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BROOME COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC

June 17, 2014 by activ60

Thurs 4:30pm Save BC Clinic PRESS CONFERENCE
Hawley St in front of the County Office Bldg

Thurs 5:00 pm ATTEND THE BC LEGISLATIVE MEETING
6th Floor BC Office Bldg - Roll up your sign(no sticks) and be a presence.
Continue the Momentum !!!

Thurs 6:00 pm PIZZA and Share and Care Meeting
At CSEA Office 33 W. State St, Corner of State & Hawley, next to Dillinger’s.
RSVP, please confirm for either or both Wed or Thurs to:
Karen: 1-800-342-4146 X 1302

Binghamton City Council

June 17, 2014 by activ60

COME SUPPORT A RESOLUTION
WED, 6:30 pm Binghamton City Hall

City Council will vote on a Resolution in Support of
Maintaining the Broome County Mental Health Clinic.
A Freeze on Closure.

YOU and your SIGN are needed.

NY Energy Plan Needs More Action

May 8, 2014 by pegjohnston

 Governor Cuomo's Draft 2014 NY Energy Plan sets some bold goals for addressing climate disruption, but offers no concrete action steps.
What we need is to dramatically accelerate the switch to solar, wind, and water power. Cornell professor Dr. Tony Ingraffea describes one possible plan for achieving 100% renewable energy in NY by 2050 and Program Director of Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) Jessica Azulay describes how planning and policies can either speed up or delay the switch to renewable's.
"There are considerable economic and social benefits of a rapid switch to renewable energy".
See how in this online video recently produced at a meeting in Ithaca NY:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvMklP0jpFM&list=PLJ4sBXNT-ETo5xDnAcFAeGU...
See the draft of the Governors 2014 NY Energy Plan at www.energyplan.ny.gov where any citizen can make comments by the deadline of May 31 2014. To see a state-by-state plan for renewable's, go to www.thesolutionsproject.org.
James Little

Sierra Club Speaker Discusses Green Parking, Urban Planning and Sustainability

April 30, 2014 by bingsierra

"Sustainability and The Future of Parking - Green Garage Innovation" is the topic of the next Sierra Club meeting -- on May 20.
Sustainability has become more than a buzz word – it has seeped into corporate reporting, financial investment, building design, energy initiatives, mobility approaches and urban planning. Elizabeth Way of the New York City Green Parking Council will give an overview of some management approaches, will discuss how sustainability can impact urban planning, and will explore how sustainability could affect redevelopment of downtown Binghamton and its future parking plans.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., May 20 at
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott.
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at: lauffer.scott@gmail.com.

SUNY Broome Community College Art Professor Hall Groat II Exhibits at Beard Gallery, SUNY Cortland

April 7, 2014 by Hall Groat II

WELL WORTH THE STRUGGLE:
RECENT WORK BY HALL GROAT SR AND HALL GROAT II

Beard Gallery, The Cultural Council of Cortland County

April 4-May 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-8PM
Gallery Talk Links:
https://vimeo.com/91072785

http://youtu.be/joZFeboYK-8

Central New York Contemporary artists, Hall Groat Sr. of Manlius and Hall Groat II of Endwell, will be exhibiting a thought-provoking and adventurous cross-section of recent oil paintings in an exhibit entitled, Well Worth the Struggle, which explores the formal and conceptual relationships between the work of father and son artists. The exhibit invites the viewer to examine the duality between Hall Groat II’s mysterious, often satirical mannerist still-life metaphors that blur the boundaries between the familiar and the unconventional, and Hall Groat Sr’s evocative, painterly architectural, landscape and figurative work that melds representation with abstraction, making allusions to 20th century Modernism.

Hall Groat Sr, an American Impressionist painter is a native of Syracuse, New York, where he studied painting; worked towards his Master of Fines Arts degree and began his life long career as an artist. Groat has dedicated his entire full-time professional career, spanning over forty years, to pursuing his passion for art.

Painter Hall Groat II, professor and chair of Art and Design at SUNY Broome Community College, teaches foundation courses in painting, drawing, color theory, and computer graphics. Groat earned a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from City University of New York at Brooklyn, a bachelor of arts in art history, minoring in studio art at Binghamton University, and attended graduate and certificate programs at Buffalo State College, Syracuse University, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He also attended summer sessions at Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.

WANTED: Gardeners not Prisoners

March 17, 2014 by tim wolcott

 
There are more full time prisoners in America than full time farmers according to Bill McKibben in his latest book, Oil and Honey. I want to help change that. The farmer and writer, Masanobu Fukuoka best explains why. “Farming is the cultivation of better human beings.”
‘Better’ to me means being more compassionate, productive and healthy. ‘Better’ to me means not being a financial burden to society. ‘Better’ to me means being more integrated into a community capable of sustaining itself in times of economic and/or environmental crisis.
Following is a proposed community action project designed to address this concern. Specific project decisions will be made by consensus and in compliance with Broome County Corrections Administration requirements.

County Jail Gardening Project

In a time when people with college degrees struggle to get gainful employment, it is obvious how difficult it must be for an applicant with a conviction in their record to get a job. This, in addition to the fact that our nation’s incarceration rate often leads the world, disturbs me a lot. Great human resources are lost as too many unlucky men and women are being both economically and socially disadvantaged by the current system. This project is designed to reduce this waste of human capital by building mutually beneficial relationships between non incarcerated and incarcerated members toward a more resilient community.
Our project’s mission is to build human resources through gardening activities that join incarcerated with non incarcerated community members. Beautification, job training and growing community resilience are the goals of the project.
If you’re a gardener or want to learn how to garden and are interested in social justice community action at the Broome County Corrections Facility, please get back me at 607 797 9126. After preliminary application and I.D. checks are done, a four hour security orientation session (sometime in May or early June) is required. If you want to help build community in a new and sustainable way, this project is for you.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

New York's State Forests -- An Endangered Species?

February 19, 2014 by bingsierra

Special Presentation of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club: “NEW YORK FORESTS – AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?”
Speaker is Jerry Michael, New York Forest Owners Association
Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Forests cover 63% of New York State’s land area and provide critical ecosystem, economic and quality of life benefits to society. Recent studies by Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy reveal that 70% of our state’s forests are not regenerating. In parts of the Southern Tier, Catskill region and southern Adirondacks, regeneration of desirable native tree species is totally absent. The New York Forest Owners Association has launched an initiative “Restore New York Woodlands” to bring this critical problem to the attention of all forest stakeholders and the general public. Jerry Michael will describe the regeneration issue in a historical context, as well possible solutions.

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 722-9327.

Sierra Club to Honor Augie Mueller -- Lifetime Bicyclist

December 10, 2013 by bingsierra

The Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club Honors Augie Mueller with the Lynda Spickard Environmental Award. January 21, 2014, at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave , Endicott. A potluck dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the award program at 7:30 p.m.
Augie Mueller, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Binghamton University, has been a strong advocate for bicycling in the area for more than 40 years. We will hear some of his personal stories about bicycling and what it has meant to him. He has led the bicycling community in numerous capacities: promoting more bicycling lanes and bicycle safety and providing reconditioned bicycles to youth.
A presentation follows on bicycling opportunities and what improvements have occurred during the last 40 years. The public is invited to join Augie in an evening to celebrate bicycling as a way of life.
For more information, e-mail lauffer.scott@email.comp;

Get the Scoop on Yogurt Businesses and Water Safety Regulations

December 4, 2013 by bingsierra

 

The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., December 17 at
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The topic is: "Relaxing of NYS Regulations on Dairy Farms – Threats to Our Water So We Can Have More Greek Yogurt," with speaker Erin Riddle.

Recent media attention highlighted Gov. Cuomo’s attempt to change the regulations for CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations), raising the threshold requirement for a permit from 199 animal units to 299. As a result, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter filed a lawsuit challenging NYS’s decision as a violation of the Clean Water Act.

But what are CAFOs, how adequately are they regulated, and what impact do they have on public health, local democracy, local food systems, rural economies, and animals? Riddle will offer some observations in response to these questions and some potential solutions.

Riddle was born on a small dairy farm in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, NY, and has since lived in several cities across the state. She chairs the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter (SCAC) Farm & Food Committee, serves on the SCAC Executive Committee and the Susquehanna Group Executive Committee. In addition, she is coordinator of the SCAC campaign to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law in NYS. Currently she is finishing up a Ph.D. program at Binghamton University and teaches at Elmira College.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at: lauffer.scott@gmail.com.

Building a Solar Energy Future in Broome County

October 1, 2013 by bingsierra

October 15, 7-9 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The Susquehanna Chapter of Sierra Club presents:

The Susquehanna Chapter of Sierra Club presents: "Building a Solar Energy Future in Broome County"

Join Gay Canough from ETM Solar, Elizabeth Broad from Catskill Mountainkeeper and Scott Lauffer from the Sierra Club to discuss and explore a solar energy future. There will be practical hands on time for building solar gadgets and sizing up a solar system for your house, testimonials from people who have solar systems and discussion on what policy changes or efforts can be done at the local and state levels to advance solar energy. Come at 7 p.m. if you are interested in the hands-on projects or 7:30 for the rest of the program.

For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at: lauffer.scott@gmail.com.

City Asks Residents Who Are Interested To Complete A Street Tree Request Form

September 30, 2013 by pegjohnston

BINGHAMTON, NY— Today, the City of Binghamton announced an initiative to plant over 100 trees throughout the city.

The city has limited funds for tree planting and intends to plant approximately 100 trees this fall. Residents interested in having trees planted in the utility strip in front of their property are encouraged to apply by submitting a street tree application. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Only sites with adequate utility strip space and utility clearance will be considered for plantings.

Applicants are asked to complete the Street Tree Request Form and return it by Friday, October 18th at noon to the Parks Department, which administers this program. There is no charge for the tree planting. Forms are available in the Parks Department, 3rd Floor of City Hall, and on the City's website.

The Street Tree Program is part of the City’s Comprehensive Urban Forestry Management Plan, which was built from the ground-up over the last six years.

For more information, please contact the Parks Department at (607) 772-7017, or parks@cityofbinghamton.com, or visit the City’s Urban Forestry Initiatives page.

Sierra Club Hosts Talk About Elephant Survival

August 20, 2013 by bingsierra

&nb For immediate release: August 21, 2013

Contact: Lee Shepherd, 722-9327

Sierra Club Susquehanna Group

leeshepherd609@gmail.com

Elephant Preservation is Topic of September Sierra Club Talk

Endicott -- The Sierra Club Susquehanna Group will host Don and Karen Glauber on Tues., Sept. 17 in a talk about the Asian Elephants' struggle for their survival. Through stories, photographs, videos and short documentary from the Glaubers' trips to Thailand over the last five years, they will share personal experiences with these beautiful animals and address historical, political and cultural background to shed light on their present crisis. Their journey of love, wonder and fascination with these gentle giants and the people who have devoted their lives to rescuing and healing them at Elephant Nature Park, will provide the orientation point for the presentation. They also will explore what is and can be done to help elephants being exploited or mistreated in captivity throughout our planet. Suggested reading for this presentation is "Elephants on the Edge" by G.A. Bradshaw, ISBN# 0300237317.

Presenters: Don Glauber, Psychologist, Yoga Instructor; Karen Glauber, Communication Disorder Therapist. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Central United Methodist Church, 17, Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. Parking lot is behind the church.

The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 and is one of the oldest and most influential environmental organizations in the United States. For additional information, contact Scott Lauffer at lauffer.scott@gmail.com. This meeting is free and open to all, members and non-members alike, and refreshments will be served after the talk.

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MURAL ARTS WORKSHOP AUG. 3-4TH

July 3, 2013 by imc-editor

The Dept. of Public Art, the group that has been advocating for more public art in Binghamton, is sponsoring a Mural Arts Workshop August 3 & 4th 12-5 pm both Sat. and Sun. The DPA has received partial funding from a NYS Decentralization Grant through the Chenango Co. Arts Council to support the workshop and Bruce Greig, internationally acclaimed mural artist, will teach airbrush technique. Hand painting and stenciling will also be taught.

The Dept of Public Art, which is a committee under the umbrella of the Center for Gender, Art & Culture, has also received permission to go forward with a large mural project in the Water St. Parking Ramp. The site of the ramp is the site of a building at 183-185 Water St. that saw the development of "virtual reality." The first occupant was the Bundy Manufacturing Co. (1893-1906) and became the International Time Recording Co (1906-7) and eventually IBM, which, of course, manufactured some of the first computers. The Automatic Musical Co. (1907-14) took over the site to manufacture player pianos, which were robotic innovations. 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 American Dance Asylum celebrated the parking ramp architecture with several performances of the Parking Ramp Dance, which pioneered multi media, video feedback, and dance performances (1978, 1980, 1981, 1984).

COMPUTERS + ROBOTICS + SIMULATION + VIDEO FEEDBACK = VIRTUAL REALITY!!

Each level of the ramp will document the history and development of the innovative technologies that were created on this one site. You will be able to park on the TIME CLOCK level, the PLAYER PIANO level, the BLUE BOX simulator level, and the DANCE level and learn more about this amazing local history.
Please join us by volunteering, donating money for paint and materials, and by spreading the word about this effort. Contact binghamtonbridge@gmail.com

First Friday videos

April 28, 2013 by markeee

Jungle Science Gallery: Living Canvas Body Art Show:
from First Friday on April 5, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ4yqgChJlU

QuarterYellow Studios: The SMS Series:
from First Friday on April 5, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee0b7Dl5rSM

Almost everything else from April's First Friday, April 5, 2013:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81OVU6toR4M

QuarterYellow presents: The Artists' Block Party, April 19, 2013:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EobEn9wPB5M

China mobilizing troops, jets near N. Korean border, US officials say

April 5, 2013 by jeanglass

LOCAL: We just launched a new site after being deleted from the Internet for our obsession about depleted uranium a while back.

March 24, 2013 by Broome Underground

We hope you will come over occasionally to see what we have. And if you are especially interested in setting up your own site with out having to worry about censorship we have the capabilities to allow you to do that for FREE on our own private server. Just go to Broome Underground. Hope you like us and will give us some constructive feedback.

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