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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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Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD), has been recognized and honored throughout his almost 10-year tenure. An advisor to President Barack Obama’s White House, previously recognized as the New York State Superintendent of the Year, he was celebrated by …

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Ithaca has more birds than anyplace north of the Amazon, or so it seems when they start chirping and singing and rocking the ether here in the morning and it sounds like a crowd at an avian World Cup. 

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Pete Seeger, the iconic folk singer and political activist, died in 2014 at age 94. This May 3 is the 100th anniversary of his birth. 

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The nationwide annual Record Store Day, held on April 13 this year, brings gratitude for Ithaca, which has both a small, independent record store and a large chain store for records (and books), while many towns have neither.

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Watkins Glen, Ithaca’s neighbor 25 miles west, will be the focus of the music world this August as the site of Woodstock 50, a three-day music festival celebrating the half-century anniversary of the iconic 1969 upstate New York concert. 

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Daylight saving time has come, and it’s a hard change every year, setting the clock ahead and losing an hour’s sleep.

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Spring cleaning is a simple tradition that hardly needs any hype, but Marie Kondo is an author and media star who has turned healthy household practices into religious ones, practically, with a best-selling book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and a barrage of lectures, telev…

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There are plenty of ways to categorize Ithaca before “sports town”: college town, liberal bastion, natural idyll.

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More than most U.S. states, New York has certain foods emblematic of it: bagels, knishes, egg creams, pastrami, hot dogs, wings, spiedies, cheesecake, pizza.

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On November 26 a prominent Ithaca resident and Facebook friend of mine posted on the site, “How did I never know about Ricky Jay until his death?,” which had occurred two days before.

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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. 

featured
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Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD), has been recognized and honored throughout his almost 10-year tenure. An advisor to President Barack Obama’s White House, previously recognized as the New York State Superintendent of the Year, he was celebrated by …

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Ithaca has more birds than anyplace north of the Amazon, or so it seems when they start chirping and singing and rocking the ether here in the morning and it sounds like a crowd at an avian World Cup. 

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The nationwide annual Record Store Day, held on April 13 this year, brings gratitude for Ithaca, which has both a small, independent record store and a large chain store for records (and books), while many towns have neither.

  • 0

Watkins Glen, Ithaca’s neighbor 25 miles west, will be the focus of the music world this August as the site of Woodstock 50, a three-day music festival celebrating the half-century anniversary of the iconic 1969 upstate New York concert. 

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Daylight saving time has come, and it’s a hard change every year, setting the clock ahead and losing an hour’s sleep.

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Spring cleaning is a simple tradition that hardly needs any hype, but Marie Kondo is an author and media star who has turned healthy household practices into religious ones, practically, with a best-selling book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” and a barrage of lectures, telev…

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There are plenty of ways to categorize Ithaca before “sports town”: college town, liberal bastion, natural idyll.

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More than most U.S. states, New York has certain foods emblematic of it: bagels, knishes, egg creams, pastrami, hot dogs, wings, spiedies, cheesecake, pizza.

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On November 26 a prominent Ithaca resident and Facebook friend of mine posted on the site, “How did I never know about Ricky Jay until his death?,” which had occurred two days before.

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At food stores it was bumper cars outside and bumper carts inside with this season’s first snowstorm.

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Every so often that newspaper of record, the New York Times, runs a story of some type about Ithaca. A while ago Ithaca was featured in its real estate section, a big deal, because nothing captures the attention of important, monied people like real estate stories. 

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Even if you’re not connected with Cornell, or employed at a local hotel or restaurant, you might have been aware of the university’s Parents Weekend this month because of the car traffic. 

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If cats could read newspapers, and had the temperament to answer “Best Of” polls, the locals would probably concur with the selection in the 2018 Ithaca Times poll of Utica Street as “Best Neighborhood Street.” 

Editorials

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With its 42nd edition arriving at the end of this month, the Ithaca Festival is undoubtedly an institution. Read more

Letters

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With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t seem to know that a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a “socialist.” Read more

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It must be understood that global warming is not a technical problem; it is a systemic problem. The capitalist economic system requires continuous growth of markets and profits, which means continuous growth of resource extraction and worker exploitation - all accelerated by various forms of coercion and, not least, by war. The quest for ever greater profits means externalizing costs: to the environment via pollution and environmental degradation; to ever greater downward pressure on working people’s standard of living and health. Global climate disruption is caused by the innate exigencies of capital accumulation. Read more

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On May 2, I was at the Ithaca Sunrise forum where Mayor Svante Myrick announced that the city would implement a Green New Deal (GND).  The term Green New Deal was brought into the national lexicon by Senator Markey and Representative Ocasio-Cortez who introduced the Green New Deal resolution in congress, which outlines policies such as creating well-paying UNION jobs, training, advancement opportunities for workers and ensuring workplace safety.  How is it that Mayor Svante plans to pass a GND when he has yet to so much as invite local building trades union leaders and the training directors of their apprenticeship programs to City Hall to solicit their input?  I believe his GND will be held up nationally as an example of why working-class Americans can or can’t trust the Democrati… Read more

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It is my expectation that President Trump is going to do all of us a big favor and decide some time in early-to-mid 2020 not to run for re-election partly as a result of an economic slow-down. When that happens, I hope that the Republicans will nominate someone of good character such as Nikki Haley or Carly Fiorina. Read more

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Common Council restricted zoning on West State St. only a few years after the urban core was up-zoned; something cities do to inspire development and change. Last week Common Council members voted and passed (6-3) as resolution to downzone State Street on grounds for preserving architectural character. They voted to allow for less stories and area. While the lesser zoning does not protect any existing building from demolition. While many community members voiced opposition to reducing allowable height and size of new construction. While the Mayor shared voices of opposition from business owners. While some council members opposed the change with clear reason that the move is regressive, counter to initiatives for housing and sustainability, because the vote discourages growth in th… Read more

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