Month: December 2020
The dogs flew from Puerto Rico to New Jersey before arriving in Binghamton just after noon. She said most of the dogs came from high-kill shelters, so her staff is thrilled to give them a new lease on life. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Humane Society rescued seven dogs from Puerto Rico Tuesday after recent, devastating earthquakes. “We just want to make sure that everybody has a second chance and can try to find their forever home.” Broome County Humane Society Shelter Manager Amberly Ondria said, “A lot of the dogs have come from either families that can’t take of them anymore because of the natural disaster or they may have been strays and they found there way into the shelters so now they’re evacuating those shelters to be able to give these dogs a second chance so they don’t have to go through euthanizing many of them.” “When a natural disaster hits you need help no matter where it comes from, I mean people support here when there’s problem so it’s only fair for us to support other people,” said Ondria. The shelter doesn’t have a date when the dogs will be up for adoption yet, but says it’s the local community support that makes rescues like this possible. More information on adopting an animal at the Broome County Humane Society can be found here.
While Harting may be in his uniform most of the time, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have plans just like you. “Around Valentine’s Day, you have couples who are going to try and make amends in their relationship or they’re just going to spend a lot of time together, so there’s a tendency for higher domestic violence,” Harting said. Lt. Benjamin Harting said having a plan is vital. “Whether it be the app, Uber, Lyft, taxi, a friend, it doesn’t hurt to take a quick picture of the license plate, let your friends know what the car is you’re getting in,” Harting said. “We say it over and over again: make a good life decision, have a plan, don’t drink and drive,” Harting said. “If you’re leaving your kids at home, have a reliable babysitter.” “We recommend people obviously tell your friends and family what you’re up to if you’re going to meet someone, just so they’re aware of where you and where you are going,” Harting said. But while the Broome County Sheriff’s Office wants you and your Valentine to enjoy the day, they also have tips to keep you and the people you love safe. Time with people close to each other is a given, but even then, Harting says to be aware of anything that could go south. If you take a ride-share service, there’s always a simple thing you can do to make sure your ride goes as smoothly as possible. Those fancy and romantic dinners can often have alcohol involved, so making travel arrangements from Point A to Point B can make all the difference. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) – Valentine’s Day is often associated with dinners, chocolates and special time with loved one. The day of love safety tips even extending to dating apps, popular among younger adults. “Taking my daughter to dinner,” Harting said with a smile. “To me she is a very important female in my life and I want to make sure she knows that she can always rely on me for things, so every Valentine’s Day it’s me and her.”
VESTAL (WBNG) – Last week, the NCAA officially made the decision to grant spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility. Binghamton University and the other 346 division-one schools in the country must now find a place for the athletes looking to return. Patrick Elliot is wrapping up his eighth year as Binghamton’s Athletic Director and is in unusual waters. He is facing the challenge of seeing which of the school’s 48 spring sport seniors will look to return in the fall. “So what the NCAA is done is they have taken this senior cohort and they are basically not counting them toward scholarships for next year.” “There is a portion of that cohort that are interested in looking to perhaps come back, so we are looking forward to having more conversations with them about that,” said Elliot. “We would be looking to honor their fifth year, seemingly in a pretty consistent way with what we were doing this past spring,” said Elliot. It’s not as black and white as just having them return for another year. As part of the NCAA’s decision, each school can decide how much financial aid is given to the students, not guaranteeing them to receive what they have in the past. “You know we talked about recruiting, we talk about the eligibility in spring sports but for everyone of our student athletes my biggest priority right now is everybody’s welfare.” Another problem Elliot and his staff have made sure will be a smooth transition. So the next issue for Elliot’s staff is roster size. With a new group of freshman coming in and no departing seniors, each team will essentially have five different classes to work with. In an usual time in the sports world, Elliot says the state of college athletics should be the least of our concerns “I think it’s the right decision and we will have some of that cohort hopefully returning,” said Binghamton athletic director Patrick Elliot. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter.