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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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It’s hard to meet many Croatians most places in central New York, but less so in Ithaca, largely because of Cornell University, which brings people to Ithaca from every nation on Earth.

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At some point this summer I’ll venture downstate to where the surf meets the shore, for a beach vacation.

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There’s a lot to say about the life and death of Anthony Bourdain, and the media are covering his legacy pretty thoroughly.

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There aren’t many things you’ll find only in Manhattan and Auburn and nowhere else in New York (and in few other places in the world), but a statue of Harriet Tubman, the great abolitionist, is one.

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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In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your favorite restaurants and honor the employees who make them a success.  Why not join me in celebrating National Waiter and Waitress Day on May 21st?  As regular patrons of your local neighborhood restaurants, there are several ways to say thank you.  Let your server(s), cooks and owners know how much you appreciate the excellent food and service.   Read more

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I am writing to support the passage of the New York Health Act (NYHA) that provides for universal health care for all New York residents. My wife and I own a small business in Tompkins County, and employ 12 persons full time during our high season. I offer my employees a certified living wage and benefits including an extremely expensive health insurance plan. Despite having insurance, I find my employees do not access their health care because their deductibles and copays are so high that they risk unaffordable medical bills and debt by seeking care. Read more

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State run health care wouldn’t “save” Tompkins county  $9.6 million per year. To be correct, it would shift those costs to the state and they would still be paid by taxpayers in Tompkins county and everywhere else in NY. True health care cost savings are very hard to achieve on a village, city, town, county or state level. If Ithaca had “free” or taxpayer paid health care, those who need a high level of care would move to Ithaca and soon the system would burden local taxpayers to the point of collapse. A national public health care option would have a far better chance to achieve cost savings. The tax burden would be shared by the broadest possible tax base. We are fortunate to live in a progressive state with fairly universal access to health care coverage via a mix of public and … Read more

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I am writing to share widespread concerns about the proposed replacement of the historic one-lane bridge over Fall Creek in Varna. The Fall Creek valley in this area would be devastated by a new, wider bridge and by the realignment and rebuilding of Freese Road.  Read more

Guest Opinions

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Liberty and justice, for all, innocent until proven guilty. It is a lie. America has never shown respect for the essence of these things. We are a nation that is unwilling to grant other people social rights, where liberty is a broken promise and justice is like the dust that covers the glow of a rose. It is like claiming to be liberal, but don’t believe in liberalism. The criminal justice system shows couresy to people with money, for the due process is a device that exploits the poor and remands black men to a state of slavery. The administration of justice is ran by predominantly white people and black men are the majority incarcerated at a high level. There are many assertions within the law that are contrary to one made by another, “innocent until proven guilty.” Behind the ve… Read more

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