March 15, 2023

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Relief for irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. It can have a profound impact on a person’s life, limit work, social and family interactions, cause severe abdominal pain, and be a difficult topic to discuss during a medical appointment. IBS includes a group of symptoms including cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. These problems can cause a patient’s gastrointestinal tract to be more sensitive and produce colon muscle contractions (spasms) at any given time. IBS doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase the risk of colorectal cancer, but it is a chronic condition that patients need to manage long term. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle, and stress. More-severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counseling. Most people with IBS experience times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely. There are three types of IBS based on different patterns of changes in bowel movements or abnormal bowel movements. Some medicines work only for some types of IBS or make other types worse. Your doctor might diagnose IBS even if your bowel movement pattern does not fit one particular type. Many people with IBS have normal bowel movements on some days and abnormal bowel movements on other days. The three types include: IBS with constipation, IBS with diarrhea, and IBS with mixed bowel habits where at least one abnormal bowel movement each day includes stools that are hard or lumpy and loose or watery.

Who is more likely to develop IBS?

Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop IBS. People younger than age 50 are more likely to develop IBS than people older than age 50. The precise cause of IBS isn’t known. Several factors appear to play a role including:

• Having a family member with similar GI disorders.

• A history of stressful or difficult life events such as trauma or abuse.

• Gastrointestinal infection

• A condition called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO, can cause IBS. SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the colon start growing in the small intestine. That

causes pain and diarrhea and can also lead to malnutrition. Some studies claim women are most likely, to suffer from SIBO than men, however this is controversial.

• Women nearing their menstrual cycles.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

The signs and symptoms of IBS vary. The most common include:

• Abdominal pain, cramping or bloating that is relieved or partially relieved by passing a bowel movement.

• Excess gas.

• Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation.

• Mucus in the stool.

• Urgency of defecation.

What other health problems occur with IBS?

People with IBS often have other health problems, including:

• Fibromyalgia, endometriosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, sleep disorders and chronic pelvic pain.

• Digestive diseases, such as dyspepsia and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

• Anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress syndrome and somatic symptom disorder.

How IBS treated?

Treatments can involve dietary and lifestyle changes, exercise, medicines, probiotics, and cognitive behavior therapies. You may have to try a few treatments to see what works best.

Diet changes include eating more fiber, refraining from dairy products to rule out lactose intolerance, avoiding gluten and following a special eating plan to reduce or avoid certain foods that contain carbohydrates that are difficult to digest. These include a wide range of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, wheat and rye products, honey, foods with high-fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners ending in “–ol,” such as sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, and maltitol. If IBS symptoms subside, the restricted foods may be slowly reintroduced to your diet.

Increasing physical activity, reducing stress through exercise or psychotherapy, and getting enough sleep also help IBS symptoms. Medicines can relieve IBS symptoms, and your doctor may also recommend probiotics. These are live microorganisms, most often bacteria, that are similar to microorganisms normally found in the digestive tract. Several studies have shown promise in treating IBS with probiotics.

For more information on IBS and prevention, call our gastroenterology care providers at (607) 339-0788 or visit

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Rachel Ayers, NP, joined Cayuga Gastroenterology in 2019 after 13 years of caring for patients at Cayuga Medical Center’s endoscopy unit. She can be reached at Cayuga Gastroenterology, 20 Arrowwood Drive, Suite B, Ithaca, (607) 339-0788.
IBS more often affects women than men; treatments help manage the condition

Community Justice Center to Hold Community Healing Event

The Community Justice Center (CJC) has announced that it will be holding the rst in a series of community healing events on Tuesday, March 21 at Cinemapolis in Downtown Ithaca, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

e CJC is a collaborative between the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County that has been tasked with implementing the joint Reimagining Public Safety plans that are being developed under the reimagining public safety process.

e CJC is intended to determine implementation priorities, develop budget impacts, manage and analyze data, and provide reports to the City and County about the progress of the reimagining plan. e City and County are contracting to each contribute about $138,000 for the rst year and agree to the contract auto renewing for a second year a er a review.

ese are in addition to the recommendations that have been developed by the reimagining public safety committee, which voted to send their recommendations to the Common Council for nal approval during a meeting on March 8.

e community healing event will include “community grounding and reconciliation exercises” that will be led by the Director at the Garrison Institute, Dr. Angel Acosta.

According to a CJC press release announcing the event, Acosta has experience “in the areas of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness while serving as the creative director at the NYC Healing Collaborative.”

It continues saying that the event’s “grounding activities” are cra ed to help community members and law enforcement professionals slow down and process the stress that comes with the tensions around policing and community activism that coexists within the process of reimagining public safety.

ose who attend will also participate in interactive dialogue and exercises to help process trauma and promote intergenerational healing.

According to the CJC, “Dr. Acosta will be leading attendees through programming that spurs reconciliation, helping to identify and use tools to work through tensions and unifying the Tompkins County and Ithaca communities around the issues of policing and change making e orts.”

Cornell to Hold Climate Science Debate

There is nearly unanimous agreement among climate scientists that humans have caused climate change — with 97% of actively publishing climate scientists in agreement, according to NASA.

Despite this overwhelming consensus, the bastion of free speech that is Cornell

The First Congregational Church of Ithaca’s Sanctuary

Ministries Team seeks to serve immigrant neighbors in this region by educating and informing the community around immigration-related issues.

FCCI is pleased to o er the rst of a threepart series on immigration on Thursday,

University has decided to hold a debate on climate change tonight at the university’s Call Alumni Auditorium.

is is the opening event for the 2023 Campus Liberty Tour, which has been sponsored by the Steamboat Institute in cooperation with the Free Speech Alliance at Cornell University. e free speech alliance describes itself as “an independent organization made up of alumni, students,

e event is open to the public and law enforcement o cers. Community members are encouraged to attend, bring an open mind and be prepared to interact with others who may have di ering views or lived experiences.

Longtime representative of Ithaca’s rst ward and Chairman of the Reimagining Public Safety Committee, George McGonigal has said that he is “looking forward” to the CJC’s community healing process.

“I think the community healing both for people in the black, brown and gay communities is really going to be helpful and I think IPD o cer participation in community healing is going to be very helpful, both for the community and for the cops,” said McGonigal.

faculty and sta , which advocates for free expression, viewpoint diversity, and academic freedom on campus.”

Steven Koonin, Ph.D., will argue against the resolution — “Climate science compels us to make large and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” while Robert H. Socolow, Ph.D., will argue in support of the resolution.

e debate will be moderated by Sarah Westwood, Steamboat Institute Blankley

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March 16, 7:00pm at the church, 309 Highland Rd.

Professor Jaclyn Kelly-Widmer, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Law & Advocacy Clinic at Cornell, along with Cornell Law students and migrant advocates Oscar F. Ruiz and Aaliyah E. Channer will o er an update on

U.S. Immigration policy under the current administration, clarify misconceptions, and answer questions.

Free childcare will be o ered. Join remotely using the following link. https:// Questions?



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Ithaca’s First Cannabis Dispensary Opens Tomorrow

Recreational marijuana has been legal in New York since the state passed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act on March 31, 2021, but bureaucratic red tape has delayed the opening of recreational marijuana dispensaries for nearly two years. Now, a er years of anticipation the rst legal dispensaries are beginning to sprout.

One of the rst legal recreational dispensaries in the Southern Tier — William Jane — will be opening to the public for the rst time on ursday, March 16 on the Commons in downtown Ithaca. e dispensary is located in the former Trader K’s used clothing store.

In a recent interview, the owner of the dispensary, William Durham, said that it would be open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. from Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Regarding the process of opening his dispensary, Durham said that “it was actually a lot of paperwork.” According to Durham, “[the state] wants to make sure they have everything that they need to make sure that you’re actually just as involved and that you have everything you need as far as being able to run a business.”

Durham said that the entire process to get the license, “between the application being put out to the point we’re at today,” took roughly six months.


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Fellow and investigative reporter for the Washington Examiner.

Koonin served as Undersecretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy under President Barack Obama, where he was lead author of the department’s strategic plan and the inaugural Quadrennial Technology Review (2011). Koonin was also a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech, and he is currently a professor at New York University, with appointments in the Stern School of Business, the Tandon School of Engineering, and the Department of Physics.

When asked why he decided to get into the marijuana industry, Durham said “why not?” He continued saying “it’s a growing industry…especially in New York,” and that “it’s something that has been a dream for a lot of people.” Now that it’s legal, Durham says “you can make money doing something you like, I don’t see why you wouldn’t.”

Durham was previously convicted for possession of marijuana when he was 23 years old, which helped him qualify to receive one of three Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CUARD) licenses that have been approved for the Southern Tier region of New York.

rough the CUARD program, New York is ensuring that individuals from communities that have been most impacted by the criminalization of marijuana will have the rst opportunity to bene t from its legalization.

Durham continued saying that he hopes to “educate the public on cannabis.”

Socolow is a professor emeritus at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in theoretical high-energy physics in 1964, was an assistant professor of physics at Yale University from l966 to l97l, and joined the Princeton University faculty in 1971 with the assignment of inventing interdisciplinary environmental research.

According to Steamboat Institute Chairwoman and CEO, Jennifer SchubertAkin, “As the Campus Liberty Tour moves into its sixth year, we are looking forward to bringing another round of robust debates to college campuses,” She continued saying, “Our goal is not to tell students what to think, but to help teach them how

He said that “it’s a plant that’s been around for a while and a lot of people want to indulge now that they have a safe space where they can actually buy this product that is very well tested.”

e marijuana that will be sold at the dispensary will all be grown in New York State due to the fact that it continues to be illegal under federal law, which prohibits it from being transported across state lines. According to Durham, the state has more than 250 pot farms that dispensaries can source product from.

When asked if he is receiving support from local businesses, Durham said “I’ve been getting no pushback as of now.” He continued saying, “it seems like everybody’s enjoying the fact that we’ll have some cannabis that’s actually inspected.”

Durham says that if you shop at William Jane, “You don’t have to worry about all the things that people are putting in their cannabis nowadays.”

to think critically about information that’s being presented to them.”

Tickets to this Campus Liberty Tour event are free and may be obtained here.

According to Randy O. Wayne, an Associate Professor in the CALS School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell, “ e Campus Liberty Tour debate will expose my students to the critical thinking of exceptional people who can demonstrate how to discuss and debate contentious issues intelligently and civilly by stating their assumptions and using evidence and analysis.”

In addition, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Virginia, the Academic Freedom Alliance, and Speech First are Participating Sponsors in the debate.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? “Soup-any kind!” – Amber R. “Depends on the season, but lately beets and grass fed local rib eye steak.” – Anne J. “A good cheddar cheese.” – Rigel B. “Ice-cream.” – Henry P. “Jambalaya.”
– Ron V. William Jane, the first recreational marijuana dispensary in Ithaca will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Photo By: Matt Dougherty)

Local Activists Call for End to Russian-Ukraine War

Agroup of local activists working with the Defuse Nuclear War coalition held a protest on February 24, to call on elected o cials in Congress to prioritize “genuine diplomacy” to bring an end to the war in Ukraine as it nears the one year anniversary of the Russian invasion.

e protest came amid President Joe Biden’s recent surprise trip to Ukraine, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the rst time since the full-scale Russian invasion. Biden said that the trip was meant to “rea rm our unwavering and un agging commitment to Ukraine’s democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”

Biden’s trip has been seen positively by those who wish to see American monetary and military support for the Ukrainian war e ort to continue. However, those who don’t think that a solution can be achieved through continued war have voiced concern over prolonging the war e ort — which the United States has already nanced to the tune of nearly $100 billion since February 2022.

According to a report by the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. spent $48

billion on humanitarian, nancial, and military assistance to Ukraine from February 2022 to November 2022. In December Congress approved another $45 billion aid package for 2023, bringing total U.S. support for Ukraine to $93 billion.

Anti-war activists have opposed continued military support for Ukraine saying that it makes genuine attempts at diplomacy impossible and risks escalating to Nuclear War.

One of the protest organizers, Michael Smith, recently said “We are hurtling toward a catastrophe for humanity and the planet with this relentless escalation of the war in Ukraine. ose of us organizing this protest believe that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is immoral and a violation of international laws and norms — just as the U.S. invasion of Iraq was — but the U.S. and its allies have completely abandoned diplomacy as a path to ending the war, even as the risk of nuclear war grows by the day.”

In a statement, the coalition said: “ e Feb. 24 anniversary of the invasion should serve as an opportunity to amplify calls for genuine diplomacy to end this terrible war…Protests are appropriate, given the widespread failure of Congress members to challenge the current militarism that threatens everyone’s future.”


For the 39th time in program history, the Cornell men’s hockey team has secured a spot to the semi nals of the ECAC Hockey Championship following a 3-1 victory over No. 6-seeded Clarkson.


Spring is on the way and the clocks have sprung forward but local weather forecasts have estimated that the Southern Tier will see as much as 16 inches of snow to start o the week.



Performances of NO CHILD… begin at the Kitchen Theatre Company in the Percy Browning Performance Space on Tuesday, March 28 and will run through Sunday, April 16.


e protest was planned to take place in a week when the House and Senate were not in session – so it was seen as a great opportunity for constituents to put public pressure on members of Congress while they were likely in their home districts. Several other public events occurred across the county on the same day.

In the minds of many Americans the war between Russia and Ukraine began when Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. However, if you ask anyone in Ukraine you’ll come to realize that the war has been going on for much longer.

e start of the war can be traced back to February 2014. In the a ermath of what is known in Ukraine as the “Maidan Revolution” which was supported by the United States and culminated in the ousting of elected pro-Russian President VIktor Yanukovych — Russian forces invaded and annexed the Crimea Peninsula and began supporting pro-russian separatists ghting the Ukrainian military in the Donbass region.

According to, between the start of ghting in February 2014 and the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022, the war had already killed more than 14,000 people. at’s excluding the number of casualties that have occurred since Russia’s full-scale invasion, which has been estimated to be in the “tens of thousands”.

On top of the untold human cost of the war, it has also resulted in massive economic costs in the form of in ated prices

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After a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Ithaca Farmers Market is exploring the possibility of a midweek downtown farmers market. The question before the market is whether there are enough vendors interested in selling downtown, and if there is su cient customer demand for a downtown market.

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Protesters called for “genuine diplomacy” and said that “the U.S. and its allies have completely abandoned diplomacy as a path to ending the war” (Photo Provided) Anti-War Ithacan’s protested against the continuation of the Russian war in Ukraine on the one-year anniversary of the war on February 24, 2023. (Photo Provided)


Why are we supporting the war in Ukraine?

Iwrite this letter on the year anniversary of the war in the Ukraine with the question: Why are we supporting the war in Ukraine? Our country should be supporting the Ukrainian people and working to figure out how to stop the war through negotiations, divestment and sanctions, not sending more weapons which only fills the pockets of the Weapon Producers, like our neighbor in Binghamton, Lockheed Martin.

is war has gone on too long and too many people are complacent. War does not solve problems- we know that, we just got out of a 20 year war with Afghanistan which has devastated that country and killed thousands of its people. War has caused pain to our country too, from U.S. soldiers being killed to social programs being denied to our neediest citizens due to the 797,000 dollar defense budget. Let’s do something

fresh and not repeat the same terrible mistakes of the past.

Speak out, stand up. We should be working to stop the war in the Ukraine, not funding it.

Support Cultivated Meat Research

American leaders should follow the example of Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, who spoke publicly in favor of cultivated meat. For those who don’t know, cultivated meat is grown from livestock cells, without killing. It’s better for animals, the environment and public health than slaughtered meat.

“Foodtech, including cellular foods, is an important technology from the perspective of realizing a sustainable food supply,” Kishida said. “We have to support e orts that contribute to solving the world’s food problems.”

Cultivated meat has the potential to eliminate the su ering we in ict on our fellow creatures. It requires a fraction of the greenhouse-gas emissions that raising livestock does. Further, widespread adoption of the new protein will dramatically lessen our pandemic risk, since animals are removed from the process.

More Opposition to Zoning in Caroline

On January 25, former Caroline board member, John Fracchia, penned an editorial addressing the Town of Caroline zoning debate. Although Mr. Fracchia, claims to be the arbiter of truth; regretfully, his piece is full of misinformation, distorted facts, and omitted details. us, let me share what I know.

First, zoning in the Town of Caroline is not divided along party lines. Board members are predominantly Democratic and pro-zoning. Yet, I am a lifelong Democrat but am strongly against zoning in the Town of Caroline. Many other Democrats and Republicans in our community support no zoning. is debate has nothing to do with party a liation. Yet, Mr. Fracchia, in his article, suspiciously tries to equate no zoning supporters with QAnon theory and election deniers. One must question what his motive was for writing this complete fabrication. Simply put, it is not true.

Although the author does acknowledge the racist past of zoning; he tries to distance himself from his involvement. A er all, he was a former Board member in the Town of Caroline during this period. His egregious claim is trying to excuse himself by pretending that zoning is somehow di erent in “rural” regions instead of “cities”. A complete false distinction! I could write a thesis on how zoning (rural or in the city) is intertwined with racism, segregation, classism, and the denial of a ordable housing for people who need it the most.

Read on to understand how this mostly elite Town of Caroline Board is furthering this disgraceful law by trying to place zoning in our town.

Mr. Fracchia’s next misrepresentation is that the Comprehensive Plan was a “well thought out plan” and not a “kneejerk” reaction. e completion of the Comprehensive Plan had been lingering for years. ere was only an urgency by the Board to complete the Comprehensive Plan when a Dollar General, which would help a signi cant number of people, was proposed to be placed near former and current Board members’ homes. Immediately, the Board Members enacted a moratorium denying the Dollar General site in their own neighborhood.

Dollar Generals are currently successfully situated in other local neighborhoods; Berkshire, Candor, Dryden, En eld, and Trumansburg, and supported by their town governing bodies. is proposed site in the Town of Caroline was an already well-established commercial district on a major highway, Rt 79. is is also a bus route allowing easy access for low-income residents.

A er placing the moratorium, these Board members, quickly, during the Covid pandemic, nished the Comprehensive Plan with little regard to current resident input. Spotty internet access prevented most residents from Zoom Board meetings. Seemingly, the Board members preferred this low resident turn out to do their ‘business”. And I will digress for a moment, to tell you these same Board members for years have promised better internet service; but it never gets done.

Requests from residents to put a hold on zoning were denied. Given the con ict of the location of the Dollar General, one would think ethically and as a good faith gesture; any civic-minded Board Members would have recused themselves from this issue. ey did not. Instead, Board Members are now enacting legislation they made to prevent Dollar General in their own backyards based on “undened design standards.” In other words, anywhere but near the Board members’ homes. eir decision reeks of selfinterest with little consideration for our residents. is is also true of the Comprehensive Plan they completed.

e Board members are shamelessly not even following their own approved Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Caroline as legally required by New York State. e following are direct quotes from their created Comprehensive Plan based on their own data. XXXX_comprehensive_plan_ naladopted_1-13-21.pdf page 16,11

“ e Town of Caroline has some people of color and many rural poor.”

“Housing A ordability Housing in Caroline is becoming more expensive, re ecting the growing issue of housing a ordability in Tompkins County. A signi cant proportion of Caroline residents lack a ordable housing, de ned as hous-

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Irish Up

Around this time three years ago there was a lot of talk about a virus going around that might shut the world down with quarantine. It was alarming, yet in early March of 2020 still a subject of speculation and conjecture rather than certainty.

At that juncture I was speaking of it with a friend who has two young children and was more than a little worried. I segued out of the troubling topic, or tried to, by mentioning in this context a sure thing that comes around every year and was about to again, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City.

My friend is of Irish heritage, as I am. She is from up here while I originally am from Brooklyn and went to high school in Manhattan, two blocks from the end of the parade route. I attended the parade every year back then, as my school closed for the day in deference to the approximately 150,000 marchers and two million spectators newly in the neighborhood, many of whom went to the end of the route and took a right o Fi h Avenue past our school toward the subway stop, also the taverns, and things could get a little hectic.

I told my friend I’d believe this virus threat was real if it shut down the parade. 2,150,000 is a lot of people to dissuade, and the parade started in 1762, before there was even a United States of America, and had never missed a year. Freezing temperatures and even blizzards never stopped it. In fact the people seem almost to welcome inclemency, because it shows how dedicated and loyal they are, not to mention tough and crazy, all solid Irish attributes.

A few days a er this conversation came the news that the parade was canceled. I said to my friend that now I knew we were in trouble.

She said yes, the parade had also been canceled in her town, Horseheads. I gured that decision was probably easier to make, but didn’t say so, as this was a time for concern and commiseration, not kidding.

Also, who was I to tease her town? Maybe their parade was just the re department, the high school marching band, a troupe of Celtic dancers and a guy who can play bagpipes, but at least

Horseheads (population 20,000) has a parade. So do Binghamton and Syracuse. Ithaca doesn’t.

Still, this year Ithacans in search of celebration have something noteworthy to attend, a concert by Irish singer Karan Casey to bene t the peace and justice work of the Ithaca Catholic Worker group, on March 9 at the Community School of Music and Arts, featured in this column last month.

Writing in February, while noting the political focus of much of Casey’s work, especially immigration issues, we missed the connection between her U.S. tour in March and Women’s History Month. Casey mentioned it in an email.

“As an Irish woman, I think of past generations who ed famine and war for America. ere are too many similarities today not to speak up.

“ is is what I will be at, singing the anti-colonial songs, the love songs and talking up a storm. We need to get out there and make the world a better place. Tap into that time-honored Irish tradition of singing out against oppression.”

Ithacans can foray into yet another aspect of Irish culture this month with the local arrival of “ e Quiet Girl” at Cinemapolis, the rst Irish-language lm ever nominated for an Academy Award.

e New York Times calls the lm “quintessentially Irish.” It is based on a story by Claire Keegan of County Wicklow, Ireland.

Keegan is acclaimed in Ireland but essentially unknown in the U.S. Her work has been too sparse (both brief and sporadic) to engage U.S. publishers. She has written short stories only, which are less desirable than novels to publishers: less popular generally, di cult to promote to reviewers, lower priced.

In terms of frequency, desired by publishers for building a following, Keegan has written for publication only four times in over twenty years.

“ e Quiet Girl” is based on Keegan’s short story, “Foster,” which was published in Ireland in 2010 and in its entirety in a single issue of the New Yorker magazine that year. How can a publisher in the great American market print and promote a

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Mayor Lewis is Undermining the Important Reimagining Efforts of IPD

In another interesting turn of events, Ithaca Mayor Laura Lewis has abruptly canceled the open competitive Ithaca police chief exam scheduled for March 23rd, 2023.

At least ve experienced law enforcement professionals from the Ithaca community have thrown their hats in the ring to be considered to be the next police chief at IPD as the department enters its third consecutive year without permanent leadership.

ree applicants are longstanding members of the Ithaca Police Department, with two more being from other area law enforcement agencies. e application period for the exam opened at the end of last year on December 22nd, 2022, applications were accepted until February 9th, 2023.

On February 15th applicants unexpectedly received an unsigned letter from the City of Ithaca Department of Human Resources indicating that the exam is being "postponed" with no mention of an alternative test date.

e President of the Ithaca PBA, Tom Condzella, said " e membership of the PBA has been asking for permanent leadership for years and the City has yet to deliver. A er how the previous chief search last year turned out, internal recruitment and reimagining e orts at IPD have been severely damaged." Condzella says that now the e orts of the Mayor to further cripple the IPD and destroy morale are blatantly obvious. Condzella again cited at least three internal candidates and two more external local candidates who are ready to take on the role of police chief at IPD.

" rough noncooperation and constant roadblocks, the Mayor has demonstrated to us all that she isn't committed to implementing the practical recommendations that came from RPS or interested in partnering with Ithaca's police o cers.

Mayor Lewis has missed a real opportunity to redirect reform e orts in Ithaca by giving us the permanent leadership we need at IPD so we can implement the real changes called for by RPS and better serve our community. She instead is choosing a path of close mindedness, political alliances and insular leadership and decision making. At a critical time like this, when permanent leadership at IPD is needed the most, the Mayor has given us nothing but circle talk, empty promises and another national search. We're all extremely disappointed." said Condzella. Condzella said he believes that the Mayor is intentionally circumventing the New York State Civil Service Law. He stated " e application process closed, the City realized that they had enough candidates to establish a valid eligible list, so they cancelled the police chief exam before it could even be administered and a list could be established. is allowed them to circumvent the requirements of the civil service law and proceed with a costly national search that will likely result in the selection of a candidate with no ties to our community, which will take at least another eight to twelve months." Condzella went on to say that he has questions as to whether or not a national search is even legal.

According to Condzella, despite the current sta ng crisis, the PBA and Ithaca Police O cers, in partnership with IPD's current administration, will continue to move forward with reform e orts with or without the support of Mayor Lewis.

He cited the community dashboard, community roundtable discussions, policy updates, e orts towards obtaining accreditation, and multiple community policing initiatives as just some of the work that has already taken place internally to support local reform e orts.

"Ithaca Police O cers are extremely resilient, hardworking and committed to providing the very best police service possible to our community, I'm humbled and proud to represent them." said Condzella.

President of the Ithaca PBA, Tom Condzella

Common Council to Vote on Public Safety Recommendations

During the Reimagining Public Safety Committee meeting that took place on March 8th, Chairman of the committee and rst ward representative on the Common Council, George McGonigal, thanked those who have participated in the reimagining public safety process and members of the public made comments to the committee about their dra work plan that has been developed over the last several months.

Following public comments and responses from committee members, the committee unanimously voted to approve sending the work plan to the Common Council for nal approval. e Common Council is expected to vote to approve or disapprove of the work plan during their upcoming meeting in April.

e reimagining public safety committee came into existence a er former Mayor Svante Myrick established a working group to study and provide recommendations for improving public safety in the City of Ithaca following the murder of George Floyd that prompted former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign Executive Order 203, which required every local government in the state to adopt a policing reform plan.

One of the recommendations that came out of the reimagining working group called for the Common Council to “create a further investigate details regarding implementation of these recommendations.” us, the special committee on reimagining public safety was born.

roughout the process, the committee received information about how individuals from minoritized communities have felt “disrespected by police in everyday interactions”. Community members have said that this has led to a lack of trust in law enforcement that makes residents reluctant to to call the police when faced with unlawful situations.

According to the committee work plan, the community members that participat-

ed in the working groups “…were skeptical of law enforcement’s de-escalation abilities and the degree knowledge in dealing with situations involving people living with mental health issues, those who are detoxing, people living with visible and invisible disabilities, and members of the LGBT+ community, especially transgender individuals.”

In general the responses outlined the fact that community members do not feel safe going to the police for help, even though all members of the working groups acknowledged “…the hard work of law enforcement.”

Law enforcement professionals told the committee that they were appreciative of being included in the reimagining process but that “the public does not understand what policing jobs entail.” ey agreed on the need to build trust between the community and the department but say that sta ng shortages make it di cult for ocers to take time o from patrol to attend community events or recieve extra training.

According to the work plan, “A common theme shared by these police o cers was a need for better coordination with social service departments, particularly mental health providers and a desire to receive more support from elected o cials. O cers consistently stated that increased funding and sta ng were pressing needs, and feel they are doing their job well and already do what is outlined in Executive Order 203.”

A er months of discussions with community members and law enforcement professions, the committee has outlined a set of recommended actions that the city can initiate along with the police reform initiatives that are being implemented by Monalita Smiley through the Community Justice Center.

e recommended actions that have received the most attention have been the creation of an unarmed crisis response team that would operate under a co-re-

The reimagining public safety committee work plan calls for the creation of the position of Deputy City Manager. The position will have direct oversight of public safety throughout the city and report to the City Manager.

(Photo Credit: Reimagining Public Safety Work Plan)

sponse model, meaning that unarmed division would respond to calls with police ocers. Additionally, it calls for the creation of the position of Deputy City Manager which would oversee the police department and the unarmed crisis response team.

e full work plan can be found here:

e report also calls for hiring more ocers at the Ithaca Police Department (IPD)

to combat sta ng shortages that have le the department with around 15 vacancies, according to George McGonigal.

Ithaca resident Maya Soto argued against hiring more police o cers saying “Why are we inviting more police into our safe spaces?” She continued saying, “I don’t think police belong in these spaces. I think this is an opportunity to be better, to think outside of the system. You can’t sugarcoat ‘increased policing.’”

Cornell University Scientist and 3rd Ward candidate Dr. Nathan Sitaraman also

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spoke to the common council about how IPD is an outlier among departments when it comes to the way schedules are organized. For example, Sitaraman o ered alternatives to increasing the size of the police force such as rescheduling to make o cer deployment periods more e cient.

Sitaraman quoted a 2022 report from the Matrix Consulting Group — which was contracted by the Center for Policing Equity as part of the Reimagining Public Safety process — saying that “perceived sta ng issues are the result of a ‘highly unusual’ and ‘highly ine cient’ use of o cer time.”

He continued saying, “they noted that ofcers are scheduled for less than the standard 40 hours per week, and that the volume of ofcers deployed for night shi s is double or triple the amount necessary to respond to calls, making IPD an extreme outlier among the hundreds of departments they have studied.”

McGonigal responded to the public comments saying that “the reimagining process has to bring the community and IPD together.” He said that this process “started out of a feeling among disenfranchised and marginalized people that they were not being treated with respect and fairness. And IPD has to recognize that and I think in large part they do.”

He continued saying that “at the same time, we have to recognize that

which is a process that will be overseen by the Community Justice Center. e community healing process will start at an upcoming event at Cinemapolis in Downtown Ithaca that has been scheduled to take place on March 21.

In response to public comments, McGonigal said that the work plan isn’t calling for increasing sta ng at IPD. Instead, he said it outlines that the department is understa ed by roughly 15 o cers and expresses the need to return sta ng to normal levels. According to McGonigal, “the type of community policing that the black and brown community wants and everybody in the city wants is impossible when there’s only two people on duty at a time.”

McGonigal continued saying that he supports IPD reaching out to community organizations that have felt ignored by o cers. He says that bringing these groups together is not meant to make people unsafe, but rather to increase communication.

In response to comments about how staing shortages make following through on the goals of reimagining public safety more di cult, Phoebe Brown said that IPD doesn’t need big

numbers to build relationships with the community.

Brown said that the shortage of sta at IPD is no excuse not to build better relationships now. According to Brown, once the department improves their relationship with the community more ofcers will want to work in Ithaca — not the other way around.

“It does not take much. If you’re driving the car and you wave, say hi, you know, acknowledge the community.

at doesn’t take a lot,” said Brown.

She continued saying, “I think that that’s something we need to talk more about. We need to encourage our o cers because I have o cers who just stop by our o ce and sit down and talk. at can happen with what we have.”

McGonigal said that he agrees with Brown and that “every o cer at IPD should be practiced and skilled in community policing” but that if there are only two or three ocers on patrol it’s di cult to attend community events involved with improving relationships.

e public will have another opportunity to comment on the recommendations included in the work plan at the upcoming Common Council meeting in April. During that meeting the Common Council will have the option to approve, disapprove or send the work plan back to committee for more changes to be made.

When asked how he thinks the Common Council will respond to the work plan, McGonigal said “I think they’ll approve it. It’s been a lot of work.”

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for things like food and gasoline due to supply chain issues caused by the war.

For example, western sanctions against Russia that are supported by countries like the United States, and Russia’s decision to restrict gas deliveries to some EU member states have all contributed to Europe’s energy security crisis. As access to Russian oil declines, demand increases to secure imports from other sources, which has driven the price of oil up further.

Additionally, the war has also caused massive price hikes for food. According to a report from, in March 2022 wheat prices had increased 71% from pre-invasion levels. Prices have begun to subside, but they remain about 10% higher than they were before the invasion at the start of 2022. Given the catastrophic nature of the war it’s no surprise that anti-war activists across the country are calling for an end to the war through diplomacy. Unfortunately their voices seem to have been drowned out by the in uence of those who stand to make a pro t if the war continues.

For example, Defense Contractors manufacture everything from boots to bombs that are used in the war e ort. ese companies are incentivized to keep the war going because it allows them to generate massive pro ts by supplying militaries around the world with the materials necessary to wage war.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States is the world’s largest weapons exporter. e U.S. has supplied 39% of weapons worldwide for the past seven years, more than double that of Russia and ten times that of China.

Based on numbers from, the Defense Contractors that supply these weapons have spent more than $124 million lobbying the federal government in 2022. Considering these statistics helps one understand why the voices of those calling for genuine diplomacy have been overpowered by the monetary in uence of what President Dwight D. Eisenhower once called the military industrial complex.

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“Perceived staffing issues are the result of a ‘highly unusual’ and ‘highly inefficient’ use of officer time.”
— Cornell University Scientist and 3rd Ward candidate Dr. Nathan Sitaraman
[left to right] 1st Ward Alderpersons Cynthia Brock and George McGonigal, 2nd Ward Alderperson Phoebe Brown, and 3rd Ward Alderperson Rob Gearhart (Photo Credit: Josh Baldo)

Hometown Lacrosse Hero Returns to Help Penn State Top Cornell

Had someone told me that there would be a silver lining to a Cornell University lacrosse home loss, I might have been skeptical. Had I been told that would happen two years in a row, I would have at-out said “No way.”

Last year, the Big Red got roughed up by the United States Military Academy West Point’s Army Black Knights, but local fans had an opportunity to see a “homegrown” player — Ryan Sposito — score three goals for the visitors. For some, that tempered the disappointment of losing the game.

is year, the Nittany Lions of Penn State took the eld against the unbeaten hosts, and once again, there was a reason to be happy. Not happy that Cornell lost, mind you, but happy that Joe Bucci did his job so well.

Bucci — who graduated from Ithaca High School in 2011, where he was a three-time All-Conference player and an All-American once — is in his rst season as the Nittany Lions' assistant coach. Over the past three games, Penn State has racked up wins against the Ivy League's nest teams — taking down three Top 10 programs in the process (beating #7 Yale, #10 Penn and #3 Cornell).

Joe was a high school star — clearly Division I bound — and I have known his parents, Gary and Teresa, since well before Joe was born. His dad and I played baseball against one another, and I recall telling Gary I thought about sending him a sympathy card when his two sons traded in a bat for a lacrosse stick.

Coached by local legends like Brian Lasda, Mark Wenham and Frank Welch, the young Bucci grew up attending camps and clinics at Cornell, where now-PSU

coach Je Tambroni ran the show. A er graduating from Ithaca High, Joe had a solid career at Georgetown University (where his brother, Massimo, would play as well). Asked why he chose Georgetown, Joe gave a list of reasons, one of which was the fact that the program was headed up by Dave Urick, the longtime Hobart College coach with strong ties to the region.

A er graduating with degrees in government and sports industry management, Bucci took the rough road taken by many aspiring coaches. e University of Maryland, Baltimore County was coached by Ryan Moran (a nephew of Cornell's iconic Hall of Fame coach Richie Moran), and when Bucci was o ered a volunteer coaching position, he took it. “He took a chance on me,” Joe o ered, “and I was a young guy with no family, so I could live o the money I was making at camps.” He laughed and added, “It builds character, I guess.” Ultimately, Joe joined the sta as an assistant for two seasons, and he worked his way up to defensive coordinator for two more. Asked if that was a typical pathway — volunteer to assistant to coordinator — he replied, “Yes, it's like being a busboy, then a bartender, then into management. You learn how it all works.”

Well, it's all working now. A er running their record to 5–1 on Saturday, the Nittany Lions have moved up to #3 in the rankings as they prepare to play Marquette University.

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The port of Ithaca near the mouth of Cascadilla Creek was a marshy, unhealthy place for much of the th century. e first houses were built along Cascadilla Street and the first three blocks of Lake and First streets. e area was gradually drained and built on after the Civil War up to World War I. Before World War II it became a first stop for Hungarian, Italian, Jewish and black immigrants.

is was an industrial area of the city where, in addition to ethnic groceries, you could find scrap dealers, warehouses, and rail yards. But in the late th century the area became increasingly residential. e Ithaca Housing Association was founded in , and by  had redeveloped the area bounded by Hancock, ird, Madison, and Fifth streets in housing projects, which have been home to many South Asian immigrants since the late s.


e streets laid out on grids with small lots, but they are now lined with mature trees, with the tree lawn frequently planted in perennials or even shrubs.

e predominance of single-family homes is interrupted by the Seven Tribes group home on ird Street and the duplexes of the housing projects. ere are restaurants and other businesses along Meadow Street, extending into the neighborhood on ird and Franklin Streets.


A lot of houses here display elements of Colonial, Greek Revival, various Victorian and cottage styles, often in a single house. Many of the older houses have been greatly altered by additions and renovations.

e most common types are Colonials— with two gables, forming a L that wraps around a porch that protects the front door—and cottages that differ from the Colonials in being more likely to be single-gabled and to be oneand-a-half stories.

School District

Beverly J. Martin Elementary School.

Community Organizations

Northside Neighborhood Association runs the Northside Community Center at  Hancock Street (Phone: -). ere is also a Washington Park Neighborhood Association.


Originally “Fall Creek Village” when it was appeared on an  map of the village of

     . N  

houses, including some exuberant Queen Annes and ornate Italianates, are often on the corners of blocks.

School District

Fall Creek Elementary School; Ithaca High School and Boynton Middle School are also located in the neighborhood.

Community Organizations

Fall Creek Neighborhood Association has a Facebook page.


For a century the downtown district was thriving with opera houses and department stores, dry-goods businesses and haberdasheries, along with civic structures and some of the finest private homes. Decline began in the s as suburbanization and the “car culture” took people away from the urban center.

on the same house), shallow hipped roofs, and ornamental leaded glass windows.

School District

Beverly J. Martin Elementary School

Community Organizations

e Downtown Ithaca Alliance (www. is a primarily business group, but does pay attention to the concerns of residents.


Ithaca, the Fall Creek neighborhood is directly north of downtown, south and west of Rt.  and up against the east wall of the Cayuga Valley that rises up to Cayuga Heights and Cornell Heights. Although the area is almost entirely residential now, the eponymous creek was once the site of mills and foundries with only a few residences along Yates Street as late as , as the land was originally swampy and wooded.

e population grew rapidly after , as did the number of neighborhood businesses, with the number of grocery stores peaking in the s and ‘s.

e first schoolhouse opened on Queen Street in the s. e first incarnation of Fall Creek Elemenary School was built in . It was razed in  before the present school building was constructed. Fall Creek Elementary narrowly averted closure in .


Many of the larger houses in Fall Creek have been divided into apartments, but over the last decade there has been a resurgence in home-owning in the neighborhood. is mixture of post-collegiate and young family demographics has given rise to community events like PorchFest, a summer concert event.


e houses here are generally larger than those in Northside and more exhibit a fuller complement of the features of a given style. It is rare to find whole neighborhoods full of houses of one era. Instead a Victorian will be surrounded by cottages, suggesting that a large lot was subsequently subdivided. e grander

e Urban Renewal Agency was established in , but at first tore down landmarks without renewing vitality. In  the URA succeeded in attracting the Woolworth’s Department Store, which occupied the location now the site of the Tompkins County Public Library. ey were also instrumental in pushing forward the development of Ithaca Commons, a pedestrian street designed by Anton Egner and Marv Adelman, and completed in .


e urban core of Ithaca, consisting of multistory masonry buildings, is very small, constituting only a few blocks bounded by Six Mile Creek on the south and east, Seneca Street on the north, and Geneva Street on the west. Apartments are available in the upper floors of some buildings and more new apartment buildings like Cayuga Place, Gateway Commons, City Center and Harolds Square.

Residents here have walking access to many amenities, but the only grocery store is Oasis a small whole foods market in the Dewitt Mall.


e removal of the large trees on the Commons has revealed the restored façades of the th and early th century commercial buildings. Many different styles are represented, particularly along the north side of East State Street. Several buildings are Italianate, with very high narrow windows surmounted by elaborate moldings and prominent cornices held up by ornate brackets.

Downtown residential streets are a riot of styles, ranging from the columned Greek Revivals through a variety of Victorians and into cottage-style homes. e exteriors of Arts & Crafts era houses are marked by wide windows, a mixture of shingles, clapboard, and stucco sidings (sometimes with more than one

West Hill is across the Cayuga Inlet. It developed slowing in the th century, as it was on the far side of the rail yards, but by  it had a grammar school. Large farms were subdivided into building lots after . Municipal water was installed in . e subdivisions that include most of the residences were built in the s, ‘s, and ‘s. e West Hill Civic Association was organized in the s to lobby for storm sewers. e first housing project, West Village, was opened in . Some residents worried that it would become a slum and moved away. In response to the potential dissipation of the community the West Hill Civic Association was resurrected and continues to exist to this day.

e present site of the Lehman Alternative Community School was the former West Hill Elementary School and served as the location of a series of private schools and day centers before its present use, which was inaugurated in .


Easily the most bucolic of the city neighborhoods, West Hill consists of modest homes on relatively small lots. ere are lowrise multi-unit housing projects on Chestnut St. (Chestnut Hill Apartments) and Elm Street (West Village).

ere are no businesses at all on West Hill. Residents must drive or take public transportation to do all shopping.


Because it was settled very late in the th century there are no Federal or Greek Revival houses, and very few Italianate or Gothic Revivals and is instead home to folk Victorians and post-Victorian styles like Foursquares, bungalows, and Colonial Revivals. e higher on the hill the more modern the styles tend.

School District

Beverly J. Martin Elementary School Community Organizations

West Hill Civic Association has a Yahoo Group listserv ( group/WestHillCivicAssociation/)

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Because of the usefulness of Cascadilla Creek as a source of water power, the area that is now Collegetown was settled early in Ithaca’s history. In  Otis Eddy built a cotton mill near the street that now bears his name. e mill was torn down to make way for Cascadilla Place in , the first building of Cornell University, which still stands behind the parking garage.

After electric trolley service connected East Hill with downtown in  Collegetown began to become less bucolic. Small businesses sprang up to serve the student population and homeowners began to provide housing for the students. Fires on East Hill were common because many of the students lit their rooms with kerosene lamps. In  a firehouse was built in Collegetown. In the s wooden rooming houses on College Avenue were replaced with concrete buildings.


e commercial district on College Avenue, Dryden Road, and Stewart Avenue is increasingly urban, composed of multistory masonry buildings ranging from late Victorian to early st century in style. Parking is (and always has been) a problem.


Lower Collegetown includes more singlefamily homes with larger yards around them. Many of them are large versions of Shingle Victorian, Foursquare or cottage-styles.

e homes of Lower East Hill are among the grandest in the city. ere are many Queen Annes—both frame and brick—Second Empire and other ornate Victorian styles. Some of the former carriage houses are substantial enough to have been converted to dwellings.

School District

Belle Sherman Elementary School

Community Organizations

Collegetown Neighborhood Council is active in the zoning and planning discussions with the city government.



Mitchell Street, which runs through the middle of this neighborhood, is named for a New Jersey-born man who moved here from Canada in . James Mitchell and his family farmed the area around the street that bears his name and Cornell Street. e “Mitchell tract” was subdivided by the s, and although there was little immediate development, in the early th century building began in earnest. e Bryant farm, immediately east of Collegetown was subdivided in  and houses began going up. Deed restrictions and what is now known as “red lining” kept the area white and affluent. Most of the families were associated with Cornell. By  the Bryant Park Civic Association had formed and by  was combating traffic and parking problems that persist to this day.

Belle Sherman School opened in . In  it merged with Henry St. John School, which had served one of Ithaca’s poorer

neighborhoods, making the formerly uniformly affluent student body much more diverse.

In Belle Sherman development continued after World War II with single family homes being common in the s and ‘s, and then a transition to apartment and townhouse complexes in the s and ‘s.


A suburban landscape reminiscent of parts of Westchester County or eastern Massachusetts. Residents must drive to all shopping, but East Hill Plaza on Pine Tree Road has all necessities, so a trek to Rt.  can be avoided.


e houses are mostly cottage-style (some are actual Craftsman bungalows), but with many late Victorian homes that incorporate Arts & Crafts elements like leaded stainedglass windows and unpainted oak front doors with wrought iron fixtures.

In lower Belle Sherman the houses are of more recent vintage with many post-World War II Neocolonials and Cape cottages and a few truly Modern homes. School District

Belle Sherman Elementary School Community Organizations

e Belle Sherman Elementary School has an active PTA (


ickly covered in trees and separated from downtown by Six Mile Creek, South Hill was settled long after the rest of Ithaca. e hill is so steep that in the early th century

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railroad cars had to be pulled up it one at a time before the train made its way to Owego. A permanent school building was not built in this neighborhood until  when a brick structure was erected on Hudson Street. Ithaca College moved out of downtown to its South Hill campus in the early s.

e most prominent industry on South Hill was Morse Chain, which moved there from Trumansburg in . In  it became part of Borg-Warner and expanded steadily through the th century. A spin-off of Morse Chain that made adding machines was purchased by National Cash Register (NCR) in , making the transition to computer manufacturing in .


South Hill becomes less densely settled as you go up Hudson Street. At the base of Hudson there are many houses divided into apartments, but at the top of the hill you will find large single-family homes on spacious lots. Immediately north of Ithaca College there are a number of two-story housing projects of ranch-style or modern block block buildings surrounded by large lawns.

ere are few walkable amenities aside from Rogan’s Corner convenience store.


e houses are an electic range of Arts & Crafts era cottage styles with some late Victorians—Queen Annes and Italianates— that tend to be smaller than elsewhere in the city.

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South Hill Elementary School

Community Organizations

South Hill Civic Association has been part of the discussions with the city and Emerson Power Transmission to remediate TCE pollution in the ground downhill from the closed down plant.


Southside is today home to the largest part of the African-American population of Ithaca and this has also been the case historically, in part because of the presence of the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on Cleveland Avenue, the oldest church in Ithaca.

While the black population was concentrated at the northern part of the neighborhood, the portion from Six Mile Creek south was developed by Charles Titus, who had made his money in the Pennsylvania oil boom of the s. e area was marshy, so Titus filled in the creek meanders and put it in the channel that parallels the road that still bears his name.

e first tract housing in Ithaca was built on “Titus Flats” by Andrew Cameron Hyers, who constructed  houses between  and .

e Southside Community Center was founded in  and the present structure on South Plain Street was built as a WPA project in .

e first Titus Towers building was constructed with federal HUD money in  and the second was finished in  as affordable housing for the elderly and the disabled.


e neighborhood north of Six Mile Creek is a mixture of single-family and multi-unit homes on tree-lined streets. It is immediately adjacent to downtown amenities. South of the creek is more predominantly single-family homes on small lots. e housing stock is newer as one moves away from the city core. ere is a large park with skateboard ramps and basketball courts along Meadow Street/Rt. . e big box stores along Rt.  are in easy walking range.


Some of the oldest extant houses in the city are in Southside. Small Greek Revivals and actual Colonials (not revivals) line Cleveland Avenue.

e Henry St. John Historic District was designated in February . It includes several Stick, Queen Anne, Italianate, and Second Empire Victorians. Bungalows and cottages have been built as the lots were subdivided. Titus Flats, south of Six Mile Creek, is much more recent and includes mostly cottage styles, Colonial Revivals and even some ranch house with attached garages .

School District

Belle Sherman or Fall Creek Elementary School

Community Organizations

Southside Community Center (sscc-ithaca. org) is at  South Plain Street (-). More local organizations include the Henry St. John Neighborhood Association, the Cleveland Avenue Neighborhood Diversity Association, the South of the Creek Neighborhood Association, the Spencer Road Neighborhood Association and the Titus Towers Tenant Council.


Historical information from Ithaca’s Neighborhoods: the Rhine, the Hill and the Goose Pasture, ed. Carol U. Sisler, Dewitt Historical Society, .

School district information is available from the Registrar’s page at the website of the Ithaca City School District (www.icsd.k

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Hopper said when most people think of Ithaca, they think of Cornell and Ithaca College, but noted that there are many retirees in the area as well.

“ ese people are creative to begin with, and some of them had no prior exposure of their work but they had begun to write,” he said. “Others were already known. So the real gamut of creativity really worked well.”

Hower said Ithaca is unique in that it’s a community with a great number of highly educated people living in a place where they interact with nature a lot.

“Gorges, ski slopes, nature trails — people really love Ithaca for that reason and they write very vividly about this area,” he said. “I think a lot of local readers will find themselves vicariously in the people in these stories as they interact with this very liberal, very giving and very caring community.”

While everyone’s lives are different, the things that make us who we are remain the same — where we live, the people we’ve known, the things we’ve experienced. Editors Jack Hopper and Edward Hower recognized this and noticed the interest people inherently have about others’ lives. is led to the publication of Cayuga Lake Books’ third anthology, “From the Finger Lakes: A Memoir Anthology.”

e fi rst two anthologies were prose and poetry respectively, but Hower said they wanted to do something different this time.

“Personal histories are a very popular form of writing now,” he said. “People want to read about people who are not necessarily celebrities, but are people getting by and having children.”

He added that even “ordinary” people have lived extraordinary moments.

“Nobody’s ever had a dull childhood,” Hower said. “People like to remember things that have been emotionally intense experiences. en when you go to write them down the imagination jumps in there […] A lot of people are remembering their earlier days, they’re just people with thoughtful and amusing lives. So we have a lot of memory and imagination at work.”

Hopper agreed, and added that these are much more relatable tales than you might get from a celebrity’s memoir.

“It’s largely unknown people that had something to say about their lives that touch readers,” he said. “ ese are people who are writers. People who taught. In the community of this county, readers are much more simple — their memories, their love affairs, their childhood, their parents and grandparents.”

In total,  poets and prose writers contributed to the anthology, all of whom are from upstate New York, and many from Ithaca.

“ ere are a lot of writers in Tompkins County,” Hower said. “And good ones.”

e anthology has a variety of writing styles, from “thoughtful and interesting and amusing” essays, to poetry. And though the people are all from the Finger Lakes, the stories are not. Minfong Ho wrote about her experiences working in a Cambodian refugee camp, and how the difficult things she saw there affected her. Another woman wrote about a murder in her family, while another’s poem detailed a visit to Buttermilk Falls with his son.

“People who are local are going to find a lot of familiar territory, and they will enjoy reading about people who are like them in all sorts of ways,” Hower said. “ ere’s some funny stuff, some sad stuff, and lots in between.”

e fi rst two anthologies were broader topic-wise, and Hower said he thinks narrowing it down to personal stories helped inspire writers and garner more responses to the call for writings.

“Everyone has memories and letters their mother wrote to them or from their husband or their wife. People say ‘let me get this out and see what I can do with this,’” he said. “Everyone likes memories, and whether they’re happy or sad, they want to keep them alive. People’s stories are who they are, so it’s an enjoyable process for everyone.”

Cayuga Lakes Books has been around for a decade, started by Hower and Hopper, and has published close to  titles so far.

“Our purpose at Cayuga Lake Books is to contribute to the artistic life of the community to make sure good writers are published who might be overlooked in a more commercial market,” Hower said. “In Ithaca we have a lot of very special people […] and we give them a place to shine.”

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Sweeping Up


When you think of curling, visions of people sliding on ice with broomsticks might come to mind. For Dan Hazlitt, president and co-creator of Finger Lakes Curling Club, it’s much more than that.

Hazlitt and his wife, Justine Vaden Heuvel, first fell in love with curling while living on Cape Cod, back in . After moving to Ithaca, the pair decided to test the ice with their own curling club, hosting an informal learn to curl event at e Rink in Lansing back in . After four or five sessions boasting a decent turnout, Hazlitt made it official and started the Finger Lakes Curling Club.

Curling is like shuffleboard on ice: one player slides a stone on a sheet of ice while teammates use brooms to sweep the ice and

control the speed of the stone as it moves toward the painted targets.

While Hazlitt admits the sport can seem “quirky” to an outsider, he also said curling can also be a fun bucket-list type of item for people who have never played the game before.

“What we’ve seen with people coming to try curling with us is, ‘I watch this on the Olympics all the time and I never thought I’d get a chance to try it.’”

e club has two -week seasons a year in both the fall and winter. Inter-team matches are held every Saturday and occasionally members travel to play other curling clubs.

Hazlitt took a few members to compete at the Mitchell Bonspiel, an annual curling tournament in Utica that happens to be one of the longest running sports tournaments in the

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curling club while Hazlitt himself said he has personally played with people -year-old and up. He added that most members of the club have never curled prior to joining the team.

“ e demographic is all over the place, people from all walks of life,” he said. “I’ve never seen anybody really not be able to do it.”

Hazlitt continues to generate interest in the sport with learn to curl clinics hosted a few times every year. ere is currently a clinic scheduled for mid-to-late February.

Clinics are two hours long, consisting of instructional and safety training as well as learning strategy and how to sweep and slide. By the end, participants engage in an actual game with each other to gain experience.

“It’s an easy game to pick up and just play for fun, but at the same time, it is a very, very hard game to perfect and you can play for years and years,” Hazlitt said.

U.S., dating all the way back to . While the coveted Mitchell medal — an k gold medal where winning team’s names are inscribed — remained out of reach, the Finger Lakes Curling Club did take home the country club cup after winning a few games.

After matches, Hazlitt said it’s customary for the winners to buy the losers a drink.

“Curling is a great sport for a whole lot of reasons, but one is the sportsmanship and the camaraderie,” he said. “ e custom is to sit around with both teams together .. which is kind of unique … most sports don’t get together afterwards and socialize but that’s curling.”

Hazlitt said another interesting aspect is that the sport entices a wide-range of people.

Over at Cornell University, Hazlitt’s wife, Heuvel, serves as faculty advisor for the school’s

While there is a membership fee to join the club or participate in the clinics, the Finger Lakes Curling Club is a non-profit and supplies gear to all of its team members, a model that is customary among curling clubs according to Hazlitt.

“We’re doing it really for the love of curling,” he said. “We’re not trying to make money or anything like that.”

Looking to the future, Hazlitt said he dreams of a day where the club could have their own personal rink. He said the pandemic has certainly thrown a hitch in the plan, affecting both membership numbers and the chance to find and fund a place to build the rink. Still, Hazlitt holds out hope and continues for the love of the game.

“[Having our own rink] would be the goal,’’ he said. “I think we’re going to have to build up momentum … and then get going again.”

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Anew historical marker at Lansing

Town Hall commemorates Dr. Robert Baker’s work with the poultry industry, including developing the famous Cornell Barbecue Sauce recipe.

Organizers dedicated the new marker and held a chicken BBQ fundraiser at the nearby Bob Baker BBQ pavilion. Proceeds from the sale went to the Savage Club, an arts organization now headquartered in Lansing. e chicken was prepared by Jeff Sandsted and his son, Travis Sandsted, grandson of Robert Baker.

e marker, funded by a grant from the William C. Pomeroy Foundation, reads “Barbecued Chicken Ca . Dr. Robert Baker of Cornell U. developed chicken barbecue sauce & safe cooking methods to support fundraising by community groups in NYS.”

e Town of Lansing passed a resolution in  to honor Baker and authorize the commemorative marker. Baker resided in North Lansing from  until his death in  and was a professor of poultry science at Cornell. His recipe for barbecued chicken was first published in a Cornell Cooperative Extension bulletin in .

With a focus on helping community groups with their fundraising efforts, Baker perfected ways to cook chicken over charcoal fires. His technique allowed a few people, often volunteers, to cook hundreds of half-chicken pieces on screens using raised cooking pits. e screens had handles on each side, allowing just two people to turn screens holding  chicken halves.

Baker’s son, Dale Baker, says his father’s first chicken BBQ was at Penn State University in the late s. “ ey asked him to host a BBQ for the governor of Pennsylvania,” said Dale. He learned from this experience to cook above ground using pits.

He also created a recipe for Cornell Barbecue Sauce that has been enjoyed for decades in New York and across the nation. e sauce includes vegetable oil, vinegar, salt, poultry seasoning, pepper, and whole eggs. “Prior to the Baker sauce, most barbecue sauces were tomato-based,” said Dale. “My dad loved eating raw tomatoes, but he was very critical of using sugary, tomato-based sauces for basting

cooking meats because they burned easily.”

To give the most robust flavor, Baker taught the importance of frequent basting, especially during the last - minutes of cooking.

In  Baker became an assistant professor in the department of poultry science at Cornell University. As part of his outreach efforts, he traveled to county Cooperative Extension offices around the state to teach about chicken BBQs as fundraisers, including the grilling and sauce. He also taught the techniques to community groups and commercial barbecue cookers.

e following year, working with the NYS Poultry Council, Baker started selling BBQ chicken at the New York State Fair. Due to expenses, the Council decided to abandon the effort after the first year. e Baker family took it on as a family business, calling it Baker’s Chicken Coop. Baker’s wife, Jacoba, initially managed the business, followed by his daughter, Reenie Baker Sandsted, who took over in . Bakers Chicken Coop ended operations in .

“We would cook about , chicken halves each day of the fair,” said Sandsted. “On a high demand day, we would cook , halves.”

Baker was also instrumental in the development of  chicken products, including nuggets and chicken hot dogs. He did research on deboning machines, eggs and turkeys. Baker passed away in . According to his obituary in the New York Times, Baker oversaw the “fundamental transformation of the poultry business.”

e dedication of the historic marker was organized by Dale and Reenie, along with Donna Scott, who worked for Robert Baker for eight years in his product development baboratory in the poultry science department at Cornell. Scott prepared the application for the marker to the Pomeroy Foundation.

“Bob and his wife Jackie were wonderful people,” said Scott. “ ey regularly hosted his students at their home and if a student was alone at Cornell during holidays, they would invite them to stay at their home in North Lansing.”

Scott said that Baker was devoted to helping the poultry industry. “Even though his recipe helped community groups to fundraise, the original purpose was to help the New York state poultry industry to sell more chicken,” she said.

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Namgyal Monastery Institute celebrates groundbreaking of Dalai Lama’s library

On May , , Tenzin Taklha — secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama — wrote to the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca, approving their proposal to build His Holiness the th Dalai Lama’s Library and Learning Center on their property. e project was put on pause due to the pandemic, but on the bright and sunny morning of April , , the Ithaca community gathered for the library’s official groundbreaking at the monastery.

e ceremony commenced with a prayer delivered by Buddhist monks. ey blessed the land before local officials and members of the monastery sunk shovels into the dirt, marking the start of construction.

Following the groundbreaking, Ngawang Dhondup — the monastery’s administrator — invited the crowd to stay for a series of cultural

events, facilitated by members of the monastery. ey served hot tea and sweet rice and shared traditional Tibetan dances and songs. Each guest left with a small token of affection for attending.

e Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center will house all the written works of Tenzin Gyatso, the th Dalai Lama. Works of the previous Dalai Lamas and significant translations of blessed texts will also be presented in the library. By making these artifacts accessible, the ,-squarefoot facility will unite people of all religious backgrounds.

“ e library’s a blessing for the community,” said Ven-Tenzin Choesang, monastery president. “I fi rst discussed my plans for the project in , and I’m truly honored that His Holiness chose our land for such a unique, international treasure. Our library will cultivate

love, kindness, and compassion, which are His Holiness’ greatest values. No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll learn to appreciate the teachings at our learning center.” ere are four principal commitments of the Dalai Lama that the library intends to practice.

“His Holiness advocates for the benefit of all humankind,” said Priscilla Sawa, a member of the monastery’s board of directors. “As a human being, he preaches the importance of embracing positive qualities. As a Buddhist monk, he commits to fostering harmony between the world’s religions. As a Tibetan, he’s committed to preserving his native language and culture. And finally, he’s devoted to sharing the value of ancient Indian knowledge. e Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center will allow us to join His Holiness in sharing these values with the world. A true honor.”

Choesang and Sawa were two of many speakers who shared their perspective on the significance of the project. e library is expected to bring the Ithaca community together in a new way and will hopefully

remind people of the breadth of knowledge that exists in religion.

“Regardless of identity, the learning center will have something for everyone,” Sawa added. “One of the Dalai Lama’s strongest beliefs is that once we heal our hearts, we can go out and change our insights. e library will give visitors the opportunity to study and question religion in an intimate space, fostering community and healing. We welcome all who are willing to open their eyes compassionately to perspectives that challenge their own. How else are you to learn about the world?”

His Holiness the th Dalai Lama’s Library and Learning Center will officially open its doors in . Until then, donations for the building’s construction can be made in any of the ways listed on the project’s website. donate/

As Choesang writes in regard to community funding efforts, “With your help, we can be one step closer to creating a more connected, unified, and compassionate world.”

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Best place for ice cream: Purity Ice Cream

Generations of Ithacans have turned to Purity whenever they’re in the mood for ice cream. As owner Kevin Sullivan explains, “Purity’s focus on quality and service has been the core of the business for more than  years. Our loyal customers can taste the difference in every bite.” Clearly, today’s generation of Ithacans feel the same as their ancestors, naming Purity the Best Place for Ice Cream in . Sullivan explains that the iconic ice cream shop “takes great pride in making sure that our delicious ice cream brings smiles to faces for a long time to come.” Future plans include opening a second “scoop shop” window next year so they can cut down on the long lines.

Best winery: Six Mile Creek

It’s not every city that has a winery in its midst. And what makes it even more special is that Six Mile Creek offers an exceptional repertoire in a setting that will remind you of Tuscany or Bordeaux. For the third year in a row Ithacans have shown their love for this little touch of Europe in Ithaca.

Best breakfast: Lincoln St Diner

e Lincoln Street Diner transcends its appearance as a traditional neighborhood spot

and has become the breakfast destination of choice for people from all over the City. Sure, you’ll see lots of people from Fall Creek walking over for breakfast, but you’ll also find folks coming from all over to look for a parking spot nearby so they come in for a classic diner breakfast. Congratulations to Ithaca’s “Little Hometown Diner.”

Best cidery: South Hill Cidery

If you’re going to single out one person who’s primarily responsible for Ithaca becoming the epicenter of the cider world, it would have to be Steve Selin of South Hill Cider. His bringing the same focus on terroir and varietals to cider as winemakers bring to their offerings has helped turn the Finger Lakes into the Napa Valley of the cider world. While the taste of South Hill’s offerings attracts many, you can’t discount Steve’s evangelical efforts on behalf of cider and the Finger Lakes as being an important factor in it being name Best Cidery by Ithaca Times readers in .

Best to-go experience: Taste of Thai Express

Since Taste of ai Express opened back in , Ying Balakula’s Meadow Street restaurant has carved out a top spot in Ithaca’s crowded collection of Asian dining spots. Winning the  award for Best To-Go Experience is a special honor since take-out has been so important to everyone in the past couple of years.


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Best fine dining and best date night dining: Gola Osteria

Chef Sam Epps and his wife Kami Drake were raised in Ithaca and both began their restaurant careers at the much-missed Ithaca eatery e Coddington. After years of working in Italy, Manhattan, and Greenwich, at world famous restaurants like Babbo, they returned to Ithaca in  to open Gola Osteria, which offers a fresh spin on classic Italian dishes


in the historic Quarry Arms Building. at fresh spin has been thrilling Ithacans for years and this year has led to their being named both Best Fine Dining and Best Date Night spot. ey’re thrilled at winning two Best of Ithaca awards in  and attribute their success to the hard work of the staff on a daily basis. ey’re thankful “for the family and loyal Gola customers who have supported them unconditionally.” While noting that Gola is “ever growing and evolving” they

say that catering the many celebrations postponed due to COVID business is keeping them very busy.

Best sandwich: Gorgers

Matthew and Barton Diamond’s emphasis on scratch made bread and an internationally themed menu with sandwich favorites from Philly to Asia with stops throughout the U.S. and Latin America have resulted in their winning this year’s award for

the best place in Ithaca for a sandwich. is being Ithaca, it doesn’t hurt that they’re also dedicated to being a zerowaste facility.

Best pizza:

Franco’s Pizza

West State Street may be seeing lots of development, but one thing that isn’t changing is Franco’s Pizza. It may be time to permanently name this award after the beloved pizzeria since this is the fi fth year in a row it has been won

Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots

Maddy Walsh said winning both the best local band and best solo artist awards “was a sweet and unexpected honor.” While she’s not a big believer in competition when it comes to music, she sees winning the awards this year as a special tribute. “ e Blind Spots have been together a long time, and after the two plus years of a global pandemic that made it impossible to perform live, this award feels like a pat on the back from a very good

friend saying, ‘way to stick it out guys.’” Walsh says she poured all her love for Ithaca into the song “Lighthouse” on her recent solo record and hope that shows everyone just how much she loves the place she calls home.

Best theatrical performance: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Our own Barbara Adams took particular delight in Dave Malloy’s electropop opera that is adapted from a

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segment of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”: “ e large cast spills over the state, down the aisles, and through the audience…conveying a sense of life irrepressibly erupting.” Obviously audiences agreed, naming this summer’s outdoor Hangar performance the Best eatrical Performance of .

Best mural: AirWays Maze by Molly Reagan at the Sciencenter

ere are amazing murals all over Ithaca so it’s hard to single one out. But if you spend a few minutes in the Sciencenter and see how people, especially children, interact with Molly Reagan’s AirWays Maze mural, you’ll see why it was voted Best Mural for . Once they engage with the work it’s hard to pull them away to see the rest of the exhibits. While she’s from Cortland, Molly Reagan can now be considered an honorary Ithacan.

Best local DJ: Dave Harrington (DJ Dale)

Harrington, known professionally as DJ Dale, would like to publicly thank all who voted for him. He says winning feels like a great honor, and he’d like to offer a promise in return: “I will continue to do my personal best to host fun nights of karaoke, trivia, and great entertainment.”

Best local radio show: Rockin’ Remnants on WVBR

e Rockin’ Remnants team feels that winning this award affirms that after four decades on WVBR-FM, Oldies continue to have broad appeal and that a team of dedicated and knowledgeable community DJs can work effectively with student station leaders to stand out year after year in a crowded radiorich market. e five hosts collectively note that they


Best dog groomer: No Barks About It

Being named Best Dog

Groomer by the readers of the Ithaca Times means that No Barks About It has achieved their goal of “having a positive impact on the clients, their dogs and the community,” according to the Lansing shop’s Melissa Giannone. She credits the staff for their award: “Our staff are so dedicated and believe so strongly in our mission of helping dogs and their owners and it shows in their work, every day. ey care about each do as though it’s their own.” No Barks About It is downsizing the training and day school portions of the business in order to expand the grooming salon so they can expand their hours and open up spaces for new clients.

Best physical therapist: CMC Physical Therapy

Brian Lee, Director of Physical erapy at Cayuga Medical Center attributes their winning the award to his team: “We have a great staff, some of whom have been with us for a long time and others who have just started, but all are committed to providing

work hard week in and week out to curate engaging musical content and commentary, mixing big hits with B-sides and obscurities and listener requests. ey say they strive to highlight themes that underscore the variety and enduring vitality of the rock ‘n roll era.

Best gallery: State of the Art Gallery

e State of the Art Gallery is a cooperative fine art gallery that is honored to win this award, having served the Ithaca region for over  years with a broad range of visual art. e gallery shows vibrant new artwork each month and welcomes visitors to meet the artists on First Friday Gallery Night. According to Susan Larkin, a member of the cooperative, they’re looking forward to bringing “the community into our gallery with our Annual December Juried Exhibit and our Annual Juried Photography Show.”

high-quality, evidenceinformed therapy care to the communities we serve. We acknowledge that the region’s healthcare consumer has many choices about where to receive outpatient occupational, physical, and/ or speech therapy, and are so pleased to be acknowledged in this way.”

Best nonprofit: Hospicare

Sara Worden, the Director of Development and Community Relations at Hospicare says this year’s winner for Best Nonprofit continues to be “incredibly grateful to the community which so wholeheartedly supports compassionate endof-life care and grief support programming in Tompkins County through the annual Women Swimmin’ event and this year’s award for being Ithaca’s best nonprofit. Everyone who contributed in some way to [this award and Women Swimmin’] should feel incredibly proud.”

Best new business:

Lev Kitchen

Lev Kitchen on the Commons has added a new word to the Ithaca lexicon:

malawach. While the new eatery focuses on deliciously combining that Yemeni flatbread with the foods of Israel, Lebanon and Syria— what used to be called the Levant—their social mission has also been an ingredient in their winning this year’s Best New Business award. Openly embracing transparency, exploring sustainability, and fighting to extinguish food insecurity, Lev Kitchen wraps mission and meals together in an especially Ithacan combination.

Best not to be missed student experience: Volunteering in the community

When we asked readers for a not to be missed experience for students’ time in Ithaca, we received interesting answers, some of which can’t be printed in this newspaper. at said, the winning suggestion was that every student going to Cornell or Ithaca College shouldn’t leave Ithaca without volunteering in the community. Ithaca is perhaps more diverse than the communities where some of our more affluent student residents originate.

Volunteering here to help people in need may offer a more valuable education than any -level survey course.

Best barbershop: Fine Line Barbershop

Repeat winner for Best Barbershop, Elvir Bahtic’s Fine Line combines the old school barbershop atmosphere so many of us love, with modern conveniences like online scheduling. In a town with no shortage of places to get your haircut, Fine Line continues to stand out from the crowd.

Best nail salon: Miracle Nails

Miracle Nail & Spa offers over  services, including an array of manicures, pedicures, waxing options, and massages. ey also offer  different combination treatments, giving you more than you bargained for at a lower cost (College students can get an additional % discount).

Best spa: Rasa Spa

e moment you step off the elevator and enter Rasa Spa a calmness washes over you. Owner Rachel Hogancamp say all the credit for the award goes to “our talented service providers and guest services staff who are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience. Every detail is focused on creating a relaxing environment. “We take the time to understand and anticipate the needs of our guests and meet or exceed them to the best of our ability. It’s this focus on every element of the client experience that Hogancamp credits with their being named Best Spa in this year’s balloting.

Best thrift store and Best place for a bargain:

Ithaca ReUse

Best CSA: Full Plate Collective

Molly Flerlage, Coordinator of the Full Plate Collective CSA, says the group “wouldn’t be the same without this community that surround us.” She likes to think they were voted Best CSA because “we’re better together as a Collective. We have multiple farms worth of food, people and ideas, which helps us connect with members all across our community. Flerlage says that , which will be the th year the Collective has been together, “will bring new crop plans and new ways and places to cultivate community.”

A repeat winner, and this year a double-winner, Ithaca ReUse has carved out a special niche in Ithaca culture. It’s not just a place to shop for used items and a top donation location, it has also become a place to spend time just browsing, and lately, grab an outstanding taco. It has become one of the many things that makes Ithaca unique.

Best counseling: Family & Children


In the past two plus years lots of us have struggled emotionally. at’s why we’ve been so lucky to have Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca available to provide help to, not just families and children, but also to teens, students, adults, seniors and caregivers, and even businesses. is award represents the community’s way of giving thanks to an organization that helps us all get through some very trying times.

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Best fitness instructor: Mark Kenjerska

When he’s not sitting behind a desk at the Community First Credit Union, Kenjerska’s helping people reach their personal goals at the gym. Winning Best Trainer helps him solidify the feeling that his effort week after week is paying off. “Consistency is key,” Kenjerska said. “Encouraging people, letting them know they can do it, and pushing them a bit outside their comfort zone is all it takes.” His in-person classes were supplemented by YouTube videos during the pandemic, endearing him to those who were stuck at home and needed encouragement to get off the couch.

Best social justice activist: Nia Nunn

Dr. Nia Nunn, associate professor at Ithaca College and board member of the Southside Community Center was born and raised here and has now been honored two years in row by being named her hometown’s Best Social Justice Activist. is educator-performer-scholarartist-mother clearly engages people with her Black feminist approach.

Best keeper of local knowledge: The History Center

Okay, e History Center isn’t a single person, but Ithaca Times voters felt that collectively it deserves this

award. Zoe Van Nostrand, the organization’s Marketing & Visitor Experience Coordinator, hopes the award encourages more people to visit the museum on the Commons and engage with the archives and research library. “Our staff sometimes joke that we are the ‘attic for the community’ where everyone’s memories and materials come to be stored for future generations.” e History Center is working on expanding the online HistoryForge project and coming up with new ways to provide access to all that interesting stuff stored in Ithaca’s attic.

Best philanthropist: Jerry Dietz

For the second year in a row, Jerry Dietz has been singled out for his philanthropy in a community known for its giving spirit. “ ere are a lot of people doing wonderful things for our community—I’m proud to be considered amongst that group.” Dietz jokes that being recognized for good work “is like having someone tell you that there’s something stuck between your teeth. You appreciate that they took the time to tell you, but you’re a bit embarrassed just the same.” Dietz says that he’s currently very involved with the issues of homelessness and the impact of homeless encampments: “It’s my fervent hope that we can move to a much more humane approach on this issue.”


Best place for a bike ride: Black Diamond Trail

Let’s be honest, sometimes you don’t want to struggle with a bike ride on Ithaca’s hills. Sure, what goes up must eventually go down, but a more level trip can give you chance to actually speak with your riding partners and pedal a bit less furiously. at’s especially true if you’re commuting to or from work. We think the Black Diamond Trail deserves this award just for providing a less challenging trip.

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Best visual artist: Yen Ospina

Yen Ospina’s decoinspired visuals continue to enthrall Ithacans, who have named her our Best Visual Artist for the second year. Ospina said she feels very lucky to have win this award. “I have been a full-time artist for the past year and have worked very hard in making this my life, so this is just a reminder that all my efforts are paying off.” Ospina combines her personal experience as a queer, Colombian-American woman with an aesthetic approach that is simultaneously inviting and mystical. She’s planning to start offering private lessons during the winter and start some new projects of her own that she’ll showcase in the spring.

Best massage therapist: Lori Yelensky

Yelensky has been a New York State licensed massage therapist since . She’s selfemployed in the Ithaca area and continues to master her skills by studying under other practitioners, such as Somatic Experiencing International and Steve Terrel. Her practice brings specialized comfort to victims of trauma, which Yelensky finds to be rewarding. Each client is a new connection and a new life she can change for the better. Obviously she has done that so well that she was named Best Massage erapist in Ithaca in .

Ithaca’s only Downtown cinema has remained one of the City’s most beloved institutions. It’s a great place to go on almost any day, not just the rainy ones.

Best running trail: South Hill Recreation Way

South Hill doesn’t always get its due, but this award is a well-deserved shout out. ere are lots of running trails in the area, but the South Hill Recreation Way offers vistas that have a special upstate New York charm, coupled with some truly inspiring murals. It’s a great place to escape real world concerns by taking an enchanting jog.

Best dog-friendly venue: Ithaca Dog Park

How can you argue with naming the beloved Dog Park, best dog-friendly venue? If it didn’t win it would be a shock. Since it opened this has become the go-to place not just for doggie recreation, but for catching up with other dog owners, meeting new friends, or picking up puppy advice and guidance, not just poop.

Best place for a party: Stewart Park

Even with so many party places in the area it’s not a surprise that Stewart Park won this award. ere’s something undeniably magical about those lakeside weeping willows blowing in a soft breeze. Couple that with all sorts of recreational features and a convenient location, and you have a great place for a family reunion, a weekend cookout, or just an evening out with friends.

Best place for stargazing: Mount Pleasant Observatory

How many small cities can you name that have two observatories that annually vie for best place for stargazing?

e Mount Pleasant Observatory takes the honors this year, topping the Fuertes Observatory. Mount Pleasant may not have the patina of Fuertes, but we agree with readers: it’s more bucolic and isolated setting makes night skies seem more magical.

Best hike: Buttermilk State Park

is award could just as easily go to any of our wonderful parks, recreation

ways, or trails. But we like to think that Buttermilk won because you can extend a great gorge walk into a lovely pond path, then circle back and take a dip in swimming hole right by a waterfall.

Best (legal) spot to swim: Treman State Park

We may not have glorious beaches but we do have Treman where you can swim (legally) in a gorge fed by multiple waterfalls, and then dry off by lounging around and taking in spectacular views that led to people saying Ithaca is Gorges.

Best place to bring a visitor: Ithaca Farmers Market

Every town these days has a farmers’ market. ere are even a number of them in the heart of Manhattan. What makes the Ithaca Farmers Market special, and the Best Place To Bring A Visitor, is its unique atmosphere. Combine the lakeside Steamboat Landing location with the distinctive assortment of vendors and you get something out of the ordinary. But what puts it over the top is that it is filled with Ithacans. And of course, there’s the annual Rutabaga Curl on that last market Saturday of the year.

Best bartender: K House Karaoke Lounge & Suites and Reed Mizener

Alina Kim, owner of K-House, attributes being named a winner to the staff—known within as the “K-FAM”—but particularly to their bartender, Reed Mizener. “We have been hoping for a Best of Ithaca award since we opened in , so this is a huge milestone for us,” Kim said. “We generally only advertise through word of mouth and participation in community events, so this award really tells us that we’ve ‘made it.’”

Best place to go on a rainy day: Cinemapolis

Cinemapolis specializes in showing independent, foreign, and locally-produced films. But more than that, Cinemapolis is a community cultural institution where the art of film is used to enrich people’s lives, grapple with and illuminate contemporary issues, and, of course, to entertain. roughout its moves from Fall Creek and Center Ithaca to its current Green Street location, and despite having had to endure COVID restrictions and construction obstacles,

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Community Listings

Area Attractions

Visitor information

Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Downtown Visitor Center: 110 North Tioga Street, Open ur-Sat, 10AM5PM (607) 272-1313; (800) 284-8422


Downtvown Ithaca Alliance

171 East State St. Center Ithaca

Ithaca, NY 14t850 (607) 277-8679

e Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District is a New York state-chartered not-forpro t organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion and management of downtown Ithaca.

e Ithaca Times

109 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 277-7000


DeWitt Mall

215 N. Cayuga St.

Ithaca, NY


In this smoothly converted brick building, you’ll nd the world-famous Moosewood Restaurant, GreenStar natural foods market, Cat’s pajamas, Ithaca GuitarWorks and other retail stores.

East Hill Plaza

327 Pine Tree Road

Ithaca, NY


An outdoor complex that includes, Collegetown Bagels, local banks and more.

Ithaca Commons

Ithaca, NY

e epicenter of Ithaca—located between N. Aurora and S. Cayuga Streets, and East and West State Streets—includes restaurants, clothing stores, art galleries, book stores, record stores, and much, much more.

Ithaca Farmers’ Market

Steamboat Landing o ird Street

Ithaca, NY 14851

(607) 273-7109

Ithaca’s can’t-miss Farmers’ Market operates on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at two locations in Ithaca. e Saturday market hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Sunday market hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and runs from spring through fall.

e Shops at Ithaca Mall

40 Catherwood Road o North Triphammer Road

Ithaca, NY


is is home to the “big-box” national retailers such as Target, Best Buy and

Dick’s Sporting Goods. Around the back you’ll nd Regal Cinemas for all your mainstream movie needs.

e Triphammer Marketplace

2255 North Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 607-273-6851

e variety of retail, dining and service o erings at the Triphammer Marketplace include Ithaca Bakery, Ithaca Co ee Company, Gene’s Barber Shop, Finger Lakes ReUse, Triphammer Laundromat and much more.


Greenstar Cooperative Market 770 Cascadilla St. Ithaca, NY (607) 273-9392 is market is open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features organic produce and homeopathic products and a cheap yearly membership.

Greenstar DeWitt

Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-8213

Monday – Friday 8 am – 9 pm

Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm

Greenstar Collegetown 307 College Ave (607) 882-2667

Mon – Fri: 8 am – 9 pm

Sat & Sun: 9 am – 9 pm

Nirvana Foods Bazaar 528 West Seneca Street, Ithaca, (607) 277-3300

Indian and South Asian Food & Grocery

P&C Fresh 315 Pine Tree Rd., Ithaca, NY (607) 272-5836

Open 6am - 10pm is is a large full-service, up-market store that is within walking distance of Cornell graduate housing.

Wegmans 500 South Meadow St., Ithaca, NY (607) 277-5800

Keep your head on a swivel because this place is packed with shoppers, and for good reason: there’s a staggering array of baked goods, fresh produce, deli items, meats and seafood in Ithaca’s largest market. And if you need a break from the aisles, there’s also a café, sushi bar and several bu et tables o ering a variety of choices. Open 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Win Li Supermarket 374 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY (607) 277-6790 is is the largest Asian market in the Ithaca area. ey have fresh meats, sh and produce as well as a wide variety of processed foods and specialty items.

Ren’s Mart Asian Groceries

701 W. Bu alo St., Ithaca, NY (607) 319-5073

Trader Joe’s

744 S. Meadow St., Ithaca, NY


Open 8 am-9 pm


Check ahead of time for hours

Cayuga Wine Trail

See for a listing of the 16 wineries on both sides of Cayuga Lake. e region is most wellknown for its Rieslings and Cabernet Francs. Recently some wineries have begun to focus on Pinot Noir and Lemberger, both cool, temperate weather vinifera grapes.

Ports of New York

815 Taber Street Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 220-6317

Regular Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 noon - 6 pm

Located along the Cayuga Inlet in the Northside neighborhood. A scion of Maison La Bouche of France and a producer of Meleau Specialty Wines, includes ports and other forti ed wines.

Six Mile Creek Vineyard

1551 Slaterville Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-9463 or toll-free (800) 260-0612

Ithaca’s own winery features an especially lovely setting to enjoy memorable wines styled to a variety of preferences. A new line of distilled specialties, including vodka, limoncello and Grappa add to the tasting experience

Arts & Entertainment



120 E. Green St. Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 277-6115

Independent theater features art and indie movies, showcases local lmmakers and hosts lm festivals.

Cornell Cinema

104 Willard Straight Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-3522

Screening over 300 lms a year, seven nights a week, Cornell Cinema runs the gamut with classic Hollywood cinema, international movies, cult classics, documentaries and experimental lms as well as Ithaca premieres. See website for details.

Regal Cinemas @ Ithaca Mall

40 Catherwood Road

Ithaca, NY 14850 (844) 462-7342


CAP ArtSpace

A program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, e ArtSpace gallery is located in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture at 110 N. Tioga Street. Monthly live and virtual exhibits.

Community School of Music & Arts

330 East State St.,Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 272-1474

Aside from the “Music” side of this community school, CSMA houses excellent art by many local artists in its many galleries and hallways. With an emphasis on collaborative ventures with lesser-known artist groups, the galleries feature experimental, daring and aesthetically pleasing work.

Corners Gallery

903 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 257-5756

Visit: Tues/Wed By Appt /F/Sat 12-4 pm.

Located just minutes from Cornell University, the Corners Gallery specializes in Ithaca art by Ithaca artists. Here you’ll nd paintings, prints and photographs depicting scenes of Ithaca, Cornell, and the Finger Lakes by local, regional and national artists.Women owned and operated.


Open 11AM-5PM

102 W. State/MLK St., Ithaca, NY (607) 273-9400

is unique cooperative in downtown Ithaca features cra s and ne art made by cra speople and artists from all around the country. Members are required to work in the store several days a month and “sales clerks” are actually working cra speople, so don’t hesitate to ask them about the work.

e Ink Shop Printmaking Center 330 East State St., 2nd Floor, Ithaca, NY (607) 277-3884

Visit by appointment-only at this time.

Ithaca College: Handwerker Gallery

1170 Gannett Center 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY (607) 274-3018


A small art gallery founded in 2017 in a converted garage in Ithaca. Opening hours vary from week to week, please check their Facebook page for details or email to schedule an appointment. 526 Elm Street Ithaca NY 14850

North Star Art Gallery 743 Snyder Hill Rd, Ithaca, NY (607)323-7684

In addition to ne arts, the North Star Gallery also o ers visitors a chance to stay at their Airbnb next door. Open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

State of the Art

120 W. State St. #2, Ithaca, NY (607) 277-1626

u&Fri 12:00pm - 6:00pm; Sat&Sun 12:00pm - 5:00pm is members’ only gallery features rotating exhibitions on a roughly monthly basis. e space is lovely and intimate; works are carefully hung in between the two separate exhibition spaces. Expect high-quality work from artists both regional, national and international.


Cornell University Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca

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e CUMV Ornithology Collection currently consists of approximately 38,300 round skins, 700 at skins, 1,000 spread wings, 5,500 skeletons, 1,400 uid-preserved specimens, 3,200 egg sets, 590 nests, and 1,000 uncatalogued mounts.

Tompkins Center for History and Culture

110 N. Tioga St., on the Commons, Ithaca (607) 273-8284 ext. 228

With extensive and informative exhibits on aspects of Ithaca’s colorful history—everything from Ithaca’s boating history, to its most wild women—there’s much to be learned here. e History Center is requesting all visitors pre-schedule their visits at their web site and to review Health & Safety protocols before visiting the Exhibit Hall.

Johnson Museum of Art

114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY (607) 255-6464

An internationally-renowned institution—and housed in a stunning building, designed by iconic architect I.M. Pei—the Johnson Museum is one of Cornell’s shining stars. Free and open to the public, exhibits range from avant-garde video art to iconic Impressionist works.

Museum of the Earth

1259 Trumansburg Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-6623


is natural history museum hosts a collection of about 2-3 million specimens. Family friendly and bustling with energy Open Sat-Mon with advanced tickets required for visitors available on website.


601 1st St., Ithaca (607) 272-0600

is kid friendly non-pro t educational organization will appeal to the kid in every adult, too. is is a place where fun and science come together. Expect a large amount of interaction to go with your serving size of learning.


e Actors’ Workshop of Ithaca (Temporarily Closed)

105 Harvard Place, Ithaca (607) 339-9999

Performances are at a variety of venues around the area. e choice of plays does not hesitate to grapple with social issues. is is essentially an acting school that regularly stages productions.

e Cherry Artspace

102 Cherry St., Ithaca (607) 241-0703

A not-for-pro t arts facilitator and presenting organization supporting a wide range of artists and arts organizations, in a variety of disciplines. e Artspace is a exible, multidisciplinary arts and performance venue located on the banks of the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca’s West End.

Civic Ensemble


e Civic Ensemble season will include new plays about issues relevant to our community, and open dialogue about the questions they raise.

Hangar eatre

801 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca

Phone: (607) 273-2787

e Hangar eatre puts on a plethora of di erent productions during their season, including musicals, comedies, dramas, classics and regional premieres.

Ithaca College eatre

953 Danby Road, Ithaca (607) 274-3345

Ithaca College brings to the stage stories from the 17th century right up into the 21st, rea rming live theatre’s power to delight and inspire, provoke and activate.

Kitchen eatre

417 W. Martin Luther King St./W. State St., Ithaca (607) 272-0403 (admin o ce) With stage classics, regional and world premieres, family fare and oneperson shows, “great conversations happen in the Kitchen.”

State eatre of Ithaca

107 West State Street, Ithaca, (607) 277-8283


Schwartz Center of Performing Arts

430 College Ave., Ithaca 607-254-2700

Local Music


Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

110 N. Tioga Street, Suite 302, Ithaca

A professional 35 member orchestra which performs a regular orchestral concert season, as well as a Sunday a ernoon chamber music series, an annual Holiday Concert: Caroling by Candlelight and youth concerts.

Cayuga Vocal Ensemble

P.O. Box 95, Ithaca, NY 14851

e Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, is directed by Dr Sean Linfors (appointed in the spring of 2020).

e Ensemble has been performing broad selections of choral music since 1976 to Ithaca audiences and around Tompkins County. Each season, the Ensemble usually presents three or four major concerts in Ithaca, o en with guest musicians.

Chamber Music at New Park

New Park Ithaca

1500 Taughannock Boulevard

Annual chamber music festival presenting world-class performers in a relaxed and natural venue on Taughannock Blvd in Ithaca. www.

Cornell Savoyards

Producing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas since 1953. ey delight in exposing modern audiences to the wonderful wit and music of G&S. ey also produce light opera, Broadway musicals, revues and singa-longs.


Cornell University Concert Series

101 Lincoln Hall, Cornell

e Cornell Concert Series has been hosting musicians and ensembles of international stature since 1903. Originally featuring Western classical artists, the series presented Ravi Shankar in 1987 and has since grown to encompass a broader spectrum of the world’s great art musics.

Dryden Area Intergenerational Band & Chorus

e DAIBC provides a noncompetitive, fun, free summer music ensemble experience to anyone of any age or musical ability.

Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble

A chamber music ensemble, with a regular season of chamber concerts, solo and lecture-recitals performing in Ithaca and Lodi. www.

Ithaca Community Chorus (hosts four groups):

Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers (ICC&CS)

Founded in 1976, the Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers includes over 100 and Tompkins County residents. e Chorus membership nds commonality in the dedication to learning and performing history’s best choral o erings. e Chamber Singers is a select sub-group of the Chorus.

VOICES Multicultural Chorus

Founded in 2002, VOICES expands Ithaca Community Choruses’s outreach to the Ithaca community and by creating a multicultural group of singers interested in learning, sharing, and singing songs from diverse ethnic choral traditions.

Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus

Founded in the spring of 2009, the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus expands Ithaca Community Choruses’ outreach to the Ithaca community by embracing all men who wish to perform music set for the male voice


Summer Sing is a summer choral project of Ithaca Community Choruses. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to know how to read music and there are no auditions.

Ithaca Community Orchestra PO Box 6787, Ithaca NY 14851 e Ithaca Community Orchestra (ICO) supports community musical education through the rehearsal and performance of the classical orchestral repertoire, as well as music of the twentieth and twenty- rst centuries.

Ithaca Concert Band

Ithaca’s o cial community band for more than 40 years, celebrating music-making for all ages. ICB o ers free concerts throughout the year, including an outdoor summer concert series.

Ithaca Underground

A not-for-pro t whose goal is to nurture a sustainable, all ages (and especially youth) supportive environment where music and art outside of the mainstream is

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encouraged and able to ourish. Presents events featuring national touring, regional, and local bands and performers on a year-round basis, averaging 40+ shows a year.

Music’s Recreation

Music’s Recreation is devoted to exploring new concert formats that integrate professional performance of a wide range of music with intriguing and educational commentary in a very informal atmosphere. NYS Baroque

333 e Parkway, Ithaca


Performs music of the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods on period instruments.

Opera Ithaca

Opera Ithaca brings professional opera to Ithaca, New York and the surrounding Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region.

State eatre of Ithaca e historic and restored State eater is a venue for national, international and community performances and programming. www.stateo

Triphammer Arts


2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca

Triphammer Arts consistently brings together dancers and musicians from the area to resent high quality, audience-friendly music and dance productions both outdoors and indoors.


Greater Ithaca Art Trail

A program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, the Trail gives people the opportunity to visit studios by appointment, on October special event weekends, and on monthly First Saturdays, along with plenty of virtual events.

Spring Writes Literary Festival

A program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, the Festival features over 40 readings, panels, workshops and performances in May featuring over 100 local writers.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

509 Esty Street, Ithaca

Each year, the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library holds two book sales, one in the spring and another in the fall, to bene t organizations working for literacy in Tompkins County. e number of items available for each sale usually exceeds 250,000. Books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, records, puzzles, and games are items found at the Book Sales. Children’s Corner is especially well-stocked and Collector’s Corner is a separate area housing many unique items of special interest which are priced individually.

One Fest Ithaca

Late May/TBD

One Fest is a musical festival put on by Ithaca Undergound showcasing two stages of metal, punk, hardcore, and noise - featuring regional and local extreme bands and artists.

Ithaca Festival

June 1 -4, 2023

Downtown Ithaca and the Commons is over-40 year running festival of music and art is somewhat of

an Ithaca tradition. With more live music than you can shake a stick at — both on e Commons and at Stewart Park — this weekend-long festival celebrates the richness of Ithaca’s social and artistic culture, with its highlight being the endlessly bizarre and joyous parade the rst ursday evening of the festival.

Juneteenth Celebration

Southside Community Center

305 Plain Street, Ithaca, (607) 273-4190

An annual celebration of this national event symbolizing the end of slavery — a day-long event involving music performances, a street fair, food and cra s vendors, and more.

Downtown Summer Concert Series

Late June through mid-September

e Commons, Ithaca, NY

Listen to free live music every ursday evening on the Commons. Local musicians perform all di erent styles, from classical to folk to rock to jazz.

GrassRoots Festival

July 20 - 23, 2023

150 Trumansburg Road, Trumansburg, NY (607) 387-5098

e Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance started as a concert to bene t local AIDS support organization AIDS work at the State eater in Ithaca. GrassRoots is held the second last weekend in July. It is held at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg New York, located about 10 miles north of Ithaca NY on Rt. 96 on the west side of Cayuga Lake in the very scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York.

Ithaca Artist Market

Aug. 11, 2023

Each year, the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County organizes and facilitates a summer and winter juried show and sale of work by local artists. Artists exhibit paintings, drawings, photographs, collage, prints and sculpture. e Ithaca Artists’ Market has become a summer xture a er 20 years.

First People’s Festival

Early December

Dewitt Park, Ithaca, NY

e Multicultural Resource Center’s First People’s Festival is a celebration of indigeous peoples of New York State featuring traditional music, cra s, displays and foods. Festivalgoers will have an opportunity to learn more about the traditions of First Peoples and to unlearn the stereotypes learned about their culture.

Winter Recess

During Winter Recess, Ithaca opens its doors to the pre-K – 12 community, o ering you a chance to relax, refresh and renew among friends in a city built on education. You’ll discover a discounted week of outdoor recreation, indoor relaxation and entertaining education. We’ve put the whole city on sale, just for you.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration

Jan. 2023

In partnership with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and many other community organizations, e MLK Day of Celebration takes place at GIAC on Martin Luther King Day every January. Workshops, children’s activities, music and a free community luncheon all sta ed by volunteers makes this a day on, not a day o .

Book/Record Stores

Alphabet Soup

171 e Commons, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-6885

Angry Mom Records

115 East State St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 319-4953

Autumn Leaves Bookstore

115 e Commons, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-8239

Barnes and Noble

614 South Meadow St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-6784

Bu alo Street Books

215 N. Cayuga Street (Dewitt Mall), Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-8246


Comics for Collectors

124 W. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-3007

Odyssey Bookstore

115 W. Green St., Lower, Ithaca 607-269-5800

Open Tue-Sat 10-6; Sun 10-5

Sports & Recreation

Golf Courses

RaNic Golf club

189 Pleasant Grove Road Ithaca, NY 14850-2601 (607) 257-0010

e 18-hole, par-72 course at the RaNic facility features 6,595 yards of golf from the longest tees. Designed by Geo rey S. Cornish, ASGCA, the Ithaca golf course opened in 1900.

Newman Golf Course

10 Pier Road

Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-6262

e 9-hole “Newman’’ course at the Newman Municipal Golf Course features 3,055 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36 . e course rating is 35.2 and it has a slope rating of 113. Newman golf course opened in 1935. ere are men’s and women’s tees, and it has an 18hole rating of 70.3. Reservations are required on weekends and holidays.


Alex Haley Pool (GIAC) 408 N. Albany St., Ithaca, (607) 272-3622 or (607) 277-6169

Cass Park Pool

701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca (607) 273-1090

Ithaca Swimming Club Inc.

124 Uptown Road, Ithaca, (607) 266-9574

YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins


50 Graham Rd. W, Ithaca 607-257-0101

Cornell - Teagle Building 607-255-1318

Ithaca College Outdoor Pool & Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium (607) 274-1880.


Helen Newman Bowling Lanes Cradit Farm Dr., Ithaca, (607) 2554200

Atlas Bowl

61 W Main St Trumansburg, NY (607) 387-3191


Ithaca Skate Park Meadow Street and Wood Street Ithaca, NY 14850

Cass Park Rink 701 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca (607) 273-1090

Cass Rink o ers public ice skating (October through March) and rollerskate nights (June through October)

e Rink at Community Recreation Center 1767 East Shore Drive, Ithaca 607-277-7465


Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

Just north of Cass Park, o Route 89, Ithaca (607) 273-3440, (607) 272-1460 (marina o ce, summer)

Allan H. Treman State Park is one of the largest inland marinas in New York State. It boasts 370 seasonal, 30 transient and 30 dry boat slips. e park has picnic areas and playing elds and provides access to the Barge Canal and Seneca Lake. It is a marina only, there is no camping available and it is not the same as Robert H. Treman State Park. Allen Treman Park is located on Route 89, north of Ithaca, on the western shore and southern end of Cayuga Lake.

(Limited Capacity)

Auburn St. Park

e park is actively used all year by residents of the neighborhood. Supervision is recommended as this park is surrounded by streets and cars.

Baker Park is park is a neighborhood passive park located in the triangle formed where Elmira Road, South Plain Street and Park Street meet. Baker

Park has several large shade trees, an open lawn area, and benches.

Brindley Park

Brindley Park is the only remaining piece of the former Inlet Neighborhood Community Center which was built in the 1930’s in response to the social and recreational needs of Inlet neighborhood residents at the junction of Bu alo and Brindley Streets for use as a park.

Bryant Park

Development of East Hill began in earnest in 1908. e land was developed by the Bryant Land company in collaboration with attorney / developer Jared T. Newman, who was then Mayor of Ithaca. 45 Acres of the old Bryant Farm were subdivided into 161 building lots. ree open spaces were incorporated into the subdivision: Bryant Park, Maplewood Park and Campbell Park, of which only Bryant park and Maplewood Park survived. Today Bryant Park is located in the triangle formed by Bryant Avenue, Irving Place and Ithaca Road

Buttermilk Falls State Park

112 Buttermilk Falls Road, Ithaca (607) 273-2440, (607) 273-5761 (summer), (800) 456-2267 (reservations)

Buttermilk Falls State Park takes its name from the foaming cascade formed by Buttermilk Creek as it ows down the steep valley side toward Cayuga Lake. e upper park has a small lake, hiking trails through woodlands and along the gorge and rim, picnic areas and playing elds. e lower park has a campground, pool and playing elds, beyond which is Larch Meadows. Larch Meadows is a moist, shady glen and wetland area through which a nature trail winds. Park activities, including tours through Buttermilk gorge, are o ered weekly from July

4th through Labor Day. Park open all year. Camping season from midMay to mid-October. Swimming area opens on June 20th All trails close November 10. Deer hunting, bow only, is permitted in season. Located on Route 13, south of Ithaca.

Cass Park

701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, (607) 273-1090

Cass Park is a regionally active park used heavily by residents from all parts of Tompkins County. In addition to the ice rink, and swimming pool, there are four tennis courts, 20 athletic elds, four of them lighted, playground equipment, an exercise trail, and a large picnic pavilion.

Columbia Street Park

Columbia Street Park is located between Columbia Street and Hillview Place, across the street from Hillview Park. is park is heavily vegetated and contains a stairway which connects to Hillview Park.

Conway Park

Conway Park shows up as public land as early as 1835. e park was known for decades as Lafayette Park, being renamed Conway Park in 1920 to honor former City of Ithaca Alderman Michael Conway, who died in action in France with the American Expeditionary Forces. Today Conway Park is an active neighborhood park located at the triangle of Cascadilla Street, Madison Street and ird Street. It has a half basketball court with three hoops, a play structure, and a large lawn area used for informal play. e play structure was built, using Community Development Block Grant moneys, by residents of the surrounding neighborhood in the spring of 1997.

Cornell Botanic Gardens

124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca

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(607) 255-2400

As the arboretum, botanical garden, and natural areas of Cornell University, Cornell Botanic Gardens has a lot to o er – 40 natural areas spanning nearly 4300 acres of rich and diverse habitats. Collections include maples, oaks, crabapples, conifers, dogwoods, urban trees, and other species in a 150-acre pastoral setting. Specialty gardens in the arboretum include the Zucker Flowering Shrub Collection and the Treman Woodland walk. e 25-acre botanical garden features 14 specialty gardens.

DeWitt Park

De Witt Park, the oldest park in the City of Ithaca, is at the corner of Bu alo and Cayuga streets. Before it became known as De Witt Park, it was called Public Square Park. e park contains several war monuments, including monuments honoring local residents who served in e Civil War, WWI, WWII, e Korean War and the Vietnam War. Each year on Veteran’s Day, De Witt park is home to ceremonies honoring these local heroes.

Hillview Park

Hillview Park is located on the corner of Turner Place, Columbia Street, South Aurora Street and Hillview Place. is park is heavily vegetated, with many large trees, and contains two small play elds with a backstop Ithaca Falls Natural Area

Ithaca has many beautiful gorges and waterfalls. One of the most famous is Ithaca Falls, which is 150 feet high and 175 feet wide. ese stunning falls are visible from Lake Street, a short walk from downtown or Cornell.

McDaniels Park

McDaniels Park was donated to the City of Ithaca by Cornell University

Professor Laurence McDaniels. He lived next to the land that is known today as McDaniels Park. He donated a portion of his land to the City for use as a park a few years before his death. is Park is a neighborhood passive park. e entrance is located at the intersection of Hook Place and Warren Road. e park is heavily vegetated with trees and shrubs. It contains benches, a picnic table and a grill.

Robert H. Treman State Park

105 En eld Falls Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 273-3440, (800) 456-2267


Robert H. Treman State Park is an area of wild beauty, with the rugged gorge called En eld Glen as its scenic highlight. Winding trails follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the

115-foot Lucifer Falls, where visitors can see a mile-and-a-half down the wooded gorge as it winds its way to the lower park. Campers can choose from tent or RV sites or cabins. Enjoy nine miles of hiking trails, or swim in a stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall. Swimming is allowed in lifeguarded area only. Open year round. Camping season runs from mid-May to November 30. All gorge trails close November 10. Bow hunting for deer is permitted in season. Located on Route 13, 5 miles south of Ithaca, on Route 327.

Stewart Park Stewart Park Road, Ithaca Stewart Park is a regionally active park with several facilities including tennis courts, a playground with several play structures including a carousel, athletic elds, a duck pond, a spray pool, a municipal golf course, and a bird sanctuary. Swimming is no longer allowed due to pollution and turbidity.

Strawberry Fields e history of Strawberry Fields is connected to the Belle Sherman Elementary school o Mitchell Street in Ithaca. Previously, the land was owned by the City of Ithaca School District. In 1940 and in 1960, apartment complexes had been proposed for this land. On July 21, 1970, a 9.9 acre parcel was sold to the City for park use.

Taughannock Falls State Park 1740 Taughannock Road Trumansburg, NY 14886 (607) 387-6739, (800) 456-2267 (reservations)

Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cli s that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails o er spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. Boat Launch Site not suitable for any type of sailboat. e park also o ers organized activities including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront. Open year round. Camping season runs from April 24th to mid-October. e rim trail closes in winter; the gorge trail remains open.

ompson Park

ompson Park is a small, triangularshaped neighborhood park on North Cayuga Street. It is primarily used for passive park uses, although it has been known as an outdoor volleyball site.

Titus Flats/Ithaca Skate Park

Titus Flats is located on South Meadow Street and Wood Street. It is a neighborhood active park with a full basketball court, a handball court, four so ball elds, and a playground that was the result of a community build e ort, funded by a Community Development Block Grant in 1994. Ithaca Skate Park is the rst public concrete skatepark in CNY.

Titus Triangle Park

Titus Triangle is a small neighborhood passive park located in the triangle formed by Fair Street, South Street and Six Mile Creek.

Washington Park

e City blocks surrounding the park were laid out in 1832 by Simeon De Witt and his son Varick De Witt. By the end of the century homes were built on all the streets around the park. (For more information see De Witt Park) e park has been under municipal authority since 1847. It is located in a square created by Washington Street, Court Street, Park Street and Bu alo Street.

Government & Local Institutions

Municipal Government

City of Ithaca

108 Green Street (607) 274-6570


Town of Ithaca

215 N. Tioga Street (607) 273-1721 (Town Hall); (607) 273-1656 (Public Works Facility)

Located on beautiful Cayuga Lake, the Town of Ithaca is home to about 20,000 residents and is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College.

Village of Cayuga Heights

836 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca (607) 257-1238

A largely residential suburb located next to the Cornell campus within the town of Ithaca. It has one shopping area called Community Corners and ready access to shopping in the adjacent village of Lansing.

Tompkins County Clerk

320 N. Tioga Street, Main Courthouse (607) 274-5431

Tompkins County Legislature

121 E Court St (607) 274-5434


Tompkins County Health Dept.

55 Brown Road

Ithaca, NY (607) 274-6600

Tompkins County Environmental Health Division (607) 274-6688

Higher Education

Cornell University

General Information: (607) 254-4636

Ithaca College

General Information: (607) 274-3011

Tompkins-Cortland Community College (TC3)

170 North St. Dryden, NY (607) 844-8211

SUNY Empire State College

M&T Bank O ce Building, 118 N Tioga St Suite 502, Ithaca (607) 319-2137


Ithaca City School District

400 Lake Street

Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 274-2101

Grades K-12 are served in 12 school buildings, and the district has a total enrollment of approximately 5,500 students. e schools include: Ithaca High School (grades 9-12); Lehman Alternative Community School (grades 6-12); Boynton Middle School and DeWitt Middle School (grades 6-8); Belle Sherman Elementary School, Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, Caroline Elementary School, Cayuga Heights Elementary School, En eld Elementary School, Fall Creek Elementary School, Northeast Elementary School and South Hill Elementary School (grades K-5, some with pre-K programs).

New Roots Charter School

116 North Cayuga Street

P.O. Box 936 Ithaca NY 14851 (607) 882-9220

A high school (grades 9-12) charter school, tied to the Ithaca City School District, New Roots is open to all students in Tompkins County. Curriculum is focused on sustainability and entrepreneurship. Students will earn a Regents diploma.

Cascadilla School

116 Summit Avenue

Ithaca, NY 14850-4734 (607) 272-3110

Cascadilla School is a preparatory school in Ithaca. It was founded in 1876 as a boys’ preparatory school for Cornell University. Serves as a high school, grades 9 through post graduate.


Parking in Downtown Ithaca is easy l holidays on the street. In the Garages, parking is FREE on weekends.


e City of Ithaca has installed pay stations downtown in order to provide multiple payment options. ese have replaced traditional coin meters. Parking pay stations accept cash, coin and debit/ATM or credit cards.

How Parking Kiosks Work:

ese pay stations use license plate recognition technology to track your parking, so you will need to know your license plate when you go to pay at the machine. Pay stations are currently located 1 station per every street block, but will soon increase to 2 per street block (one on each side of the street). For your convenience, you can also receive noti cation by text or phone call when your time is running out. Follow the prompts on the screen to enter your phone number. You can also pay for parking on your smartphone by setting up a Park Mobile* account either on your phone through the app store (Apple and Android) or online at a computer.

Street Parking Rates:

At metered spaces, the hourly rate is $1.50/hr with a minimum 1 hour purchase when paying with ATM/ credit card. You can purchase smaller time increments using cash or coin only.

*Park Mobile parking transactions are subject to a convenience fee ($0.300.35 per transaction depending on Park Mobile subscription rate)

Parking in Garages

e parking garages charge $1.00 an hour to park between the hours of 2:00am and 11:00pm. e parking attendant is on duty at the garages until 11:30pm to collect any parking fees that may have accrued between these hours. You can pre-purchase hourly tokens/tickets for garage parking at $0.65/hr through the City Chamberlain’s o ce inside City Hall.

Cayuga Street Parking Garage 235 S. Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY 14850-5509 (607) 256-7275

Long-term parking is o ered by the Cayuga Street Garage located

Dryden Road Parking Garage

Dryden Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

Seneca Street Garage East Seneca Street

Ithaca, NY 14850

Green Street Garage (temporarily closed)

Green Street

Ithaca, NY 14850

Waste Removal Services

e City of Ithaca provides a trash collection service for residents within the City limits, and trash is collected once a week. To determine the day of collection for your address, please call the Streets and Facilities Division o ce at 272-1718. O ce hours are Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residents need to place trash at the curb the night before the scheduled collection day as the crews start their day at 4 a.m. Criteria for placement of trash is as follows: Trash cans or plastic bags may be used. ere are no speci c rules governing the type of can or bag that may be used.

Trash Tags

Trash collection is paid for through the purchase of trash tags. Residents can purchase tags at City Hall or at any of the local grocery stores. Full Tags are for up to 35 pounds of trash. One tag is $4.50 while a sheet is $27.00. Whole tag strips are to be used; tags torn in half will not be accepted. One tag is needed for each can or each bag of trash that is placed at the curb. If more than one bag of trash is put in a can, be sure that the total weight of all the bags does not exceed the weight on the tag. e tag must be placed around the neck of the bag or on the bag itself. If trash cans are used, be sure to place the tag on the handle of the can so that it can be readily seen by the collectors. e weight of a can containing multiple bags/tags cannot exceed 70 pounds.


Recycling is collected in the City of Ithaca every other week. More information about recycling can be obtained by calling the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management at w(607) 273-6632. ere is no fee or tag needed for this service, and Recycling bins may be purchased at 122 Commercial Avenue, Ithaca, NY. e Department of Recycling and Materials Management site is www.

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Guitarist James McMurtry Lands at the Hangar

Son of novelist Larry McMurtry (“ e Last Picture Show”, “Lonesome Dove”), James McMurtry will take stage at the Hangar eatre for a solo concert on Sunday, March 19 at 8pm.

James McMurtry spoke to the Ithaca Times about his latest album, how his business model changed and starting out with three chords and a guitar.

IT: Boy, you can tell that you come from writer’s stock. I love the observational details in your lyrics, like describing a neon set of Rolling Stones lips.

JM: Yeah. Yeah, it’s real.

IT: e speci c stu rings so true. I understand that “ e Horses and the Hounds”, the album you’re touring now, was somewhat held up by COVID.

JM: Well, we tracked it and did most of the overdubs before lockdown. But we hadn’t quite nished keyboards. We had a session booked in L.A. that was to happen the week a er California shut down, so it took a while to get the keyboards done and get it mixed. [We] nally put it out in 2021. I don’t really tour behind records. I make records when the tour draw falls o . It used to be that we toured to support record sales, ‘cause the business model was, You hope to sell enough records to recoup the production costs, and then you get artist royalties on the back end. at almost never happens with me. Most of my money comes from the road, so records are: so you guys will talk about us and write about us, and then people will come to the show. When Napster and Spotify took o , all the royalties went away. Everybody was doin’ what we were doin’ already, which is strippin’ it down, tryin’ to make the tours pro table.

IT: COVID made everybody gure out new ways of doing things.

JM: Yeah, I learned how to livestream. at was pretty cool.

IT: So you got a skill out of it, at least.

JM: Well, sort of. I forgot it as soon as it was over. Yeah, I was doin’ two streams a week o my kitchen table, which was actually kinda fun, it was like a twisted Mr. Rogers schtick.

IT: at’s great. Your dad gave you your rst guitar, can you tell me about it?

JM: It was a just a toy guitar, a little bitty guitar that he bought somewhere. I think he was out, he was writing an article about rodeos, and he le me with my grandparents for a couple of months. So I just remember him gettin’ out of that old car with a guitar in

his hand. I didn’t learn to play it for several years, my mother nally taught me some chords.

IT: What chords did she teach you?

JM: A major, E major and A minor. I learned by ear, I never read music.

IT: Every time I hear you play a 12-string guitar, I want to run home and play my 12-string.

JM: Yeah, you can play fewer notes a chord.

e Hangar show is gonna be a solo show. I have a six-string and a 12-string; I might bring an eight-string baritone if I can gure out how to y with it.

IT: Jeez, is that an issue?

JM: Well, it is if you don’t have a hard-shell case. Southwest is usually pretty good about lettin’ you carry your guitars on, but nowadays short people will come up and they can’t see the guitar back there, and they’ll crush it with their roller bag. [Sighs] So that can be a liability.

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James McMurtry
Hangar Theatre 801 Taughannock Blvd Sunday March 19 at 8 p.m. $30
James McMurtry will perform a solo set at the Hangar Theatre Sunday March 19 at 8 p.m.

Plaza’s Sweet


All those Daniel Craig James Bond movies wish they were as entertaining as Guy Ritchie’s “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre” one of those “wink and a nod” globe-trotting spy adventures we haven’t seen since the days of Pierce Brosnan. Ritchie’s movie starts out loud and immediately, with scenes of murder and violence intercut with Cary Elwes’s heels clacking down hallways, surely a tip of the hat to Lee

Marvin in John Boorman’s “Point Blank” (1967).

Yes, this is one of those movies. A MacGu n that’s worth billions has been stolen, and as Elwes reports to his superior Eddie Marsan, he must assemble a spy team with particular sets of skills to steal it back. So we get Jason Statham as the lead badass, Aubrey Plaza as a tech guru and master distractor, rapper Bugzy Malone – he must really love that 1976 Alan Parker kiddie gangster movie – as more tech muscle, and Josh Hartnett as an A-list movie star as bait for our lead bad guy, Hugh Grant as a high-rolling arms dealer ready to sell to the highest bidder, but his obsession with celebrities is his Achilles heel.

Aubrey Plaza knows how to point and shoot in the caper movie “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre” (Cunning of War).

(Lionsgate-Miramax-STX lms-To Guy Films, 2022, 114 min.)

Playing at Regal Stadium 14.

is movie might win the award for the most story ever in an espionage epic, and nearly every line of dialogue sounds like it was written by Basil Exposition. Statham is Statham, he’s Old Reliable at this point, though I prefer his hand-to-hand combat

to the usual gunplay; like Jackie Chan, automatic weapons seem too easy for a guy like Statham. As I wrote last year in my review of “Emily the Criminal”, I love Aubrey Plaza because she doesn’t give a tin weasel whether her characters are likeable. Plaza knows Hitchcock’s Dictum: you’ll love a person if they’re good at their job, and in scene a er scene, Plaza’s proves that she’s good at her job. She also has a killer smile, looks smashing in a red dress, and she usually has a sarcastic crack at the ready that makes you laugh and keeps you o -balance. anks to a brilliant edit, she has the best joke in a very funny picture.

People who complain that “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre” isn’t that great should be cursed to watch an eternal

double feature with “ e Saint” (1997) starring Val Kilmer, and that awful 1998 version of “ e Avengers” with Uma urman, Ralph Fiennes and Sean Connery. Now, those were the bad old days…

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Aubrey Plaza has a featured but pivotal role in her partner Je Baena’s “Spin Me Round”, written by Baena and the star of the lm, Alison Brie (“Community”, “Mad Men”, “ e Post”). (Plaza and Baena married in 2021.)

I’m a big fan of Baena’s lms “ e Little Hours” (2017), which audaciously merged

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12 T HE I THACA T IMES / M ARCH 15–21, 2023 Film
“Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre”

LGBTQ+ Representation at the Academy Awards

Two young boys joyfully laugh, running through an open eld of blooming red, white and pink roses. ey ride bikes together to school everyday, side-by-side. Tall, green trees rise above the owers, the sky nothing but bright. It’s all a familiar image of childhood innocence. No end in sight. No looking back: only forward.

Director Lukas Dhont’s sophomore lm, “Close,” nominated for Best International Film at this year’s Academy Awards, follows two 13-year-old boys, Léo (Eden Dambrine) and Rémis (Gustav De Waele), as they begin high school together. eir lifelong bond is tested once their classmates take note of their closeness, questioning if they are a couple. Léo begins distancing himself from Rémis to avoid further suspicion, leading the two to slowly dri apart. A er an unspeakable tragedy occurs, everything changes.

While Dhont’s previous lm “Girl” was an appallingly exploitative depiction of a trans story, he nds much greater success with “Close.” e devastating story e ectively explores what it’s like to experience loss at a young age, processing so many di erent emotions that a child cannot possibly understand. When you face something so traumatic and horri c at such a premature time, it forces you to grow up faster than you ever would’ve before. e true root of the story, however, is the toxic societal expectations placed on LGBTQ+ people that lead to these horri c tragedies. e rst half of the lm focusing on the slowly deteriorating relationship between Léo and Rémis is, without a doubt, the strongest. Léo, the main protagonist of the story, feels on edge to present a socially acceptable version of himself to his classmates, joining the school’s hockey team and doing everything he can to hang out with the popular crowd.

What is most e ective is how this strain in their connection is conveyed visually and through what remains unspoken between the characters. It’s clear to both Léo and Rémis that something is wrong, and that things will never be the same between the two, even as they struggle to outwardly express their sadness. e lm’s initially bright color palette turns more muted, the roses die out with the start of the winter season, and the two boys nd themselves

on opposite ends of the schoolyard, closed o by the people around them.

e heartbreaking performance given by Dambrine is one of the most remarkable child performances in the past few years. He is able to convey the more emotional scenes with Léo crying, along with other moments where he silently su ers. No matter what, we always buy this performance.

Many LGBTQ+ stories in the media tend to depict (and glamorize) tragedy. It has gotten to the point where it can feel truly overdone and dramatized to an uncomfortable extent. ankfully, despite the very real shock that occurs at its midpoint, “Close” avoids falling into these common downfalls by focusing on the raw emotions of its characters and the di erent ways that people deal with grief. Dhont isn’t focused on exploiting the characters and the pain they are experiencing, instead taking viewers on an experience geared toward sympathy and real understanding.

“Close” is a lm that succeeds the most when it’s interested in the smaller moments in life and the crucial relationships we form that move us forward. While there are plenty of moments where characters burst into tears, not being able to take life anymore, what really sells the story is the way Dhont focuses on the uncomfortable moments of lonely silence. e loneliest kind of silence possible, where speaking is the hardest thing imaginable. In this regard, Dhont’s brilliant storytelling thrives on nuances.

Choosing to divide the lm very clearly into two halves leads the second half to losing some of the initial story’s momentum and dragging on for a bit. If the lm’s midpoint had perhaps been moved to the beginning of the third act, we could’ve spent more time watching the connection between Léo and Rémis develop before their falling out. e

story is undeniably emotional and harrowing as it stands — it just could’ve been even more e ective with a di erent story structure. By the time it all comes to an end, the rapturous elds will once again bloom red, white and pink roses as the tall green trees rise into the bright sky. Nature returns to normal, but life will never be the same. And that’s a cruel reality that must be accepted in order to nd any peace.

Before the Cornell game, Bucci predicted, “It will be interesting being back on Schoellkopf Field, having spent so time on that eld and on the campus. It will be surreal.”

A er the 10-6 Nittany Lion win, Bucci and Tambroni were milling about, accepting congratulations and reconnecting with longtime friends. It was a poignant moment indeed when Bucci and former Ithaca High teammate and Cornell Assistant Paolo Ciferri shook hands, as the lifelong friends are now Division 1 coaches. It was clearly an emotional experience for Tambroni, who led the Big Red for a decade, making numerous Final Fours.

A er the three big wins in a row, he said, “We really don't want to peak in March, but it's great to see the guys playing with so much con dence… it's great to get a win anytime, but this was de nitely a di erent experience. Coach Tambroni and I are both well aware of how special Cornell lacrosse is, and we have great respect for [it]”

As for Cornell, they'll bounce back. A er the game, associate head coach Jordan Stevens said “We weren’t at our best today. Sometimes you have to learn to take a punch.”


March 23, 8pm


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Close was nominated for Best International Film at this year’s Academy Awards.

Chili Cook-Off Winners Crowned

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has announced the winners of their 25th annual Chili Cook-O event that took place on the Ithaca Commons last Saturday, March 4th, 2023.

e event featured more than 40 restaurants that provided event-goers with all of the chili they could ask for.

ere are four categories to win, with rst, second and third place winners for each.

With all the chili eaten and all the votes counted, the winner of the People’s Choice category went to Bickering Twins for their beef and pork chili served with cilantro, onion and Mexican cream. e second place winner was Hotel Ithaca and third place went to Simeon’s.

e rst place winner of the Best Presentation category went to Antlers for their smoked prime rib and smoked beef brisket chili. e second place winner was Revelry Yards and the third place winner was Moosewood Restaurant.

For the “Best Meat” category the judges have awarded the Statler Hotel as the rst place winner, Revelry Yards as the second place winner, and the Chi Phi fraternity at Cornell as the third place winner.

e nal category was for best vegetarian/ vegan chili. e rst place winner was Viva Taqueria for their Viva Ancho Brisket Chili and Viva Ancho three bean chili. Second place went to Collegetown Bagels and third place was awarded to Hound and Mare.

A er announcing the winners of the Chili Cook-O , Communications Director for the DIA, Darlene Wilber said, “We thank all our participants for creating some of the best-tasting and most innovative chilis and chili-inspired items to date! We also thank everyone who came out to sample the impressive selection of chilis and chili-inspired items.

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magazine article as a book, and charge enough for such a slim volume to make money?

is year, with the coming of the movie, an American publisher took a chance by calling the short story a “novella” and printing it with a supplementary section of material from a work in progress by Keegan. e pages have big margins and lots of white space. Even so, the book barely tops 100 pages.

If one side of the Irish character is gregariousness, another is reticence, which Keegan both portrays and demonstrates. e story has a novel’s weight in poignancy and depth. Keegan’s brevity, a hallmark, is a calculation of artistry and strength.

“Failte” is a o -used word in Irish, meaning “welcome.” It’s yours in Ithaca this month of St. Patrick, with this concert (at CSMA), this movie (at Cinemapolis), and this book (available at our local library).

Indeed, “cead mille failte,” not to mention “slainte.” Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone.

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ing that costs no more than 30 percent of annual income. According to this de nition, in 2017, an estimated 27 percent of home-owning families lived in housing they could not reasonably a ord. Rising costs represent a barrier to homeownership, because new homeowners will have more di culty purchasing a home, and current homeowners will see rising taxes.”

“Renters are particularly impacted by rising housing costs. In 2017 an estimated 23 percent of renters reported spending 30 percent or more of their total income on rent. If rents continue to rise, renters will be forced to spend an increasing proportion of their income on housing. Rising energy costs also contribute to greater homeowner and renter burdens. Rising rents are making options to reduce housing costs increasingly important. “Every resident has a safe, a ordable place to call home. ere is su cient housing a ordable for low, middle, and high-income residents.”“People of all identities — including, but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, national origin, economic standing, or veteran status — are safe, welcome, and valued.”

e Town recognizes the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity in regard to a rural lifestyle enjoyed by residents from all identity groups and is committed to initiatives which serve to promote these values.”

is zoning law limits a ordable housing opportunities places extensive minimum requirements, especially on farmers' properties, demands approvals requiring lawyers and expensive surveys which residents cannot a ord, and makes decisions about where people can shop (“don’t place that near me philosophy”), hurts and devalues farmers and resident’s properties with no thought on how this

is going to harm economically the people who have lived there for years.

Furthermore, overlays are being placed throughout our community on private residences. e Town of Caroline environment is already protected by Planning Boards, the Health Department, Department of Conservation laws, SEQURA reviews, Army Corp of Engineers, Caroline Stormwater Management Erosion and Sediment Control, and New York State Protection of Water permit for streams, marshlands, and wetlands.

Overlays are a discretionary action taken by the Town of Caroline Board and not required by Federal, State, or New York State Department of Conservation Laws. New York State says if overlays are not placed, the environment can be protected with Critical Environmental Areas with Department of Conservation supervision rather than local control. Seemly a better choice anyway. Yet 92 parcels in the Town of Caroline properties are now more than 90 percent covered with overlays. is will destroy any equity a resident has in their property. For most residents, their most signi cant saving is their home. Who would want to buy a property covered with overlays? Not me, would you? Zoning’s hurtful outcomes are too big to measure.

Zoning is merely a devious way for elites to drive out the “have-nots” and make more room for the “haves” as it always has been. is is no di erent in the small rural Town of Caroline than zoning historically throughout the United States.

is is a well-established fact. Zoning laws hide behind the perpetuation of keeping underprivileged people of all colors down.

e Town of Caroline Board tries repeatedly to justify their actions as if they need a balm to soothe their unprincipled soul. Yet, they continue to push; even though they know the horrible, immoral consequences of enacting zoning. Shame on all of the Town of Caroline Board members including Mr. Fracchia!

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eroticism with comedy retelling stories from “ e Decameron”, and the zombie rom-com “Life A er Beth” (2014), both with Plaza, and I’m a big Brie fan in anything she does.

Twenty minutes into “Spin Me Round”, I was worried that Baena and Brie had taken the money and were delivering the kind of formula romantic comedy we’ve all seen – and forgotten – a thousand times: Brie plays a restaurant manager who goes on a company retreat in Italy, where she falls hard for the company CEO played by Allesandro Nivola (“Face/O ”), a seemingly sincere guy who also falls for her.

Forty minutes in, I had no idea where the story would end up, and at that point it became a Je Baena movie. Plaza plays Nivola’s enigmatic, charismatic assistant

“Spin Me Round”

(IFC-AMC+-Duplass Brothers ProductionsLimelight, 2022, 104 min.)

On home video.

who plucks Brie from the corporate classroom and escorts her to private rendezvouses with Nivola and to extravagant soirees attended by sophisticated perverts like Fred Armisen; “Spin Me Round” would make an apt double bill with Paul Bartel’s “Eating Raoul” (1982) for obvious thematic reasons. By the end, it’s clear how di erent “Spin Me Round” is di erent and distinct from all those forgettable rom-coms.

Recommended: “One Fine Morning (Un Beau Matin)” at Cinemapolis.

RIP: Bert I. Gordon (“War of the Colossal Beast”, “Village of the Giants”)

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Alison Brie plays a restaurant manager looking for love in Italy and Aubrey Plaza is her assistant in Spin Me Round.



3/15 Wednesday

Galactic Wednesday | 9 p.m. | Deep Dive, 415 Old Taughannock Blvd | $5.00

3/16 Thursday

Dogs in a Pile w/ Haley Jane | 9 p.m. | Deep Dive, 415 Old Taughannock Blvd. | $16.00 - $21.00

3/17 Friday

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration - 3 Stone Fire | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd

Vicious Fishes w/ Underground River & Richie Stearns | 9 p.m. | Deep Dive, 415 Old Taughannock Blvd.

| $9.00 - $15.00

Michael Callahan x JP Payton x Dustin Stuhr | 9 p.m. | The Downstairs, 121 W. State St | $10.00

3/18 Saturday

Acoustic Kilrush | 1 p.m. | Finger Lakes Distilling , 4676 State Rt 414, Burdet | Free

Live Music feat. Kevin + Jordan | 6 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road | $5.00

Circus Owl & Mortal Combine | 8:30 p.m. | The Downstairs, 121 W. State St | $10.00

Ghost Funk Orchestra | 9 p.m. |

Deep Dive, 415 Old Taughannock Blvd.

| $15.00 - $20.00

4-Leaf Clover | 9 p.m. | Forest City Lodge 180, 536 W Green St | $10.00 - $15.00

3/19 Sunday

Inner Crazy | 1 p.m. | Six Mile Creek Vineyard, 1551 Slaterville Rd

Mardi Gras in March feat. Curley

Taylor & Zydeco Trouble | 5 p.m. |

Deep Dive, 415 Old Taughannock Blvd.

Village Swing for Downstairs

Birthday Bash! | 5 p.m. | The Downstairs, 121 W. State St | $10.00

3/22 Wednesday

Deep Dive House Big Band hosted by Professor Greg Evans | 8 p.m. |

Deep Dive, 415 Old Taughannock Blvd.

Practice ft. Secret Service Men and Microbes, Mostly | 8 p.m. | The Downstairs, 121 W. State St | $10.00


3/15 Wednesday

Ithaca Concert Band Spring Concert | 7 p.m. | Ford Hall at Ithaca College, 146 Conservatory Dr | Free

Ladysmith Black Mambazo | 7 p.m.

| Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St

3/16 Thursday

Ariana Kim, violin: CU Music | 7 p.m. | Moakley House, 215 Warren Rd | Free Enter The Haggis | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | $25.00 - $30.00

3/17 Friday

Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards Salon: CU Music | 5 p.m. | A.D. White House, 121 Presidents Dr | Free

Drank the Gold Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration Concert & Dance | 7 p.m. | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 1 Congress St | $15.00 - $20.00

St. Patricks Day Concert with Arise & Go and Paris Texas | 7:30 p.m. | La Tourelle, 1150 Danby Road (96B) | $20.00 - $25.00

3/18 Saturday

Cornell Wind Symphony: CU Music | 3 p.m. | Bailey Hall, 230 Garden Ave. | Free

Klenengan, a Gamelan Gathering: CU Music | 8 p.m. | Lincoln Hall room B20, 256 Feeney Way | Free

3/19 Sunday

Cornell Chamber Orchestra: CU Music | 3 p.m. | Bailey Hall, 230 Garden Ave. | Free Mid-Afternoon Irish Tea with Celtic Harpist Lisa Craig Fenwick | 3 p.m. | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 1 Congress St | $10.00 - $15.00

James McMurtry (Solo) | 8 p.m. | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | $30.00 - $35.00

3/20 Monday

FLEFF Opening Night Concert | 8:15 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd, Ithaca College

3/21 Tuesday

Graduate Lecture/Recital: Hunter Hellard, saxophone | Nabenhauer Recital Room | 7 p.m.

Lily Reeves, piano recital: CU Music | 8 p.m. | Barnes Hall, 129 Ho Plaza | Free



Elective Recital: Jared Wallis, trumpet and Zachary Peterson, piano | 8:15 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd

3/22 Wednesday

Dmitri Novgorodsky, piano | 7 p.m. | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Gym Rd Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin | Ford Hall | 8:15 p.m.


Thursday Night Laughs with Steve Wrigley | 7 p.m., 3/16 Thursday | The Downstairs, 121 W. State St | Kiwi Comedian Steve Wrigley brings his award-winning sense of humor to American crowds. Hosted by Upstate’s favorite comedian, Kenneth McLaurin this is a 5 Star show.

Chicago-Teen Edition | 7 p.m., 3/17

Friday | Trumansburg High School, 100 Whig St | Trumansburg High School Presents “Chicago-Teen Edition” | $8.00 - $10.00

Heading into Night: A Clown Ode About [Forgetting] | 7:30 p.m., 3/17

Friday | The Cherry Arts, 102 Cherry St | Cirque du Soleil clown Daniel Passer stars in a brand new clown play about the unexpected humor and discoveries in the loss of memory. | $15.00 - $35.00

Persephone: Queen of the Underworld | 7:30 p.m., 3/17 Friday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road | The story of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming and the Calliope Chorus. | Free Wisdom and Dance: Round table conversations by long term Tompkins County Movers and Shakers | 2:30 p.m., 3/18 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | This is a roundtable discussion

featuring 4 Professional dancers of Tompkins County. Re ections on dancing lives in Tompkins County shared by long term movers.


Erin Miller: Casino | 1 p.m., 3/15

Wednesday | The Ink Shop, 330 E. MLK/State St | The Ink Shop Printmaking Center is pleased to present “Casino”, an exhibition of recent collages by 2022-2023 Kahn Family Fellow, Erin Miller. | Free 2023 Invitational Exhibit at State of the Art Gallery | 12 p.m., 3/16

Thursday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 West State Street | Eight artists will Show their work by invitation at the State of the Art Gallery: C. Ann Carter, Robert Grant, Linda Fazzary, Rob Licht, Claudine Metrick, Jari Poulin, Emma Pure, and Lauren Reid. | Free

Painting Workshop: Fresco | 10:30 a.m., 3/18 Saturday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Avenue | Join Hilary Becker, an expert in ancient Roman pigments, for this hands-on workshop to create your own fresco painting.

Pysanky Egg Workshop | 1 p.m., 3/18 Saturday | New eld Public Library, 198 Main Street | Svetlana Baldwin shows us how to create brilliantly-colored Pyansky eggs, an ancient, unique Ukrainian art form. Age 12 & up. To sign up call 607-5643594 or email new eldlibrary@gmail. com | Free

The Gallery at South Hill presents Jim Kwiatkowski “Bars of a Cage”

| 5 p.m., 3/18 Saturday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | The Gallery at South Hill presents Jim Kwiatkowski’s one person exhibit “Bars of a Cage”. Featuring Jim’s series of painting from 2020-2021. Opening reception from 5-7pm, for more information please go to https:// gallery-at-shbc. | Free


Professional Directions: A Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker – David Siev (BAD AXE) | 4:30 p.m., 3/16 Thursday | Cornell University Film Forum at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts (430 College Ave)


FILM FESTIVAL | 3/20 Monday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Now in its 26th year, o ers 28 lms and 46 screenings, ranging across narrative, documentary, hybrid, experimental and short forms. Screenings take place March 20 - April 9, 2023 Many of the FLEFF screenings feature introductions, talkbacks, and visiting lmmakers for lively audience discussion.


120 E. Green St., Ithaca March 17-23. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New lms listed rst.*

Inside*| Nemo, a high-end art thief, is trapped in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn’t go as planned. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive.| 105 mins R

Moving On* | Two old friends reconnect at a funeral and decide to get revenge on the widower who messed with them decades before. With Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.| 85 mins R

The Quiet Girl | Rural Ireland 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one. | 95 mins PG-13

Emily | Emily imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a mis t, one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30.| 130 mins R

Cocaine Bear | An oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists, and teens converges in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound black bear goes on a murderous rampage after unintentionally ingesting cocaine. | 95 mins R

2023 Oscar Shorts | The collection of 2023 nominations in the Animation, Live Action and Documentary short lms will be shown on various dates.

Cornell Cinema

All lms are shown at Willard Straight Hall on Cornell campus. Tour of Duty | 3/15, 7:00 pm |This documentary by Kim Dong-ryung and Park Kyoung-tae chronicles the lives of three women impacted by the US


FRI MAR 17, 7:30 PM /SAT MAR 18, 7:30 PM / SUN MAR 19, 2:00 PM

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La Tourelle, 1150 Danby Road (96B), Ithaca | The concert will begin with a short set of Bluegrass and Western & Parisian Swing by Paris Texas, followed by a set of Irish tunes performed by headliner Arise & Go. (Photo: Provided) The Cherry Artspace, Cherry St., Ithaca | Cirque du Soleil clown Daniel Passer and Cornell professor of performing and media arts Beth Milles are co-creating a clown play about memory to premiere at The Cherry Arts. Inspired by a village designed for people faced with cognitive decline, and research emerging from the village.(Photo: Provided)

military presence in South Korea. The Seonyu-ri red light district located at the Paju U.S. military camp town became a well-known site after the Korean War. Now it awaits its fate to be demolished.

Bad Axe |3/16, 7:00 pm | David Siev’s documentary debut is a moving account of a closely-knit Asian American family living in rural Michigan during the pandemic as they ght to keep their local restaurant and American dream alive.

Utama | 3/17, 7:00 pm; 3/19, 5:00 pm | Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s moving debut feature won the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic) at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Part of our series on Environmental Action on Screen and New Visions, New Voices. Brigadoon | 3/17, 9:00 pm; 3/18, 5:00 pm | Two Americans stumble upon a village in the Scottish Highlands that appears only once every hundred years. (MGM, 1954)

The Conformist (Il conformista) | 3/18, 7:30 pm | Adapted from the novel by Alberto Moravia, Bertolucci’s 1970 luminous, political thriller explores political violence, eroticism, and social conformity in Mussolini’s Italy.

Howl’s Moving Castle | 3/19, 2:30 pm | Part of our Studio Ghibli series. Screened in English dubbed version. Last of the Right Whales | 3/20, 7:00 pm | With unprecedented access to lm the whale migration from the only known calving grounds to the shifting feeding grounds, Last of the Right Whales follows the right whale migration and the people committed to saving a species still struggling to recover from centuries of hunting.

The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin | 3/22, 7:00 PM| Filmmakers Kim Dongryung and Park Kyoungtae will participate in a post-screening conversation with Shinjae Kim, lm curator and critic. Part of the series Power of Seeing … hosted by the East Asia Program at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.


Cornell Women’s Polo vs Garrison Forest | 7 p.m., 3/17 Friday | Ithaca, N.Y., Oxley Equestrian Center |

Cornell Women’s Lacrosse vs University of Connecticut | 1 p.m., 3/18 Saturday | Ithaca, NY, Schoellkopf Field |

Cornell Men’s Polo vs Ruda | 6 p.m., 3/18 Saturday | Ithaca, N.Y., Oxley

Equestrian Center |

Special Events

YEStival | 12 p.m., 3/17 Friday | Press Bay Alley & Court, 110-118 W. Green St | Join us for the Ithaca YEStival, the ultimate community gathering for teens!

Ithaca Fishing and Conservation Day | 9 a.m., 3/18 Saturday | Boynton Middle School, 1601 N Cayuga Street | Outdoors enthusiasts, fans of healthy rivers and streams, and those who sh and boat are invited to the 29th Annual Ithaca Fishing and Conservation Day. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge. | Free

Job and Internship Fair | 11:30 a.m., 3/22 Wednesday | BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House at TC3 | Description Stop by to chat with reps from many local organizations to learn about summer/fall internships, part-/fulltime jobs, and seasonal employment opportunities.


Vanessa Johnson presents Women Change the World! | 6:30 p.m., 3/16 Thursday | New eld Public Library, 198 Main Street | Join storyteller



FROM 9:00AM-4:00PM

Boynton Middle School, Ithaca | Come and experience a day of fun family-friendly activities, exhibits, and education focused on shing and environmental conservation. Sponsored by the Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited. (Photo: Provided)

of “What’s So Funny About Science?”: MORE Cartoons About the STEM Fields!

S.T.E.A.M. Book Club | 3:45 p.m., 3/22 Wednesday | Tompkins County

Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

Author Visit: Denise Gelberg | 6:30 p.m., 3/22 Wednesday | New eld Public Library, 198 Main Street | Join author Denise Gelberg Weds, 3/22 at 6:30 pm for a discussion of her book Lucky Girl, the story of a brilliant woman scientist and the challenges she faces. For more, contact 607-5643594 or new


Kids Crafternoon | 2 p.m., 3/16

Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Families are invited to enjoy a variety of arts & crafts activities at this fun drop-in program for all ages!


Bridge Club of Ithaca | 10 a.m., 3/16 Thursday | Bridge Club of Ithaca, 16 Cinema Drive | Bridge Club of Ithaca o ers casual play with instruction for players at all levels Fridays 9:30-12pm at the Club, 16 Cinema Drive ($5 fee) | $5.00 - $7.00

Master Gardener Volunteer Seed Swap | 10 a.m., 3/18 Saturday | CCETompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue | Calling all seed savers, gardeners, and garden-curious! It’s time for our beloved annual Master Gardener Volunteer Seed Swap Seed Sharing event. | Free

Vanessa Johnson for “Women Change the World!” Hear voices of women & girls from around the world who work to make the world a better place with stories, rhythms & songs. Info: 607564-3594. Made possible in full by NYS Council on the Arts, Tompkins Co, & Community Arts Partnership. | Free If I Can Give You That by Michael Gray Bulla - Book Launch | 4:30 p.m., 3/17 Friday | Bu alo Street Books, 215 N. Cayuga Street | For fans of Kacen Callender and Mason Deaver, If I Can Give You That is a heart-tugging coming-of-age YA debut that takes a poignant look at gender identity, sexuality, friendship, and family–both the one we’re born into and the one we nd for ourselves.

| Free

YA Book Club | 4:30 p.m., 3/20 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Book to Film Club | 5:30 p.m., 3/21 Tuesday | Montour Falls Library, 406 W Main St | Book titles will be available to checkout from the library and some DVDs; places to stream movies are listed above. Read and watch on your own, then visit us online and/or in-person to discuss. | Free Comic Book Club Meeting | 7 p.m., 3/21 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Part 2

Maple Syrup Play-dough | 10 a.m., 3/18 Saturday | The Space Classroom at GreenStar, 770 Cascadilla | Co-op Explorers and their caregivers are invited to get in on the fun of maple syrup season by making a maple syrup playdough! This is a fun sensory play activity. D rop-in between 10 AM and 11:30 AM. Caregivers must stay in classroom with child. | $5.00

Fairy Fest | 10 a.m., 3/18 Saturday, , Bu alo St. Books, Ithaca | Dress up as your favorite fairy, elf or woodland creature and join us in Downtown Ithaca for a day of crafts and family fun!

Family Storytime | 11 a.m., 3/18

Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills every week at Family Storytime!

LEGO Build Night for Families | 5 p.m., 3/21 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street

| TCPL is inviting families to a weekly LEGO build night! Buckets of LEGO will be provided for participants to borrow for their builds.

Clay and metal teen after school | 4:30 p.m., 3/22 Wednesday | Metal Smithery, 950 Danby Road | Join us for the exciting after school program for middle and high schoolers at The Clay School and The Metal Smithery!


Become a Certi ed Nurse Aid: Information Session | 10 a.m., 3/18 Saturday | TC3 Campus, Dryden | Description Are you interested in the healthcare eld? Do you like to help others? Attend this free Information Session and learn how to train to become a Certi ed Nurse Aide (CNA)!

Danby Volunteer Fire Company Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast | 8 a.m., 3/19 Sunday | Danby Fire Station, 1780 Danby RD | Pancake Breakfast March 19, 8-11 AM to bene t Danby Volunteer Fire Company, proceeds to help us upgrade our Jaws of Life to better handle modern vehicles. | $10.00

Ithaca Chess Club | 12 p.m., 3/19 Sunday | DeWitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St | The Ithaca Chess Club meets every Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm, at the Dewitt Mall ( rst oor above the shops, o ce area). The club is free and open to everyone, all ages and all skill levels. Play other chess lovers, and get free chess instruction. Details at the club website: IthacaChessClub. com. | Free

Trumansburg Winter Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 3/21 Tuesday | Trumansburg Fire House, West Main St. | Gem Roundtable at The Jewelbox | 6 p.m., 3/22 Wednesday | The Jewelbox, 301 Taughannock Boulevard | Come learn, celebrate and be inspired by a rare collection of gemstones, fossils and minerals curated by gem experts Micky Roof and Judith Whitehead. | Free


Hangar Theater, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca| American rock and folk rock/Americana singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, and occasional actor comes to Ithaca in support of his new album, The Horse and the Hounds. (Photo: Provided)

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Coordinator –Health Occupations

OCM BOCES Adult Education has an immediate need for a Health Occupations

Coordinator to be located at the Main Campus, Liverpool. Responsible for management and operation of a large progressive program to include; recruitment, mentoring, support of classroom/clinical faculty, develop/maintain strong relationships with local hospitals/longterm care facilities and community healthcare providers, as well as work in the clinical setting. Current RN license with long-term and/or acute care nursing experience with a BS degree or higher in Nursing required. Send cover letter and resume to: Mari Ukleya, Director, OCM BOCES Adult Education, PO Box 4754, Syracuse, NY, or email at: mukleya@ocmboces. org. For more information, visit our website at: EOE

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