JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – A new agreement with Binghamton University’s Pharmaceutical School and Ithaca College will allow for students to transfer to BU for the Doctor of Pharmacy program after completing three years of undergraduate studies at Ithaca. Perry told 12 News she hopes the program promotes more students to study pharmaceutical science in Upstate New York. Interested students must apply for the program before Jan. 1 of the year they plan to enroll at Binghamton University. Under the new agreement, students will have a chance to complete their Pharmaceutical degree at Binghamton University in seven years, compared to the eight years it would take by opting out of the program. The new 3+4 program will allow qualified Ithaca College students to complete their Bachelor of Science degree through their first professional year at Binghamton University. To qualify for the program, students must carry a minimum of a cumulative and math/science 3.0 GPA . The Pharmacy College Admissions Test will be waived for students who meet those qualifications. “It ultimately is the most beneficial for the students who save a year of tuition on their bachelor’s degree and really are put on to a track to get special advising and have access to resources they need to come to pharmacy school while they’re stick undergrads,” said Rachael Perry, the Pharmacy School’s assistant dean for enrollment management and student affairs.
Village officials are looking to gather more information on consumption of resources, but when asked whether water rates could go up, officials say they aren’t sure. “We’re looking at leaving the minimum rate at what it is, which is $50 for the first 1000 cubic feet. Then, every 100 cubic feet after that it goes to $5.25. We’re looking to raise that to $7.25,” said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie. “Is there a possibility? There’s always a possibility. What we’ve always tried to do, it hasn’t come to fruition yet, just raise the rates a little every year, not these big jumps,” said Deemie. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Changes could be coming to sewer prices in Johnson City, as mayor says this is a part of ongoing debt and village costs. While it hasn’t been officially decided to raise sewage rates, the public will be able to voice concerns at the next public hearing, scheduled at the next board meeting on Tuesday, February 18.
“Our mission is to promote the health and economic vitality of Broome County so clearly two areas that are very challenged right now,” McIntyre told 12 News Tuesday. “I tell my daughter, we can do really hard things when we do them together.” The groups said they were inspired by the organizations who were fighting to provide their services, even when they themselves were financially struggling. The United Way of Broome County, the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation and the Community Foundation for South Central New York have partnered to create the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. This $250,000 grant program is available to local non-profits helping the community during the coronavirus crisis. Amanda McIntyre, the executive director of the Klee Foundation, said the question wasn’t whether her organization should do something, but what role exactly it should play. Organizations can apply for grants between $5,000 and $25,000 in funding. The application process begins on April 6, and for more information click here. “For organizations who want to apply, the application is online; it’s all being done through the community foundation platform,” LoriAnne Welch said. (WBNG) — When times are tough, the Broome County community bands together to help out those in need. The executive director of the United Way of Broome County said the best part of the program is not only the work that can be done, but how easy it is to apply.
James says after graduation he plans on going into the military. His teachers say they’re not surprised by his actions. “My community is very important to me. With the pandemic and people not being able to work, the amount of food going out of the food bank has increased so I felt like everybody needed fresh produce,” he said. James has already grown and harvested his own food, donating it to help feed families in his district. “He’s very motivated to do agriculture and help others. I can always count on him to help others. And he’s a great role model for my younger students,” said Gregory. “It’s kind of like reinforcing rod for concrete. What I did was kind of make a wind tunnel and then wired it together,” he said. “He’s reusing all of these hard rubber types of things to grow in, using things that are around, so he’s very innovative,” said Afton agriculture technology teacher and FFA advisor Victoria L. Gregory. “I was concerned with there not being enough fresh produce at the food bank,” said Timmy James. The greenhouse skeleton only took three days to build and the whole project cost him less than $80. So from home, Timmy went to work, expanding his garden and building a greenhouse from the ground up. When schools across the state closed, he was worried nobody would be able to tend to the Afton Schools’ garden and greenhouse, which provides produce to the district’s food pantry. AFTON (WBNG) — Timmy James is a senior at Afton High School involved in the agriculture program and FFA, a youth organization for agricultural leaders. He did it all on a budget of time and money.
(WBNG) — Thousands of NYSEG customers are without power as storms move through the area on Thursday. According to the NYSEG Power Outage Map, multiple outages have been reported in Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties counties. For the latest on the forecast, click here. More than 3,000 customers are without power. For a list detailing watches and warning in our area, check out the weather service alerts page by clicking here.
OWEGO (WBNG) — Ice Cream Works held a fundraiser for ITP Awareness month and to honor one of their coworkers today. Abbey Luffman passed away back in January due to a rare blood disease, ITP. ITP stands for Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. It’s a disorder that affects platelets in the blood that are used for blood clotting. Abbey’s family will be doing a virtual walk to raise money for the Platelet Disorder Support Association. Part of the proceeds will go to Abbey’s scholarship at Owego Free Academy, and her coworkers are donating their tips, too. Marcy Luffman, Abbey’s mom, says they appreciate Ice Cream Works for holding this fundraiser. “I know the community has been wonderful supporting us through all of this and it really means the world to us,” Luffman said. “Makes us very happy.”
State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is joining with CHOW and the Cornell Cooperative Extension to announce a new holiday meal program. “We have been acutely aware of growing food insecurity across the state. Before we got into the pandemic, estimates were there were approximately 1.2 million people who were food insecure, and now we’re practically looking at 2 million or more,” Assemblywoman Lupardo said. (WBNG) — Local officials and non-profits are banding together to do some good in the community. The goal of the program is to provide as many meals as possible to those in need in the local community. Monetary donations will be accepted and more information on the program will be available at the Broome County Regional Farmer’s Market during operating hours. Donations will be accepted for the holiday meal program today through to Dec. 6th. After the fundraising period, CHOW and CCE will work together to purchase and fill boxes that will be distributed the week of Christmas. Officials say a $50 donation will provide an entire meal for a family of 4 to 6 members, but donations of any amount are appreciated. Officials say the need exists in our local area, and no family should go hungry over the holidays. To donate to the program, click here.