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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Lane Targets Leadership Posts
By Nick Babel other legislators had de- however, does not like the ning for reelection, some-
clared their intentions to idea of rotating leadership one else can be elected. We
Tompkins County Legisla- seek leadership positions in positions. “There’s proba- should always strive to have
tor Mike Lane, of Dryden, the legislature. “Not yet, bly no perfect system, but I the best person in the office
has asked the legislature to but I would encourage those don’t think taking turns or based on their qualifica-
change the process in interested in the chair or rotating the job for the sake tions, not on how long
which the legislature chair- vice chair positions to pub- of rotating makes sense,” they've served,” Robertson
person and vice chairper- licly declare themselves. she says. “The choice of says.
son are selected, requesting Let’s not have just another chair and vice chair are She cited a flaw in Lane’s
Town seeks protections more transparency and less surprise at the organiza- annual elections, so there is idea for changing the selec-
from truck traffic ......page 2 secrecy Lane, who says he
. tional meeting in January,” a great deal of accountabili- tion process. “The way that
would pursue the chair- Lane says. ty built into our system. If we, and virtually every
manship, offered a pre- Current legislature chair- there is dissatisfaction with other political body around
pared statement to his fel- woman Martha Robertson, a chair or vice chair run- the world, choose our lead-
Drilling impacts on low lawmakers at their Dec. ership results in that lead-
farmland outlined....page 3 6 meeting.
“The time in which we
Holiday Shopper ership reflecting the will of
the people in the last elec-
annually elect leaders of tion,” she says. “For exam-
the legislature is close at ple, in the last Congress-
County to expand solar hand. In the 14 years that I ional election the Repub-
have served, proposed lead- licans won more seats, so
energy usage ..................page 3 ers have been vetted in a their leader became
private process and the vote Speaker, the head of the
at the organizational meet- whole House. It makes
ing was pretty much prede- sense that the leadership of
termined. For next year, I the body as a whole should
would like to propose that go to the party that the vot-
we use a more publicly ers preferred as a whole.
transparent selection pro- Essentially what Mike is
cess,” the statement says. suggesting would ignore
Photo by Kathy Morris
Lane also urged that the the voters’ statement about
elections “be a free vote of which should be the majori-
each legislator at our orga- ty political party. I don't
Design students put les- nizational meeting in think that would be an
sons to work ..................page 4 January. I would further improvement.”
propose that those interest- Robertson would like to
ed in either position continue serving as chair-
announce themselves pub- woman for 2012. “I believe I
Study shows need for licly well in advance and be have the skill, energy,
health care reform ..page 5 willing to discuss their can- Ella McGrogan, 2, shows the contents of her shopping basket at the vision and experience to
didacies with their fellow annual Trumansburg Craft Sale on Dec 4. The juried fair, set up gallery continue to lead the legisla-
legislators, and with mem- style at the T-burg elementary school, showcased handmade items by ture. I feel I’ve been an
bers of the public.” area artisans. This year the featured artist was guitarist Scott Adams, effective spokesperson here
Letters, opinion ..........page 6 As of Wednesday, no whose CDs provided musical ambiance for the weekend event. Please turn to page 14
Immigrants’ poetry col-
lected in new book ..page 8
County Cashes in on State Grants
By Eric Banford Aside from housing, Tompkins Project will provide more than $11
County was awarded $1 million to million to support economic develop-
On Dec. 8, Governor Andrew Cuomo develop the Regional Sustainability ment initiatives that strengthen the
announced awards totaling $6 million Plan for the Southern Tier. Ed Marx, region’s economy .
for Tompkins County projects commissioner of the Tompkins Martha Roberson, chairwoman of
through the Regional Economic De- County Planning Department, helped the Tompkins County Legislature, is
velopment Council. Tompkins County develop the plan. excited about the money that supports
is part of the Southern Tier Region, “This is a NYSERDA grant to devel- affordable housing. “Tompkins
which received $49.4 million across op a plan for eight counties in the County has been able to keep up with
eight counties. In all, some $785 mil- Southern Tier,” Marx explains. “We'll high-end housing,” she says, “but over
lion was awarded to 10 regions in New be working with planning boards, as the past 10 years or so, it is not provid-
York State. well as a yet-to-be-determined consult- ing for moderate- to low-income lev-
‘Spartacus’ returns, to The biggest winner in Tompkins ant team. A large part is looking at els. Embedded in these housing proj-
the small screen ........page 9 County is housing, with $5 million energy issues, quantifying green- .
ects is affordability Safe, affordable
going to housing projects—either new house-gas emissions for the entire housing is one of those things that
home construction or rehabilitation region and identifying long-term has such a ripple effect. If you're
of existing housing, mostly for low- strategies to reduce emissions in bouncing from home to home, kids
In Business Weekly: income residents. Ithaca accordance with state goals. It will be don't do as well in school; it makes
Home care firm focues Neighborhood Housing Service will a comprehensive look at feasible everything more difficult. So this is a
receive more than $1.3 million in state renewable-energy options. We'll look long-term investment,” Robertson
on interaction with funds for the Holly Creek Townhouses for ways that options can be integrat- concluded.
clients................................page 10 in the Town of Ithaca. This project ed into overall strategies, revitalizing She’s also optimistic about the
features 22 LEED-certified townhous- the regional economy at the same Regional Sustainability Plan.
es for sale to low- to moderate-income time.” “Tompkins County is assuming lead-
buyers, some of them first-time own- The theme, according to Marx, is ership in this, but what’s exciting is
TCAT budget, service ers. “affordable living.” “We're looking at that all of the other counties have
changes approved ..page 11 The Poet’s Landing affordable-hous- how using alternative energy can bought into this idea, and we're going
ing project in the Village of Dryden make cost of living more sustainable to move ahead together. This will
received $2.4 million, and the for families and for businesses,” he hopefully be a game-changer,”
Tompkins County Housing says. “Hopefully we can have an inte- Robertson says.
Rehabilitation program, $400,000. The grated plan that reduces greenhouse- Another boon to Tompkins County
County Office for the Aging received gas emissions while creating econom- is the $1 million grant to be managed
$75,000 to conduct emergency housing ic opportunity .” by Blue Hill Partners, which will
repairs for elderly homeowners who In addition, the Rural Initiative develop and implement energy effi-
may also have physical disabilities, be Venture Fund, Shovel Ready Site ciency and renewable-energy projects
on public assistance or be Development Project and Southern in the region. Peter Bardaglio, coordi-
mentally/developmentally disabled. Tier Community Revitalization Please turn to page 14
Town Mulls New Weight Limits for Roads
By Patricia Brhel requiring carriers to be bonded we
have to determine what the normal
The Town of Caroline, like many road capacity is. Also, loads must
other towns in Tompkins County be reduced depending on what time
concerned about the condition of of year it is and what the weather is
local roads and about the damage like. In spring and during the
caused by heavy trucks hauling recent flooding we had to post
numerous big loads across them, reduced weight limits on our
plans to hirie an engineering firm roads.”
to advise officials on the issue. Regarding setting the 30-ton
They hope that the result will be a weight limit, she says, ”When we
road preservation law that will con- haul sand and gravel to stockpile
trol town taxes and that will hold for winter use we get about 200
up in court. loads each weighing 15 tons. We
Heavy trucks can destroy a road also hear complaints about the
in a hurry, especially in the spring
Photo by Patricia Brhel
extra traffic, noise and dust.
when the ground is wet. While the Imagine if we did loads that were
town posts weight limits during twice as big and five times as
bad weather, the county Sheriff ’s often.”
Department is spread thin and it Whittaker explans that is costs
can be tough to find someone to $80,000 to lay the asphalt for one
enforce those limits. Truckers, hop- mile of town road. That figure
ing to save time and mileage, will does not include the excavation
sometimes avoid the county, state work, gravel or other materials,
and Interstate roads that are just the asphalt. And prices keep
Increased traffic from trucks with heavy loads has contributed to the deterioration of
designed for heavier loads, local
Speed Hill Road, and other roads, in the Town of Caroline. climbing. Whittaker says that 10
officials say. years ago the town paid $.75 per
One criteria suggested as a contractors say is too low and town Cindy Whittaker, highway super-
gallon of oil; now it’s over $2.
threshold for permits is to reuire officials, realizing that this means intendent for the Town of Caroline,
When a truck is so heavy that it
trucking companies to post a bond a total of 60 million pounds of points out, “Most people don’t real-
triggers the state permit process,
and/or pay extra for 1,000 loads of material hauled, think may be too ize how complex this job is, but
the state gets all the money from
30 tons or more. It’s a number some high. before we start issuing permits and
the permit, even when the trucks
are using town or county roads,
Whittaker and other area high-
way superintendents have been
meeting to coordinate their efforts
and create a uniform weight limit
standard for truckers. Highway
superintendents also participate
in training sessions that allow
them to recognize potential over-
weight issues relating to different
The Town of Caroline has a road
classification system with desig-
nations such as low-volume collec-
tor, residential access, farm
access, resource/industrial access,
agricultural land access, recre-
ational access and minimum
maintenance. The roads are
designed and maintained to
accommodate the normal needs of
residents, including farmers and
the occasional logging truck or
truck hauling sand and gravel for
landscaping and construction.
Roads designed to accommodate
bigger trucks cost much more to
build and maintain. For one lane
in one mile of interstate highway,
for instance, costs start at $1.3 mil-
lion. Most contractors would not
be affected by a 30-ton limit. The
average large load coming out of
University Sand and Gravel, a
local business, is 22 tons.
“We’ll use this engineering
study to determine the current
condition of the roads and the
thresholds for triggering when a
policy or the law would apply in
various seasons,” Don Barber,
Caroline Town Supervisor and
chairman of Tompkins County
Council of Gov-ernments, says.
“We in Caroline have to protect
ourselves. Danby and Dryden have
laws in place and if Caroline does
not, we will have no recourse when
damage is done. It will be our
roads that contractors use with
their big trucks and our taxpayers
left footing the bill for repairs.
“Requiring that contractors
transporting heavy loads secure
bonding or to put up a deposit will
make those who are benefitting
commercially from our roads, and
also responsible for doing the most
damage, also responsible for the
cost of repairs,” Barber says.
2 Tompkins Weekly December 19
Drilling Impacts on Agriculture Outlined
By Sue Smith-Heavenrich know no more than New York drilling does affect farmers in that Another issue is how consumers
respondents about how Marcellus region. perceive the safety of food raised
Landowners who do their research would eventually play out. While there are many anecdotal near gas wells.
before signing a gas lease get a bet- The people in Pennsylvania seem stories, there isn’t the sort of data Kelsey’s most recent data shows
ter deal. That was just one of the to have more trust in what the gas that can show the change in num- that landowners who spent time
points made during a panel discus- industry tells them, though, while bers of farmers due to drilling. One learning about leases, who spoke
sion of the implications of shale New York residents tend to trust question that continually comes up with more than one gas company
drilling on agriculture during last information from scientists and is whether farmers who cease and consulted attorneys, ended up
week’s Agribusiness Economic local environmental groups. farming are leaving by choice or with better lease terms and higher
Outlook Conference at Cornell. Most respondents agreed that the whether they are forced out. signing bonuses.
The event, hosted by the Charles environment and quality of drink- A more important question, David Kay, senior extension asso-
H. Dyson School of Applied Econ- ing water would probably get worse Kelsey said, is what is the impact ciate for the Department of Devel-
omics and Management, drew in drilling areas. While there was a on remaining farmers? If farmers opment Sociology at Cornell,
about 150 academicians, econo- lot of uncertainty in those respons- choose to give up dairy or other wound up the panel with a discus-
mists and others. es, Stedman noted that New agricultural ventures due to sion about what New York has
A three-member panel discussed Yorkers responded more negatively drilling, will feed mills and other learned from Pennsylvania’s expe-
how drilling in Pennsylvania’s about environmental effects and infrastructure remain viable? riences with Marcellus drilling.
Marcellus shale has affected rural potential overall benefits. This “We’ve heard a lot about competi- The number of jobs turned out to
economies and farmers. Richard could be a reaction to seeing things tion for labor,” Kelsey said. Drivers be about half of what was predict-
Stedman, from the Department of go wrong in Pennsylvania and won- with commercial licenses (CDL) are ed, he said. He then touched on the
Natural Resources at Cornell, dering “what can New York learn being hired away from milk haulers most critical factors affecting rural
opened the discussion with a look from this.” and other support services, such as economic development with
at how New York and Pennsylvania Stedman said that the biggest agricultural-input suppliers. respect to drilling: pace, scale and
residents view drilling. failing of the draft Supplemental The number of wells in an area geography .
“Perceived [drilling] impacts are Generic Environmental Impact has an impact on farming. Kelsey Towns, counties and states need
drivers of behavior,” Stedman said. Statement (SGEIS) is the lack of reported that areas where there to better understand when and
The northern tier of Pennsylvania assessments of cumulative were 150 or more gas wells lost 19 where companies plan to drill.
and southern tier of New York, impacts. The New York State De- percent of their dairy herd, while They also need to know more about
both situated over the Marcellus partment of Environmental Con- areas with no wells experienced the economic behavior of landown-
reservoir, are alike in many ways. servation (DEC) must consider the only a 1 percent loss. “Dairy farm- ers and the long-term and short-
This region, caught in socioeco- combined effects of multiple wells ers are choosing to leave agricul- term economic prospects for
nomic malaise, is “hungry for the and how gas wells could fit in with ture,” he said. regions that depend on natural-
next big thing,” Stedman said. That other energy-generating technolo- Another issue facing farmers is resource extraction.
big thing is the Marcellus shale gy (such as wind turbines), he said. the lack of availability of rental “Pace, scale and the pattern of
play. Tim Kelsey, Penn State Univer- land. Landowners who used to drilling drive all other impacts,”
He conducted a study of resi- sity professor of agricultural eco- lease fields to farmers are now rent- Kay said. Experience in Bradford
dents in eight New York counties nomics and rural sociology, pre- ing their land for other uses related County indicates that drilling
and 21 Pennsylvania counties along sented data from his most recent to drilling, such as water-withdraw- begins broadly and then, very
the Marcellus region. Although study of Bradford and Tioga coun- al sites. Large impoundments also quickly, focuses on core areas. This
Pennsylvania has seen nearly a ties in Pennsylvania. Bradford take land out of production, and points to a more concentrated pat-
decade of drilling activity, respon- County is one of the top 10 agricul- crop yields show decline in tern of development than expected,
dents from that state seemed to tural counties in the state, so reclaimed pipeline right-of-ways. he said.
County Contracts for Solar Energy Upgrades
By Lori Sonken Solar Liberty, a Buffalo-based com- Under the terms of a 15-year profit organizations. In exchange
pany . lease, Solar Liberty will install and for installing and maintaining the
At a time when budget cuts are the The county plans to place the maintain the panels at a cost of panels, Solar Liberty retains own-
norm and governments every- panels on the Public Safety, $10,260 per year. At the end of the ership of the renewable energy
where are strapped for resources, Emergency Communications and lease, the county may opt to have credits, which the company can sell
the Tompkins County Legislature Health Department buildings, as the panels removed, purchase the to other electrical energy genera-
has found a way to finance the well as at the Human Services panels for fair market value or con- tors that exceed their emission
installation and maintenance of Annex, Annex Building C and the tinue the lease. allowances.
solar panels on seven county- .
Public Works facility It is unclear “While in the long run we will The company is able to take
owned buildings in Ithaca. how many panels will be installed prefer to install and own this kind advantage of the 1603 program
“We are happy this opportunity on the buildings, but experts are of equipment ourselves, at this within the American Recovery and
showed up on our doorstep to expected to assess the needs and point in time the cost of purchasing Reinvestment Act which reimburs-
implement our goals of increasing install the requisite panels, says solar panels is still too high and the es eligible applicants for a portion
the use of renewable energy and Chock. budget problems that we are experi- of the cost of installing specified
reducing our greenhouse-gas emis- Manufactured in the United encing because of changes at the energy property used in a trade or
sions at no cost to the taxpayers and States by Evergreen Solar of state level are too drastic for us to business.
at an energy savings for the taxpay- Marlboro, Mass., the panels will be do this on our own,” Chock says. Under the agreement, “We do not
er,” legislator Carol I. Chock placed on the buildings sometime Nevertheless, “it is exciting that we get to use this deal to count against
(D–Ithaca) says. As chairman of next year. The aggregate savings are moving forward with renew- our reductions. The company gets
the Facilities and Infrastructure for the seven installations is esti- ables,” she says. to,” Chock says, noting the county’s
Committee, Chock offered a motion mated to exceed the lease expenses Solar Liberty put together the ambitious greenhouse-gas emis-
that unanimously passed the legis- by approximately $9,000 per year package, using federal tax credits sion goals. In 2008, the county com-
lature on Dec. 6: it authorizes the based on current energy costs and and grants from New York State prehensive plan was amended to set
county to lease the 25-kilowatt pho- consumption patterns, according to Energy Research and Development the goal of reducing its greenhouse
tovoltaic-cell solar panels from the resolution the county adopted. Authority for public and not-for- Please turn to page 14
Tompkins Weekly December 19 3
Design Students Put Knowledge to Work
By Anne Marie Cummings tionships among team members.
“There are points of tension,
A group of 32 students from inevitably, but then the students
Cornell University’s design and learn how to live with that tension
environmental analysis class, and keep their eyes on the bigger
taught by Paul Eshelman, and from picture,” Eshelman says.
the environmental psychology Uchita Vaid, a second-year mas-
class, taught by Gary Evans, recent- ter’s student in human environ-
ly improved the interiors of mental relations and a teaching
Tompkins Community Action’s assistant for Eshelman and Evans,
(TCA) rented facility, the TC3 Farm
served as the link between the two
House, for their nine-month Head
Start program for preschoolers. classes. She explains that the
Eshelman and Evans have been design consultants, for each team,
bringing their two classes together created 120-page design guidelines
Photo by Anne Marie Cummings
for these kinds of projects for 15 regarding the kinds of behaviors
years. The professors approach the design should support or
not-for-profit organizations that inhibit. Their research included
have a facility, or portion of a facil- creating an entry area that would
ity, that needs to be redesigned. In support self-esteem and an
exchange for funding, they and increased sense of control for the
their students service the children, designing a space that
redesigning needs of each local encourages social interactions and
organization over a period of three focusing on perspective play for
years. Shared Journeys sponsored
cognitive gross, motor and emo-
Eshelman and Evans’ classes as
their students assisted the
Alzheimer population; the Boys “When all was said and done, it
Cornell students Phillip Youakim, Jennifer Rosenthal and Kaitlyn Francis at work build- was fascinating to watch the chil-
and Girls Club of America spon-
sored the work that enabled the
ing the interiors for Head Start. dren use the space. They behaved
students to provide for at-risk Eshelman and Evans believe feedback before finalizing the con- in ways we didn’t expect; they
youth; and Kendal at Ithaca spon- that their students learn best when struction drawings. were much more involved,” Vaid
sored the students’ design contri- applying their knowledge to oppor- “It’s a rich exchange, and it’s says. Eshelman agrees, adding that
butions to the elderly population. tunities in the community. For the unusual to have this kind of col- the children were like “bees
For a second time, Eshelman 14-week project, students from laboration in an academic context buzzing around honey” the first
and Evans asked TCA if the stu- both classes were divided into where collaborators are bringing time they played in the newly
dents could make life a little more three teams: transition, nourish- different ideas to the table; it’s sim- designed space.
enjoyable for the children from ment and enrichment. The transi- ilar to the consultant and designer “This process provides more
low-income families, which TCA tion team focused on the design of relationship in the real world,” motivation for the students
services. However, this year the entry and cubby, the nourish- Eshelman says. because they know that what they
Eshelman and Evans used their ment team focused on design of When the designs for the TCA
own funds to make the project hap- are designing will actually be used
the central room and the enrich- Farm House were completed, stu- and enjoyed by a group of people
pen. “TCA has enough demands at ment team focused on design of dents purchased locally the neces-
their doors financially,” says at the end of the semester. And
the multiple-room activity space. sary materials to build what they
Eshelman, “so we spent $5,000 for they get to see what works and
Evans’ students (referred to as envisioned on paper: plywood from
this year’s project—money we’ve what doesn’t,” Eshelman says.
behavioral consultants) generated Cayuga Lumber, Plexiglass from
received from awards and grants.” in-depth design guidelines that Carrie Jubran, a Head Start pre-
Ithaca Plastics, flooring from
Lee Dillon, executive director of addressed the behavioral, social Danby Hardwoods and hardware school teacher for eight years, says
TCA, recalls the interior design and cognitive needs of the chil- from Lowe’s and Home Depot. The the children love the loft that was
work that Eshelman and Evans’ created, which she described as an
dren and then passed those guide- materials were then brought to the
students did for his organization indoor playground. “What we had
lines onto Eshelman’s design stu- shop at Cornell’s Human Ecology
last year. “Their students created a before wasn’t as useful, but now
wonderful child-friendly entryway dents. The design students then building, where all the students
created drawings and models assembled the parts. the children are making this their
for the Casey Center on Union own playful space,” she says, “and
Street in Dryden,” Dillon says. based on the design guidelines. Eshelman and Evans conducted
Once Eshelman’s students had pre- a team-building exercise for stu- parents have also commented, stat-
“And in the classroom they created
a mobile climbing structure that liminary designs, they presented dents, for this kind of deadline- ing that their children stay active
could be pulled apart. It was just them to Head Start staff and to driven project brings with it the mentally and physically busy all
wonderful.” Evans’ students and then received challenge of interpersonal rela- day long. We love it!”
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4 Tompkins Weekly December 19
Study Sheds Light on Health Care Act
By Rebecca Potter during periods of high unemployment, or hav- the impact of the unemployment rate on health
ing a harder time finding a new job offer after insurance coverage worsened for men, became
Study Sheds Light on Health Care Reform Act being laid off.” less severe for women, and improved for chil-
A national study conducted by researchers at Regardless of whether a man is employed or dren during the recession. Average percentages
Cornell, Indiana and Carnegie Mellon universi- not, the study finds that men were more likely of those insured through any source between
ties posits hope in the Patient Protection and to lose insurance during the recent recession. 2004 and 2010 were: 78.6 percent for men, 83 per-
Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Researchers suggest that this could be a result cent for women, and 85.5 percent for children.
The study is noteworthy, says former Cornell of “employers dropping coverage, employers During the recession of late 2007 to mid-2009,
professor and coauthor, Kosali Simon, because cutting hours such that some men no longer the national unemployment rate rose to 9.5 per-
“the method tied the drop in health insurance qualify for health insurance, employers raising cent from 5 percent. The authors of the study
coverage to the increase in the unemployment workers’ share of the overall premium so more estimate that roughly 9.3 million adult
rate,” instead of allowing the drop in coverage male workers decline coverage, or lower Americans lost health insurance during this
to appear as “just part of the natural decline” incomes that result in fewer purchases of indi- time. This includes 7.1 million men and 2.2 mil-
that started before the recession due to rising vidual coverage.” lion women. During this period, 4.2 million
health insurance costs and fewer employers In contrast, among women, the unemploy- children gained health insurance.
offering health insurance. ment rate is in almost no case significantly cor- The authors postulate that the reforms
The paper, entitled “The Impact of the related with the probability of coverage. passed by the U.S. Congress in the 2010 Patient
Macro-economy on Health Insurance Coverage: “Maybe women are insulated because they tend Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
Evidence from the Great Recession,” examines to be the secondary earner [in a household]. “will likely moderate the impact of the unem-
panel data from the Survey of Income and She would have access to spousal health insur- ployment rate on the probability of insurance
Program Participation (SIPP) for the years 2004 ance,” Simon suggests. Another possibility coverage. The PPACA offers incentives for
through 2010. The SIPP data allowed Simon notes is that the pattern of industries employers to offer, and individuals to take up,
researchers to document relationships between that were hit by the recession were populated coverage; provides subsidies for coverage of
unemployment rates and the probability of by men; however, the study did not find evi-
low-income families through public and private
men, women and children, each identified by dence to support either possibility.
policies; and changes the regulation of health
race, being covered by insurance from an The study goes on to state that “findings for
insurance prices in the individual market.
employer, whether one’s own employer or that children confirm that government health
Many features of the law are expected to cush-
of one’s spouse or partner, or government insurance programs work countercyclically to
protect children from losing health insurance ion the impact of future recessions on health
during macroeconomic downturns.” Simon insurance coverage, particularly for adults.”
What was noteworthy about the study, says
calls children’s coverage “the silver lining in A thought experiment with which the
Simon, “isn’t that the recent recession affected
health insurance. You would think that it the cloud.” authors conclude shows that if all those eligi-
would affect people equally, but we found that More children tend to be insured by govern- ble take advantage of the provisions of the
there are subsets of people who were affected ment health insurance programs during a PPACA, the impact of the unemployment rate
much more than others.” downturn, thanks to programs expanded in the on health insurance coverage for men is not
The study concludes that roughly nine times late 1990s, so that the number of children statistically significant.
the number of people lost health insurance cov- insured does not fluctuate significantly with Coauthors of the paper were John Cawley of
erage during the Great Recession (2007–09) changes in the unemployment rate, Simon says. Cornell University, Asako S. Moriya, Ph.D. can-
than in the previous recession (2001), and the The unemployment rate was found to be the didate at Carnegie Mellon University, and
vast majority of those who lost health insur- most sensitive indicator for health insurance Kosali I. Simon of Indiana University. Simon
ance coverage were white men, the greatest coverage for white children, not for African- taught at Cornell until 2010. The study was pub-
impact being for those who were college educat- American and Hispanic children. lished by the National Bureau of Economic
ed and 50 to 64 years old. An earlier study using SIPP data from the Research as part of its working paper series
The paper states, “The age effect may be due years 1990 through 2000 was offered as a com- and can be viewed at www.nber.org/papers
to older workers being more likely to be laid off parison to the current study and indicates that /w176000.
Tompkins Weekly December 19 5
Be Smart, Safe When Shopping Online
By Tom O’Mara reports after an identity theft has
Cyber Monday, the day after the tra-
Opinion occurred, according to the federal
General Accounting Office.
ditional Thanksgiving weekend Additionally, identity theft victims
start to the holiday shopping sea- economy . to the overriding reality that we have been subject to other compli-
son, begins a flurry of online pur- It’s been reported that identity have to update our laws as frequent- cations, including denial of loan
chasing which, according to theft costs some eight million ly as cybercriminals update their applications, false arrest and crimi-
reports, generated more than $1.25 American consumers an estimated ability to break them. It’s no easy nal records.
billion this year—the heaviest day .
$40 billion annually According to task. In short, it’s costly and it’s time-
of online spending in history. the Identity Theft Data One important new law approved consuming. So the first line of
One thing we know for certain Clearinghouse, in 2009 New York a few years ago enables consumers defense is for every consumer to be
about our rapid, global march into State ranked eighth in the nation in to place a security freeze on their aware of identity theft, how it’s
the world of e-commerce is that it’s per capita identity theft com- credit reports if they suspect they committed and ways to protect
become big, big business. But we plaints. It’s clear that the availabili- are victims of identity theft. A against it. The Federal Trade
also recognize that there’s an ty of information in computer data- security freeze prevents an identity Commission, the nation’s lead con-
unprecedented exchange of online bases and the rapid growth of thief from taking out new loans sumer protection agency, operates a
information occurring, which com- Internet commerce have produced and credit under their victim’s website to promote online safety Go .
pels this reminder: Don’t overlook a new breed of criminals who name. We’ve also strengthened New to www.ftc.gov (click on “Identity
the privacy and other public policy abuse technologies to steal con- York’s identity theft protections by Theft” in the Quick Finder box
issues raised by our ongoing leap sumer information and ruin con- enacting new laws to restrict the located on the right hand column of
into this age of modern technology . sumer credit. Indeed, identity theft ability of employers to use an the home page) to access a range of
The New York State Senate has is considered the No. 1 and fastest- employee’s personal information tips and information to guard
held a number of legislative hear- growing financial and consumer and to allow identity theft victims against Internet fraud, better pro-
ings over the years to give credi- crimes of this era. to obtain restitution equal to the tect personal information and
tors, law enforcement officials, The tactics of today’s cybercrim- value of the time they spend fixing secure computers.
computer security experts and oth- inals change as fast as our technol- the damage, which is substantial. Information can also be found on
ers the opportunity to share their ogy, often faster. It all serves to In fact, it takes an average of 14 the New York State Division of
thoughts on mapping out more highlight the ongoing challenge to months for an identity theft victim Consumer Protection’s web-site at
effective strategies to address a keep identity theft laws ahead of to discover that his or her personal www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotec-
host of privacy concerns. These identity thieves. New York became data have been stolen. Identity theft tion/identity_theft/index.htm.
concerns include identity theft, the 43rd state in the nation to enact victims then spend at least $800 and Tom O’Mara represents the 53rd
arguably the overriding fear under- an identity theft law in 2002. But devote more than 175 hours of their District in the New York State
lying our caution in today’s online security studies continually point own time to clean up their credit Senate.
TCAT Disputes Charge Indeed, Cornell buys the passes
of Control by Cornell Letters at the discounted rate, but one no
lower than is enjoyed by anyone
who buys a monthly or yearly pass.
Picture this: It is 4:15 a.m. called in sick—“TCAT was more ees and students, its community
Furthermore, Cornell will pay
Thursday, Nov. 10, just minutes focused on getting Cornell serviced accounts for 70 percent of all TCAT
extra for that rural fare increase to
before rural-bound TCAT buses are than the other riders elsewhere rides.
the tune of $30,000. The perception
scheduled to leave the garage. The .”
within the county Nothing could The TCAT Board of Directors,
be further from the truth. comprised of three representatives that TCAT and its board are some-
lone dispatcher is on the phone
For one thing, many people who each from the county, city and how puppets to Cornell is a flat out
with bus operators calling in sick.
The number of sick calls keeps work at Cornell live in rural areas Cornell, voted to raise rural fares distortion, and unfortunately, one
coming in. The dispatcher must and they too were negatively because rural routes are far more that persists. If a passenger with a
make a quick decision with no crys- .
impacted that day The dispatcher’s expensive to operate. In fact, the valid fare wants to use our system,
tal ball to tell him how many more decision was not based on Cornell higher ridership on urban and/or we will transport that passenger
will call in sick before the day is and non-Cornell passengers. It was campus routes helps to offset the within the perimeters of our sys-
done. He knows it would be disas- based on geography and the awful cost of rural routes. tem. We don’t ask who they are or
trous to transport rural passengers specter of stranded passengers. Simply put: there would be far where they are going.
inbound without knowing there Rae makes the erroneous assum- less rural service without the On that early morning on Nov.
would be any buses to take them ption that TCAT separates its pas- urban/campus routes. Cornell’s 10, a lone TCAT dispatcher made
home that night. He chooses the sengers into two camps: Cornell financial support for TCAT the best decision possible with lim-
lesser of two evils and cancels and non-Cornell. Again, nothing amounts to about $800,000 per year. ited information, limited
rural service. could be further from the truth. To In addition, Cornell makes an resources and with only minutes
Nancy Rae’s Dec. 12 letter to the be sure, because Cornell is the annual bulk purchase of those to deliberate.
editor in Tompkins Weekly asserts largest employer in Tompkins rides at a cost of nearly $2.6 million Joe Turcotte
that on that day—when one-third of County, and one that happens to this fiscal year, for a total annual General Manager
UAW employees scheduled to work subsidize bus fares for its employ- contribution of $3.4 million. TCAT
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Tompkins Weekly December 19 7
Thoughts of Home from Recent Arrivals
By Pamela Goddard have already moved to new homes. himself English and earned suc- about trying to find a pair of shoes.
This anthology is, therefore, a cess as a government contractor. “The Shoes don’t fit, she cried,”
Gail Holst-Warhaft, Tompkins snapshot of some of the refugees Holst-Warhaft read his mythic after visiting, “… the ninth store on
County Poet Laureate, hosted an who moved through Tompkins poem “Frog,” which describes the fifth street/but none fit as they
intimate reading of immigrant County . being washed up on a strange shore should.” Sayegh writes about her
poets on a recent Thursday at the A few poets in the anthology had and “… because she couldn’t find frustration in not being able to fit,
Community Arts Partnership Arts been previously published. For oth- brothers with human warmth, she wanting to feel comfortable, natu-
Space in Center Ithaca. It was a ers, this was the first time they had decided to sing her life alone.” rally without straining to adjust.
cozy setting for the book launch of written a poem in any language. Jackie Sayegh of Liberia intro- The poem ends, “Dare I tell her the
“Far from Home,” an anthology of These immigrants might have lim- duced her poem “Refusal”: “I want shoes fit—The feet refuse to con-
poetry by Ithaca’s recent arrivals, ited skills in English, but their to say something about belonging. form, to change, to adjust, to FIT.
including seven poets representing Dare I tell her, my feet shout what I
places as diverse as Soviet Georgia, Poet Laureate Gail Holst-Warhaft has provid- dare not?”
Iraq, Liberia, Greece, Cambodia, El A similar sentiment is found in
Salvador and Niger, West Africa. ed a rare forum giving voice to those who sel- “Lament,” a poem by Aseel Nasser
The poems for “Far from Home” of Iraq. Nasser writes, “I have a
were collected during the past year dom have the opportunity to share their expe- country but I keep missing it./What
by Holst-Warhaft. “Through vari- sorrow, when you can’t reach your
ous organizations I have been riences. loved ones!/They deprive me of my
involved with in Ithaca, including , ./I
country they have no mercy long
the Bosnian Student Project and poems prove that there are no lim- All of the years I’ve been here, I feel to go back. I can’t go back.”
Ithaca City of Asylum, I knew that its to their ability to powerfully like I’ve been in exile. I’ve always Gail Holst-Warhaft is unique
Ithaca was a place of refuge for express what is in their hearts and said, ‘When the war is ended I will among Tompkins County Poets
many people from all over the minds. go home.’ I went home this Laureate in that she is an immi-
world,” she says. “When I was elect- The book opens with four docu- September. But the people there grant herself. She assisted some
ed Poet Laureate of Tompkins mentary poems by Ngim Mao of kept asking me when I was going poets in translating their works into
County for 2011, I thought how Cambodia. A refugee from the Pol back home … but I felt that I was English. During the reading, she
much I would like to have them Pot atrocities, her writing relates home. So, this sense of longing for shared three of her own poems
write about their experiences in experiences that touched her fami- belonging, it’s when the soul and relating her impressions in moving
the form of poetry .” ly—which she had never previous- the body is not in synch. I think from Australia to Ithaca.
Through visits to adult English ly shared with anyone. Poetry, and that sometimes when we’re not The position of poet laureate was
as Second Language classes in particularly poetry in a second lan- home, we’re in this constant state established by the county legisla-
downtown Ithaca, Holst-Warhaft guage, gave her the ability to of conflict. There comes a time ture in 2001 to honor local outstand-
worked with teachers to inspire release powerful memories. when you can tolerate it, but there’s ing poets, integrate poetry into the
and encourage a number of immi- Each poet in this collection has a not complete harmony . ,
community enrich the education of
grants. “When I was looking for remarkable life story. Holst- “As someone in exile, you go our young people and enhance the
immigrant poets in this town, ESL Warhaft read a poem by Nicholas through stages,” Sayegh explained. County's position as a cultural cen-
classes seemed like a good place to Capous, who was unable to attend “First is of learning. Then, one of ter. Since then, the Community Arts
look,” she says. because he now lives in Manhattan. questioning. When you get those Partnership has coordinated the
Holst-Warhaft has provided a Capous has been a “closet poet” answers, one of two things hap- selection process.
rare forum, giving voice to those much of his life, writing in Greek. pens: You either accept those “Far from Home” is available at
who seldom have an opportunity to Born in 1936 on the island of Paros, answers, unquestioningly, or there Buffalo Street Books at $5 per copy .
share their words about what he completed high school in Athens is total alienation. I’m still in the The fee is just enough to offset print-
they’ve experienced. Some poets and then worked for two years as a stage of questioning, and this is the ing costs while giving voice to some
were not able to attend the book seaman. Capous jumped ship in the state in which I wrote this poem.” of the hidden immigrant poets in
launch for a simple reason: they United States; he remained, taught On the surface, “Refusal” is our community .
8 Tompkins Weekly December 19
Of Blood, Sand and Man-Scaping
By Nicholas Nicastro but to the legacy of Stanley
Kubrick’s Spartacus. As we all
# # # S p a rt a c u s : B l o o d a n d know, Spartacus was a real person,
S a n d a n d S p a rt a c u s : G o d s o f t he a Thracian gladiator who led a seri-
Are n a. C r e at e d by S t e p h e n S. ous uprising against Rome in the
D e K n i g h t . Ava i l a b l e o n N e t fl i x . late days of the Republic. Kubrick’s
( S p a rt a c u s : Ve n ge a n c e p r e - film, like its dogged and methodical
m i e re s o n S TA R Z o n Ja n 2 7 . )
hero, has earned classic status in
the half-century since its release.
Of all the stylistic spawn of Zach
Indeed, with the brutal elegance
Snyder's 300, the best may be
STARZ’s Spartacus. Now entering of its action and the intelligence of
its third season (or more precisely, its chief players (Kirk Douglas,
its second-and-a-half—see explana- Laurence Olivier, Charles
tion below), the series has every- Laughton, Peter Ustinov), it actual-
thing Snyder's testosterone- ly left some of us (OK, maybe just
pumped sandal epic had, and then me) yearning for more. Just who
some. For not only do spurts of are those guys sharing Spartacus’
formative days in the ludus (gladia-
blood and lopped limbs arc through
the air in tender, loving slow torial school) of Gnaeus Lentulus
motion, and the bronzed sides of Batiatus? We hear their names
masculine beef glisten in the simu- (Crixus, Galleno, et al.), but who
lated sun, but this Spartacus are they, and what are their stories?
breaks new ground in its unapolo- We know Spartacus has a thing for
getic, full-frontal sexuality. the sweet-faced Varinia (Jean
Simmons), but do loves and pas- The late Andy Whitfield in Spartacus.
Classic Hollywood always made
the pagan Romans a decadent sions drive his comrades in arms? that Spartacus may be the champi- when circumstances dictate.
bunch, but this show leaves virtual- True, these may be questions on and cash-cow he’s always want- Playing his wife Lucretia, Lucy
ly nothing to the imagination, nobody asked. But this new ed—if he can be properly motivat- Lawless would also pretend to be
including the question: When does Spartacus hurtles at maximum ed. The bargain is struck: If without scruple, except for her
a busy gladiator have time to do all warp toward the answers, driving Spartacus will play the obedient devotion to Crixus (Manu Bennett),
that man-scaping down there? You all before it with its pure, pulpy slave, Batiatus will reunite him the school’s champion before
won’t get the answer in the first two momentum. with his wife. Spoiler alert: Spartacus. There’s no question who
seasons (available on Netflix until At a time when the craft of poli- Batiatus keeps his end of the bar- wears the pants in their affair (her
February), and I'm guessing you tics has a bad odor, it’s not surpris- gain, but not in the way Spartacus most frequent command to him
won't get it in Spartacus: ing that the contemporary expects. seems to be “strip”), but for all its
Vengeance, starting on Jan. 27. But Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) is no For a show that pretends to be frank portrayal of female lust, this
what you do get is eye-opening ideologue, no fighter for principle. about nothing else but blood and is more femdom than feminism.
enough. It’s a fair bet that, like in Instead, he’s just a barbarian chief- sand and cocks (with a little girl-on- Please turn to page 14
the previous seasons, you’ll have tain out for revenge. Betrayed dur- girl action mixed in), Spartacus fea-
ample occasion to watch this show ing a joint expedition with the tures better performances than it TV Ratings
slack-jawed, wondering, Did I real- Roman army, Spartacus and his has any right to. Hannah is a social
ly just see what I thought I saw? wife (Erin Cummings) are cast into climber of DeNiro-esque intensity,
The show’s maximalist aesthetic slavery, with the former consigned a kaleidoscope of venality relish-
is not all that makes it compelling to the brutal training regimen of ing the twist of every knife he can # # Fair
television. To get at that we have to Batiatus (John Hannah). A shrewd stick in his adversaries. Yet he also # Poor
go back not just to Synder’s movie, judge of character, Batiatus knows shows a conditional sort of honor
Tompkins Weekly December 19 9
Home Care with an Interactive Approach
By Patricia Brhel transportation for shopping and important, and if a client and
doctor appointments or other worker enjoy each other’s compa-
Life is changing for baby boomers, assistance. ny, we try to make sure that we
and it can be tough for the “sand- Teresa Nix and her husband maintain the schedule,” Teresa
wich generation” to care for mom Jeffrey purchased Comfort says.
or dad, or themselves, because of a Keepers in August. “I’m really Comfort Keepers requires that
temporary or permanent disabili- excited about our approach. It’s a employees call from the clients’
ty while maintaining independ- new concept of interactive care,” home phone when they arrive. The
ence. It may be a physical problem, Teresa says. “Instead of coming in company’s computer system will
or it might be the beginning of and focusing on the tasks, such as issue an alert if a worker fails to
dementia, but if the individual housework, we train our employ- show up on time. At $20 per hour,
Photo by Patricia Brhel
isn’t sick enough to qualify for ees to talk to the clients, find out with a two-hour minimum, the
medical care, finding the right what they need and ask their opin- service is more expensive than
caregiver can be difficult. ions on how they prefer to have some other solutions, but Teresa
For family members who work things done.” notes that the company is licensed,
during the day or who live out of Caregivers work with clients on bonded and insured, and it con-
town, having someone stay with or projects such as baking muffins or ducts background checks on all
check in on a relative can be a real doing puzzles and playing games employees, who undergo an exten-
relief. While some families are to keep them involved, to keep sive training program.
large enough and have flexible them mentally and physically Services range from a weekly
schedules, others depend on some- active and socially engaged. Teresa Nix, owner of Comfort Keepers in two-hour check to 24-hour care for
one hired from a newspaper ad or “We’re even putting together a Ithaca. $480 per day. Respite care is avail-
word of mouth. Comfort Keepers cookbook with recipes supplied by able at $250 per day. Comfort
instance, if a client likes to knit,
may be the solution when medical our clients,” Teresa says. “We tai- Keepers also offers a personal
she or he is linked to an employee
care isn’t necessary, but the need is lor our services to the individual emergency response system
that shares that interest, knows
to have someone come by the home client and their needs and what (PERS) so that clients can get
what the client needs and can help
to help with food preparation, the family needs.” immediate help if they are alone
with a project. “We also try to
medication reminders, light Workers are matched with and fall. A client who is frail and
match personalities and are usual-
housekeeping, grooming help, clients when possible. For in danger of falling or leaving his
ly successful. Consistency is
or her bed can also have fall mats.
Door and window alerts can be
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10 Tompkins Weekly December 19
TCAT Approves Budget, Service Changes
By Tompkins Weekly Staff Dullea and other board members expensive travel option for rural top priority is to focus on finding
said the budget seriously erodes commuters.” ways to bolstering TCAT’s financial
The Tompkins Consolidated Area TCAT’s fund balance, and reduces “The rural service is the most situation.
Transit (TCAT) Board of Directors funding for capital projects needed expensive to run, and we realize its Mackesey also said TCAT passen-
has approved a nearly $12.8 million to adequately serve a community importance. We are well aware that gers should prepare for another
spending plan for 2012, along with a that is increasingly reliant on pub- there are transit-dependent riders potential across-the-board fare
stark warning that tougher times lic transit. in these outlying communities that increase in 2013, as well as the pos-
lie ahead. The budget, approved The vote on the service reduc- are facing economic challenges; we sibility of additional service reduc-
Dec. 1, includes service reductions tions and fare increase come after realize, too, that there are urban tions.
and increases in fares that origi- TCAT held 13 information sessions residents who face the same chal- The 2012 service reductions were
nate in rural areas (Zone 2) outside and one public hearing with the lenges,” Lieb said. “We believe it is proposed by TCAT’s service devel-
the greater Ithaca rea to $2.50 from board on Nov. 3. TCAT board mem- equitable to charge more for long opment staff, which examined ways
$1.50. ber David Lieb, a member of the trips that are costly to run, than for to curb service based on unfunded,
“For the third straight year state Transit Service Committee, said short, highly-efficient trips in the poor performing and duplicative
aid—TCAT’s largest single source his committee wrestled over the urbanized area.” routes that would have the least
of financial support—has been sig- impact the changes will have on In August, TCAT began the detrimental effect on passengers.
nificantly reduced and there is riders. process of cutting costs, reducing They include:
every indication there will be addi- “We considered the fare proposal operating expenses and increasing Discontinuing out-of-county serv-
tional cuts in state and federal extensively, did a lot of soul search- revenues in order to absorb antici- ice on route 52 as Tioga County
assistance in 2012 and 2013,” TCAT ing, and after impassioned, empa- pated budget cuts. does not contribute to the service;
board chairman Henrik Dullea said thetic, and well-thought-out discus- “It was painful and 2013 could be Discontinuing route 68 as a por-
in a statement. “In addition, sions over the past couple of worse,” warned TCAT board mem- tion of it duplicates route 15 serv-
TCAT’s three local funders, months, decided to advise the full ber and Tompkins County ice and there is low ridership on
Tompkins County, the City of board to consider the increase,” Legislator Frank Proto, who heads the route 13/Elmira corridor;
Ithaca and Cornell University, are Lieb said in a statement. the TCAT board’s budget commit- Discontinuing special Tower
facing their own financial con- The fare for a trip that originates tee. Proto noted that the county Road trips on route 83.
straints.” in Zone 1, traveling to Zone 2, will recently went through its own Combining routes 53 and 54 in a
The 2012 budget includes inter- remain at $1.50. Rural trips at $2.50 painful process in approving its way that will still enable coverage
nal measures aimed at cutting inbound and $1.50 outbound, result 2012 budget, which included cuts in for the majority of riders.
employee health care costs, zero or in $4 round trips, up from the cur- health and human services pro- The vote was unanimous among
minimal wage increases and hiring rent $3. Lieb noted that four years grams and the elimination of the seven board members who
freezes. TCAT in 2012 will still face ago, rural round trips were reduced vacant positions. attended. The budget is effective
a $530,000 deficit, which board from $6 to current levels, so the $4 To that end, TCAT’s incoming Jan. 1, and fare increases and serv-
members described as “unsustain- per round trip remains an “extraor- 2012 board chairman and county ice reductions go into effect Jan.
able” going forward. dinary value, and among the least legislator Pam Mackesey said her 15.
Recognizing the New Signs of Sustainability
By Marian Brown raise awareness by showing a rep- profit organizations supporting find these “signs,” we scour web-
resentative sampling of the great some aspect of sustainable develop- sites, clip news items from regional
This is the latest installment in our efforts of players in different sec- ment; and new sustainable activi- publications and organizational
Signs of Sustainability series, .
tors of our community We were ties or programs unveiled by exist- reports, watch for listserve
organized by Sustainable taken aback by the overwhelmingly ing businesses or nonprofit organi- announcements and sometimes
Tompkins. Visit them online at positive reaction people had to both zations. This year, we added two just notice something new happen-
www.sustainabletompkins.org. being recognized publicly and new categories: milestones, that is, ing in a store. We also enlist the
Sustainable Tompkins continual- learning that they were not labor- recognizing organizations or pro- help of the community to make
ly watches for the newest “Signs of ing alone in the shadows. We were grams that have been in place for a sure we are made aware of all the
Sustainability” in our community . all heartened to know how many period of time; and recognition, new Signs of Sustainability that
For the past five years, we have kindred spirits were working in acknowledging activities that were joined the local movement each
turned the spotlight on individuals our community to cocreate a better awarded for their effort by other year.
and organizations doing their part future. entities. And did you all deliver this year!
to help advance community sus- We also, however, received some Since 2007, we have announced It took four volunteers to comb
tainability. We highlight these gentle criticism for not mentioning all the new Signs of Sustainability through and organize all the col-
efforts in order to demonstrate some great efforts that first year. at a formal event in December and lected material and help write the
what is possible and to help new So, for 2007, we created a more for- issued award certificates to each citations. This year we are
activists connect with others mal program to recognize examples honoree. We have noted with acknowledging over 300 new Signs
engaged in similar endeavors. of individuals and entities whose delight that a significant number of .
of Sustainability Even so, we are
With all of us working together work during the prior year was those certificates awarded in years fully aware that we still didn’t see
in different ways to resolve our supportive of our organizational past now proudly grace the walls of or hear about all the efforts of the
shared sustainability challenges, mission to promote the long-term some of the businesses and organi- activists hard at work to create a
we spur faster and deeper forward well-being of our communities and zations we recognized. .
more sustainable community It’s a
motion of this most necessary region by integrating social equity, Remember, we’re always watch- great problem to have—there are so
social movement. economic vitality, ecological stew- .
ing for Signs of Sustainability To Please turn to page 14
When we first offered this con- ardship, and personal and civic
cept of signs of sustainability in responsibility .
2006, we envisioned it simply as an Each year, between Dec. 1 and
entertaining interlude during our Nov. 30, we watch for and acknowl-
Sustainable Tompkins holiday edge three categories of new Signs
party Our aim with the PowerPoint
. of Sustainability: new sustainable
presentation that year was just to enterprises; new programs or non-
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Tompkins County Community Calendar... reduced monthly payment options available through Ithaca; 7–8:30PM, Tai Chi for Wellness; Info., 273-
19 Monday 20 Tuesday Lifelong - 607-273-1511 - www.tclifelong.org and the 1511 or www.tclifelong.org.
Lansing Library). Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 12 Noon, St.
All Saints Bingo, 6pm, All Saints Church, 347 Ridge Adult Karate, Seishi Honbu, 15 Catherwood Road, Toddler Storytime, 10:30-11am, October-April, John's Church, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no lim-
Rd., Lansing, 533-7344. Ithaca. Formal, traditional, japanese discipline, Tompkins County Library, Thaler/Howell Programming itations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org.
Baby Storytime, 10:30-11am, Tompkins Co. Public Progressive noon time classes for men and women. Room, Toddlers (16 months to 2 years) and their care Men’s Group, 5-6:30pm, 612 W. State St. Ithaca, open to
Library, Caregivers and newborns up to 15 months old Info., (607) 277-1047 Email firstname.lastname@example.org. givers are invited to join us for rhythmic stories and rol- men with prostate cancer & their spouses/partners.
are invited to join us each Monday in the Thaler/Howell Al-Anon, 12noon, 518 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, Meeting licking fun, Info., 272-4557 ext. 275. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Programming Room for stories, songs, and together- open to anyone affected by another person’s drinking. Toddler Time Storytime, 10am, Groton Public Library, Mindfulness Practice, 7:30-9pm, Hospicare, 172 E.
ness. For more info, 272-4557 ext. 275. Info., 387-5701. Enjoy stories with Mrs. Radford, Info., 898-5055. King Rd., Ithaca, In times of stress, the present
Breastfeeding: Plan for Success, Every 3rd Amnesty International Group 73, Kahin Center, Tot Spot, 9:30-11:30am, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Mid moment can seem anything but wonderful. The group
Monday, Cayuga Medical Center, For new and experi- Cornell University, 640 Stewart Ave., 3rd Tuesday of October thru Late April. Indoor stay and play for chil- meets each Wednesday to practice mindfulness as
enced moms and their partners. Fee $15 per family. each month. Info 273-3009. dren 5 months to 5 years & grown-ups of any age. taught by Vietnamese Zen monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. This
Info., 274-4408 or www.cayugamed.org. Animal Time: Best Bug Parade, 10:30am, Children ages 5 months to 1 year: $2; Children ages 1 group is open to everyone, regardless of experience or
Continuing Beginning Ballet for Adults, Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Toddlers and year to 5 years: $4; Adults always FREE! Frequent Visit spiritual affiliation. For more information, contact
5:30–7:30pm, CSMA, 330 E. Martin Luther King Jr./State preschoolers are invited to hear the story "Best Bug Discount Passes Available for Recreation Partnership Pamela Goddard at 607-273-8678 or Dr. Nancy
St., drop-ins welcome, Nathanielsz Dance Studio, Parade" by Stuart J. Murphy and make their own lady- Residents, Info., 273-8364. Stewart at 607-277-0260.
Instructor, Miranda Strichartz. bugs. Sciencenter admission is always free to children Tuesday Morning Art Classes for Children, 9:15- Open Computer Lab for On-line Application Help,
Cortland Youth Center, Open from 12-9pm. Info: under age 3. 11:30am, Dryden Community Cafe, Main St., Dryden, 10-12noon, Workforce NY, 171 E. State Street, Center
www.cortland.org/youth or call 753-0872. Belly Dancing, 7:30-8:30pm, CSMA, 330 E. Martin Please come by to sign up, or email Leslie at robert- Ithaca Building, Room 241, Ithaca, Info., Phone: (607)
Creating an Effective Cover Letter Workshop, 1- Luther King Jr./State St., Nathanielsz Dance email@example.com, or leave a note at the Cafe. 272-7570 ext. 126.
2pm, Workforce NY, 171 E. State Street, Center Ithaca StudioDrop-ins welcome, Katharyn Howd Machan. Women's Barbershop Chorus, 6:45-9:15PM, prac- Parkinson’s Support Group, Cornell Cooperative
Building, Room 241, Ithaca, Info., Phone: (607) 272- Candor Library Story Hour, 10:15am, Candor Free tices Tuesday evenings at Boynton Middle School, New Extension, 615 Willow Ave., 2-3:30pm. Meets every
7570 ext. 126. Library, Bank and Main St., Info. ,659-7258. voices welcome. 3rd Wed. For those with Parkinson’s and/or their care-
Drawing through Time, 2pm, Museum of the Earth, Cayuga Chimes Annual Holiday Chorus, 6:45pm, Yoga for Women in Midlife, 6-7:15pm, 132 givers. Info., 274-5492 Office for the Aging.
Trumansburg Rd., Ithaca. Cool down with drawing Boynton Middle School Music Room, Ithaca, Women of Northview Road, Ithaca, Explore the possibilities for Qigong for Breast Wellness, Every Wednesday from
through times ice age series. Info., www.museu- all ages invited. No experience necessary. Info., renewed strength and aliveness, calm and alert mind, 1-2pm at Ahimsa Studio, behind the DeWitt Mall in
moftheearth.org. (607)273-2324 or www.cayugachimes.org. with acceptance and compassionate awareness. Ithaca. No class 11/23. For more information call
Emergency Food Pantry, 1-3:30pm, Tompkins Cayuga Club Toastmasters, 6-7pm, meets every Information 319-4138 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Shawn at (607) 279-6543.
Community Action, 701 Spencer Rd., Ithaca. Provides Tuesday, 6th floor of Rhodes Hall, Conference Room Qigong for Health, 6pm, Ithaca Karate Harmony with
individuals and families with 2-3 days worth of nutri- #655, Cornell University, Ithaca. Info.,
tious food and personal care items. Info. 273-8816. http://cayuga.freetoasthost.us. 21 Wednesday Nature School, 120 E. King Rd., ancient energy prac-
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7-8:30pm, Comic Book Club of Ithaca, 7pm, Tompkins County Seidaiko “Taiko” Japanese Drum Classes, 7-
Cayuga Medical Center, 301 Dates Dr., Ithaca, Fourth Public Library, Club meetings are the 1st and 3rd Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional 8:30pm, World Seishi Karate, 15 Catherwood Rd.,
Floor North Conference Room. Food Addicts in Recovery Tuesday of the month. Info., www.comicbookclub.org. Families Group, ACA Meets every Wednesday 7:30- Ithaca, For beginning students. Info www.seishihon-
Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery pro- Cortland Youth Center, 12noon-9pm, www.cort- 8:30 pm at The Ithaca Community Recovery Bldg. 2nd email@example.com or 277-1047.
gram for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeat- land.org/youth, 753-3021. floor of 518 W. Seneca St Ithaca, NY for more info: Story Time, 3pm, Newfield Library, Main St., Newfield.
ing, under-eating and bulimia. Call FA at 781-321-9118 or Crown City Toastmasters Club, meets on the 1st www.adultchildren.org Info., 564-3594, www.newfieldpubliclibrary.org.
toll free 1-866-931-6932. Visit our website at and 3rd Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45pm, Caring Hospice Babies, Books, and Bounce Time, 11:30-12noon, Town of Ithaca Planning Board Meeting, 7pm, 215
www.foodaddicts.org. Center of Cortland, 11 Kennedy Parkway. Info., Tompkins County Library, Thaler/Howell Room. N. Tioga St., Ithaca.
GIAC Teen Program 4-7pm, 318 N. Albany St., Ithaca, http://crowncity.toastmastersclubs.org. Bread of Life Food Pantry in Candor, Rt 96, across Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Classes, Wednesdays 7-
Game Room, Video Games, Open Gym & Field Trips. Cuba Friendship Group of Greater Ithaca from Post Office, 3-6pm. 8:15 pm, Moonlight Dance Studios 407 taughnnock
Groton Library Book Club, 6pm, Groton Public Meeting, Unitarian Church Annex, 208 E. Buffalo St., “Caregiver Conversations”, 7-8:30pm, Lifelong, Blvd., Ithaca, Info., www.tessadances.com.
Library, meets every 2nd Monday of the month. Info., Meets the 3rd Tues of every month. Info 387-9830 or 119 W. Court St., Ithaca, Open to those caring for par- Waffle Wednesdays, 8:30-11am, Dryden Community
898-5055. email firstname.lastname@example.org. ents, nearby of from a distance, or other elderly rela- Cafe, Main St., Dryden, Serving hot, fresh waffle from
Harmony Falls Women's A Cappella Chorus, Dryden Community Garden's Grow Your Own tives/friends. Meets the 3rd Wed of every month. Info., scratch, served with either real New York maple syrup
rehearsals 7- 9pm every Monday at TBurg Seneca Rd Classes, Come dig more deeply into the opportunities 274-5488 or email@example.com. or fresh strawberries and cream.
Baptist Church. Women of all ages and singing ability provided by the Dryden Community Gardens team, or Community HU Song, 7-7:30pm, Women’s Wednesday Breakfast Club, 8:30am, Royal Court
invited to their special Summer Sing program. just come to learn. Classes take place on the 3rd Community Bldg., Ithaca. Restaurant, 529 S. Meadow St., Ithaca, An informal
www.HarmonyFallsChorus.com. Tuesday of every month, from 6:30-8pm, in the Dryden Consumer Issues Education Program, Cornell breakfast get-together for bereaved adults.
Hatha Yoga in the Svaroopa® Style, 10:15- Cafe. Please contact Kerra Quinn with any questions, Cooperative Extension, 3rd Wed every month. A Participants pay for their own breakfast. Info.,
11:45am, Finger Lakes Fitness Center, taught by at 844-3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Representative of the NYS Attorney General’s Office Hospicare and Palliative Care Services email dge-
Shelley Clark, Every Monday, Non-members welcome. Eating Disorders Family & Friends Support will conduct a brief presentation and will be available email@example.com or 272-0212.
Jazz Dance Classes with Nancy Gaspar, 7:15pm, Network, 6:30-8:30pm, Cooperative Ext., 615 Willow until 1pm to consult. Info., counties.cce.cornell.edu, Zen Meditation Practice, Every Wednesday 5:30-
Finger Lakes Fitness Center, 171 E. State St., Center Ave., Ithaca, every 3rd Tuesday, interactive videoconfer- 272-2292. 6:30pm, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, founders Room.
Ithaca, Non-members & drop-ins welcome. Info 256-3532. ence with local connections. Info., 272-2292. Cortland Youth Center, Open from 12-9pm. Info., Sponsored by the Ithaca Zen Center. Prior sitting experi-
Jazzercise, 5:45 & 6:45pm, 119 W Court St., Ithaca. Emergency Food Pantry, 11:30am-2pm, Tompkins www.cortland.org/youth, 753-3021. ence or attendance of an orientation session required to
Jazzercise combines dance, resistance training, Community Action, 701 Spencer Rd., Ithaca. Provides Dryden High School Band/Chorus/Jazz participate.For information or to schedule an orientation,
pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create programs individuals and families with 2-3 days worth of nutri- Band/BYM, 7pm, Dryden High School Auditorium. contact Tony @ 277-1158 or Marissa @ 272-1419.
for people of every age and fitness level. More info. tious food and personal care items. Info. 273-8816. Evening Bereavement Support Group, 5:30-7pm,
288-4040 or www.jazzercise.com. Finger Lakes Gymnastics Unstructured Play-
Knowledge is Power, 6pm, group for those who have Time, 10:30-11:30am, Sept.-June, 215 Commercial
Nina K. Miller Hospicare Center, 172 East King Road, 22 Thursday
Ithaca. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, Free
been in abusive relationships, For info., 277-3203. Avenue, Ithaca, Ages 6mo-5yrs, Cost: 6 Mths - 1 Year and open to adults who have experienced the loss of a
Kundalini Yoga Classes, 7:30-9pm, Fine Spirit - $3. 1 Year - 5 Years Old - $5 for current members, loved one. For information, contact 272-0212 or 5th Annual "Communities that Care" Blood Drive,
Yoga Studio, 201 Dey St., Ithaca. Info., 760-5386. $7 for non-members; Info., 273-5187, www.flga.net. firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Proudly Hosted by the Ithaca Ramada - 2310 North
Lifelong Schedule, 8:30–9:30AM, Enhance Free GED classes, GIAC- 9:00am-12pm; TST BOCES, www.hospicare.org/grief-support-groups. Triphammer Road, Ithaca. Join us on December 22
Fitness®, Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street, Ithaca; 5:30pm-8:30pm; TC3- 10am-1pm; Newfield Elem.- Family Storytime, 11:30-12noon, October-May, from 12-7pm. All donors will receive a special gift.
9–10AM, Enhance Fitness®, Juniper Manor I, 24 Elm 9:00am-12pm; South Seneca Elem. -9:00am-12pm; Call Tompkins County Public Library, Thayler/Howell Room, Adult Karate, Seishi Honbu, 15 Catherwood Road,
St., Trumansburg; 9–10AM, Enhance Fitness®, Kendal 257-1561 to register. Free for everyone. Ithaca. Formal, traditional, japanese discipline,
at Ithaca, 2230 North Triphammer Road; GIAC Teen Program, 7-9pm, BJM, 318 N. Albany St., Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7-8:30pm, Progressive noon time classes for men and women.
9:30–10:30AM, Enhance Fitness®, Newfield Garden Ithaca, Game Room, Video Games, Open Gym & Field The 1st Congregational Church, 309 Highland Rd., Info., (607) 277-1047 Email email@example.com.
Apartments, 261 Main St.; 10–11AM, Tai Chi Class, Titus Trips, 272-3622. Ithaca, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a AL-ANON Hope for Today, 7:30pm, 518 West Seneca
Towers Apartments, 800 South Plain St.,; 10–12Noon, Harmony UMC Helping Hands Pantry, for residents free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering St., Ithaca, main floor, Meeting open to anyone affected by
Clay Class; 10:15–11:15AM, Enhance Fitness, Dryden of Harford from 3:30-6pm, Harford, "Neighbors help- from food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulim- another person’s drinking, Info., 844-4210.
Fire Hall, 26 North Street; 12:30–1:30PM, Strength ing neighbors". ia. Info., toll free 866-931-6932 or 718-321-9118 or Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders, 7pm,
Training; 1:45–3PM, Off-Site Senior Chorus; 2–3PM, Immaculate Conception Church Food Pantry, 1- www. foodaddicts.org. Cooperative Extension, 614 W. State St., for those in
Enhance Fitness® -McGraw House Annex, 211 S. 1:45pm, Seneca near Geneva St., Ithaca, Free, fresh Free GED classes, TST BOCES, 5:30pm-8:30pm; need of help & recovery. Info., 272-2292.
Geneva St.; 2–4PM, Current Events/World Affairs; produce, breads, desserts, dairy and deli. For low to Candor HS, 5:00pm-8:00pm; South Seneca Elem., Asperger's Support Group Meeting, 7pm, base-
7–9PM, International Folk Dancing; Info., 273-1511 or moderate incomes, limit 1 pantry per week. 9:00am-12pm; Call 257-1561 to register. ment of St. Luke Lutheran Church at 109 Oak Avenue
www.tclifelong.org. www.friendshipdonations.org. Hanukkah Celebrations in Center Ithaca, The in Collegetown. If you have questions, please contact
Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 12 Noon, St. J-Ville Jazzy Jumble Thrift Shop, 4:30-7:30pm, Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell University and the Robin L. Booth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John's Church, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no lim- Jacksonville Church on Rte. 96, Our prices can’t be Downtown Ithaca Alliance would like to invite the com- Cancer Resource Center Yoga Class, 9:30am-
itations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org. beat. Info. 277-1216. munity to participate in Hanukkah celebrations taking 11am, Island Health and Fitness, The classes are free
New York State Senator Tom O’Mara, 5:30pm, Jazzercise, 5:45pm, 119 W Court St., Ithaca. place in Center Ithaca in the coming weeks. A large to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, but registration is
Newfield Town Hall, 166 Main St.,informal and open to Jazzercise combines dance, resistance training, menorah in the upper atrium of Center Ithaca will first required. To do so, call the Cancer Resource Center at
the public. They’re aimed at giving local residents an pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create programs be lit at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 20 to cele- 277-0960 or contact email@example.com.
opportunity to directly share their concerns, opinions for people of every age and fitness level. More info. brate the beginning of Hanukkah. Subsequent lightings Community Police Board Meeting, 4th Thursday of
and suggestions for better government. O’Mara’s 288-4040. will take place at 5pm on Wednesday, December 21, the month at 3:30pm on the third floor of City Hall.
Elmira district office can be contacted at 607-735- Joint Policy & Planning Committee Meeting, 2-4pm, Thursday, December 22, Monday, December 26, and The public is always welcome to attend. Minutes can
9671. He can also be contacted by e-mail at Ithaca-Tompkins Transit Center, 737 Willow Ave., Ithaca. Tuesday, December 27. On Monday, December 26, be found on the City of Ithaca website.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Karate, 5:30-6:30, Kwon's Champion School, 123 the menorah lighting at 5:00 pm will also include food Cortland Youth Center, Open from 12-9pm, Info.,
Out Loud Chorus, 7-8:30pm, Briar Patch Vet, 706 Ithaca Commons, Martial arts classes for all ages, chil- and music. If you have any questions, please contact www.cortland.org/youth, 753-3021.
Elmira Rd., Ithaca, Urban Choral Music. No auditions, dren and adults, Never too old or too young. Info., the Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell University: Creative Movement for ages 2-4yrs, Thursdays at
no experience necessary. Looking for new singers. All CJichi@Yahoo.com. (607) 227-4082. 11:30-12noon, Ithaca YMCA, www.ithacaymca.com.
genders and sexual expressions welcome. Find out Knowledge is Power, 6pm, group for those who have Ithaca Community Police Board Drop-In Hours, 2- Depression Support Group, 5:30-7pm, Finger Lakes
more at www.outloudchorus.org. Email outloudchorus- been in abusive relationships, For info., 277-3203. 5pm, GIAC, 301 West Court Street, Ithaca, you can Independence Center, 215 Fifth Street, Ithaca. Every
email@example.com, or call 607-280-0374. Lifelong Schedule, 9–11AM, Blood Pressure Clinic, also make an appointment. To leave a private mes- Thurs. The group is free, confidential and organized by
Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30-8:30pm, Henry St. John FREE; 9–12PM, Morning Watercolor Studio; sage or make an appointment, call 275-0799. people who have personal experience with depres-
Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W. Clinton St., 9:30–11:30AM, Football: The 2011 College and Ithaca Veterans Acupuncture Clinic, 5pm, Ithaca sion. Info., 272-2433.
Speakers/Literature meeting, Meetings are free, confiden- Professional Seasons; 10–12noon, Extra Class--- Community Acupuncture, free "ear" acupuncture for all Digital Download Drop-In Tutorials, 5-6pm,
tial, no weigh-ins or diets, Info., 387-8253. Family History Safari; 10–12PM, Open Computer US Veterans and their families. IVAC takes place every Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca. Join our refer-
Personal Defense, 7:30-8:30pm, World Seishi Lab/Discussion; 11:30–12:30PM, Tai Chi, Lansing Wednesday evening. Info., www.ithacacommunity- ence librarians for free, drop-in tutorials on using the
Karate, Catherwood Road, Ithaca, Info., www.seishi- Community Library, Auburn Road; 1:30–4:30PM, acupuncture.com or call 607-319-5454. OverDrive Digital Download service for downloading
firstname.lastname@example.org or 277-1047. Sensual Seniors; 1–4PM, Confidential HIV Testing and Jazz Dance Classes with Nancy Gaspar, 5:45pm, eBooks and audiobooks to Kindles, Nooks, iPads,
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Meeting, PTSD Counseling, by appt, Call 274-6683; 1–4PM, Finger Lakes Fitness Center,171 E. State St., Center smartphones or other app-based devices. Participants
Ithaca is a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder support Afternoon Art Studio; 2:15–4:30PM, Open Computer Ithaca, lower level, Non-members & drop-ins welcome, will need a valid Library card and password to down-
group for individuals in and around Ithaca, NY who have Lab; Info., 273-1511 or www.tclifelong.org. Info., 256-3532. load items to their devices. Nook users who own lap-
been diagnosed with (or think they may have) Post Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 6pm, St. Jazzercise, 5:45pm, 119 W Court St., Ithaca, Jazzercise tops are also asked to bring their laptops along. Info.,
Traumatic Stress Disorder. Meetings are every John's Church, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no lim- combines dance, resistance training, pilates, yoga, kick- http://tcpl.org/kids/programs.php.
Monday at 6:30 p.m. Please call 607-279-0772 for itations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org. boxing and more to create programs for people of every "Eldercare and Minfulness", 6:30pm, Lifelong, 119
more information. Meditation at Rasa Spa. 7:30-8:30pm. Tranquility age and fitness level. Info., 288-4040. W. Court St., Ithaca. The meeting is open to anyone
Pre-School Story Hour and Craft, 10am, The Room, Shamatha, or “calm abiding”, meditation. $5 Kundalini Yoga Classes, 6:30-8PM, Pure and Simple caring for an elderly spouse, parent, other relative or
SPCA Annex at The Shops at Ithaca Mall. donation. Info., 273-1740, visit www.rasaspa.com. Yoga Studio, Cortland. friend. The group meets every week. For more infor-
Shakuhachi Flute w/Senpai Kim, 6:30-7:30pm, Overeaters Anonymous, 12:15-1:15pm, Henry St. Lansing Writers' Group, 7PM, Lansing Community mation on the group, please contact Robert Levine at
World Seishi Karate, 15 Catherwood Rd., Ithaca, Info., John Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W. Library, 27 Auburn Road, Lansing, Meetings are open the Office for the Aging at (607) 274-5482 or at
email@example.com or 277-1047. Clinton St., 12 Steps & 12 Traditions meeting; 7-8pm, to adults and focused, mature minors who strive to Rlevine1@binghamton.edu or view a flyer about the
Story Time: Best Bug Parade, 10:30am, Watkins Glen Library; Meetings are free, confidential, improve their writing skills and learn from each other. group on the Office for the Aging website: www.tomp-
Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Toddlers and no weigh-ins or diets. Info., 387-8253. All genres, skill levels, and writing types are welcome. kins-co.org/cofa.
preschoolers are invited to hear the story Best Bug Sexual Compulsives Anonymous, 5:30pm, This is Additional info., www.groups.yahoo.com/group/lans- Foster Parent and Adoption Informational
Parade by Stuart J. Murphy and make their own lady- an anonymous 12-Step Group of men and women ingwritersgroup. Free and open to the public. Meeting, 12noon, Human Services Building, Ithaca.
bugs. Info., www.sciencenter.org. whose purpose is to recover from sexual compulsion. “Let’s take a walk” 8-9am, A low key walk for men and Please come if you are interested in making a positive
Ulysses Historical Society Museum, 9-11am, 39 Info., firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sca-recovery.org. women with any type of cancer; enjoy a weekly walk and difference in the lives of children. Call 274-5266 for
South St., Trumansburg, Genealogical research. Info., Stress Management Group, 11am, Starlight Center, good conversation. Meets inside entrance to Border’s, more information.
387-6666. 301 S. Geneva St., Ithaca, Suite 110, 277-7337. The Shops at Ithaca Mall. Info, Cancer Resource Center Free GED classes, GIAC, 9:00am-12pm; Candor Elem-
VOICES Multicultural Chorus Rehearsal, 7-9pm, Tai Chi Yang Long Form, 7-8pm, Abovoagogo Art of the Finger Lakes. 612 W State St. 277-0960. 9:00am-12pm; Groton Elem- 9:00am-12pm; TC3- 10am-
Ithaca Unitarian Church Annex, 2nd floor, 208 E. Studio, 409 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, with Anthony Fazio Lifelong Schedule, 8:30–9:30AM, Enhance 1pm; TST BOCES- 1pm-4pm ; Call 257-1561 to register.
Buffalo St., Ithaca, VOICES is a NO AUDITION choral LAC, CA, Fees: $10 per class; $30 for the month; Fitness®, Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street, Ithaca; GIAC Teen Program, 4-7pm, 318 N. Albany St.,
project of the Ithaca Community Choruses singing Info., 272-0114. 9–10AM, Enhance Fitness®, Juniper Manor I, 24 Elm Ithaca, Game Room, Video Games, Open Gym & Field
songs from diverse & ethnic choral traditions. Come T'ai Chi Classes at Lansing Library, 11:30AM- St., Trumansburg; 9–10AM, Enhance Fitness®, Kendal Trips, Info., 272-3622.
at 6:30 to register or on line at http://ithacacommuni- 12:30PM, Lansing Community Library, 27 Auburn at Ithaca, 2230 North Triphammer Road; 9–10:30AM, Halsey Valley Pantry, 4–4:45pm, GAR building,
tychoruses.org/g-voices. Road, Lansing, John Burger - Instructor. T'ai Chi pro- Lace Knitting class #1; 9–12Noon, HIICAP Health Hamilton Rd, Halsey Valley, Free, fresh produce,
Yoga Classes, 5-6:15pm, Mindful Movement in motes balance, flexibility, coordination and can reduce Insurance Counseling, by appointment. Call 273- breads, desserts, dairy and deli. For low to moderate
Community Corners, 903 Hanshaw Rd., Suite 201, pain. T'ai Chi is also been shown to lower the risk of 1511; 9:30–10:30AM, Enhance Fitness®, Newfield incomes, limit 1 pantry per week, Info., www.friend-
Info., 607-592-5493. falls, increase energy levels, enhance sleep, and Garden Apartments, 261 Main St.; 10:15–11:15AM, shipdonations.org.
Zen Meditation Practice, Every Monday 5:30-6:30pm, reduce stress and anxiety. Using precise, fluid move- Enhance Fitness, Dryden Fire Hall, 26 North Street; Karate, 5:30-6:30, Kwon's Champion School, 123
Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, founders Room. Sponsored by ments, T'ai Chi can dissolve tension, increase your 1–3PM, German Class; 1–3:30PM, Crafting Circle- Ithaca Commons, Martial arts classes for all ages, chil-
the Ithaca Zen Center. Prior sitting experience or atten- strength and cardiovascular fitness, and leave you with Needlework and Quilting; 2–3PM, Enhance Fitness®, dren and adults, Never too old or too young. Info.,
dance of an orientation session required to participate.For a greater awareness, calmness, and overall sense of McGraw House Annex, 211 S. Geneva St.; 5–7PM, Off- CJichi@Yahoo.com.
information or to schedule an orientation, contact Tony @ wholeness. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Site, Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group, Lifelong Schedule, 9–10:30AM, Cancelled-, Lace
277-1158 or Marissa @ 272-1419. REGISTRATION & COST: $5/class (Scholarships and Cancer Resource Center, 612 West State Street, Knitting class #2 ; 10–11:30AM, Asking the Right
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Questions; 10–11:30AM, How the Earth Works; Cornell, These viewing nights are run by the Cornell
12:30–1:30PM, Strength Training Class; 2–3PM, Senior Astronomical Society. Call 255-3557 to find out if we 26 Monday Everyday
Theatre Troupe; 2:15–4PM, Open Computer Lab; are open on a given night. Open to Everyone, Free
6:30–8PM, Caregiver Conversations Support Group; Call Story Time, 10:30am, Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, All Saints Bingo, 6pm, All Saints Church, 347 Ridge A Closer Look – Plant Photography by Susan
274-5482 for information; 6–8PM, Discussion Group: Ovid, Children enjoy stories, hands-on arts and crafts, Rd., Lansing, 533-7344. Larkin, November 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011,
Windows/Linux; 7:15-9PM, Toastmasters Meeting; Info., science activities, and songs. www.ovidlibrary.org. Baby Storytime, 10:30-11am, Tompkins Co. Public The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell
273-1511 or www.tclifelong.org. Taiiko Drumming, Seishi Honbu, 15 Catherwood Library, Caregivers and newborns up to 15 months old Plantations. Info., www.cornellplantations.org.
Live Music, Autumn Leaves, the Commons, 7-9pm. Road, Ithaca. "Seidaiko" Taiko classes for adults and are invited to join us each Monday in the Thaler/Howell After School Care and Enrichment, Monday-Friday,
Info., 229-4825. children. Pre-registration now open. Pleasure and or Programming Room for stories, songs, and together- 3PM, Seishi Juku Karate, 15 Catherwood Rd., Ithaca,
Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 6pm, Loaves performance training. Info., 607-277-1047 Email ness. For more info, 272-4557 ext. 275. Youth programs, ages 4 thru teens, register for recre-
& Fishes, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no limitations email@example.com. Continuing Beginning Ballet for Adults, ation and/or instruction daily , guitar, vocals, drum-
or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org. Take a Tour of the Museum, 11:30am, Museum of the 5:30–7:30pm, CSMA, 330 E. Martin Luther King Jr./State ming, karate/judo, dendo, tumbling. Tuition rates for
Men’s Breakfast Group, 8–9am, location TBD, for Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd., The Museum of the Earth St., drop-ins welcome, Nathanielsz Dance Studio, members and non-members. For information contact:
men with any type/stage of cancer, Every Thursday, is pleased to offer exhibit tours included with admission. Instructor, Miranda Strichartz. 277-1047 www.seishijuku.com.
Call 277-0960. The tour is of the Museum’s permanent exhibition hall, A Cortland Youth Center, Open from 12-9pm. Info: Birkram's Yoga Classes, ;Bikram's Yoga is 26 postures
"New to Cancer" Support Group, 12noon-1pm, Journey through Time, share the story of the Earth and its www.cortland.org/youth or call 753-0872. with two breathing exercises, 90 minutes in a VERY warm
Cancer Resource Room (In Cayuga Medical Center's life. Info., 273-6623. Drawing through Time, 2pm, Museum of the Earth, room. Classes every day. Info., (607) 269-9642 or
Medical Office Building, immediately adjacent to the Tales for Tots Storytime, 11am, Barnes & Noble, Trumansburg Rd., Ithaca. Cool down with drawing www.bikramyoga.com.
infusion suite of Drs. Garbo and Bael. This is a drop-in we read fantastic and imaginative stories for young through times ice age series. Info., www.museu- Cass Park Rink Open Skate, 701 Taughannock Blvd.,
group - come as often as is helpful. Ask questions, find readers. Info., 273-6784 or www.BN.com. moftheearth.org. Ithaca, Hours: M-F 8:30am-11:30am, 11:45am-2:15pm,
resources, and make connections. For information, Technology 'R Us, Read Forever with Nook, 5- Emergency Food Pantry, 1-3:30pm, Tompkins 2:30pm-5pm, Friday Evenings: 7:30--10:15pm, Saturday
contact Kerry Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7pm, Barnes & Noble , 614 S. Meadow St., Ithaca, Community Action, 701 Spencer Rd., Ithaca. Provides Evenings 1-10pm, Sat & Sun afternoons 2:30pm-5:15pm,
277-0960. Curious about the new technology of ebooks? individuals and families with 2-3 days worth of nutri- $3 skate rental, Info., 273-1090, www.ci.ithaca.ny.us,
Out of Bounds Radio Show, hosted by TISH PEARLMAN Interested but unsure where to start? Join us and let us tious food and personal care items. Info. 273-8816. Open Oct.-April.
will feature poet SARAH JEFFERIS. 7pm: WEOS-FM ( 90.3 show you Nook can work for you. Learn about the Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7-8:30pm, Freeskool Classes, Calendars with complete class
& 89.7 Geneva region), Live Stream: weos.org. affordability of a modern and portable library with us Cayuga Medical Center, 301 Dates Dr., Ithaca, Fourth descriptions are being distributed throughout Ithaca and
Overeaters Anonymous, 6:15-7pm, Henry St. John and we’ll cover all the basics, answer any questions Floor North Conference Room. Food Addicts in Recovery are available online at
Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W. Clinton St., you have and even demonstrate exciting extras like Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery pro- http://ithacafreeskool.wordpress.com/class-descriptions.
Just for Today/open sharing meeting. Meetings are free, using Nook with your library card or playing Angry gram for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeat- Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell
confidential, no weigh-ins or diets. Info., 387-8253. Birds. Info., 274-6784. ing, under-eating and bulimia. Call FA at 781-321-9118 or University, Ithaca, Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am-
Prenatal Yoga Classes 5:30-7pm. Diane Fine. Info., Ulysses Historical Society Museum, 39 South St., toll free 1-866-931-6932. Visit our website at 5pm, Always free admission, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org 564-3690 or dianefineyoga.com. Trumansburg, 2-4pm. Genealogical research. Info., www.foodaddicts.org. www.museum.cornell.edu.
Preschool Storytime. Tompkins County Public 387-6666. GIAC Teen Program 4-7pm, 318 N. Albany St., Ithaca, Jazzercise, Dance exercise program in Lansing and
Library, 3-3:30pm, Thaler/Howell Programming Room. West Village Apartments Food Pantry, 12:30- Game Room, Video Games, Open Gym & Field Trips. Cortland. Cardio, strength and stretch choreo-
Pre-school-aged children (3-5years) are invited to join 1:30pm, Every 3rd Friday, parking lot in front of apt Grandparent’s Group, 6:30-8:30pm, Family & graphed to a variety of music. 3-5 classes daily a.m.
us for stories, songs, activities and fun, Info., 272- #637, Ithaca. Children’s Service, 127 West State Street. Supportive and p.m. Visit Jazzercise.com for class times or call
4557 ext. 275. Yoga for People with Cancer, 10:30am-12noon, Island and educational support group for grandparents who 288-4040.
ReUse Volunteer Evening, Triphammer Marketplace Health & Fitness. Gentle stretching, relaxation exercises, are raising their preschool & school-aged grandchil- J.M. McDonald Sports Complex Ice Skating,
from 5:30-8PM, every Thursday, throughout the winter healing visualizations, and meditation. For information, dren. Free of charge. Meet’s 4th Monday of the month. 4292 Fairgrounds Dr, Cortland, come for Open skat-
months. Meet great people and help make donated contact instructor Nick Boyar at 272-2062 or Sharon Childcare can be provided, register 273-7494. Groton ing, Skate n Shoot, Freestyle skating, Adult and youth
items ready for sale: we’ll clean, sort and organize Kaplan at 277-0960 $10 per class. Scholarship available Library Book Club, 6pm, Groton Public Library, meets hockey, Lunch skate and Rock n Skate sessions.
loads of really cool stuff! Help us improve retail dis- through the Cancer Resource Center. every 2nd Monday of the month. Info., 898-5055. Visit www.jmmcomplex.com for full list of times.
plays, and other tasks that will help us manage the Groton Womens Community Center, 112 McKinley Lights on the Lake, 5-10pm, Onondaga Lake Park,
huge flow of incoming donations. We’d like to know Ave., Groton. Mon. 10am-2pm & 5-7pm; Tues. 10am-2pm, Liverpool, Nov. 17th-January 8, Lights on the lake is a
you’re coming, so please RSVP to Louise Henrie,
24 Saturday evenings appointment only; Thurs. 10am-2pm; 5-7pm; Sat two mile long drive-thru show. Info., http://lightsonthe-
email@example.com, or call (607) 257-9699. by appointment only. Offering hope and help to all women lake.com.
Additional information can be found online at www.fin- Animal Feeding, Cayuga Nature Center. Noon. Feel in need. Call or stop by and see what we have to offer you Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S.
gerlakesreuse.org. free to visit CNC as our animal volunteers feed our for your need. Info 898-4904 or 898-3854. Franklin St., Syracuse, science and technology center,
Separated and Divorced Men's Group, 7pm, facili- many animals, then hike one of our trails or visit the Harmony Falls Women's A Cappella Chorus, inspiring all generations through hands-on education
tated by Dr. Jerry Feist, Info., 277-4131. tree house. Free for members, low cost to visitors. rehearsals 7- 9pm every Monday at TBurg Seneca Rd and entertainment. Info., (315)425-9068 or visit
Spinknitters, 1pm, Ulysses Philomathic Library, 74 E Info www.cayuganaturecenter.org. Baptist Church. Women of all ages and singing ability www.most.org.
Main Street, Trumansburg, A active, friendly cama- Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles, 12noon-3pm, invited to their special Summer Sing program. Museum of the Earth, Trumansburg Rd., Ithaca,
raderie of stitch savvy knitters. Open to all skill levels, Village of Skaneateles, Charles Dickens and his cast of www.HarmonyFallsChorus.com. Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-
beginning knitters welcome. Info., 607-387-5623. characters, directed by Jim Greene of Scarlett Rat Hatha Yoga in the Svaroopa® Style, 10:15- 5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, Closed Tuesday and
Storytime with Ms. Susie, 10:30am, Lansing Entertainment, will interact with residents and visitors 11:45am, Finger Lakes Fitness Center, taught by Wednesday from Labor Day to Memorial Day, Closed
Community Library, 29 Auburn Road, Lansing, Join us for in the streets, stores and restaurants. Info., Shelley Clark, Every Monday, Non-members welcome. Thanksgiving Day. Visit us on the web at www.museu-
stories, songs, and fun, Different theme each week, all www.skaneateles.com. Holiday Break, Corning Museum of Glass, December moftheearth.org.
ages welcome, Free. Family Storytime, Tompkins County Public Library, 26 – 31, School’s out! Bring the kids to the Museum for Tai Chi Classes, Monday-Saturday, Taoist Tai Chi
Taiiko Drumming, Seishi Honbu, 15 Catherwood 11:30am-Noon, Thaler/Howell Programming Room. a great day’s outing and enjoy special activities, includ- Society 1201 N. Tioga St. (old Fall Creek Cinema build-
Road, Ithaca. "Seidaiko" Taiko classes for adults and Saturdays. Children of all ages and their caregivers ing extended Make Your Own Glass hours and special ing). For health, healing and fullness of life try Taoist Tai
children. Pre-registration now open. Pleasure and or are invited to join us for exciting stories, lively music Hot Glass Show features (“You Design It; We Make it!”). Chi. For listing of class times visit us at
performance training. Info., 607-277-1047 Email and family-friendly fun. Info., 272-4557 ext. 275. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $14.00 www.ithaca.newyork.usa.taoist.org, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. GIAC Teen Program After Hours Spot 4-midnight. (discounts apply); kids and teens, 19 and under, free. email@example.com or call 277-5491.
Thursday Night Spaghetti Special, Dryden 318 N. Albany St.. Ithaca, Music, movies, open gym, Contact (800) 732-6845 for more information. Taiko Drum Lessons, Seishi Karate, 15 Catherwood
Community Cafe, 1 West Main St., Dryden, Our game room, video games, computers, skating & more. Jazz Dance Classes with Nancy Gaspar, 7:15pm, Rd., Ithaca, with "SeiDaiko". Introduction through
Thursday spaghetti dinner comes with a side salad and Info., 272-3622. Finger Lakes Fitness Center, 171 E. State St., Center Advance Traditional Taiko Drumming and More!
Tuscan bread for $4.95 with meatballs just a little bit Guided Bird Walk, 7:30am, Cornell Lab of Ithaca, Non-members & drop-ins welcome. Info 256-3532. Registration now open. www.seishijuku.com, Call
extra. Info., 844-8166. Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, April- Jazzercise, 5:45 & 6:45pm, 119 W Court St., Ithaca. (607) 277-1047, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toddler & Pre-School Storytime, 10:30-11AM September, Meet in front of the Visitor Center, Info., Jazzercise combines dance, resistance training, T-Burg Entertainment Center Winter Operations,
every Thursday, Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St, (800) 843-BIRD, www.birds.cornell.edu. pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create programs 1966 Route 96, 7 miles north of Ithaca and 3 miles south
Cortland, Info., 753-1042. Hand Drumming for Humans Classes, 3-4pm, Soma for people of every age and fitness level. More info. of Trumansburg. T-Burg Entertainment Center is pleased
Tot Spot, 9:30-11:30am, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Mid Yoga & Living Arts, 409 West State St., Ithaca, Info., 288-4040 or www.jazzercise.com. to announce the addition of ice skating and indoor arcade
October thru Late April. Indoor stay and play for chil- www.somayogaithaca.com. Knowledge is Power, 6pm, group for those who have birthday parties to their line up of entertainment activities.
dren 5 months to 5 years & grown-ups of any age. J-Ville Jazzy Jumble Thrift Shop, Jacksonville been in abusive relationships, For info., 277-3203. Opening weekends throughout the winter months starting
Children ages 5 months to 1 year: $2; Children ages 1 Church on Rte. 96. 10am-1pm Saturdays. Info. call Kundalini Yoga Classes, 7:30-9pm, Fine Spirit December 3rd, the facility will offer outdoor ice skating
year to 5 years: $4; Adults always FREE! Frequent Visit 277-1216. Yoga Studio, 201 Dey St., Ithaca. Info., 760-5386. (weather permitting), indoor arcade play, indoor birthday
Discount Passes Available for Recreation Partnership Jazz Dance Class, 11am, Finger Lakes Fitness Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 12 Noon, St. parties, food and outdoor miniature golf (weather permit-
Residents, Info., 273-8364. Center, 171 E. State St., Center Ithaca, lower level, John's Church, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no lim- ting). The facility will open other days upon request. For
Beginners. Non-members & drop-ins welcome. Info., itations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org. additional information on T-Burg Entertainment Center's
256-3532. Out Loud Chorus, 7-8:30pm, Briar Patch Vet, 706 attractions, contact Michael or Melinda Cirri at
23 Friday Karate, 5:30-6:30, Kwon's Champion School, 123 Elmira Rd., Ithaca, Urban Choral Music. No auditions, 607.387.PUTT (7888) or visit www.tburgminigolf.com.
Ithaca Commons, Martial arts classes for all ages, chil- no experience necessary. Looking for new singers. All The Discovery Center, 60 Morgan Rd, Binghamton, Lots
Al-Anon, Meeting open to anyone affected by dren and adults, Never too old or too young. Info., genders and sexual expressions welcome. Find out of things to see and do. Free weekend programs and
another person’s drinking. 7pm. Dryden Methodist CJichi@Yahoo.com. more at www.outloudchorus.org. Email outloudchorus- Tuesday's Tales and Tunes also Tremendous Thursday's
Church, Park in Rite-Aid lot. Info., 387-5701. Lifelong Schedule, 9–12PM, Men’s Group, Newcomers email@example.com, or call 607-280-0374. and many more learning activities. See schedules for
Aqua Zumba, 4:45-6pm, Cortland YMCA, Tompkins Welcome; Info., 273-1511 or www.tclifelong.org. Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30-8:30pm, Henry St. John exact times, Info., www.thediscoverycenter.org.
St., Cortland. McLean Community Church Food Pantry: Church Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W. Clinton St., The Mini-Sub, Sciencenter, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun
Birthday Parties, Seishi Honbu, 15 Catherwood Road, St., McLean. 1:30-2:15. 4th Saturday of the month. Free, Speakers/Literature meeting, Meetings are free, confiden- Noon-5pm. Come play inside this immersion theater and
Ithaca. Karate, Taiko Drums or your own Theme. Info., fresh produce, breads, desserts, dairy and deli. For low tial, no weigh-ins or diets, Info., 387-8253. take a peak at ocean life. A permanent exhibit developed
607-277-1047 Email firstname.lastname@example.org. to moderate incomes, www.friendshipdonations.org. Personal Defense, 7:30-8:30pm, World Seishi as part of the museum's Connect to the Ocean exhibition.
"Brown Bag Lunch" 12noon-1pm, Cancer Resource Morning Story Time 10am. Caroline Community Karate, Catherwood Road, Ithaca, Info., www.seishi- 272-0600 or www.sciencenter.org. 601 First St.
Center, 612 W. State St.; open to women with any Library 2670 Slaterville Rd. Slaterville Springs. email@example.com or 277-1047. Ulysses Historical Society Museum, 9-11am, 39
type/stage of cancer, Info., 277-0960. www.tcpl.org. Photo and Photoshop, √2:30-4pm, Abovoagogo Art South St., Trumansburg, Genealogical research. Info.,
Finger Lakes Gymnastics Unstructured Play- “Our Brothers, Our Sisters’ Table” hot cooked Studio, 409 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, with Gwen Bullock, 387-6666.
Time, 10:30-11:30am, Sept.-June, 215 Commercial community meal, 12noon, served at the Salvation Info., 262-6562 or visit abovoagogo.com. United Way of Tompkins County Volunteers Needed,
Avenue, Ithaca, Ages 6mo-5yrs, Cost: 6 Mths - 1 Year Army, 150 N. Albany St. Ithaca. All welcome, No Portfolio Development for Adults, 7:30-9:30pm, community volunteers needed to serve on its Fund
- $3. 1 Year - 5 Years Old - $5 for current members, income guidelines. Abovoagogo Art Studio, 409 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, Distribution and Evaluation Review Teams. These volun-
$7 for non-members; Info., 273-5187, www.flga.net. Overeaters Anonymous, 11am-12:15pm, Henry St. $25 per session, by apptmt., Info., 262-6562 or visit teers will evaluate local health and human services organi-
GIAC Teen Program After Hours Spot 4-midnight, John Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W. abovoagogo.com. zations’ program outcomes and help to award the dona-
318 N. Albany St., Ithaca. Movies, open gym, game Clinton St., 12 Steps & 12 Traditions meeting; 8-9am, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Meeting, PTSD tions received during the UWTC Community Campaign.
room, video games, snacks, computers, skating & Cortland Memorial Nursing Facility; Meetings are free, Ithaca is a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder support Please see the attached news release. Questions can be
more, Info., 272-3622. confidential, no weigh-ins or diets. Newcomers always group for individuals in and around Ithaca, NY who have directed to Meg Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
Holiday Family Stargazing at Fuertes welcome. Info 387-8253. been diagnosed with (or think they may have) Post 607.272.6286.
Observatory, The Cornell Astronomical Society, a Qigong for Health, 10am, Ithaca Karate Harmony Traumatic Stress Disorder. Meetings are every Vital Self-Defense For Moms and Teen Daughters,
group of student and staff volunteers, holds public with Nature School, 120 E. King Rd., ancient energy Monday at 6:30 p.m. Please call 607-279-0772 for Seishi Karate, 15 Catherwood Rd., Ithaca, Beginner -
viewing hours at the Fuertes Observatory on Cornell's practices, 273-8980. more information. Intermediate, Private and Group Lessons. Seishi Karate
North Campus every clear Friday evening year-round. If Secular Organizations for Sobriety Meeting, 2pm, Pre-School Story Hour and Craft, 10am, The Honbu. Registration now open. www.seishijuku.com, Call:
the weather permits, on the three Fridays and Unitarian Church Offices, Basement at Aurora and SPCA Annex at The Shops at Ithaca Mall. (607) 277-1047. email: email@example.com.
Saturdays closest to Christmas (Dec, 16-17, 23-24, Buffalo Streets, S.O.S offers a secular approach to Shakuhachi Flute w/Senpai Kim, 6:30-7:30pm, Volunteers Needed, Salvation Army, Ithaca, volun-
and 30-31), we will open for special early-evening fam- recovery based on self-empowerment and individual World Seishi Karate, 15 Catherwood Rd., Ithaca, Info., teers needed for the holiday Fund Drive, Info., 273-
ily viewing hours from 5:30-10:30pm. Fuertes is locat- responsibility for one's sobriety. firstname.lastname@example.org or 277-1047. 2400 or visit www.redkettles.org.
ed on Cradit Farm Dr. immediately north of Beebe Seidaiko “Taiko” Japanese Drum Classes, 4pm, Tompkins County Water Resources Council Women’s Opportunity Center Retail Training
Lake, between Thurston Ave and Pleasant Grove Rd.; World Seishi Karate, 15 Catherwood Rd., Ithaca, Info., Meeting, 4:15pm, 121 East Court Street, Ithaca, Program and women’s clothing boutique at 110 West
parking is available in the Appel Commons lot across email@example.com or 277-1047. Meeting are every 3rd Monday, Info., You can learn Court St. Check us out for great prices on new and
the street from the observatory. You can call the Taiiko Drumming, Seishi Honbu, 15 Catherwood more about WRC from their website: used clothing. Shop local, shop green, support your
Fuertes hotline, 255-3557, to see if we are open any Road, Ithaca. "Seidaiko" Taiko classes for adults and http://www.tompkins-co.org/planning/ click Advisory community and our program! Call 256-9957, www.sec-
given evening. children. Pre-registration now open. Pleasure and or Boards and select Water Resources Council. ondsoncourt.com.
Lights on the Lake, 5-10pm daily, Onondaga Lake performance training. Info., 607-277-1047 Email Trinkets and Treasures, December 26-30, 11am- Note: Please check with your venue to be
Park, Liverpool, Nov. 17th-January 8, Lights on the firstname.lastname@example.org. 12pm, Join us at the Museum of the Earth on Monday, certain the scheduled event is still on. We
lake is a two mile long drive-thru show. Info., Take a Tour of the Museum, Museum of the Earth, Wednesday, and Thursday and the Cayuga Nature
Center on Tuesday and Thursday to learn all about collect-
here at Tompkins Weekly wish you all a
http://lightsonthelake.com. 11am. The Museum of the Earth is pleased to offer Happy Holiday Season!
Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 12 Noon, exhibit tours included with admission. The tour is of the ing and preserving your treasures. Make some trinkets to
Loaves and Fishes, 210 N. Cayuga St., Open to all, no Museum’s permanent exhibition hall, A Journey through take home. Explore the Museum and see all of the animals
limitations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org. Time, share the story of the Earth and its life. Info 273- at the Nature Center. Included with regular admission.
Men's Breakfast Club, 8-9am, Royal Court
Restaurant, for men with any type of cancer and at any
6623. 1259 Trumansburg Rd.
Toddlers Yoga, Namasts Montessori School, 1-
VOICES Multicultural Chorus Rehearsal, 7-9pm,
Ithaca Unitarian Church Annex, 2nd floor, 208 E. Submit Your
stage of treatment or recovery. Call 277-0960. 1:45pm. Walkers-3. Info 273-1673 or littlebuddhasyo- Buffalo St., Ithaca, VOICES is a NO AUDITION choral
project of the Ithaca Community Choruses singing
New England Contra and Square Dance, 8-11pm,
Bethel Grove Community Center, NYS Rt. 79, about 4
email@example.com. 1608 Trumansburg Rd.
Tot Spot, 9:30-11:30am, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Mid songs from diverse & ethnic choral traditions. Come
at 6:30 to register or on line at http://ithacacommuni-
miles east of Ithaca. For more information: Ted Crane, October thru Late April. Indoor stay and play for chil-
607-273-8678 or visit www.tedcrane.com/TCCD. dren 5 months to 5 years & grown-ups of any age. tychoruses.org/g-voices. • visit tompkinsweekly.com
Night Hikes, 7:30pm, Cayuga Nature Center. 1st Children ages 5 months to 1 year: $2; Children ages 1 Yoga Classes, 5-6:15pm, Mindful Movement in
Friday of the month, Hike our wooded trails, under the year to 5 years: $4; Adults always FREE! Frequent Visit Community Corners, 903 Hanshaw Rd., Suite 201,
big sky of our back fields or around our ponds. No Discount Passes Available for Recreation Partnership Info., 607-592-5493. and click on submissions
need for a flashlight. Donations appreciated. Info. Residents, Info., 273-8364. Zen Meditation Practice, Every Monday 5:30-
www.cayuganaturecenter.org. Ulysses Historical Society Museum, 2-4pm, 39 6:30pm, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, founders Room. • email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pay What You Can Yoga Classes, 5-6pm, Fine Spirit South St., Trumansburg, Genealogical research. Info Sponsored by the Ithaca Zen Center. Prior sitting experi-
Studio, Dey, St., above Hickey’s Music, All welcome, Bring 387-6666. ence or attendance of an orientation session required to • fax 607-347-4302
a mat or rent one for $1. Recommended to bring a bottle participate.For information or to schedule an orientation,
of water and a small towel. More info about class and 25 Sunday contact Tony @ 277-1158 or Marissa @ 272-1419.
teacher: http://vidayoga.org/schedule. Zumba, 6:30-7:30pm, Enfield Elementary School, 20 • write: Tompkins Weekly
Preschool Story Time, 10am, Southworth Library, Out of Bounds Radio Show, hosted by TISH PEARLMAN Enfield Main Road, Ithaca, A fusion of Latin and internation-
Dryden, For preschoolers and their caregivers. Come will feature poet SARAH JEFFERIS. 11:30am: WSKG-FM al music that creates a dynamic, exciting and effective fit- PO Box 6404,
for stories, crafts and snacks. Info. 844-4782. (89.3 Binghamton, 90.9 Ithaca 91.7 ness system. The cost is $4. For information call
Public Viewing Night at the Fuertes Observatory, Cooperstown/Oneonta, 91.1 Corning/Elmira, 88.7 Nichole at 227-9818. Ithaca, NY 14851
9PM-12AM, Fuertes Observatory on north campus, Hornell/Alfred) Live Stream: Wskg.org.
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tive process for chair and vice chair government can be out front letting were too-expensive commodities to
Lane of the Tompkins County Legisla-
ture will, in the long run, be an
people know that renewable energy
can work even in our cold climate,”
risk losing every time they stepped
into the arena. Like modern per-
Continued from page 1 important step forward.” Chock says. formers for the WWE, gladiators
knew how to put on a good show
at home and around the state, and
have worked well with my col-
Grants Blood without necessarily killing each
other. Many, if not most, gladiators
leagues to serve all the residents of survived their combats if they
our county I hope my fellow legisla- Continued from page 1 Continued from page 9
fought well. It was actually the
tors will decide again that I’m the nator for the Tompkins County The stakes rise further when Christians, who made much propa-
best person for the job, and that Climate Protection Initiative Crixus conceives an unwise love ganda out of the execution of
together we can be productive in (TCCPI), worked with the Energy with Naevia (Lesley-Ann Brandt), Christians in the arena, and who
2012,” she says. Working Group to develop this Lucretia’s personal servant. had an interest in making pagan
Lane also recommends a rotation effort. Under the guise of big-screen institutions seem as barbaric as
of committee leaders as well. “The idea came from work with spectacle, Dalton Trumbo’s script possible.
“Those in place have served well. Blue Hill on the Pennsylvania cam- for the celluloid Spartacus was a cri Yet some thought has obviously
Changing committee chair posi- pus energy-efficiency fund. It’s the de coeur against the Hollywood gone into the show. Its clunky, stilt-
tions does not mean those legisla- same concept but across more sec- blacklist. The TV show’s original ed dialog seems laughable at first,
tors have to leave their committees. tors: schools, government build- Spartacus, Andy Whitfield, seems a until you realize that the writers
On the contrary, their continued ings, universities, hospitals and diminished figure compared to are trying to approximate the
input can strengthen us and be a airports. It makes an attractive Kirk Douglas, both in the modesty sound of spoken Latin. (For exam-
real asset,” he says. “Rotation of investment because these institu- of his style and the limits of his ple, since the equivalents of com-
chairs is not term limits. We all tions think long term. They’re will- motivation. The series’ first season mon English terms like “thanks”
continue in our elected terms as ing to look ten years ahead,” ends just as the gladiators rise up and “sorry” would have sounded
usual. Term limits is when the vot- Bardaglio says. against Batiatus; how it would con- more formal in Latin, the charac-
ers do not reelect incumbents to Loans from the program will trive to make Whitfield into the ters here say “gratitude” and
office,” said Lane. work as managed energy-service plausible leader of a universal “apologies.”) Next to the frequent
Robertson also has her doubts agreements (MESA). “Blue Hill slave revolt would have been inter- beheadings, this is a small thing,
about this proposal. “On the issue lines up private investors and esting. Alas, the actor was diag- but as a show like Deadwood
of rotating positions for the sake of brings in a project manager,” nosed with non-Hodgkins lym- proved, there can be universes in
rotation—for legislative leadership explains Bardaglio. “They imple- phoma after the first season and small things.
and for committee chairs—I don’t ment the upgrade and then manage passed away in September. The The universe of Spartacus is a
believe in arbitrary time limits. it for around 10 years. At the end, transition from self-motivated glad- coarse place, but it comes by its
While I often encourage people to the building owners take over equi- iator to crusader for freedom will coarseness honestly, with no apolo-
try different roles (e.g., committee ty and manage it going forward. now rest on the thin shoulders of .
gies or (gods help us) irony For
and liaison roles), sometimes the Most equipment has a 20-year life. Liam McIntyre, who faintly resem- that, it deserves its fair share of
loss in institutional memory, for With an ESCO, the burden of the bles Whitfield and got his blessing gratias.
example, is more detrimental to the loan is on the owner, and it affects to take his role.
organization than the benefit of
trying someone new. These things
their credit rating. The advantage
with MESA is energy prices are at
Spartacus is a show with few pre-
tensions, but the context of tragedy
should be considered on a case-by- or below historic rates, there's no surrounding it (Whitfield was only Continued from page 11
case basis. When people feel there's up-front capital and no credit rat- 39 when he died) lends it a faint
a need for a change, it's very easy to ing impact. And it’s a stable, pre- wistfulness that humanizes it in a many great things going on in our
make it,” she says. dictable revenue for investors.” way some much better-written community that we cannot keep
There will likely be further dis- shows rarely achieve. Indeed, in track of them all. Please make sure
cussion of the issue by the legisla-
Solar case Whitfield improved enough to
return, the show took a detour for
we know about “signs” that you see:
send us an email at sos@sustain-
“For elected officials, good gov- its second (half) season, telling the abletompkins.org.
Continued from page 3
ernment changes are usually backstory of Batiatus and Lucretia It is truly astonishing how far this
accepted only very slowly In that
. community has come in a relatively
gas emissions by at least 80 percent and their school before Spartacus’
regard they are often well behind short period of time. The entire
by 2050. Then, in 2010, the legisla- arrival. Spartacus: Gods of the
those who elected them to office. region is waking up. We invite you
ture endorsed the 2020 Energy Arena, as the six- episode prequel to visit our website and check out
Witness the current opposition to Strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas was called, is as much guilty fun as
independent redistricting at the the list of award winners for 2011
emissions by at least 20 percent by the first season. It is worth watch- (http://sustainabletompkins.org/si
state level by our state Senators and 2020. ing first for those who want to get
members of Assembly,” Lane says. gns-of-sustain ability/annual-
“Here’s something that we can up to speed before the next season awards/).
“But elected officials are there to accomplish that is new and part of begins in late January . ,
Truly the Signs of Sustainability
act in the best interest of the peo- our long-range goals and that is a Purists find much to object to in are emerging everywhere in our
ple. Doing so more openly and in positive energy-related step, partic- the show’s portrayal of antiquity’s .
community Have you seen one? Will
the eye of the public keeps things ularly in this area where people are “peculiar institution.” Though you be one in 2012?
above board, and encourages trust jumping on hydrofracking. We Spartacus (and Gladiator, for that Marian Brown is a member of the
and confidence from the electorate. want to show that renewable ener- matter) present their fights as board of directors at Sustainable
Turning more sunlight on the elec- gy can work. This is an area that always life or death, real gladiators Tompkins.
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