary season with “Hair” last Wednesday (running through June 18). As Producing Artistic Director Kerby Thompson, wearing love beads, was making his opening speech, I was wondering how it is that I’ve never seen “Hair” on stage before. I’d seen Milos Forman’s 1979 film version, which imposed more of a narrative on the 1967 “tribal rock musical,” described by one critic of the day as “largely plotless.” My memories of “Hair” at the time were me at the age of 6, sitting in my grandmother’s Louisiana kitchen, listening to The Fifth Dimension’s cover of “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” on her radio. I’d been wondering about this since CRT announced their season: as Thompson acknowledged in his speech, CRT generally does light comedies, musicals and their signature murder mysteries. CRT + “Hair” = “How is this going to work?” No one wants to see a quaint production of “Hair.” Could this be more than the dread period piece? Will the ushers be doling out patchouli scratch n’ sniff cards? Thankfully, CRT’s take on “Hair” is far from quaint. Rozy Isquith’s scenic design is stylish yet simple, an arch plastered with ‘60s protest flyers framing a raised circle where the cast sit in meditation until the opening remarks are done. Then the band starts a slow, sinuous groove, Chelsea Hooker as Ronny starts singing “Aquarius,” and we’re off. Some of the characters
have names and some are just members of the NYC hippie tribe, but this is a true ensemble performance. I wish I had the space to list the entire cast, but I don’t. There are scenes with dialogue here and there, mostly about the dilemma of Berger (Jeffrey Keller), Woof (Maclain Rhine), Hud (Jerome Stephen Manning) and Claude (Taylor Joseph Rivera) facing Vietnam and the draft. The second act feels like it’s more focused on the war over there. But most of the show is music, so much so that it’s nearly an opera. Songs like Woof and the Tribe’s “Sodomy” and the group’s “Hashish” are just lists of sexual practices and types of drugs. Mikey LoBalsamo, who plays many ensemble military roles in act two, just about steals act one as “Margaret Mead,” a middle-class housewife slumming it with the exotic hippies. There were intermittent sound and mix issues here and there, and a couple of unfortunate feedback squalls. There were also times when the full group sound plus the band made it hard to understand the lyrics. Ellie Pearlman’s Sheila had no such sound problems, and her renditions of “Easy to Be Hard” — my favorite Three Dog Night song — and “Good Morning, Starshine” rang out sweet and true. “Hair” is running at Little York Lake Theatre & Pavilion (6799 Little York Lake Road, Preble) through June 18. For tickets and more information, visit https://cortlandrep.org/events/hair/.
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inger-songwriter Judy Collins is in her seventh decade in the music business. Her hit songs include Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” and the traditional “Amazing Grace.” Judy Collins will perform a concert on June 22 at the Center for the Arts in Homer (72 South Main St.). For more info, visit https://center4art.org/concerts-events-calendar/. Judy Collins spoke to the Ithaca Times about The Muppets, The Weavers and her vocal regimen. Ithaca Times: I first heard of you because of the Muppets. Judy Collins: Oh, because of the Muppets, of course! IT: You knew Jim Henson, what was he like? JC: I did, I adored him, he was wonderful. He lived in New York at that point, and he had started the Muppets, and it was early, mid-’60s I guess. His producers [including] Jon Stone called me up and said, “Would you be on the Muppets [“Sesame Street”]?” And in the next couple of years, I think I might have been…I had 16 separate pieces on “Sesame Street.” And then Jim called me and invited me to come to London to be on “The Muppet Show” there. You know, he couldn’t sell the show to the United States television industry. And so the person that bought the show in London was Lord Lew Grade. And [Jim] said, “I’ve got to do it in England, will you come?” And I said, “Well, of course I’ll come. Of course I will. It’s you, why wouldn’t I come?” [laughs] So that was what I did, I went to England and did the show. I adored him. It was a tragedy that he died so young. IT: I understand that they took good care of you during your time on “The Muppet Show.” JC: [laughs] Oh, yes! Well, they set off a little bomb at the end of the show [laughs] and it scared me half out of my mind, but otherwise, it was perfect. IT: A lot of people on Facebook are curious how you keep your voice in shape. JC: Well, first of all, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I eat well. I don’t do any of the things that would cause me to lose my voice, and I practice pretty much every day. I’m also very lucky. I’m very healthy. I’ve had a couple of bumps in my career with my
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voice, but I’ve been lucky. I had a little surgery on it in ’77, but they were able to take care of the problem of my vocal cords. I’ve been lucky, with my health and also with my surgeon, and with my teacher. So all I can say is, thank God! [laughs] Thank God. IT: What’s in your songbook these days? What are you playing? JC: Well, of course, some of the hits, but also some of the new songs from my latest album “Spellbound.” That’s always great, to be able to sing new songs, as well as interweaving them with “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns” and “Amazing Grace.” You know, it’s good to have a lot in your pocket. IT: When you were starting out, you had to make a tough choice between piano and guitar. JC: Well, I’m a pianist by training, and was a classical pianist. I found folk music in 1954. The first folk song I heard on the radio was “The Gypsy Rover,” and it really changed my life. I went down to the music company and I bought the record, and I played it and just fell in love with it. I wasn’t gonna play Rachmaninoff anymore, I was gonna play folk music, and that’s what did it. IT: People think of the folk boom as a ‘60s thing, but it started earlier than that. JC: Well, it started…you have to remember that Pete’s Seeger’s quartet had a big hit in 1950 with “Goodnight Irene.” IT: The Weavers. JC: The Weavers. They had a huge hit. In fact, it was so popular that the company that made Dove soap called their
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manager, who became my manager in 1961. They called him and said, “We want them to do advertisements for Dove soap.” And it made Pete Seeger retire from The Weavers. [laughs] He said he would quit if they had them advertising their soap company, so they didn’t do that. But the folk music revival had been goin on really for a few years when I jumped on board,
‘The Automat’ peers into the past of automated restaurants By Br yan VanC ampe n
love documentaries like Lisa Hurwitz’s “The Automat” (A Slice of Pie Productions, 2021, 79 minutes) for the simple reason that I saw a listing on Cinemapolis’ website the night before it opened, saw that it starred Mel Brooks and Elliott Gould, and decided to check it out. I had no previous interest in the history of Horn & Hardart’s chain of automated restaurants that ruled New York City and Philadelphia for most of the 20th century. “The Automat” is worth seeing just to watch Brooks wax rhapsodic about the Automat’s pies and fivecent cup of coffee, but it’s a well-made, compact doc that tells a big American story that’s nearly forgotten. “The Automat” opens on the road with driving shots. We’re in Upstate New York snow, discovering a raw storage space in Ellenville, New York, where the last Automat window and brass doors from the famed restaurant chain are stored. Ellenville is about a half-hour drive from SUNY New Paltz, where I was majoring in drug abuse back in the day. I was about an hour’s drive from NYC, and anytime I could find someone with a car, we’d drive down to the city and bomb around Times Square and Greenwich Village. I must have known about the Automats but I never went to eat at one; I had certainly seen the Bugs Bunny cartoon excerpted in “The Automat” where the famous rabbit has a great gag with an Automat window door and a slice of pie. The last Automat shut down in 1991, 10 years after my city trips. Why didn’t I check out the Automat at least once? Hurwitz’s film details the inspiration for the Automat chain — a German eatery where customers were served via dumbwaiters — the rise of the Automat brand, and why it all imploded after more than half a century. Brooks and Carl Reiner ate at the Automat when they were writing and performing on
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TV’s “Your Show of Shows”; I assume they were flush enough to eat elsewhere. (It was especially sweet seeing Reiner one last time prior to his death in 2020.) Aside from Brooks, Reiner and Gould, Ruth Bader Ginsburg waxes warmly about the Automat’s creamed spinach and sweet things, and Colin Powell talks about the Automat’s casual but firm policy of integration and inclusion at a time when most restaurants were segregated. “Don’t tell my mother this, but I liked the ham and cheese sandwich there,” says Brooks toward the end of “The Automat”; he is clearly so enamored by the notion of Hurwitz’s project that half of his interview consists of him offering advice, wondering where the film will be shown, and he even ends up writing and performing a song about the Automats over the end credits, though it’s mostly about the five-cent coffee. “The Automat” is streaming on Apple, Amazon and Google Play. Recommended: “Top Gun: Maverick” at Regal Stadium 14; “Crimes of the Future” at Cinemapolis RIP: Brad Johnson (“Always”) 15–21 ,
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of them could have played on their varsity teams.” The coach expressed her appreciation that so many athletes took part, and that the team received so much support. She said, “The gym was packed. Kids from the lacrosse, track, basketball, baseball and softball teams showed up, and the gym was so loud our athletes couldn't hear me!” I mentioned earlier that the students, in Valletta's words, “bought into the purpose.” When asked to elaborate, the coach said, “If you think about what the high school experience should entail, all kids from the Ithaca City School District should have an opportunity to wear the Ithaca jersey and hear the crowd go wild.” She pointed out again that the support from the school community has been robust, and she hopes to see some of that support remain in place when Ithaca hosts the Special Olympics next weekend. Stephanie said, “One of our athletes — Nikolai Huie — is a competitive swimmer, and he will be going for the gold!” LOCAL MEDLEY contin u ed from page 11
one wonderfully comic scene, the very use of the phrase “curb appeal.” Beth (Lindsay Brill), disoriented and lonely after her husband’s abandonment, is unsurprisingly the first to fall for Dionysus’s earthy charms. Pam (Melissa Miller), a garrulous Italian-American who sports sexy animal prints (costumes by Chelsea Kerl), aggressively assents. The most comical pasde-deux is with Renee (Cynthia Henderson), a savvy shelter magazine editor who welcomes the new ecovision while clearly stirred by memories of her own lesbian past. Diane’s first target proves the most resistant to change: Carol (Erica Steinhagen) holds out for her ordered corner of reality, her cul-de-sac retreat, the planet be damned. “What I want is what we want,” she insists. But with their snug little town on an inlet just off Sandy Hook Bay, storms inevitably threaten.
And Denver had a folk music society, and I joined them and started to learn songs. IT: Post World War II, it was easier to have a banjo or guitar than a piano. JC: Yeah, well, exactly, because they’re portable. IT: You can take ‘em anywhere. JC: You can take them anywhere. It’s hard to have a piano and it’s even harder to have an orchestra. IT: Yeah, you can’t really have a piano at a cook-out. JC: Yeah, exactly. ● ● ●
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Big news for the Big Red from Eugene, Oregon... Rhys Hammond — a Cornell sophomore — broke a 29-year-old school record in the 1,500 meters at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Hayward Field in Eugene. The run — in which Hammond finished 17th — put the finishing touches on an outstanding season, during which the Big Red runner received honorable mention All-America recognition. Hammond placed 10th in the second heat with a personal best of 3:41.36, eclipsing the previous school mark of 3:41.48 (run by Rob Cunningham in 1993). — St ev e L aw r e nc e Except for two overly long speeches, George’s script is clever, with down-to-earth banter in an absurdist context. All the actors do it justice, delightfully mining the comedy in every moment. (The drollness echoes that of “Schitt’s Creek.”) It’s unclear whether the play makes any climate converts, but at least you won’t look at your backyard the same way again. • “Catch Me If You Can,” book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Brett Smock. At The Rev (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Emerson Park, Auburn. Mon-Sat through June 28. Tickets at https://therevtheatre.com/ tickets/ticketing-options / or (315) 2551785. • “Hurricane Diane,” by Madeleine George, directed by Rebecca Bradshaw. At the Kitchen Theatre, 417 W. State/MLK, Jr. St., Ithaca. Through June 26. Tickets at https://www.kitchentheatre.org/buy-tickets or (607) 272-0570.
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6/16 Thursday Raedwald | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road Sunset Music Series: The Yardvarks | 6 p.m. | Six Mile Creek Vineyard, 1551 Slaterville Rd CFCU Summer Concert Series: Kevin Kinsella/Reggae Festival | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons | Free
6/17 Friday Metasequoia/Bob Roberts Calamity/Harry Nichols | 6 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road | $10.00 Friday Night Music - The Common Railers | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd The Vintage Lane Band at Wagner Vineyards (Sunset Music Series) | 6:30 p.m. | Wagner Vineyards, 9322 State Route 414
6/18 Saturday Acoustic Brew at Summer Solstice Party at Hosmer Winery | 1 p.m.| 7020 State Route 89
6/19 Sunday Sunday Music Series | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road | Free
Newfield Music Series at Mill Park: Louiston | 6 p.m. | Mill Park | Free Homer Summer Concert Series : Cortland Old Timers Band| 7 p.m. | Village Green | Free Concerts/Recitals
6/16 Thursday Graduate Recital: Natalie Wagnon, soprano at Hockett Family Recital Hall | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd
6/20 Monday Brandy Clark | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St
6/22 Wednesday Judy Collins | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St
6/28 Tuesday Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn: Early Bird Special | 6:30 p.m. | Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts, 330 East State Street | $10.00 - $36.00
6/29 Wednesday Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats w/ Antibalas | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road
Stage School Girls ; or the African Mean Girls Play | 7:30 p.m., 6/15 Wednesday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | School Girls; Or,
Mondays with MAQ @ South Hill Cider | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road
The African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Bioh Queen Bee Paulina is intent on representing her school in the Miss Ghana 1986 pageant. Hurricane Diane | 7:30 p.m., 6/15 Wednesday | Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. State / W. MLK, Jr. Street | In the suburbs of the Garden State, the Greek God Dionysus returns from the heavens in the guise of a butch gardener named Diane, who’s hell-bent on reversing climate change and restoring earthly order by seducing a band of mortal followers. Runs June 8-26. CRT Presents: Hair | 6/15 Wednesday | Little York Lake Theatre & Pavilion, 6799 Little York Lake Road | Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado;Music by Galt MacDermot The American tribal love-rock musical – for the first time on the CRT stage! Dig out those bell-bottoms and peace signs! Ithaca Shakespeare presents: Julius Caesar | 6 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | Robert H. Treman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd. | One of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, which ISC has never performed outdoors. 6/16-6/19 ComedyFLOPs 3rd Friday Improv Show To Support Mutual Aid Tompkins | 7 p.m., 6/17 Friday | Virtual, https://www.youtube.com/comedyflops | ComedyFLOPs’ 3rd Friday streaming Improv Shows in support of local area non-profit organizations. This month we’re supporting Mutual Aid Tompkins. | Free A Great Wilderness | 7:30 p.m., 6/17 Friday | Cherry Artspace | Presented by Homecoming Players. After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is preparing for a reluctant retirement when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness.
Tribute to Schitt’s Creek: Burlesque, Drag & Music | 7 p.m., 6/18 Saturday | Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts, 330 East State Street | A variety show tribute to Schitt’s Creek, on Saturday, June 18th, 2022 at CSMA. | $25.00 - $30.00 Open Mic Stand Up Comedy Night @ The Downstairs at Downstairs | 7 p.m., 6/21 Tuesday | First and third Tuesdays of the month! Kenneth McLauren hosts Open Mic Stand Up Comedy Night at The Downstairs. View on site | Email this event CRT Presents: Over the River and Through the Woods | 6/22 Wednesday | Little York Lake Theatre & Pavilion, 6799 Little York Lake Road | A 50th Anniversary revival of CRT’s most beloved play! This hysterical comedy is for, and about, the whole family! Nick is a young Italian American living in New York City who meets both sets of grandparents for dinner every Sunday. That is until he accepts his dream job in Seattler Singtrece’s Open Mic for Singers, Rappers, Songwriters & Poets @ The Downstairs at The Downstairs | 7 p.m., 6/28 Tuesday | The Downstairs and SingTrece Publishing Production Presents Ithaca’s Best Open Mic for Singers, Rappers, Songwriters, Poets and Spoken Word.
Art Psychic Geometry | 11 a.m., 6/15 Wednesday | the corners gallery, 903 HANSHAW RD | Psychic Geometry, new work by Ellen Weider, showcases her acrylic on linen drawings, sometimes described as “aura paintings”. Pop In Studio Night | 4 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | Artist Alley at South Hill Business Campus, 950 Danby Road | Several artists studios and the gallery
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Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. State St., Ithaca | Time is running out to catch KTC’s final show of the season, a “perfect storm of timely tragicomedy.” Join the cast of Hurricane Diane for a post-show discussion on Friday to hear from them about their process of finding their characters and bringing the storm to life. (Photo: Facebook)
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will be open to the public every third Thursday from 4-7pm. The Gallery at South Hill, Sheryl Sinkow and Diane Newton, Manifestations | 5 p.m., 6/17 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | “Manifestations” is a two-person show of work in the Gallery at South Hill by Sheryl Sinkow and Diane Newton. Sinkow will show photographs - manifestations of some of her astrological degree symbols. Newton will show drawings in pastel and work in mixed media done in 2022. | Free
Film Cinemapolis 120 E. Green St., Ithaca June 16- June 23, 2022. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first. * NT Live: Henry V* |Two shows only 6/16 (6:30) and 6/18 (1:30) | Kit Harington plays the title role in Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power.| 180 mins NR Brian and Charles* | After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a melancholic situation. He builds a robot. | 90 mins NR Cha Cha Real Smooth* | Fresh out of college and without a clear life path going forward, 22-year-old Andrew is stuck back at home with his family in New Jersey. But if there’s one thing that belongs on his nonexistent résumé, it’s how to get a party started, which lands him the perfect job of motivational dancing at the bar and bat mitzvahs for his younger brother’s classmates.| 107 mins R Jazz Fest: A New Orleans story* | Weaves together live performances and interviews from the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival, featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry, along with a wealth of archival documentary footage from the past half century.| 94 mins PG-13 Neptune Frost* | Multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical that’s a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes,
ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work. | 107 mins NR Memoria | From the extraordinary mind of director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and starring Tilda Swinton, comes a bewildering drama about a Scottish woman, who, after hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while traversing the jungles of Colombia.| 136 mins PG Everything Everywhere All At Once | A hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes. | 140 mins R Crimes of the Future | As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. | 107 mins NR
Special Events Empire State Senior Games | 6/15 Wednesday thru 6/18 Saturday| Various locations in greater Cortland area | The Empire State Senior Games is an organized sports competition and leisure program for those age 50 and older. Ithaca Night Bazaar at Steamboat Landing, Ithaca Farmers Market Pavilion | 6 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | A monthly festival of musicians, makers, artists, performers, doers and dreamers. Cortland Jam Fest | 7 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | Jamfest is a yearly celebration of learning and musichighlighting the musicians of Cortland City School District. GO ITHACA Outdoor Tours at Bernie Milton Pavilion | 11:30 a.m., 6/17 Friday | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons | GO ITHACA is excited to be a 2022 recipient of the Tompkins County Outdoor Recreation Grant. Ithaca Reggae Fest | 5 p.m., 6/17 Friday | Stewart Park, 1 James L. Gibbs Dr. | The 4th Annual Ithaca Reggae Fest returns to beautiful Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY with a full day of community and music on Saturday, June
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Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | You know summer is here when shows begin at Hangar! The first one opens this week with the Regional Premiere of this popular off-Broadway show. Once again, Hangar Theatre will take advantage of its wonderful outdoor stage. (Photo: Provided)
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18, 2022, and a free Welcome Party to kick off the weekend on Friday, June 17, 2022. | $20.00 - $30.00 Moira’s Market | 11 a.m., 6/18 Saturday | Grayhaven Motel, 657 Elmira Rd | Moira’s Market: Schitt’s Creek-themed pop-up at Grayhaven Motel, June 18, 11-3p w/ special guest and a Parade of Moiras, benefitting IC’s LGBTQ center! Juneteenth Celebration | 12 p.m., 6/18 Saturday | Southside Community Center, Plain Street, Cleveland Avenue | ILNY Path Through History | 6/18 Saturday | Various | Visit https:// www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/ path-through-history/ for specific local events. Make Music Day presented by Hickey’s Music Center | 1 p.m., 6/21 Tuesday | Bernie Milton Pavillion Ithaca Commons, Downtown Ithaca Commons | Hickey’s Music celebrates international Make Music Day featuring local community musicians. Mythaca 2022: A Dance & Healing Arts Campout | 1 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Arnot Forest, 611 County Rd 13 | | $0.00 - $2,000.00 Special Olympics New York 2022 | 7 p.m., 6/24 Friday | Ithaca College, | Special Olympics New York athletes and coaches will travel to Ithaca to
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compete in the 2022 State Summer Games. From Opening Ceremonies Friday night to thrilling competition in 8 sports Saturday, State Games is an event you won’t want to miss! CHAT - Learning to Fly Tommy with Roger Segelken | 11 a.m., 6/25 Saturday | The History Center in Tompkins County, 110 N Tioga St. | Theatrical and Historical Performance • 1 Hour • June 25th at 11:00 AM Small Pipe Society Open Rehearsal | 12:30 p.m., 6/25 Saturday | Lively Run Dairy, 8978 County Road 142 | Come and listen to an open rehearsal of the Small Pipe Society of Syracuse.Celtic music and Scottish small pipes will transport you on a journey to the British Isle! Learn about the “other Scottish Bagpipes” from the musicians. Rain or shine event in our tent.Free event | Free Celebrating 70 Years of the Stewart Park Carousel | 2 p.m., 6/25 Saturday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Drive | Friends of Stewart Park invites you and your family to celebrate seventy years of the Stewart Park Carousel with a free celebration including Nate the Great, carouselthemed crafts, cupcakes, and of course, free rides all day! The Shortstop Classic - Vintage Base Ball @ Taughannock Park | 12
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Books Uncovering the Stories of Turnof-the-Century Rural Dryden Women | 6:30 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | Southworth Library | Despite being largely forgotten by history, Dryden’s farm women were both invaluable to the functioning of the community and represented rich individual lives. Join us for an exciting look back at the women who helped Dryden flourish. Register online at southworthlibrary. org or call 607-844-4782. | Free
Kids Groton Public Library Storytime at Groton Public Library | 6 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | Join the Library for a monthly storytime. This months theme is around The Winter Olympics. Storytime with Jae | 10 a.m., 6/17 Friday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 Main St | At 10am every Friday in June and July, join Jae, the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library’s Storytime Facilitator, for several fun activities and a craft!
Float Prop Crafts | 2 p.m., 6/17 Friday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 Main Strt | The Edith B. Ford Memorial Library in Ovid, NY wants your help with completing the library’s float for the Ovid Strawberry Festival! Our Summer Reading theme this year is Ocean of Possibilities! Ovid Storybook Walk | 12 p.m., 6/18 Saturday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 Main St. | Heed the call of adventure this summer and explore the town of Ovid while reading a story!
Notices Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County -Indoor Meal Service | 12 p.m., 6/15 Wednesday | St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Cayuga St. | Free hot meals are served every weekday. Lunch: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12 noon -1:00 pm. Dinner: Tuesday, Thursday from 5:306:30 pm. Interested in volunteering? email email@example.com, or go to www. loaves.org. All are Welcome! | Free Community Relations & Outreach Committee Mtg | 3:30 p.m., 6/15 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 6/15 Wednesday | Farmers
Market, Hector St. | On the corner of Route 227 & 96 … In the heart of Trumansburg. Music: 6/15: Gerard Burke; 6/22: Lil’ Anne & The Hot Cayennes Marijuana Anonymous Meeting | 7 p.m., 6/15 Wednesday | Ithaca Community Recovery (518 W. Seneca St), 518 West Seneca St | Marijuana Anonymous in-person meeting every Wednesday @ 7pm at Ithaca Community Recovery, 518 West Seneca St, 2nd floor in Room #2. Enter from back door of building. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org | Free Weekly Nutrition Information Session | 3 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | Virtual | A weekly virtual nutrition information session with staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. The sessions begin Learn more and register at https:// www.tcpl.org/event/nutritionworkshop-series-holi | Free Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | Local vendors with produce, crafts, cheese, meat, maple products, baked goods, food truck | Free Chess Club | 6 p.m., 6/16 Thursday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | An all ages chess club for beginners and experts. Meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. Beginners will get a lesson on the basics of chess and experts can meet and play. Ovid Farmers Market | 3 p.m., 6/17 Friday | Three Bears Complex, Main St. | Every Friday from 3-7. Be sure to purchase fresh, local produce and other local products. Support your local farmers and producers and keep your hard-earned dollars in your local community. | Free Ithaca Farmers Market Saturdays! at Steamboat Landing | 9 a.m., 6/18 Saturday | Visit the farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, at the pavilion. Cayuga Trails Club Hike at Various trails in the Ithaca region. | 10 a.m., 6/18 Saturday | Various | Explore local trails on weekly Saturday hikes starting at 10:00am. Hike length varies from 2.5-4 miles. Click here to see the location of the hikes for each week. View on site | Email this event HistoryForge Transcription Sessions for Ithaca (Volunteer) | 11 a.m., 6/18 Saturday | The History Center in Tompkins County, 401 East State Street | Help build the HistoryForge database! We hold com-
munity transcription sessions twice a month on Saturdays from 11-1. Join us to help finish transcribing the 1880 census for the City of Ithaca! McLean Community Church Take Out Pulled Pork Dinner | 4 p.m., 6/18 Saturday | McLean Community Church, 50 Church St. | Pulled Pork Sandwich, Salt Potatoes, Coleslaw, and Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie. Please enter through the parking lot | $13.00 Sunday Morning Meditation | 10 a.m., 6/19 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road | Sunday morning meditation, free and open to all. Ithaca Sunday Squares at Lansing Community Center | 7 p.m., 6/19 Sunday | Square Dancing is a low-impact aerobic activity that stimulates both mind and body. Social Knitting | 6 p.m., 6/20 Monday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | Why work alone when you can work with others? Knitting, crocheting, sewing – bring whatever it is you are working on! Open to all skill levels (ages 12 and up). Meet with an Excellus Medicare Representative! | 10 a.m., 6/21 Tuesday | Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce 83 Main St | Sit with a Medicare expert to get all of your Medicare questions answered! Email Timothy.Shadle@Excellus.com to register. Mid-Week Mindfulness Meditation | 12 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Virtual | Sessions are free and open to the public. All are welcome. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early Visit www. tcpl.org/events/ for Zoom Link. | Free Empty Bowls Ice Cream Fundraiser at Mill Park | 5 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Mill Park, Main Street Gazebo | Empty Bowls Ice Cream Fundraiser is presented by the Newfield Art Club to benefit the Newfield Kitchen Cupboard. In coordination with the Mill Park Music Concert in Newfield, at Mill Park. Suggested donation of $12, and get a hand-made bowl and ice cream sundae. | Free
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Southside Community Center and other Downtown locations | Southside Community Center is organizing a Juneteenth Festival from June 16 through June 19 at various community locations including a gratitude lunch on Thursday at SsCC, a panel at Calvary Baptist Church on Friday, the Juneteenth Festival at Southside on Saturday and a Health Fair on the Commons on Sunday. (Photo: Facebook)
Stewart Park, Ithaca | Featuring GIAC jumpers on Friday, yoga on Saturday morning, and NO PLASTIC BOTTLES! And of course, a whole lotta great music: Mad Professor; 10 Ft Ganja Plant mixed by Scientist; Kabaka Pyramid (pictured); Sim Redmond Band, Root Shock and many more. (Photo: Provided)
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