ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: October #2: 2001>

27 Oct 2001

[This is the second of two monthly messages to 5,561 Ithaca area residents]

LABOR, ARTS, PEACE, ELECTIONS, EVENTS, MEDIA, HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, EDITORIAL!

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TWO NEW MURALS DEDICATED AT SOUTHSIDE CENTER: "Africana Mandala" and "History of Southside Community Center." Sat OCT 27 from noon to 4. There is a dedication ceremony and celebration w/ BBQ. Drummers ,dancers and just maybe the choir- all are welcome. --Dan Burgevin

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COMMUNITY PEACE FAIR, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-8pm on the 3rd floor of the Community School of Music and Art,328 E. State St. Sponsored by the Tompkins County Network for Peace and Justice. "We will actually start on the Commons around 1:30 with street theater, drumming etc.....and then converge at the school. There will be many speakers, much live international music, dances, art, activities for children, and space for 16 organizations to table" 387-8475

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HANDS ACROSS ITHACA is collecting donated goods/services from businesses for its Silent Auction (Dec.1) to raise money to provide HOLIDAY MEALS AND TOYS to lower-income Ithacans: Felicia Kornegay fk21@cornell.edu

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THE TOMPKINS COUNTY LIVING WAGE COALITION'S 2001 CANDIDATE SURVEY RESULTS AND ENDORSEMENTS (Oct. 22)

THE TOMPKINS COUNTY LIVING WAGE COALITION, comprised of 22 affiliated community, labor, political, and human service partners, sent out questionnaires to candidates who are running in the November 6th elections in Tompkins County." They seek to educate the community "on the positions of candidates in relation to living wages, community development, and workers' rights.... The candidates elected on November 6 will ultimately be the arbiters of living wage legislation, shape community development, and will have the choice to intervene when working families' rights are violated."

THE RESULTS OF THE SCORING and the original survey are found below:

COUNTY BOARD ENDORSEMENTS:
City of Ithaca, District 2: Leslyn McBean
City of Ithaca, District 4: Nancy Schuler
Lansing, District 6: Beverly Abplanalp
Dryden, District 13: Martha Robertson

ITHACA COMMON COUNCIL ENDORSEMENTS:
First Ward: Annemarie Zwack
Second Ward: David Whitmore
Fourth Ward (4 yr.): Carolyn Peterson
Fourth Ward (2 yr.) : Jamison Moore
Fifth Ward: Daniel Cogan

TOWN OF ITHACA ENDORSEMENTS:
Town of Ithaca: Linda Holzbaur

"Our coalition partners, among others, include the Tompkins County Democratic Party, Tompkins County Green Party, and the Tompkins County Working Families Party. Recognizing the need avoid partisanship, the electoral committee was comprised of a member from each political party affiliated with our organization and a political Independent.

"Candidate scores are based on the answers to the questions themselves. They do not reflect the candidates' different track records in community activities and in public office. Scoring was based on the totality of answers using the following three criteria: a) GENERAL SUPPORT for the agenda; b) INCENTIVE TO TAKE ACTION, here additional points were awarded to candidates who would pursue means above and beyond the status quo; and c) DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE, additional points were awarded for critically evaluating the complexity of potential policy solutions. We awarded points from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). The highest score was 15, reflecting the highest possible score in each category.

"We endorsed candidates sparingly, only where their completed questionnaire and history of community service showed an earnest commitment to the goals and mission of the Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition. We did not send questionnaires to candidates running unopposed, though several would have undoubtedly deserved endorsement, it would have no impact on the outcome of the race. We also did not endorse in races where competing candidate scores were close. All candidates running for opposed seats were sent a questionnaire and received a follow up confirmation call."

SURVEY QUESTIONS:

SUSTAINABLE JOBS <--r>1. Would you support local legislation that would mandate that government contract dollars be used to create good family sustaining job opportunities in our community? <-->2. Would you support responsible bidder ordinances that require companies and developers to pay a living wage and provide adequate health and pension benefits to their workers? <--r>3. Would you support State/Federal minimum wage legislation, set at a living wage for all workers?
WORKERS' RIGHTS <-->1. Do you support the right of workers to organize a union free of intimidation? <-->2. How would you use your position to support union organizing-- specifically to encourage employers to accept card-check recognition or a position of "Neutrality" during the organizing campaign? <-->3. What would you do to hold employers accountable for anti-Union activities?
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT <-->1. What would you do if companies downsize jobs, while accepting tax incentives or public benefits? How would you hold them accountable? <-->2. Would you support legislation that would guarantee equal representation of business, labor and community based agencies on decision-making bodies like the Industrial Development Agency? <-->3. Would you support an ordinance that encourages goal setting for hiring local workers on tax funded development initiatives? Would you support an ordinance that requires a certain percentage of these hiring preferences be reserved for women and people of color? <-->4. What would you do if an employer that received community tax incentives for development, violated the labor, environmental, or civil rights of their employees? <-->5. What would you do if an employer receiving tax subsidies or abatements violated our Federal, State, or Local environmental standards? <-->6. Is there anything else you would like to add to clarify your position?

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS has also sent questionnaires to City of Ithaca candidates, and will broadcast answers received by October 28. Earlier issues of ICN are found at http://www.ithacahours.com/icn.archives.html

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TOMPKINS COUNTY 2000 CENSUS is on web.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY!

* October 26, 1853: Contract signed for the draining of the "CAYUGA MARSHES."
* October 26, 1911: Women of the First Methodist Church vote to REMOVE THEIR HATS during worship. Men had excused themselves from going to church because they "can't see the pastor" over fashionably large hats.
* October 27, 1967: 30-DAY FAST begun by Cornell students rotating 24-hour shifts, on the Arts Quad, to protest the Vietnam War.
* October 28, 1908: MOB RULE at City Hall, when Council tries to enact a special tax on creekside property owners. Hundreds create uproar by stomping, yelling, drowning out discussion, then cheering wildly for those who state their case. Council adjourns, the tax is never passed.
* October 29, 1900: TEDDY ROOSEVELT addresses 18,000 people in DeWitt Park, the greatest political gathering in the city's history. Several people faint in the crush. "The Governor stepped out amidst a salvo of cheers. His face was serious, his jaws were set, his eyes gleamed as if in battle. Thus he stood for full three minutes waiting to be heard."
* October 30, 1916: LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE SERVICE begins, to Etna, Dryden, Freeville and Cortland.
* October 31, 1896: Woman breaks needle off in her finger; surgeon sends her to the telephone station, where it is withdrawn with a LARGE MAGNET.
* November 1, 1927: Entire city wakens terrified. Whole sky convulsed by quick stabs of lighting followed by GIANT THUNDERCLAP.

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THE IMMEDIATE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF SEPTEMBER 11 on the local and national economies, By Elia Kacapyr

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WATER QUALITY IN CAYUGA LAKE
The "Water Quality Study of the Finger Lakes" by the Department of Environmental Conservation is available. " The study contains two distinct components, "Synoptic Water Quality Investigation" and "Sediment Core Investigation".

"The Executive Summary (p11) states "a substantial decline in total phosphorus levels over the past several decades, with much smaller declines in chlorophyll, and a moderate increase in water clarity since the early 1970s. Results from this investigation indicate that total phosphorus levels within the south shelf segment are substantially higher than in the main lake, and that the mean seasonal total phosphorus concentration exceeds the NYSDEC total phosphorus guidance value in certain years."

"The report has several recommendations including continuing efforts "to control nutrient (particularly phosphorus) and sediment loads within the Cayuga Lake watershed," especially "within the south-lake catchment where use impairments are present." (Executive Summary, p 12)

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United Pagan Ministries and The Ithaca Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans Present SAMHAIN CELEBRATION on Nov 3, Anabel Taylor Hall Cornell University, 7pm. Ancestor Ceremony; 8:30pm- 11pm. Annual Masked Ball in the Founders' room. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Please bring pictures or objects to place on the Ancestor Altar for the ceremony. Zahde at sheherazahde@yahoo.com

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"VISIONS OF LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY" organized by CRESP's Community Sustainability Project, now has a listserve to facilitate discussion amongst those who are working towards a sustainable community: To subscribe, simply send an email to: SustainableIthaca-subscribe@topica.com

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HEROES AGAINST NAZISM: "Come hear how a motley crew of moral geniuses took on the Nazi death machine, and in their own small way, defeated it." On Sunday, Nov 4 at 7 pm, oral historian Mark Klempner will be speaking about "these remarkable Dutch people who rescued their Jewish neighbors during the Second World War. Includes audio excerpts from his interviews with these 'righteous among the nations.'" Free & open to the public. Temple Beth-El, corner Court & Tioga.

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"A NIGHT IN THE CARIBBEAN" Saturday Nov. 3 at 6pm, at Home Dairy on the Commons, La Cocina Latina and the Ithaca Catholic Worker Vieques Support Group presents an evening of Latino dinner and dancing to benefit the bombing victims of Vieques, Puerto Rico. "Your help and contributions are needed to send a delegation from Ithaca to stop the bombing and remove the military presence. The US Navy is expected to resume bombing the last week of November." Tickets $12/adults, $8/children, desert included (family rates available) HOURS accepted. Tickets available at Greenstar Cooperative Market and Home Dairy on the Commons and the CUSLAR office in Anabelle Taylor Hall: 273-7437

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BIGGEST SOCIAL JUSTICE PARADE IN ITHACA'S HISTORY "Saturday, Nov 3: starts noon from Southside Community Center, goes to Commons. "We need folks to help make banners and signs. Please come: Saturday, October 27, 10 am - 2 pm, GIAC gymnasium (use the Albany Street entrance to GIAC). About 45 groups have signed up to participate in the Parade, and many need banners." Risa Sokolsky: risatom@lightlink.com 564-3508.

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REWARD for those who've read this far: FREE LOAF OF BREAD with $10 purchase at Ithaca Bakery on Rte. 13 with this coupon: http://www.ithacahours.com/icn.ithbakery.jpg

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YOUR LETTERS:

"Thanks for the newsletter. I always look forward to reading it. I was wondering if you know how I can donate money to the Afghans? I fear for so many fleeing the country, I want to do something to help them out when they reach refugee camps. Do you have any ideas?" --Tammi Aiken
----Tammi, tax-deductible donations are best made via the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
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"Thanks for all the work you're putting into the Ithaca Community News that you send out. Its helping fill the void left when Ithaca Today quit." --Kurt
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"I really enjoy your Newsletter, particularly the historical notes. Having grown up in Ithaca, I was only seven years old at the time of Hurricane Hazel but remember it quite vividly. The City lost so many beautiful large trees. I lived on Madison Street at the time and our block lost two or three huge trees." ---John Beach
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"Your article "Why the U.S. will Lose this War" is magnificent, and a commendable call to action. People who do not heed its advice, or decide to return to their lives of banality, will be part of the problem, not the solution. It masterfully wraps up in a very brief space all that is wrong with America. In the limited context of a letter, it suggests the very large, very serious problems that have been building for the last century or so.
----"And it also offers the first steps toward solutions. It is up to everyone who cares enough to turn off their TV's to flesh out the suggestions, each in his/her own way, applicable to their communities and locales." --Fred Pulver
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"THANK YOU for this newsletter, there so much great stuff going on in this community." --Kathryn Coldren
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"First I would like to thank you for your constant efforts to update the extended Ithaca College Community. Your newsletter has been warming to read during the healing process of the tragedy. I'm a native Ithacan and current New Yorker.
-----"Being as I stood on my roof and watched the attack first hand, it is refreshing to read and remember the energy of the students and local community that IS Ithaca. Knowing that all are gathering in various opinion groups and focusing on common interests is a needed mental break from the images that have plagued my mind since that day.
-----"I urge my fellow Ithacans to keep their academic minds at work, yet keep their hearts open. Our candles here have reached your candles and vice versa.
-----"A week after the tragedy I realized I needed a small break and , of course, took a bus to the grounding forces of Ithaca. The natural beauty of the land mixed with the natural beauty of it's people made a new day possible for me and another Ithaca College alum. -----"I will be forever grateful for the magic that I learned in Ithaca. Although I am always proud of the academics, the true magic is the invisible heart that beats in that town. ----"-Ithaca College and the City of Ithaca will forever be a home. A home that allows all minds and hearts to play together and grow. Thank you for your dedication and to keeping our fires lit. --Topher Goodman, Class of '94
-----"P.S. I will be touring with Kenny Rogers in his Christmas show "Christmas from the Heart" which will be stopping in Elmira on December 18th.
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"I just read a 2-page "annotation" of Ithaca HOURS in November's Harpers Magazine. Not a very good piece, this, and I hope you might write them a rebuttal. Author seemed to think our HOURS not so great, since they couldn't entirely replace the Federal currency system! I continue to enjoy your newsletter and to admire your reasonable stance on US's terrible 'war on terror.'" --James W. Hamilton
---James, I've written a reply to Harper's -- Paul
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"I read the editorial in your most recent "Ithaca Community News" related to the US military action in Afghanistan. I wonder if you could tell me or direct me to a website that would outline the alternative responses to the attacks in NYC and DC. I understand and appreciate your comments on the devasting effects of US miliary action, but I am unclear as to what other methods you propose to 'punish those responsible' and 'prevent further military attacks' (to paraphrase from the editorial). Any info you can provide would be appreciated." --Sharon Holland Loucks
-----Sharon, I've described America's larger problems and suggested solutions: 1) Quit bombing 2) Send food 3) Extinguish terrorists by deflating the conditions which inspire them; rebuild American cities to rely least on imported oil and ores. See also Alternate capital development
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"Keep up the good work." --Ramsey
-------- "In your last editorial, you say, "Continued bombing therefore converts Afghanistan into a concentration camp, and exterminates more human beings than did Hitler." Paul, where are you coming from? Hitler killed over 10,000,000 CIVILIANS!!! PLEASE, if you're going to editorialize, quote facts, don't just blather nonsense. I don't know you, but I assume that someone who would put out a newsletter like you do would have enough sense not to make such a ridiculous statement. Where are your facts? What can you possibly be thinking when you make a statement like that?" --Bill Baum
-----Bill, My reference was to Hitler's extermination in concentration camps of 6,000,000 people. According to UNESCO and Kofi Annan, 7,500,000 Afghanis now face starvation.
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"Thanks so very much for sending Community News my way. I read every line and mark events on the calendar." --Gayle Gray
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"You are outdoing even yourself here, with your editorial about the war. Thanks for devoting your time & energies to this important work." --Bill Clark
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"Thanks for the community news, but no thanks for the editorializing about current events. Your insistence that our dependence on foreign trade makes us weak is bizarre--many would argue that trade makes the US more engaged and less unilateralist. The terrible humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan only serve to indict the party primarily responsible: the Taliban regime itself. The Taliban's treatment of women alone warrants disposal of their oppressive state apparatus. Any intellectually honest appraisal of the current bombing would agree that it has been more precisely targeted on military targets than any bombing campaign in history.
---We all have our opinions and concerns about issues of tactics. But it is strange that people like yourself would deny the US the moral right to a military response to a direct attack on our soil by agents demonstrably supported by a foreign government." --Nicholas Nicastro

---Nicholas: Obviously any person or nation has a right to defend against those who attack. Our defense is defensible, and also condemnable that it is being carried out with devastating effect on innocent Afghanis. http://www.ithacahours.com/icn.afghanis.html Those of us against the bombing feel that this merely expresses vengeance but does not effectively defend us-- just makes the situation worse. This is now a global guerilla war without borders, and has begun to trash civil liberties. Effective defense means honestly accepting that, while these perpetrators are murderous creeps, our foreign policy has aggravated the problem (support for dictatorships, markets that impoverish). You're right that the Taliban deserve to be gotten rid of, but not by bombing and starving the women. Precision bombing? We've already destroyed food warehouses, landmine removal offices, a hospital, and neighborhoods.
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"I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy the newsletter that you send out. Being away at school now, it gets me really happy to see what is still going on in ithaca!" --Shannon
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"I always enjoy your writing and well-thought out ideas... " --Michael Burns
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"I just wanted to say that this is an extremely interesting newsletter, we really love reading it and greatly appreciate your investment in its creation and our community." --Cindy Golos

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EDITORIAL:

Another local election season concludes with character attacks.

While Green Party candidates are steadfastly explaining issues, the "October Coalition" (favoring chain stores) resorts again to name-calling and innuendo. Two years ago their supporters falsely attacked mayoral candidate Dan Hoffman for voting against initiatives Hoffman actually pioneered or favored. This year they have already publicly attacked the Green Party for being "conservative" or "Stalinist," saying whatever will distract from reasoned discussion of grassroots economic development and land use planning.

Most recently, they're having a go at Will Burbank, candidate for Ithaca Town Board. Kathy Valentino, the Town's Supervisor, paints him a dangerous hothead, saying he terrified her when castigating her for abandoning her party's mayoral candidate. She claims he menaced her "three inches from my face." But a half dozen of Valentino's associates, plus myself, watched this encounter close up. No one needed to protect Valentino from Burbank, who came no closer to her than three feet. The incident has been enlarged to fit political aims, and we can expect more such assertions.

To get back to issues, see the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce candidate site & Green Party candidate statements

The prime issue is expanding the tax base without damaging the community base. That is a process more subtle than merely pouring concrete, and is done well elsewhere: www.smartgrowth.org
www.newrules.org
community economics

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THE TOMPKINS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY IS ACTION-PACKED! There are events daily, weekly.
IF YOU LIKE HARRY POTTER: A weekly read-aloud for kids ages 7-11 every Monday from 4- 4: 30pm in the Thaler/Howell Room.
BOOOOVIES! AND A PARTY: Oct 31st 1:30pm & 4pm. Children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy free movies followed by spooky snacks and festivities. Wear a storybook costume and join the fun!
ZOBOOMAFOO ZOBOOS SCARY TAILS: Younger children (ages 2 and up) are invited to a party from 1:30 3:00 p.m. to see this film: (47 minutes)
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO: Older children (ages 6 and up) are invited to a party from 4- 6pm to see this film (87 minutes). Free admission with costume. Please register at the Youth Services Desk or 272-4557, ext. 275 or 276.
MUSIC OF SUNDAYS: Nov. 4 at 3pm: Myra Kovary, Harpist, and Laura Campbell, Flutist peform in Ezra Cornell Reading Room

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200 PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY GROUPS are online. Please send additions and corrections.

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NAMGYAL MONASTERY offers "daily meditation, weekend teachings, retreats and classes taught by the monks of the personal monastery of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Stop by to pick up a schedule of Fall classes or visit us on-line at Daily meditation is Monday-Friday from 5:15-6pm and is always free and open to all. namgyal@lightlink.com

"All are welcome to join us for Community Night, Saturday, November 3rd at the Monastery, to watch the film, "Windhorse," to be shown at 7pm, directly after the regularly scheduled Saturday evening Earthquake Prayers which take place from 6 -7pm. Tea and light refreshments will be served. "Wisdom and Healing."

STRASBOURG, France, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Tibet's Nobel Prize winning, exiled spiritual leader on Wednesday criticized the Western response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. "You can eliminate people but you cannot eliminate human thought," the Dalai Lama said at a news conference after he spoke before the European Parliament. "The way to defeat terrorism in the long run is through thought, argument and reasoning. Once you commit violence it is unpredictable and it causes side effects." He continued, "As far as domestic policy is concerned, they think democracy, democracy, democracy, but American foreign policy is not much concerned for democratic principles."

Weekend intensive teaching at the Namgyal Monastery taught by Geshe Lobsang Gonpo from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India November 9th, 10th and 11th. HOURS accepted.

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ZWACK/YOUNG TV SHOW Annemarie Zwack (First Ward Green Party candidate) and Cornell professor Rob Young (Green Cities) appear on Channel 13 on 10/29 at 5:30pm, 10/31 at 8pm & 11/2 at 11pm. They'll be talking about ecological urban design and grassroots economics.

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BECCA'S HERBS: seeking a new home: an in-town basement, in exchange for free tinctures: 659-4681
PIANO LESSONS: Jayne Demakos 256-9488 HOURS accepted.

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JOHNSON MUSEUM
Oct 27, 1:30-5:30, Public Sculpture in the 21st Century, a public symposium with sculptor Alice Aycock, MOMA deputy director Tom Finkelpearl, the editor of Sculpture magazine, and more. Memorials to the World Trade Center dead will be among the focus of discussions. Organized by the Sculpture program of the Department of Art at Cornell. For more information, please call 255-6464.

November at the Johnson Museum includes a new exhibition of stunning environmental photos from all over the planet entitled No Ordinary Land: Encounters in a Changing Environment, taken by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, who will speak at the Museum, Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5:15. Nov. 3 Cuban-American sculptor Carlos Ulloa will lead a tour of his exhibition at 4 pm, followed by an opening reception from 5-7, with food, wine bar, live music, and fun. On Nov. 8: Tom Knight will do some of his fabulous singing and storytelling at a Family Art-full Saturday, 10-Noon. Nov 11 at 3 pm: Tibetan tangka painting will be demonstrated by a modern master of that art, Tenzing Norbu Gurung. Museum hours Tues-Sun 10-5 free.

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ITHACA HEALTH FUND Annual membership meeting November 13 at GIAC, 7pm. All welcome. See proposed BYLAWS

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A&B AWARDS AND ENGRAVING has moved to 144 The Commons (next to Juna's): plaques, trophies, awards, logos, gifts. 272-3944 awardpro@clarityconnect.com Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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HALLOWEEN CONCERT at the See Spot Gallery, 108 The Commons, 10/31 at 8:00pm MEDICINE DROPPER, Cover charge, HOURS accepted. A collection of soundscapes and musical textures that lead the listener through varied worlds. Earth rhythms, Acid jazz. Medicine Dropper is Warren Cross, ambient inventions. Peter Fortunato, HYPNOTIC POETRY: Rusty Keeler, soundscape design.

KEEP ART ON THE COMMONS
"Please consider donating to the See-Spot Gallery this month to help ensure the continuation of community art on the commons. The See-Spot Gallery is a cooperatively-run space where local outsider and emerging artists can show their work, and receive feedback from community members. In addition to providing a space for otherwise unseen art, we focus on displaying works that will challenge thought and encourage community dialogue.

"As you can imagine, offering art on the commons is expensive work. To continue to offer a space for low-income artists and patrons to display and see art the See-Spot Gallery relies on community support. If you're interested in supporting the Gallery please visit us at 108 the Commons and

put your donation in the donation box. Or send a check to 108 the Commons (ATTN. Michelle Menter/Gwen Daniels) payable to "The See-Spot Gallery." For donations of more that $20 write "membership" in the memo and you'll automatically become a member of the See-Spot Gallery."

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ANOTHER REWARD for readers: buy full meal at ABC Cafe and get second at half price with this coupon (updated to 11/15)

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CORNELL FORUM FOR JUSTICE & PEACE

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ADVOCATES FOR SENSIBLE AREA PLANNING (ASAP) promotes restraint in suburbanization. Listserve site To subscribe to this listserve, email: ASAP_NY-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: October #2: 2001>

27 Oct 2001

[This is the second of two monthly messages to 5,561 Ithaca area residents]

LABOR, ARTS, PEACE, ELECTIONS, EVENTS, MEDIA, HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, EDITORIAL!

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TWO NEW MURALS DEDICATED AT SOUTHSIDE CENTER: "Africana Mandala" and "History of Southside Community Center." Sat OCT 27 from noon to 4. There is a dedication ceremony and celebration w/ BBQ. Drummers ,dancers and just maybe the choir- all are welcome. --Dan Burgevin

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COMMUNITY PEACE FAIR, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-8pm on the 3rd floor of the Community School of Music and Art,328 E. State St. Sponsored by the Tompkins County Network for Peace and Justice. "We will actually start on the Commons around 1:30 with street theater, drumming etc.....and then converge at the school. There will be many speakers, much live international music, dances, art, activities for children, and space for 16 organizations to table" 387-8475

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HANDS ACROSS ITHACA is collecting donated goods/services from businesses for its Silent Auction (Dec.1) to raise money to provide HOLIDAY MEALS AND TOYS to lower-income Ithacans: Felicia Kornegay fk21@cornell.edu

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THE TOMPKINS COUNTY LIVING WAGE COALITION'S 2001 CANDIDATE SURVEY RESULTS AND ENDORSEMENTS (Oct. 22)

THE TOMPKINS COUNTY LIVING WAGE COALITION, comprised of 22 affiliated community, labor, political, and human service partners, sent out questionnaires to candidates who are running in the November 6th elections in Tompkins County." They seek to educate the community "on the positions of candidates in relation to living wages, community development, and workers' rights.... The candidates elected on November 6 will ultimately be the arbiters of living wage legislation, shape community development, and will have the choice to intervene when working families' rights are violated."

THE RESULTS OF THE SCORING and the original survey are found below:

COUNTY BOARD ENDORSEMENTS:
City of Ithaca, District 2: Leslyn McBean
City of Ithaca, District 4: Nancy Schuler
Lansing, District 6: Beverly Abplanalp
Dryden, District 13: Martha Robertson

ITHACA COMMON COUNCIL ENDORSEMENTS:
First Ward: Annemarie Zwack
Second Ward: David Whitmore
Fourth Ward (4 yr.): Carolyn Peterson
Fourth Ward (2 yr.) : Jamison Moore
Fifth Ward: Daniel Cogan

TOWN OF ITHACA ENDORSEMENTS:
Town of Ithaca: Linda Holzbaur

"Our coalition partners, among others, include the Tompkins County Democratic Party, Tompkins County Green Party, and the Tompkins County Working Families Party. Recognizing the need avoid partisanship, the electoral committee was comprised of a member from each political party affiliated with our organization and a political Independent.

"Candidate scores are based on the answers to the questions themselves. They do not reflect the candidates' different track records in community activities and in public office. Scoring was based on the totality of answers using the following three criteria: a) GENERAL SUPPORT for the agenda; b) INCENTIVE TO TAKE ACTION, here additional points were awarded to candidates who would pursue means above and beyond the status quo; and c) DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE, additional points were awarded for critically evaluating the complexity of potential policy solutions. We awarded points from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). The highest score was 15, reflecting the highest possible score in each category.

"We endorsed candidates sparingly, only where their completed questionnaire and history of community service showed an earnest commitment to the goals and mission of the Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition. We did not send questionnaires to candidates running unopposed, though several would have undoubtedly deserved endorsement, it would have no impact on the outcome of the race. We also did not endorse in races where competing candidate scores were close. All candidates running for opposed seats were sent a questionnaire and received a follow up confirmation call."

SURVEY QUESTIONS:

SUSTAINABLE JOBS <--r>1. Would you support local legislation that would mandate that government contract dollars be used to create good family sustaining job opportunities in our community? <-->2. Would you support responsible bidder ordinances that require companies and developers to pay a living wage and provide adequate health and pension benefits to their workers? <--r>3. Would you support State/Federal minimum wage legislation, set at a living wage for all workers?
WORKERS' RIGHTS <-->1. Do you support the right of workers to organize a union free of intimidation? <-->2. How would you use your position to support union organizing-- specifically to encourage employers to accept card-check recognition or a position of "Neutrality" during the organizing campaign? <-->3. What would you do to hold employers accountable for anti-Union activities?
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT <-->1. What would you do if companies downsize jobs, while accepting tax incentives or public benefits? How would you hold them accountable? <-->2. Would you support legislation that would guarantee equal representation of business, labor and community based agencies on decision-making bodies like the Industrial Development Agency? <-->3. Would you support an ordinance that encourages goal setting for hiring local workers on tax funded development initiatives? Would you support an ordinance that requires a certain percentage of these hiring preferences be reserved for women and people of color? <-->4. What would you do if an employer that received community tax incentives for development, violated the labor, environmental, or civil rights of their employees? <-->5. What would you do if an employer receiving tax subsidies or abatements violated our Federal, State, or Local environmental standards? <-->6. Is there anything else you would like to add to clarify your position?

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS has also sent questionnaires to City of Ithaca candidates, and will broadcast answers received by October 28. Earlier issues of ICN are found at http://www.ithacahours.com/icn.archives.html

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TOMPKINS COUNTY 2000 CENSUS is on web.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY!

* October 26, 1853: Contract signed for the draining of the "CAYUGA MARSHES."
* October 26, 1911: Women of the First Methodist Church vote to REMOVE THEIR HATS during worship. Men had excused themselves from going to church because they "can't see the pastor" over fashionably large hats.
* October 27, 1967: 30-DAY FAST begun by Cornell students rotating 24-hour shifts, on the Arts Quad, to protest the Vietnam War.
* October 28, 1908: MOB RULE at City Hall, when Council tries to enact a special tax on creekside property owners. Hundreds create uproar by stomping, yelling, drowning out discussion, then cheering wildly for those who state their case. Council adjourns, the tax is never passed.
* October 29, 1900: TEDDY ROOSEVELT addresses 18,000 people in DeWitt Park, the greatest political gathering in the city's history. Several people faint in the crush. "The Governor stepped out amidst a salvo of cheers. His face was serious, his jaws were set, his eyes gleamed as if in battle. Thus he stood for full three minutes waiting to be heard."
* October 30, 1916: LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE SERVICE begins, to Etna, Dryden, Freeville and Cortland.
* October 31, 1896: Woman breaks needle off in her finger; surgeon sends her to the telephone station, where it is withdrawn with a LARGE MAGNET.
* November 1, 1927: Entire city wakens terrified. Whole sky convulsed by quick stabs of lighting followed by GIANT THUNDERCLAP.

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THE IMMEDIATE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF SEPTEMBER 11 on the local and national economies, By Elia Kacapyr

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WATER QUALITY IN CAYUGA LAKE
The "Water Quality Study of the Finger Lakes" by the Department of Environmental Conservation is available. " The study contains two distinct components, "Synoptic Water Quality Investigation" and "Sediment Core Investigation".

"The Executive Summary (p11) states "a substantial decline in total phosphorus levels over the past several decades, with much smaller declines in chlorophyll, and a moderate increase in water clarity since the early 1970s. Results from this investigation indicate that total phosphorus levels within the south shelf segment are substantially higher than in the main lake, and that the mean seasonal total phosphorus concentration exceeds the NYSDEC total phosphorus guidance value in certain years."

"The report has several recommendations including continuing efforts "to control nutrient (particularly phosphorus) and sediment loads within the Cayuga Lake watershed," especially "within the south-lake catchment where use impairments are present." (Executive Summary, p 12)

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United Pagan Ministries and The Ithaca Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans Present SAMHAIN CELEBRATION on Nov 3, Anabel Taylor Hall Cornell University, 7pm. Ancestor Ceremony; 8:30pm- 11pm. Annual Masked Ball in the Founders' room. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Please bring pictures or objects to place on the Ancestor Altar for the ceremony. Zahde at sheherazahde@yahoo.com

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"VISIONS OF LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY" organized by CRESP's Community Sustainability Project, now has a listserve to facilitate discussion amongst those who are working towards a sustainable community: To subscribe, simply send an email to: SustainableIthaca-subscribe@topica.com

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HEROES AGAINST NAZISM: "Come hear how a motley crew of moral geniuses took on the Nazi death machine, and in their own small way, defeated it." On Sunday, Nov 4 at 7 pm, oral historian Mark Klempner will be speaking about "these remarkable Dutch people who rescued their Jewish neighbors during the Second World War. Includes audio excerpts from his interviews with these 'righteous among the nations.'" Free & open to the public. Temple Beth-El, corner Court & Tioga.

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"A NIGHT IN THE CARIBBEAN" Saturday Nov. 3 at 6pm, at Home Dairy on the Commons, La Cocina Latina and the Ithaca Catholic Worker Vieques Support Group presents an evening of Latino dinner and dancing to benefit the bombing victims of Vieques, Puerto Rico. "Your help and contributions are needed to send a delegation from Ithaca to stop the bombing and remove the military presence. The US Navy is expected to resume bombing the last week of November." Tickets $12/adults, $8/children, desert included (family rates available) HOURS accepted. Tickets available at Greenstar Cooperative Market and Home Dairy on the Commons and the CUSLAR office in Anabelle Taylor Hall: 273-7437

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BIGGEST SOCIAL JUSTICE PARADE IN ITHACA'S HISTORY "Saturday, Nov 3: starts noon from Southside Community Center, goes to Commons. "We need folks to help make banners and signs. Please come: Saturday, October 27, 10 am - 2 pm, GIAC gymnasium (use the Albany Street entrance to GIAC). About 45 groups have signed up to participate in the Parade, and many need banners." Risa Sokolsky: risatom@lightlink.com 564-3508.

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YOUR LETTERS:

"Thanks for the newsletter. I always look forward to reading it. I was wondering if you know how I can donate money to the Afghans? I fear for so many fleeing the country, I want to do something to help them out when they reach refugee camps. Do you have any ideas?" --Tammi Aiken
----Tammi, tax-deductible donations are best made via the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
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"Thanks for all the work you're putting into the Ithaca Community News that you send out. Its helping fill the void left when Ithaca Today quit." --Kurt
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"I really enjoy your Newsletter, particularly the historical notes. Having grown up in Ithaca, I was only seven years old at the time of Hurricane Hazel but remember it quite vividly. The City lost so many beautiful large trees. I lived on Madison Street at the time and our block lost two or three huge trees." ---John Beach
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"Your article "Why the U.S. will Lose this War" is magnificent, and a commendable call to action. People who do not heed its advice, or decide to return to their lives of banality, will be part of the problem, not the solution. It masterfully wraps up in a very brief space all that is wrong with America. In the limited context of a letter, it suggests the very large, very serious problems that have been building for the last century or so.
----"And it also offers the first steps toward solutions. It is up to everyone who cares enough to turn off their TV's to flesh out the suggestions, each in his/her own way, applicable to their communities and locales." --Fred Pulver
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"THANK YOU for this newsletter, there so much great stuff going on in this community." --Kathryn Coldren
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"First I would like to thank you for your constant efforts to update the extended Ithaca College Community. Your newsletter has been warming to read during the healing process of the tragedy. I'm a native Ithacan and current New Yorker.
-----"Being as I stood on my roof and watched the attack first hand, it is refreshing to read and remember the energy of the students and local community that IS Ithaca. Knowing that all are gathering in various opinion groups and focusing on common interests is a needed mental break from the images that have plagued my mind since that day.
-----"I urge my fellow Ithacans to keep their academic minds at work, yet keep their hearts open. Our candles here have reached your candles and vice versa.
-----"A week after the tragedy I realized I needed a small break and , of course, took a bus to the grounding forces of Ithaca. The natural beauty of the land mixed with the natural beauty of it's people made a new day possible for me and another Ithaca College alum. -----"I will be forever grateful for the magic that I learned in Ithaca. Although I am always proud of the academics, the true magic is the invisible heart that beats in that town. ----"-Ithaca College and the City of Ithaca will forever be a home. A home that allows all minds and hearts to play together and grow. Thank you for your dedication and to keeping our fires lit. --Topher Goodman, Class of '94
-----"P.S. I will be touring with Kenny Rogers in his Christmas show "Christmas from the Heart" which will be stopping in Elmira on December 18th.
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"I just read a 2-page "annotation" of Ithaca HOURS in November's Harpers Magazine. Not a very good piece, this, and I hope you might write them a rebuttal. Author seemed to think our HOURS not so great, since they couldn't entirely replace the Federal currency system! I continue to enjoy your newsletter and to admire your reasonable stance on US's terrible 'war on terror.'" --James W. Hamilton
---James, I've written a reply to Harper's -- Paul
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"I read the editorial in your most recent "Ithaca Community News" related to the US military action in Afghanistan. I wonder if you could tell me or direct me to a website that would outline the alternative responses to the attacks in NYC and DC. I understand and appreciate your comments on the devasting effects of US miliary action, but I am unclear as to what other methods you propose to 'punish those responsible' and 'prevent further military attacks' (to paraphrase from the editorial). Any info you can provide would be appreciated." --Sharon Holland Loucks
-----Sharon, I've described America's larger problems and suggested solutions: 1) Quit bombing 2) Send food 3) Extinguish terrorists by deflating the conditions which inspire them; rebuild American cities to rely least on imported oil and ores. See also Alternate capital development
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"Keep up the good work." --Ramsey
-------- "In your last editorial, you say, "Continued bombing therefore converts Afghanistan into a concentration camp, and exterminates more human beings than did Hitler." Paul, where are you coming from? Hitler killed over 10,000,000 CIVILIANS!!! PLEASE, if you're going to editorialize, quote facts, don't just blather nonsense. I don't know you, but I assume that someone who would put out a newsletter like you do would have enough sense not to make such a ridiculous statement. Where are your facts? What can you possibly be thinking when you make a statement like that?" --Bill Baum
-----Bill, My reference was to Hitler's extermination in concentration camps of 6,000,000 people. According to UNESCO and Kofi Annan, 7,500,000 Afghanis now face starvation.
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"Thanks so very much for sending Community News my way. I read every line and mark events on the calendar." --Gayle Gray
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"You are outdoing even yourself here, with your editorial about the war. Thanks for devoting your time & energies to this important work." --Bill Clark
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"Thanks for the community news, but no thanks for the editorializing about current events. Your insistence that our dependence on foreign trade makes us weak is bizarre--many would argue that trade makes the US more engaged and less unilateralist. The terrible humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan only serve to indict the party primarily responsible: the Taliban regime itself. The Taliban's treatment of women alone warrants disposal of their oppressive state apparatus. Any intellectually honest appraisal of the current bombing would agree that it has been more precisely targeted on military targets than any bombing campaign in history.
---We all have our opinions and concerns about issues of tactics. But it is strange that people like yourself would deny the US the moral right to a military response to a direct attack on our soil by agents demonstrably supported by a foreign government." --Nicholas Nicastro

---Nicholas: Obviously any person or nation has a right to defend against those who attack. Our defense is defensible, and also condemnable that it is being carried out with devastating effect on innocent Afghanis. http://www.ithacahours.com/icn.afghanis.html Those of us against the bombing feel that this merely expresses vengeance but does not effectively defend us-- just makes the situation worse. This is now a global guerilla war without borders, and has begun to trash civil liberties. Effective defense means honestly accepting that, while these perpetrators are murderous creeps, our foreign policy has aggravated the problem (support for dictatorships, markets that impoverish). You're right that the Taliban deserve to be gotten rid of, but not by bombing and starving the women. Precision bombing? We've already destroyed food warehouses, landmine removal offices, a hospital, and neighborhoods.
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"I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy the newsletter that you send out. Being away at school now, it gets me really happy to see what is still going on in ithaca!" --Shannon
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"I always enjoy your writing and well-thought out ideas... " --Michael Burns
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"I just wanted to say that this is an extremely interesting newsletter, we really love reading it and greatly appreciate your investment in its creation and our community." --Cindy Golos

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EDITORIAL:

Another local election season concludes with character attacks.

While Green Party candidates are steadfastly explaining issues, the "October Coalition" (favoring chain stores) resorts again to name-calling and innuendo. Two years ago their supporters falsely attacked mayoral candidate Dan Hoffman for voting against initiatives Hoffman actually pioneered or favored. This year they have already publicly attacked the Green Party for being "conservative" or "Stalinist," saying whatever will distract from reasoned discussion of grassroots economic development and land use planning.

Most recently, they're having a go at Will Burbank, candidate for Ithaca Town Board. Kathy Valentino, the Town's Supervisor, paints him a dangerous hothead, saying he terrified her when castigating her for abandoning her party's mayoral candidate. She claims he menaced her "three inches from my face." But a half dozen of Valentino's associates, plus myself, watched this encounter close up. No one needed to protect Valentino from Burbank, who came no closer to her than three feet. The incident has been enlarged to fit political aims, and we can expect more such assertions.

To get back to issues, see the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce candidate site & Green Party candidate statements

The prime issue is expanding the tax base without damaging the community base. That is a process more subtle than merely pouring concrete, and is done well elsewhere: www.smartgrowth.org
www.newrules.org
community economics

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THE TOMPKINS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY IS ACTION-PACKED! There are events daily, weekly.
IF YOU LIKE HARRY POTTER: A weekly read-aloud for kids ages 7-11 every Monday from 4- 4: 30pm in the Thaler/Howell Room.
BOOOOVIES! AND A PARTY: Oct 31st 1:30pm & 4pm. Children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy free movies followed by spooky snacks and festivities. Wear a storybook costume and join the fun!
ZOBOOMAFOO ZOBOOS SCARY TAILS: Younger children (ages 2 and up) are invited to a party from 1:30 3:00 p.m. to see this film: (47 minutes)
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO: Older children (ages 6 and up) are invited to a party from 4- 6pm to see this film (87 minutes). Free admission with costume. Please register at the Youth Services Desk or 272-4557, ext. 275 or 276.
MUSIC OF SUNDAYS: Nov. 4 at 3pm: Myra Kovary, Harpist, and Laura Campbell, Flutist peform in Ezra Cornell Reading Room

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200 PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY GROUPS are online. Please send additions and corrections.

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NAMGYAL MONASTERY offers "daily meditation, weekend teachings, retreats and classes taught by the monks of the personal monastery of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Stop by to pick up a schedule of Fall classes or visit us on-line at Daily meditation is Monday-Friday from 5:15-6pm and is always free and open to all. namgyal@lightlink.com

"All are welcome to join us for Community Night, Saturday, November 3rd at the Monastery, to watch the film, "Windhorse," to be shown at 7pm, directly after the regularly scheduled Saturday evening Earthquake Prayers which take place from 6 -7pm. Tea and light refreshments will be served. "Wisdom and Healing."

STRASBOURG, France, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Tibet's Nobel Prize winning, exiled spiritual leader on Wednesday criticized the Western response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. "You can eliminate people but you cannot eliminate human thought," the Dalai Lama said at a news conference after he spoke before the European Parliament. "The way to defeat terrorism in the long run is through thought, argument and reasoning. Once you commit violence it is unpredictable and it causes side effects." He continued, "As far as domestic policy is concerned, they think democracy, democracy, democracy, but American foreign policy is not much concerned for democratic principles."

Weekend intensive teaching at the Namgyal Monastery taught by Geshe Lobsang Gonpo from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India November 9th, 10th and 11th. HOURS accepted.

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ZWACK/YOUNG TV SHOW Annemarie Zwack (First Ward Green Party candidate) and Cornell professor Rob Young (Green Cities) appear on Channel 13 on 10/29 at 5:30pm, 10/31 at 8pm & 11/2 at 11pm. They'll be talking about ecological urban design and grassroots economics.

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BECCA'S HERBS: seeking a new home: an in-town basement, in exchange for free tinctures: 659-4681
PIANO LESSONS: Jayne Demakos 256-9488 HOURS accepted.

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JOHNSON MUSEUM
Oct 27, 1:30-5:30, Public Sculpture in the 21st Century, a public symposium with sculptor Alice Aycock, MOMA deputy director Tom Finkelpearl, the editor of Sculpture magazine, and more. Memorials to the World Trade Center dead will be among the focus of discussions. Organized by the Sculpture program of the Department of Art at Cornell. For more information, please call 255-6464.

November at the Johnson Museum includes a new exhibition of stunning environmental photos from all over the planet entitled No Ordinary Land: Encounters in a Changing Environment, taken by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, who will speak at the Museum, Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5:15. Nov. 3 Cuban-American sculptor Carlos Ulloa will lead a tour of his exhibition at 4 pm, followed by an opening reception from 5-7, with food, wine bar, live music, and fun. On Nov. 8: Tom Knight will do some of his fabulous singing and storytelling at a Family Art-full Saturday, 10-Noon. Nov 11 at 3 pm: Tibetan tangka painting will be demonstrated by a modern master of that art, Tenzing Norbu Gurung. Museum hours Tues-Sun 10-5 free.

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ITHACA HEALTH FUND Annual membership meeting November 13 at GIAC, 7pm. All welcome. See proposed BYLAWS

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A&B AWARDS AND ENGRAVING has moved to 144 The Commons (next to Juna's): plaques, trophies, awards, logos, gifts. 272-3944 awardpro@clarityconnect.com Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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HALLOWEEN CONCERT at the See Spot Gallery, 108 The Commons, 10/31 at 8:00pm MEDICINE DROPPER, Cover charge, HOURS accepted. A collection of soundscapes and musical textures that lead the listener through varied worlds. Earth rhythms, Acid jazz. Medicine Dropper is Warren Cross, ambient inventions. Peter Fortunato, HYPNOTIC POETRY: Rusty Keeler, soundscape design.

KEEP ART ON THE COMMONS
"Please consider donating to the See-Spot Gallery this month to help ensure the continuation of community art on the commons. The See-Spot Gallery is a cooperatively-run space where local outsider and emerging artists can show their work, and receive feedback from community members. In addition to providing a space for otherwise unseen art, we focus on displaying works that will challenge thought and encourage community dialogue.

"As you can imagine, offering art on the commons is expensive work. To continue to offer a space for low-income artists and patrons to display and see art the See-Spot Gallery relies on community support. If you're interested in supporting the Gallery please visit us at 108 the Commons and

put your donation in the donation box. Or send a check to 108 the Commons (ATTN. Michelle Menter/Gwen Daniels) payable to "The See-Spot Gallery." For donations of more that $20 write "membership" in the memo and you'll automatically become a member of the See-Spot Gallery."

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ANOTHER REWARD for readers: buy full meal at ABC Cafe and get second at half price with this coupon (updated to 11/15)

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CORNELL FORUM FOR JUSTICE & PEACE

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ADVOCATES FOR SENSIBLE AREA PLANNING (ASAP) promotes restraint in suburbanization. Listserve site To subscribe to this listserve, email: ASAP_NY-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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