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What does a community group do when much of its annual budget depends on a big public event, but now the public can’t convene? 

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After many years of drug and alcohol abuse, Alex (not her real name) has been in recovery now for many more.

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One morning last month I turned off the faucet and stopped making coffee to hear better what I thought they were saying on NPR news: that New York, because of the pandemic, was ordering the closure of all businesses in the state except those deemed essential, most notably pharmacies, gas sta…

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At 6 a.m. the sky is less black, more gray, outside the bedroom window. Tree branches are in relief. They’re winter-spindly, sticking straight up on top, like hair on scared cartoon characters.

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Recently I spoke with Felix Teitelbaum, general manager of WRFI, Ithaca’s community radio station. (Not online, as perhaps is most common in communication today, but on line: coincidentally, in terms of proprietorship, at Ithaca’s community food store.)

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It was officially a “convenience store”-- it said so on the sign-- but to me John’s Convenience Store was my local bodega, in the warmest and most welcoming sense of the word.

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Everybody knows about Groundhog Day, although nobody really cares about it. It’s a nonsensical proposition, divining long-range climate conditions through a waking woodchuck, but it’s a regular (annual) part of popular lore, possibly because people simply like to speculate on weather, and by…

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The upcoming month of February brings two of the more playful days on society’s social calendar: Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day.

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In 1993, I moved to Ithaca from New Orleans, and although I was enthusiastic about the ease and simplicity of small town living, I was somewhat concerned about the differing amounts (that is, the possible paucity here) of things to do in terms of entertainment, particularly live music.

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In political elections the voters get the last word, but in this year’s mayoral election in Ithaca it seemed there would be nothing to discuss. 

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It isn’t often (in fact, it’s probably unprecedented) that the New Yorker magazine and the Ithaca Times, with largely disparate constituencies, will run a feature on the same topic, the same week.

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Clare Grady of Ithaca is a member of a religious-based political group called the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, who in April of last year broke into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on the southern coast of Georgia to protest nuclear war.

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Daylight savings time has ended for 2019, and to hear people talk it might seem otherwise, but not everyone is unhappy about the earlier arrival of darkness each evening. 

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Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is an author, historian, and founding director of the Southern Oral History program at the University of North Carolina. She comes to Ithaca on Wednesday, October 30, to discuss her new book, “Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America,” from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.…

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“The Birth of the Cool,” a documentary about Miles Davis, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year and is now playing at select theaters, mostly in big cities, but also here in Ithaca, which frequently proves big for its size in cultural matters.

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This past month, community life in Ithaca featured two events highlighting the viability and vitality of bicycling for transportation, fitness, and fun: Streets Alive!, an official county project of Bike Walk Tompkins, and Porchfest, a product of neighborhood take-over of streets by local mu…

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For 27 years, from 1985 until his retirement in 2013, Rob Sullivan knew what he was, or who people thought he was: a worker at the U.S. Postal Service in Ithaca.

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There aren’t many situations where you spend money you don’t need to with the distinct possibility of getting nothing in return, but gambling is one.

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One morning last month I turned off the faucet and stopped making coffee to hear better what I thought they were saying on NPR news: that New York, because of the pandemic, was ordering the closure of all businesses in the state except those deemed essential, most notably pharmacies, gas sta…

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At 6 a.m. the sky is less black, more gray, outside the bedroom window. Tree branches are in relief. They’re winter-spindly, sticking straight up on top, like hair on scared cartoon characters.

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Recently I spoke with Felix Teitelbaum, general manager of WRFI, Ithaca’s community radio station. (Not online, as perhaps is most common in communication today, but on line: coincidentally, in terms of proprietorship, at Ithaca’s community food store.)

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It was officially a “convenience store”-- it said so on the sign-- but to me John’s Convenience Store was my local bodega, in the warmest and most welcoming sense of the word.

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Everybody knows about Groundhog Day, although nobody really cares about it. It’s a nonsensical proposition, divining long-range climate conditions through a waking woodchuck, but it’s a regular (annual) part of popular lore, possibly because people simply like to speculate on weather, and by…

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The upcoming month of February brings two of the more playful days on society’s social calendar: Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day.

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In 1993, I moved to Ithaca from New Orleans, and although I was enthusiastic about the ease and simplicity of small town living, I was somewhat concerned about the differing amounts (that is, the possible paucity here) of things to do in terms of entertainment, particularly live music.

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In political elections the voters get the last word, but in this year’s mayoral election in Ithaca it seemed there would be nothing to discuss. 

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It isn’t often (in fact, it’s probably unprecedented) that the New Yorker magazine and the Ithaca Times, with largely disparate constituencies, will run a feature on the same topic, the same week.

  • 0

Clare Grady of Ithaca is a member of a religious-based political group called the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, who in April of last year broke into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on the southern coast of Georgia to protest nuclear war.

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Daylight savings time has ended for 2019, and to hear people talk it might seem otherwise, but not everyone is unhappy about the earlier arrival of darkness each evening. 

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Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is an author, historian, and founding director of the Southern Oral History program at the University of North Carolina. She comes to Ithaca on Wednesday, October 30, to discuss her new book, “Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America,” from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.…

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“The Birth of the Cool,” a documentary about Miles Davis, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year and is now playing at select theaters, mostly in big cities, but also here in Ithaca, which frequently proves big for its size in cultural matters.

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This past month, community life in Ithaca featured two events highlighting the viability and vitality of bicycling for transportation, fitness, and fun: Streets Alive!, an official county project of Bike Walk Tompkins, and Porchfest, a product of neighborhood take-over of streets by local mu…

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For 27 years, from 1985 until his retirement in 2013, Rob Sullivan knew what he was, or who people thought he was: a worker at the U.S. Postal Service in Ithaca.

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There aren’t many situations where you spend money you don’t need to with the distinct possibility of getting nothing in return, but gambling is one.

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Ithaca is the kind of place people visit for summer vacation, with its fulsome features of natural beauty, broad cultural and culinary offerings, surplus of water and wine, and idyllic disposition. 

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Ithaca is a town with a passion for politics, from the minutiae of local committee meetings to grand issues of the nation and world. 

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The 2016 presidential election was notable for many things, but from the start, for both major parties running candidates whom a majority of citizens decidedly disliked. 

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We, the undersigned, are endorsing Anna Kelles for State Assembly, 125th District. We are all progressives. We are leaders in our community. And we are women, women raising our united voices with this endorsement. We write this not as representatives of any organizations, but as concerned private citizens. We will not remain silent when so much is at stake.  Read more

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Public Safety, communication and respect were the tenets of my working relationship with District Attorney Matt Van Houten. He is a true public servant, and by far, the best choice for candidate, to continue the hard work of serving as your District Attorney for Tompkins County. Read more

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Some Wisconsin residents stood in line for hours to vote in their primary election. According to The Guardian at least 50 of them have since tested positive for COVID-19. Imagine what could happen when millions vote in November. If we want to have secure, efficient voting without risking our heath, we must make plans now. Read more

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