CITIZEN'S FREEDOM BLOG: S.T.A.P. benefits from big donations and lots of l...: S.T.A.P. benefits from big donations and lots of love! The Southern Tier A.I.D.S. Program threw a great benefit on Sunday at Remli...
S.T.A.P. benefits from big donations and lots of love!
The Southern Tier A.I.D.S. Program threw a great benefit on Sunday at Remlik’s Grille & Oyster Bar, where the love of many came together in beautiful fashion to boost research and help for A.I.D.S., in a big way.
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Would marijuana reform help Broome County’s opioid overdose problem?
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BROOME COUNTY IS FILLED WITH ALL SORT OF CULTURAL EVENTS, BANDS, SHOWS, KIDS ACTIVITIES, AND MORE. I HEARD IT SAID, “THERE’S NOTHING TO DO IN THIS AREA”. MAYBE WE’VE ALL BEEN GUILTY OF SAYING THIS, BUT IT’S JUST PLAIN WRONG.
Here is a list of 5 great things you or your family can partake in this quite incredibly artsy and family-themed area. The only thing missing is an amusement park. But, if you want to find a park, we have plenty to have a blast at.
1 PICK A PARK
Broome County is filled with parks. There is Otsiningo Park along the Chenango River, which offers a baseball field, two soccer fields, a huge playground for the kiddies, bathrooms, water fountains, a beautiful walkway surrounding and meandering through the park, around a pond, and among the Geese. Look out for dogs walking, bikes, and skaters, but they aren’t hard to avoid, as they hardly ever out-number the walkers.
There are Greenwood and Nathaniel Cole Parks. Both offer lakes with swimming fronts and sandy beaches. Both offer boating and fishing. Want to catch some rays and socialize with new friends, old friends, neighbors or associates? These two parks have all the sun-bathing room you need, plenty of picnic tables, large group outdoor venues, grills, softball fields, and playgrounds.
Don’t stop just at those parks though, or you’ll be missing out. There’s still Dorcester Park in Whitney Point. They have a huge, long lake, with boating available. Plenty of beachfront sand and swimming. A playground, and some grilling and picnic areas. It can make for a beautiful day if the weather is just right.
Our last, but not least, favorite place to go is Highland Park in Endwell. This park has it all. A carousel, playground, swimming pool, grills, picnic tables and is the center of many functions, including the famous July 4th celebration every summer with the most incredible fireworks display in the area. Of course, there are other parks, but these are our favorites here at WBDY-LP 99.5 FM Binghamton’s Community Radio and offer the most for you or your family’s visit.
2 LIONS, TIGERS, AND BEARS...OH MY!
Let’s not forget the world-famous April and her giraffe family. Yes, Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY has everything you and the kids will love. Many animals to pet and feed, exotic pets, and of course the only giraffes in the surrounding area, or even upstate NY, we believe. April became famous in 2017, when even in Germany, the news was getting around that she was having her first baby, and there was a contest to name it.
The Ross Park Zoo is hilly, but it is a beautiful walk through the woods as you happen upon some of your favorite animals, including the popular penguins, who are a fan favorite. The zoo has a few picnic areas, and a carousel, as well.
We’d be remiss not to mention an out of county Zoo, but only about an hour outside of Binghamton in Syracuse, Oneida County. That is the world-known Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Wow, this place has 700 different animals, they purport on Google Search. From snakes to spiders, monkeys to tigers, lions and yes, even bears. A new large penguin display, bulls, elephants, and so many more exotic creatures such as the red panda, a very shy snow leopard, and Lemurs. Even check out a cute bird sanctuary inside. This Zoo has tables inside and out to eat at, pony rides, petting barns, surrounding you after you grab a bite to eat in their indoor restaurant.
3 TAKE IN A SHOW!
Now, this is one entertainment area that Binghamton and the surrounding communities are never, ever shy of. Whether it’s Broadway Tours at the Forum Theater, The Tri-Cities Opera, Summer Savoyards, SRO III, EPAC, or any of the other small community theater groups, combined with Broadway caliber high school performances, you can find a show on almost any given weekend to take in.
The areas talent, combined with a SUNY-Broome music program, and a BU music and theater program, as well as hundreds of professional and amateur performers, this county is busting out at the seams with talent.
The Floyd L. Maines Arena, once known for decades as the War Veterans Memorial Arena, outside of which you will find a nice memorial to lost area soldiers, puts on concerts often, many different community programs for kids, the Shriner’s circus, and of course our very own Hockey Team, as Broome has had since the Dusters started here in the 1970’s.
That’s just a limited look at what comes through the arena on any given day, night or weekend. Don’t forget all those kids shows that pull through, and some area graduations.
There is a whole heck of a lot of live entertainment. From bands such as O.C.D., The KiiL, Milkweed, The Gents, Wreckless Marci and many, many more amazingly talented groups to magician acts, singing competitions, amazing karaoke at places like the Lost Dog or Nips Park Avenue Saloon Thursday nights, or try Birtchy's Joint on Saturday nights with Amy Howe, a powerful singer in her own right. You’ll hear some great singing coming from mouths you’d never guess could produce the quality they do.
The Lost Dog has a singing competition coming up beginning the 18th that will blow your socks off for sure. The talent that Powerhouse Entertainment and Frankie Cepero pulls in on a Thursday night is out of this world, and you might feel guilty you haven’t forked over a concert fee for what you find yourself a part of after 3 hours of wall to wall top voices the area has to offer.
4 SPORTS ANYONE?
I think most of us are aware that our area thrives on sports. There is the NY Mets Double-A team at NYSEG Stadium, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. We have a UHL Hockey team in the Binghamton Devils, formerly the Senators, formerly the Rangers, formerly the Whalers, formerly the Dusters. If we’ve left a team name out, we apologize, but we think we fit them all in here.
There are lots of High School sporting events and currently and in the past, we have had County, State, and World Champs come out of Broome County. It was just in 2017, that Maine-Endwell Little League won the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania, just a few hours away. We’ve had High School Teams rank 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in National High School Rankings, and an uncountable amount of State Champs in just about every sport.
At one point, Vestal Soccer and Binghamton Basketball and Football were all ranked in the top 3 in the nation in their respective sports at the same time, but we are going back just a few decades for that mention.
5 KIDS AND FAMILY FUN
Here we’d simply like to list some places you can take yourself, your kids, or the whole family to have hours of fun and enjoyment.
Tully’s - Sure, it’s a restaurant, but with dozens of televisions sets playing all different types of sports, and a game room, combined with large plates of delicious, lip-smacking, finger-licking, kick-butt food, kids love this place.
Bowling Alleys - Midway Lanes, Sunset Lanes, and Laurel Bowl seem to be the most popular hangouts for the bowling crowd, although there are others in the area. Families will flock to these establishments when there are no leagues happening, and they offer midnight bowling, kids bumper bowling, video games, food, and fun.
There are numerous swimming pools, a few right by some of the areas famous Carousels. Just check out those parks I mentioned above, and in your neighborhoods, as many have their own pools.
Robot City is a throwback to the past for some of us older folk who grew up with the first arcades ever. Here you’ll find a large back room filled with lines and lines of old standing video games and in the county’s largest video game arcade is a long row of pinball machines for all you wizards out there. The store also offers lots of used games, and gaming systems, and more.
There are activities all around this area, especially when winter ends, and the warm months charge through the area. You’d be remiss to not find anything to do. We hope you find this article educational, and handy the next time you or the kids say, “There’s nothing to do!”
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STAP's RockStar Celebrity Bartending Bash is just one week away!
The S.T.A.P. RockStar Celebrity Bartending Bash is less than a week away, and once again promises to be the "funnest" event of the year, says STAP Director Mary Kaminsky.
The Southern Tier Aids Program is throwing their fundraising extravaganza The STAP Rockstar Celebrity Bartending Bash on Sunday, April 14th, from 4pm to 7pm at Remlik's Grille & Oyster Bar, 31 Lewis St, Binghamton.
This popular fundraising event is always well attended and last year they reached $12,000 in tips in 3 hours, helping to support the ongoing fight against Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrom, known as A.I.D.S., of which's story was adapted into a world-famous musical in RENT.
S.T.A.P. has pulled in as much as $20,000 in the past, and hope to break that record with your help while attending a wonderful, fun-loving, entertaining, and awarding event for anyone's good soul. You can tip the bartenders anytime, as they vie for the title Top Startender 2019!
Performances take place every half hour, and will include your bartenders and these lovely entertainers:
Your bartenders for the year come in 3 rounds as noted:
Monarco 'Rocky' DiFrancesco
The bartenders are all vying in a "friendly competition to win the title of Top Startender 2019", said Kaminsky. All Tips go to S.T.A.P.
STAP Director Mary Kaminsky said, "It is the funnest event of the year, very fun, and it's always a win-win situation."
There is no entry fee to the event. Anyone who requires, or desires an Uber ride home will get one free of charge. Safety first!
A.I.D.S., Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome became an epidemic in
The first cases of what would later become known as AIDS were reported in the United States in June of1981. Today, there are more than 1.1 million people living with HIV and more than 700,000 people with AIDS have died since the beginning of the epidemic.Mar 25, 2019 (Courtesy of https://www.kff.org/hivaids/fact-sheet/the-hivaids-epidemic-in-the-united-states-the-basics/)
Many of us watched our friends and co-workers fall one by one. Today, less than 7,000 people have A.I.D.S., reflective of the hard work scientists and groups such as S.T.A.P. have put in over the decades to end this horrible disease, which knows no limit to who it has infected over the years. Thankfully, most people are living and surviving with A.I.D.S,. now.
*First published at https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-bc-chronicle/staps-rockstar-celebrity-bartending-bash-is-just-one-week-away/2309294935977136/
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