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Women's March Huge

January 21, 2018 by pegjohnston

March organizers estimates 2500 participants at the anniversary of last year's Women's March protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump as President and his regressive agenda. Ironically, on the first anniversary of his inauguration the US government is shut down, a fact not lost on the crowd Saturday. At the post March gathering at the First Presbyterian Church overflow crowds vowed to get out the women's vote and elect more women, in line with the national agenda of the Women's March Committee.

Local groups such as Citizen Action, Indivisible, NAACP, Family Planning, and PLOT tabled at the event and will campaign for a progressive agenda, including the defeat of Claudia Tenney, conservative Republican Congresswoman for this district.

Women's Suffrage Exhibit at BU

January 10, 2018 by pegjohnston

Vote for Woman Suffrage! Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, 1917-2017 exhibit explores the suffrage movement from the Seneca Falls Convention to the fight by suffrage organizations in the Triple Cities for the woman’s right to vote. Items from the re-enactment of the 1913 Binghamton suffrage parade and the 2017 Women’s March will be on display as well.

Vote for Woman Suffrage! exhibit is located in the Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives Department in Bartle Library. The exhibit will be on display from November 15, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Special Collections is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For additional information about the exhibit, contact the University Archivist Yvonne Deligato at 777-6459 or deligato@binghamton.edu.

7th Bob Johnston Photography Competition Winners

January 5, 2018 by pegjohnston

  Joshua Lasky with his Judge's Choice winner for his photo "State and Monument"         

           The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 7th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 5-27th, 2018. “Now in its seventh year, this Photo Competition has attracted 97  incredible photographs in both black and white and color,” according to Bill Gorman of the Cooperative Gallery. “We are very excited to welcome back Chuck Haupt, a professional photographer, formerly with the Press and Sun Bulletin and a current gallery member, as this year’s judge.”  See Channel 34's interview with Chuck Haupt at http://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/local-news/first-friday-bob-johns...

            A reception for the photographers, friends, and the public will take place January 5th at the First Friday Art Walk from 6-9, with gallery hours starting at 3 pm that day. Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be announced at First Friday, January 5th at 7:00 pm at a reception for the artists and the public. The Exhibit will be open Fridays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment until January 27th.

            Richard E. Lee has won Best of Show with “Gioia con Bolle di Sapone” (“Joy with Soap Bubbles”), a delightful black and white photo of a child on an Italian street blowing soap bubbles. Haupt has awarded  two Judge’s Choice in both Color and Black and White photographs.  Lesli VanZandbergen won for her color photo “Mini Vac” and Joshua Lasky for his local architectural photo “State and Monument.” In Black and White, Greg Chianis won for his “Le Luce” of light outlining a door and Sandra Kirker for “Adirondack Mist.”

            The following were awarded an Honorable Mention: “Conscientious Canines” by Fr. James Dutko; “Tranquility” by Jessica Fridrich; “Wondering What’s Inside” by Dan Harendza;  “Early Morning Adirondacks” by D. Duke Holdsworth; “Dyrolasey Promontory” by Geoffrey Gould; “Painted Tulip” by Sandra Kirker; “Morning Stroll” by Deb Rockefeller;" “Poppies” by Carol Saggese; “Last Moon 2017” by Bill Schumacher; “Cumberland Sleeps” by Mary Lou Shapinas; “Lumanated Courthouse” by Kirk VanZandbergen; “The Road Less Traveled” by Lesli VanZandbergen.

                  The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansel Adams’ kind of photographer who worked mostly in black and white film and favored both urban and natural landscapes,” said Bill Gorman, also a photographer. Bob Johnston defined a good photo this way: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

            The Two Rivers Photography Club has monthly meetings, skill building sessions, and competitions throughout the year. The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on First Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 pm and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for a weekly e-newsletter on our website at  www.cooperativegallery.com or on Facebook.

 

Call for papers: Perspectives on Broome County Area History Conference

January 3, 2018 by pegjohnston

Conference date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
at the Bundy Museum of History and Art
129 Main St. Binghamton, New York 13905
 
Sponsored by: Bundy Museum of History and Art
 
The rich and complex history of Broome County has long attracted attention from a diverse array of researchers and citizens. In recent years, the area’s local history scene has become more accessible and vibrant than ever. Adding to well-drawn biographies of notable residents and surveys of important institutions, recent work has examined local ethnic and racial history, women’s experiences, environments and ecologies, class relations, art and architecture, social movements, immigrants and immigration, and indigenous life, among many other topics.

Yet, researchers and audiences interested in these various threads of local history have often remained disconnected. This one-day conference seeks to gather those threads together and start new conversations by providing an opportunity to share work on Broome County history across multiple fields, perspectives, and methods. This event will be free and open to the public.
 
We are seeking a wide range of histories and historians. Submissions from amateur enthusiasts, family historians, K-12 teachers, preservationists, high school and college students, professional historians, storytellers, librarians, and museum employees, are all enthusiastically welcome. Papers on any aspect of Broome County’s history, from any time period, will be considered.
 
To apply, please submit a paper abstract (200-250 words) and your contact information by March 15, 2018. Abstracts and inquiries should be sent to apragac1@binghamton.edu.
 
Registration and attendance are free.
 
We are looking for event co-sponsors. If your institution is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact apragac1@binghamton.edu.

 

Art Mission to Close

December 28, 2017 by pegjohnston

The Board of Directors of the Art Mission just announced:  "It is with great sadness that we must inform our patrons that the Art Mission and Theater will be closing as of Friday 12/29/2017. After much thought regarding the organization's financial position and the current film viewing climate the board of directors has voted to proceed with dissolution.
The Art Mission and Theater has always been an organization that purely ran on love. We are truly grateful to the movie lovers of the Binghamton area for the support of independent film.

There will be a final screenings of National Theatre Live's Follies, a Stephen Sondheim musical on Thursday 12/28 and Friday 12/29 at 7PM.
Pricing is $15, $10 Members and Students."

Did Trump Read 1984?

December 16, 2017 by pegjohnston

The Trump Administration has instructed the Centers for Disease Control not to use certain words in reports and budgets. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

During the Bush II administration, untrue statements about abortion and breast cancer were posted on the website of National Cancer Institute, and the alleged ineffectiveness of condoms on HHS websites. When Trump came into office information was removed from government websites, notably about climate change.

The full article in the Washington Post is here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-...

For more info about actions: go here  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1726177

Big Bucks for Triple Cities: Innovation Districts

December 8, 2017 by pegjohnston

EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS FOR THE GREATER BINGHAMTON FUND
 
Strategic Economic Investment Plan Will Fund Key Projects in Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott
 
Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
 
Empire State Development (ESD) today announced a call for proposals has been issued to implement transformative projects related to the $20 million Greater Binghamton Fund, a central part of the regionally designed Southern Tier Soaring economic development plan. The initiative will facilitate key economic development projects in Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott in an effort to transform targeted urban centers, or "iDistricts," into communities where the next generation of workers want to live, work, and play. The fund will support innovative and creative projects, including mixed-use and commercial development, housing rehabilitation, and streetscape improvements to help catalyze the regional economic ecosystem through targeted downtown redevelopment. Submissions associated with this Open Call for Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. on January 19, 2018. All eligible projects must be located within the geographic boundaries of the designated “iDistricts”.
 
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Greater Binghamton Fund will stimulate new investment and help to create sustainable downtown economies. This effort marks another exciting chapter in economic narrative of the Southern Tier which continues to take shape.”
 
Interested applicants are encouraged to attend any of the three public informational meetings for the Greater Binghamton Fund. Each will be co-hosted by Empire State Development, the Mayors of each “iDistrict” community and the Greater Binghamton Work Group:
 
Tuesday, December 12th:  3:00 p.m., Endicott Visitors Center, 300 Lincoln Avenue, Endicott, NY
 
Tuesday, December 12th:  6:30 p.m., Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, 120 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY
 
Wednesday, December 18th:  7:00 p.m., Johnson City Courthouse, 31 Avenue C, Johnson City, NY

 
The Greater Binghamton Fund will support projects that fall within the geographic boundaries of the designated innovation districts which are anchored by significant economic drivers. These include the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator (Binghamton), the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Johnson City), and the Huron Campus (Endicott), which is the site of Binghamton University's Center for Advanced Microelectronic Manufacturing (CAMM), and the recipient of a $20 million investment from New York State to conduct advanced research and development in flexible circuitry.
 
The Greater Binghamton Fund is an important part of the region's winning Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan which was announced by Governor Cuomo in December of 2015. The $500 million plan is working to grow the Greater Binghamton Innovation Ecosystem by establishing the region as a premier destination for talent, new business development and solidifying partnerships for commercialization of emerging technologies. The plan is also investing in regional strengths in advanced manufacturing, healthcare and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as well as the supporting research and development capabilities of academia and industry in the region.
 
Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
 
Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest.
 
Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.
 

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