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Planning Commission, and Zoning Board Openings

September 27, 2012 by imc-editor

BINGHAMTON, NY—Mayor Matt Ryan today invited volunteers to submit letters of interest to serve on the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Zoning Board of Appeals Overview & Requirements
The Zoning Board of Appeals is responsible for reviewing applications for variances from applicable zoning regulations, hearing appeals and issuing interpretations. The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of five community members appointed by the Mayor.

The City is seeking community-minded volunteers who can commit to attending one meeting per month. Zoning Board of Appeals meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, starting at 5:15pm. In addition, ZBA members must complete four hours of training each year.

There are no specific educational requirements for appointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals, but some knowledge of land use policy, construction, planning, sustainable development, architecture and/or civil engineering is preferred. ZBA members must reside in the City of Binghamton.
Planning Commission Overview & Requirements
The Planning Commission is responsible for reviewing site plans, granting Special Use Permits, and issuing advisory opinions to City Council regarding amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the official Zoning Map. The Planning Commission consists of nine community members appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council.

The City is seeking community-minded volunteers who can commit to attending one meeting per month. Planning Commission meetings are held on the first Monday of each month, starting at 5:15pm. In addition, Planning Commission members must complete four hours of training each year.

There are no specific educational requirements for appointment to the Planning Commission, but some knowledge of construction, planning, sustainable development, architecture or civil engineering is preferred. Planning Commission members must reside in the City of Binghamton.

Deadlines Letters of interest should be delivered by October 5th at 4:00pm to: Office of the Mayor 38 Hawley St Binghamton, NY 13901

Emerald Ash Borer in Tioga CO.

September 27, 2012 by pegjohnston

EAB Found As Part of DEC’s 2012 Trapping Program

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Tioga County has been confirmed by the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens confirmed today. The EAB was found in a DEC-deployed trap two miles from the Pennsylvania border and six miles from the Chemung County border in the southwestern corner of Tioga County. Chemung County and all of Pennsylvania are under state and Federal EAB quarantine. A single adult EAB was found in one of the thousands of purple detection traps that are placed around the state this summer.

“With this year’s EAB detection trapping season rapidly coming to a close, we are working closely with our sister-agency, the Department of Agriculture and Markets and other stakeholders to examine the information derived from this year’s trapping to determine appropriate quarantine boundaries moving forward,” Commissioner Joe Martens said.

With the confirmation of EAB in Tioga County, New York now has 13 counties where EAB has been found.

Book as Art: Submissions Wanted

September 27, 2012 by pegjohnston

Book As Art
February 2013
Cooperative Gallery 213
Curated by Peg Johnston


Handmade books are an art form that will be featured at “Book as Art” at the Cooperative Gallery 213 the month of February 2013. In addition to her own work, Peg Johnston will curate a show that includes a wide variety of book art. Eligible are handmade books as well as art made with books.

If you would like to submit to this exhibit please contact PegJohnston sending a jpg of your work. There is no fee. Send to

Who's afraid of Muslim Rage? Stop the Clash!

September 22, 2012 by pegjohnston

This is the sanest article about the anti-American "rage" in the Middle East, with links to other good articles and in depth reporting. Good Satire too. check it out.

Urban Farm Update

September 19, 2012 by pegjohnston

The Binghamton Urban Farm’s third growing season has been the most productive yet. Not bad for a season following a devastating flood. Although, we first thought that our soil might have been polluted by floodwaters soil tests revealed no such problem. However, the site was still a wreck. We were only able to make such a swift recovery because of the help of many volunteers. Thanks to all of you by late spring the farm looked great.

Let's celebrate International Day of Peace

September 16, 2012 by tim wolcott


Celebrate - Create Sustainable Peace

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a day when people everywhere stopped fighting wars, and instead gave humanitarian aid? Well, there is a day dedicated each year to the cessation of hostilities and to public awareness of issues related to peace. It’s the International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations in 1981 and observed on September 21st since 1982. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future”. Our challenge is to create peace and maintain it for much longer than one day per year.
The root causes of many conflicts are directly related to the handling of valuable natural resources such as diamonds, gold, oil or timber. The mining and distribution of the rare earth mineral, coltan, required in the manufacturing of cell phones and laptops, fuels the violence in the Republic of Congo. The access to potable water continues to be a flashpoint for violence in the Middle East and that violence will only become more common elsewhere as climate change proceeds. According to the Universal Peace Federation “armed conflicts rob people of the opportunity to develop, create jobs, safeguard the environment, fight poverty, reduce the risk from disasters, advance social equity and ensure that everyone has enough to eat”. Good natural resource management can play a central role in preventing conflicts and building sustainable peace.
What can we do to create peace and maintain it? Many can celebrate the International Day of Peace by lighting a candle and observing one minute of silence, attending a rally for reconciliation or starting a community service project. If you are a combatant, lobby to cease fire for 24 hours, at least. We all can insist that our governments in conjunction with the United Nations –
1. Put enforceable, mandatory limits on the fossil fuel extraction and consumption that is the major factor in global warming
2. Take steps to phase out using “Gross Domestic Product” to assess the well- being of a country
3. Develop micro and macro strategies for sustainable development financing

We need a future where natural resources are protected for the common good rather than used to finance wars, where children are educated at school, not recruited to war, where economic and social inequities are resolved through dialogue, not violence.
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Non-Oppressive Election?

September 5, 2012 by activ60

WOMEN and men of non-oppressive consciousness Nov's election is the most important since we got the vote. You need to register by October 12.

Philadelphia Inquirer/Vanity Fair investigative reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele expose Congressional neglect and corporate greed in "The Betrayal of the American Dream." Although each chapter causes indigestion, it speaks to the immorality of our nation's soul.

The majority of Congress, presidents and Wall St. is governed by men that have led us to this precipice. The ruse of productivity was used to rape manufacturing workers out of their jobs and continues locally at BC Mental Health Clinic with national sanction.

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New Mural at Boys/Girls Club in Endicott

September 4, 2012 by pegjohnston

Public art just got another boost this last weekend thanks to the efforts of Bruce Grieg and Kady Perry, and the Endicott Boys/Girls Club. Grieg is a recognized muralist from New Zealand who lives in Binghamton part-time; he works with an air brush and captures remarkable emotion in his subjects. Perry has done a number of mural in the Triple Cities area, including on the flood wall honoring flood recovery with a "helping hands" theme.

The Happiness Project

September 3, 2012 by imc-editor

A small group of artists has posted a 1940’s picture of a young couple on abandoned structures around Binghamton in an effort to replace the depressing blight with visually interesting images. “We are calling this “The Happiness Project,” said one of the artists, who prefers to remain anonymous, “because the image is so fresh and joyous. We believe that neglected areas in Binghamton need an infusion of happiness and hope.” The artists envision a series of posted photographs that capture the same mood of happiness in diverse subjects.

Many cities have created an atmosphere of support and tolerance for public art often with the result of economic stimulation as people flock to see locally generated creativity in the urban landscape. Public art festivals have popped up in several cities bringing in tourism dollars and revitalizing abandoned buildings. The magazine Juxtapoz (May 2012) published an editorial in support of public art pointing out, “Art simply makes communities better, creating pride and thought provoking discourse.”

The Happiness Project artists further comment: “We see these Happiness posters as an improvement to dilapidated buildings and eyesores, not as a defacement of private property. While these structures are a hallmark of poverty and economic downturn, our spirits need not be impoverished. We are especially interested in local, historic images that remind us of our heritage and sense of place. If fellow citizens want to suggest locations for future enhancement or propose images we encourage them to communicate with us through the site, a progressive community news site that does not log IP addresses. We are not affiliated with any organization or group, but are individuals taking the initiative to make public art in Binghamton.”

Posters have, so far, been spotted on State St., Water St., Clinton St. and Glenwood Ave.

Framing Fracking

September 3, 2012 by NewEarth

To try to win hearts and minds, people, organizers, governments choose words, phrases and images that resonate with the cause and with the audience. It’s not nearly enough to have facts and figures and science as all of those can be and have been manipulated and corrupted. Framing is done subtly so that people often don’t realize what’s happening unless they’re attuned to it, are probably wordmeisters, and can spot it. It’s a bit like Psy Ops (Psychological Operations).

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