(WBNG) — As the Bandera Family Christmas Dinner prepares to celebrate 30 years serving the community next week, 12 News is taking a look back at the event’s history. Organizer Bill Bandera explained Friday, his parents, Carolyn and Bill Bandera, started the dinner back in 1989. Then, the dinner served about 70 people. Shortly after this milestone, however, Bandera’s father passed away. Bandera said he’s working on a new dinner location in Oneonta for next year. Bandera said he never imagined the event would become what it is today, but before he knew it, the team was celebrating 20 years. After spending some time with his mom, however, and seeing just how impactful the event was on the community, Bandera had a change of heart. The next ten years flew by, and the event now serves meals in Binghamton, Endicott and Norwich. “I honestly believed it was over,” he said. “My parents just were like ‘hey you know let’s give back to the community,’ I remember that conversation, ‘let’s do something for the people in this city because we can,'” he described. If you’d like to volunteer for this year’s dinner or sign up for a home delivered meal, visit the event’s website here.
They learned about the celebrations in Japan, Sweden and Canada. Staff at the Discovery Center said learning about other cultures helps promote tolerance. “If we teach children when they’re young that children are children all over the world and they play games and they eat food and they have fun activities to do and just sharing of cultures is really important,” said Director of Special Events Director Cheryl Dutko. The Discovery Center had many New Year celebrations highlighted by a balloon drop every hour. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Children at the Discovery Center learned about New Year Celebrations across the world Tuesday.
He could not comment if any animals were inside the house when the fire broke out. Chief Gunn says smoke was visible from all angles of the house when crews arrived. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 12:43 UPDATE: Dispatchers tells 12 News departments from the city and town of Binghamton, Endicott, Endwell, Vestal and more have been called to the scene. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. TOWN OF BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Multiple fire departments have been called to a 2nd alarm house fire at 658 Park Ave. in the town of Binghamton. TOWN OF BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Town of Binghamton Assistant Fire Chief Gary Gunn says no one was home at 658 Park Ave. when the fire broke out Wednesday. A 12 News crew at the scene reports Park Avenue is closed as crews work. Crews were dispatched to the scene between 9 and 9:30 a.m. The fire took about 20 minutes to put out, Chief Gunn says. State Police are also at the fire. —–
In the Greenberg family, they say music has been a strong part of their lives. That’s why when Stacey and Mickey couldn’t celebrate, their daughter, Bess, says she and her brothers decided to make a music video with the grandchildren. “They were very surprised and very moved by it all,” said Bess when talking about the moment she video taped her parents watching the video. “Even just thinking about it now, despite the circumstances, it was a really special moment.” The video consisted of the five children singing with pictures and videos throughout the couple’s marriage. Bess says her mother was sad the morning of the anniversary, saying she just wanted to be with her family. She says while it was tough to not be able to celebrate, she says it’s so important to make family feel extra loved during this pandemic. “When we have the ability to let people know that we care, it can change a person’s day. It can change how we feel,” said Bess. VESTAL (WBNG) — When Stacey and Mickey Greenberg couldn’t celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their loved ones, their family went to the extra mile to recognize the special day. Stacey and Mickey Greenberg got married on April 13, 1970.
Garnar said he is hopeful most businesses will reopen on May 15. That’s the day governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York on Pause initiative will end. The governor has said construction and manufacturing are some of the industries that will return first. The county executive said by preparing as much as possible, he wants to bring business back to normal. “Most of our businesses, in fact if not all of them, could start May 15th if we are all able to adhere to these guidelines that the state has put out for us,” Garnar told 12 News Thursday. “I think all businesses could open.” While the final decision is up to New York State, there are preparations to be made before so counties across the state can be ready. (WBNG) — On Thursday, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar gave 12 News the first look at when the county will reopen. Garnar said those guidelines are part of a twelve point plan the state has developed to prepare counties to reopen. He says there will be limits in place to start, such as restaurants only opening at fifty percent capacity to begin.
Chapter president Curtis Hammond said the money raised will go toward putting the kids in camps and giving them real life experiences. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – On Saturday, The Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club put on the 2nd Annual Pastor Lyle Ward Memorial Fundraiser. The club hopes the fundraiser can return to normal next summer. “My family adopted four foster care kids out of the system, so foster care is huge in my family,” Hammond said. “The foster care system around here needs as much help as we can give them so that’s why we do this event.” Hammond, who is also the grandson of Pastor Ward, told 12 News the foster care system has always been very important to his family. Due to COVID-19, this year’s fundraiser was a drive through barbecue. From late morning to early afternoon cars flooded the parking lot of the Lowe’s in Binghamton to get a barbecue dinner. The fundraiser raises money for kids in the foster care system in Broome County.
Executive director Jen Woodward-Renyolds says the organization wanted to give back to those in need with pets. Stray Haven will be conducting more free rabies clinics throughout 2021. “This gives a service that they need,” Woodward-Renyolds said. “They have pets. They need to get shots. They can’t afford or get into local veterinarians, so we are just providing this service to help pet owners.” WAVERLY (WBNG) — Stray Haven held a free dog and cat rabies clinic for members of the community. Pet owners also could get a distemper shot and a microchip for fifteen dollars each. In partnership with the Tioga County Health Department, the organization had veterinarians on site providing free rabies shots. The clinic was drive thru style. The clinic expected to administer 300 rabies shots.