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he Town of Enfield will consider a potential Tompkins County Sheriff Department satellite office at its Nov. 13 Town Board meeting. The proposal, as it currently stands, would utilize the town’s old Highway garage as the office. The space has been reviewed by Derek Osborne, the county sheriff, as well as Enfield’s county representatives in the Tompkins County Legislature Dave McKenna and Anne Koreman, who all agreed that the space would be a suitable spot. While the final vote would take place Nov. 13, public comments are welcome for submission until Nov. 6, either by written submission sent to 168 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or by emailing Comments will also be heard at the Nov. 6 Town Board meeting, which will be held at the Enfield Community Building at 182 Enfield Main Road. According to a press release from the Town of Enfield, the office would be used to handle call loads Enfield and the west side of Ithaca. The goals of the proposal are listed as: reducing response times, building a relationship with law enforcement through school and community engagement, potential decrease in crime and increase safety and emergency response in the Towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses. Enfield Town Supervisor Beth McGee said she assumes that one officer would report to the new location, using it as a headquarters of sorts while patrolling. As for costs, McGee said they don’t anticipate there being much long-term spending dedicated to opening the office beyond paying for heat, and that Enfield has not proposed charging rent from the Sheriff ’s Office. Barring something unexpected, she said there doesn’t appear to be any potential costs that would outweigh the benefits.


Tompkins County District Attorney Matt van Houten and Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor. (Photo by Casey Martin)

IPD Presser

After charge dismissal, law enforcement addresses Commons arrests


ompkins County District Attorney Matt van Houten and Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor sat before a small crowd of journalists and police officers on Oct. 9, giving their most extensive comments on the arrests of Cadji Ferguson and Rose DeGroat, which have stirred controversy since they occurred in early April. Ferguson and DeGroat were both arrested during an altercation on the Commons late at night on April 6; Ferguson was fighting with another person on the Commons, while DeGroat tried to protect him from police when they arrived to arrest him. Both were charged for their roles, though Ferguson was subsequently acquitted on misdemeanor charges, and DeGroat’s charges were recently dismissed by a Tompkins County judge.

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Van Houten has been criticized by the public throughout the incident, partially fueled by allegations of racism and brutality by police officers during the incident. He said initially he wanted to take a restorative justice path, which would have likely involved no charges but some form of apology or accountability from Ferguson and DeGroat. But when it was revealed during trial that Ferguson had initially misled police, saying that the individual he fought had groped Ferguson’s female friend before testifying to the contrary, van Houten said he didn’t think restorative justice was enough. “At no point was it my goal or desire for either of these young individuals to be criminalized or incarcerated as a result of this proceeding,” van Houten said. “What I did want for them to do is accept

responsibility for their actions.” He continued that he doesn’t feel as if either DeGroat or Ferguson did take responsibility for their actions during the incident. The conference did serve to clear up some of the confusing portions of the case, some that have lingered for several months, like why DeGroat’s charges were initially felonies, then dropped down to misdemeanors, then taken to a grand jury, which led to the charges being re-upped to felonies. “Initially, I made a decision that I probably made too quickly, and I accept that,” van Houten said. “I thought about it more, and my realization was that the fairest way to determine what level of charges should be applied was to present the case to a grand jury.” They joined the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the local police department’s union representation, in commenting on the case since the judge’s decision to dismiss the charges; the PBA did not support the dismissal. The judge, continued on page 7

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Waterfront Changes

Carpenter Business Park development plans paused by Planning Committee


uring their Oct. 9 meeting, the Planning and Economic Development Committee reviewed the Planned Unit Development (P.U.D.) for the Carpenter Business Park development.

have at least 20 percent of the development be affordable housing; with the affordable housing building making up 40 of the 215 total units, the project currently sits at 19.5 percent. The development will come back

surface parking, a topic that’s commonly a concern for aesthetic and space reasons. “I realize that some amount of parking is necessary for residents and commercial uses, but a large surface parking lot was not the vision we had for this area when we approved the Waterfront zoning,” Murtagh said. “I’m also concerned about the parking directly in front of the building, where the retail uses are proposed. Many of the people I represent on Common Council won’t be driving to this building; they will be walking or biking, and I think it’s important to make sure that the space

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The project has generally been met with community support, though there has been some back and forth about the future of the Ithaca Community Gardens and how it factors into the site. However, members of the committee had some concerns as to how the project will proceed in future. Several of the committee members wanted to revise the PUD to ensure the affordable housing building on the site would definitely be built. Currently, the building is contingent upon winning a specialized grant. Members of the committee noted that Ithaca’s need for affordable housing has driven this, urging that the project include affordable housing regardless of winning the grant or not. Committee member Cynthia Brock remarked that the purpose of a PUD is to go beyond the zoning requirements and state from the beginning what the public benefits of development are. Planning Department Director JoAnn Cornish pointed out that if the development was looking to get a tax break through CIITAP, (Community Investment Incentive Tax Abatement Program), one of the requirements is to

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The Carpenter Business Park proposal is being held while the Planning Committee and developers try to ensure the affordable housing component is fulfilled regardless of funding.

before the committee during their Nov. 13 meeting. Committee member Laura Lewis wanted to know about what the developer, Whitham Planning and Design, was doing in terms of a traffic study. Designer Yamila Fournier informed Lewis that the traffic study will be done in conjunction with another Whitham Planning and Design project nearby, the City Harbor mixed use development, proposed for the Waterfront. Since both projects will increase the traffic on Route 13, the commissioned traffic study will look into how both projects will affect the already heavily trafficked corridor. During a previous combined meeting of the Planning Board and Common Council, there have been some concerns expressed over the amount of parking spaces in the development. In a joint meeting of the two agencies, Planning Committee Chair Seph Murtagh spoke about some of his concerns about the overall

is inviting not just to cars, but to pedestrians and bicyclists as well.” Murtagh did note, though, this was a project worth pursuing due to the addition of the affordable housing building, a permanent home for the community gardens and a new downtown medical clinic. At the same meeting, Lewis also noted this development has worked to incorporate and address community concerns. “This is an exciting development that will bring a medical facility downtown as well as much needed housing. Of particular interest to me are the 42 units of affordable housing,” Lewis said. “The development team has done a good job of seeking input from residents. [...] I’m also very pleased with the agreement that’s been reached with the Community Gardens, making that space more secure into the future.” E dw i n J. Vi er a


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Thumbs Up - We don’t think there was a ton of exposition or explanation at the joint press conference last week, but at the very least it was good to see Tompkins County District Attorney Matt van Houten and Ithaca police chief Dennis Nayor appear to give their side of the story about what happened on the Commons on April 6, when Cadji Ferguson and Rose de Groat were both arrested (both have now been cleared). Thumbs Down - The Cornell Republicans invited former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to speak on their campus on Nov. 4 free of charge. His reception will be interesting to watch. He’s a Republican, which puts him at a disadvantage with the general public around here, but he’s also not Donald Trump -- will that give him any cushion? Anyway, he’s a union buster, so he can kick rocks.

Housing Grant

Tompkins County affordable housing gets $900K and an Attorney General visit


ew York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that Tompkins County will be the recipient of a $900,000 grant in the second round of the Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative. The announcement was made at a press conference on Oct. 10 outside of 210 Hancock Street, one of the city’s most well-known affordable housing developments. “By providing Tompkins County with this grant, we’re opening the door to solutions for a problem that affects many families and individuals – a lack of safe, decent and affordable housing opportunities,” James said. “Our mission is to help communities develop solutions that meet local housing needs and revitalize neighborhoods.” According to a press release, the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) Community Land Trust (CLT) will receive the grant and will put the money towards “funds to support two developments that will result in the creation of 18 new affordable homes.” In addition, INHS will “establish working capital revolving funds to be used for land acquisition” and will use the grant for “outreach to educate and engage potential homebuyers for homes on the CLT.” “Today, we are honored to be one of

the Community Land Trust programs awarded funds from the CLT Capacity Building Initiative,” Johanna Anderson, Executive Director of INHS, said at the press conference. “This infusion of funding from the Attorney General’s office will allow INHS to significantly increase the number of affordable, quality, homes it can provide in Tompkins County.” The grant is a continuation of the 2017 Community Land Trust Initiative, which is a program created by the Office of the New York Attorney General and Enterprise Community Partners to support the formation of six community land trusts in the state. “CLTs give neighborhood residents the power to decrease displacement, ensure permanent affordability and, most importantly, make decisions about development in their own communities,” Judi Kende, Vice President of Enterprise Community Partners and New York Market Leader, said in the press release. “This round of funding will deepen that work by supporting even more CLTs and expanding opportunities for local stakeholders to play an active role in revitalizing and preserving communities across New York.” Mayor Svante Myrick said county-level officials deserve the credit for their work, thanking Tompkins County Legislature

Seen - Check out our website for more details, but looks like a pedestrian was bitten by a dog in a laundromat last week. Obviously, protocol at that point is to find the dog and examine it for rabies, so keep your eyes out for a dog descrbied as “being brown and black, resembling a larger beagle with graying on the face.”

Attorney General Letitia James addresses the crowd, accompanied by Johanna Anderson of INHS, Mayor Svante Myrick and county and state representatives. (Photo by Casey Martin)

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Chair Martha Robertson, who was also in attendance. “This effort today has nothing to do with the city at all,” Myrick said. “This effort is all about the county, the county legislature, the hard work they did and INHS.” “Affordable homeownership is key to the long-term stability and the wellbeing of our community, and Tompkins County warmly thanks Enterprise Community Partners for this wonderful opportunity to expand the supply of affordable forsale homes,” Robertson said in the press release. “We’re delighted to congratulate INHS on receiving this award, and thrilled to work with INHS staff to help make it happen. Through the Community Housing Trust, these homes will remain affordable for residents today and in generations to come.” In addition to Tompkins County, the grant awards a total of $7.8 million to nine cities and counties throughout New York State, ranging between $100,000 and $1,1000,000 for each region. The grantees include the cities of Albany, Buffalo, New York, Rochester and Schenectady, as well as Broome, Nassau and Suffolk counties.


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

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ommon Council restricted zoning on West State St. only a few years after the urban core was up-zoned; something cities do to inspire development and change. Last week Common Council members voted and passed (6-3) as resolution to downzone State Street on grounds for preserving architectural character. They voted to allow for less stories and area. While the lesser zoning does not protect any existing building from demolition. While many community members voiced opposition to reducing allowable height and size of new construction. While the Mayor shared voices of opposition from business owners. While some council members opposed the change with clear reason that the move is regressive, counter to initiatives for housing and sustainability, because the vote discourages growth in the urban core. Because “By welcoming more people into our city, we’re giving our restaurants, shops and bars the base they need to thrive.” The City of Ithaca is a sanctuary city. A safe haven for refugees who are fleeing economic collapse and violence. It’s humane in a world that feels divided. Where the archetypes of division have taken a foothold. This welcoming act was an important designation for Ithaca. We

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represent diversity and cultural affluence. Something unique brought into Central New York by the universities. Ithaca takes a moral high road as a community. Our own acceptance of differences and strong values for a just world take the forefront in debate. When the Republican congressman who calls Ithacans the “extreme left” visits, our town hall meetings are filled with signs declaring “health care for all.” No one is left out. While we open our arms to the world, we shut our doors to those who want to live here. While we tout ourselves as a sanctuary city, we don’t have a lot of tolerance for more people to live here or for change and the things that won’t fit in. Ithaca has another face that manifests itself in the ongoing battle around housing and development. The City of Ithaca has worked diligently for decades to prohibit and prevent growth. That sounds ridiculous with the ornaments of construction happening around town but look close. Over time, Ithaca has limited housing and density through restrictive policies to control and limit occupancy and change with an acute focus on rental

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his is part of an actual U.S. military IQ test that was scientifically developed to determine suitability for service. I’m not making this up. See how you do: Which of the following is spineless, transparent and can eat and discard waste from the same aperture? ❍ A box jellyfish ❍ A Republican U.S. Senator Which of the following is an Ithaca-based employment bulwark that keeps our roads stocked with New Jersey roadhogs and our restaurants full of paying customers? It’s also on a hill. ❍ Ithaca College ❍ Cornell Which of the following is going up into the sky without control, causing justifiable distress to the very young? ❍ The National Debt ❍ An untethered helium-filled mylar Spongebob balloon Which of the following is an entity that the Commander-in-Chief has defecated upon and unceremoniously disposed of as soon as it could do him no more good? Also, didn’t help us on D-Day. ❍ The Kurdish people ❍ President Trump’s Depends Which of the following has cracked down mercilessly on all criticism of the Chinese government on the streets of Hong Kong? ❍ The Chinese government ❍ The National Basketball Association Which of the following is a place where a person could conceivably live out the rest of his/her/their life without ever having to leave? ❍ Wegmans ❍ Australia Which of the following can’t be ignored forever? ❍ Climate change ❍ A Congressional subpoena Which is the slow-flowing, debris-clogged passageway? ❍ The Cayuga Inlet ❍ North Fulton Street at 5:00 PM Which just won’t seem to go away? ❍ Chronic bronchitis ❍ The Lori Loughlin saga Which one is a legendary American circus performer who plays the role of the Sad Clown? ❍ Emmett Kelly ❍ Rudy Giuliani Which of the following is losing its value quicker than Bernie can say “myocardial infarction”? ❍ A share of JUUL stock ❍ Florida Keys real estate Which is a crumbling, toxic edifice of dubious historic value that generates a lot of controversy? ❍ The old Morse Chain Works ❍ Mitch McConnell Which is the unstable element in which the binding energy is not strong enough to hold the nucleus together and has a half-life of approximately 100 days? ❍ Fermium. ❍ The Trump Presidency. Hard, isn’t it? Check your answers at If you were able to correctly identify half or more of these things and you are between the ages of 17 and 64, please head over to the recruiting station on Triphammer Road. We’re going to need you in Northern Syria pretty soon.

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housing. Even in the recent development boom, the residential areas have experienced relatively small amounts of new construction and increased populations. The single family neighborhoods worked hard to draw the boundaries and minimize the growth within and closest to their neighborhood. Already exercised in those residential neighborhoods are occupancy laws based on familial status and parking requirements that are framed to reduce density. Yes, we have allowed for development, but in very specific areas of the city. More so, we have employed housing regulations, we have formed neighborhood groups, we passed legislature with bias against renters, and we have worked to tighten the belt on the city zoning. This debate and divide in Ithaca may not articulate itself with a voice of discrimination, but the meeting minutes are profane with resentment for renters and the idea of change. The P&EDC meeting last week reviewed In-Fill regulations in the city. In-Fill allows construction of secondary structures on a parcel if its large enough. Explicitly, committee members cited the wording of restrictions as important to prevent developers from sweeping in and building a bunch of rentals. Last year’s vote from Common Council halting South Hill In-Fill development was made on the same grounds of concern, yet the motion was regressive for more than half of the residents in the neighborhood. The South Hill R2b zone has an owner occupancy of only 26%. The policy was created by and for the minority of homeowners with impacts on the majority who are renters. It also set a precedent that zoning has a short shelf life and certain types of development will not be tolerated because renters could live there. Or it won’t fit in. Ithaca is using limited housing development as a tool to equip its only defense against a character of change and household differences. The overall intention of COMMONS ARRESTS Contin u ed From Page 3

John C. Rowley, dismissed the case in the interest of “the furtherance of justice,” also claiming that Ithaca police officers overreacted to the initial situation and did not try to defuse things first before their “aggressively forceful” arrest of Ferguson. Rowley’s decision seemed to directly contradict the findings of an internal investigation by IPD that found no wrongdoing by the officers involved in the incident, especially as Rowley also stated that the initial use of a taser on Ferguson wasn’t justified and that he found the testimony of one IPD officer, named “Officer Herz” in Rowley’s writings, to be untrue or misleading on certain main points. Nayor wouldn’t directly address the judge’s decision, but did offer the following commentary on the difference between

these measures is protection from more students, more people and too much difference from what it is/what it has been. The same regulations for protection and prevention have created more harm than good. Housing costs go up and up, traffic congestion goes up, and the overarching goals for economic resiliency and environmental sustainability become completely infeasible. Protectionist zoning based on nurturing of these constituent concerns is creating unaffordable exclusivity. Rubbing salt in the wounds is the ironic idea that this is the very same rental market that helped Ithaca economically flourish over the past century, become a city of notable and interesting character, and be resilient to the Great Recession. Stasis did not foster resilience. And fitting in is not how Ithaca grew into a unique character. Downtown Ithaca and Collegetown used to look different. Downtown was once tall and busy. It even flourished with 11 active theaters. The West End had a passenger train station where once upon a time there was a swamp. Collegetown was notably smaller and shorter. It was a place locals actually shopped and convened in bars because it was part of Ithaca. A lot has changed. It’s hard to distinguish what from those eras we are trying to embrace now during more transition. We haven’t built walls, we welcome refugees with hope, but our zoning map has forged distinct lines of difference. Zoning is used to guide and outline boundaries for continuity in development design and use. Zoning also allows some freedom inside those boundaries, intending to be impartial as long as you color inside the lines. Zoning is not intended to be temporary or discretionary, fluctuating with the temperate changes of a community bias. It’s a baseline, a tool for everyone to use around our common goals to achieve, asking us to work together with creativity, compromise and commitment to the whole community. the judge’s findings and his department’s internal results, which he called “impartial and non-emotive.” “We don’t have to agree with the decisions, and I can’t speak to what anyone uses to derive their decisions,” Nayor said. “I can tell you as the agency head, we have accountability and if there’s something wrong we will address it. [...] We’re always looking at ways to improve, even if everything is in accordance with training, legal standards and policies, we still want to look at ways we can do better.” Nayor did say that there were “training opportunities identified” while the internal investigation was covered. Of those training opportunities, he said that different crowd control techniques were under review to help officers who are dealing with a situation involving a large group of people, as well as taser usage.

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Endangered Cancelled programs. Shrinking teams. Is there a future for Ithaca youth football?


By M att Bu tler ootball exists in an odd spot in the American conscience currently. It’s still one of, if not the, most popular sports the country has to offer, with countless people setting aside their fall and winter Sundays for a several hour ritual in front of the television, and even a growing popularity abroad. But increasingly, we are learning that human bodies bashing into each other at such high speeds actually isn’t good for the people participating. Some players make it to retirement and seem relatively fine, but others are so physically hobbled or mentally debilitated by the sport that it ends virtually any chance at “life after football.” With that wave of realization has come an increase, at least in perception, in parental concern over their children playing the sport, which is part of the reason of waning participation numbers. Locally, the figures appear far more dire than nationally. While participation had started to recover nationwide slightly after dipping in the mid-2010s, numbers from the Ithaca Youth Bureau show that youth football participation has fallen precipitously. In 2017, IYB’s Small Fry Senior Tackle program, designed for kids between 10 and 12 years old, had 41 players enrolled; In the two years since, it has shrunk to 20 in 2018, and just 15 this year, putting it in danger of being eliminated. Just four years ago the program boasted around 65 participants-- so many, in fact, 8  T

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that IYB split the program into two teams so there were enough opportunities for each kid to play. Yet last year, the Small Fry Junior Tackle program, meant for kids under 10, was folded by IYB because there weren’t enough players. Meanwhile, interest in the NFL Flag program has actually ticked upwards. The co-ed program was actually started as a reaction to the Junior Tackle team shutting down and has thrived since. In 2018, when the program began, 39 kids signed up, which moved up to 48 this year, serving boys and girls under age 10. The different directions of both programs points to one fairly clear conclusion: while interest in football still remains, there are a variety of different factors that are having a negative impact on tackle football participation. Alternative football

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options, like flag football for example, are still attractive options for kids, but interest in traditional tackle football is being outweighed by fears that appear justified over the sport’s long-term impact on physical and mental health, addded to the normal reasons kids leave certain sports, like lack of time or simply preferring something else. “We’re getting bombarded with concussion PR stuff in the NFL,” said Ernesto “Tito” Villa, the rec program coordinator in charge of sports at Ithaca Youth Bureau. “But also, we have so many options here in Ithaca. There’s theater, art, lacrosse. A lot of programs are getting specialized and doing year-round stuff.” The trend is troublesome for those who love traditional football. Villa even said the conversations have gone as far as IYB

considering “phasing out” tackle football entirely, although the bureau is still gathering information before making a final decision on that front. Villa said the flag football has given them some foothold in rebuilding their youth participation numbers, but it comes only after IYB eliminated its junior tackle football team, which provided a tackle football option for kids under 10, in favor of the NFL Flag program. Not only does the NFL Flag program avoid contact, it’s also designed for both boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 10. The senior tackle football program, for ages 10-12, still exists. “One of the new things we did this year was talk closely with Ithaca High School and their head coaches of varsity,” Villa said. “Just kind of collaborating with them. We’re getting ideas from them about what they think can help them in the youth program about what can get numbers up. [...] Somewhere in that age gap we lost a ton of people, so we’re trying to rebuild that and flag seems to be working.” With so many questions surrouding the sport, it’s fair to ask if it is appropriate for the youth bureau to continue offering it, regardless of interest level. Villa understands that question, but said there are so many benefits that, at least for the time being, it still holds certain advantages he doesn’t see to the same extent in other sports. “It’s one of the few sports I have where you have kids with different socio-economic backgrounds,” Villa said, also noting the physical fitness

benenfits. “White, black, Spanish, Asian. Kids from all over, not just in the town but in the outskirts. It’s a very disciplined sport, you have to pay attention so I think it translates to school. [...] I wouldn’t be putting kids out there in football if our coaches weren’t trained specifically to be safe.” There’s also action at the state level which could impact youth football in the area. Villa said New York State is considering a law that would penalize groups putting helmets on kids under 14 years old, which would obviously lead to the termination of IYB’s involvment in tackle football. Since the trend began, Villa said other sports seem to be siphoning off some kids from football, when in years past the opposite would have likely been the case. Basketball, lacrosse (especially girls lacrosse) and hockey, in particular, represent the largest threats to football participation in terms of other sports programs. There are two primary factors Villa sees playing into that: first, the naturally changing interests of kids as they grow; second, parents who are worried about their children because of the physical nature of the game and the emerging research on concussions, even in youth levels. The dearth of youth tackle players could signal a larger struggle in the future. Ithaca City School District Director of Athletics and Wellness Samantha Little mentioned that the weakening of local youth football programs will have a domino effect, and already has. “The reality of that is, then the kids aren’t prepared,” Little said. “If we don’t have a senior tackle team, which is like fourth through sixth grade, then that diminishes the programming since that’s our feeder.” In certain ways, the impacts are being seen at the school district level as well. Ithaca High School had to eliminate its junior varsity team this year, usually offered for underclassmen at that level, because of a lack of players. Trumansburg, Newfield

and Lansing high schools have all had to switch from normal, 11-player football models to 8-player leagues, which can better accommodate smaller teams. Four other schools in Section IV of New York State are playing in the 8-man leagues. Area parent Matt Hollister, of Lansing, said both of his sons are involved in youth football; his older son, who is 12 years old, plays tackle football, while his younger son, who is 8 years old, plays flag football since Hollister thought he was too small for tackle. Hollister said he isn’t very worried about his sons’ safety when playing football; he trusts the football coaches to teach them correctly and, like Villa and Little both said, believes that the personal rewards they reap from playing outweigh the dangers. “I’m concerned, but I’m not overly concerned,” Hollister said, further noting that other sports, like soccer in particular, have their own dangers that aren’t as widely covered in media. “The benefits of team sports are vital to children, and everyone I guess. I think it teaches teamwork and sac-

used to be.” Hollister’s certainly right that soccer’s head injury potential is under-recognized but certainly present. Recent studies have shown that soccer and hockey both have similar head injury incidence rates to football. Growing specialization, or choosing just one sport to focus on all the time, among youth athletes hasn’t helped matters either, Little said. “There are so many different offerings for sports, and kids are specializing at an earlier age by choosing one sport and playing that year-round,” Little said. “I think that’s really hurting scholastic athletics in general. And that’s a detriment to the student athlete in many respects.” In her mind, Little said that kids would become more well-rounded by playing more than one sport. Plus, she added, it might avoid wear and tear on the same muscles used for each sport, which could in turn reduce injuries that might be otherwise preventable. Often, specialization is

justified by parents who say they want to give their kids the best chance to succeed by focusing on one specific sport, and is increasingly common at a younger age. This is despite research that has shown that earlyage specialization likely doesn’t have an appreciable impact on future outcome, while it can contribute to physical injury, psychological stress and burnout if done too early, according to a 2013 Loyola University sports medicine study. Whatever the primary source or reason for the decline, plenty of local officials and parents are going to keep an interested eye trained on the next few years of football participation. If the numbers drop much lower, at least at the youth bureau, there’s certainly the chance that tackle football could be replaced fully by flag football. ICSD’s sports are changing as well, as Little said they intend to introduce unified bowling this year; the mission stays the same, regardless of the sporting options provided. “While the competition is important, and being a student athlete and winning is important,” Little said. “That’s not the goal, in my mind, of high school athletics. It’s about empowering these young people and allowing them to be the best versions of themselves they can be and be prepared.”

rifice and working towards goals.” Hollister said next year, when his younger son grows more, he’ll have the opportunity to play tackle football as well. Even as the boys age, the other players become larger and the contact becomes more significant, Hollister said he wouldn’t stop his kids from playing if they were still interested in doing so. “I would never pull my kids out of a sport,” he said. “If kids are taught the right way, it’s much safer than it used to be. Equipment is better, the techniques are better, the game is much safer now than it Oc to b e r

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Familiar Territory A new Venuto is back in town By Ste ve L aw re nc e


hen seeing the headline “Venuto Joins Big Red Football Staff,” I did a doubletake, unsure if I had stumbled on some “throwback” website. I recalled when Jay Venuto joined the Big Red staff in 1990 – after a great run as a quarterback at Wake Forest, which earned him the 1979 A.C.C. Player of the Year award – and then I realized that the new story was not about Jay, but about his son, Chase, the latest addition to the Cornell football coaching staff. I also realized how grateful I am to the Venuto family for providing me with so much material over the years. Jay’s illustrious collegiate career (and brief NFL career) was in the rear-view mirror by the time he settled in Ithaca, but a few years later, his sons Garrett and Chase were lighting up the scoreboards as youth quarterbacks. Both would run the offense for the Ithaca High Little Red, and Garrett took his shot at the Big Time, getting some playing time at Penn State. Chase graduated from Ithaca High in 2012 and took his game to Brockport. After that four-year stint, he took advantage of a rare opportunity to play in Europe, in the top tier of American Football International. “I played for the United Titans Angels in the Italian Football League in Pesaro, Italy in 2017, and in 2018, I played for the Torino Giaguari (Jaguars), and my dad came over to be the head coach,” Chase told me. “One of the guys who played at Brockport when I was a freshman signed a contract to play in Nice, France, and he introduced me to football in Europe. I knew I wasn’t going to the NFL, and I wanted to get into coaching, so

Chase Venuto during his playing days at Brockport, where he played before traveling abroad for more football opportunities. (Photo provided)

it was a great opportunity.” Playing in Italy did not interfere with

Venuto’s plans on this side of the pond, as the European season is in the spring, freeing Chase up to make football his year-

round passion. Like many young coaches, he has already bounced around some, and after a stint as an assistant coach at Western New England University and Ithaca College, he went to Division III Heidelberg University. Venuto started his new position on Oct. 7, and I asked him how difficult it was to step in three games into the season. He said, “I was in my second year as a Graduate Assistant at Heidelberg working on my Master’s degree, and the (Cornell) position (as Assistant to the Head Coach) opened up. Alex Peffley was in the position, and when he moved to Director of Football Operations, Coach Archer reached out to me. We were in a bye week at Heidelberg, and they understood that it was an opportunity too good to pass up.” He said, “It has been quite the experience so far. It doesn’t necessarily feel like ‘catching up.’ I have been an assistant coach for three or four seasons now, and I understand how the routine works – what the Monday and Tuesday tasks are – and the biggest difference is just mapping out my schedule here.” I asked Chase if he was ready for the continued “bouncing around” that so many young coaches are required to do while climbing the ladder. He said, “I know that my dad coached at Wake Forest, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Pitt and Cornell, but on the other hand, my uncle was at Villanova for 25 years, so I have seen both sides.” I asked him if Garrett had any plans to coach football, and he said, “He studied Risk Management at Penn State, and he’s in the finance world now, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him being open-minded if an opportunity opened up in the sports world.” I asked Chase if he felt prepared for this next big step, and he sounded convincing when he said he did. He said, “My brother and I got a lot of our football knowledge from my dad, but much of our competitive nature comes from our mom.” (Garrett and Chase’s mom is local realtor Jill Burlington). As we wrapped up our conversation, Chase thought back over his life and the role that football has played in it, and he seemed grateful to have had so many experiences under his belt while still in his mid-twenties. He said, “Ithaca High, Brockport, Western New England, Ithaca College, Heidelberg, two teams in Italy… I have seen a lot of playbooks.”

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Gone to the Dogs

Can they keep dogs off the Commons?


hile the issue of not allowing dogs on the Commons has heated up in recent years, it all goes back to the law some Ithacans call ‘Rule 157,’ named for the ordinance in the City of Ithaca Code which states that dogs are not allowed on the Commons. However, this is a law that has been on the books since the Commons was first developed in 1974. According to City Clerk Julie Holcomb, the City of Ithaca Common Council first adopted the ordinance on May 7, 1975. One of the original motivators, Holcomb said, was that the landscaper/nursery would not honor their one-year guarantee for the health of the trees and shrubs planted on the newly constructed Commons if dogs were allowed to be on the Commons. There have been amendments to the law in the years since, but it has still become somewhat obsolete. It’s still on the books but there are very few people who see the law as unenforceable. Ducson Nguyen, an alderperson for the Second Ward, of which the Commons is a part of, is in support of lifting the ban, even though he has said he’s more of a cat person. “People bring dogs anyway and as far as I know, it’s rarely an issue,” Nguyen said.

“Police officers have come before Council to tell us how much they dislike enforcing the ban. Who wants to tell a visiting family or a Commons resident they can’t pass through the heart of downtown with a dog? That said, while the ban is in effect, it should be enforced. That includes local business dogs popular on Instagram.” Throughout the last four years, close to 200 incidents of someone having a dog on the Commons have been reported to IPD. However, there have only been six tickets given out, with three of them belonging to Riley, the notorious dog of the Commons who’s usually found outside the Outdoor Store. Many residents have cited Ithaca Police’s shortage of officers as a primary reason for the law going unchecked. Sergeant Loretta Tomberelli spoke to how this happens. “This level of a violation for a dog on the Commons is similar to a traffic infrac-

tion and sometimes officers will choose to educate a motorist and release them on a warning instead of issuing them a ticket,” Tomberelli said. “I see this as a similar situation. Educating Commons patrons about dogs not being allowed on the Commons is an effective way of engaging the community and fostering positive interactions with the police.” The issue of having dogs on the Commons has had some gray areas such as the two pet-based businesses owned by Jay Sciarabba, the owner of Trader K’s. In the early 2000s, Sciarabba owned Paws, a pet accessory store, which was open from 2002-2004/2005 and Doggie Style, a dog grooming business, from 2003-2005. People were allowed to bring their dogs on the Commons as a special exception by bringing their dogs to his store. Sciarabba feels the law could not benefit those traveling to Ithaca with dogs or other animals. “My fight the whole time is that you have people coming in from out of town, traveling hundreds of miles with their pets, and the pet industry is huge, they’re more like their kids,” Sciarabba said. “And,

you’re going to keep them in a hot car while you shop on the Commons. They’re just going to turn around and leave. The people that shop and spend their money on the Commons are people that care about their pets and take care of them. Sure, there’s going to be one bad apple here and there. But most of the time, 99 percent of people who came into my stores always took care of their pets and asked for bags and had waste bags ready.” Sciarabba said the law should be changed since he feels the other laws go just as unenforced as the dogs on the Commons law. However, it’s those bad apples he mentioned that keep this issue really tied up. Director of Operations for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance Kris Lewis said the cleaning crews on the Commons usually encounter dog urine or feces about once a month. Seph Murtagh, the other alderperson for Ithaca’s Second Ward, sides with the people who want to keep the law in place, though, he can see why the law might not be maintainable. “I love dogs, I own a dog myself, and I understand the appeal of taking your pet with you when you’re visiting places,” Murtagh said, who voted against allowing them. “Anyone who visits the Commons right now will see that the Commons rules are not being enforced. I don’t think this is a sustainable path. Either we should enforce the rules that are already on the books, or we should change the rules.” E dw i n J. Vi er a


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thaca already has no shortage of magic-themed events and figures, obviously led by the Commons Magic Man and his best magic in town, but you can add one more to the list. ‘Wizardfest’, a “Harry Potter” themed pop-up party, will take place in select cities beginning October 12 through November 22. Ithaca’s event will be held on Oct. 23 at the Haunt. The event is separate from the famous Wizarding Weekend, which starts a few days afterward and mostly takes place around downtown. According to a press release, ‘Wizardfest’ will feature “Harry Potter” themed trivia and a live DJ, playing all of the favorites from the movies, as well as a variety of hits from the 90s and 00s, all while transforming your favorite venue into Hogwarts for one night only. Your very own “Leaky Cauldron” will offer specially crafted “Harry Potter” themed drinks, such as “Butterbeer” and “Polyjuice Potion” for those 21 and over, so get ready to empty your Gringotts accounts. Attendees are encouraged to take a trip to Diagon Alley to pick up their favorite robes, broomsticks, and wands and come in their best dressed Harry Potter attire and participate in an epic costume contest that rivals the Tri-Wizard Cup.

“All witches, wizards, and even muggles can throw their names into the Goblet of Fire to enter the Grand Prize Sweepstakes, where the winner will be awarded a trip for two to London,” the release said. Established in 2018 by Supreme Entertainment, Pop Up Party Tours has quickly become the leading producer of touring theme parties in the United States. In addition to ‘Wizardfest’, Pop Up Party Tours also hosts ‘Scrantonicity’, an “Office”themed party tour. More information can be found on the Pop Up Party Tours website. Following Wizardfest will be Wizarding Weekend. Wzarding Weekend is a beloved local benchmark of autumn, though there has been some uncertainy in recent years as Warner Bros. has begun to crack down on similar events around the country. Regardless, Wizarding Weekend is currently slated to be held Oct. 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m All are welcome, though donations are welcome to cover event finannces. . Staff R eports



A pioneer of Ithaca hip-hop on stepping into the background


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ahmel Mack is one of the fathers of Ithaca hip-hop, even if he’s too shy to admit it. There have been plenty of trailblazers (Mack mentions Rod Stax, the Nomadz, the GunPoets and Red Faction as other examples), but Mack and his contributions have left an indelible mark, though those contributions may start to lessen in the coming years. Mack’s day job is program leader for 9th12th graders, which he says mostly entails organizing field trips, helping with homework and generally helping expand students’ worldviews. He’s been at GIAC for about 12 years; Mack, now 37, started his tenure there as a summer camp counselor and his role grew from there. Over that same time, though, Mack’s ridden a roller-coaster through the rap industry, all starting when he won free studio time at REV after a clean freestyle competition held in front of GIAC. “After you go in the studio and you record a song, you get that bug-- you either like it or you don’t,” Mack said. “And the song we did was terrible, but you want to go back and fix it.” That was around 20 years ago, and it took a few years beyond that for Mack to take the craft seriously. But once he met a few musicians from Cortland with a home studio, which Mack could use free of charge, he put out his debut mixtape Fit to Blow. In short order, he built his own home studio, and even changed his rap moniker to “Ave Mack,” a tribute to his native neighborhood in Brooklyn (his original stage name was “Ferris Bravo,” a combination of Ferris Bueller and Johnny Bravo). Mack then formed Empire Kings, a collective of rappers and producers mostly made up of his family members that has evolved over the years. More time passed, with Mack’s career gaining momentum and the rapper booking shows all over. Mack even learned from a friend

abroad that Tim Westwood, the famed British radio tastemaker, had used one of his songs to open his show two days in a row. His first son began to change his thinking about music, though, as he became anxious that if something he made truly did explode in popularity, what the impacts on their relationship would be. “My son not having any traits of me freaked me out,” Mack said. “I was thinking, ‘If I blow up, yeah we’ll have money and be successful, but he won’t have me how I want to be there.’” That made Mack rebalance his commitment to music more, so that he could dedicate more time to being there for his son. That soon changed to his two sons, which made the pull to stay near home even stronger for him. Tragedy then struck his family with the loss of two cousins in a car accident; Mack still hadn’t recovered from the loss when he recorded his next project, Gallery of Moments, which he seems to list as one of his regrets. Succumbing to pressure from fans to release music, Mack put out the album without much mixing or refinement and traveled to California to hand it out to music industry figures who might be able to help his career. “I took it to ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers] to hand it out,” Mack said. “When I started to feel a little better, I turned it on and listened to it, and I was like ‘Oh s**t, did I just give out 500 copies of this at ASCAP? That’s why nobody is calling me.’” Mack eventually felt the fog clear, musically at least, during the recording of his 2018 project Rusty Crown. That album has a fairly

clear indicator of Mack’s new direction, with a feature on nearly every song from his brother Tweaky Gzz. Now, he’s interested in working more behind the scenes, pushing his family and others to success without chasing it himself. “I would love to work in the music industry,” Mack said. “I really don’t think I want to be the superstar anymore. [...] I’m not pushing, not trying to put out a hit record now. I’m creating, if I put it out, I put it out.” Mack isn’t, however, going to step away from the stage. He still loves performing his music, especially with the rest of the Empire Kings crew, so he said he would still be a presence at local concerts and festivals. Plus, he’ll get to watch the younger acts he has helped inspire, many of whom appear in his 2009 video “Cool Face,” develop into their own artists, inside his family and out. Mack admitted that there’s some added pressure associated with being one of the first hip-hop acts invited into certain spaces, especially when he knows plenty of Ithaca rappers were being graded on how his shows would go. But from shows at the Haunt to memorable, muddy sets at GrassRoots, it’s safe to say Mack was a suitable usher for the others, like some were before him. “The first person through the door has to set the tone and the image,” Mack said. “The first person in has to do it the right way.” Rahmel Mack is looking to take a step back from music, but still stay involved and record when he wants. (Photo by Casey Martin) Oc to b e r

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astelist Diane Newton and oil painter Patty Porter are long-time artistic collaborators. Focusing on landscapes done in a broadly “realist” vein, “Diaries” is their second show together at the State of the Art Gallery. (Their previous one ran two Octobers ago; the current one runs through the 27.) Intended as visual journals, the exhibition illustrates the artists’ divergent paths: Newton’s increasingly urban and streetside, Porter’s more rural and bucolic. Newton, who splits her time between Ithaca and Quincy, Massachusetts, is one of the cooperative’s most engaging artists. Worked at evident length over black paper, her three large pastels here combine material sensuality with a rough, unsentimental view of her natural and man-made settings. They’re the show’s richest works and one longs to see more of them. Rendered in austere blacks, grays, and browns, “Owyn and Olive” shows two dogs outside the artist’s Cayuga Heights home. One climbs upon a constructed

frame that provides a sharp perspectival accent to the piece’s otherwise shallow depth. In the distance, through bare tree trunks, is Cayuga Lake and far shoreside. Switched upright and adding bright and pale pink, blue, and green, “Suspect Terrain” seems a distant cousin to Cézanne’s discombobulated quarry rock faces. Done on two conjoined sheets, the panoramic “Mayerthorpe, Alberta” is even richer. Reflecting the artist’s extensive car travels, it divides evenly along a distant horizon: mostly flat but occasionally punctuated by mostly minuscule streetlights, trees and banal roadside architecture. The foreground is dominated by a large dirt parking lot marked with gestural sweeps. Above, contrastingly sweet: a gently clouded sky. Taking inspiration from her sixties art student days, Newton has recently exhibited looser, more abstract and expressionist work. Still on paper and using charcoal, continued on page 16

them. Talk about the first Jubilee Singers which formed soon after the Civil War had ended. How did this group come together at Fisk University? And what made this university special for them?

The Fisk Jubilee Singers during a recent performance. The group will perform on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. at Cornell University. (Photo provided)

places. Because of the financial situation at the school, Mr. White decided to take a selected group of students on tour and raise money for the school. This had never been done in the past, but he and his students succeeded in raising money for the Fisk School.

Dr. Paul T. Kwami: George White, the treasurer and music teacher at the Fisk School, had great interest in developing choral groups with young African Americans as members. Prior to the first tour he had such a choral group that performed in Nashville and surrounding events

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Fisk Jubilee singers keep their origins alive t was 1866, just after the Civil War, and the beginning of a new life for a number of men and women who were attending the recently formed Fisk University for free African Americans in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time a small group of women and men would meet in secret to foster a sense of hope by singing the black spirituals they had grown up hearing by their own families. The black spirituals give them a sense of hope far from home and at a time which was hostile for African Americans. Today, more than 140 years later, the Fisk Jubilee Singers® are an ensemble group whose harmony and joy shines with moving spirituals that reflect the struggles and the hope of the past singers while also bring honor to the university. In a recent interview the Jubilee Singers musical director, Dr. Paul Kwami, was interviewed about the music and the upcoming Jubilee Singers performance at Cornell University. Ithaca Times: The first Fisk Jubilee Singers would come together, in secret, to sing the special black spirituals which offered the hope of a good life for them as African Americans. These “cabin songs” held a moving power for

IT: What was it like for the students as they struggled to save their school at that time?



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to sing the music of their mothers and fathers in public tours. Tell us how the name Jubilee came about for the group? PK: George White named the ensemble Jubilee Singers. The name “Jubilee” was taken from Leviticus chapter 25 which refers to the Jewish year of Jubilee. It was in Columbus, Ohio that this took place. IT: It seems many of the current Jubilee Singers have been singing since they were very young. Can you share what the audition and the rehearsal process is like for the singers now? And what it means for them to be a Jubilee Singer? PK: The following are requirements for auditions. Sing melodies of two Negro spirituals or sing a melody of a Negro spiritual and one art song.Sight-singing. Aural test. Learn an assigned voice part of a given spiritual arranged in four-part harmony. This must be performed from memory and in small groups.

IT: Explain how the songs that are performed after more than 145 years still give comfort in a different time and for a new century of listeners? PK: One of the things that helps us is gaining understanding of the messages of the spirituals and relating them to our personal situations. We also discuss the beautiful effects created by the combination of various musical elements found in the songs. IT: What are your hopes for the ensemble on their upcoming performance in Ithaca? PK: Our desire is that the beauty and messages of the songs will reach the hearts of listeners, and this is our hope for the concert in Ithaca.

Statler Auditorium The Fisk Jubilee Singers® will perform on Oct. 26, 8 p.m., at the Statler Auditorium at Cornell University. The performance is free and open to the public.

All returning Fisk Jubilee Singers have to re-audition. It is a great learning opportunity for our students. At the same time, they con-

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sometimes with a limited set of pastels, her figure drawings and abstractions remain somewhat an odd fit. Done in the company of a Boston figure drawing group, her male nudes here are among the more compelling of these. Hung together, “Figures/Flipped” and “Red and Blue” take a sequential approach, dividing single sheets into top and bottom sections. Rendered in rapid strokes of charcoal and cyan and red pastels, a male figure, sometimes blindfolded, enacts a series of mostly dynamic postures. In black-and-white, “Figure I” and “Figure II” capture quick poses drawn overlapping one another. Three abstractions, eccentrically presented in separate but conjoined frames, come from the same group sessions—albeit with the model absconded. They add yellow and pink as well as drippy, ink-like washes. Newton has long used a camera for her work. Her several small photographs here hearken back to Abstract Expressionism—via the detail photography of Aaron Siskind—while adding an interesting mix of neutral tones with bright, unexpected accents. I’ve always had the sense of Porter as a gifted amateur and this exhibition mostly confirms that. It’s a respectable thing to be, although one might wish for an artist of her experience to reach harder beyond the

familiar nature painter modes on ample display here. Combining areas painted in a (literally and metaphorically) flat manner with denser stroked accents, her canvases lack the painterly intelligence of Newton’s best pieces. A handful of Porter’s paintings indicate more ambitious possibilities. To good effect, “Goldenrod – Agard Road” allows staccato impressionism to take over from her more evenly filled areas. Less enticingly rendered, “Willow Way – Cornell Botanical Gardens” is nonetheless an ambitious composition: an elevated perspective looking down on a skinny creek snaking its way through dense and diverse flora with a more bland, grassy landscape in the distant upper right. The tall “Monkey Run Red” and the smaller “Annie in the Rain” feature figures, seen from behind, seemingly leading us down narrow paths and into the woods. Better painted and narratively engaging, the two are highlights. It would be interesting to see a solo show from Newton at the gallery. Alternatively, a pairing with some other SOAG member might shed more light on her deeply thoughtful work: perhaps with the meticulously detailed pastels of Ed Brothers or the quotidian street photographs of Harry Littell. As it is “Diaries” feels like something of a lost opportunity—and an indication of the limits of the gallery’s group-centric approach, which often appears to favor the competent and ordinary over the truly arresting.

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he Enough Bowls fundraiser will be held once again this year, as Loaves & Fishes looks forward to its classic annual event. The simple dinner is made entirely possible by the generosity of the Tompkins County community. Empty Bowls’ guests choose and take home a handcrafted bowl, donated by local artisans, in which they are served a selection of delicious soups. The soups, salad, bread, wine and dessert offered during the evening are donated by area restaurants and wineries and many businesses generously sponsor the event, which takes place on Nov. 2, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. 100 percent of all funds raised go directly to support the organization’s free meal program, which helps many people in need each day. Tickets are being sold online for $75 per piece, and the event itself will be held in St. John’s Church at 210 N. Cayuga Street. Since 1983, Loaves & Fishes has provided free hot meals every weekday through-

out the year. We also offer hospitality, companionship, and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances. Nearly 2,700 home-cooked meals are served each month, 125 meals each day. All are welcome. Loaves & Fishes recently made other crucial upgrades to its building, including raising enough funds to install six ceiling fans and a full-fledged air conditioner over the summer, helping to combat the blistering heat. “Many Tompkins County residents who are living in poverty or who are underemployed struggle to meet their basic needs each day, including the need for having clean clothes and bedding,” Culver said. “Having clean clothes and bedding helps keep one healthy, but it is also critical for maintaining one’s self-respect and confidence when out in public and interacting with others. Additionally, not having clean clothes can also seriously compromise a person’s chances of gaining employment or keeping their job.”

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Gutterpunk with Secret Service Men, Jake and the Nowhere Men and Wallace and the Apes. DJ Dusty Visions and DJ George. | 8:30 PM, | Bowl-O-Drome, Ithaca

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Kip Moore: Room To Spare Tour |

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10/16 Wednesday Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale Luna w/ Billy Cote and Mary Lorson of Madder Rose, w/ Marshburn, Stokes, Stark, and Lorenzut | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $25 - $30

Bound For Glory: MARA LEVINE AND GATHERING TIME | 8:00 PM, | Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca

Hip-Hop Showcase: Anthony Kannon + Meech, TY Vegas, SAINT KID, Blane Bent, Mr. McBean, Corey Loveless, Dim 136, DJ Ha - MEEN | 7:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $10

10/19 Saturday JP & The EasyTigers | 6:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken Diana Leigh Quartet | 7:00 PM, | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Trumansburg

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Cornell Concert Series: Lorelei Ensemble | 8:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | The vocal ensemble comprises nine women whose expertise extends from Medieval to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse

Xak Bjerken, piano recital | 3:00 PM, 10/20 Sunday | Barnes Hall, Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca | Works including Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, short works by Ravel, Bartok, and Kurt·g, and George Crumb’s Celestial Mechanics with guest pianist James Primosch. Ithaca Concert Band’s Fall Concert “Colors!” | 4:00 PM, 10/20 Sunday | Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School, 1401-1439 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Headlines A Celebration of Country Music | 7:30 PM, 10/20 Sunday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | McEuen and his current group The String Wizards will be joined by special guests. John McEuen is featured prominently in the PBS Ken Burns documentary Country Music. | $28

Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM, | Mix Kitchen and Bar, Ithaca

Brews and Brats Open Mic | 6:30 PM, | Brews and Brats at Autumn View, Trumansburg

Ithacats | 6:00 PM, | Hopshire Farm & Brewery, Freeville

Cayuga Chamber Orchestra presents: Simply Strings | 7:30 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Ford Hall, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca | See Weekend Planner. | $30 Adults/ $10 Students

Blue Skies | 4:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken

MSZM & Jennifer Middaugh | 7:00 PM, | Argos Warehouse, Ithaca

Encore | 6:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken

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Room To Spare Acoustic Tour w/ Tucker Beathard

GHOST - The Ultimate Tour Named Death | 7:30 PM, 10/22 Tuesday | The Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse | The Swedish-born Tobias Forge is Ghost’s creative force, singer, songwriter, musician, and architect of the elaborate storylines that are woven through the band’s four full-length studio albums, EPs, music videos, webisodes, and live shows. | $28 and up

10/23 Wednesday BRETT BEARDSLEE | 7:00 PM, | Stonecat Cafe, Hector Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale Concerts/Recitals


Midday Music in Lincoln: La era del ruido | 12:30 PM, 10/17 Thursday | Lincoln Hall Rm B20, Cornell, Ithaca | Juan Carlos Melendez-Torres & Sergio Cote Barco perform drone-based electronic improvisations with visuals. An Evening with Tom Rush | 8:00 PM, 10/18 Friday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Now celebrating 52+ years of touring, Tom has been thrilling audiences here and abroad with hits like No Regrets, Circle

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Twelve Angry Men | 7:30 PM, 10/16 Wednesday | Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 E Genesee St, Syracuse | Thru 10/27. The classic play. 1957. A teen is accused of murdering his father. His fate rests with twelve jurors. As the jurors deliberate, the impulse to quickly convict is thwarted by one holdout, who insists on a close evaluation of the evidence.


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A Bronx Tale | 7:30 PM, 10/18 Friday | Clemens Performing Arts Ctr, 207 Clemens Ctr Pkwy, Elmira | Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes, Broadwayís hit crowd-pleaser, takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss heíd love to be. Late Nite Catechism: The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales | 2:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24 Port Watson St., Cortland | Second show at 7:30 PM. Sister is back with another hysterical lesson in which the audience is her catechism class! In this session we find out the Church’s take on all the familiar Halloween tales of ghosts and goblins. The lesson includes hands-on experience in how to build a Catholic appropriate Halloween costume! | $25 A Bronx Tale | 7:30 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Clemens Performing Arts Ctr, 207 Clemens Ctr Pkwy, Elmira | Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser, takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught

between the father he loves and the mob boss heíd love to be. Ithaca Ballet’s Cinderella | 7:30 PM, 10/19 Saturday; 3:00 PM, 10/20 Sunday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | The Ithaca Balletís version of Cinderella, with Prokoviev’s powerful unforgettable score, is based on an original staging by company founder and Co-Artistic Director, Alice Reid with most of the variations reworked and re-choreographed over the years by Cindy and Lavinia Reid.† | $10-$20 The Two Kids That Blow S**t Up | 7:30 PM, 10/23 Wednesday | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | Oct 20 - Nov 3. Diana and Max meet as kids, the day their parents start having an affair. During their parentsí tumultuous on-and-off relationship over more than two decades, Max and Diana are perpetually forced together and become the most unlikely of friends. They see each other through highs and lows, trying not to make the same mistakes their parents did.


Exhibition: Elevator Music and Art Gallery | Ongoing | New Roots Charter School, 116 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Throughout the month of October. Qinfolk Festival Preview: Qinfolk is we: Candace Edwards, Rochelle Brockington, Nwaobiala. We are black AND brown AND trans AND queer AND ...Qinfolk is a space for us. The folx at the intersections. We are from/in the woods, the suburbs, the beaches, the islands, the cities, the farms, the coastlines, the deserts, the jungles, the water. Qinfolk is we/they/ them/us. Qinfolk is community. Artist Alley Open Studios | 5:00 PM, 10/17 Thursday | South Hill Business Park, 950 Danby Rd, Ithaca | Artist Alley Entrance is off the lower lot at the red doors. Up to 40+ studios! DIARIES | 12:00 PM, 10/18 Friday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 W Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street, Ithaca | A two-person show of paintings by Patty Porter and drawings and photographs by Diane Newton†thru 10/27. Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku | Contemporary Printmakers and Mid Century Modern Architects | 5:00 PM, 10/18 Friday | Ink Shop Studio Gallery, 2nd floor CSMA bldg, 330 E.State

the island of La Réunion commit a savage crime. As punishment, a Dutch captain takes them to a supernatural island with luxuriant vegetation and bewitching powers.

Cinemapolis Week of Friday, October 18 through Thursday, October 24, 2019. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first*. First Love (Hatsukoi)* | A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo. | 108 mins NR Judy | Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.|PG-13 118 mins Downton Abbey | The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. |122 mins PG Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool | Documentary about the legendary jazz musician. | 115 mins NR

/ MLK Street, Ithaca | The Ink Shop Printmaking Center will host visiting printmakers and architects from Tokyo with an exhibit displaying prints and drawings.

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice | Astutely chronicles an amazing musical career that ended prematurely due to Parkinson’s disease. |95 mins PG-13

Intricate Universe : Saltonstall Foundation Alumni Exhibit with Thea Gregorious, Paula Overbay, and Jayoung Yoon | 5:30 PM, 10/18 Friday | Corners Gallery, 903 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca | Corners Gallery is honored to continue this partnership with the Saltonstall Foundation by co- hosting this alumni exhibition featuring work by three past resident artists. “Intricate Universe” is sure to impress - finely detailed, process- oriented work in acrylic paint, pinpricks on paper, and an 8 foot installation made with human hair. Thru Nov. 23.

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood | From director Quentin Tarantino | 161 mins R

35th Annual Fall Invitational Art Show: Frames Of Reference - Gala Opening | 7:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Congress at McLallen St, Trumansburg | Explore the works of the five singular artists as they present their unique frames of reference for art and life. Opening night gala will feature the Diana Leigh Trio; multi-media projection; wine, savories, and desserts. Thru 11/16. Free & open to the public.

Cornell Cinema All films are shown at Willard Straight Hall on Cornell campus. Mariannes noires | 10/17, 7:00 PM | FREE w/ filmmaker Mame-Fatou Niang. Seven different French-born women of African descent confront their own unique identities and challenge the expectations of French society. The Farewell | 10/17, 9:35 PM; 10/18, 9:30 PM; 10/19, 7:00 PM | Chineseborn, U.S. raised Billi returns home to Changchun with other family members to bid farewell to their beloved matriarch, who doesn’t know she has a terminal illness, in this funny, autobiographical and tender tale of deception. The Wild Boys| 10/18, 7:00 PM; 10/20, 4:30 PM | In the beginning of the 20th century, five children on

High Life| 10/19, 9:15 PM| Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. War and Peace Chapter I, Andrei Bolkonsky |10/20, 7:00 PM | Sets the changing fortunes of several aristocratic families against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Memoir of War |10/21, 7:00 PM; 10/23, 9:00 PM | In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semi- autobiographical novel, the famed author recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue. La Dolce Vita |10/22, 7:00 PM | A long and episodic portrait of Rome - a debauched, dark, glamorous and ugly place - seen through the eyes of a cynical journalist. Midnight Traveler |10/23, 7:00 PM | The story of Afghani filmmaker Hassan Fazili and his family on their 3500-mile, 3-year journey across Iran, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia - ultimately arriving in Hungary – following a death threat from the Taliban. Regal Ithaca Wednesday 10/16 through Tuesday, 10/22. Contact Regal Ithaca for showtimes. New films listed first*. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil* | Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. | 118 mins PG Zombieland: Double Tap* | Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. | 99 mins R Joker | Mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mis-




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Stocking Hall, 411 Tower Rd., Cornell | The annual, one-day insect fair is hosted by the Department of Entomology at Cornell. Note the new location! An interactive, hands-on experience that features hundreds of live insects, spiders, and other fascinating arthropods. Popular favorites include the live Butterfly Room and Arthropod Zoo.  Oc to b e r

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Special Events Ithaca City Cemetery Tour | 11:00 AM, 10/19 Saturday & 10/20 Sunday | Ithaca City Cemetery, University Avenue Entrance, Ithaca | Learn about the Ithaca City Cemeteryís evolution from village burying ground to Victorian garden of the dead. Enjoy the sweeping views and champion trees that make the cemetery a favorite spot for the living, while getting to know the famous and infamous residents and the stories they have to tell. | $9; $6 Friends of Historic Ithaca and Seniors (65+); Kids 12 and under free!

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Score: 90 treated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. | 122 mins R The Addams Family |An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family. | 87 mins PG Gemini Man| An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself. | 117 mins PG-13 Jexi | A comedy about what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. 84 mins R Abominable | After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment build-

ing, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. | 100 mins PG Ad Astra | An astronaut undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. | 122 mins PG-13 Rambo: Last Blood | 89 mins R Hustlers | 109 mins R It Chapter Two | 169 mins R The Lion King| 118 mins PG Good Boys| 89 mins R

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Bet Your Bottom Dollar: A Night in Monte Carlo | 7:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | A night of gambling, games, and glamour inspired by the glitz of Monte Carlo. Support the Hangarís artistic and educational programs with an evening of gaming galore, sumptuous snacks, potent potables, and a plethora of prizes! Joining us are special guests from the Hangar’s 2019 production of Kinky Boots. | $300 VIP Gold, $125 VIP Silver, $50 Regular, $25 Student/Artist Wizard Fest | 8:00 PM, 10/23 Wednesday | The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave. , Ithaca | An alternative entertainment theme event based on Harry Potter. Trivia, dancing, specialty drinks including Butter Beer, Quidditch Pong, Egg hunt for cash prizes, Epic costume contest & more.

Chats in the Stacks: Drew Harvell on Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease | 4:00 PM, 10/17 Thursday | 160 Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca | How can we stop the spread of infectious diseases in our oceans, threatening life both in water and on land? Harvell will explain how we can protect aquatic ecosystems from dangerous diseases as she discusses her new book. Book Arts Lecture: Peter D. Verheyen | 6:00 PM, 10/17 Thursday | Wells College, 170 Main Street, Aurora | The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to welcome noted bookbinder, conservator and librarian Peter D. Verheyen to campus. His talk is titled A Bookbinder’s Journey: My Analog and Virtual Life in the Book Arts. Friends of Tompkins County Public Library Book Sale | All Day 10/19 Saturday thru 10/21 Monday | Friends of the Library Book Sale, 509 Esty St, Ithaca | Brook Lenker Book Signing “The Restorers” | 12:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca | Set in 2004 in the Susquehanna River Valley, The Restorers blends the brash wildness of Jack Kerouac with the ecojustice of Carl Hiassen and the riverine peace painted by Mark Twain as it confronts the twin challenges of personal recovery and environmental justice.††Cover art by Brian Keeler David Heatley | 5:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | A book talk for David Heatley’s QUALIFICATION: A Graphic Memoir in 12 Steps.† Chats in the Stacks: Suman Seth on Difference and Disease: Medicine, Race, and the EighteenthCentury British Empire | 4:30 PM, 10/22 Tuesday | 107 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca | BOOK DISCUSSION: “For All of Us, One Today” | 6:00 PM, 10/22 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca |Participants will share their thoughts on Blanco’s experiences as the inaugural poet in


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Compassion & Choices Discussion Regarding NYís Proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act & Screening of Film “How to Die in Oregon” | 1:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Kendal At Ithaca, 2230 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca | A screening of excerpts of the film followed by a discussion regarding NYís proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act, moderated by Amanda Cavanaugh, Campaign Manager of Compassion & Choices.



Ford Hall, Ithaca College | Featuring violinists Irina Muresanu and CCO Concertmaster Christina Bouey. The CCO will perform a broad range of string orchestra repertoire. The program will also include Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for which the CCO will be joined by string students from Cornell. (photo: provided) Ithac a T imes

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2013. In this brief and evocative narrative, he reveals the inspiration and challenges he confronted in creating the inaugural poem, in particular exploring his experiences as a Latino immigrant and gay man. Copies of the book are available; contact Tom Burns at if interested. Distinguished Visiting Writers presents Ted Conover | 7:00 PM, 10/23 Wednesday | Textor Hall, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca | The Department of Writing at Ithaca College’s Distinguished Visiting Writers presents Ted Conover. He has published six books, including A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep, Roling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes and Coyotes, and A Journey Across Borders with America’s Migrant Workers.

Kids Tween Coding Club | 4:45 PM, 10/16 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At these meetings, tweens ages 9 to 12 will learn to express themselves through computer programming. Using the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, a small microcontroller with big possibilities, participants will learn the basics of coding and hardware while interacting with the world through light, sound, temperature, and movement. Please register. Bilingual Storytime for Families and Children of All Ages | 11:30 AM, 10/17 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Both Chinese-speaking and nonChinese speaking families and friends are invited to gather and share songs, rhymes, and stories in Mandarin and English at this special storytime series. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to attend. (off 11/28) Preschool Storytime at Southworth Library | 10:00 AM, 10/18 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | A different theme every week!

Road, Ithaca | The annual, one-day insect fair is hosted by the Department of Entomology at Cornell University. †Insectapalooza is an interactive, hands-on experience that features hundreds of live insects, spiders, and other fascinating arthropods. Popular favorites include the live Butterfly Room and Arthropod Zoo.† NEW LOCATION: Stocking Hall Family Storytime | 11:00 AM, 10/19 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Ithaca Children’s Garden Scarecrow Jubilee | 1:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Ithaca Children’s Garden, 121 Turtle Lane, Ithaca | Celebrate the harvest with scarecrow making, pumpkin carving, apple tasting, live music, a puppet show with LilySilly Puppets, and more. This family-friendly, seasonal favorite is FREE, open to all and is always held, whether rain or shine. LEGO Building Program | 3:00 PM, 10/19 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | The Library provides building bricks, and all creations are displayed at the Library for one week. Tween Board Game Club | 3:30 PM, 10/21 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At this program, tweens ages 8 to 12 will explore and learn new board games each week with Mike Timonen, local board game aficionado. There is a variety of games for participants to try. Tweens will learn strategic thinking skills and have fun at the same time. Cosplay Couture | 4:00 PM, 10/21 Monday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | At these weekly Makerspace drop-in hours, teens ages 13 and up can focus on creating costumes, cosplay, accessories, props, and wearable garments of all types. No registration is required for this weekly drop-in program.

Baby Storytime | 10:30 AM, 10/18 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca |

Minecraft After-School Party | 4:00 PM, 10/21 Monday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | For kids in 1st through 6th grades Get together with your friends to play Minecraft!

Insectapalooza | 9:00 AM, 10/19 Saturday | Stocking Hall, 411 Tower

Family Story Time | 10:30 AM, 10/22 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library,



State Theater, 107 W State St., Ithaca | The classic story is told in three acts of ballet. A downtrodden girl dressed in rags is forced to toil in service of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Music by Prokofiev, choreography by Lavinia Reid and Cindy Reid based on staging by Alice Reid. (photo: provided)

Toddler and Preschool Storytime | 11:00 AM, 10/22 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca |

Sacred Chanting with Damodar Das Kirtan | 7:00 PM, 10/18 Friday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd, Ithaca | Kids are welcome; easy & fun spiritual practice. Open to all faiths; no prior experience required. | $10 s.d.

Literary Legos | 3:30 PM, 10/22 Tuesday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Listen to a fun story and build a Lego creation based on the story.† Please preregister by calling the library at (315) 568-8265 x2.

Beginner Bird Walks | 8:30 AM, 10/19 Saturday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | Guided bird walks every Saturday and Sunday morning, sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club. For more information, go to the club’s

198 Main St. , Newfield | Join us every Tuesday for stories, songs and fun. There is a different theme each week.

Halloween candy calories on this one-mile, all-terrain, challenging dash through Ithacaís historic municipal cemetery. The course starts uphill and goes downhill from there - only to go back uphill! Costumes are welcome and prizes will be given. Bring your friends & family - special rate available for groups of 4 or more! All ages welcome.† | $13/$10 Dryden Senior Citizens Fall Bazaar | 9:00 AM, 10/19 Saturday | Dryden Fire Hall, 26 North St., Dryden | Lunch will be served from 11 am to 1 pm.

where Route 13 northbound coming up from Elmira joins in. | Go for a hike through Treman State Park (the leaves should be beautiful by then) and then gather afterwards at Ithaca Beer around 12:30. All are welcome. | free Centerline Fitness and Martial Arts Fall Open House | 11:00 AM, 10/20 Sunday | Centerline Fitness and Martial Arts, 335 Elmira Road, Ithaca | Come by to explore the studio, try out some equipment, meet the instructors, and enjoy refreshments, door

welcome.† Teachers provided by the Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County. Car Pride of Ithaca Open Club Meet | 5:00 PM, 10/22 Tuesday | Ithaca Wal-Mart parking lot, Memorial fairgrounds parkway, Ithaca | Domestic, import, old, new, cars, trucks, r.v.s, & more. CAR PRIDE is an open club that is free to join. French Conversation and Tutoring Sessions | 6:00 PM, 10/22 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Opportunities for those in the process of learning French

Cuddle-up Infant & Toddler Library Time | 10:00 AM, 10/23 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden |

Civil War “Show & Tell” RoundTable Discussion | 6:30 PM, 10/23 Wednesday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | Open to public. Bring a Civil War era artifact to show off.

Men’s Group | 6:00 PM, 10/16 Wednesday | The LGBTQ Center, 73 Main Street, Cortland | Menís Group is a group for gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight ally men to get together to support one another. This group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.

Ithaca Sociable Singles | 6:00 PM, 10/16 Wednesday | 10/16, 6:00 PM Dinner:†Spring Buffet; Host:Loisanne P., RSVP: Spencer Historical Society Annual Meeting | 7:00 PM, 10/16 Wednesday | Spencer Town Hall, 81 East Tioga Street, Spencer | Members and the public are invited to join the Spencer Historical Society for their Annual Meeting to be held on at the Spencer Town Hall (next door to the Highway Dept.). Help plan for the upcoming fiscal year, meet officers, become a member, join a committee, or just come introduce yourself to likeminded people who share an interest in local history. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Mic Night | 7:00 PM, 10/18 Friday | Dryden Community Center Cafe, 1 W Main St, Dryden | Come share your songs, stories, poems and enjoy your favorite coffee or tea and delicious homemade baked goods. Contact Arron Bound: (607) 844-1500 or email at manager@1westmain@

Open Hearts Dinner | 5:00 PM, 10/23 Wednesday | McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St., Candor | Come and join in the fun. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one’s for you. Contact: Denice Peckins



DOWNTOWN ITHACA HAUNTED HISTORY WALKING TOURS | 6:00 PM, 10/18 Friday & 10/19 Saturday | Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N Tioga St., Ithaca | | $10. Free for children ages 7 and under with an adult caregiver.

for the Arts, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | The public is invited to experience a bit of Smith lore and enjoy its unique architecture and decor via a tour of the theater.

Exercise Class for Seniors | 8:30 AM, 10/17 Thursday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Take off Pounds Sensibly | 6:00 PM, 10/17 Thursday | Candor Town Hall, 101 Owego Road, Candor | Contact Jean Dewey 659-9969 or jmdewey@ Sacred Sunday Community at Yoga Farm | 9:00 AM, 10/20 Sunday | Yoga Farm, 404 Conlon Rd, Lansing | Open Meditation | 10:30 AM, 10/20 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca |

A BRONX TALE Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM | The Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira | Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. (photo: provided)

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There will be a Bake Sale, White Elephant Table, Raffles and more!

6th Annual Ithaca City Cemetery Sprint | 9:00 AM, 10/19 Saturday | Ithaca City Cemetery, University Ave, Ithaca | Walk or run off those

Hike and Gathering of American Pilgrims on the Camino | 9:30 AM, 10/19 Saturday | Dirt parking lot off Route 34-96 northbound precisely

prizes, and membership discounts. Free Adult Tutoring Services | 10:00 AM, 10/22 Tuesday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Learn reading, writing, math and job-related skills.† Drop-ins

Smith Opera House Tours | 10:00 AM, 10/23 Wednesday | Smith Center

Overeaters Anonymous 12-Step meeting | 7:00 PM, 10/21 Monday | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca |



Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School | The band is comprised of volunteer musicians from all walks of life. From student to professor, professional to retiree, the band's musicians play for the love of music and with a commitment to promoting lifelong music making. Over 500 musicians have played with the band since its formation. New members are always welcome. (photo:provided)


Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn | Thanks to Ken Burns’s latest PBS documentary series, the story of country music is getting lots of attention. John McEuen is featured prominently in the show, and he and his current group, The String Wizards, will headline this concert. McEuen will be joined by special guests including The Owens Brothers (featuring Tom Owens from the B104.7 morning show Tom and Becky). (photo: provided)

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous | 4:00 PM, 10/20 Sunday | Community Recovery Center, 518 W Seneca St, Ithaca | FA is a free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating, or bulimia. foodaddicts. org. Additional meetings held Mondays @ 7pm and Saturdays at 8am.

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