Dollar General Stores to dedicate first hour for senior citizens amidst coronavirus outbreak

first_img(WBNG)- Starting on Tuesday March 17, all Dollar General stores will be dedicating the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers. In a press release, the stores announced that they will dedicate the first hour for the shopping needs of senior customers who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus. CEO Todd Vasos stated, “In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors.  We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often.” center_img All stores will plan to close one hour earlier than normal in order for workers to clean and restock-shelves. Dollar General says that, customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around the window of time. last_img read more

Teaching assistant creates mask clips for healthcare workers

first_img“I’m doing my part by staying home and wearing masks when I go out like everybody should do, but just little bit to make their lives a little bit easier is just something that I thought was a good thing to do,” said Ryan. (WBNG) — The community has stepped in showcasing its creativity, making things to help healthcare workers ranging from masks to face shields. “They can design something and actually take it away with them either at the end of the day or the next day. Something really quick for the STEM kids, this make it-take it attitude is something they really like. Instant gratification, I want to design something and I want it right away,” said Ryan. Once school closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ryan thought of a different use for it. Each sheet the Glowforge is able to cut produces more than 60 clips. The machine was meant to be used with technology students. “There’s a lot of things out there that purely aesthetic, it’s something for the wall, it’s something for your desk, but there’s also things that are super utilitarian that you can actually use,” he said. “I hope they help a little bit and they go all over the place and everyone wants one and needs one and wears masks all the time,” he said. Ryan decided he would make mask clips, helping to reduce the strain caused by the elastic on healthcare workers’ masks.center_img Making this tough time, just a little bit better. He has donated some to a hospital in Norwich as well as Hamilton and doesn’t plan on stopping production any time soon. Now a Sherburne-Earlville teaching assistant is stepping in, making face mask clips. “What it is actually is it’s a laser cutter,” said teaching assistant Jonathan Ryan. Back in November, the district wrote a grant to purchase a Glowforge machine for its students. “I just saw some pictures of some people, first responders or people on the front line here, and their ears were just raw from wearing these masks all the time,” said Ryan. For more on the coronavirus click here.last_img read more

More than just a playground: OurSpace allowed family to play together, regardless of ability

first_imgThe youngest of Christina’s four children, Sawyer, has Down Syndrome and mobility can be tough for him. “We don’t do a lot of things as a family, this park was one of the few things that we could all do together,” explained mom Christina Nush. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — For families in the area, the OurSpace playground at Rec Park provided more than a swing set, but an opportunity for people of many abilities to play together. When it came to the playground, she said, “It gave us all a place as a family to go that we could play with him and he could be part of everything and he didn’t feel like he was being left out because he couldn’t do what all the other kids were doing.” “As my children were crying yesterday, that was the one thing that I could tell them about, is that they’re already planning on rebuilding, they’re already gathering the money, and it’s going to be bigger and better and it’s going to be even more meaningful to us as a family and to the community after what has happened,” said mom Christina. “We were all planning on coming here this summer, but now we can’t and it’s just sad,” said middle daughter Gracie Nush. “It’s not going to stop the positivity and the joy that it brings people, it’s just going to make people more determined.” To donate to the fund to rebuild the playground, click here. When the playground was upgraded a few years back to be more accessible, the fun only grew. Providing a glimmer of hope that the playground they loved so much will one day be back again. This devastating blow, cutting down the number of places the Nush’s can spend as a family, down to next to nothing. So after Monday’s fire burned down the playground, her family is hurting. The Nush family grew up about five minutes from the park and has fond memories of hanging out there growing up. Nush said between the playground and swimming, that’s about all her family can do together to keep her youngest both safe and comfortable. Despite this, however, the family has their eyes on the future.last_img read more

Ithaca Police investigating reports of shots fired at Stewart Park

first_imgThey say it was reported that a male and female were involved in a dispute, and then the male fired multiple gunshots into the water.  Officials say the individuals involved left in a tan or silver van.  ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Ithaca Police Department is investigating reports of shots fired on Sunday.  The police department received the report of shots fired at approximately 5:16 p.m. and arrived on scene at Stewart Park.  The investigation is ongoing at this time, and there is no further information about this report.  Police say there were no reported injuries. Anyone with information should contact the Ithaca Police Department.Police Dispatch: (607) 272-3245Police Tip Line: (607)330-0000Anonymous Email Tip: cityofithaca.org/ipdtipslast_img

Armenian Community of Greater Binghamton holds peace rally to help spread awareness

first_img“It’s happening now and there’s not a lot of recognition for it,” Melikian said. “What we’ve seen in the media, not a lot of people know about it. And we need to bring attention to it sooner than later because later it might be too late.” The rally members began at the Armenian Genocide Memorial on Conklin Avenue and ended on State Street. The community also mentioned for more information about what is going on at the Armenian borders and how you can help, visit armeniafund.org. The community is also asking for the United States government’s help to stop the attacks on the country. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Armenian Community of Greater Binghamton held a peace rally today to bring awareness to the attacks happening at the Armenian borders.center_img Alex Melikian, rally leader and Binghamton University student, says it was important to hold the rally in Binghamton to bring awareness to what is happening. The local Armenian community invited Binghamton residents to join their prayers for peace and help spread awareness of the attacks happening against the country. On September 27, the Armenian borders were attacked by Azerbaijan in the Artsakh Region. The war has been going on for the past three weeks. last_img read more

McQuade takes lacrosse talents to Le Moyne

first_img“The coach just made me love the campus, like as soon as I stepped on she made it feel like home right away, and I just love everything about it,” she said. McQuade is undecided on her major. “I’m so excited at the same time,” she said. “All the hard work is finally paying off and I’m excited for the future.” TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — Maine-Endwell senior Reagan McQuade signed her national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Le Moyne College Thursday afternoon. McQuade said signing her NLI was a huge relief. McQuade said the lacrosse program at LeMoyne was a perfect fit. She was also selected for the 2019 Under Armour Command team. McQuade is a 2018 and 2019 Section IV 1st team all-star. She played in the 2018 U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament representing Upstate New York, and the 2018 Maverick National Lacrosse Tournament representing the North. McQuade is an honor student, and helps out with youth lacrosse camps as well as youth lacrosse refereeing. She also has helped raise funds for breast cancer awareness. last_img read more