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Freeville’s new Station Park (Cover photo: Greg Parker)

Welcome To “The Jungle”

Committee Bringing Homelessness Ideas To Full Council

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he “Jungle,” Ithaca’s decades-old unsanctioned homeless encampment has long been like the weather: everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. Perhaps the pieces are finally coming together for concrete steps to be taken to address what everyone involved characterizes as “a sensitive issue.” At least that was the guardedly optimistic sense coming out of the July 20 meeting of Ithaca Common Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting. Even though it was a non-voting item on the agenda, there were members of the public present to provide their input. Two individuals stressed the importance of not criminalizing homelessness by creating an approved encampment and then having law enforcement actively confront those who do not move into the approved location. A resident of Ithaca’s West End stressed the urgent need for action, citing incidents of public urination and defecation, assaults, burglaries, home invasions, and a noticeable increase in the rat population that are impacting their neighborhood, which they linked to the expansion of The Jungle. Nels Bohn, director of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) presented a

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“The Jungle” has been part of Ithaca for decades. Here is a picture of the encampment from 2004. (Photo: File)

memo to the committee outlining seven possible next steps the City could take in addressing what many see as Ithaca’s growing homelessness problem: 1. Approve issuance of a Request For Proposal (RFP) for a sanctioned encampment on specified City lands and request Tompkins County participation to jointly develop a funding model to pay for the encampment; 2. Approve issuance of a Request For Expression Of Interest (RFEI) inviting a variety of proposals to address chronic homelessness, including unsanctioned encampments, and other needs addressed in a recent assessment; 3. Appoint a working group charged with developing a proposed city policy regarding encampments on city property; 4. Clarify priority uses for the former SW Park area and other City land used by unsanctioned encampments; 5. Authorize a feasibility study of a solar array installation at SW Park, except-

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ing out about 4 acres for facilities serving unhoused persons; 6. Direct city staff to develop an interim policy focused on prevention of the spread of unsanctioned encampments to previously uninhabited City properties; or 7. Request Tompkins County to work with the City and Continuum of Care to explore strategies to increase access to emergency shelter housing for those in unsanctioned encampments who have been unable to successfully navigate, for one reason or another, the Department of Social Services application process. Discussion of the possible next step quickly focused on the need for action sooner rather than later. An apparent consensus grew that the City’s tacit acceptance of illegal camping by the homeless on public and even private land, when combined with the City’s service-rich environment, was leading to an increase in Contin u ed on Page 10


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INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER New “Green” Fire Station Needed To


Proposed Collegetown Site Toured


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Keep Pace With Local Development


n July 19 members of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) and other interested parties toured Collegetown’s past and future by exploring the existing Fire Station No. 2 and the site of its proposed replacement. For more than half a century Fire Station No. 2 has been a fixture at 309 College Avenue, watching over Collegetown as it grew from a neighborhood of small shops and quaint modest homes to an almost urban corridor of modern high-rise housing and national chain stores. The City of Ithaca, Cornell University, and the Ithaca Fire Department have known for close to a decade that No. 2 would need renovation or replacement to keep pace with the development taking place all around it. The choice between renovation or replacement seemed, in the end, to be a simple one. Given that No. 2 is in a cramped, populous area, and given the way the station is structured, the latter was the only real option. The existing fire station’s current infrastructure is outdated. Renovating it would mean almost complete demolition, which would leave a disastrous carbon footprint and cost an estimated $1.5 million. Renovation would also mean staff displacement and potential delays in responding to emergencies in the area. Therefore, the City ultimately decided to work together with the IURA in order to conduct a sale

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of the existing fire station and the purchase of land to construct a new building. An architectural rendering of the proposed new Collegetown fire station. (Photo: Ithaca Fire Department) Total estimated costs for a new station run around $9 million, but over $5 million of that will be covered by the sale of the existing fire station. The City had also applied for and received a $1 million grant from New York State in 2014, which will also be applied to the new station. The resulting net bill to the City of about $3 million represents $1.5 million more than renovation would have cost, with none of the disruptions to The existing Fire Station No. 2 (Photo: City of Ithaca) the environment or proonstrate the City of Ithaca’s commitment tective services. There are also hopes that to its Green New Deal, a policy adopted in Cornell and the Town of Ithaca may help 2019 to tackle climate change. pick up some of the cost. The new building’s design would also “None of [the existing station is] green. open up more opportunities for firefighter It’s not insulated well, and it’s actually training. “We have some additional space too narrow to do renovation to make it that we can use to do training within the greener, and we can’t insulate the building building, some training that we’re not able because it’s constructed of a certain kind to do in certain outdoor environments. of material that we can’t do anything with. Like we can do some confined space Obviously, the goal with the new station training. We have a mezzanine where we is to make it greener,” City of Ithaca Fire can build a manhole and we can train Department Fire Chief Tom Parsons said. A new “green” fire station would also dem- like we’re going into a tunnel. Sometimes people get injured, so we need to be able to rescue people out of those situations. We also have to do some ropework, just practicing getting over edges at about 20 feet high. So it’s not going to be a Swiss Army Knife, but there’ll be multiple functions that we could accomplish at the [new] station,” Parsons said. However, those functions will not include selling pizza, despite the hopes of those who still miss the offerings of The Nines, the bar/restaurant that was located in the historic former Ithaca Fire Station No. 9, that neighbored the existing Fire Station No. 2. Before a sale of No. 2 can be conducted, the proposed location at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Dryden Road needs to be approved. That location is currently

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Dazed And Confused


State Promises End To Cannabis Bewilderment

The rains finally arrived so there’s no need to suffer in heat to save your plants and flowers or worry that your well is going to run dry.


But along with the welcome rain came thunderstorms and power outages. Ithaca giveth and Ithaca taketh away.


By Ju l i a Nage l The journey to legalizing cannabis sales in New York State has been slow going, but an end to the limbo between legalizing recreational marijuana use and legalizing its sale is hopefully in sight. Confusion stemming from this limbo state has had its impact in Tompkins County, with two area businesses and an Ithaca-based organization either running afoul of or being dazed by the actions of the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). NYS is “‘on track to have the first sales before the end of 2022,’” stated Tremaine Wright, chair of the OCM’s Cannabis Control Board, in a recent press release. Earlier this month, the OCM voted to approve regulations detailing the approval process for the first conditional adult-use retail dispensary licenses and the application form itself. As promised, the first batch of licenses will go to “justice involved” applicants. This term describes people that received a cannabis conviction, or have been affected by a family member’s cannabis-related offense. Applicants must also meet certain criteria related to owning and controlling a business or nonprofit.


A Park & Ride operation for those who commute to Corning may soon be coming to the Farmer’s Market parking lot at Steamboat Landing. Common Council is looking at an amendment to the lease to allow use of some of the parking spots on weekdays.

The state claims it is on track to have the first legal cannabis sales before the end of this year. (Photo: CannaMarket)

With these guidelines in place, “New York’s first legal adult-use retail dispensaries will be operated by those most impacted by the enforcement of the prohibition of cannabis and who also have strong business backgrounds,” stated the OCM press release. The application window will open up later this summer. $200 million in funding has been authorized by Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature to bolster the first conditional adult-use retail dispensaries, also with the aim of promoting equality within the cannabis industry and ensuring that those historically disproportionately impacted by cannabis policing are among the first to reap the profits of the legal industry. The $200 million will go towards “leasing and equipping up to 150 conditional adult-use retail dispensaries in New York

The owner of the LakeWatch Inn has gotten caught up in apparent OCM confusion. (Photo: Provided)

State,” a press release from Governor Hochul’s Office explained. As part of the effort to build a legal, well-regulated cannabis market, the OCM has been cracking down on illicit “sticker shops,” which have flourished based on the reasoning that cannabis cannot be sold yet in New York State, but it can be gifted alongside another purchase, such as a sticker. The OCM sent cease and desist letters to 52 businesses in February and chose to publish the unredacted letters earlier this month. The letters took a hard stance against sticker shops, stating that “illegal sales include the sale of cannabis products in-person at a retail location, online, via delivery, or at an event; and include socalled ‘gifting.’” Lakewatch Inn and Good Vibes Customs were the two Tompkins County businesses amidst the published letters, though the owners of both businesses claimed they did not actually receive a letter in the mail. Good Vibes has been fairly transparent about its sticker sales in the past, but declined to comment on whether they would be changing their business model based on the letter. Lakewatch Inn owner Nicole Reynolds has been adamant that the letter sent to her business was unfounded; she had agreed to host CannaMarket, which bills itself as a pop-up social experience, at her venue, but later decided that she didn’t feel comfortable hosting the event, and the market found a new venue—the Cherry Artspace. “I think it's unfortunate that LakeWatch got sent a letter,” CannaMarket organizer Kenneth McLaurin said. “I'm not sure why they sent that letter to LakeWatch. It seems odd, especially since they don't do any hemp or cannabis [sales].” Contin u ed on Page 10


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What Could Go Wrong?

More Than 174 Years Later And We’re Still Fighting for Women’s Rights

By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r


he following took place two weeks ago in a fictitious small collegebased city nestled in the Finger Lakes region. I accessed through the County Clerk’s office the transcript of court proceedings in which one M. T. Fagin was being arraigned on five charges of 3rd degree Burglary, supplementing the six similar charges already pending. Hon. Oliver Wendell Cornstarch, presiding; Larson E. Whipsnade, Esq. appearing for the defendant; Marcia Clark, Esq. representing the People of the State of New York. I find court cases so fascinating, don’t you? BAILIFF: All rise. The matter of the People vs. Fagin, Judge Cornstarch presiding. Please be seated. JUDGE CORNSTARCH: Good morning, all. How refreshing to see you for the third time in a single week, Mr. Fagin. WHIPSNADE: Your Honor, my client would like to enter a plea of Not Guilty to… JUDGE CORNSTARCH: Not so fast, counselor. Your client was released on his own recognizance last Thursday after being charged with burglarizing four local businesses, released without bail

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again the very next day after burglarizing two more businesses, and here we are on Tuesday morning and he’s hit five more businesses over the weekend. WHIPSNADE: Allegedly. My client is presumed innocent. FAGIN: Yeah, aren’t I innocent until proven guilty? It’s in the Constitution. JUDGE CORNSTARCH: Mr. Fagin, if I were you...say, where’s my gavel? BAILIFF: Here it is, Judge. (holds up gavel) JUDGE CORNSTARCH: Let the record reflect that the gavel was in Mr. Fagin’s pocket. Give me that. CLARK: Your Honor, the People request substantial bail under the circumstances. Mr. Fagin has a clear tendency to commit further crimes. His own lawyer accused him of stealing his iPhone. WHIPSNADE: That’s privileged communication! FAGIN: Oh, Sure. Jamie Dimon costs the public billions in 2008, but never spends a day in jail. He’s still CEO of JPMorgan Chase! A poor guy like me winds up in jail awaiting trial. How am Contin u ed on Page 7



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n July 19, 1848, 174 years ago, 300 women and men gathered in Seneca Falls, NY, to speak out about the inequality facing women, demand the same rights and freedoms that men held, and make known their discontent with the way this country was progressing. The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention was the first convention of its kind in American history. From that convention, it took more than 70 years for women to gain the right to vote in 1919. Sometimes the fight for equality goes slowly. Sometimes it goes backwards. Like right now, after the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. I don’t believe this decision was about abortion, or pregnancy, or whether life starts at conception. If it was, if it was really about taking care of babies and honoring all life, there would be a massive inf lux of resources, organizations, money, and support for pregnant women and mothers. But that’s not happening. No, I believe this decision is the result of a culture of control and domination of women. It is the result of a deep and intense societal misogyny. Let me share an example to illustrate misogyny and how the Supreme Court’s ruling will fail women in this country. A couple months ago, a ten-year-old girl was raped and became pregnant. When the child was taken to a doctor in her home state of Ohio, she was unable to get an abortion there. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling, Ohio now denies all abortions after six weeks, and the girl was a bit further along in her pregnancy than that. Left up to the government of Ohio, a ten-year-old girl would be forced to carry the embryo of her rapist to term and live with the consequences of then raising a baby or the trauma of giving it up for adoption. Th is is not freedom. Th is is not equality. Th is is state-sanctioned child abuse. Th is is misogyny. Women have made progress since that original Convention in 1848. But every freedom, every step must be fought for tooth and nail against a society dominated by, primarily white, men.

Amanda Champion represents District 12, which spreads across West Hill, Inlet Valley, and the Ithaca College region of South Hill. (Photo: Provided)

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to register to run the Boston marathon. While running, she was forcibly pushed off the course by a race organizer and male participants. Until 1974, banks and financial institutions could deny women credit lines, unless they had their husband co-sign the application. Until 1978, employers could refuse to hire a pregnant woman. Because she was pregnant. Until 1981, 205 years into the American experiment, no woman had ever served on the Supreme Court. Also, 1981 was the first time that the number of female members of the House of Representatives got up to 20. Twenty out of 435 seats. Until 1993, a woman who took time off to give birth or adopt a child could be denied her job when she returned to work. With the Family Medical Leave Act, women and men are allowed 12 weeks of unpaid time off. In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman could not sue in federal court a man who had raped her. In 2001, the number of female senators broke the double digits, when 13 females served in the Senate. Thirteen out of 100. And now, in 2022, women and girls have been told by the highest court that they are not fit to make decisions about their lives and bodies. They can be sued Contin u ed on Page 7


We Made It

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n October of 2019, I wrote a column featuring two young boys trapped in the bodies of 60-something men. In “Rose Colored Oasis,” I wrote about David Moriah and Buck Briggs—Cornell grads who have been pals for a half century— bonded by their shared wide-eyed love for all things baseball. Along with the column, the Ithaca Times ran a photo of the two guys grinning while holding some prized memorabilia—like some cherished baseball cards and a photo of Moriah with Casey Stengel, when David was the Mets' batboy in 1963—and Briggs laughed when he described them as “members of a bizarre fraternity of baseball memorabilia collectors.” Buck called his baseball card collection “a Time Machine,” and went on to recall that he learned to read as a boy by looking at baseball cards. I got the feeling—though he did not verbalize this—that if I ever learned where his vast and valuable collection was kept, he'd have to kill me. David has written for Sports Collectors Digest, MLB post-season programs and Hall of Fame publications, and he had been in attendance for thirty-two consecutive induction ceremonies (interrupted briefly by the pandemic). Both men were in Cooperstown last weekend, and on the Baseball People Facebook page, David posted a photo he took of the three living inductees, and he pointed out that Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva and David “Big Papi” Ortiz all played for the Minnesota Twins. Having missed two ceremonies due to the pandemic, being back at the festivities was, David said, “Like Roy Hobbs was finally back in the game!” I have been fortunate to attend a few of the induction ceremonies, and there is a palpable bond that exists between attendees, staff, former and current players, and inductees. Fans who act like “grown-ups” most of the time wander about wide-eyed, wearing the jerseys of their favorite players, seeking autographs and shamelessly and joyously channeling their inner 12 year-old. Buck Briggs met up with a guy he called “an old friend” last weekend, and their bond runs a bit deeper than the typical fan/fanboy connection. It is time, dear readers, to dig into the box while I hurl a series of baseball metaphors at you. In 2017, Briggs was way behind in the count. He had been facing

Endorsing Josh Riley

I Buck Briggs and his “old friend” Rod Carew (Photo: Provided)

the power pitcher that was heart disease, and it had come down to the simple fact that if he did not find a “reliever” for his damaged heart—which needed to come out—he would himself be out of the game. After many exhaustive conversations and evaluations—both physical and psychological—Buck found himself at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. A fellow future transplant recipient—who was also going through the process—happened to be a fellow he recognized. A few weeks later— when both men were in the same unit for their surgeries—Briggs told a nurse, “I'll bet you were not aware that between this gentleman and myself, we have won seven American League batting titles!” The staffer said, “That's very impressive...congratulations!” Briggs wryly added, “Well, he won all seven, but thank you nonetheless!” His roommate—a fellow by the name of Rod Carew (who also happens to have been a Minnesota Twin)–got a grin out of it, and was grateful for the levity as he, too, awaited a new heart. Five years later, Briggs—now 68—has yet to win a batting title, and he told me, “It was the first time Rod and I had seen each other since our transplants, and it wasn't really a big, emotional moment for us.” He added, “We just kind of looked at each other and smiled...like 'We made it'. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine in 2017 that we'd be meeting up in Cooperstown in 2022.” Buck and I are friends, and he has shared some compelling memories of what it was like to have the Grim Reaper have one hand around his throat and feel the other hand closing in, and he told me, “When we got together, I sort of felt like I was looking at myself, and that I now know what people feel when they look at me. For a long time, it was day to day, week to week. I made it.”

will be voting for Josh Riley in the August 23 Democratic Primary for the 19th Congressional District. His opinion piece, “A Plan of Action to Restore and Protect Reproductive Justice for Women” which ran in the July 13 [Ithaca] Times, demonstrates why he will make a great Congressman. Josh is right on this issue as well as on the bread-and-butter issues facing us all. He learned about them first hand growing up in working class Endicott. His “Plan” shows that he will be a practical problem-solver based on his previous experience in Congress, his professional knowledge of the law, and his having already worked in a bi-partisan fashion with folks from all parties and walks of life. In short, when Josh is elected, he will hit the ground running. For the best

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I supposed to get bail money if I can’t ply my trade? It’s not fair! The system is rigged! JUDGE CORNSTARCH: Mr. Whipsnade, instruct your client...damn it! Bailiff, please retrieve my gavel from Mr. Fagin. Again. (rubbing wrist) See if he has my watch, too. BAILIFF: (after searching the defendant) Gavel, sir, and your watch. Also, my GUEST EDITORIAL contin u ed from page 6

by boyfriends, parents, or rapists if they try to have an abortion. The doctors, friends, or family members who try to help them or provide care can be sued. A country, a state, a government cannot function without affording all its citizens the same rights and freedoms, regardless of race, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, ability, belief system, or any of the other human differences that make our society so wonderfully diverse and beautiful.

interests of us in the new 19th CD and for the country, please join me in voting for Josh in August and again in November. Joseph M. Wilson, Dryden

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ew York women do not face an abysmal future in which abortion is illegal and only women with the financial and social resources to travel to another state can obtain a safe and legal abortion. They retain this right in large part thanks to the efforts of women like Leslie Danks Burke, candidate for the NY 52nd State Senate seat which includes Tompkins County. Leslie has always been there. The persistent lobbying she and other reproductive rights activists carried on for years played an enormous role in securing the 2017 passage of the NY Women’s Reproductive Health Act. Well before her current campaign, Leslie demanded a constitutional amendment guaranteeing New Yorkers a right to abortion. I urge you to join me in voting for Leslie Danks Burke in the NY State Democratic primary on August 23rd. Nick Salvatore, Ithaca handcuffs and the stenographer’s wedding ring. Plus two wallets, a tape dispenser, the name plate from your chambers, and Mr. Whipsnade’s iPhone. WHIPSNADE: My phone! JUDGE CORNSTARCH: Let the record so reflect. Ms. Clark, you know as well as I that New York State law requires that Mr. Fagin be released on his own recognizance for non-violent felonies. So ordered. My hands are tied in this matter. He’s free to go. On an unrelated note before the next case...has anybody seen my car keys? I honor the women who stood up for their rights 174 years ago in Seneca Falls. I also honor the women who have been fighting for equality and equity since then, and those who raise their voices all over the country to be heard. But the fight is not over. Bodily autonomy is one of the most basic human rights. If men have this right, women are entitled to it also. Without the ability to choose what to do with your own body, what else is there? Amanda Champion represents District 12 in the Tompkins County Legislature.

JULY 27 – AUGUST 2, 2022




New Park Recalls A Once Vital Rail Hub By Gene Endres


wenty-four trains each day used to pass through the small village of Freeville as late as during the 1920s. Today, not a single piece of original track remains. But the village is freshly aware of this segment of its history, thanks to a handsome small park with historical panels that describe aspects of the railroads

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that once served Freeville. It is located at the corner of Railroad and Factory Streets, just east of the intersection of Main Street and Route 38. David Fogel, who retired as mayor of Freeville last November, says that the whole project began when it became necessary to remove the last remaining relic of the railroad era. “We had to demolish a local landmark that stood at the site for more than a hundred years—an octagonal concrete structure that had once supported a circular wooden water tower next to one of the two Lehigh Valley Railroad branch lines that used to cross in Freeville.” Fogel was featured more than 30 years ago in the Ithaca Times for a detailed model he built of Ithaca’s West End as it looked before the construction of the Inlet flood control channel and the “Octopus” intersection. That model took eight years to build and was on display on the second floor of the Alternatives Credit Union for several years, though it’s now in storage. “Around the time that I became mayor of [Freeville] in 2014,” he says, “I built a scale model of a history-themed pocket park for the Village-owned parcel on the old railroad right-of-way. [It] was designed to commem27


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orate the old railroad junction and included a proposed TCAT bus shelter modeled on Freeville's last passenger depot.” Though all traces of stations, tracks and water tanks used by the railroads have been obliterated in recent years, those familiar with the history know the village was an important junction. Fogel’s model, on display at the village office, attracted the attention of Freeville residents and most seemed supportive of his idea for a park. TCAT felt the plan had merit. How did Freeville come to be such a nexus of various railroads? In the post-Civil-War era, railroad construction became a center of attention and investment. Laws allowed municipalities to purchase bonds to help rail entrepreneurs build these new roads and assured the towns and villages that they would be served. Highways at the time were generally dirt and unpaved, turning into mud in the spring and unplowed but actually better when snow-covered. Railroads, unlike canals and roads, could operate largely throughout the year and were fairly fast. They did, however, suffer from washouts and derailments and even collisions between trains. The Southern Central Railroad came into Freeville from the south. It started at Athens, Pennsylvania, passing through Dryden and Freeville on to Auburn and North Fair Haven, on Lake Ontario. Another railroad was planned from Ithaca to Cortland and gained the support of Ezra Cornell. This became the Elmira, Cortland and Northern, running all the way from Elmira to East Ithaca to Cortland and Camden, north of Oneida Lake. Yet another was the New York and Oswego Midland, which meandered through hill and dale from either the

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Hudson River or New Jersey and planned to build west, perhaps to Buffalo. It was a roundabout route and only got as far as Scipioville or Merrifield in the middle of Cayuga County. The railroad building boom would not last. The Panic of 1873 caused a number of railroads to fail financially. Town and village investments become worthless but debts still had to be paid. It was the worst depression the United States had faced until then and didn’t ease until 1879. The Freeville railroads did recover, with all the lines consolidated by 1890 under the control of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. With railroads coming into Freeville from four or five directions, usually twice each day, there was lots of activity. Passengers could get out, change trains, have a meal or even stay overnight. Add local and regional freight trains carrying items like lumber, milk, manufactured products and more and you had a very busy railroad junction in a very small village. It all centered around the railroad station, the focus of all business. By 1900 four lines were left, all were part of the Lehigh Valley system. In that year they built a five-sided wooden depot. As business increased, that odd building was demoted to be the freight station and a fine stucco station was erected, including indoor plumbing and even a restaurant. There were extra side tracks so that four trains could meet and exchange passengers simultaneously. Freeville continued on, as did many other towns and villages. Places with railroad service prospered, while those without connection often withered. Following the first World War, the rise of the automobile and better roads meant the railroads were less useful. Passenger trains, used F r e e v i l l e wa s o n c e a m a j o r r egional r ailroad intersection. for local travel, even as trans-

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port for local schoolkids, were replaced by the car. Trucks distributed many products locally, though some, like milk, were still delivered by train until after the second World War. Freeville itself had a history both before and after the railroads. The well-watered valley of both Virgil and Fall Creeks was undoubtedly used by the native peoples for raising crops and building communities. The A n aer ial view of Fr eeville circa 1 9 5 0 s h ow i n g t h e u n i q u e f i v e Sullivan Expedition around s i d e d f r e i g h t s tat i o n at t h e Cayuga Lake, dispatched by u pper r ight a nd highlighting the General Washington to drive l o c at i o n o f t h e n e w S tat i o n Pa r k . out these natives, may have caused some to seek shelter further east in places like Freeville. “Over the course of the eight years that it When Revolutionary War veterans took to construct Station Park, I functioned came here in 1798, they found few such as project manager, coordinating the work original peoples. Daniel White, a veter- of various contractors, Village employees, an and early settler, built a dam and mill and volunteers,” notes Fogel. “For some ten on Fall Creek. The location was known as months, I worked closely with Ithaca-based “White’s Mill”, but some years later it is graphic designer Amelia Kaufman to create said that White himself felt it should not the nine large display panels mounted on be named for any person and it came to the kiosk and in the bus shelter.” be Freeville. It is the only “Freeville” in the Those panels highlight not only the rail country, perhaps anywhere, and thus you history of Freeville, but also summarize see the phrase “The One and Only” in the much of the entire history of the village. new Station Park. They show pictures of historic houses built Freeville had a large number of busi- in Freeville, as well as other notable buildnesses over the years ranging from facto- ings and businesses. The kiosk and bus ries producing cinder blocks and furni- shelter provide welcome shade and lots of ture to hotels, restaurants, gas stations and information in a compact space. phone companies. According to the town Most drivers heading through the vilhistorian, it supported five weekly newspa- lage today may be bound elsewhere, as were pers and yes, even a baseball team. most of those who used to travel on the railThe third Freeville passenger station roads. Yet Station Park is worth a stop, givlasted until 1940, when the railroads were ing the visitor a true sense of history of a beginning to lose their grip on American place that really is “the one and only.” transportation. By the 1980s, railroad business in Freeville was no more, and even the Special thanks to: The History Center in five-sided freight station was gone. There Ithaca; the Dryden Historical Society, which remained the octagonal concrete base that published the reminiscences of Ken Rice who had supported the old water tank for filling was an agent at Freeville and a number of the tenders of steam locomotives. And its other local stations; and John Marcham, ediremoval led to the idea of a park celebrat- tor of the third edition of A History of Railing the community’s past. roads in Tompkins County. JULY 27 – AUGUST 2, 2022





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the homeless population and illegal behavior seemingly linked to this increase. Ithaca Acting Mayor Laura Lewis acknowledged that, “the Tacit acceptance policy is not… Chris Teitelbaum noted, “local Carmen Guidi of Second businesses and residents in Wind Cottages stressed, working, it is not helpful to the Ithaca’s West End are already “You’re obviously not going city, it is not helpful to unpaying a hidden tax” to deal to remove them, so let’s housed residents, it is not helpwith homelessness. (Photo: make [life] better for them.” ful to the community at large, Provided via Zoom) (Photo: Provided via Zoom) and does not address some of the issues that contribute to the and Michael Carpenter who has served on growing homeless encampments.” the Enfield Planning Board, both of whom City Alderperson Cynthia Brock noted own property on Cherry Street. the “pressure tacit acceptance was placing The TIDES proposal foresees a total on City personnel, including police officer, cost for construction of an encampment firefighters, building department personat just over $1 million, with just over nel,” and others, who are unsure of what $600,000 in annual staffing costs. The althey could or should do. most $2 million price tag raised eyebrows No one disputed that other efforts and concerns. However, as Teitelbaum to provide options to residents of “The noted, “local businesses and residents in Jungle,” including access to affordable Ithaca’s West End are already paying a housing at the Arthaus project on Cherry hidden tax” by having to deal with issues Street, had fallen short of expectations. arising from problems stemming from The City Alderperson George McGonigal Jungle. acknowledged: “Arthaus is not a safe place Guidi, acknowledged for his laudable right now.” past efforts on behalf of the homeless and The need for speed quickly focused his expertise in dealing with the issue, notattention on the first option from Bohn’s memo: an RFP and basing it on The Ithaca ed that “these people have been living on this land for years and years and years, and Designated Encampment Site (TIDES) nothing has ever been done. Now we want proposal. The TIDES plan was proposed to try to do something that can improve by a Volunteer Working Group consisttheir lives and get them more help…. Just ing of Brock and McGonigal from Ithaca’s pull the trigger. They're there. You’re obviCommon Council, Bohn of the IURA, Rich John and Travis Brooks of the Tomp- ously not going to remove them, so let's make [life] better for them.” kins County Legislature, Frank Kruppa Acting Mayor Lewis seemed to guardof the Tompkins County Department edly agree: “Right now we may be at a of Health, Chris Teitelbaum of St. John’s nexus point. We may have the right conCommunity Services (the agency in the stellation of people in our community to County that shelters people experiencing really take some concrete steps.” homelessness), Carmen Guidi of Second The next one of those steps is for the Wind Cottages (a Newfield-based not-forcommittee to present the issue to the full profit that provides housing for the homeCommon Council. less), and Jerry Dietz of CSP Management

occupied by two adjacent student rental houses at 403 Elmwood Avenue and 408 Dryden Road. “This is all proposed. The agency is looking at this [land] and asking for the public to comment on A street view of the proposed site of the new Collegetown Fire Station at the corner of Dryden Road and Elmwood Avenue (Photo: File) if there are any issues, and then this community will Future feedback is likely to center on make a recommendation to the IURA. Then the impact the fire station will have on the IURA will make a recommendation to what is a more residential area that that of the Common Council, and the Common Council will make the final decision. There’s the existing fire station, and how fire and rescue vehicles will navigate the notoria process involved in this, and it gives the ously crowded Collegetown roads. public the opportunity to be involved in the situation,” Nels Bohn, Director of CommuL au r a I l ioa e i nity Development at IURA, said.

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“There [are] so many legal ways to exchange cannabis…. Within our event, people are allowed to exchange cannabis in the ways that [are] legal in When asked about the situation, New York state,” McLaurin said. the OCM said that it doesn’t He feels that the goals of comment on investigations. CannaMarket actually align “Our intent when sending with the state’s goals as an out these cease and desist event that allows cannabis letters was to get unlicensed and CBD enthusiasts, farmsales to stop. We deeply ers, educators and other appreciate all recipients of people affiliated with the these letters who ceased to industries to meet up. participate in any unli“I think I think what censed sales. The Office of we're doing through the Cannabis Management’s CannaMarket is actively promoting its local pop-up events and CannaMarket supports intent is to discourage any merchandise. (Photo: CannaMarket) and highlights what New unlicensed sales, and we York State wants from the are thankful to those who legalization of cannabis. Really positive, cooperated,” Deputy Director of OCM healthy education, events, community,” Communications Aaron Ghitelman said. McLaurin said. As for the CannaMarket events, McLaurin asserted that no cannabis Julia Nagel is a reporter from The Cornell sales take place, including “sticker” sales, Daily Sun working on The Sun’s sumthough attendees could exchange marimer fellowship at The Ithaca Times. juana if they desire. contin u ed from page 5

Outdoor Productions By The Hangar And ISC Bring Welcome Relief


By Barbara Adams

atching performances outdoors in the relative cool of evening is one way to cope with this month’s insufferable heat. At the Hangar Theatre’s tented space near the marina, audiences are treated to a lively production of

Natasha, played by Chloe Castro-Santos’ Natasha is vain, willful…and charming, while Jong Sang Rheu’s Anatole is surreally smooth and manipulative. (Photo: Rachel Philipson)

Dave Malloy’s 2012 musical, “Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812.” And Ithaca Shakespeare Company, for its 20th season, returns to the lush greenery of Upper Robert H. Treman State Park with two seldom-seen works, William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Malloy’s electropop opera, adapted from a segment of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” features two ill-fated Russian aristocrats: Pierre, in the familiar Slavic role of the discontent aging intellectual, all philosophy and little action; and Natasha, a naïve, spoiled young countess, engulfed by fantasies of love. Engaged to Prince Andrey, a soldier off fighting Napoleon’s invasion, the impressionable girl falls for Anatole, a suave, handsome rake who conceals his own marriage in order to seduce her. Responsible friends and relatives intervene, of course, and Natasha, still lovestruck, is chastened, while Pierre ends up discovering the value of love on his own terms. The particular delight of this musical (ever since its inception) is how the large cast spills over the stage, down the aisles, and through the audience; under Shirley Serotsky’s direction, both movement and music convey a sense of life irrepressibly erupting. Czerton Lim’s efficient set provides a straightforward cutout of the towers and onion domes of Moscow’s skyline, with most of the stage left open for frequent dances (varied choreography by Fatima Sowe). The set’s simplicity is countered by Debra Sivigny’s striking costumes, all boots and gold braid and delicious gowns. Elizabeth M. Stewart’s lighting strings bare bulbs overhead, suggesting intimate bowers, and one dazzling chandelier stands in for the celebrated comet awing everyone in the play’s final moments. The story unfolds in a distinct sung-through narrative style: each character sings directly what he or she is right then doing or thinking. The effect is simultaneously distancing and en-

Alan Mendez’s Pierre is a genial bear of a man, complicated, reflective, escaping himself in drink. (Photo: Rachel Philipson)

gaging, and sometimes even comical (or is that just the obviousness of the script? –– as when all, writing letters, chant “In 19th century Russia, we put down in writing what’s happening in our minds”). The spirited music is a mash-up of styles and forms: heartfelt ballads, rousing folk tunes, sonorous anthems, operatic arias –– at times electronic. (Here’s pop opera for young people unfamiliar with the medium; in fact, the inexperienced Natasha, attending an opera, loudly whispers “I can’t follow the plot.”) In a funny riff on the difficulty of grasping Russian names in a large cast, Malloy’s script has the actors each introduce themselves, and their name-chant repeats, like a memory game. Vocally the actors are strong and fine; even more impressively, most are playing instruments as well (effectively handled by Chris Blisset’s musical supervision). Alan Mendez’s Pierre is a genial bear of a man, complicated, reflective, escaping himself in drink; his every song and speech demands attention. Natasha, played by Chloe Castro-Santos, is an impossible adolescent; she’s so vain and willful one wonders what everyone is so charmed by. (Also, in this production, her unruly hair could use combing; its disarray counters the notion of her innocence.) Unfortunately, the powerful, over-miked vocals left much of Natasha’s lyrics indecipherable. As Anatole, Jong Sang Rheu is surreally smooth and manipulative; his voice and trumpet both compelling. His sister, “the slut” (also the unhappy Pierre’s wife) is a gorgeously sophisticated Zoe Dongas, who lights up the stage. Equally compelling, from the opposite end of the moral spectrum, is Madelaine Vandenberg as Natasha’s loyal friend, Sonya. Her singing is exceptionally clear; her poise and sensitive acting absorbing. Contin u ed on Page 13

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raham Nash refuses to sit still. He has a new album out now, “Graham Nash: Live”, featuring some great songs, pedal steel and harmonics and a pointed arrangement of Nash’s “Chicago/ We Can Change The World” with Trump added into the mix, and he’s also just completed an untitled studio album. Nash will be bringing a stripped-down version of his show to Point of the Bluff Vineyards in Hammondsport for a 3PM concert on July 31. Nash spoke to the Ithaca Times about, among other topics, changing the world, the Everly Brothers and memories of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. IT: I just finished listening to “Graham Nash: Live”. GN: Ah. IT: Thanks for reminding me that we can change the world. Seriously. GN: Yes we can. When I was making this record, I realized how many of my songs are quite relevant even today. I mean, “Immigration Man“, and “Chicago” and “We Can Change The World” and “Military Madness”. It’s so sad that we have not learned from history. IT: Americans seem to need to hear that message a lot. [laughs] I know this isn’t your first rodeo, but what was the process of picking the songs and the performances? GN: For the show? Well, there’s two things going on: the show, obviously, and the live album that’s out right now. And I’ve just finished work on a new studio record, which I’m very excited about. So there’s three things we’re talking about. IT: Let’s talk about the show in Hammondsport. GN: Yes, Hammondsport. What an interesting name. Why not? I mean, it’s coming up soon. I’ll be doing some songs from “Graham Nash: Live” because some of those songs, I’ve never even played live before. But the show will just be me and Shayne Fontayne (Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter) on guitar and Todd Caldwell on keyboards. [It’s] a stripped-down show, very intimate and personal.

Graham Nash plans a stripped down, very intimate show in Hammondsport. (Photo: Provided)

IT: I love It when you get country. GN: Yeah, I don’t know where that comes from in me. I’m from the north of England, I have no idea. [laughs] Who wouldn’t love The Everly Brothers? I just did a wonderful thing for one of the last releases that Don Everly was working on, and I sang “So Sad” with Christopher Stills, who is Stephen’s son. We did a wonderful version of it. IT: Boy, that’s surreal, when you’ve moved on to the next generation. GN: I know. [laughs] IT: There’s these new venues, like wineries and cideries that are producing big shows and attracting acts like yours. Have you ever been to Point of the Bluff Wineries before? GN: No, and I’m lookin’ forward to seein’ it. I mean, I’ve played a lot of places in my life, but I really like new places. I’m liking these more intimate shows. They’re more personal, they’re more intimate, and I can see my audience’s faces, and I really love that. I mean, when you’re singing “Guinevere” with one microphone and one acoustic guitar and two voices for half a million people at Woodstock, y’know, that’s a lot of people. I like playing for smaller places. There’s more contact with the audience. IT: When it’s that many people at Woodstock, is there a disconnect? GN: No, ‘cause we try and always reach the last row. I mean, that’s what we’re always conscious of doing when we have people of that kind of volume. IT: I had the pleasure of interviewing Judy Collins earlier this year. Can you remember anything about when Stephen Stills played “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” for the first time? GN: Absolutely. I have some photographs in my new book that I put out Contin u ed on Page 13

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In other roles, Trevor Lindley Craft does a nice turn as stony Andrey and also his father, the dyspeptic old Prince Bolkonsky. Among the dancers, Daniel Mejil stands out for his expressive presence and form. And head guitarist Chris Blisset, as Balaga, the lord of all revels, is the life force personified; I haven’t seen bouncing joy like this onstage since “Fiddler.” As it turns out, Natasha and Pierre were both looking for love in all the wrong places; refer to Tolstoy for the rest of their story. Meanwhile, the Hangar’s production offers much light-hearted diversion. ● ● ●

Under the dramatically shedding sycamores of Upper Treman Park, Ithaca Shakespeare Company’s large wooden platform invites audiences on all four sides. But staging in the round (or in this case, the square) is challenging; in “Antony and Cleopatra,” directed by Stephen Ponton, I only saw the queen’s back as she died, and two figures blocked Mark Antony’s death, as well as other key moments. Another disadvantage was only being able to hear about two-thirds of the speeches distinctly (and even from the front row, often straining to hear that much). Effective miking is admittedly difficult and expensive, and choosing to present plays in the round complicates the matter. In the company’s previous venues in other local parks over the years, conventional proscenium staging allowed actors to be seen and heard far more successfully. And this is Shakespeare, after all –– we can eke out the story, but finally, we’ve come for the language. In “Antony and Cleopatra,” Pompey and his attendants were entirely inaudible. That said, two key characters were not only distinct but marvelously acted: NYC-based Andrew Ryan Perry as Antony and Will DeVary as ambitious Octavian, the new Caesar. Both men inhabited their roles thoroughly, in every gesture and expression; the struggle between these two historical titans truly MUSIC contin u ed from page 12

a month ago. There’s three portraits of Stephen when we’re actually listening to the first playback of what we did with the song. Yeah, I remember the first time ever Stephen played it for me, I thought it was from Mars! I had no idea that, you know, someone could take four individual pieces of music that are in different keys and

Andrew Ryan Perry and Holly Adams as the tragic lovers Antony and Cleopatra. (Photo: Stephen Ponton)

Lucetta (Miranda Bianchi) and Julia (Carolyn Best) in Two Gentlemen of Verona. (Photo: Stephen Ponton)

came alive. Their conviction was so powerful that they carried the action through uneven minor performances. Louise Montgomery’s Lepidus had presence, and Lloyd Harris proved a worthy follower to Antony. But Holly Adams’s Cleopatra felt misconceived: Yes, Shakespeare’s Egyptian queen progresses from flighty to majestic, but that doesn’t warrant playing her as a mugging spoiled teenager. Here she’s seldom fascinating and regal enough to captivate Anthony, and though far more convincing in the final scenes, her voice drops then too low to be completely heard. Cleopatra’s stature demanded a long gown, but otherwise Elizabeth Kitney’s plain white linen costumes served adequately, with Antony’s leather armor particularly impressive. Throughout, vivid battles alternate with lovers’ intimacies, reinforcing, as the Bard intended, how the personal life affects the public. Chris Nickerson’s direction of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” offers a more evenly acted show, opening each act with pleasing Renaissance music and song. Staging is well paced and creative, all lively action thoroughly visible. But speaking in four directions takes its toll here as well: For nearly every actor, when their back is to you, the voice disappears. (Imagine reading this page with a quarter of the words randomly blacked out. Frustrating.) In this early work, Shakespeare introduces themes and tropes that will reappear in later plays –– gender disguises, friend-

ship and betrayal, exile and forgiveness, the excesses of young love. Two friends end up at odds: Valentine (Jack Hopkins) counts on Proteus (Dexter Conlin) to support his love for the Duke’s daughter Sylvia (Joan Raube-Wilson). But Proteus, who’s already wooed Julia (Carolyn Best), is so smitten with his friend’s beloved that he pursues her himself, most ruthlessly. As the lovers, these four young actors are attractive, engaging, and dynamic, well-matched to loft this comedy. Dave Dietrich ably plays the Duke and Bob Arco the foolish fop Thurio, who thinks he has a chance with Sylvia. But Sylvia (she whom all the swains commend, if you recall) proves to be most upright (and a protofeminist at that). More humor is provided by two servants, the witty Speed (Jorin Clougherty) and the literal Lance (Mike Chen), but alas, their projection is too often low. Only Lance’s hound, Crab, ever patient, steals the show with his silence.

different rhythms, and puttin’ ‘em together into one song. And it was an amazing thing for him to get to the end of that song the very first time he played it for me. It was an amazing feeling. IT: And the average music listener hears that song on the radio and has no idea how complex it is. They just love the song. GN: Yeah, just the song. But you know what, the truth is, when we got to the end

of it, and I took those pictures of Stephen listening to our first playback, I said, “What do ya think?” He said, “Well, I’m not sure we got it.” I said, “Really?” He said, “Yeah, let’s do it all again.” And we re-recorded all seven and a half minutes of it. And we got to the end of the second take and I said, “Okay, how do you feel about it now, Stephen?” And he said, “Well, maybe we did get it the first time. That’s the better take.” And that’s the one we used.

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’ve never seen a film like Phil Tippett’s “Mad God” (Shudder, 2021, 83 minutes) and I may never again. It’s the damnedest thing: you could show “Mad God” to 17 people, like the opening night screening at Cinemapolis I attended in July, ask each person what the film was about, and you might get 17 different views on the film that are all valid. No wrong answers. “Mad God” is like a Ray Harryhausen tour of hell. An enigmatic emissary gets dropped into an apocalyptic landscape to look around and investigate. He’s captured and put on an operating table where he’s opened up and eviscerated. Depending on your point of view, the emissary is reanimated by a mad scientist and sent back on his mission, or he’s been replaced. I wouldn’t say that “Mad God” follows the classic Hollywood narrative, but once you give yourself over and immerse yourself, there is a story that drives the film. And even though “Mad God” boasts the lushest, technically advanced stop-motion animation you’ve ever seen, the film does have actual human actors in it. “Mad God” feels pretty unique and yet, there are echoes of the Brothers Quay, the gnarlier aspects of “Robot Chicken,” and for some reason, I was getting a real “12 Monkeys” (1995) vibe from the movie. You might not recognize Phil Tippett’s name, but you’ve seen his expert stop-motion work in the “Star Wars” series, “Piranha” (1978) and “Starship Troopers” (1997), among many other sci-fi classics. “Mad God” has been Tippett’s passion project for more than 30 years. He animated three minutes of the film when he was working on “RoboCop 2” (1990). Finally, he got hip to Kickstarter and raised $250,000 and there were sporadic bursts of production over the years. Tippett still has most of his models and figures, and thanks to collectors like Guillermo del Toro, every time he sold one of his pieces for, say, $60,000, he put that money into shooting more “Mad God” scenes. Besides live screenings, it’s streaming on Shudder. I love it. ● ● ●

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“Mad God” is a stop-motion passion project (Photo: Provided)

(Disney-Marvel, 2022, 120 minutes). I’m seeing it tonight.” All I said was, “It’s fun. Everything they set up in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ pays off really nicely.” He grinned and got on his way. Taika Waititi’s movie feels like six different movies, all but one hilarious, and it’s a pleasure watching it all coalesce. I’m not sure that Christian Bale as the latest big bad is well established but then again, I said the same thing about Cate Blanchett in “Thor: Ragnarok” and it’s one of my favorite MCU movies. I really didn’t like the first two MCU “Thor” movies, but I did notice that Chris Hemsworth was a lot more fun as a flavor in the “Avengers” stew. Bringing in Waititi and a welcome turn to comedy was a smart move and yes, “Love and Thunder” builds on stuff we all loved last time, and even brings back thespian Matt Damon and the other Asgard players for an adroit recap of the past. (Wait until you see who plays Cate Blanchett.) I also dug Waititi’s return as Korg, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, now keeping the village of Asgard safe, and any number of other callbacks. “Love and Thunder” brings back Natalie Portman as Jane Foster for the first time since “Thor: The Dark World” for the film’s emotional center, and two different characters mistakenly refer to her as Jane Fonda and Jodie Foster. Russell Crowe shows up as Zeus, talking in a Chico Marx “tootsie-frootsie” accent. I don’t know why he’s doing it, but he’s doing it, and it’s fun. ● ● ●

“Mad God” is streaming on Shudder. “Thor: Love and Thunder” is playing at Regal Stadium 14. RIP Composer Monty Norman (the “James Bond Theme”) Read BVC’s interview with Corey Rosen, vice president of creative Marketing at Tippett Studios, at Ithaca.com.


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eri Blakinger, is the author of Corrections in Ink: A Memoir, which traces her struggle with bulimia, a heroin addiction, prison life, and eventually graduating from Cornell. Blakinger, an Ithaca Times as well as Cornell alum, is currently a staff writer for the Marshal Project and covers prisons and jails. Blakinger, who was in town for a talk at Buffalo Street Books, spoke with the Ithaca Times about racism and privilege. IT: Talk about your experiences as a white women who was incarcerated for two years. KB: I think one of the really insidious things about white privilege is that it’s often so hard to definitively point to individual instances of it, situations where everyone can agree a given police encounter or disciplinary ticket or prosecution would have gone differently. That makes it easy for some people to deny that privilege exists—except perhaps in the most egregious cases. But I think that’s usually not the right way to think about privilege, and it’s easier to see when you step back and look at it in the aggregate. For instance, instead of wondering how much race impacted the outcome of my 2010 arrest and prosecution, I can step back and reasonably see all the ways it impacted my life before that—all the police encounters that could have gone differently and resulted in a longer criminal record going into that arrest in 2010. With a longer record, I could have qualified for a longer sentence and done more time for the same crime. IT: How were you able to write when you knew the guards might at any time confiscate your belongings? KB: Every few days, I would mail pages of my journal to people in the free world— friends or, usually, family. That way I never had too many pages on me at once. While that helped keep my writing from being confiscated or destroyed, it also meant that I could never look back. So it wasn’t until I got out and put everything together into a book that I really got a sense of how I’d changed over time.

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IT: Can you explain the second chance you earned? KB: It’s so funny to be answering this question for the Ithaca Times because I think I was at the Ithaca Times the first time that I addressed it publicly in writing—in an essay for the Washington Post somewhere around 2015 called “Heroin addiction sent me to prison. White privilege got me out and to the Ivy League.” I’m not sure I can explain it here better than I did then. IT: How do you respond to people who feel there is no racial bias in our society or in the justice system? KB: People making this claim in 2022 are not making it in good faith. I’m not sure that there’s great value in arguing with people who just deny racial bias altogether — to me it seems more fruitful to engage with folks who might at least agree it exists, but just have a different view about severity of it. IT: What can people do for inmates who are incarcerated? KB: For me, at least, time passed a little more quickly—or a little smoother, at least—when I had books to read. There are so many things we can do for people behind bars, but I think one of the easiest entry points is buying books. If you know someone in prison, you can find out the regulations about sending them books. Or if you don’t, you can donate to prison book projects across the country, which help send free reading to people behind bars.


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7/27 Wednesday Newfield Music Series at Mill Park: Home Remedy | 6 p.m. | Mill Park | Free

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The High Kings | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St

Jesse Collins Quartet - Outdoor Summer Concert Series at Brooktondale Community Center | 1 p.m. Taughannock Falls Concert Series: Gunpoets | 7 p.m. | Taughannock Falls State Park, 1740 Taughannock Blvd | Free

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Homer Summer Concert Series: M3 | 7 p.m. | Village Green | Free

Acoustic Brew | Hosmer Winery | 1 p.m. Joe Lule | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road | Free Cider Sunday Concert Series: Travis Durfee| 1 p.m. | Finger Lakes Cider House, 4017 Hickok Road

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7/31 Sunday Deer Tick | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St

8/2 Tuesday Andrew Bird | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road The Happy Together Tour Featuring The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, The Buckinghams, The Vogues, and The Cowsills, | | Tag’s Summer Stage

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8/4 Thursday Skaneateles Festival: The Brass Project & David Higgs | 8 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church, 97 E Genesee St. | $30.00 - $40.00

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Skaneateles Festival: Maxim Lando; Xian Zhang, conductor; and the Festival Orchestra | 8 p.m. | Anyela’s Vineyard, 2433 West Lake Road | $40.00 - $60.00

8/7 Sunday Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic | | Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Road

8/9 Tuesday Dashboard Confessional w/ Andrew McMahon | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road

Stage Ithaca Shakespeare presents: Antony and Cleopatra | 6 p.m., 7/27, 7/29, & 7/31 Wed/Fri/Sun | Robert H. Treman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd. | The very first play that ISC performed outdoors, 20 years ago! A continuation and expansion of the story begun in Julius Caesar, this epic love story spans two continents and the rise of the Roman Empire, but is dominated by one of Shakespeare’s most complex and fascinating women. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 | 7:30 p.m., 7/27 Wednesday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy Transport yourself to Imperial Russia, during the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Last weekend! (Thru 7/31.) Ithaca Shakespeare presents: The Two Gentlemen of Verona | 6 p.m., 7/28 & 7/30 Thurs & Sat | Robert H. Treman State Park, 105 Enfield Falls Rd. | A play that ISC has never produced in any form -- a sparkling romantic comedy featuring smart

Stewart Park, Ithaca | Movies in Stewart Park is back beginning this Friday! The Tompkins Chamber presents this family-friendly series, showing five FREE community movies on Friday nights in the summer. Kicking off this season is the classic adventure and tale of friendship and perseverance. (Photo: Facebook)









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Art A Gathering: From Baskets to Brownstones by Elizabeth Wickenden McMahon | | Kendal Gallery , 2230 Triphammer Rd. | A mid-career retrospective by Elizabeth Wickenden McMahon that brings together works that stretch across different years and different media, and between representation and abstraction. A common theme emerges, each work explores the energetic interplay of spontaneity and structure. | Free New Members’ Show | 12 p.m., 7/28 Thursday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 W State St #2 | New Members’ Show at State of the art Gallery: Carol Spence and Vincent Joseph Andrew Paine: New And Recent Paintings. | 5 p.m., 7/29 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | Free “ESSENCE” Art Exhibit | 5 p.m., 7/29 Friday | The Cherry Gallery, 130 Cherry St | The Cherry Arts presents Essence, a collaborative art exhibition featuring the elaborate masks, prints, and performative works | Free Common Thread Invitational | 11 a.m., 7/30 Saturday | corners gallery, 903 HANSHAW RD | Common Thread Invitational showcases work by five contemporary artists working in fiber and textiles. Tanglewood Nature Center comes to the Newfield Public Library | 3:30 p.m., 8/2 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main Street | Tanglewood Nature Center comes to the Newfield Public Library Tuesday, August 2 3:30 pm with a program on saving the oceans, exploring with a mermaid and a sea turtle with

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Film Cinemapolis 120 E. Green St., Ithaca July 29- August 3, 2022. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first. * Fire of Love* | Katia and Maurice Kraff t loved two things — each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they lost their lives in a 1991 volcanic explosion, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world. | 93 mins NR Vengeance* | The directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak is a darkly comic thriller about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with. With an ensemble cast that includes Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron, and Dove Cameron.| 94 mins R Marcel the Shell with Shoes On | A beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners. | 89 mins PG Nope | The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery. The latest film from Jordan Peele, with Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea . | 135 mins R Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris | A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. | 92 mins PG Where the Crawdads Sing | From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. 125 mins PG-13

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Newfield Central School, Main St. | Enjoy the quaint village of Newfield’s annual celebration of community. Featuring concerts, carnival games, fireworks, a parade, along with lots of food and fun for the entire family. This year’s theme is “Music in Motion.” (Photo: Facebook)

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Service Stability Strength Secrets of the Library: Every Picture Tells a Story - Children’s Writing Workshop with Anne Mazer | 1:30 p.m., 7/30 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

Route 90 Garage Sale | 9 a.m., 7/30 Saturday | The annual 50 mile Route 90 Garage Sale takes on a festival atmosphere each year as friends, family members and the occasional family dog go searching for surprises.

Comic Book Club | 6:45 p.m., 8/2 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

Run to the Summit Trail Fest at Greek Peak | 7/31 Sunday | Greek Peak Mountain Resort, 2000 Rt. 392 | Trail festival at Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Hosting an uphill challenge, 5k loop, 10k loop, and mountain mash-ups (uphill challenge plus 5k or 10k loops).

Books S.T.E.A.M. Book Club: The London Eye Mystery | 3:45 p.m., 7/27 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

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Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County -Indoor Meal Service | 12 p.m., 7/27 Wednesday | St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Cayuga St. | Free hot meals are served every weekday. Lunch: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12 noon -1:00 pm. Dinner: Tuesday, Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm. Interested in volunteering? email info@loaves.org, or go to www.loaves. org. All are Welcome! | Free

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Book Club | 5 p.m., 8/3 Wednesday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | Join us to discuss A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. New members are always welcome!

Kids Meet an Entomologist! | 11 a.m., 7/28 Thursday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | Do you have a question about insects? Ask an expert! Toddler & Preschool Music | 11 a.m., 7/28 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Circus Culture Workshop for Kids | 1 p.m., 7/28 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Tween Board Game Club | 3 p.m., 7/28 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 7/27 Wednesday | Farmers Market, Hector St. |

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Storytime with Jae | 10 a.m., 7/29 Friday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 Main St | At 10am every Friday in June and July, join Jae, the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library’s Storytime Facilitator, for several fun activities and a craft! Summer Baby Storytime | 10:30 a.m., 7/29 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Get up close with a roach! | 10 a.m., 7/29 Friday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | Get ready to ‘bug out’ and get up close with a roach! Join us on Fridays at 10am in July and August to meet-andgreet a cockroach and learn about this incredible insect! Arthropod or Insect Tour | 1:30 p.m., 7/29 Friday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | Crawl around the Museum on an arthropod or insect tour this summer! These ‘ANTastic’ tours will be on Fridays at 1:30pm in July and August. Movies in Stewart Park: The Goonies | 7 p.m., 7/29 Friday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr | Tompkins Chamber, in collaboration with Serendipity Catering, presents Movies in the Park, showing five free community movies this summer at Stewart Park. We welcome families and kids of all ages! So, grab your

blankets or chairs, enjoy dinner or a snack while the sunsets and the movie beings! | Free 4-H Youth Fair Family Fun Day | 9 a.m., 7/30 Saturday | 4-H Acres | For a week in July each year, 4-H members in Tompkins County have an opportunity to share and showcase their projects at an entirely youth-run event, the 4-H Youth Fair. | Free Animal Encounters! at Cayuga Nature Center | 12 p.m., 7/31 Sunday | Join us in the courtyard at noon to learn all about the Cayuga Nature Center’s animal ambassadors! Secrets of the Library: Every Picture Tells a Story - Children’s Writing Workshop with Anne Mazer | 1:30 p.m., 7/30 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Art Mondays! | 2 p.m., 8/1 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | ‘Bee’ sure to join us at the Museum this summer to create insect themed arts and crafts! This drop in activity will be happening on Mondays at 2pm in July and August. LEGO Build Night for Families | 5 p.m., 8/2 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street |

Red Cross Blood Drive | 12 p.m., 7/29 Friday | The Shops at Ithaca Mall, 40 Catherwood Rd. | Be kind and become a blood donor! Donate in July for chance to win a Shark Week merch package thanks to Discovery! Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make your appointment today!

Sunset Boat Cruise on Cayuga Lake at Allan H. Treman Marine State Park at 1000 Allan H. Treman Park Rd. , Ithaca, NY 14850 | 7 p.m., 7/28 Thursday | Come aboard the comfortable and spacious MV Teal for a 1.5-Hour Sunset Cruise on Cayuga Lake.


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