Weitsman to turn former Davis College property into elite basketball academy

first_imgWeitsman told 12 News he plans to build an elite basketball academy on the grounds that will not only retain local talent, but attract top players from across the country to attend. He said Boeheim and Anthony have given him advice as to what the academy should actually look like and what programs should be offered. On Thursday, Weitsman finalized a deal to buy the 13-acre property once home to Davis College for $3.7M, and he has high hopes for its future. Weitsman said he is also seeking input from the public as to what they think of the idea, and says he wants to do what’s best for the village and the surrounding area. He said the industry will continue to grow at a fast rate in the future. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — When Carmelo Anthony, Jim Boeheim, and Adam Weitsman team up, you can be sure big things will follow.center_img There is no definitive timeline for the project moving forward. In addition to the basketball facilities, Weitsman said he plans to dedicate much of the campus to training kids for e-sports, an exploding industry revolving around the world of competitive video games. “The e-sports industry and the gaming world is a lot bigger than people realize,” Weitsman said. “All the professional athletes are playing, these kids have huge platforms of people following them so I think a training facility… would be a good fit for the youth here.”last_img read more

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Weis sponsors 11th annual Healthy Heart Day

first_img“Don’t make it an individual effort, it’s a way to not only get those of us who are older more active but to start ingraining better lessons in our youth,” said Franklin Fry of the American Heart Association “Dietitians are people’s guide to learning how to eat better, if for example they have high cholesterol an they don’t know what to eat,” said Lyndie Weiand, a Dietitian for Weis. Something that Weis Market dietitians were on hand to help out with. “It’s important to get out and to exercise and eat healthy and to encourage others around us to do the same,” Farmer said. Organizers from the American Heart Association say exercise is even better to do as a family. Organizers say you can still make those adjustments even if you haven’t always had the healthiest eating habits Weiand saying that it’s best to make adjustments sooner rather than later. “By changing your diet to be more heart healthy you can decrease your risk of heart disease by 80 percent,” she said. “The narrative is that If I’ve spent forty years working to die by not taking care of my body, now I’m spending the next forty years making sure I’m working to live,” Fry said. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Weis Market’s annual Healthy Heart Day returned to the Oakdale Mall Saturday, an event that WBNG is proud to sponsor. “Today we are here to raise awareness about heart health,” said Megan Farmer, Stay Healthy Coordinator for UHS. “Whether it is about how to prevent heart issues or if you already have heart issues what to do after that,” she said. Organizers say the event is part of heart season which will culminate with UHS’s heart walk in April. Organizers say diet and exercise are a big part of keeping your heart healthy.last_img read more

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State Senator Seward tests positive for COVID19

first_img(WBNG) — State Senator James L. Seward has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to Seward’s office, the senator was diagnosed with a mild case and is expected to make a full recovery. He will be released from the hospital and placed into quarantine “shortly.” Senator Seward is also battling cancer. State Republican Leaders say Seward has not been in Albany since March 11. The senator’s office says Seward’s wife has also tested positive for a mild case of the virus. She is also being quarantined at home. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. In January, Seward announced he will retire and not seek reelection in 2020.last_img

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Broome County equipped to handle severe weather on top of COVID-19

first_imgPonticiello said Buckler and his team were preparing Monday in case they were needed, as well as checking in on the readiness of local agencies. This preparation included keeping in touch with the National Weather Service, NYSEG, deputy coordinators handling different areas, and watching the skies to see how they effect the community. “In this case, it isn’t, they’re two very dissimilar events, so although we’re using an enormous amount of resources on the pandemic, they’re not the same resources we would be using to manage a wind and storm event, that is also coming,” said Ponticiello. (WBNG) — As Monday brought severe weather to the Southern Tier, the Broome County Emergency Operations Center doubled down to handle both the coronavirus pandemic on top of storm threats. Ponticiello said if any non-coronavirus issues arise where local police and fire agencies need help, Broome County Fire Coordinator Jeff Buckler would step in.center_img When asked if this was an overwhelming situation, Ponticiello said it’s one his team has covered. Director of the Broome County Office of Emergency Services Michael Ponticiello explained his team at the center has a plan in place for this kind of situation, and it all revolves around delegating resources. As for what he said you should be doing at home during this kind of double-impact; keep up with social distancing and staying home, while also watching the weather, staying away from downed power lines or trees, and calling NYSEG or 9-1-1 when needed.last_img read more

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Broome County Correctional Facility reports 0 active COVID-19 cases, other updates

first_imgA 23rd person has died from the coronavirus in Broome County. Garnar says the victim was a male in his 80s. That is according to Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says there are zero active cases of the coronavirus at the correctional facility as of May 6. Coronavirus numbers: For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. In addition to this announcement, Garnar says Broome County will serve as the COVID-19 database for the Southern Tier. In total, 343 cases of the virus have been reported. Broome County May 6 coronavirus update: The county executive says expects to have a plan to present to the governor for reopening before May 15 when New York On-Pause expires. 225 people have recovered from the virus. County updates: As a key component to reopen, Governor Andrew Cuomo says each region must have a center where new infections, contact tracing and hospital capacities are monitored. Garnar encourages everyone to continue wearing their masks as the county prepares to reopen.last_img read more

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Vestal man honors local coronavirus victims with Bunn Hill Cemetery memorial

first_imgKen Fortier places dozens of American flags at the Bunn Hill Cemetery in Vestal, one for each Broome County Covid-19 victim. The flags will be up all weekend. “They’re heroes just like the heroes in the hospitals,” said Fortier. center_img VESTAL (WBNG) — Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, a Vestal man honored those who fought for our country, and those who fought for their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. last_img

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Family of Mark Croce sues helicopter company

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB/WBNG) — According to WIVB, the family of developer Mark Croce is suing the aircraft company behind a helicopter he crashed and died in. Croce’s widow, Jessica, and the couple’s two children, who are minors, are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Filed by national law firm Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, the lawsuit accuses Robinson Helicopter Company of negligence and design defects that led to the crash. The law firm says the Robinson R66 helicopter, which was the model Croce was piloting, has had a “troubling history of defects” that include “low-inertia rotor blades, loss of tail rotor authority, fuel control failures, fuel system defects, mast bumping and other issues.” Mark Croce died in January along with 63-year-old Michael Capriotto, another area businessman, which happened in Silver Spring Township, Pennsylvania.last_img read more

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Gov. Cuomo expected to release guidance on high school sports next week

first_img(WBNG) — In his daily press briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced guidance on the high school fall sports season will be released next week. The season is currently set to begin September 21. Organized team practices are still not allowed in New York. New York State Public High School Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas has been waiting for further guidance from the state.last_img

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First day of classes for Binghamton University students

first_imgThe University says they have begun the process of warning students who do not comply to their rights and responsibilities document.  Dylan Paty, BU freshman, says he’s impressed with how the University is making sure students are practicing all the guidelines. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger is sharing the next steps of COVID-19 safety on the first day of classes for students.  The University begins doing surveillance testing next week for both on and off campus students.  Brian Rose, Vice President of Student Affairs, says this is not a fun part of the University’s responsibilities. center_img “Our goal is to have a full semester here, so for those individuals that won’t help us by not complying there has to be some warning,” Rose said. “Like kids are going to be do whatever they want anyways,” Paty said. “But them constantly reminding us and writing people up if its a constant problem is a good policy.” During move in week, the University did not permit three students to move in, due to parents not complying with the move-in rules. last_img read more

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