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(607) 724-2489


CENTER CITY / COMMUNITY ARTS
Leanne Mercadante
lmercadante@cityofbinghamton.com
VISTA Community Arts Coordinator

WEST SIDE / PRO
(People Reaching Out)
Transitional Services Re-entry Program

Kate Cawvey 
kcawvey@cityofbinghamton.com
VISTA Community Organizer

NORTHSIDE / FRESH CYCLES YOUTH PROGRAM
Simon Ouderkirk 
souderkirk@cityofbinghamton.com
Jacquelyn Janowski 
jjanowski@cityofbinghamton.com
VISTA Community Organizers

FIRST WARD
Euphemia Martin
emartin@cityofbinghamton.com
VISTA Community Organizer

SMALL BUSINESS
Jon Ward
jward@cityofbinghamton.com
VISTA Small Business Coordinator


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Community Mural
ATTENTION RESIDENTS!

A Neighborhood Development Project Fund application has just been submitted for a COMMUNITY MURAL to be painted in DOWNTOWN CENTER CITY!

The mural's theme is centered on events, attractions and people that have helped to make our community great.


The Center City Neighborhood Assembly is seeking volunteers to help create this important future landmark.

Volunteers will be supervised by professional local artist Betty Tuininga.
No painting experience is necessary.
Volunteers must be ages 14 and up.
 
Contact Kate or Leanne at 724-2489.


First Ward Festival on Clinton Street -- Call for Vendors

THE ANNUAL FIRST WARD FESTIVAL ON CLINTON STREET
Featuring: The Mile-Long Sidewalk Sale
Saturday August 22, 2009, from 10 to 4.

Information:
$5.00 per 10 feet of space (Must be paid in advance).
Bring your own tables and chairs.
Call Marylou at 773-1220 for questions or to reserve a space.

All proceeds to benefit CHOW.

Questions, contact Euphemia, Community Organizer,
or Jon, Small Business Coordinator, at 724-2489.

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LEADERSHIP SKILLS SEMINAR

JOIN US FOR A

LEADERSHIP SKILLS SEMINAR

ON THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

AT

BINGHAMTON HIGH SCHOOL

(CAFETERIA)

6:00 PM- 7:30 PM

 

NDPF AWARDS ANNOUNCED -- April 15, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS
to all the Neighborhood Assemblies and Human Service Agencies who were awarded NDPF grants for their projects.

To those who applied but didn't receive funding:
Congratulations on a job well done. This process was very difficult, and the NDPF Reviewing Committee urges everyone to keep applying.
 

 

2009 NDPF APPLICATIONS!

CONGRATULATIONS! 

 TO ALL OF THE RESIDENTS AND HUMAN SERVICE AGENCIES THAT TURNED IN NDPF APPLICATIONS FOR ROUND 3 ON FRIDAY MARCH 20TH.

 GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!

 

PUBLIC HEARING

PUBLIC HEARING SPONSORED BY CITY OF BINGHAMTON-

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

TO ALL INTERESTED CITIZENS:

A public hearing will be held to obtain comments on the use of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Parnership (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds that the City of Binghamton will receive from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the period of September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2010.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009 7:00 PM,

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

CITY HALL, 38 HAWLEY STREET, BINGHAMTON , NEW YORK

For additional information, please call 772-7028

 

The Mayor's State of the City Address

Hello BNA Community:

I would like to invite you to attend the
Mayor's State of the City Address
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm
in City Hall Chambers
38 Hawley Street, Binghamton New York
Doors open at 6:00 pm

Daphne Gathers
Neighborhood Services Representative,
City of Binghamton
724-2489

 

NDPF GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE CHANGE!

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE IS A NEW DEADLINE FOR THE 2009 NDPF GRANT APPLICATIONS-

NDPF APPLICATIONS ARE NOW DUE ON

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2009 5:00 PM

FOR QUESTIONS, CALL 724-2489

 

Youth Photography Exhibit and Spoken Word Slam

The Spoken Word slam and Photography exhibit was a huge success!  Thank you to all who participated in this wonderful event. 

Over 550 photos were developed. Content in photos ranged from schools to graffiti to the hospitals to the streets. Students ages 6-11 from Horace Mann Elementary and the Fresh Cycles program on the Northside were the main participants in this exhibit. 

We also had a group of teenagers perform their poetry in front of a live audience.  Their performance was recorded and will most likely be burned onto a CD and created into a PSA for the City of Binghamton.

We hope to create a monthly spoken word slam event.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Leanne at 724-2489 or lmercadante@cityofbinghamton.com<

 

Energy Efficiency Education Event
The Energy Efficiency Education Event on November 10 was a great success. Community members from around the county gathered at the Broome County Urban League to learn how to save money by using less energy in their homes.  Guest speakers from Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Broome County, Tioga Opportunities, Performance Systems, and NYSEG Power Partners were on site to give advice and answer questions.

Here are a few of the tips discussed: 1) unplug all electronic devices (TV, microwave, cell phone charger, etc) when they aren't in use, or plug them into a power strip and turn off the power strip; 2) use an electric blanket instead of turning up the heat; 3) place a towel or blanket at the bottom of doors to prevent cold drafts.

If you own a home, you can learn where exactly energy is being wasted by getting a home energy audit performed by a certified contractor, like Performance Systems. There are also assistance programs available through NYSEG and NYSERDA to help with your energy bills and weatherization needs.

For more information about the event or the guest organizations, call Tracy at 724-2489.

 

Updated Information:
Hello All!

As you may have noticed, there have been some updates and changes to our website. To the left below the "Site Navigation" panel you will find an updated list of VISTA Contact information for the neighborhoods. Each Neighborhood webpage is being continuously updated with any new information that comes our way. If you see something that should be on our website, please feel free to contact any one of us and we can update the site.

Also, we have a new section to our Navigation Panel -- Community Arts! Check out this site periodically to see what new event may be heading your way.

One last thing -- Congratulations to those who have submitted applications for the NDPF grant, and best of luck to you! And again, please feel free to contact any one of us if you would like to attend a meeting or if you have information that you would like to share with the Neighborhood Assemblies.

Have a great day!
 

Neighborhood Development Project Fund Applications

Hello Everyone:

Hope you are enjoying your summer! Just dropped by to let you know that the NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FUND  Round 2 Applications are now available!  You may download a copy right from our site, just click on Public document and flyers section and look for NDPF Neighbhood Assembly application. There is also an information packet to help answer some questions you may have about the application process, a guiding committee member contact sheet, a City councilmember contact sheet, Neighborhood Assembly meeting calendar for August and September and last but surely not the least, a NDPF Workshop schedule. PHEW!!!!

Now that all of that's been said, you need to go and get your application, and read through it carefully. If you have an idea that you would like to submit, you can bring it with you to the very first workshop which is Thursday, July 31. Well, I'm out of breathe from saying all that so, until next time, I hope to see you at the workshop or at a Neighborhood meeting.  You may also call 724-2489 with any questions.

Daphne Gathers

Neighborhood Services Representative

City of Binghamton

 

First Ward Festival
The First Ward Festival
featuring the Mile Long Sidewalk Sale

Where
: Clinton Street
When: Saturday, July 19th.  10 am - 4 pm

Call Andy at 724 -2489 or click link for the First Ward Festival Flyer and for description of festivities.
 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AUGUST 5, 2008 - HELP PLAN THE CELEBRATION!

YOU CAN HELP PLAN ACTIVITIES FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2008!

National Night Out is an annual event celebrated nationally. It is our neighborhoods' way of taking back our parks, neighborhoods and streets against crime. Get with your local church or neighborhood group and plan a community event. Rev. Henry Ausby coordinates this effort every year, this year Tyrone Gray is the assigned as Co-Chair of NNO and also George Sands IV has added his assistance as well. Call 217-4517 or 265-3441 for more information.

 

VINES in the news
Interested in Community Gardens? VINES meets tonight, May 19, 6pm, UDC

BINGHAMTON -- An effort to build a community garden on a city-owned lot on the West Side got a boost when officials rejected a bid to turn the space into a parking lot.

Members of the community gardening group Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments went door-to-door last week to drum up support for a garden at 128 Laurel Ave. Their effort in the neighborhood yielded a petition with more than 100 signatures, said group member Scott Barvainis. (more)

 

Please see our CALENDAR page for upcoming Neighborhood Assembly events!
We need YOU to make these projects happen.          <click here to transfer to CALENDAR

WELCOME --- We Have 2 New Pages on This Site!
Please welcome two new pages to the BinghamtonNeighbors website.

The Bike and Board Commission

This is a youth initiative to help guide Binghamton's next step in building a new skate park.


Neighborhood Development Project Fund
This is a one-stop location for all NDPF information.

Both pages can be found in the navigation menu on the left or by clicking on their names, above.
 

Update: ESL @ Ely Park
Learn English
ESL @Ely Park

  • When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
  • Where: Ely Park Community Room
Instructor Mark Raytenberg will determine class placement level.
After the November 5, 2007 class, classes will be regularly scheduled every
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:00pm.     

For more information, please contact Elena Pankova-Visser 723-9067. 

PRIDE IN THE WARD AWARD!!!

PRIDE IN THE WARD AWARD!!!

PRIDE...how does one explain it? A deeper love of self, home, job...COMMUNITY. Whatever the motivation is for each of us, the First Ward Neighborhood Assembly members have initiated a special monthly award appropriately titled "PRIDE in the WARD" Award to express gratitude to individuals restoring the pride. The award is given to First Ward residents who go above and beyond in their hard work and genuine inspirational efforts in home beautification, civic involvement or community initiatives that have made esthetic and quality of life difference in the First Ward.

The "PRIDE" in the Ward" award has also generated a healthy growing "synergy" between First Ward and Greater Binghamton businesses and residents. Sponsors such as Century 21 Sbarra and Wells, AAMCO Transmission/service center, Tom's Gifts and Instantface screen printing have supported the efforts with donated prizes for the residents.

First Ward residents, Pastor Hall of the Church of God and Prophecy on Glenwood Ave and Wilson Ave residents Ott and Vien Souvathong have been the first two recipients of the award. An important factor too is that neighbors nominate neighbors for the award. Again making the recipients feel that their efforts and "Pride" are appreciated in helping to build a stronger block and community

The First Ward Neighborhood Assembly hopes that the "PRIDE in the WARD awards will generate more individuals and businesses to not only get on the beautification/civic wave of improvement, but will also get more of us personally involved in the neighborhood assembly's growth too. The assembly's objective with the PRIDE in the WARD award is to restore a healthy confidence in our community.
 

Bike Recycle Program in Binghamton

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Like Bikes?


We want a Bike Recycle program in Binghamton
Can You Help?
Do you know how to repair bikes?
Do you have experience with bike programs?


Contact Emily: 724-2489 or 777-2815

Mayor Matt Ryan joined community leaders to welcome the  launch of the Fresh Cycles Youth Program at a news conference Thursday,                     
April 3, 2008 at the police substation at 108 Liberty Street.  (The substation will be officially rededicated as the Lee Barta Community Center in July).  

On Friday, April 4, 2008, the program held a raffle fund raiser at Anthony   Brunelli Fine Arts, 106 State Street.

Fresh Cycles also held an open house at the substation on Saturday,
April 5, 2008. <BR&g; 


Open for Business -- Triple Cities Boxing/Education
Triple Cities Boxing/Education Program proudly announced their Grand Opening!!! on MLK Day, Mon. Jan. 21st, 2008 @ 275 Chenango Street in the Chenango Plaza.

The program is designed as an after school program for Youths 9-17.  Students will be instructed in the art of Boxing.  Students will also have homework/tutorial sessions several times per week.  In addition guest speakers from D.A.R.E, Binghamton University, S.A.D.D., and many others will come to the gym on a weekly basis to educate youth on serious issues they will face.
The gym will also be open to the public for a small fee at non-program hours.

For more information:
Joe Calvello, BNAP Community Organzier 607-724-2489
or Nasim Aziz, Athletic Director 607-821-9651
 

Binghamton Metro Area Ranked the 11th “Most Secure Place to Live”
Mayor Matt Ryan cheered the 12/11/07 announcement that the Binghamton Metro Area has been named the 11th “Most Secure Place to Live” among mid-sized cities in a ranking conducted by Farmer’s Insurance Group of Companies.  Click below to read more:
<http://www.cityofbinghamton.com/viewarticle.asp?a=2719>
 

Graffiti Abatement

Graffiti Abatement

BGAT02.jpgBGAT worked Sunday morning August 12, 2007 on beautifying Water St. and Rolison  St. - right next to Elderidge St. - as well as the river wall next to the  new riverwalk heading towards the North Side of town.

 

BGAT01.jpgA special thanks to our three volunteers for helping out August 14, 2007 and especially Kim Cuddy for bringing six people doing community service.

Working with so many people makes cleaning graffiti so much easier.

BGATTrash.jpgWe were also able to clean up a lot of trash as you'll see in the photos. One thing we all  concluded is there's a great need for trash cans in this area as there are none to be seen anywhere within this vicinity.


More images...

Little by little, we're hoping to help restore the pride in our community.

For more information on how you can help contact:

paint the wall

"Paint the Wall"

Paint03.jpgBroome county is inviting artists of all skill levels to help beautify a section of Downtown Binghamton.

 

 

 

 

Paint01.jpgAnyone interested in sharing their artistic expression should contact the County Executive’s office at
778-2109.
 


Images from the First Ward Business Association Clean Up Day!
Miss the Energy Event?

Did you miss the Energy Efficiency Education Event?
You can still save money on your electricity bill.

Energy saving tips can be found at…
http://www.getenergysmart.org/whereyoulive/energysmartwinter/energysmartwinter.asp

Here are a few websites to check out:
http://www.getenergysmart.org/
http://www.askpsc.com/
http://www.nyseg.com/
 


National Night Out in Rec Park

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The rain didn't dampen the spirits of these West side residents - including Councilmember Bob Weslar and City Youth Director Ana Shaello-Johnson on August 7, 2007.

 

 

 

 

Check out the video as they work the crowd and build community.

 

Spay and neuter your pets

Did you know that 1 out of 10 dogs and 1 out of 12 cats born ever find a permanant home?
800 cats and dogs are euthanized every hour in the United States because their aren't enough homes.
PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!
 


Neighborhood Disturbances: Resources for Filing a Complaint
For Public Disturbances/Noise Pollution:
Call the dispatch number for the Binghamton Police Dept: 723-5321
Tell dispatch that you would like to speak with a police officer to file a complaint.
 
Additionally, you can file a complaint and fill out a service request form on the cityofbinghamton.com website by going to:
http://www.cityofbinghamton.com/grievance.asp

For Binghamton's Noise Ordinance Code: http://e-codes.generalcode.com/codebook_frameset.asp 

Restore NY Round II Explanation

Restore NY ExplanationResidents with questions about the properties included on the second phase of the Restore NY grant are encouraged to read the letter by Jim Dessauer, Director of Planning, Housing, and Community Development, and meant for distribution among the Assemblies.  Please see the attached link to read the letter.

For more information on Restore NY, and the RFPs for the properties included in the first phase, please contact Mr. Dessauer at 772-7028 or jdessauer@cityofbinghamton.com read more ...


Restore NY Grant - Round III

Aug 7 029.jpgResidents are documenting blighted properties which will be proposed to the City before the end of this summer for the Restore NY Grant Round III. The deadline is August 15, 2008. 

Do You know any blighted properties that need to be removed?

Call 724-2489

Take a look at what we've already documented.

Visit our photo gallery.
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Council Approves VISTA Grant

Council Approves VISTA GrantIn a special legislative session at council chambers Wednesday evening, September 12, 2007, the Binghamton City Council approved funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The grant money funds twelve AmeriCorps*VISTAs to serve as structual supports for the Binghamton Neighborhood Assemblies Project.  Neighborhood Assembly functions will continue.  Thank you to residents for your continued support of the VISTAs and we look forward to a succesful and productive year with BNAP.

For more information, contact Daphne Gathers, Neighborhood Services Representative, at 724-2489. 


BNAP Logo Contest

BNAPLogoColorFINAL.pngBNAP Logo Contest

Do you have an idea for a BNAP logo?

Maybe something specific to your neighborhood?
Our Media Coordinator VISTA came up with this.

 Take the survey here and let us know what you think!
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BNAP Website Workshop
(next session TBA)
 

BNAP Newsletter

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Hot off the press! This 8-page issue includes information about the Food Stamp program, Civics 101, Neighborhood Issues and more.

Click here to download the pdf file.

If you'd like to get involved with the next issue contact:
Emily Garvilla
egarvilla@cityofbinghamton.com

Next newsletter planning meeting: TBA 


Neighborhood Assemblies By-Laws
    The latest By-Law Draft is available on this website!
It is located at the bottom of this page of the left:
Click "By-Laws Draft" to view.

If you have questions or concern, please contact
Emily, VISTA Research and Training Coordinator, 724-2489 or 777-2815
 


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What is a Binghamton Neighborhood Assembly?

Binghamton Neighborhood Assemblies (BNAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Binghamton’s eight neighborhoods to encourage citizen* participation in city government. Working as neighborhood advocacy/action groups, NAs help improve communication between the citizens of Binghamton and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each neighborhood.  BNAs serve as organized, democratic forums where neighbors can learn about public issues that affect them and advise city representatives of their concerns and needs.  From stop signs to major development projects, the BNAs offer residents an innovative way to not only learn of neighborhood and city issues, but actively participate in and engage the planning and decision-making process of local government.

*Citizens are defined as residents, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community organizations, and educational institutions.


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New Time-Sundays 7:00-9:30 am, 
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