Feb. 26, 2020: DIGGING DEEPER: Endicott officials demand answers before battery recycling facility moves in ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Village Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday about industrial zoning laws. A letter obtained by 12 News sent to Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson’s office by the Union-Endicott School District asks the Village Board to delay its decision over potential changes to zoning laws. On March 27, the New York State Department of Conservation approved a permit for the construction of the recycling facility. Thursday evening’s meeting notice says there will be no public comment period. April 1, 2020: DEC approves permit for Endicott battery recycling facility. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. and will be held over Zoom. The letter can be viewed below: Viewing on our news app? Click here! They say this is to “accommodate the Lithium Battery Recycling Project.” Mayor Jackson said this push for a change is not about any one facility. She told 12 News the zoning laws have no definition for recycling and they need to be changed. For previous coverage on this story, take a look at the following articles: Sungeel MCC Americas claims it would be the first facility of its kind in the United States to recycle lithium ion batteries. Union-Endicott School District Superintendent Nicole Wolfe and Board of Education President Dick Testa said they are concerned over the well being of their students. Jan. 9, 2020: Endicott residents charged up over battery recycling facility awaiting permit
The school is preparing to follow new guidelines regarding social distancing and PPE. “Luckily, the Governor’s office had released the approval for us to be able to reopen, but the state Education Department also had to vet some of the approvals along with DOH, so those just came through on the weekend,” said Director of Children’s Unit for Treatment and Evaluation Rachel Cavalari. Ready to keep students and staff both healthy and safe, physically and emotionally. VESTAL (WBNG) — While it’s still uncertain if students will be returning to school in the fall, some programs were given the green light for the summer. “If you have a child who needs that level of support who then is, even though we’re offering virtual services, is removed from the intensity that they’re used to receiving, it’s going to create a situation where it might cause regression or it’s going to prevent growth,” said Cavalari. “Families might have a school district who says you can go back and the family might say, ‘we’re comfortable with what we have, we’re not under pressure to return to work, and the virtual format makes us feel a little bit better at this time.’ So we keep telling all of our families, it’s okay,” said Cavalari. Starting July 6, ICD, along with other special education programs in the state, will have some students back in the classroom for its summer term. “All of our staff are going to be masked at all times when they’re working with the kids. Instructional areas, even when looking around our building, you can see we have areas that are taped off, trying to give the six-foot space so that it gives visual guides for staff,” said Cavalari. As families are adjusting to the changes, ICD is too. “Bringing them back and sort of getting them used to a routine sometimes will help those kids feel like there’s a sense of predictability, like it does for any child,” said Cavalari. While in-person instruction is taking place, virtual learning will still be maintained. School leaders say it’s important for students and their families to have this option after being out of the building for so long. The Institute for Child Development, or ICD, is getting ready to open its doors. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Education are allowing in-person special education services this summer.
Once she got the approval the team was off and running. Gaylord and five other girls were a part of the inaugural girls’ golf team at Vestal High School. She decided to combine her two passions. Gaylord set out to start a girls’ golf team at the school. To finish off her project and receive her award, Gaylord is working on putting together a girls’ golf clinic for younger age groups. The team has since added four more girls to the mix. Gaylord said they are looking forward to beginning their second year in the spring of 2021. “It definitely pushed me to try and be better and try and keep up with them and do as well as they did,” Gaylord told 12 News. VESTAL (WBNG) – Mia Gaylord has been a girl scout since kindergarten and has been playing golf since the 3rd grade. Still participating in Girl Scouts, Gaylord had to do a project to receive her gold award. The project had to be centered around something that would help the community. “When it first started I almost didn’t think it was going to happen because of the school’s budget,” said Gaylord. “But once we got it started we all really enjoyed our time and it was rewarding to see it all come together.” When she got to Vestal High School there was no girls’ golf team. Gaylord told 12 News she had to join the boys’ team if she wanted to continue playing the sport she loved. “I’ve had to document my time that I’ve worked on the project and then I submit a final report to them when I’m done and they approve if I get the award or not,” said Gaylord.
(WBNG) — Local emergency services want you to be ready for a disaster. Broome County Officials joined local non-profits to call on residents to have a plan in case of emergencies. Officials say the year showed them the need to think outside the box and prepare for anything. While haveing an emergency kit is a good idea, officials say taking that first step toward developing a plan is just as important. “Have that conversation, talk about what will happen if we have an extended power outage or you’re not going to be able to return home. Talk about that with your family to make that plan,” said Broome County Director of Emergency Services Michael Ponticiello. “We always say yeah that’s great to have it written down, but it starts with that conversation.” County Executive Jason Garnar says the floods of 2006 and 2011 helped him understand the value of being prepared.
Julia Milewski, the Assistant Director for Student Transition and Success, and Success Coach, says the center is there for all types of students’ needs like time management, study skills, and tutoring, just to name a few. Milewski also stressed the importance of staying engaged, especially at a time when continuously being online and on zoom conference calls can be fatiguing. VESTAL (WBNG) — As college students continue to navigate through the fall semester, Binghamton University is reminding its students that the school has many resources available to help with the transitions. She also highlighted other initiatives the University is offering to connect students both from off and on campus, and stresses the importance of using the University’s resources.