Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton is going to benefit big-time from the REDC award. It is getting $500,000 to do repairs and improvements to its Front St. buildings. During last year's round of the Regional Economic Development Council funding, Roberson received money to do a study on what parts of its museum and center need work. Roberson is
A former subsidiary of Actuant in Hillcrest has become an independent company and has moved to the City of Binghamton. Nielsen Hardware is now leasing manufacturing space in the old Stow Plant that's now owned by EMS Technologies. Nielsen makes latches and handles for the military, telecommunications and other industry. President and CEO Ranga Ranganathan negotiated the purchase of the
Chris White Home Improvements in Owego is celebrating its new custom showroom. The Tioga County Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting for the 5-year-old business this week. Chris White Home Improvements does kitchen and bathroom renovations, siding, roofing and new construction. It also features custom cabinetry that is made locally. Husband and wife team, Christian and Irene White, own the business.
SUNY Broome celebrated its 18th annual Giving of the Toys event Thursday morning. It is always a spectacular show of holiday spirit as student groups and teams bring gifts onto a large stage in the main gym. The items are given to Broome County Toys for Tots, which distributes them to needy families in our area. Often times, each club
Seton Catholic Central celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Thursday afternoon. The Feast marks what Catholics believe was the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego near Mexico City in the year 1531. The appearance led to the conversion of about 9 million Aztec Indians to Catholicism. Before a mass, students saw a video that explained the
A Norwich man has made his literary debut by writing Hillbilly Literature. That's the name of a collection of five short stories by Herb Ryan. The former portrait photographer and bar owner says he takes a loving look at rural culture by chronicling some of the characters he's gotten to know. Ryan says many of the stories are concerned with
Independent retailers are hoping that the improving economy will boost holiday shopping sales. Courtyard Gifts in downtown Binghamton sells unique jewelry and unusual gifts. Almost all of its gifts, including Christmas ornaments, handbags, scarves and apparel, are made in the United States. Owner Bruce Potter says guys should remember that diamonds are a girl's best friend. He says he has
Students at Horace Mann Elementary in Binghamton were treated to a mid-day concert by a string trio from the Binghamton Philharmonic. The musicians played some holiday, Disney and other classical selections on the violin, viola, cello and guitar. The program was sponsored by the Mann Booster Club. Philharmonic Director Heidi Kelley says this is the first of what she hopes
The Southern Tier region has been awarded about $82 million of New York State economic development funds. The Regional Economic Development Council awards were announced on Wednesday. The Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Capital regions received the most money and incentive awards. Each secured about the same amount. Southern Tier REDC co-chairman and Binghamton University president Harvey Stenger
Binghamton Police are offering a $1,000 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of at least two robbers. Over the past month, nine small businesses in the City have been robbed, including the Leroy Package Store on Leroy St. and the Alaska Mart on Chenango St. Three locations in Johnson City have also been robbed recently. Some
Voters in four different school districts have signed off on proposed capital projects. Union-Endicott, Johnson City, Windsor and Susquehanna Valley each will be doing improvements to their school buildings. The projects range in cost from about $18 million in J.C. to $3 million in S.V.
It is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Thursday, the Broome County Health Department will host a flu clinic for people who haven't gotten their shots. Broome County doesn't have a confirmed flu case yet, this season. But, health officials say it's only a matter of time. Mari Yourdon is a Communicable Disease Nurse with the Health Department. "The Centers for Disease
Some Binghamton University students are spreading Christmas cheer. For the 24th year, the Student Association is mounting its Operation SAnta campaign. Guidance counselors at the seven Binghamton Elementary schools suggest needy families and provide wish lists. Then, student groups and professional departments purchase gifts ranging from toys to clothes to even a set of chairs so one family can sit
The Southern Tier Harley Davidson Club recently had a great time at Toys R Us. Members went on a shopping spree for Broome County Toys for Tots. Throughout the year, the Club raises money so it can buy the toys. This year it raised about $10,000. About 30 bikers took to the aisles and filled carts with all sorts of
Friends and supporters of outgoing Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan are preparing to send him off in style. And help him retire some of his campaign debts. The first and last Mayor Ryan Roast and Toast Dinner will be held this Friday. Roasters include Pokey Crocker of the Discovery Center and attorney John Perticone. The event will be emceed by Joshua
The Australian Navy received its first two state-of-the-art MH-60 Romeo helicopters at Lockheed Martin in Owego. Lockheed equips the choppers with high-tech electronic systems that can detect threats underwater and on land. Its partner is Sikorsky, which builds the actual aircraft. The two helicopters were delivered at an event at Lockheed's facility that featured the unveiling of the aircraft, a
The Southern Tier Independence Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary. More than 100 people helped the organization mark the milestone Tuesday afternoon. STIC helps people with disabilities. It started in 1983 with only four staff members and a $100,000 budget. It now has 370 employees and an annual budget of $8 million. Executive Director Maria Dibble says over the years the
The Mirabito Broome County Stop DWI Holiday Classic tips off later this month. The tournament features high school basketball teams from around our region and the northeast. Over the years, some of the students who have played in the tournament have gone onto the NBA and NFL. The action runs December 27th through the 30th at the Broome County Veterans
The Impact Project is working on its 60th home this week. The Christian organization helps people repair their homes after they have fallen on difficult financial times. The Impact Project started work on Mary Pratt's home at 1416 Oakdale Rd. on Monday. The house is 100 years-old and needs a lot of help. Major electrical work is being done and
Members of the Norwich community are rallying around Toys for Tots after the organization lost roughly $8,000 worth of toys in a storage facility fire. The Cellular Connection in the Lowes Plaza on Route 12 is trying to fill in the gap by giving out free toys tomorrow. Starting at 3:30 p.m., Santa will be on hand to give one
Some college students interested in a career in law enforcement got a first hand look at airport security. 20 SUNY Broome students from Professor Wes Warren's Special Security and Terrorism class received unfettered access to security procedures at the Greater Binghamton Airport. They toured the command center where video surveillance is conducted. And they received a lesson in baggage x-ray
Congressman Richard Hanna wants to roll back new trucking safety rules that he says are having the opposite affect. Hanna is objecting to Hours of Service regulations imposed back in July by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It requires that long-haul truckers mandated 34 hours off between driving shifts include two consecutive 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. time periods.
Demolition work began Monday on a large Binghamton apartment building damaged last February in a meth lab explosion. 259-261 Main St. on the city's west side was heavily damaged by fire on Feb. 23rd, leaving 40 people homeless and forcing the temporary displacement of the neighboring Family and Children's Society. Police charged Daniel Kauchis with starting the fire with a
Voters in four area school districts will head to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to approve proposed capital projects. The largest capital project is in Johnson City. The district is looking to renovate the 43-year-old science wing at the high school. It also plans to upgrade the bus garage by adding lifts and a canopy over the fueling station.
The Phelps Mansion Museum in Binghamton is getting ready for the return of Downton Abbey with a new exhibition of fashions from 1905 to 1925. The exhibit is called "To The Manor Worn." It features over a dozen dresses from the Progressive Era in America which coincided with the Edwardian Era in Great Britain. For the first time, the Phelps
The Phelps held its holiday luncheon and guests were entertained by the Seton Catholic Central Select Chorus. The students sang international holiday tunes under the direction of Jan DeAngelo. And there was a doo-wop performance by Johnny V and the Jive Five. The Seton Select Chorus next performs at the Cider Mill Playhouse on January 4th with the Madrigal Choir.
Ostrowsky Builders is the Greater Binghamton Chamber Business of the Week. Founded by Chris Ostrowsky in 1986, the Binghamton company does both residential and commercial construction from entire houses to additions, decks and repairs to storefront build-outs. In recent years, the general contractor has done a lot of work for retailers at the Oakdale and Town Square Malls. Ostrowsky has
Johnson City Police are looking for a man who robbed two mini-marts late Thursday night. The man hit Bobby's Mini-Mart on Harry L. Dr. at about 10:15 p.m. Then, 15 minutes later, police say the suspect showed a knife to the clerk working at King Deli on Floral Ave. The man is described as white, wearing dark clothing and a mask.
Citizen Action hosted a workshop to train volunteers on how they can help educate people about Obamacare. Mary Clark with the organization says the goal is to get the word out to people about what insurance options they have available to them and to answer questions. The volunteers will also direct people to local navigators who have been trained to
Broome County has received a $6 million grant from New York State. The money comes from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. It will be used to help the County upgrade its radio communication and 9-1-1 phone systems and allow Broome to build communication links with other counties, in case there is an emergency or natural disaster.
Thanks to a successful online voting effort, Greater Binghamton has been selected to host the happiest 5K on the planet. The Color Run will bring its new Kaleidescope Tour to town next April as a benefit for the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. The run will take place on and adjacent to the SUNY Broome campus. The 5K
Weis Markets has made a generous donation to CHOW. It presented the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse with a check for $15,000 this morning. Recently, the supermarket chain also gave CHOW about $9,000 that customers donated through a campaign to fight hunger that Weis hosted in September. CHOW helps operate about 30 food pantries around Greater Binghamton. "We see our customers
A youth basketball team has uniforms thanks to the Johnson City Rotary Club. This year, the George F Johnson Dream Center expanded to a have a third youth basketball team. Recently, the Rotary Club presented the 15 kids with the blue and yellow uniforms. The several hundred dollar donation for the jerseys and shorts allowed the Dream Center to add
A Room to Heal hosted its 9th annual holiday luncheon Friday afternoon. It was a time to celebrate the room makeovers the organization has done this year, the children that have been helped and the volunteers who make it possible. A Room to Heal creates healing environments for children who are battling serious illnesses. This year, volunteers worked on rooms
The Parlor City Indie Market and Craft Faire is returning for the holidays in a new location and with more to offer. More than 30 regional artists and vendors are filling the second floor gallery space at Binghamton City Hall. In addition to artwork, there will be jewelry, mosaic tiles and eclectic items from the genre steampunk which blends Victorian
The Holiday House on Watson Boulevard in the Town of Union is in full swing for the Christmas shopping season. The gift shop specializes in villages from Department 56, Byers Choice carolers, Christmas trees and decorations and nativity sets. This year, the Holiday House is the exclusive local retailer for Luminaires, a realistic looking flameless candle. Owner Marie Didas says
Binghamton Fire Investigators are looking into the cause of a bad house fire, this morning. It broke out at about 5:45 a.m. at 44 and 46 Park Street, a two family home on the City's westside. Fire ripped through the entire house. Four people were taken to a hospital for evaluation, but they were not injured according to the Binghamton Fire
Unshackle Upstate is speaking out against the idea to have publicly financed elections for New York State offices. Just this week, the Moreland Commission, which was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in July to investigate public corruption, recommended that New York State look at providing public financing for office seekers, similar to what is in place in New York City. Brian
The Binghamton School District is looking for input as it puts together next school year's budget. Residents can take online surveys and attend a roundtable discussion on the 2014 - 2015 spending plan. Last year, some people were concerned over the lack of feedback the District got from the public. Superintendent Marion Martinez says the District does value peoples opinions
The newly formed Traditions Foundation will host its first fundraiser this Sunday. The coffee and dessert themed event will be at Traditions at the Glen in the Town of Union, which is seeking one of the State's full-fledged casino licenses. The Foundation was created to help Traditions give back to the community. At 4 o'clock, the Walsh family, which owns Traditions,
The tradition of free Christmas dinners lives on in Binghamton and is now spreading to Endicott. Sam's Club presented the Bandera Alliance with $2,500 to support the Bandera Family Free Christmas Dinner. For the 24th year, it will take place at American Legion Post 80 on Main Street in Binghamton. New this year, the same meal will be served at the
The recent rejuvenation of the historic Lackawanna Train Station has caused its long-time tenant, Southern Tier HealthLink to rejoin the art walk. STHL will have traditional Celtic music by Brian Hyland tomorrow evening. And the Susquehanna Valley Railway Historical Society will have a display featuring memorabilia and photographs of the stations heyday as a passenger rail hub. Plus, HealthLink employees
This month's Gorgeous Washington Street Association art walk is more than First Friday. Each December it holds a two day Holiday Art Walk that includes gift items as well as artwork. Atomic Tom's on State Street is hosting a Vintage Marketplace Pop-Up. Nine vendors will be selling vintage and vintage-inspired items including antiques, jewelry, purses, corsets and other clothing. Organizer Sherrie
The Binghamton Mets are boasting the largest lit fresh cut Christmas tree in the area. The B-Mets will be lighting the 40 foot tree from Molyneaux tree farm Friday night at 6. It's part of the team's Season of Giving campaign in which it plans to donate 20 percent of all its merchandise sales over the course of the next
Wild Birds Unlimited has some gift ideas for the holiday season. The nature gift store in the Valley Plaza in Johnson City has been serving bird-lovers in our area for 20 years. Aside from its standard supply of seed, feeders, baths and houses, Wild Birds Unlimited features some actual squirrel-proof birdfeeders. That includes models that close up under the weight
The potential merger between the Chenango Forks and Chenango Valley school districts will not happen. Voters in Forks overwhelmingly decided against the idea by a tally of 2,015 to 355. Meanwhile, voters in Chenango Valley approved the proposal by a slim margin, 981 to 902. However, since one district voted against it, the idea won't proceed. Perhaps, one of the main
Catholic Charities is protesting the loss of federal grant money to help fund its ride service for seniors. The Binghamton City Council is expected to vote on Community Development Block Grant funding at its meeting Wednesday evening. After receiving around $15,000 per year in CDBG money since 2001, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program will receive nothing next year if Council
A Binghamton man has announced he's planning to primary Republican Congressman Richard Hanna, next year. Michael Vasquez owns a small independent media company and does conservative political commentary. Earlier this year, he formed an exploratory committee to decide whether to run. He says people in the 22nd Congressional District need better representation. Vasquez says the nation can't keep on the
The Broome County property auction is a week and a half away. 31 Baker Street in Johnson City is one of 135 properties for sale. There will be open houses at some of the properties this coming weekend. Last year, the County sold about 100 properties for more than $560,000. Executive Debbie Preston says the auction is a chance for people
Binghamton youth advocates are looking to the community to help improve the lives of children. The Binghamton school district and the city's youth bureau are spearheading an effort to promote mentoring for kids of all ages. This can come in the form of academic support, peer mentoring, one-on-one time, internships and even help for struggling families. Mark Ward is the