A new book is being released that celebrates the past and present of Binghamton.

Author Jim Maggiore, a Binghamton resident, appears on the February 11 edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up to talk about his inspiration for the colorful book, Around Binghamton that is jam-packed with historic and current photographs.

Maggiore says the book is really a celebration of the area but can also open the eyes of some people to all that Binghamton has to offer including industry, arts, education and affordable top-notch sporting events.

The book, being published by Arcadia Publishing, is being made available February 13 and Maggiore will be doing a presentation and signing copies at the Bundy Museum in Binghamton on the 18th.

Southern Tier Close Up airs Sunday at 6am on 99.1 The Whale.