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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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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.” 

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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. 

  • 0

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. 

  • 0

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

  • 0

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.” 

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Evidence abounded at Porchfest this month of Ithaca’s rich status as a musical town. Streets closed on a dozen blocks as hundreds of amateur and professional musicians stepped outside their houses and performed on their porches (or in their front yards) for the community, for free.

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This column generally focuses on Ithaca fairly strictly, and as far as I know Aretha Franklin had no connection to Ithaca, but it would be remiss not to recognize the passing of an artist of her stature, a woman of such ability, enterprise, and vision that she shaped an era.

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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On June 13, 2019 Governor Cuomo signed legislation that removed non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. This means parents or guardians may no longer claim any exemption other than a medical one. To attend public, private or parochial schools for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 or to attend child day care, children must be fully vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption.  Read more

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After weed-killer was applied on the lawn in my apartment complex, ornamental plants died and crab-apple trees were affected. Evidently, the herbicide was very toxic. It will end up in ground water and in the lake! Vinegar and hot water are a safer alternative to herbicides. Herbicides are not the only negative effect of lawn care; like gasoline-burning cars, lawn movers emit polluting gases to the atmosphere. Yet, there are grasses that don’t need to be mowed. If you check the internet for “short grasses for landscaping”, you’ll see that there are grasses that don’t need to be mowed. If landscapers were to choose that type of ground cover, we would slow down the progress of global climate change. Read more

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In recent weeks, we have been presented with horrific descriptions of what is happening to families and children at the border between the United States and Mexico. In the past people wanting to enter the U.S. have been mostly men from Mexico who were looking for work to support their families back home. Now unprecedented numbers of people, mostly families with children or unaccompanied children are coming to the border to ask for asylum. They are fleeing violence or extreme poverty or both and most of them come from the small countries to the south of Mexico, namely Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The journey is dangerous and they often have to wait a long time in the border cities in Mexico where the situation is just as treacherous.  Read more

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I read with great interest the letter published in the Times’ 7.31.19 issue with regard to “Cornell’s Relationship with Qatar.” In general, I’m in agreement with the assertion by Mr. Hanna and the “People’s Organizing Collective at Cornell University” that the relationship between Cornell, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Qatar Foundation bears continuing scrutiny mainly because of the well-documented abuses of migrant laborers in that country. These are the people who are literally building Qatar and its capital city, Doha, as well as the Education City campus where Weill Cornell, among numerous other American universities, has its medical school. Read more

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