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LOCAL HISTORY * YOUR LETTERS * ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS

[This is the first of TWO messages sent MONTHLY to 5,602 Ithaca area residents.]

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Saturday, Nov. 3: PARADE WITH PARAS will start at NOON from Southside Community Center and parade to the Commons. From 1-3 at the Commons Large Pavilion we will *Boogie for a Living Wage* with music, kids activities, entertainment. Southside Community Center, 305. S. Plain and will wend its way to the Commons. At the main pavilion we, our families and our children will boogie from 1-3, with Barbie and the Rockers, Tom Seiling, IHS Step Dancers (not confirmed) and others. There will be kids' activities (face painting, balloons, writing and drawing, etc.) and a few speakers.

OVER FIFTY community, religious, school and labor groups have committed to march. The family-centered parade is sponsored by the Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition and is meant to be acommunity celebration of the need for a living wage, and to show support for school paraprofessionals.

All groups marching in the parade will be carrying banners announcing who they are. Included are 15 labor groups, numerous community groups, three political parties, and delegations from each school in the Ithaca City School District. There will also be ad hoc groups that have gotten together just for the parade, including "Babies for a Living Wage," "Bikes and Trikes forWage Hikes," "Legislators for a living wage," "Faculty for a Living Wage," and others. The parade will also feature a marching band, stilt walkers, balloons and other entertainment.

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Saturday, Nov. 3, Monthly VIGIL TO END THE DEATH PENALTY: "Join us from 12:30-1:30 at the corner of Tioga and Buffalo, downtown Ithaca."

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COMMUNITY PEACE FAIR * SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 The Tompkins County Network for Peace and Justice will sponsor a Community Peace Fair on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 2-8 pm, at The Community School of Music and Arts, 330 E. State St. FREE!

Immediately preceding the event, STREET THEATER featuring Picasso figures, AFRICAN DRUMMERS, STILT-WALKERS, and dancers will take place on the east end of the Commons. The fair will be introduced in the Main Hall at CSMA at 2:00 pm with LIVE MUSIC performances, and then will feature INDIAN DANCING, several SPEAKERS, and an OPEN MIC session. From 5:30 to 7:00, AMY GLICKLICH will perform with Guest HANK ROBERTS, followed by additional performances, including a solo show with SIM REDMOND. The fair will conclude with a CANDLELIGHT VIGIL on the Commons led by local religious leaders.

Three hour-long children's programs will be held 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30, and workshops on diverse Faith Perspectives will take place from 3:30-4:00 and again from 5:00-5:30.

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN ITHACA & TOMPKINS COUNTY: A Historical Research Guide "lists local resources for researching the history of African Americans [locally]. Use it to trace the history of your family, home or neighborhood." Available at Clinton House throughout November during showing of the SOUTHSIDE LIVING ROOM INSTALLATION PROJECT, "an exhibit of a contemporary Southside neighborhood living room." 216-0510

ORAL HISTORIES FROM ITHACA'S AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY featured in the new play "Our Stories," by Lesley Ramirez. Performance Nov. 14 at 7pm at Clinton House. To act in this play, please get copy of script at Clinton House and attend 'first reading' Nov. 9 at 5pm at 313 N. Aurora. Sponsored by Cornell-Ithaca Partnership.

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OFFERINGS FOR HOPE AND COURAGE in these times of crisis. Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5:30pm. Gathering in Sage Chapel, Cornell University. Featured artists are: Amy Glicklich, vocalist, Hank Roberts, cello, Mamadou Diabate, Malian Kora player, Soulstice (vocal a cappella quartet), Boynton 8th grade chorus, Preeti Panda, Indian Classical dance, Monks from the Namgyal Monastery, & many more artists from the community

"This concert was envisioned as an artistic response to the complex world situation and to acknowledge the inspiration music can have in uplifting the spirit and giving hope for the future. There is a suggested donation of $10-25. All proceeds to benefit children directly impacted by the 9/11 attacks and the Afghan conflict."

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MUSICAL PLAYGROUP "guitar/instrument-playing parents" invited to get together to share child care: Crista 277-6602.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR NEW MOTHERS (weekly) Mary Lauppe 277-2159 & Rachel Shapiro 257-0111. Ithaca HOURS accepted.

WINGS OF LIFE DAY CARE: Ages 2-6 Mon-Fri, part/full-time. Sara Sheikh & Jackie Chensee 256-7008. HOURS accepted.

HOUSECLEANING, MASSAGE, INTRO KIDS SPANISH: Teresa Behan 277-7214. HOURS accepted.

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"CREATING A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY STARTING FROM WHERE WE LIVE," sponsors its next gathering Nov 7, 7-9 PM, at Women's Community Building (Seneca and Cayuga Sts.) featuring panelists Ken Reardon, neighborhood planner and professor of city and regional planning at Cornell, Liz Walker, director, EcoVillage at Ithaca, and Rob Champion, EcoVillage field supervisor for second neighborhood construction. "Our panelists will explore how 'bottom-up' NEIGHBORHOOD ENVISIONING and organizing, building cooperative relationships, and taking a long-term perspective, can help reverse inner city decay and suburban sprawl in our region. We will then explore in small groups and in a community forum how their stories apply to our own neighborhoods and to our region's future. DELICIOUS REGIONAL CUISINE will be served!"

These events are part of a FREE community envisioning series, which is part of the Community Sustainability Project at Cornell's Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy (CRESP). This series is an opportunity to envision together an Ithaca region that supports the long-term health of its neighborhoods, communities, and ecosystems.

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CUENTOS INFANTILES FOR EVERYONE play at Kitchen Theatre (world premiere) presents "the story of a boy named Pedro whose family comes from Honduras. Pedro's family speaks Spanish at home and his mother cooks him tortillas and frijoles for lunch. The kids at school make fun of him for being 'different,' and so Pedro decides to change his name to 'Peter' so that he can be an 'American.' Soon after his decision, however, Pedro's grandmother comes for a visit in order to tell him some cuentos-or stories-of his homeland. Through these stories, Pedro learns to be proud of his heritage. The play is written and performed in 'Spanglish,' a combination of Spanish and English. ---"The play brings together actors from Wells College, the City of Ithaca, and Teatrotaller, Cornell University's only Spanish-language theatre troupe. Written by Cornell University sophomore Ronald Avila, Cuentos Infantiles for Everyone was commissioned especially for 'Saturday Morning Live (& Two Sundays, Too!).'" ---Performances Saturdays November 3, 10 & 17 at 11am & 1pm and Sundays November 4 & 11 at 1pm. Tickets are $4.00 from the Ticket Center at Clinton House 273-4497 (corner of Cayuga and Seneca Sts), Ithaca HOURS accepted. and at Cornell University's Willard Straight Box Office, Ithaca College's Dillingham Box Office. For a complete schedule of "Saturday Morning Live (& Two Sundays,Too!)" call Kitchen Theatre Company: 272-0403.

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LOCAL CURRENCY IN ONEONTA, NY: When you visit Green Earth Foods, ask to have a look at their O.U.R.S (Oneonta's Useful Responsible Spending).

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NEW COMMUNTY ARTS & EVENTS SPACE: Open House Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10am-3pm at Autumn Leaves Used Books, upstairs, 115 The Commons. Exhibits, performances, craft fairs, antique fairs, children's events, book events, and so on! 272-7299.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* November 3, 1885: Several women in the Fifth Ward defy the law by ATTEMPTING TO VOTE, but their ballots are kept from the boxes. This became a rather common protest as pressure for women's sufferage increased.
* November 3, 1868: Cornell students with clubs, bludgeons and revolvers form lines along Tioga Street, knock people down and declare they've come to "TAKE OVER THE TOWN."
* November 4, 1913: SOCIALIST CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR Burr Besemer wins 27% of votes cast.
* November 5, 1901: Mayoral candidates William Gunderman and George Miller EACH receive 1682 votes.
* November 6, 1917: Men of Ithaca vote in favor of giving the VOTE TO WOMEN by 1243 to 756, with only West Hill voting no.
* November 7, 1899: VOTING MACHINES first used.
* November 8, 1960: City Presidential vote is 5,374 NIXON, 3,860 KENNEDY.

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SIERRA CLUB HIKES FINGER LAKES TRAIL Sunday, November 4 , 11am "We will do a work hike on one to two miles of the Finger Lakes Trail, and then explore some of the ski trails in the Hammond Hill network - always interesting to see a ski trail without any snow. The biggest problem is a misleading paint blaze where the trail leaves Star Stanton Rd. (heading west) and turns south. We will try to block out the misleading blaze and add some new ones. IF you have an old paint brush bring it along! Please bring work gloves since there may be some tree trunks or large branches which have fallen across the trail and we will try to drag some of them off the trail. If you own a folding saw or bowsaw or some pruning loppers bring those tools! We will meet at the Caroline School at 11 am on the south side of Rt. 79, about 7 miles east of Ithaca. The hike will start at a small parking area on the north side of Star Stanton Rd, about 1/3 mile west of Rt. 38. People coming from the north and east, take Rt. 38 south from downtown Dryden about 3 1/2 miles to Star Stanton Rd.-- turn right and go about 1/3 mile uphill to the parking area. Meet there about 11:30. We will walk into the woods, do whatever work is needed, and then enjoy a late fall hike before returning to the cars. Bring lunch and fluid - I will bring the nice weather! Questions, call me at 539-6313. Please call if you are planning on coming." --Nick Vandam

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GREENSTAR CO-OP Raises Funds for FOOD FOR AFGHANIS: During November GreenStar Cooperative Market, in Ithaca, is raising funds for Oxfam America (75%) and Loaves and Fishes in Ithaca (25%). Just tell any cashier and they will ring in your donation at the register. From an article by Lenore Olmstead:

"Oxfam America has sent GreenStar an Action Alert stating, 'Your immediate help is needed as MILLIONS of innocent people face starvation and death in Afghanistan.' They report that there has been three consecutive years of drought in Afghanistan leaving five million people dependent on food aid. Afghanistan is the poorest country in Asia and has been involved in civil war for 22 years. 85% of the Afghan population is dependent on agriculture. The vast majority at risk in the current crisis are women and children. With harsh winter conditions approaching and the difficulty of transportation in a snowy mountainous terrain, there is urgency to move food in as quickly as possible. Oxfam asserts that truck deliveries are the most effective mechanism of reaching the population. Oxfam has been working in Afghanistan since 1989 and its humanitarian efforts are providing assistance to 750,000 people in Afghanistan's Herat, Badakhstan, Kandahar and Hazarajat regions. In addition, Oxfam is preparing to supply water and sanitation equipment to half a million refugees in camps along the Pakistan border. For updates: Oxfam See also pictures of Afghanis

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VEGAN POTLUCK: Nov. 5 at 6:30 at GIAC (Court & Albany). "Meet new people and taste new food." BYO dishes/utensils.

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TORTILLA SOUP (movie) 7:15 & 9:35pm Nightly Sat. & Sun. Matinees 2:15 & 4:35 Fall Creek Pictures: 1201 N. Tioga St. Show Times For The Week Oct. 26 - Nov 1 at 272-1256 Student Admission is Only $5.00 Sun. - Thr. Max 1/4 Ithaca HOUR accepted: Cinemapolis Sun, M, W, Th; FCPics Sun, Tu, W, Th

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"Luke Anderson, GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FOOD ACTIVIST and author will be in Ithaca Nov. 13-15. On Nov. 13, 7:30pm, he'll speak at the Women's Community Building. "The research and development of biotechnology at Cornell, and the 209 test sites and 151 field releases in NY, and 316 test sites and 121 field releases in PA (NYPIRG report Raising Risk) make it very important to have him speak in the area. The better informed we are, the better we're able to assess the risks. A problem with the existing test sites is that the data and research are not available to citizens and independent scientists." More on the NYPIRG report from Richard Caplan, author of Raising Risk, USPIRG, 218 D Street, SE, Wash DC 20003, 202-546-9707.

"We need donations to cover travel expenses, rent and publicity for Luke's visit in order to make his presentation free and open to the public. We need about $900 and have raised $520 thus far. So please give whatever you can afford. You can send your donations to SFC/OCA, BOX 634, Ithaca, NY 14851. He is author of the best-selling book, 'Genetic Engineering, Food, and Our Environment.'"

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OPEN MIC:"Come speak your mind-- Rhymes, beats, monologues, poetry." Nov. 7 and every other Wednesday at SEE-SPOT GALLERY, 108 The Commons.

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ITHACA HEALTH FUND hosts its ANNUAL MEETING, Nov. 13 at 7pm at GIAC (Albany & Court). Everyone interested in nonprofit, member-owned health financing is welcome. 387-8344

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POEM TO THE END OF ALL WARS by Fernando Llosa Oil and acrylic paintings, stone poems, photographs, and bindings. Nov 3 & 4 + Dec 15 & 16, from 3- 6pm -- 208 The Commons, Studio 5

PEACE & FRIENDSHIP POTLUCK, Nov. 11 at 6:30pm at Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, Perry City Road. All welcome.

QUAKERS COLLECT AFGHAN RELIEF and can be trusted to deliver all funds. They're also seeking donations of sleeping bags and blankets. They accept dollars via their secure website, or by calling 1-888-588-2372, ext. 1, or by mailing a check: American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St. Philadelphia, PA 19102-1479

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ITHACA FARMER'S MARKET will be going strong every Saturday until December 22 http://www.ithacamarket.com

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" In the 1980's and 90's Ithaca had a thriving and active storytelling guild called THE ODYSSEY STORYTELLERS. I would like to rebuild the guild and would like to know if people would be interested in attending and/or participating in it. The storytelling guild meets once a month and offers an opportunity to hear and tell stories to all people. I envision this as a multi-generational activity where people of all ages can hear and tell a great story. If you are interested in something like this please let me know at soaringstories@aol.com. It's free!" --Regi Carpenter

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INDEPENDENT MEDIA: best web source, connects to hundreds of newspapers, magazines, wire services, cartoons, radio and video feeds: www.commondreams.org

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YOUR LETTERS:

"I watched in horror and sadness at the events of September 11th. As a British citizen, I felt proud that [Tony] Blair, in our name, quickly offered the support of our country. My prayers go out to the grieving relatives and survivors of the bombing. I also pray that the heavy bombing of Afghanistan stops and prevents a humanitarian disaster from happening. Get bin Laden, but justice isn't served by massacre avenging massacre. Thanks for continuing to e-mail me the Ithaca news - I read it every month." -- Terry Harrington
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"I accidentally deleted the most recent Community News. Could I please have it again? I really enjoy it and didn't read all I wanted. However did they fit 18,000 people into DeWitt Park? Thanks" --Ellie H. [REPLY:] The ARCHIVES of Ithaca Community News are at http://www.ithacahours.com/icn.archives.html How fit 18,000 in the park? We have to trust the Ithaca Journal's estimate. Perhaps they assumed that everyone in the county was there, and quoted census figures.
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"Just read your response to the Harper's Magazine piece on Ithaca HOURS at http//www.ithacahours.com/0111.html --well done, sir. Hope Harper's prints that as well; I wonder how anybody could be so wrong-headed as to criticize HOURS for such feeble reasons. 'Economic puritanism' a 'luxury enjoyed by university towns' indeed! Maybe Wallace, grinding such chaff in his NYC ratrace, is just jealous? Keep up the good work! "--James Walter Hamilton
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"Thanks for the fine article you wrote on researching U.S. history and its effect on current national policy http://www.ithacahours.com/0109.html I plan to share this with my family and friends!" --Marijo Grogan
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"Well-stated, concise editorials and replies. Good work!" --Dave Nutter
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Thank you so much for broadcasting info about HANDS ACROSS ITHACA I have already received about half dozen enquiries. HAI is a service organization that raises money for needy families in the Ithaca area during the holiday time. --Felicia Kornegay fk21@cornell.edu
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"Keep up your analysis on American foreign policy based primarily on militarism. One of the only things I can remember from my college International Relations class is that foreign policy is an outgrowth or a result of a country's domestic policy.
----"Americans are addicted to oil. Our government like a drug dealer is highly motivated to keep that drug of oil flowing to the addicts. We even have the guns and the gang to protect the source of addiction. So keep driving that car or even better buy a new car to help support the economy; and drive, drive, drive because Uncle Sam will fight to provide cheap gas. The taxpayers are easily forced to pay for the protection of the supply. (After all, Americans are addicted to war, too.) Don't worry about the harm done to people or to the earth. You only live once. Americans don't believe in reincarnation, and they have forgotten about the 7th Generation. They, of course, will go instead to heaven because they are Christian and live in a democracy with a free press which is only interested in the welfare of the common man. " --Randy Ziglar
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"Thank you for your constant updates on Ithaca. Living in California tends to bring me much to do and wonder much about Ithaca. Although I disagree with most of what Bill says regarding the war I am happy that opinions flourish on this site. Bill, I pray there will never come a time when you have to protect your loved ones in an attack of terror. The way the Taliban has treated their own people makes no sense to me and those that allow this treatment to continue have no place in this world." --Michael Kehoe
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" I was thinking about how the oil industry is one of the main forces behind the wars in the Middle East as well as the continued greenhouse gas attack on the environment as I was biking to work this morning. So I'm writing to you to see if you know of anyone who is working on anything related to the following ideas:
---"1. A green energy company here in Ithaca. Apparently in certain areas of Pennsylvania, Vermont and Connecticut ( I think that's the other one) there are companies that sell electricity from solar and wind. Is there anything afoot to start one here in Ithaca?
* 2. A local group or company selling energy efficient appliances etc.
* 3. A PR campaign for energy efficiency and alternative energy, and against oil and coal. I would really like to see SUVs especially targetted. They could be portrayed as fat, stinky and obnoxious. Some cartoon poster fat, stinky obnoxious guy--you know how Americans are scared to death of fat. The same devices that companies use to sell the things could be used to unsell them. Testimonials from people who have suffered the wars and pollution etc.
--- "I recently found out that New York State is actually one of the best places to invest in solar and wind at the moment because of tax credits, low interest loans etc. Seems like more people should know this.
--- "I figure that if anyone would know what's going on around here in this regard and who's doing it, it would be you. I appreciate your numerous efforts to make this a better place to live--and the community e-newsletter is another good one." --Jess
[REPLY:] Jess-- Thinking about Oil Wars while biking to work is a commendable combination of thought and action! Yes, apparently one can get a 40% or greater NYS rebate on solar electric installation. ETM Solarworks is the prime installer locally: etm@tier.net The most powerful antidote locally to fossil fuel consumption would be forming an energy insulation co-op. Starting with double/triple pane windows, then systematically superinsulating housing, to sharply reduce NYSEG bills and coal use. Contact for the green energy company is Alison@greenstarcoop.com SUVs are indeed gross, and they seem to be used as scapegoats for the greater problem which is our great dependence on cars.

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EDITORIAL & ENDORSEMENTS

Decades of city councils and mayors have regarded chain stores as saviors. City Hall's single-minded plan to stabilize taxes relies on importing major retailers. Yet the current loss of sales tax dollars from the local economy is dwarfed by the combined loss of local wealth via commercial bankers, absentee landlords, health insurers, utilities and chain stores themselves.

City Hall's specific concern is loss of revenue for itself, to pay its 470 employees and provide its prime services--- fire protection, police patrols, water, sewer, and road repair.

Experience nationwide, however, shows that conventional retail development merely expands demands for police, fire, road repair, traffic control, and water/sewer, requiring management by a bigger City Hall. Taxes never go down, regardless how many shoppers shop. Moreover, expanding the tax base without corresponding increases in student populations often cuts state aid to education, requiring higher school taxes.

Therefore, practical innovative programs and technologies which reduce the costs and extent of needs for municipal services should be the priority of government-- especially during a recession, when consumer spending becomes less reliable. Creative transitions will make our community wealthier, with a more secure job base and better quality of life.

Green Party city councilmembers intend to stimulate economic development which capitalizes on local creativity to expand unique local-serving and export industries, and greener tourism. These efforts will in turn both generate and retain more money to feed low-cost innovations in fuel and transportation systems, health services, finance, jobs for youth, local agriculture, and so on.

Ithaca is one of the most beautiful little cities in the nation, deserving leadership which makes our city an attractive example to the world, while meeting needs more efficiently and making life more fun. Therefore ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING for City Council:

ANNEMARIE ZWACK -- Ward 1
DAVID WHITMORE -- Ward 2
CAROLYN PETERSON -- Ward 4
JAMISON MOORE -- Ward 4
DAN COGAN -- Ward 5

Town of Ithaca Board: WILL BURBANK, LINDA HOLZBAUR, JOE WETMORE Board of Supervisors: BEVERLY ABPLANALP, CHRISTINE BEDOCS, TIM JOSEPH, DOOLEY KIEFER, LESLYN McBEAN, PETER PENNIMAN, MARTHA ROBERTSON, NANCY SCHULER, JOHN TOTTEY

All City Council candidates were invited (10/19) to answer questions about economic development. Two replied: Carolyn Peterson & David Whitmore

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce has candidate replies at http://www.tompkinschamber.org (corrected link). Click on the "Election 2001" button.
The Tompkins County Green Party has candidate statements at www.tcgreens.org

Please vote November 6. Find out where to vote.

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ADVOCATES FOR SENSIBLE AREA PLANNING (ASAP)

---The County Planning Dept. started the Vital Communities Initiative in the fall of 2000, "to foster the planned growth of neighborhoods and communities and to protect the rural character and natural resources of Tompkins County." This is a forward-looking project which is very much in line with ASAP's mission statement.
---A Master's level class in Cornell's Dept. of City and Regional Planning, working with the Planning Dept., has analyzed three hypothetical growth scenarios for the County, looking at potential impacts of growth on schools, economic development, housing, agriculture, natural resources, and water and sewer infrastructure. More info: 274-5560 or .

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ECONOMIC HUMAN RIGHTS (housing, education, healthcare, etc), as well as a lunch discussion about GLOBALIZATION/FTAA will be free at the Community Commons on North Campus, Cornell. Nov. 13. Featuring Cheri Honkala, herself formerly homeless, now the executive director of a poor peoples organization: Kensington Welfare Rights Union She will be giving a keynote at 7pm in Uris Auditorium.

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CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY INDIAN MUSIC AND DANCE: Music of Many Landscapes - The Sounds of the Home Left Behind, Nov. 3 & 10 at 2pm. Tompkins County Public Library. Professor Krishna Athreya introduces the young and highly accomplished musician Ambika Athreya who will present a vocal recital including a Chota Khayal in the classical Hindustani style of music; and Unayan Ganguly who will present Bahjans (devotional songs) inclassical/contemporary style.

Following this vocal recital, Professor Sudha Raj presents a group of Indian dance students who will perform Bharata Natyam. This is one ofthe main classical dance forms in India and comes from the culturalheritage of South India.

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BOOKTALK: "Reading & discussion of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered-focused literature:" 387-8474 booktalk@oakroadsystems.com

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FOOD NOT BOMBS: Still serving meals at 1:00 P.M. every Sat. "Come join us at Dewitt Park. Peace and Thanks, Christine" detwilerc@yahoo.com

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[This is the first of TWO messages sent MONTHLY to 5,602 Ithaca area residents.]

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Saturday, Nov. 3: PARADE WITH PARAS will start at NOON from Southside Community Center and parade to the Commons. From 1-3 at the Commons Large Pavilion we will *Boogie for a Living Wage* with music, kids activities, entertainment. Southside Community Center, 305. S. Plain and will wend its way to the Commons. At the main pavilion we, our families and our children will boogie from 1-3, with Barbie and the Rockers, Tom Seiling, IHS Step Dancers (not confirmed) and others. There will be kids' activities (face painting, balloons, writing and drawing, etc.) and a few speakers.

OVER FIFTY community, religious, school and labor groups have committed to march. The family-centered parade is sponsored by the Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition and is meant to be acommunity celebration of the need for a living wage, and to show support for school paraprofessionals.

All groups marching in the parade will be carrying banners announcing who they are. Included are 15 labor groups, numerous community groups, three political parties, and delegations from each school in the Ithaca City School District. There will also be ad hoc groups that have gotten together just for the parade, including "Babies for a Living Wage," "Bikes and Trikes forWage Hikes," "Legislators for a living wage," "Faculty for a Living Wage," and others. The parade will also feature a marching band, stilt walkers, balloons and other entertainment.

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Saturday, Nov. 3, Monthly VIGIL TO END THE DEATH PENALTY: "Join us from 12:30-1:30 at the corner of Tioga and Buffalo, downtown Ithaca."

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COMMUNITY PEACE FAIR * SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 The Tompkins County Network for Peace and Justice will sponsor a Community Peace Fair on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 2-8 pm, at The Community School of Music and Arts, 330 E. State St. FREE!

Immediately preceding the event, STREET THEATER featuring Picasso figures, AFRICAN DRUMMERS, STILT-WALKERS, and dancers will take place on the east end of the Commons. The fair will be introduced in the Main Hall at CSMA at 2:00 pm with LIVE MUSIC performances, and then will feature INDIAN DANCING, several SPEAKERS, and an OPEN MIC session. From 5:30 to 7:00, AMY GLICKLICH will perform with Guest HANK ROBERTS, followed by additional performances, including a solo show with SIM REDMOND. The fair will conclude with a CANDLELIGHT VIGIL on the Commons led by local religious leaders.

Three hour-long children's programs will be held 2:30, 4:00, and 5:30, and workshops on diverse Faith Perspectives will take place from 3:30-4:00 and again from 5:00-5:30.

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN ITHACA & TOMPKINS COUNTY: A Historical Research Guide "lists local resources for researching the history of African Americans [locally]. Use it to trace the history of your family, home or neighborhood." Available at Clinton House throughout November during showing of the SOUTHSIDE LIVING ROOM INSTALLATION PROJECT, "an exhibit of a contemporary Southside neighborhood living room." 216-0510

ORAL HISTORIES FROM ITHACA'S AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY featured in the new play "Our Stories," by Lesley Ramirez. Performance Nov. 14 at 7pm at Clinton House. To act in this play, please get copy of script at Clinton House and attend 'first reading' Nov. 9 at 5pm at 313 N. Aurora. Sponsored by Cornell-Ithaca Partnership.

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OFFERINGS FOR HOPE AND COURAGE in these times of crisis. Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5:30pm. Gathering in Sage Chapel, Cornell University. Featured artists are: Amy Glicklich, vocalist, Hank Roberts, cello, Mamadou Diabate, Malian Kora player, Soulstice (vocal a cappella quartet), Boynton 8th grade chorus, Preeti Panda, Indian Classical dance, Monks from the Namgyal Monastery, & many more artists from the community

"This concert was envisioned as an artistic response to the complex world situation and to acknowledge the inspiration music can have in uplifting the spirit and giving hope for the future. There is a suggested donation of $10-25. All proceeds to benefit children directly impacted by the 9/11 attacks and the Afghan conflict."

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MUSICAL PLAYGROUP "guitar/instrument-playing parents" invited to get together to share child care: Crista 277-6602.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR NEW MOTHERS (weekly) Mary Lauppe 277-2159 & Rachel Shapiro 257-0111. Ithaca HOURS accepted.

WINGS OF LIFE DAY CARE: Ages 2-6 Mon-Fri, part/full-time. Sara Sheikh & Jackie Chensee 256-7008. HOURS accepted.

HOUSECLEANING, MASSAGE, INTRO KIDS SPANISH: Teresa Behan 277-7214. HOURS accepted.

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"CREATING A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY STARTING FROM WHERE WE LIVE," sponsors its next gathering Nov 7, 7-9 PM, at Women's Community Building (Seneca and Cayuga Sts.) featuring panelists Ken Reardon, neighborhood planner and professor of city and regional planning at Cornell, Liz Walker, director, EcoVillage at Ithaca, and Rob Champion, EcoVillage field supervisor for second neighborhood construction. "Our panelists will explore how 'bottom-up' NEIGHBORHOOD ENVISIONING and organizing, building cooperative relationships, and taking a long-term perspective, can help reverse inner city decay and suburban sprawl in our region. We will then explore in small groups and in a community forum how their stories apply to our own neighborhoods and to our region's future. DELICIOUS REGIONAL CUISINE will be served!"

These events are part of a FREE community envisioning series, which is part of the Community Sustainability Project at Cornell's Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy (CRESP). This series is an opportunity to envision together an Ithaca region that supports the long-term health of its neighborhoods, communities, and ecosystems.

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CUENTOS INFANTILES FOR EVERYONE play at Kitchen Theatre (world premiere) presents "the story of a boy named Pedro whose family comes from Honduras. Pedro's family speaks Spanish at home and his mother cooks him tortillas and frijoles for lunch. The kids at school make fun of him for being 'different,' and so Pedro decides to change his name to 'Peter' so that he can be an 'American.' Soon after his decision, however, Pedro's grandmother comes for a visit in order to tell him some cuentos-or stories-of his homeland. Through these stories, Pedro learns to be proud of his heritage. The play is written and performed in 'Spanglish,' a combination of Spanish and English. ---"The play brings together actors from Wells College, the City of Ithaca, and Teatrotaller, Cornell University's only Spanish-language theatre troupe. Written by Cornell University sophomore Ronald Avila, Cuentos Infantiles for Everyone was commissioned especially for 'Saturday Morning Live (& Two Sundays, Too!).'" ---Performances Saturdays November 3, 10 & 17 at 11am & 1pm and Sundays November 4 & 11 at 1pm. Tickets are $4.00 from the Ticket Center at Clinton House 273-4497 (corner of Cayuga and Seneca Sts), Ithaca HOURS accepted. and at Cornell University's Willard Straight Box Office, Ithaca College's Dillingham Box Office. For a complete schedule of "Saturday Morning Live (& Two Sundays,Too!)" call Kitchen Theatre Company: 272-0403.

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LOCAL CURRENCY IN ONEONTA, NY: When you visit Green Earth Foods, ask to have a look at their O.U.R.S (Oneonta's Useful Responsible Spending).

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NEW COMMUNTY ARTS & EVENTS SPACE: Open House Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10am-3pm at Autumn Leaves Used Books, upstairs, 115 The Commons. Exhibits, performances, craft fairs, antique fairs, children's events, book events, and so on! 272-7299.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* November 3, 1885: Several women in the Fifth Ward defy the law by ATTEMPTING TO VOTE, but their ballots are kept from the boxes. This became a rather common protest as pressure for women's sufferage increased.
* November 3, 1868: Cornell students with clubs, bludgeons and revolvers form lines along Tioga Street, knock people down and declare they've come to "TAKE OVER THE TOWN."
* November 4, 1913: SOCIALIST CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR Burr Besemer wins 27% of votes cast.
* November 5, 1901: Mayoral candidates William Gunderman and George Miller EACH receive 1682 votes.
* November 6, 1917: Men of Ithaca vote in favor of giving the VOTE TO WOMEN by 1243 to 756, with only West Hill voting no.
* November 7, 1899: VOTING MACHINES first used.
* November 8, 1960: City Presidential vote is 5,374 NIXON, 3,860 KENNEDY.

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SIERRA CLUB HIKES FINGER LAKES TRAIL Sunday, November 4 , 11am "We will do a work hike on one to two miles of the Finger Lakes Trail, and then explore some of the ski trails in the Hammond Hill network - always interesting to see a ski trail without any snow. The biggest problem is a misleading paint blaze where the trail leaves Star Stanton Rd. (heading west) and turns south. We will try to block out the misleading blaze and add some new ones. IF you have an old paint brush bring it along! Please bring work gloves since there may be some tree trunks or large branches which have fallen across the trail and we will try to drag some of them off the trail. If you own a folding saw or bowsaw or some pruning loppers bring those tools! We will meet at the Caroline School at 11 am on the south side of Rt. 79, about 7 miles east of Ithaca. The hike will start at a small parking area on the north side of Star Stanton Rd, about 1/3 mile west of Rt. 38. People coming from the north and east, take Rt. 38 south from downtown Dryden about 3 1/2 miles to Star Stanton Rd.-- turn right and go about 1/3 mile uphill to the parking area. Meet there about 11:30. We will walk into the woods, do whatever work is needed, and then enjoy a late fall hike before returning to the cars. Bring lunch and fluid - I will bring the nice weather! Questions, call me at 539-6313. Please call if you are planning on coming." --Nick Vandam

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GREENSTAR CO-OP Raises Funds for FOOD FOR AFGHANIS: During November GreenStar Cooperative Market, in Ithaca, is raising funds for Oxfam America (75%) and Loaves and Fishes in Ithaca (25%). Just tell any cashier and they will ring in your donation at the register. From an article by Lenore Olmstead:

"Oxfam America has sent GreenStar an Action Alert stating, 'Your immediate help is needed as MILLIONS of innocent people face starvation and death in Afghanistan.' They report that there has been three consecutive years of drought in Afghanistan leaving five million people dependent on food aid. Afghanistan is the poorest country in Asia and has been involved in civil war for 22 years. 85% of the Afghan population is dependent on agriculture. The vast majority at risk in the current crisis are women and children. With harsh winter conditions approaching and the difficulty of transportation in a snowy mountainous terrain, there is urgency to move food in as quickly as possible. Oxfam asserts that truck deliveries are the most effective mechanism of reaching the population. Oxfam has been working in Afghanistan since 1989 and its humanitarian efforts are providing assistance to 750,000 people in Afghanistan's Herat, Badakhstan, Kandahar and Hazarajat regions. In addition, Oxfam is preparing to supply water and sanitation equipment to half a million refugees in camps along the Pakistan border. For updates: Oxfam See also pictures of Afghanis

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VEGAN POTLUCK: Nov. 5 at 6:30 at GIAC (Court & Albany). "Meet new people and taste new food." BYO dishes/utensils.

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TORTILLA SOUP (movie) 7:15 & 9:35pm Nightly Sat. & Sun. Matinees 2:15 & 4:35 Fall Creek Pictures: 1201 N. Tioga St. Show Times For The Week Oct. 26 - Nov 1 at 272-1256 Student Admission is Only $5.00 Sun. - Thr. Max 1/4 Ithaca HOUR accepted: Cinemapolis Sun, M, W, Th; FCPics Sun, Tu, W, Th

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"Luke Anderson, GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FOOD ACTIVIST and author will be in Ithaca Nov. 13-15. On Nov. 13, 7:30pm, he'll speak at the Women's Community Building. "The research and development of biotechnology at Cornell, and the 209 test sites and 151 field releases in NY, and 316 test sites and 121 field releases in PA (NYPIRG report Raising Risk) make it very important to have him speak in the area. The better informed we are, the better we're able to assess the risks. A problem with the existing test sites is that the data and research are not available to citizens and independent scientists." More on the NYPIRG report from Richard Caplan, author of Raising Risk, USPIRG, 218 D Street, SE, Wash DC 20003, 202-546-9707.

"We need donations to cover travel expenses, rent and publicity for Luke's visit in order to make his presentation free and open to the public. We need about $900 and have raised $520 thus far. So please give whatever you can afford. You can send your donations to SFC/OCA, BOX 634, Ithaca, NY 14851. He is author of the best-selling book, 'Genetic Engineering, Food, and Our Environment.'"

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OPEN MIC:"Come speak your mind-- Rhymes, beats, monologues, poetry." Nov. 7 and every other Wednesday at SEE-SPOT GALLERY, 108 The Commons.

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ITHACA HEALTH FUND hosts its ANNUAL MEETING, Nov. 13 at 7pm at GIAC (Albany & Court). Everyone interested in nonprofit, member-owned health financing is welcome. 387-8344

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POEM TO THE END OF ALL WARS by Fernando Llosa Oil and acrylic paintings, stone poems, photographs, and bindings. Nov 3 & 4 + Dec 15 & 16, from 3- 6pm -- 208 The Commons, Studio 5

PEACE & FRIENDSHIP POTLUCK, Nov. 11 at 6:30pm at Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, Perry City Road. All welcome.

QUAKERS COLLECT AFGHAN RELIEF and can be trusted to deliver all funds. They're also seeking donations of sleeping bags and blankets. They accept dollars via their secure website, or by calling 1-888-588-2372, ext. 1, or by mailing a check: American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St. Philadelphia, PA 19102-1479

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ITHACA FARMER'S MARKET will be going strong every Saturday until December 22 http://www.ithacamarket.com

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" In the 1980's and 90's Ithaca had a thriving and active storytelling guild called THE ODYSSEY STORYTELLERS. I would like to rebuild the guild and would like to know if people would be interested in attending and/or participating in it. The storytelling guild meets once a month and offers an opportunity to hear and tell stories to all people. I envision this as a multi-generational activity where people of all ages can hear and tell a great story. If you are interested in something like this please let me know at soaringstories@aol.com. It's free!" --Regi Carpenter

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INDEPENDENT MEDIA: best web source, connects to hundreds of newspapers, magazines, wire services, cartoons, radio and video feeds: www.commondreams.org

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YOUR LETTERS:

"I watched in horror and sadness at the events of September 11th. As a British citizen, I felt proud that [Tony] Blair, in our name, quickly offered the support of our country. My prayers go out to the grieving relatives and survivors of the bombing. I also pray that the heavy bombing of Afghanistan stops and prevents a humanitarian disaster from happening. Get bin Laden, but justice isn't served by massacre avenging massacre. Thanks for continuing to e-mail me the Ithaca news - I read it every month." -- Terry Harrington
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"I accidentally deleted the most recent Community News. Could I please have it again? I really enjoy it and didn't read all I wanted. However did they fit 18,000 people into DeWitt Park? Thanks" --Ellie H. [REPLY:] The ARCHIVES of Ithaca Community News are at http://www.ithacahours.com/icn.archives.html How fit 18,000 in the park? We have to trust the Ithaca Journal's estimate. Perhaps they assumed that everyone in the county was there, and quoted census figures.
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"Just read your response to the Harper's Magazine piece on Ithaca HOURS at http//www.ithacahours.com/0111.html --well done, sir. Hope Harper's prints that as well; I wonder how anybody could be so wrong-headed as to criticize HOURS for such feeble reasons. 'Economic puritanism' a 'luxury enjoyed by university towns' indeed! Maybe Wallace, grinding such chaff in his NYC ratrace, is just jealous? Keep up the good work! "--James Walter Hamilton
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"Thanks for the fine article you wrote on researching U.S. history and its effect on current national policy http://www.ithacahours.com/0109.html I plan to share this with my family and friends!" --Marijo Grogan
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"Well-stated, concise editorials and replies. Good work!" --Dave Nutter
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Thank you so much for broadcasting info about HANDS ACROSS ITHACA I have already received about half dozen enquiries. HAI is a service organization that raises money for needy families in the Ithaca area during the holiday time. --Felicia Kornegay fk21@cornell.edu
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"Keep up your analysis on American foreign policy based primarily on militarism. One of the only things I can remember from my college International Relations class is that foreign policy is an outgrowth or a result of a country's domestic policy.
----"Americans are addicted to oil. Our government like a drug dealer is highly motivated to keep that drug of oil flowing to the addicts. We even have the guns and the gang to protect the source of addiction. So keep driving that car or even better buy a new car to help support the economy; and drive, drive, drive because Uncle Sam will fight to provide cheap gas. The taxpayers are easily forced to pay for the protection of the supply. (After all, Americans are addicted to war, too.) Don't worry about the harm done to people or to the earth. You only live once. Americans don't believe in reincarnation, and they have forgotten about the 7th Generation. They, of course, will go instead to heaven because they are Christian and live in a democracy with a free press which is only interested in the welfare of the common man. " --Randy Ziglar
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"Thank you for your constant updates on Ithaca. Living in California tends to bring me much to do and wonder much about Ithaca. Although I disagree with most of what Bill says regarding the war I am happy that opinions flourish on this site. Bill, I pray there will never come a time when you have to protect your loved ones in an attack of terror. The way the Taliban has treated their own people makes no sense to me and those that allow this treatment to continue have no place in this world." --Michael Kehoe
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" I was thinking about how the oil industry is one of the main forces behind the wars in the Middle East as well as the continued greenhouse gas attack on the environment as I was biking to work this morning. So I'm writing to you to see if you know of anyone who is working on anything related to the following ideas:
---"1. A green energy company here in Ithaca. Apparently in certain areas of Pennsylvania, Vermont and Connecticut ( I think that's the other one) there are companies that sell electricity from solar and wind. Is there anything afoot to start one here in Ithaca?
* 2. A local group or company selling energy efficient appliances etc.
* 3. A PR campaign for energy efficiency and alternative energy, and against oil and coal. I would really like to see SUVs especially targetted. They could be portrayed as fat, stinky and obnoxious. Some cartoon poster fat, stinky obnoxious guy--you know how Americans are scared to death of fat. The same devices that companies use to sell the things could be used to unsell them. Testimonials from people who have suffered the wars and pollution etc.
--- "I recently found out that New York State is actually one of the best places to invest in solar and wind at the moment because of tax credits, low interest loans etc. Seems like more people should know this.
--- "I figure that if anyone would know what's going on around here in this regard and who's doing it, it would be you. I appreciate your numerous efforts to make this a better place to live--and the community e-newsletter is another good one." --Jess
[REPLY:] Jess-- Thinking about Oil Wars while biking to work is a commendable combination of thought and action! Yes, apparently one can get a 40% or greater NYS rebate on solar electric installation. ETM Solarworks is the prime installer locally: etm@tier.net The most powerful antidote locally to fossil fuel consumption would be forming an energy insulation co-op. Starting with double/triple pane windows, then systematically superinsulating housing, to sharply reduce NYSEG bills and coal use. Contact for the green energy company is Alison@greenstarcoop.com SUVs are indeed gross, and they seem to be used as scapegoats for the greater problem which is our great dependence on cars.

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EDITORIAL & ENDORSEMENTS

Decades of city councils and mayors have regarded chain stores as saviors. City Hall's single-minded plan to stabilize taxes relies on importing major retailers. Yet the current loss of sales tax dollars from the local economy is dwarfed by the combined loss of local wealth via commercial bankers, absentee landlords, health insurers, utilities and chain stores themselves.

City Hall's specific concern is loss of revenue for itself, to pay its 470 employees and provide its prime services--- fire protection, police patrols, water, sewer, and road repair.

Experience nationwide, however, shows that conventional retail development merely expands demands for police, fire, road repair, traffic control, and water/sewer, requiring management by a bigger City Hall. Taxes never go down, regardless how many shoppers shop. Moreover, expanding the tax base without corresponding increases in student populations often cuts state aid to education, requiring higher school taxes.

Therefore, practical innovative programs and technologies which reduce the costs and extent of needs for municipal services should be the priority of government-- especially during a recession, when consumer spending becomes less reliable. Creative transitions will make our community wealthier, with a more secure job base and better quality of life.

Green Party city councilmembers intend to stimulate economic development which capitalizes on local creativity to expand unique local-serving and export industries, and greener tourism. These efforts will in turn both generate and retain more money to feed low-cost innovations in fuel and transportation systems, health services, finance, jobs for youth, local agriculture, and so on.

Ithaca is one of the most beautiful little cities in the nation, deserving leadership which makes our city an attractive example to the world, while meeting needs more efficiently and making life more fun. Therefore ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING for City Council:

ANNEMARIE ZWACK -- Ward 1
DAVID WHITMORE -- Ward 2
CAROLYN PETERSON -- Ward 4
JAMISON MOORE -- Ward 4
DAN COGAN -- Ward 5

Town of Ithaca Board: WILL BURBANK, LINDA HOLZBAUR, JOE WETMORE Board of Supervisors: BEVERLY ABPLANALP, CHRISTINE BEDOCS, TIM JOSEPH, DOOLEY KIEFER, LESLYN McBEAN, PETER PENNIMAN, MARTHA ROBERTSON, NANCY SCHULER, JOHN TOTTEY

All City Council candidates were invited (10/19) to answer questions about economic development. Two replied: Carolyn Peterson & David Whitmore

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce has candidate replies at http://www.tompkinschamber.org (corrected link). Click on the "Election 2001" button.
The Tompkins County Green Party has candidate statements at www.tcgreens.org

Please vote November 6. Find out where to vote.

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ADVOCATES FOR SENSIBLE AREA PLANNING (ASAP)

---The County Planning Dept. started the Vital Communities Initiative in the fall of 2000, "to foster the planned growth of neighborhoods and communities and to protect the rural character and natural resources of Tompkins County." This is a forward-looking project which is very much in line with ASAP's mission statement.
---A Master's level class in Cornell's Dept. of City and Regional Planning, working with the Planning Dept., has analyzed three hypothetical growth scenarios for the County, looking at potential impacts of growth on schools, economic development, housing, agriculture, natural resources, and water and sewer infrastructure. More info: 274-5560 or .

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ECONOMIC HUMAN RIGHTS (housing, education, healthcare, etc), as well as a lunch discussion about GLOBALIZATION/FTAA will be free at the Community Commons on North Campus, Cornell. Nov. 13. Featuring Cheri Honkala, herself formerly homeless, now the executive director of a poor peoples organization: Kensington Welfare Rights Union She will be giving a keynote at 7pm in Uris Auditorium.

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CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY INDIAN MUSIC AND DANCE: Music of Many Landscapes - The Sounds of the Home Left Behind, Nov. 3 & 10 at 2pm. Tompkins County Public Library. Professor Krishna Athreya introduces the young and highly accomplished musician Ambika Athreya who will present a vocal recital including a Chota Khayal in the classical Hindustani style of music; and Unayan Ganguly who will present Bahjans (devotional songs) inclassical/contemporary style.

Following this vocal recital, Professor Sudha Raj presents a group of Indian dance students who will perform Bharata Natyam. This is one ofthe main classical dance forms in India and comes from the culturalheritage of South India.

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BOOKTALK: "Reading & discussion of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered-focused literature:" 387-8474 booktalk@oakroadsystems.com

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FOOD NOT BOMBS: Still serving meals at 1:00 P.M. every Sat. "Come join us at Dewitt Park. Peace and Thanks, Christine" detwilerc@yahoo.com

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