Central New York, the Department of Labor

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Department of Labor Partners with Cortland Works and 50 Businesses to Offer More than 500 Job Openings

Albany, NY (October 22, 2014) –

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera today announced a Career Fair in Cortland, featuring more than 500 available jobs from 50 area businesses.

The Career Fair, hosted by the Cortland Works Career Center, will take place on October 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cortland OCM BOCES inside the McEvoy Center on Route 13.

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“Career Fairs offer job seekers and businesses alike a tremendous opportunity and can be the catalyst for an individual finding her or his new career or a business finding an ideal candidate,” said Commissioner Rivera.  “Here in Central New York, the Department of Labor is helping to make those connections that lead to continuing economic growth and prosperity.”

Businesses from health care, transportation, green energy, finance, food service, technology and other industries will offer a range of career opportunities to prospective employees.

For companies that require an online application, a bank of computers for applicants will be available at the career fair and staff will help job seekers through the online application process.

The job openings at the Career Fair will also be posted to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Jobs Express website:www.jobs.ny.gov.  Jobs Express currently lists more than 100,000 openings statewide, with 6,500 in the Central New York region.

For further information and a complete list of the businesses attending the Career Fair, go to the Cortland Works Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cortlandworkscareercenter. Other partners in the event include the JM Murray Center, the Cortland Chamber of Commerce, Tompkins Cortland Community College, ACCESS-VR and the Cayuga-Cortland WIB.

First Among College Towns

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The American Institute of Economic Research released its annual list of the best college towns in the country this week — naming Ithaca, New York as the best destination for students.

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Ithaca is home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College, and is truly a welcoming and comfortable setting for students. As a former four-year resident of the town, I could not agree more with the AIER’s findings (I graduated from Cornell last year).

Based on my own experiences, Ithaca is the perfect mixture of giving students everything they would want in a college experience and offering seemingly endless opportunities to explore a unique local culture.

From Ithaca’s DownTown Partnership

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Greater Ithaca Art Trail OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND! October 12, 13, 11am to 5pm each day 47 artist studios throughout Tompkins County will open to the public on two fall weekends: October 5, 6 and October 12, 13, from 11 to 5 each of the four days. Painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramists, fiber and glass artists and a blacksmith all invite you to come over! No fee – just get on the road and travel to the city of Ithaca to the rural outskirts of the county. To download the map and learn about each artist, visit www.ArtTrail.com. If you can’t download, you can pick a studio to start with – they’ll have maps. Or call Robin Schwartz, Program Director at the Community Arts Partnership at 607-273-5072, ext. 20 or e-mail  programs@artspartner.org with your address or advice of where to pick up a map.

Cellar d’Or       

136 The Commons, 319-0500 Mark your calendars! We are a “hub” for Cider Week and Applefest!
Wednesday 10/9 from 5-8pm: A cider & food pairing event with the great Pumpkin Hill Bistro and Vineyard of Aurora here at the shop from 5 to 8pm. Join us as chef Cookie prepares salty, spicy and sweet dishes that we will pair with different styles of cider. If you remember our event with AGAVA you won’t want to miss this one! Reservations not needed and as always, our events are free.
Friday 10/11 from 5-8pm: Cheese and cider pairing event!
We’ll be opening up ciders from around the world and pairing them with their regions cheeses. From New Hampshire, Basque Country, Spain and France we will go. This will be one of our friday tastings that you should not miss! We may even tap into a library vintage of something special we have in MAGNUM.

Digging Downtown: 50 Years of Renewal & Reinvention Featuring selected work by the firm of V. Romanoff & Associates
Tickets are on sale now! Buy tickets online! Historic Ithaca’s 4th Annual Fall Fundraiser Tour & Gala Saturday, October 12 Tour 1:00pm-4:30pm Gala Reception 5:00pm-7:00pm 

Join us for an exclusive walking tour of six historic downtown interiors, including the DeWitt Mall penthouse apartment and the former office of William H. Miller! The tour takes place from 1pm until 4:30pm. Guests will receive a tour brochure featuring the history of each site and describing the work of V. Romanoff & Associates, first recipients of Historic Ithaca’s Joseph O. Ciaschi Preservation Excellence Award. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for Friends of Historic Ithaca. Children under 12 free accompanied by an adult. The gala reception will take place from 5pm to 7pm at the historic Ithaca Gas & Electric Corporation Building, 123 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY. Featuring live music, Sheldrake Point wines, Bandwagon craft beer, and tapas by Just A Taste. Showcasing the work of V. Romanoff & Associates and the past, present, and future of downtown Ithaca. Tickets are $75, or purchase a combination tour & gala ticket for $85.


Purchase tour and gala tickets online or by calling (607) 273-6633. For more information, contact kristen@historicithaca.org or call (607) 273-6633. All proceeds benefit the work of Historic Ithaca to protect Tompkins County’s architectural heritage.

Tompkins County Comprehensive   Plan Kickoff Survey

Tompkins County will be updating its 2004 Comprehensive Plan by 2014, and needs your input to help develop the scope of the Plan. Please share your ideas through a brief online survey (http://tompkinscountyny.gov/compplan/kickoffsurvey), or contact the Tompkins County Planning Department at 607-274-5560 if you would like a paper copy.
Online Kickoff Survey:  http://tompkinscountyny.gov/compplan/kickoffsurvey
Comprehensive Plan Update Website:  http://tompkinscountyny.gov/compplan
Questions/hard copies: please call 607-274-5560 or email planning@tompkins-co.org 

Library to Participate in “Big Draw”

In celebration of “The Big Draw,” Tompkins County Public Library will offer opportunities for children, teens and adults to express themselves through art October 19. A program of The Campaign for Drawing, “The Big Draw” encourages people of all abilities to use drawing as a mechanism to see, think and take action.  The Draw is celebrated with programs in 15 countries. TCPL will launch its Big Draw celebration during Family Storytime at 11 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  During storytime, young lovers of literature and art will have an opportunity to express-through drawing-what the Library means to them, draw their favorite book or Library space, or recreate a favorite Library memory. The fun will continue with a free-draw program for adults and teens, beginning at 1 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room. Pieces created during these programs will be added to the Library’s Sesquicentennial Art Exhibit, “Diary of a Library.” For more information about these programs, contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or Kelly Doolittle at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.  To learn more about “The Big Draw,” visit http://www.campaignfordrawing.org/about/index.aspx.

Trampoline – Ithaca’s Competitive Storytelling Event Thursday, October 10th at Lot 10 at 7pm
Trampoline Presents The Big Showdown, the championship for season two of Ithaca’s competitive storytelling event. We’re inviting all of the season’s previous champions to compete for the title of Ithaca’s Greatest Storyteller. The theme is Security Blankets and competitors will get seven minutes to tell a true story related to the theme with no notes.

A Week of FREE Events for Love Your Body Week  Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes October 12 – 19
The Love Your Body initiative aims to “…create a world where people are freed from rules, pressure and self-punishment. Where people of all cultures and sizes embrace their unique beauty…” We believe it is essential to help promote this message. We are offering a week of FREE events to help further the message of embracing our own unique selves and being proud of who we are.
To offer an array of free events to the community we have partnered with Rasa Spa, Ultimate Athletics, The Yoga School, and Greenstar with Amanda Lewis, L.Ac.

Celebrating Douglass: From the Church to the Streets with Voices from the Community Saturday, October 12th, 7-9p.m.  St. James AME Zion Church Almost one year ago, The History Center, in partnership with the St. James AME Zion Church and Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications, brought to life Frederick Douglass’s impassioned 1852 speech given in Ithaca with a reenactment featuring David Anderson as Frederick Douglass. We are proud to mark the one year anniversary of the reenactment with a screening of Celebrating Douglass:  From the Church to the Streets with Voices from the Community on Saturday, October 12th at the St. James AME Zion Church. Produced by Gossa Tsegaye, Celebrating Douglass depicts the reenactment along with commentary by a number of community leaders, including Eric Kofi Acree, Pastor Alex Brower, and Dr. Paul Miller. This event is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow the screening.

This Week at Cinemapolis October 11 – 17     WHEW! It’s been a flurry of activity here at the Mop. With all the projector technicians, salvage crews, and installers running around, we’ve somehow managed to screen some films, as well. By the time you read this, our final 35mm projector will have been decomissioned, and the last new digital unit will be nearly installed. But that’s not the only thing to celebrate! The upcoming week of movies has something for just about everyone:
James Gandolfini’s final leading role in Enough Said has critics swooning.
Inequality for All highlights former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s crusade for the little guy.
The special limited engagement of Stacie Passon’s Concussion gives you chance to see what critic Sheila O’Malley calls “something existential, something mysterious and true.”
The triumphant return of National Theatre Live to our screens brings with it an award-winning production of Othello.
All told, that gives you seven opportunities for cinematic experiences in the next week at our little theater. So what are you waiting for? www.cinemapolis.org

Live Performances at the State Theatre

Laurie Berkner October 12
Aimee Mann
October 13
Garrison Keillor October 14
Doc Severinsen And His Big Band October 20
Brian Regan October 27
Neko Case October 29
Elvis Costello – Solo November 7 Tickets go on sale Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10AM
Built to Spill November 9
For the full calendar of events, visit www.stateofithaca.com.
Purchase Tickets Online: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=39049&agency=IST_PLAGENCY&schedule=list

Mighty Yoga MY
Rockin’ Weekend w/Jamie Silverstein + Guest Teacher Matt Van Auken Friday, Oct 11 | Rockin’ Friday MASH-UP, 7:30-9pm| $22 Saturday, Oct 12 | Dear Body Workshop, 2-4pm | $30/$28 students
Former Mighty Teacher Jamie Silverstein is coming back to Ithaca! She and guest teacher Matt Van Aucken are leading a Rockin’ MASH-UP on Friday October 11. Jamie will also be leading a Dear Body Workshop on Saturday October 12, to investigate your personal mind-body relationship and confront how your thoughts affect your relationship with your body through a themed vinyasa flow.
Grace & Strength w/ Liz Falk & Zainab Zakari Saturday, Oct 19 | 1-3pm By 10/12: $25 / $22 students At the door: $30 / $28 students Sthira Sukham Asanam invites the yogi to seek steadiness and comfort in each pose. Through a creative, progressive vinyasa flow designed to offer various pathways to Sthira Sukham Asanam, you can learn to find comfort and stability throughout your practice anytime and anywhere. Sign up before Saturday to get the early bird discount!
See more details about our workshops online at www.mightyyoga.com

Ongoing Events
Monday Trivia Night at Silky Jones Every Monday at 10pm. Ithaca’s Longest Running Independent Trivia Night (I think). No charge to play, $50 cash prize.

Open Mic, Tuesdays at 9 at Lot 10
Open Session Figure Drawing @ Standard Art Supply & Souvenir. 308 E. Seneca St. Tuesdays, 7:45 – 10:00pm. $10.
Free Beer Tastings at Ithaca Coffee Company’s Tavern at Gateway Sample several varieties from a select brewing company. Ithaca Coffee Company, Gateway Commons, 311 E. Green St. (607) 273-7800 Thursdays 4-6pm

Karaoke! Thursdays at 10pm at Lot 10
FLOPPY HOUR – Free Improv Comedy   Happy Hour at Lot 10 Fridays at 6pm!

Gallery shows are going on all month long in Downtown! Visit gallerynightithaca.com for a current list!

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Downtown Ithaca

Welcomes Three New Businesses


On October 3, City of Ithaca Mayor Svante L. Myrick and the staff of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance will hold ribbon cutting ceremonies for three new businesses in downtown Ithaca.


At 3:00 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting for Dr. Kenneth J. Wright at his new suite on the fourth floor of Clinton Hall above SewGreen and Bandwagon (110 North Cayuga Street). Known to many as the “Gentle Giant,” Dr. Wright is a former bodybuilder and powerlifter whose passion for helping people led him to a doctoral degree at New York Chiropractic College. He has been in practice for over ten years, providing chiropractic care, applied kinesiology, and nutritional counseling in a variety of settings including family practice, elder care, sports medicine, and third-world outreach.


At 3:15 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting for The Vintage Industry at their retail space just to the right of the historic State Theatre marquee (113 West State Street). The Vintage Industry specializes in a wide variety of antiques, vintage items, and collectibles, with noteworthy offerings of mid-century modern design, costume jewelry, clothing, photography, and folk art. The store is owned by Marie Sirakos, who co-owned Blue Bird Antiques with Jenny McGuire in the same storefront since 2007. The Vintage Industry is always buying, selling, and trading antiques, and estate liquidation and valuation services are available.


At 3:30 PM, there will be a ribbon cutting for The Potter’s Room by The New Green Gates Pottery at the former 3D Light storefront (109A The Commons). Artist Tomas Black moved his pottery business from Leverett, Massachusetts to downtown Ithaca in order to bring his studio model of teaching, production, and exhibition to a wider demographic. Featuring six electric pottery wheels as well as hand-building areas, the Potter’s Room will host regular classes for anyone in the community who is interested in developing their skills in ceramic arts. The space will also be open seven days a week for retail sales and custom orders.

Kris Lewis Downtown Ithaca Alliance kris@downtownithaca.com 607-277-8679

Cornell University’s Fennie, Nirenberg named MacArthur Fellows

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ITHACA, N.Y. – Craig Fennie, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University, and Sheila Nirenberg, associate professor of physiology and biophysics at Weill Cornell Medical College, are among this year’s 24 MacArthur Fellows, announced Sept. 25 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Colloquially known as a “Genius Award,” the honor comes with a five-year, $625,000 no-strings-attached stipend.

The fellowships are given to individuals in a variety of fields who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and a marked capacity for self-direction,” according to the foundation. They are nominated anonymously by leaders in their respective fields.

In choosing its fellows, the MacArthur Foundation places emphasis on individual creativity, “because the discoveries, actions and ideas that shape our society often result from the path-breaking efforts of individuals.”

Fennie joined Cornell’s applied and engineering physics faculty in 2008 and works in computational and theoretical materials physics. Broadly, he and his research group use theory to study new, structurally and chemically complex solids and nanostructures; for example, transition metal oxides, in which understanding their atomic-level structural complexity is key to explaining their macroscopic properties. They often study systems under extreme conditions, like materials at high pressure or thin films under strain.

Employing a “materials by design” strategy that involves combining microscopic models with principles of chemistry and symmetry, Fennie discovers new materials with predicted physical properties from first principles using techniques like density functional theory, then works closely with experimental physicists to synthesize and test them. Since coming to Cornell, he has correctly predicted ferroelectric and ferromagnetic characteristics of several previously unexplored transition metal oxides.

Said Lance Collins, dean of the College of Engineering: “I am delighted to hear that Craig’s brilliant work at the intersection of physics and materials has been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation. His pioneering use of theory to design new materials that have never been created in the laboratory dramatically reduces the time to optimize materials for specific applications.”

A long-term goal, Fennie says, is to develop a so-called first principles strategy toward materials by design, in part by crossing the border between the traditional disciplines of condensed matter physics and solid-state chemistry.

“It is my strong belief that it would be quite difficult to make a meaningful and long-lasting impact without engaging both disciplines with the same drive and focus,” Fennie said.

Also a researcher at the Energy Materials Center at Cornell, Fennie looks at designing compounds with optical properties that could improve, for example, the efficiency by which materials capture solar energy.

Fennie received his Ph.D. (2006) and M.S. (2003) in physics from Rutgers -The State University of New Jersey, and a B.E.E. (1993) and M.S.E.E. (1996) from Villanova University. From 2006-08 he was the Nicholas Metropolis Fellow at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory.

He has received numerous other awards including: a Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office, a Faculty Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Nirenberg is a neuroscientist at Weill Cornell, exploring fundamental questions about how the brain encodes visual information. She is developing an alternative approach to restoring sight after photoreceptor cell degeneration, according to a biography published by the MacArthur Foundation. In the case of diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, affecting millions worldwide, vision is lost when deteriorating photoreceptor cells no longer take in signals.

Instead of trying to replace the lost photoreceptor cells, Nirenberg has developed a method for bypassing the damaged cells entirely and interacting directly with ganglion cells. She has crystallized the complex relationship between visual stimuli and corresponding ganglion cell activity and deciphered the specific neural “codes” that are generated in response to dynamic spatial and temporal visual patterns. She has invented a computerized eyeglass prosthetic that transmits the codes to the ganglion cells, which then send the codes to the brain.

In another line of research, Nirenberg is adapting and applying her discoveries in neural coding to machine vision algorithms with the goal of advancing the state of the art in robotic “vision” and brain-machine interfaces. In addressing fundamental questions about sensory signal processing in both mammals and machines, Nirenberg is poised to catalyze a major leap in the science of visual perception.

Nirenberg received a B.A. from the State University of New York, Albany, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1993). She is also a member of the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell.

Fennie bio and video: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/890 Nirenberg bio and video: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/899


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