Month: December 2020

Friday marks 11th anniversary of American Civic Association shooting

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — For local leaders and first responders, the day is not only a time to remember the lives lost in the tragedy, but reflect on how it has impacted the Binghamton community as a whole. Current Binghamton Mayor Rich David released a statement on the shooting, which reads in part: Matt Ryan was the mayor of Binghamton that horrific day, and he says the lessons to be learned from it are not about death, but life. The morning of April 3, 2009, a gunman entered the building on Front Street and killed 13 people. It is one of the country’s deadliest mass shootings. -Dolores “Dinah” Cabonilas Yigal -Marie Sonia Bernard “Today 11 years ago, I think it’s best what it says on Roberta King’s (memorial), ‘To live in the hearts of those left behind is not to die,” Ryan told 12 News Friday. -Marc Henry Bernard The thirteen victims of the shooting are: “(It) drove a very, very, vivid message home to us that this community is, sheltered as we’d like to think that we are from events like this, is just as susceptible to them as any community in the United States,” said Serowik, whose wife also responded to the scene that day. -Parveen Ali -Lan Ho -Li Guocenter_img -Layla Khalil -Mao Hong Xiu -Haihong Zhong “Regardless of all that is unfolding in the world around us, it’s important we still take time today to reflect on the lives lost 11 years ago. In the past, we have been able to come together as a community to do so. Today, a difficult day is made even harder by the fact that we can’t gather to mourn and remember together. However, our community is still together in spirit.” Raymond Serowik has served as Broome County’s Chief Medical Response Coordinator since before those tragic events, and for him, the incident served as a grim wake-up call. -Jiang Long “Today, our community pauses to reflect on the unimaginable tragedy that took 13 people from us in a senseless act of violence 11 years ago at the American Civic Association. We have never forgotten that day or the lives lost, and we never will. Their legacies live on as mothers, fathers, grandparents, husbands, wives, friends and neighbors.  -Roberta “Bobbie” Badaines King -Almir Olimpio Alves -Maria “Mima” Zobniw They celebrated heritage from nine countries, spanning four continents across the entire globe.last_img read more

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Earth Day at 50: Climate experts say we can learn from COVID-19 crisis

first_img“Already in China they’re seeing a resurgence in levels so we don’t want to be too optimistic because we need to concretely think about ways that will change the way we operate,” Homsy said, in reference to areas of China that have lifted stay at home orders. “If we start thinking about creative ways of doing our work people can start working one day a week from home and that’s a twenty percent drop in travel,” he said. “NASA has used their satellites to look at the whole northeastern United States and the drop in vehicle emissions has dramatically dropped nitrogen dioxide emissions by a third,” said George Homsy, Director of the Sustainable Communities Program at Binghamton University. Professor Homsy stresses that he feels if we can come together to fight COVID-19, we can come together to fight climate change the same way. Homsy says the positive changes aren’t just something to marvel at, but an opportunity to make permanent changes. Homsy says that by learning from some of the changes we have made in response to COVID-19, we can not only preserve some of the positive impacts we’ve seen on the environment, but build on them. center_img Adam Flint, director of clean energy programs at Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition says while lifestyle changes are critical, the government also needs to learn from the COVID-19 crisis. “The community has come together in a fantastic way but I think what we’ve also learned is that it is essential that the public sector and government play a role in this,” he said. “Getting involved with groups that are working to change how this country functions at the same time is an essential part of this.” (WBNG) — With social distancing measures in effect you may have noticed less cars on the road and less noise coming from local highways. Experts say it’s not your imagination. “In this situation there is huge tragedy in the loss of life but there are but there are some silver linings we can look at in terms of air pollution and more neighborhood connection, more community connection,” he said.last_img read more

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Organizations file lawsuit against Binghamton University administrators, others

first_imgTo lawsuit is posted below: The plaintiffs stated that on November 14, 2019, another group descended on a tabling event where Binghamton University College Republicans were promoting a lecture four days later featuring Dr. Arthur Laffer. The group then turned over the table, leading to an altercation. After receiving a copy of the 75-page lawsuit, 12 News obtained a statement from Binghamton University. The suit also accused College Progressives and Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT) of protesting Dr. Laffer’s speech on November 18, 2019. The plaintiffs stated that administrators “took action to make the planned disruption easier by providing the leftist agitators with a room immediately adjacent to the lecture hall in which Dr. Laffer would be speaking.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Two organizations filed a federal lawsuit against Binghamton University administrators, the university’s police chief, a student organization, a non-student organization and a non-profit, according to documents filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. The lawsuit accused campus police of doing “nothing to protest the BUCR’s (Binghamton University College Republicans) right to free speech and SUNY-Binghamton administrators took no actions to hold the responsible individuals accountable.” “As an institution of higher education, freedom of speech is fundamental to our core mission; academic inquiry and the exchange of ideas rest on the principle that all have a right to express their beliefs.Binghamton University maintains that we acted consistent with this mission and with the requirements of the First Amendment and we will respond to the complaint accordingly.”Binghamton University statement According to court documents filed Wednesday, Young America’s Foundation and Binghamton University College Republicans filed suit for what it calls constitutional violations. The suit named B.U. President Harvey Stenger and Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Rose as defendants. It also listed the university’s police chief, John Pelletier, as well as the Student Association of Binghamton University, College Progressives, and Progressive Leaders of Tomorrow. Reading on our news app? Click here!last_img read more

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State health association expands wellness tools weeks before school starts

first_imgMHANYS is offering workshops and online resources for teachers and families to use in the classroom and at home. Usual activities for students have been moved online to be more accessible. (WBNG) — The Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) is expanding its wellness tools to help families and educators cope with the stress of schools reopening in the fall. They are holding a panel discussion to allow teachers and families to send and receive advice from professionals. The first panel discussion for families will be held Sept. 3. Director of the School of Mental Health Center Amy Malloy says during these discussions, teachers mentioned the challenges but also many mentioned the flexibility to be creative.last_img read more

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Week long sidewalk art contest to raise awareness for suicide prevention

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome County Suicide Awareness for Everyone (B.C. SAFE) and the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) will co-host a week of action to raise awareness for suicide prevention. If you or someone you know needs emotional support or help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “Got5” to the Crisis Test Line at 741741. Entries will be accepted through the MHAST website. Anyone can make a difference simply by self educating, reaching out and having conversations and knowing where to turn when in need of help. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is the second leading cause among 10 to 34-year-olds. Sept. 10 is world suicide prevention day, the day was designed to instill worldwide commitment and action for the prevention of suicides. During the week long call to action, residents may enter their sidewalk art into a contest for a chance to win prizes. For more information and resources visit here. “We all have a role to play in raising awareness, reducing stigma, and starting conversations reguarding mental health and suicide. In doing so mental wellness and resiliency will become apart of our overall health and well being.” said Cara Tilton with the Binghamton Vet Center and Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. Categories for the contest are Most Thoughful Message, Most “Likes” on Facebook, and Most Creative. “Chalk the Walk & Have the Talk” encourages both organizations and residents to beautify sidewalks and pavement with messages and images of hope, resilience, suicide awareness and prevention.last_img read more

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