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he Toronto Raptors announced on Thursday that they have signed former Cornell University men’s basketball player Matt Morgan to a professional deal. Then on Sunday, they announced that he had been released along with two other players as part of the routine roster shifting before the season begins. The Raptors made the initial announcement on Twitter and Morgan retweeted the post with a comment of “All blessings to the man above.” According to basketball website RealGM, Morgan appears to be the first Cornell player to make it to the NBA since Jeff Foote in 2010, and just the fourth overall since 1948. A request for comment from Morgan has not been answered, but his Twitter account seemed to indicate that he will play for Toronto’s G-League affiliate, the Toronto 905. The G-League is meant as a developmental system for NBA teams, who can call players up from the team at will to play for the official NBA team. Morgan, arguably the best player in Cornell’s history, was not selected in the 2019 NBA Draft that was held on June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The day after the draft, though, Morgan announced on Twitter that he had signed a deal to play with the Raptors in the Summer League in Las Vegas, which took place back in July. The Raptors are the defending NBA champions. The 6’2” guard averaged 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 13.8 minutes in four appearances during Summer League play. A n d r e w S u l l i va n
believes they have achieved a suitable list of requirements which will help the city achieve its environmental goals without making devleopment too expensive to scare off more density construction. “We have two compliance paths in here, one being the easy path which has a customized point system, you need six points to pass,” Goldsmith said, explaining that to gain points projects would have to meet certain criteria points like heating systems, energy-efficient windows, etc. “The other is the whole building path which you can use third-party certifications or energy modeling. The easy path makes assumptions on the carbon footprint of electricity likewise, for example, if you’re using the whole building path, there’s one method in there called the Carbon Calculation Method, where we explicitly list the greenhouse gas emissions factor that should be used in there.” Several members of the public submitted comments to Goldsmith regarding any changes that could be made to the code. One part that critics have lingered on is why there is a 1 year delay on the net-zero and fossil-fuel-free deadline, limits that don’t kick in until 2030. Goldsmith wants to make sure developers have
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City Centre has been used as an example of new energy-wise development. (Photo by Casey Martin)
n the coming months, the City and Town of Ithaca will be looking to approve the Green Building Code, which has been in the works since 2016, the largest step in regulating construction and development taken by the city in recent history. Nick Goldsmith, the sustainability coordinator for the City and Town of Ithaca has been working to ensure the Green Building Code works to benefit the city but is easy for developers to abide by.Goldsmith said that balance has been difficult to strike, but
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▶▶ The MUTTster Mash - It’s a bit of a trek, but it sounds like a great time. The dog- and family-friendly event is held on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. Feel free to register online and dress your dog up in a Halloween costume and join the parade! Proceeds go towards supporting animal rescue shelters in the surrounding area. Plus there’s a
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time before they have to use the policy in their developments. “We want to give people time to understand the regulation and plan for it,” Goldsmith said. “Saying you have to be net-zero by tomorrow seems like it would be a heavy lift for a lot of developers. We need to come up with a good response to that comment. That could be challenging to do in the near future. The fossil fuel question, I think, is tougher to just say that’s not possible right now.” At the time the policy was written, it was forward-thinking to forbid fossil fuels by 2030, according to Goldsmith, though other cities have now banned fossil fuels in construction by 2020. Upstate New York’s limit of allowable carbon dioxide emissions, which is 294.7 pounds per megawatt hour, was kept in close consideration during the formulation of the plan as well. Aside from navigating current regulation changes, Goldsmith has also been in touch with the historic preservation community, one of the more specific nuances that’s necessary. The new policy has taken into account reusing historic buildings and the possibility of how they could go against the code. “In the energy code supplement, there’s an exemption, all historic buildings would be exempt, as written,” Goldsmith said. “However, we’ve gotten comments from people who really know this area like the city’s historic preservation planner and the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission. They fully support removing that exemption. E dw i n J. Vi er a
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Tompkins Connect. They’ll be raffling off an Ithaca Beer/Westy Prize package and donating $1 from each and every Ithaca Beer sold to the SPCA of Tompkins County. This year will also feature a pet costume contest, so pull out a costume for your pet for a chance to win a gift basket.
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WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUME GROWING UP?
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A “One year I was this multicolored butterfly with awesome wings. I wore my tap shoes too…!” -Sarah R.
“Easy. Obi-Wan Kenobi when I was 8 years old” -Sander M.
“Marge from the Simpsons! It wasn’t my costume, but my friend rocked it perfectly.”
Community gets first look at Collegetown Chacona Block redevelopment
“My mom hand sewed me a big Bunny Suit. It was awesome.” -SPIKE
“Darkwing Duck. My Mom made it for me. She also made my brother a peanut costume. It was hilarious. He really couldn’t move..at all.”
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has been leading the Green Building Code charge over the last two years. Several council members were skeptical of the measures outlined by the planning department. Alderperson Donna Fleming argued that it would be impractical to hire a new staff person and pay a consultant to tell us what to do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rather, she said money could go to implementing obvious strategies such as purchasing electric vehicles and repairing old HVAC systems. Others felt there is no need to hire three staffers, instead saying that 1.5 should be enough for the workload. While frustrating, the conversation didn’t come as much of a Common Council was hesitant to endorse a proposed increase in surprise to JoAnn Planning Department staffing. (Photo by Casey Martin) Cornish, director of the planning department. in support of doubling the number of full“Balancing all of the City’s budget time staffers dedicated to working on the requests is very difficult with the limited ambitious environmental plan, from 1.5 to funding we have to run our operation,” three. Currently, the city shares the salary Cornish said. “As a department head, I of Nick Goldsmith, sustainability coordiknow we do not have the bandwidth in nator for the City and Town of Ithaca, who our department to take on three new
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t the City of Ithaca Common Council’s second budget meeting, the City’s Planning Department came forward to discuss their request to make a planner position full-time instead of 35 hours per week and adding new positions to work on the Green New Deal. The request came after several students and members of the Ithaca Sunrise Movement came to a previous meeting to speak
ollegetown residents got their first glance at the proposed redevelopment of the Chacona Block on College Avenue that currently houses Collegetown Bagels and Ruloff ’s. The proposal, which was submitted to the city in late summer, calls for a six story building that would redevelop 411-415 College Avenue. The project would bring 56 rental units and 4,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on the ground floor, and will require CTB and Ruloff ’s to close for a significant amount of time, and possibly permanently move. The feedback meeting, which was hosted by property owner Student Agencies, architect and consultant Whitham Planning and designers HOLT Architects, is one of several similar events that the group will hold over the next few months to better involve local residents. Scott
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Whitham, of Whitham Planning, listed the project’s timeline as follows, assuming all goes well: By the end of May 2020, they hope to have a final approval in hand and begin construction in June. It will take a little over a year to complete construction, meaning they aim to have the building open and operational by the time the 2021 fall semester begins. Ryan Schutts, of HOLT, said the design was an attempt to connote the building’s neighborhood context, though they will likely be tweaking the design now after some feedback from the Planning Board during their initial meeting with them. Their efforts to maintain the neighborhood character, as is so often mentioned, were partially inspired by the intense battle that developed over whether or not the Chacona Block was worthy of a historic designation. The designation would have
full-time employees. I was however very surprised at some Council members’ reluctance to fund just one (and 1/2) positions. I think they were just realizing that by adopting the resolution for the Green New Deal it meant actually committing resources to realize the goals established in the resolution.” Cornish noted that during previous meetings about the Green New Deal, community members have spoken about working with the city to help Ithaca achieve its climate goals, on a volunteer basis. Fifth Ward Alderperson Laura Lewis offered the suggestion of having two positions start when the budget goes into effect in 2020 and having a part-time Green New Deal staffer start around March. George McGonigal, representative for the city’s First Ward supported Fleming’s comments, citing a lack of clarity regarding the duties of the positions. “I am reluctant to create more bureaucracy, more desks in City Hall, without clearly understanding and believing that this will significantly help bring real, positive results in our effort to become greener,” McGonigal said. “Would we be served just as well or better, at least right now, spending tax dollars on physical improvements that will bring fairly rapid positive results?” Cornish is aware that allowing community members to volunteer on this effort would require significant facilitation from staff. Cornish further stated she is concerned with the excitement and momentum of the movement will be lost if Common Council doesn’t show its commitment. E dw i n J. Vi er a
meant that virtually any major redevelopment plans would have to be approved by the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission, which is in charge of initiating the historic designation process. Mayor Svante Myrick broke a tied Common Council vote to reject the historic designation. The project is currently estimated to cost $14 million, though Schutts said they’re obviously working on bringing that down a bit. “One of the biggest concerns is the use,” neighborhood resident Jennifer Wilkins said. “There’s a strong interest in this community to have that be a place where people gather and have coffee, a beer after work. There’s a hope that that community feeling doesn’t go away. And that’s going to depend a lot on what kind of business goes into there.” To that point, Student Agencies CEO Kyle Karnes said the organization had been in talks to allow CTB and possibly Ruloff ’s to move back into the space when construction is finished, but no solid plans have been agreed upon yet. M att Butler
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Thumbs Up - Extra shoutout to Matt Morgan for getting a chance in the NBA, even if it was followed by news of his release. The former Cornell star was candid in his interview with us several months ago, when the chances of him landing a spot on a roster seemed remote. And yet, he came from the Ivy League all the way to the reigning champs’ roster. Now he’s likely headed for the developmental G-League, which isn’t a bad alternative for the time being. Thumbs Down - This was the start of it. Six or so months of seeing your breath, bundling up, blowing into your hands, etc. Perhaps we should be grateful that we made it all the way to the third week of October, but for the newcomers out there, be warned. This was only the start.
Ithaca comes up short for $10 million state grant again
fter months of waiting, the city of Ithaca once again lost a $10 million New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant for the Southern Tier which would have been used to partially fund several downtown projects and initiatives such as a conference center and a partial continuation of the Commons down E. State St. The winner, instead, was the city of Hornell, located in Steuben County. Though the city’s finishing position this year is not yet known, they have finished in second place several times before. That’s due in part, Mayor Svante Myrick said in July, to the fact that Ithaca retains one of the healthier economies in the Southern Tier, and the DRI grants are normally aimed at municipalities which would have deeper needs. Myrick had submitted the proposal and made a pitch to state officials over the summer. The plan included using the grant money to fund a substantial amount of affordable housing (likely helping out with the 200 or so units of affordable housing included in the Green Street Garage project), helping to fund construction of a conference center (also part of the Green Street Garage project, although seemingly contingent on grant funding), parking infrastructure expansion and rehabilitation, the extension of the Commons one block down West State Street, a health hub (which could have been a location for a safe injection site), downtown WiFi (which would have been cool), and other projects. The actual impact of losing out on
Seen - Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne is facing ethics questions after the discovery of a large donation to the Lansing Republican Committee that was made just before LaVigne voted to award a local development with a deadline postponement. Rocco Lucente, who is involved in the development, made the $8400 donation. Keep an eye on Lansing.
Ithaca was overlooked again for the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. (Photo by Casey Martin)
the grant might not be known for a few months. This was the first known grant shoe to drop, so to speak; Tompkins County is still up for a Consolidated Funding Application from the state that would be worth $5 million, submitted by the Tompkins Chamber Foundation. That will be announced in December. “Of course Ithaca and Tompkins County are disappointed that the Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding has once again gone to another community in the Southern Tier,” said Jennifer Tavares, President of the Tompkins Chamber. “We recognize there are other downtowns in the region worthy of investment by New York State. However, our collaborative of local organizations and public officials will continue our hard work to advocate for funding for the Downtown Ithaca Conference Center and several other projects critical to moving our community forward, and continuing to grow and sustain our local economy.” The Downtown Ithaca Alliance’s Gary Ferguson expressed disappointment but wouldn’t say whether the city would stop applying for the grant. Binghamton announced that it would no longer apply for the grant after being passed over for several years, citing the time and manpower necessary to submit the application. “As we reviewed our four previous proposals, we can see that there have been projects and proposals that have been included on 3 and in some cases 4 of the submissions,” Ferguson said. “While we have been successful in bringing some of our private sector projects to fruition
(thanks to our community’s CITAAP program), we struggle to move projects that require large public support. One such project we are working feverishly to accomplish is the Downtown Community Conference Center project. This project will require grant subsidy to move forward- without question.” According to the award announcement, Hornell was selected due to the resurgence the community has seen in previous years through investments in local housing options, manufacturing facilities, arts and cultural offerings, healthcare centers, commercial and mixed-use development, and public infrastructure. Using this award, Hornell will be able to continue its resurgence by supporting the numerous opportunities necessary to sustain a robust workforce, engaged citizenship and a high standard of living. Their application outlined some of the different things Hornell will be using the grant for. “The City of Hornell will build upon the immense progress that is happening with the growth in employment and private development throughout the city,” the application reads. “Hornell has over $300 million in private investment over the last 2 years. With the assistance of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Hornell plans to leverage an additional $250 million that will foster Downtown Hornell’s educational, cultural, historic, artistic, recreational, dining, and retail opportunities. DRI investment will: strengthen existing local and regional assets; create longterm value to support future generations; and provide an inclusive and sustainable downtown experience for residents, workers, students and visitors.
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upbeat and warm, easy to talk to, modome of us met Tim Turecek when est and hilarious. Many of his jobs were he was a teacher or a principal, or by nature conflict-ridden, yet even those later when he served who disagreed with Tim on as school superintendent in an issue express no negativity Marathon, NY. Others met about this gentle, soft-spoken Tim during his adminisguy. trative stint at New Roots Having spent so many years School in Ithaca, and some helping young people flourish of us worked with him when despite sometimes overwhelmhe taught incarcerated teens ing challenges, when asked in a secure state facility nearabout Suicide Prevention and by. People who have bought Crisis Services, Tim speaks Middle Eastern street food of our young people whose may recall a lively, cheerful suicide rate is tragic: “Baby chap filling their weekend Boomers are now becoming takeout order. WRFI Radio the elders. We are surrounded fans tune in weekly to Tim’s by brilliant, insightful, enerTim Turecek radio astrology presentagetic young people, the Miltion. Fewer of us knew that lennials, 20-40-year olds who Tim served for years as a are scared about their future in the world volunteer and board member at Suicide we have created. We must be honest that Prevention and Crisis Services. Since July of everything is not okay. Suicide Preventhis year Tim has taken on coordination of tion provides a meaningful emergency this essential agency. No matter how people first crossed paths with Turecek they describe him as continued on page 7
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acquelyn Dowd Hall is an author, historian, and founding director of the Southern Oral History program at the University of North Carolina. She comes to Ithaca on Wednesday, October 30, to discuss her new book, “Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America,” from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites at Ithaca College. The New York Times calls the book “an epic, poignant biography of siblings b‘estranged and yet ever entangled’ by the South, each other, and their haunted family history.” BookPage says, “This triple biography is a master class in how to write history.” Early in Hall’s career, researching her dissertation on a women’s anti-lynching campaign, she discovered “The Making of a Southerner,” a 1946 autobiography by Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, born in Georgia 1897 to a former slaveholding family who were subsequently leading political proponents of the Jim Crow system of racial oppression and segregation. Lumpkin describes, in her memoir, how by young adulthood she had come to regard “as untenable on any grounds whatsoever … the Southern system of white supremacy and all its works.” Hall writes in her introduction, “To me Katharine’s book was like summer lightning,” an “autobiography as social critique.” Hall says that “unlike the revisionists - indeed, unlike most historians to the present day - she placed a woman at the center of southern past.” With further research Hall discovered Katharine’s sisters, Elizabeth and Grace, whose lives also illuminated “a history of regional dissent and the national dimensions of racism,” exemplifying not just struggle and high-mindedness but also, sometimes, failure and even infamy. “Once I linked these fascinating sisters,” Hall writes, “I found myself obsessed with origins and influences. What produced them? And what were the dynamics and undercurrents among them as, embedded in separate but overlapping circles of allies, lovers, and friends, they vied with one another to speak for their family and their region?” The eldest sister, Elizabeth, was a loyalist to the tenets of the Confederacy. A writer and orator, she extolled notions such as “the virgin whiteness of our Georgia.” Katharine and Grace, however, younger by more than a decade, rebelled against their family and the tenor of their racist surroundings, and moved north, creating careers in writing, teaching, and progressive political activism. Ultimately the younger sisters returned south, to Virginia. In the 1970s Hall sought them out, well into their senior
years. Part of the fascination of Hall’s book is the changes, the highs and lows, of the three long lives. Elizabeth ended up widowed, with four children; she went on to earn a law degree to support her family. Katharine and Grace, Hall says, wrote works “firmly established among students of women’s and southern history as classics of autobiography and radical fiction.” Katharine’s later years were happy ones in an ultimately successful academic career long thwarted by political and gender prejudices. Grace, who renounced her liberal past, traded one type of radicalism for another (she was an FBI informant in the political persecutions of the 1950s), and died in poverty and estrangement in 1980 at the age of 89. The publicity for the book says that Hall “has been - at some level - thinking about the women, or at least the kind of women, who populate ‘Sisters and Rebels’ for most of her writing and teaching career.” This week in a communication with the Ithaca Times Hall enthused about her event at Ithaca College as a kind of personal return with a view of her own history. Hall calls Ithaca “almost a second home since 1966,” when her mother (known as Jinx) “left an unhappy marriage and took the kids” here from Oklahoma. (Hall had already left home for college, but there were four younger siblings.) Jinx has passed away, and one sibling moved away, but the three other siblings are still in Ithaca. Jinx Dowd worked for the English department at Cornell, and then the Cornell Human Affairs Program, a platform for progressive political concerns. In Hall’s telling, her mother is as independent and intrepid as the rebel sisters in her book. Daughter Jacqueline wrote about mother Jinx in a collection published this year by the University of North Carolina Press, “Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South.” Among her other professional concerns, Hall says, “I try to time my visits to Ithaca around gigs by Johnny Dowd,” a musical rebel and brother of Jacqueline Dowd Hall. As it happens, Johnny doesn’t have any gigs schedule here this week. Hall says instead she hopes to go out with him and the rest of their family “for a bite to eat at Just A Taste.” As so often in our small town, you never know what big presences you might be (historically) among.
“And the Crisis line we know saves COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS lives. People tell us so, and readers know Contin u ed From Page 6 that all of us must face times in our life when talking to a trained and compasconnection for someone who cannot sionate stranger would provide the lift reach a family member or friend. We are and/or clarity we need. That’s what the a stop-gap, [a] crucial safety valve when Crisis Line is for. It’s for all of us at 1-800anxiety becomes overwhelming.” 273-8255.” Tim adds: “Despite being described Turecek said Crisis Services’ previas such a great guy, I am also petulant, ous director, Lee Ellen Marvin, has angry, arrogant, hypocritical, and wrong moved into a role where she can focus on at times. Not everybody likes me, and educational programs at the organizasometimes I don’t like myself…“It is tion, featuring week-long residencies at important for our young people to hear local schools to work on “building safe, that we are all a unique constellation of supportive and resilient school cultures.” parts. To be healthy, whole, and usefulHopefully, that type of education will as an individual or as a community- we equip students with the long-term tools must cherish and develop ALL our partsto fight thoughts of suicide, should they especially the “ugly” ones… It’s where the occur. divinity is.” In our daily lives in our tumultuous Turecek said he has to work to root out world, Tim’s candid recognition of our his own “bad stuff.” That means avoiding frailties, as well as our strengths, may dragging others down by projecting his help us accept that we all wrestle with own negative experiences onto them. demons. Acknowledging the enormity of “As I travel in our community, I meet the tasks before us, and acknowledging people who lament that we have ‘lost our that none of us has it together all the time, community,’ and I hear the desire that we may help us be kinder to ourselves and help each other to rebuild community,” thereby open to kindness in others. This Turecek said. “Rebuilding this network of acceptance alone may help us maintain connection is a fundamental need, but to healthier expectations, and be an imporget there we need to focus on what works tant preventive against suicidal thoughts. today to connect people with one another, Stay tuned for upcoming messages to give them meaning and purpose, to from Tim Turecek and his colleagues at provide, at least, a lifeline.” Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services. “Here in Tompkins County, the LegIn the meantime Tim says, “People want islature enables us to quickly arrange up to know how they can help. I find eye to 8 free counselling sessions through our contact, a smile, or hidden kindness to a After-Trauma program. When someone is stranger is enough. It’s also the best selfcontemplating suicide or overwhelmed by care.” loss, they need help now.
In response to “County supports allowing rifles during bear and deer season”
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hank you for your article highlighting a problem that many families in Ithaca have been aware of for years – in Ithaca, football is a dying sport. While it is true that national trends toward specialization and a lot of bad PR is playing a role in the programs’ decline, your article didn’t capture the full extent of the issue in our community. Although you interviewed a parent from Lansing (a community with a well-supported youth football program) you failed to ask any players, family members, or former youth coaches from Ithaca for their perspective. Ask any one of us, and we can list a litany of cascading issues that have contributed to youth football’s decline here. My husband coached youth tackle for several years – including the year with two teams and 65 players. The success of that year had everything to do with a coalition of highly involved parent coaches (including Jeff Love who dedicated many years to the sport, coaching more than one generation of youth player). However, the Youth Bureau failed to capitalize on that momentum, and eventually everyone involved gets tired of meeting resistance at every turn, and gives up. A couple of years ago, a workgroup was formed which imagined the structure for a comprehensive flag program which would be run similarly to the elementary basketball program, using the USA football flag model. The IYB failed to fully execute the program as intended, despite the energy and efforts of that workgroup. There has also been a long standing disconnect between the high school program and the youth program, leading to a lack of consistency and failure to connect with and encourage youth players. Is football dangerous? It can be, just like any other contact sport. Last weekend my son broke his leg in a varsity game at Binghamton and required surgery. That same weekend two of his other classmates also broke bones and required surgery – though neither of them are athletes. The point being is that although football as a sport is facing issues nationally (some of which is due to misinformation and bad data), those national trends don’t fully explain the local context. There are many factors contributing to the program’s decline here, most especially the fact that the youth program in Ithaca has never been given the resources and attention it deserves. Ellice Switzer, City of Ithaca
Long overdue. The county should have passed this a year or two ago when the state approved counties to do so. The liberal politicians quoted have nothing to fear from guns, but from the criminals behind some guns. If they’re so concerned about criminal use of firearms they should do something to ensure that more criminals are locked up. Unfortunately, this county has been going in the other direction for years. And as of January 1st the entire state will be sharing in the lunacy of Tompkins County in how criminals are handled. This state is going down the tubes because of liberal Democrats. Franklins Ghost, via Ithaca.com
An endorsement of Mark Witmer The Town of Caroline is lucky to have Mark Witmer as their Town Supervisor. He is everything an elected official should be: smart, dedicated, a good communicator, fiscally responsible, and a strong environmentalist. He is the clear choice over his pro-fracking opponent. Please vote for Mark Witmer on November 5. Dan Klein, Caroline representative to the Tompkins County Legislature
In response to “Endangered: Does youth football have a future in Ithaca?”
“Chop it. It’s too much money going into a sport that is dangerous and favors the boys. There’s no equal sports expenditure for girls, and that is wrong.” Traci Nathans-Kelly, via Facebookk
In response to “Ithaca comes up short for $10 million state grant again” “It seems like time for Ithaca to take the lead on flexing its incredible collaborative leadership qualities and economic advantages to leverage increased resources from a more comprehensive regional approach. Looking beyond “me,” to “us.” Just a thought.” Seth Adams, via Facebook
In response to an art review in the Oct. 16th issue I was totally appalled at the art review in the Oct 16th Times, by Arthur Whitman. His observations about Patty’s work were untrue as well as extremely unkind. Hopefully, she took his opinion as just that, one nasty opinion. Her oil paintings are beautiful and skillfully painted. Kudos to those two women for showing such different kind of work in a joint show. I think it is a wonderful show. Janet Locke
WHO LET THE BUGS OUT? Packed house at Cornell University’s Department of Entomology annual Insectapalooza last Saturday.
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Correcting the Connection
Dryden’s broadband pipe dream might actually work
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ryden Town Supervisor Jason Leifer is frustrated. It’s Valentine’s Day 2018. He’s sitting in a negotiation meeting, along with other local municipal representatives, with Spectrum officials, listening to them pitch a deal that would bring a fiber build-out to places like Dryden, greatly 8 T
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increasing internet access across Tompkins County. The catch is that they will only do so as long as the municipality is willing to pay for the installation costs and, additionally, hand ownership of the constructed fiber build out over to Spectrum as well. In his mind, they would be paying Spectrum to own fibers that would provide Specrtum a profit anyway, basically allowing the company to double-dip the town and its residents.
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Leifer soon walks out of the meeting. He now calls the proposition “f***ing ridiculous.” “That’s why we’re doing this,” Leifer said. “I’d rather find the money and do it, and solve the one big problem the town has had for years. [...] We’ll own it, and hire a company to operate it. We want the asset.” The meeting simmered with Leifer for a while, but out of it was born his plan
to establish a public, municipal broadband system which woud provide each and every resident of Dryden with a wired broadband internet connection. The plan, projected to cost $14.5 million for installation over a six year implementation phase, could be the first of its kind in New York State and might evolve into a significant economic boon for Dryden in the longterm, according to a report recently submitted to the Dryden Town Board earlier
this month. Similar efforts are currently taking place in Yates County and Monroe County. While there are still plenty of steps to take before the plan potentially comes to fruition, support for the proposal appears to be overwhelming, which was the first thing Leifer had to secure. Through a consultant firm, Dryden sent out a survey to test the public’s appetite for the plan, and were pleasantly surprised by how universal resident approval was shown to be: of the 850 or so responses to the survey (of just under 4,000 sent out), about 85 percent favored the plan. A report compiled by Hunt EAS engineering consultant firm also provided a rosy financial outlook for the plan should it come to fruition, particularly after the loans for installation are paid off. While obviously dependent on overall population and enrolment in the system, the monthly payments from residents who choose to sign up for the system are projected to reach between $3.7 million per year after the bonds for the project are paid off, which will likely take a little under a decade. What would Dryden do with that kind of capital? Who knows. But it’s a good problem to have, Leifer said. Internet access isn’t a universal need in the county. The state maintains a database of households with broadband access, though their criteria might not be the best measurement, but it still shows that places like Danby and Newfield have very few internet options, and maybe none at all that are affordable for those residents. Most of it depends on density. Ithaca, for instance, is adequately covered in the city and the vast majority of the town as well. For the most part, those places are dense enough that they meet Spectrum’s minimum households-per-mile requirement, which mandates that Spectrum build out fiber internet connection to households. In less dense places, though, it’s a constant concern, especially when the internet represents the most convenient way to do necessary day-to-day activities like paying bills or staying connected. In municipalities like these, officials’ eyes are trained on if and how Dryden is able to pull off their plan. A government plan to establish its own broadband build-out isn’t possible everywhere. Enfield Town Supervisor Beth McGee, while acknowledging the problems her town has with internet access, said she isn’t sure they’d be able to pull off anything like Dryden is trying, especially with a much smaller population and a less robust inter-
net infrastructure to start with. There are external factors at play as “There are big differences between well, though how much impact they will Dryden and Enfield that make me queshave is questionable. The much-anticition whether it’s something that Enfield pated debut of 5G coverage throughout could even entertain doing,” McGee said. the country could be coming in the next “But an expenditure like that would likely few years, and it’s generally accepted that be bigger than our whole town budget.” switch will signal the end of the need for With that in mind, McGee is still traditional broadband internet at some watching closely as Dryden navigates the point. But there are doubts about exactly process. how far 5G will extend, and if rural com“This coming year, it is of interest to us munities will feel any of the benefits that to start exploring what the services are and more populous places will; essentially, what the gaps are in Enfield,” McGee said. the exact same problem rural areas face Its size and location are most of why already. Plus, there are still qualms about Dryden represents such a unique but the effectiveness of 5G indoors, since the well-suited test case. It has a large enough frequency used normally has trouble passpopulation, plus an already-established ing through walls, which would mean that economic core and infrastructure, that the households would be even less likely to replan is financially feasible, while being ruceive high-speed capability through it. ral enough that For his part, the thousands of Leifer believes residents in the that places like town are excludDryden will ed from broadbe left behind band access. It’s when 5G is inthe perfect martroduced, so the riage of size and need for broadneed. band access will “Our town remain consisis the perfect tent for his consize to do this,” stituents. Leifer said. “We “5G isn’t don’t need to put coming to rural in new poles [...] areas,” Liefer It’s not that difsaid. “If anyficult. If we get thing it could a minimum of bring some Dryden Town Supervisor Jason Leifer 2,000 subscrib5G to Dryden, ers, it starts but companies running in the would likely black in year four. So we can pay off all want to lease our fibers anyway.” the bonds, if we do just bonds, we can pay It’s clear that part of Leifer’s motivathem off by year seven or eight. Then it be- tion is to alleviate one of the burdens that comes a profit center.” plagues his residents, but he’s not shy that The overall climate for municipal another part of it results from anger at inbroadband networks around the country ternet providers like Spectrum. He hears is tense. There are success stories and tales from Dryden residents constantly who of failure, much like any other similar enhave reached out to Spectrum to lodge deavor. Increasingly, states are either bana complaint or ask a question without ning or putting more legislative obstacles receiving a reply; Leifer can barely get a in the way of local municipal broadband response himself when he tries to contact build-outs, though New York State has not the company. Frustration is at such a level yet done so. The state does also have a pro- that Leifer said people have told him they’d gram called the New New York Broadband switch to the municipal system even if it Program which incentivizes companies to charged the exact same price as Spectrum, build fiber-to-the-home connections for though Leifer plans on charging lower. communities, started in 2015 by Governor “The people I talk to, even just when Andrew Cuomo and designed to invest I’m floating the idea, they can’t stand Spec$500 million in broadband expansion in trum or Time Warner and all these comthe state. Grants like that could also help panies,” Leifer said. “They don’t feel like offset the cost of Dryden’s installation pro- they’re accountable to anybody. [...] .” cess. There have been previous efforts to exOc to b e r
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pand broadband access in the county, with a 2012 estimate stating that over 5,700 houses remained without access. Spurred on by a New York State grant and the formation of a countywide broadband committee, the Tompkins and Cayuga Ubiquitous Last Mile Coverage Project sought to bring wireless internet to 95 percent of those without it. “It’s always a significant thing if you don’t have it,” said Chuck Bartosch, the CEO of local internet service provider Clarity Connect and one of the leaders of the coverage project. “If you believe in the idea that the interenet is a good thing socially, and that it makes a difference for people in the services they have access to, and their ability to participate, even in democracy, then it matters that they don’t have access to it.” Bartosch noted that likely every household in the county has access to satellite internet, but that the higher cost for satellite service could be prohibitive and its bandwidth is generally lower than other internet options. The Last Mile Coverage Project ended up working in spots, but other places were simply too difficult to outfit because of their natural environments. “The terrain is brutal, and that’s one of the reasons why there’s not more fiber to the home in places like Caroline and Dryden,” Bartosch said, explaining that the geography of some areas renders fiber installation quite expensive, while wireless options are hampered by trees and hills. “The terrain just makes it difficult for everything.” Leifer’s hope is that his plan would circumvent all of these obstacles, and he concludes with another point he believes should sway people to support his side. If his plan to charge lower rates for the same internet speed is feasible, than not only would customers be able to stop dealing with large internet provider corporations, but they’d be able to stop paying them as well. That money would be redirected to fixing potholes, mitigating taxes, or whatever complaints they might have that impact them close to home. “You can invest this into all this infrastructure, and since you’re going to have been buying internet anyway, you’re not increasing your bill at all,” Leifer said. “You’re paying that money to somebody regardless if you’re getting internet service. So why not pay it to your town? So the money stays in your town.”
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in 32 games. He is also a star in the classroom, maintaining a 3.94 GPA while tutoring many other students, and his recognition extends far beyond the Cornell campus, as he is a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the top football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.
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Corning on their home field, and tied them at home. Ironically, Corning has a higher seed in the Sectional tournament, but that matters little given Ithaca knows they can beat them if they play their best game. “When we play Corning,” Whitehead offered, “it’s anybody’s game and for me, those are the best games.” She added, “It depends on who is feeling it on that night.” Like their counterparts, the girls will move on to the Sectional final on Friday should they win. When asked to share a little about this year’s team, Maureen said that the squad gets a lot of effort and production from many different players, there are two seniors who have provided solid leadership. She offered, “Those two seniors are Beth Duncan and Mae Conuel. They have been a consistent backbone for us.” ● ● ●
Kudos to Cornell senior Jelani Taylor on being named the winner of the Richie Moran Award at the Hall of Fame Dinner earlier this month. Cornell alum Jay Spiegel initiated the Richie Moran Award in early 1989. Ac-
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I’d like to send out additional congrats to Robert Brehm and the rest of the TC3 cross-country team on the completion of their first season as a team. Success is measured in many ways, and for Brehm, being named All-Conference is one of the most tangible. The Groton alum finished in sixth place at the Mid Beth Duncan (with ball) and Saba Washington State Athletic Conference Championduring a recent game. (Photo by Rebecca Hagen) ships, earning him that honor, and the team finished in fifth place (higher cording to Cornellbigred.com, Spiegel’s than two other schools). idea was “to honor a scholar-athlete who Another way to define success is by also exhibited the type of Ivy League spirit looking at improvement, and the Panthers Cornellians seek to emulate — that of not measure up in that regard as well. The cononly excellence in scholarship and athletference championship was held at Finger ics, but also in service to the community.” Lakes Community College, and the PanTaylor embodies all the award reprethers ran their first-ever race there. Four sents, as he is a 3-year starter as a safety for TC3 runners ran faster times than they did the Big Red. Entering last weekend, he had in their season-opener, led by Brehm, who 143 tackles on the season, including 4.5 shaved 1 minute and 15 seconds off his for a loss and 2.0 sacks, 22 pass breakups, a previous time, finishing in 31:12. pair of forced fumbles and an interception
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s usual, the Ithaca High soccer teams – both of them – have taken care of business to the point where they will both play in the Sectionals. While the boys won the STAC title and the girls fell short of that goal, both teams have a clean slate heading into the postseason. The boys’ team won an overtime thriller in the STAC championship game, beating Oneonta 1-zip on a Flynn McCarthy goal, and will move on to host Corning on Oct. 30. If they win that game, they will move on to play in the Sectional final on Nov. 1. In the words of Maureen Whitehead, the head coach of the Little Red girls’ team, “To their credit, the boys seem to come up big in important games.” Speaking of the girls’ team, Whitehead said, “We are still overcoming some big losses in terms of players that have moved on, and the team has been a bit naïve and inconsistent, but we’re having a lot of fun seeing how far we can push our season.” Whitehead’s team will take the pitch against Corning on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and the two teams know one another well. In the two games this season, Ithaca beat
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Museum of the Earth opens unique exhibit about solitary bees
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special exhibit at the Museum of the Earth is dedicated to the interesting yet unknown lives of bees. The exhibit, ‘Bees! Diversity, Evolution and Conservation,’ will be open until June 2020 and takes a deep dive into the world of solitary bees. Bryan Danforth, a professor of entomology at Cornell University, served as the technical advisor for the exhibit and spoke about how the idea of the exhibit came to fruition. “It was part of a grant from the National Science Foundation [NSF] that was written back in 2014,” Danforth said. “The project was focused on bee evolution, understanding the origins of bees from the crabronic wasps, and understanding big picture bee evolution using phylogenetic data. There are two criteria for NSF proposals; one is scientific merit and one is broader impact. By broader impacts, NSF is looking for ways you can amplify the research you are doing and educate people who are not
The display currently up at the Museum of the Earth, teaching about bees. (Photo provided)
massive bee and we didn’t know much about it’s biology until a guy named Adam Messer traveled to Indonesia to study these bees. He discovered that they nest in arboreal termite nests. These are resin bees, they borough into the arboreal termite nests and line the tunnel with resins that they collect from plants. Then they provision themselves with pollen and fruit nectar and then lay an egg.” Some of the challenges in getting the exhibit to come together were getting visuals and establishing some of the other elements, though it has clearly paid off. Part of the exhibit, that’s more for kids, examines the other pollinators as well. As people walk through the exhibit, they learn about the origins of bees and can examine a cross-section of a bee. The exhibit also looks at how the symbiotic relationship flowers and bees have developed since the dawn of time, PRI’s Director of Exhibitions Helaina Blume said. There are several fossil specimens tucked away since they are encased in amber, which is delicate to sunlight. She also said patrons can get a look at a representative from each of the 28 different subfamilies of bees, which are accompanied by a brief description of the family. She went on to say that the exhibit has several videos for people to watch showing the lives of certain bees, a bevy of different specimens to view through a microscope, some of which are on loan from the Museum of Natural History in New York City, and a unique sound cone that, when a person stands under it, get the intimate feeling of being ensconced in bees. Patrons are able to visit the exhibit anytime from now until it closes in June 2020. More information about the exhibit can be found on www.priweb.org. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and kids from 4-17. Oc to b e r
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in academics, who aren’t your colleagues from other universities.” Danforth later partnered with Robert Ross, associate director for outreach for the Paleontological Research Institute, to create the exhibit. The exhibit is dynamic, as people will learn about the numerous types of bees, especially those less commonly recognized. Since the honey and bumblebees are social bees, this exhibit works with the bees people may not be as familiar with. “When you talk about bees, people typically think about honey bees and bumblebees,” Danforth said. “They think of the bees they are most familiar with and those bees are social. The reason people think about those bees is they do things they like, such as make honey in the case of honey bees. They also tend to be much more aggressive than solitary bees. They defend their colony, they have hundreds of workers that could come out and sting you. Humans pay attention to those things cause we don’t really like getting stung. We pay a lot of attention to the social bees because their aggressive and they make their presence known.” According to Danforth, solitary bees account for a larger fraction of bee diversity. He’s estimated that social bees account for ten percent of all bees on Earth, while solitary bees comprise about 77 percent of bee diversity with the remaining 13 percent being social parasites. Social parasites are bees that don’t build nests or forage for pollen, rather they infiltrate the nest of other bees to lay their eggs there. One particularly unique aspect of the exhibit is an insect called Wallace’s Giant Bee. “This is the largest known bee on Earth,” Danforth said of the bee, once thought to be extinct, which stretches to 2.5 inches of wingspan. “It occurs in a small number of islands in Indonesia. It’s called ‘Megachile pluto’ and the first specimens of this bee were collected by Alfred Russel Wallace in the 1800s. They were brought back to England and described by entomologists back in England. This is a
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Q&A with Ted Conover
storied writer comes to Ithaca College Wednesday By Barbara Ad am s
riter Ted Conover has spent four decades immersed in cultures most of us don’t have access to. He’s described his experiences in a series of articles and books –– from crossing the southern border with undocumented Mexican migrants (“Coyotes”) to working nearly a year as a corrections officer at Sing Sing maximum security prison (“Newjack”). His current project is about homesteaders in a poor, off-grid part of Colorado. Conover, head of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, reads from his work Wed., Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., in 101 Textor Hall, Ithaca College and is free and open to the public. He spoke recently with Ithaca Times freelancer Barbara Adams. IT: As an Amherst undergraduate, you’d already done some journalism, but what really prompted you to take a leave of absence and head out to ride the rails? TC: In an anthropology course, I’d learned about ethnography and field methods –– it was like journalism except that you had to spend a lot more time and learn from your direct experience of people, from hanging out with them. It struck me that maybe anthropology could lead me to a deeper journalism, one based on shared experiences. Growing up, I’d read books on hoboes and had a romantic idea of that life. So it was a perfect starting point: I could discover how much was false and how much was real. And I could have an adventure but treat it really seriously. IT: What rules or boundaries did you set for yourself? TC: I decided I would never tell a lie. And I would never misrepresent myself. But I didn’t feel a need to disclose myself right up front. “Participant observation” is the social scientist’s phrase for what I do: taking part and yet having one foot out, remaining an observer while participating. The same is true of a critic at a play or a sports reporter at football game: they have their own agenda, and it’s a productive place to be. I try to move to the participatory end of the spectrum, but without ever going all the way –– going native. That’s when you lose the perspective to tell the story to the people where you came from. IT: Your work gives us insight to key social issues, like race and incarceration. TC: People say “journalism is the first draft of history.” I try to capture a moment, some essential sense of things –– the enduring meaning at the heart of every story. That’s the great promise of journalism: the world is full of problems and you can go out there and take them on.
IT: Any regrets? TC: Like all nonfiction writers, I regret that at some point you need to stop reporting and start writing or you’ll never produce anything. I always think, Oh man, if I just had another three months, I would have gone there, had that experience, learned so much more. There’s a real correlation between experiences and how vivid and exciting the story is. IT: How hard is it to gain access? TC: Access is the great thwarter. It would be great to infiltrate a gang or the White House –– but how to get in is a recurring problem. It depends on the situation: Getting that job at Sing Sing took me three years; my other secretive project was two months as a meat inspector; it took two years to get there. IT: Once in, how do dissolve into another culture, adapt? Generally, the longer you’re out there, the more you absorb the culture. The skills a journalist brings to the project are really helpful –– coming into the room with your tail wagging, a friendly face and a sense of humor, trying to start conversations. Most people have a lot to say if they feel someone who cares is listening. I find it more valuable to listen than to talk. But you can’t get to know people unless you offer some of yourself. IT: You’ve had some rough times. What have been the greatest challenges? TC: At Sing Sing I was really scared a lot of the time and couldn’t show it. And I was pretty nervous on the rails as well. Traveling with migrants had a lot of the same perils as riding the rails, but they were mostly young guys my age. They were out having an adventure and I was too; they looked after me. I could fall asleep and not worry that something bad would happen. Falling asleep among strangers is one of the scariest things. And crooked cops, random violence. IT: You’ve been called courageous and intrepid. Do those terms describe you? TC: So many kinds of bravery are shown in everyday life –– I don’t necessarily think I deserve a lot of credit for all the things I’ve done. My main goal is to learn something and not get hurt. It’s much more modest than to come off as brave or bold –– I’d just like to get back in one piece. IT: Why do you do this? There are easier paths… TC: I can’t think of any so interesting, I really can’t. And maybe it’s part of the old hobo ethic: The 9 to 5 is harmful to the spirit and you need to get out, away from the clock, from expectations. There’s something great out there if you go.
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By Br yan VanC ampe n change. This concert explores these stories through the poetic and sonic imagery of popular music from the last century. I started to see these songs from blues and pop and certainly my specialty in the jazz field, I started to see them not only as connected but through the lens of this train. I started to get really excited about these connections. Our band, as part of preparing for this concert, went to the Harriet Tubman Museum. And there’s definitely a theme of the underground railroad that runs through this concert.
The jazz ensemble will be traveling to the Cortland Repertory Theatre and the Auburn Public Theatre
his weekend, the Cornell Jazz Ensemble presents a touring performance called “Mythology, Folklore and Freedom: Train Imagery in Early Blues, Folk, Jazz and Pop.” The program, featuring special guest vocalist and guitarist Miche Fambro, explores the advent of the train in 20th century history through songs in various genres. Performances this weekend are at the Auburn Public Theatre on Oct. 24, CRT Downtown on Dec. 25 and here at home at CU’s Bailey Hall on Oct. 27. Paul Merrill, Director of CU Jazz, Ithaca native and one-time member of John Brown’s Body, has been at Cornell since 2001. A program in the Department of Music, the ensemble consists of student performers from all majors across the campus: two large ensembles, two big bands and four and five combos each year, and including other student groups. Each year, 75-85 students play music in organized ensembles for class credit. Merrill spoke to the Ithaca Times about the upcoming concert. PM: The invention of the steam engine transformed who we are as a nation and how we live together as people. The train certainly revolutionized the way we travel but at the same time became a symbol of migration and mobility, a metaphor for freedom and a locomotive for social
IT: The program lists some of the songwriters but no titles.
PM: There’s a piece by John Coltrane called “The Underground Railroad” where he brings some of those issues and thoughts to a bit more of a modern jazz concept. Some of the Duke Ellington pieces are really interesting, because they capture the sense of the mythology but through a different perspective. There’s this piece called “The Daybreak Express” that Ellington wrote in 1933, which is really just a sound painting of what it’s like to ride on a train; a threeminute journey of what a train would feel like if it were music, and you were riding on it.
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IT: You mentioned Duke Ellington and I thought of “Take the A Train” right away. PM: Yeah, certainly we could have, but since everyone knows “Take the ‘A’ Train”, I thought we would dive a little deeper into these themes. There’s other choices that might seem obvious to you or I but maybe not to the students at Cornell or people who go to jazz concerts. There’s a Johnny Cash tune on there, “Folsom Prison Blues,” the Arlo Guthrie version of “City of New Orleans.” Other things people might not know: “Last Train from Overbrook” was a tune written by James Moody, later in the bebop era of jazz, but it still kind of dealt with some of the train onomatopoeia.
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St. Paul and the Broken Bones | 8:00 PM, 10/25 Friday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | All tickets purchased for original show will be honored.
Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM, | Mix Kitchen and Bar, Ithaca
10/23 Wednesday BRETT BEARDSLEE | 7:00 PM, | Stonecat Cafe, Hector Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale
10/24 Thursday Brews and Brats Open Mic | 6:30 PM, | Brews and Brats at Autumn View, Trumansburg Of Montreal w/ Locate S,1 | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $20 - $25
10/25 Friday Delta Mike Shaw | 6:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken Halloween Party w/ Sandbox | 6:00 PM, | Hopshire Farm & Brewery, Freeville The Fleshtones | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $16 Adv., $19 DOS
10/26 Saturday Honky Tonk Dance with Lloyd’s Boys | 7:00 PM, | Enfield Valley Grange Hall, Enfield | $5-$15 Suggested Donation Halloween Party w/ Under Construction | 8:00 PM, | JD’s Town Tavern, Erin The Districts | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $15 Adv., $18 DOS
Party of Four | 4:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken
Cornell University Jazz Ensembles: Mythology, Folklore and Freedom: Train Imagery in Early Blues, Folk, Jazz and Pop | 7:30 PM, 10/25 Friday | Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland |Featuring music of
Duke Ellington, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Wynton Marsalis, Lead Belly, Mary Lou Williams and more. Tickets: $10 Adults/Seniors; $8.00 Youth under 22|
3rd Annual Ghostly Gathering w/ Ithaca New Music Collective | 7:00 PM, | Argos Warehouse Lounge & Event Space, Ithaca | $20 General Admission | $10 Students
Cornell Jazz Ensemble | 3:00 PM, 10/27 Sunday | Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Cornell Jazz Ensemble, Gussman Jazz Combo, and special guests; Paul Merrill, director. “Mythology, Folklore, and Freedom: Train Imagery in Early Blues, Folk, Jazz and Pop.” Music by Lead Belly, Elizabeth Cotton, Henry Thomas, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, and The O’Jays.
The Japanese House | 8:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca | $16 - $18
10/30 Wednesday Canaan Jam Session | 7:00 PM, | Canaan Institute, Brooktondale Concerts/Recitals The Bad Plus | 8:00 PM, 10/24 Thursday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Provocative jazz trio.
Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers | 3:00 PM, 10/27 Sunday | Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School, ITHACA | An afternoon of Negro Spirituals.
African Drumming and Dance | 8:15 PM, 10/24 Thursday | Ford Hall, Whalen Center, IC, Ithaca |
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Halloween Spooktacular Organ Concert | 7:00 PM, 10/26 Saturday | First Presbyterian Church , 315 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Ithaca organists will present a concert of favorite spooky pipe organ pieces and other fun works. Free and kid-friendly; come in costume and be ready for a good time! Elvis Costello & The Imposters | 8:00 PM, 10/26 Saturday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca |
Live performance of Finnish & Classical Music with Showing of Silent Film, “Laveata Tietä” | 7:00 PM, 10/25 Friday | First Unitarian Church Ithaca, 306 N Aurora St, Ithaca | Organist Kent Washburn from Arlington, VA, and formerly of Ithaca, NY, will be joined by Tuulikki Tammi on violin and a pianist, performing the new soundtrack live.
Cornell Chorus Twilight Concert | 5:00 PM, 10/26 Saturday | Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca | Cornell’s nationally renowned treble choir brings its signature sound to a mix of repertoire ranging from renaissance motets to folksong and world music. | Tickets $15 adults • $8 students at the door • $5 students in advance
FALL FESTIVAL COMMUNIT Y PART Y Saturday, October 26 at 5:30 PM | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N. Main St., Ovid | The fun begins with Harry Potter-inspired experiments, followed by a Lily Silly Puppet Show at 5:45pm. Families will depart the library at 6:15 for the annual costume parade and village trick-or-treat. The SSCSD PSTA is sponsoring a Trunk-or-Treat in the library parking lot; dare to walk the haunted woods on Joey Borst’s new Reading Trail; climb the haunted hill to the Three Bears; and receive treats from participating businesses along Main Street. Our costume parade will end at the Ovid Fire Hall with games and refreshments. Dress in costume and be prepared for a fun night! (photo: provided)
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Resonate: In Concert | 7:00 PM, 10/27 Sunday | Congregation Tikkun v’Or (Ithaca Reform Temple), 2550 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca | Infusing Middle Eastern and cantorial music into American folk, rock, blues and jazz sounds. Abbe Lyons, Will Fudeman, David Frumkin, and Mahmud Burton, joined by special guest Desmond Bratton. | $10-$25 sliding scale at the door
Jenny Lewis - On the Line Tour 2019 | 8:00 PM, 10/29 Tuesday | State Theatre Of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca | Playing songs from her highly anticipated fourth solo album, On The Line. Benjamin Baker, violin | 8:15 PM, 10/29 Tuesday | Hockett Family Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca | Special guest recital with Daniel Lebhardt, piano. Midday Music for Organ: Halloween Celebration | 12:30 PM, 10/30 Wednesday | Sage Chapel, Cornell, Ithaca | Cornell Organists celebrate Halloween, with spooky, silly and profound transcriptions and original works
Stage Twelve Angry Men | 7:30 PM, 10/23 Wednesday | Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 E Genesee St, Syracuse | Thru 10/27. Virtual Landscapes Reading | 4:30 PM, 10/24 Thursday | Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca | By Aoise Stratford & Toby Ault. Directed by Aoise Stratford. Virtual Landscapes is a multimedia piece, currently in development, which uses video footage, live actors, and ongoing climate science research to take visitors on a tour through time. The Two Kids That Blow S**t Up | 7:30 PM, 10/24 Thursday | Kitchen Theatre, 417 W State St, Ithaca | Through Nov 3. Contact KTC for additional showtimes. Diana and Max meet as kids, the day their parents start having an affair. During their parents’ 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.
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Wells College Theatre: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” | 7:30 PM, 10/25 Friday & 10/26 Saturday | Wells College, 170 Main St, Aurora | An energetic, contemporary musical about six hopeful, quirky middle schoolers competing for first prize at their county spelling bee. 2nd Annual Family Spooktacular | 1:00 PM, 10/26 Saturday | West End Theater, 217 W. Genesee St., Auburn | Spooky Stories, Trick or Treat Stations, Door Prizes, Costume Contest (For All Ages), Kids’ Activities, 50/50 Raffles The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] | 7:30 PM, 10/26 Saturday | Clemens Performing Arts Ctr, 207 Clemens Ctr Pkwy, Elmira | All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild and memorable ride that leaves audiences breathless and helpless with laughter. Xanadu (Touring) | 3:00 PM, 10/27 Sunday | The Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse | | $24 and up
Sister Act | 7:00 PM, 10/29 Tuesday | Hoerner Theatre, Ithaca College, Ithaca | Oct 29-Nov 9. Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard.
Art Call for entries for the CSMA Annual Open Exhibition | Community School Of Music And Arts, 330 E State St, Ithaca | December 2019 - January 2020. We invite visual artists to submit work to CSMA’s Open Exhibition. All applicants are guaranteed a spot! Submission deadline: Friday, November 8, 2019, 5:00 pm. Exhibition: Elevator Music and Art Gallery | All Day 10/24 Thursday | 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. Get Creative With ReUse! | 6:00 PM, 10/24 Thursday | Ithaca ReUse Center, 214 Elmira Rd, Ithaca | Join ReUse for one or all of these free Creative ReUse Workshops leading up to the Holiday season. Creative reuse is a great way to make a meaningful gift, holiday decorations, or creative expression, without making a negative global impact. DIARIES | 12:00 PM, 10/25 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, 10/25 Friday | Ink Shop Studio Gallery, 2nd floor CSMA bldg, 330 E.State / MLK Street, Ithaca | The Ink Shop Printmaking Center will host visiting printmakers and architects from Tokyo with an exhibit displaying prints and drawings. Urban Arts Crawl | 5:00 PM, 10/25 Friday | Downtown Corning, Corning |
The TCFA Draw-a-thon Cafe | 1:00 PM, 10/27 Sunday | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Congress at McLallen St, Trumansburg | The annual Draw-a-thon Cafe is for anyone who loves to draw as well as those who think they can’t! This year our offerings include rotating still lifes; scientific illustration; self portrait station; library salon; kid’s activities; Gimme! coffee, tea and light snacks. Costumed Models: 2:304:30pm. Free Raffle: Enter to win a full set of Prismacolor pencils, tabletop easel, drawing papers, and more (a $100 value!) Free Painting Class: Acrylic Fall Scene | 1:00 PM, 10/28 Monday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | No experience is needed, but registration is strictly required as space is limited to 12 students per class.
Film Cinemapolis Week of Friday, October 25 through Thursday, October 31, 2019.
Dolemite Is My Name* | Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.| 117 mins R Fantastic Fungi* | A revelatory time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.| 81 mins NR 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 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 Once Upon A Time in Hollywood | From director Quentin Tarantino | 161 mins R Cornell Cinema All films are shown at Willard Straight Hall on Cornell campus. 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.
House (Hausu)| 10/24,9:00 PM | A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt’s country home, which turns out to be haunted. Peppermint Soda| 10/25, 7:00 PM; 10/27, 4:30 PM| A 40th anniversary 2K restoration. The Rocky Horror Picture Show |10/25, 9:20 PM; 10/26, 8:00 PM (w/ costume party starting 7:15) | Reason |10/28, 4:45 PM| FREE with filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. | A detailed chronicling of injustices in India told in eight parts. The Hunchback of Notre Dame|10/29, 7:30 PM | FREE @ Sage Chapel with accompaniment by Dennis James. Tazzeka |10/30, 7:00 PM; 10/31, 9:00 PM| Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. Regal Ithaca Wednesday 10/23 through Tuesday, 10/29. Contact Regal Ithaca for showtimes. New films listed first*. Countdown* | When a nurse downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. | 90 mins PG-13 Western Stars* | Live concert performance of Bruce Springsteen singing songs from his album ‘Western Stars’. | 83 mins PG 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
THE TWO KIDS THAT BLOW S**T UP RUNNING THROUGH NOV 3. SHOWS ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY AT 8:00 PM AND SUNDAY AT 4:00 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 AT 7:00 PM
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KitchenTheater, 417 W State St., Ithaca | A hilarious, touching, and explosive play about trying not to fall in love with your best friend. (photo: Facebook)
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The Lighthouse* | The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. | 109 mins R
Alternate Histories w/ Experimental Animator Kelly Sears| 10/24, 7:00 PM |
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Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series comes to a close with a reading by Pulitzer Prizenominated Journalist & Women’s Rights Activist Desiree Cooper. Free and open to the public; more information at english.cornell.edu/zalaznick
Heads UP Cor n ell Un iv ersity Ja zz Ensembles: M y t h o l o g y, F o l k l o r e a n d F r e e d o m
wo opportunities to catch this show this weekend - CRT welcomes this talented group of student-musicians for a unique night of music selections subtitled “Train Imagery in Early Blues, Folk, Jazz and Pop.”Based on ‘traveling the rails,’ and featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Wynton
Visiting Writers Series: “The Healing Muse” Issue No. 19 Launch Party | 7:00 PM, 10/24 Thursday | Wells College, 170 Main St, Aurora | In celebration of its 19th issue, the editors of and contributors to the Healing Muse will join us at Wells to share some new poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The Muse is the annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
Marsalis, Lead Belly, Mary Lou Williams and more. A little closer to home, the Jazz Ensemble will perform the show again at Bailey Hall on Sunday. (photo: provided) Friday, October 25 at 7:30 PM at Cortland Repertory Theater, 24 Port Watson St., Cortland Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 PM at Bailey Hall, Cornell
Tickets are $8/$10 for the CRT show. The Bailey Hall show is free.
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 mistreated 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 | 100 mins PG Ad Astra | 122 mins PG-13 Hustlers | 109 mins R It Chapter Two | 169 mins R The Lion King| 118 mins PG
An Insider’s Look At Mongolia | 4:45 PM, 10/24 Thursday | Physical Science Building, Cornell University, Ithaca | Join Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, to discover Mongolia— a vast country unknown to many of us. Prior to her talk, film director Robert H. Lieberman will be showing pre-release clips from a new feature film, Echoes of the Empire— Beyond Genghis Khan in which Oyuna is one of the stars. Wizarding Weekend | 10:00 AM, 10/26 Saturday & 10/27 Sunday | Downtown Ithaca, Ithaca | The fifth annual celebration of magic and fantasy. The mystic beauty of Ithaca’s natural wonders pairs perfectly with the magical community through themed activities, exclusive events, exhibits and much more. For more information please visit our site: wizardingweekend.com! | $0-$25 Ithaca City Cemetery Tour | 1:00 PM, 10/26 Saturday; 11:00AM, 10/27 Sunday| Ithaca City Cemetery, University Avenue Entrance, Ithaca |
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.
Learn about the Ithaca City Cemetery’s 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! Hallo-Wine Spooktacular: Circus Carn-evil | 8:00 PM, 10/26 Saturday | Americana Vineyards, 4367 E Covert Rd, Interlaken | COSTUME CONTEST, DJ Elephant Sound, & Treats (food & wine). | $15 RSVP; 21+ only Museum in the Dark | 6:00 PM, 10/29 Tuesday | Museum Of The Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca | The Museum is opening its doors in the evening to look at space in a spooky way with Cornell’s Astronomy Graduate Network. Astronomy students will have stations throughout the Museum dedicated to space exploration. Come dressed in costume and get candy treats as you learn more about space. And don’t forget to explore the Museum’s “Bees! Diversity, Evolution and Conservation” exhibit while you are here! | Included with admission to the Museum
Books Distinguished Visiting Writers presents Ted Conover | 7:00 PM, 10/23 Wednesday | Textor Hall, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca |Author of 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. His book Guarding Sing Sing won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Spencer Library Annual Book Sale | 9:00 AM, 10/24 Thursday | Spencer Library, 41 N Main St, Spencer | This annual sale features approximately 5,000+ good used books to choose from, all of which have been sorted by category to help you find what you’re looking for. We also have CD’s, DVD’s, audio books, VHS tapes, puzzles, games, etc. - something for everyone! The sale begins on Thursday, October 24th, 9am - 7pm and continues on Friday, October 25th, 9am - 7pm and Saturday, October 26th, 9am - 2pm. Pick your price and pay only what you want. Reading by Desiree Cooper | 4:30 PM, 10/24 Thursday | Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall, 232 East Ave, Ithaca | The Fall 2019
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Downtown Ithaca | The annual celebration of all things magical returns. Come to the Commons and enjoy interactive exhibits and activities, including the GorgeKeep School of Magic Augmented Reality, a FanArt Show and Costume Contest (where attendees can vote), and a Trivia Contest. (photo: Facebook)
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