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Week One of Parking Ramp Mural Project

September 14, 2014 by imc-editor

It was a great weekend for public art!! The Dept of Public Art started work on the Water St. Parking Ramp, the Jablons and several helpers worked on mosaics on the planters on Water St. and Kady Perry, Bruce Greig and others began photographing for murals of children on the Flood Wall. The public seemed to appreciate the art too--spare change and dollar bills were donated freely to the DPA, "enough to buy 2-3 gallons of paint" according to organizers. "We are really heartened by the outpouring of support from people using the parking ramp. It is clear that people appreciate what we are doing to improve the ramp," commented Peg Johnston.

Here is a video of Day One, by videographer Mark Urban:

And there is such a need for improvements. Volunteers, cleaned the stairwells, scraped loose paint off walls, and put color blocks on each level. Artists painted stencils for each level too. The orange first level is the Bundy time clock, which became IBM and led to the computer; the next is green and is the Player Piano level; the blue level is for the Blue Box, the flight simulator that Ed Link invented on the ramp site, and finally the pink Dancer level that represents the Parking Ramp Dances sponsored by the American Dance Asylum.

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here:

Many more photos on the Facebook page Dept. of Public Art.



VINES hosts many gardening workshops

September 11, 2014 by pegjohnston

Saturday, September 20th, at 1:30 pm VINES will be hosting a Compost
and Soil Building Workshop
at the Lee Barta Community Center. If you've
ever wanted to try making your own compost but didn't know where to start,
this event is for you! With help from Kevin Mathers from the Cornell
Cooperative Extension of Broome County, you'll learn what it takes to start
your own compost and keep making it for years' worth of great harvests and
improved soil fertility. Sign up on or call (607)
205-8108 and reserve your spot today!
We're also moving into the next phase of our efforts creating a Community
Food Orchard on Varick Street, right next to the Urban Farm. We'll be
hosting several workshop opportunities that will allow people to
brainstorm, plan, propose ideas, and get their hands dirty! Check them out:
*Orchard Design Session*
 Tuesday, September 16th, 6pm at the Binghamton Urban Farm*
At this design session we will go over the several design drafts and
outline of goals this year’s VINES summer youth employees came up with. We
will brainstorm how to use elements of these drafts in the final design as
well as begin thinking about what the final design of the orchard will look
*Transplanting Perennial Divisions*
 Saturday, September 27th, 1pm at the Binghamton Urban Farm*

On this day we will be learning how to make divisions of already
established perennials, and how to transplant them in the garden. We have
built a new bed along the south fence of the urban farm and will be filling
it with transplants from other locations.
*Garlic Planting Workshop*
*Saturday, October 18th, 10am-1pm at the Binghamton Urban Farm*
Join the Urban Farm Manager and additional VINES staff as we prepare beds,
portion out garlic cloves and get our garlic in the ground for the season!
We will explain the process step-by-step of choosing garlic seed, spacing,
bed preparation, mulching and maintenance. This is a very hands-on workshop
and participants will leave with the knowledge of planting their own garlic
each year and developing their own garlic seed variety.
*Fruit Tree Ground Preparation*
 Saturday, October 25th, 1pm at the Binghamton Urban Farm*
On this day we will be preparing the ground for the fruit trees that will
be planted in the spring, as well as doing some winterizing of other
perennials at the Urban Farm.
*VINES is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just
community food system. We do this by bringing together diverse groups of
people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens,
urban agriculture and community green spaces. We strive to develop and
beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and
*For more information:

Local Photographer Wins Four National Prizes

August 31, 2014 by pegjohnston

"Nancy Basmann, a Certified Professional Photographer, won four awards at the International Photographic Competition 2014 sponsored by Professional Photographers of America.  Of the nearly 5000 competition entries, 36% went into the General Collection and 18% into the prestigious Loan Collection of PPA.   Basmann’s “Jivin’”, “Call Waiting”, and “Route 66" are in the General Collection and “If only wishing could make it so” is in the Loan Collection (Volume XVII, Marathon Press).   The images will be on display at the International Photographic Exhibition, Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 1-3, 2015, where Basmann will be honored as a Silver Medallist for her accomplishments in photography."  
Primary Sources
(1) A panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book ... published ... by Marathon Press.

Photo credit: Basmann, Nancy "Call Waiting" Vestal, NY UNITED STATES

At Long Last! Painting in the Parking Ramp

August 29, 2014 by pegjohnston

After two months twiddling our thumbs, the painting of a series of murals depicting the "Birthplace of Virtual Reality" in the Water St. Parking Ramp next to Boscov's, the Dept of Public Art is ready for volunteers to tackle several jobs. "We are looking for all kinds of help, from painting stairs to cutting stencils, to advanced air brush technique," says Shawna "Pepper" Stevenson of the DPA. The weekends of Sept 13-14 and 27-28th and another weekend in October are designated although mural painting may continue on other days. Please sign up to volunteer here

The Project, which has received funding from the Chenango Co. Arts Council and the Hoyt Foundation, documents the unique history of this location in Binghamton where the "building blocks of virtual reality" were invented, according to Susan Sherwood of the Center for Technology and Innovation, who researched the site. 

1. The Bundy Manufacturing Co. (1893-1906) stood at 183-185 Water St., and became the International Time Recording Co (1906-7) and eventually IBM, which, of course, manufactured some of the first computers.

2. The Automatic Musical Co. (1907-14) took over the site to manufacture player pianos, which were robotic innovations.

3. Ed Link, famously, was sitting on the organ bellows at his father’s Link Piano Co. (1914-1933) and got the idea for the Link Flight Simulators (1929, patented 1931) and started Link Aviation and Flying School in that location (1929-34). The Link “blue box” trained WWII pilots.

4. After the devastating floods in 1935 and ’36 the building was not useable and in the late 60’s the Parking Ramp was built in two sections. The American Dance Asylum celebrated the architecture with several performances of the Parking Ramp Dance, which pioneered multi media, video feedback, and dance performances (1978, 1980, 1981, 1984).


Banks and Investors Call for New Debt Rules In Wake of Argentina Hedge Fund Case

August 29, 2014 by Advocacy

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA), a group of banks and investors, will call Friday for reforms aimed at preventing repeats of the Argentina/NML Capital debt dispute. The ICMA's plan would reduce the ability of hold-out creditors to litigate and undermine debt restructurings, in part by using contract clauses to bind all bond-holders to debt restructurings that 75% of all holders agree on.Additionally, the plan will argue that the "pari passu" or parity clauses in existing bond contracts should always mean that hold-out funds should always receive the same restructured bonds that the majority of investors agree on.

Ride the Bus from Binghamton to the People's Climate March in NYC on September 21

August 27, 2014 by bingsierra

The Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club is offering bus transportation to the People’s Climate March on September 21. The march through the streets of New York City demonstrate support for climate action and will coincide with a week of events supporting United Nations Climate Summit.

Cost of the bus is $25 per person round trip; $15 for students and low-income individuals.

The bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. from the Sears entrance of Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, and return by 10:30 p.m., subject to change. Those who register on the website will receive updates.

To reserve your seat on the bus, visit the below address. If you can't get an immediate response, cut and paste this into the website address line.

For more information, call Julian Shepherd at 722-9327 or Scott Lauffer at 341-3746.

Binghamton: A Photographic Memoir by Peg Johnston

August 18, 2014 by imc-editor

         Peg Johnston mines her family’s archives for images of Binghamton to create a narrative about the city’s evolution in the last half century. “Binghamton has gone through major changes, losing a significant part of our downtown and half of our population.

Kickstarting at KNOW Theatre

August 18, 2014 by pegjohnston

As you may have heard, KNOW Theatre has been invited to take part in the Tennessee Williams International festival in Provincetown this September. 
This is an amazing opportunity for us as a theatre company and for Binghamton as a whole. We are very excited to place KNOW Theatre and also Binghamton on a world stage. Showcasing the wonderful things that are happening in our fair city.

To do this we need a little help. KNOW operates on a shoestring so getting 14 people to Provincetown is quite a task. This is where you come in. Check out our kickstarter campaign and our great incentives and help us get our actors and crew to Provincetown!

Please support KNOW Theatre!

Anndrea Starzak Launches Campaign For The New York State Senate

August 13, 2014 by BetterBing

ENDICOTT - Anndrea Starzak, Democratic Candidate for New York’s 52nd State Senate District, kicked off her campaign Tuesday in Endicott as part of a all-district tour. She appeared in Owego Tuesday morning and is set to speak in Norwich Wednesday.

Nearly one hundred supporters joined Starzak for her campaign kick-off at the Endicott Visitor’s Center. Speakers at the rally included Broome County Democratic Chair Jim Testani and local educator Marguerite Rossi, who introduced the candidate. Starzak outlined her priorities for the 52nd Senate District. “I will champion our communities’ priorities in Albany and be a Senator who Southern Tier families can trust to work for good jobs, good schools and good government,” said Anndrea Starzak. Starzak called for improvements to local infrastructure and the development of long term job industries. As a retired teacher, Starzak also called for fair funding for education. Starzak finished her speech by asking for help from those who attended the rally. “We need to let everyone know that Anndrea Starzak will be a Senator who cares about each of you, and with your help, we will march on to victory.”

Starzak is running against incumbent Senator Tom Libous. Libous was indicted last month for lying to the FBI about efforts to get his son a job and drive business to a Westchester County law firm. Agents from the FBI and the state Attorney General executed a search warrant of the Libous residence last week, seizing a computer, cellphones and several documents belonging to Frances Libous, wife of Senator Libous, who serves on the New York State Workers Compensation Board. The reasons for the search have not been made public.

The election will take place Tuesday, November 4th.

Binghamton University offers business start-up training program

August 6, 2014 by imc-editor

BINGHAMTON, NY -- The Binghamton University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a small business start-up training program at 222 Water St. in downtown Binghamton.
Over three consecutive Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8 and 15, participants will learn the tricks of the trade from professionals on how to assess, plan and start a business. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Participants will discover how to predict business success, how to finance and market products and services, and how to comply with government regulations.

For a class program and to enroll, contact Ginny Thompson at the SBDC at (607) 777-4026, or e-mail Class size is limited.

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