The power of social media: How a Facebook group has become a resource for Broome County

first_img“One thing I do as a hobby, I’m medically disabled so I don’t work, I’ve been running Facebook groups for various things. And it just occurred to me, this would be perfect, I could put together a centralized resource where people could find things,” he said. While the group covers a ton of people, it also covers a ton of topics. “We did not think that it was going to get this big this quick,” said Heather. BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — Once the coronavirus pandemic made its way to the Southern Tier, people were looking for answers. Todd and his wife Heather started the Facebook group, ‘COVID-19 Broome County NY Support.’ From school updates, to donation drop-offs, to creative ways you can get involved in the community. They say they are appreciative of those who have stepped up to become moderators, ensuring the group runs smoothly. “So they have literally an access to all the local information right on their phone,” said Todd. “It brought out a lot of people that want to help in their communities,” said Todd. As of Thursday morning, the group had nearly 9,000 members. According to the most recent census data, that’s just under 5% of Broome County. And the number continues to grow. Todd thought he would be able to help out. The Quigleys started groups for surrounding counties as well, being run by volunteers. “We try to make as many resources as possible for our community because there’s so many needs everywhere and this way people know exactly what is happening right now,” said Heather. “Local friends were having difficulty finding things to buy. People were hoarding, people were running out of toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and I just saw a lot of people asking where they could get things,” said Todd Quigley of Endicott. And not only is it keeping people informed, it’s bringing Broome together when people need each other most. Click here to get to the COVID-19 Broome County NY Support group on Facebook. “We’ve been averaging about a thousand people a day joining,” said Heather. It’s all material available at your fingertips. “I think that’s just really amazing that our group inspired others to start helping out,” said Todd. “Surprisingly enough, we started getting members from all around the world actually. People who live in the area would invite everyone they knew on their friends list, or people who used to live in Binghamton,” said Todd. Reminding people while they’re isolated, it’s important to stay connected, even if it’s through a screen.last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, April 3 – April 9, 2016

first_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf April 08, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, April 3 – April 9, 2016 The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Tom Wolf signed two executive orders that expand protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity for state employees and, for the first time, employees of contractors doing business with the commonwealth. Governor Wolf’s executive orders come as the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would apply these protections to all Pennsylvania workers, remains stalled in the General Assembly.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf joined Vice President Joe Biden to launch the “It’s On Us” National Spring Week of Action. This spring, the Week of Action is being held from April 3-9, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Thousands of young people across the country will host and participate in events designed to not only raise awareness about the campaign but also continue to work to foster a culture of consent.Governor Wolf also continued to call on the General Assembly to pass government reform legislation and a statewide minimum wage hike.Monday, 4/4/16 Governor Wolf Announces 147 Jobs with New ContactUS Facility in Fayette CountyGovernor Wolf Outlines his “Government that Works” Reform Plan in PhiladelphiaGovernor Wolf Encourages Harrisburg Legislators to Raise the Minimum Wage Statewide in YardleyTuesday, 4/5/16 Governor Wolf Joins Vice President Biden to Launch “It’s On Us” National Spring Week of ActionGovernor Wolf Announces Basic Education Funding DistributionWednesday, 4/6/16Governor Wolf Announces Basic Education Funding DistributionGovernor Wolf to Sign Non-Discrimination Executive OrdersWolf Administration Announces Sutphen East Corporation Relocation and Expansion, New Jobs in Wayne CountyThursday, 4/7/16 Governor Wolf Outlines his “Government that Works” Reform Plan in Montgomery CountyGovernor Wolf Makes Remarks at the AFL-CIO ConventionWith Legislation Stalled, Governor Wolf Expands Non-Discrimination Protections for State Workers, ContractorsGovernor Wolf Statement on Aramark AnnouncementFriday, 4/8/16At Allegheny County League of Municipalities Conference, Governor Wolf Warns of Fiscal Cliff Facing PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Tech Met Expansion, New Jobs in Washington CountyHighlights from The Blog:GUEST BLOG: Start of Spring Brings Greater Risk of Flooding in PennsylvaniaBLOG: Harrisburg Republican anti-choice bill is an attack on womenBLOG: Leaked Emails Expose Republican Plan to Cut Education to Balance BudgetBLOG: Non-discrimination executive orders are a first step in protecting PennsylvaniansBLOG: How Education Funding Is Being Distributed This YearBLOG: Pennsylvania’s legislature is behind other states on this important issue (again)BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Two Anti-discrimination Executive Orders; Urges Legislature to Pass Statewide Anti-discrimination Bill (Round-Up)Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

There will be no sanitation pickup on Wednesday due to Veteran’s Day

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Due to the observance of Veteran’s Day on Wednesday ~ November 11th, the Landfill will be closed that day.  Refuse collection normally occurring on Wednesdays will be completed on Thursday that week. Thursday and Friday routes will both be collected on Friday that week.Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday (November 26th & November 27th), the Landfill will be closed Thanksgiving Day – November 26th. Refuse collection normally occurring on Thursdays will be completed with the Friday route that week.The Recycle Center will be CLOSED on Veteran’s Day (Wednesday ~ November 11th.)Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more