Exploding trees, kids who won't go to school, flashers and poop

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Tiny Town, USA – Today's Tiny Town Blues report touches on some small items from the week that caught our attention. 

But first, this free verse prose poem from the opening pages of the Sept. 10 police activity log (music, please):

A Half Day in The Life

Officer gave courtesy ride home after a 911 hangup call was placed from a payphone.

Officer assisted a subject who was looking for shelter for the night.

Caller reported hearing noises outside his residence.

Officers were unable to locate any problems.

During a routine traffic stop the driver was arrested for DWI and driving with a suspended license.

Officers took a report from a subject who stated she had been punched earlier in the night.

Officers made contact with a subject whom the complainant was unable to reach.

Officers checked the area for a subject who was reportedly yelling outside location. No such individual was located.

The building appeared to be secure.

Caller reported hearing noises outside,  officers were unable to locate anything.

Complainant reported being physically harassed however declined to cooperate with the investigation.

Vehicle ticketed for a parking complaint.

Reported disabled vehicle in roadway was gone upon officers arrival.

Complainant reports her 14-year old son locked himself in his room refusing to go to school (8:54 a.m.  Fifth Street).

Can you imagine calling the cops because your kid has locked himself in his room and won't go to school?

We can!

Can't force them to go to school or get a job, can't shoot 'im.

Actually you could, but the consequences are severe. Anyway, that's one call for the TTT Poop Can. 

Or how about the tree that caught on fire on W. Seneca at 6:20 on Sept. 9? An officer had to assist with traffic control while the spontaneously self-immolating tree was extinguished.

We assume the tree just blew up, because who would set a tree on fire in our tree city? Hmm. Come to think of it, a stroll through portions of West Seneca leaves the subject of alleged arboreal arson up in the air. 

We like this one: A subject who was arrested for exposing himself was given AN APPEARANCE TICKET! If he shows up at City Court in a long overcoat we hope to be there.

Poor Michelle Freelove of Locke. Consider her bad luck: popped this week for allegedly committing nine felony counts including grand larceny third and meddling with a batch of forged checks. Bummer!

Oh yes, last weekend was a holiday but not for the Tiny Town Blues. They continue to put the heat on the noisy newcomers:

Ticket tallies issued for the following from Friday though Monday:

Noise: 64

Pissing: 2

Open container: 27

Under Age Drinking: 16

Littering: 13

There were a total of 253 complaints over the Labor Day weekend. 

– C. Penbroke Handy

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 September 2009 00:03
 

A Tiny Town Time Out

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CLOCK WISE: 1) The march of time pieces in the upstairs gallery of the Ithaca Clock Museum. 2) A portrait of Ralph Thorpe, the leather jacketed junkman turned horologist who bought the Fire House Theatre and converted it into a museum. 3) Months and days on cyclinders from the guts of an Ithaca calendar clock. 

 

WAIT A SECOND: There was the cuckoo clock -- but not to outdone, there was the Ithaca Coco (Cola) Clock; a different view of the upstairs gallery. All the grandpa clocks are silent which makes the place wonderfully sepulchral.  

 

STOP TIME: An old clock and calendar; Amanda from Savannah, clock watcher; the gears and guts and glass on display. 

Tiny Town, USA – The Ithaca Clock Museum located in the old Fire House No. 5 at 136 W. State St.  is a heckuva lot more interesting than it sounds.

And oddly, it doesn't sound like anything at all inside. The clocks are all quiet. Time has stopped here expect for the digital clock keeping time for volunteers like Amanda (pictured above). 

It's a horologists haven. Horology, as the museum brochure explains, is the science of measuring time and the art of making a time piece. The museum offers lectures and presentations by specialists in the field. There is a long tradition of clock making here in Tiny Town and once upon a time (er-er) the Ithaca Calendar Clock Company boasted some 30 different models.

There are more than 100 models on display in the museum including clocks made by Clinton & Mood Clocks, Poole Clocks, clocks by the Mix Brothers and by Joseph Burritt.

Our own horologist stopped by the museum on a sultry day in August and found it a cool diversion. We think you will too. 

It's free and donations are welcome. Hours of operation: Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment: 607-227-2303. 

–– C. Penbroke Handy 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 September 2009 22:27
 

Tiny Town Shopping Carts Used, Abused and Abandoned

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HERO – AND VICTIM:  (Above left) Tiny Town hero Ed shepherds a docile flock of carts homeward to Tops from N. Plain St.after a round-up at the Ithaca Housing Authority complex. (Above right) An all too common fate for the shopping cart which has no natural defense against humans except to wobble and lurch. 

Tiny Town, USA – The humble shopping cart is the most abused of all urban accessories including the utility pole and the sidewalk. 

It's been called the bum's taxi, crack baby stroller and Section-8 streetcar.  They are used for storage, travel and mischievous amusement. People think nothing of leaving them out in all weather or drowning them in a creek.

Doesn't anyone give a damn about the shopping carts of Tiny Town?

Yes. Ed, does.

If they are Tops shopping carts, that is.

Our urban street reporter caught up with Ed on Tuesday following a surge in shopping cart traffic over the holiday weekend. Ed rounded up a herd of 10 carts from the Ithaca Housing Authority complex on N. Plain St.. He lashed them together and started hauling them -- on foot along the sidewalk -- toward Tops Friendly Markets, about a half mile away. Go Ed!

Ed says that some times they use a truck for a round-up but more often he goes out and gets them up the old fashioned way.

By dint of sheer will Ed muscled the carts up a difficult incline and over the N. Plain Street bridge. He still had a long trip ahead of him dodging speed bumps and cracks in the pavement.

We think Tops should pony-up for a mule. 

The carts that Ed hauls are the lucky ones.

Others, from a variety of stores face hard times. Being nocturnal, they occasionally ban together at local watering holes under cover of darkness.

 

←SAFETY IN NUMBERS: A mixed herd of shopping carts gather need a watering hole on Wood Street at night. They are safer when grouped together and there is little hostility among different species.

But no place is safe for a shopping cart.

Once wheeled off their home premises, the risks of injury and death escalate.

Some are kidnapped and forced into illegal jousts with other carts -- even bicycles (see below) -- among other unwilling objects.

Authorities believe there is an underground cart fighting ring in the area.

Many carts are recruited into these fight clubs thinking it an escape from involuntary servitude to their store brand.

We are currently working to chronicle shopping cart abuses in and around Tiny Town. You can help.

Send images of any suspicious shopping cart activity you encounter and we will send you a coupon to the species-specific store the carts hail from. And if you see Ed out there, thank him. 

 

A BAD END:  (Viewer discretion is advised) Above left: A BMX bike and a shopping cart in a death embrace following a joust that ended in flames. Above right: The kind of thing that can happen to a cart when it wanders off premise. This one met a grisly death in the City of Ithaca's illegal landfill behind Bed, Bath and Beyond. 

–– C. Penbroke Handy 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2009 22:00
 

56 Signs and Wonders

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 September 2009 12:09
 


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