VESTAL (WBNG) — When the coronavirus first broke out overseas, the wedding industry here in the U.S. was one of the first ones to take a hit. “We started following this story in early January when we started to get some trickle effects from our representatives through our companies, just saying they were expecting some of the factories to reopen late,” said Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique owner Stephanie Brown. You have until April 11 to nominate someone for the giveaway. But even though the coronavirus is taking a toll on business, Dress Your Fancy wants to help out the community during this trying time. “It’s important I feel to give back to our community. I believe every business is built on their customers. We have a lot of customers in the healthcare industry and that are on the front line right now putting their own health and their families’ health at risk,” said Howell. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with submissions. “It has impacted us with us having to close our doors for two weeks, and it sounds like it’s going to be another four weeks before we’re able to open. The prom end of it, we’ve really taken a hit,” said Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique owner Shelly Howell. “There’s been some amazing entries and honestly it’s brought us to tears how many amazing women are out there working the front line and doing all they can while trying to plan a wedding,” said Brown. The shop is asking the Southern Tier to nominate someone deserving. “Thank gosh for technology we have been doing some appointments via social media and Facetime,” said Brown. The boutique has set up a wedding dress giveaway, offering a free dress priced up to $1,500 to an engaged healthcare worker. “I think it was an idea that we thought, ‘What can we do for these nurses and healthcare workers that are kind of on the front line?'” said Brown. Owners Howell and Brown say they hope the contest will spread a little hope in this time when people need it most. The full giveaway details can be found on the Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique Facebook page. Dress Your Fancy in Vestal has had to adapt. “I feel that right now everyone is focused on today, what’s not going to happen coming down the line. And we really want them to have something to look forward to,” said Howell. Once the pandemic made its way to the Southern Tier, it began to affect some local bridal boutiques even more. Bokyo Photography will also offer a free engagement shoot to an engaged healthcare worker. Click here for details.
JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Village of Johnson City’s Mayor’s Office announced there is a major water main break on Wednesday. They said the water main break is on North Broad Street and Olive Street near The Can Man. Additionally, village officials say there is no estimate for the time of repair. There is no boil water advisory at this time.
VESTAL (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department is warning individuals that were inside Olive Garden at the Vestal Parkway to self-quarantine after a person there tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials did not release whether the person in question was an employee. Earlier Thursday, the health department asked people who attended a church service in Endwell to self-quarantine after an attendant tested positive for the virus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever and shortness of breath. The department asks anyone who was at the location from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 13 or 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 14 to self quarantine until July 27 and 28.
(WBNG) — Chenango Valley graduate Justin Topa may be close to making his Major League Baseball debut after he was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers from the team’s alternate training site. Topa was drafted in the 17th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Topa had a 2.63 ERA in Double-A last summer with 22 strikeouts. He was added to the Brewers 60-man roster on July 28.