Every week (usually on Monday afternoon) I recap some of the essential local news we reported on 1290 AM/92.1 FM WNBF, our Townsquare Media Binghamton sister radio stations on-air, on our websites, and on social media platforms.

Below are some local, regional, or state news items in a short recap we reported on for the week of October 23, 2023, from various agencies and news reporting from WNBF's Bob Joseph, Don Morgan, and the Townsquare Media staff. For the complete article (if available), click on the headline.

Plan to Return IBM Endicott Collection Provokes Outrage
(Bob Joseph)
People are reacting angrily to word that the Endicott History and Heritage Center is preparing to return its IBM Collection to the company that calls the village its birthplace. Center executive director Marlene Yacos said "We're just devastated" by a decision made at a September board meeting to send the historic IBM items back to the corporation.

New York State STOP-DWI Legislation Signed Into Law
(Don Morgan)
On October 20th, it was announced that legislation was signed into law in New York State to increase support for local STOP-DWI programs. Introduced by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, and sponsored by Fred Akshar when he was a New York State Senator, along with Senator Tim Kennedy, this legislation was over 10 years in the making.

Pasquale's Deli in Binghamton Suddenly Closes Its Doors
(Bob Joseph)
A popular deli on Binghamton's East Side has shocked customers by announcing it has shut down operations. Pasquale's Deli on Broad Avenue had been a fixture in the neighborhood for decades. The post indicated due to "some unexpected circumstances, staffing shortage and issues beyond our control, Pasquale's Deli has closed its doors."

First Numbers: How Many People Are Using the Route 434 Greenway?
(Bob Joseph)
Traffic counts indicate several hundred people a week are walking, jogging, and biking along the new Route 434 Greenway. The two-and-a-half-mile shared-use pathway between Washington Street in Binghamton and Murray Hill Road in Vestal opened in early August. The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study has been tracking Greenway use since the construction barricades were removed.

Glimpse New Arrival Rare Wolves At Binghamton's Ross Park Zoo
(Don Morgan)
On October 25th, Ross Park welcomed four Red Wolves to the pack. It's been several years since there have been new additions. The wolves include a 13-year-old male along with three sons, one 6 years old and the other two, 5 years old. These red Wolves arrived from the Wolf Conservation Center in Salem, New York. they will be roaming the newly renovated Wolf Woods Habitat along with Karma, a long-time resident of the Ross Park Zoo.

Work Starts to Take Down I-81 Pedestrian Bridge Near Binghamton
(Bob Joseph)
A demolition team is removing a dilapidated pedestrian walkway crossing Interstate 81 just north of Binghamton. The bridge near Otsiningo Park in the town of Dickinson was shut down in January shortly after a new paved path was opened as part of a Front Street construction project. The narrow span was used by Sunrise Terrace residents to walk or bike to the park or to get to neighborhoods on Binghamton's North Side. The walkway, which cost $312,000 to construct, opened in 1968.

Broome County To Participate In Operation Green Light
(Don Morgan)
'Operation Green Light' is a New York State-wide event, through a nationwide effort encouraging state residents, businesses, and local government to join in and show support for our veterans. Local businesses, governments, and residents are encouraged to display green lights on their homes and businesses during the week of Veterans Day, which runs from November 9th through the 15th. Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th.

New Owner Sees Bright Future for Conklin Tent-Making Facility
(Bob Joseph)
Tent manufacturing operations at a Broome County production facility could expand significantly as a new owner of the business plans for growth. Rekord Group acquired the Eureka military and commercial tents units in Conklin from Johnson Outdoors early this year. The site at 625 Conklin Road was home to the Eureka Camping Center retail store for more than a half-century. The shop that sold tents and other outdoor gear was closed three years ago.

New Use Planned for Old Shenanigan's Bar in Binghamton
(Bob Joseph)
A space that had been home to a bar and nightclub on Binghamton's East Side for a couple of decades is being renovated for a completely different use. A section of the Robinson Street Plaza where Shenanigan's had been located will soon be occupied by a program operated by Mother & Babies Perinatal Network. Beekman said many families had taken advantage of the program when it was operated at the Mother & Babies site on State Street. That site recently closed when the agency moved its headquarters to Johnson City.

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