A full list of dates and pricing can be found here. Partneirng with WSKG Public Radio, the program will teach those between the ages of 6-10 about the many creatures and furry friends scattered throughout the zoo. The zoo is now offering ‘Zoo School featuring Wild Kratts,’ an educational program influenced by the PBS program ‘Wild Kratts.’ “It’s nice to be able to offer more opportunities for kids to come in, learn a little bit about the animals and offer them something when they normally wouldn’t have a lot going on in the area,” Grippen said. Grippen also told 12 News the zoo received a grant which allowed for the program to pay for five students for Horace Mann Elementary School to take part in the winter program. The program will also run on the holidays of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 20) and Presidents’ Day (February 17). The program will run every Saturday from January 4 till February 22, with options for a full-day or half-day session. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park has officially opened it’s doors for a winter session, and there’s now an educational opportunity for kids. On Saturday, dozens of children in the program toured the zoo, feeding goats and engaging with animals. Education manager at the zoo Melissa Grippen told 12 News it’s nice to offer something new to children during what many consider the off-season for the zoo.
Month: December 2020
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force arrested two suspects on multiple felony charges Wednesday. criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree, a class A2 felony2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (sub. 2), a class B felonycriminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (sub.7), a class B felonycriminal possession of a marijuana in the 2nd degree, a class D felony2 counts of criminal possession using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree, a class A2 felonycriminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, a class D felonycriminal possession of marijuana in the 2nd degree, a class D felony2 counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor The task force says 37-year-old Richard Gregory and 34-year-old Briona R. Zduniak, both of Binghamton, were arrested following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at 26 Way St. Gregory was charged with the following: Zduniak was charged with the following: The task force says officers found around 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, “several different types” of illegally possessed prescription pills, two high capacity magazines, drug packaging materials and around $1,900 in suspected drug proceeds at the location.
“Your wife or your mom, just give them a hug and thank them for their contribution, even if it’s toward your family,” Micha said. “Just little acts of kindness go a long way.” (WBNG) — As National Women’s History month kicks off around the country, here in the Southern Tier, the celebrations are about to begin. “Women are unseen and unnoticed, so it’s important to have that recognition, that pride and that honor to show what we have done,” Micha said. “There are still women today who are trying to break the glass ceiling.” On Monday March 2 at 1 p.m. at Binghamton City Hall, the Status of Women Council will hold a flag raising ceremony. As the month-long celebration goes on, Micha gave advice for how people at home can honor the women who have impacted their lives. The annual tradition will see the flag wave throughout the entire month of March in recognition of women’s achievements and legacies throughout Broome County and the nation. The council’s president Heather Micha told 12 News the month is important to help women get the recognition they deserve.
For more coverage on the coronavirus, click here. The university is working to contact individuals who have been in contact with the infected person, it says. The university says the infected individual lives off campus and is in isolation receiving care. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University announced that one of its community members has tested positive for the coronavirus Monday.
The full schedule is posted below: Viewing on our news app? Click here! The museum flew over Western New York as part of its first mission. The participating aircraft include a Douglas C-47 and a P-51 Mustang, both WWII-era warplanes. (WBNG) — The National Warplane Museum has released its flyover mission schedule for its “Thanks From Above” mission on June 6. The museum says it wants to flyover the Southern Tier to thank essential workers for helping out during the pandemic. For more information, click here.
“We have to follow the health department guidelines, the county executive, Broome County county executive guidelines so we need to follow all those, and we also have diocese guidelines that we have to follow,” said Elizabeth Carter. 12 News also spoke to Maine Endwell Superintendent Jason Van Fossen; he said teacher input is crucial for creating reopening plans, but ultimately the state guidelines will determine what the district does. The New York State United Teachers union told 12 News it believes social distancing and masks should both be in place if school returns in-person. Carter said the state still hasn’t released its full, finalized guidelines yet, leaving schools little direction for reopening only six weeks away from the planned start of the year. (WBNG) — State teachers’ unions are now demanding local school districts follow New York health department guidelines. Catholic Schools of Broome County said because it has smaller class sizes, social distancing is not as much of a challenge as it will be for public schools. The president of the schools told 12 News even though the schools are private, they still have to follow public guidelines.
VESTAL (WBNG) — If you’re looking for an educational way to entertain your children this summer, the Kopernik Observatory is offering a rare opportunity. To sign your child up for the camp, click here. Students will even have the chance to call the International Space Station to speak with astronaut Chris Cassidy and ask him questions through a radio connection! From August 17th-21st, fifth and sixth graders can virtually attend a week of camp at the science center called ‘Welcome Aboard the International Space Station.’ Staff explain the week is focused around the life of astronauts and what it takes to become one.
He said his goal is to reopen in the fall with as many students in-person as possible, but the district will be focusing on younger students. “We are focusing on the elementary population, whether that’s K-5, K-6, K-8 whatever configuration we land on that’s the population that we are looking at, and the same thing that the other districts are talking about, what do you do with the high school you know?” Gill said. The deadline for districts to submit their reopen plan proposals is this Friday, July 31. The state education department will then review them over the next week, and then submit final guidance during the first week in August. Superintendent Dr. David Gill of the Chenango Valley Central School District told 12 News Wednesday he has created three reopening plan proposals. These include a full reopen in-person, a hybrid approach, and a fully remote option. TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) — With so much uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year, districts have to plan ahead. The district held a regular board of education meeting Wednesday night where Gill presented his various proposals to the board. He said the board would review them, add any last minute guidance and then approve them by Thursday. He said this was necessary because schools still do not have final guidance from the state, and with the ever-evolving coronavirus situation, districts need to be able to adapt.
—- The mayor’s news conference will be held at 2 p.m. and it will be streamed on the 12 News Facebook page. Police say no one was hurt, but one shot was fired. A weapon was recovered from the scene. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David will hold a news conference Wednesday regarding an attempted murder arrest. 12 News will be live from the press conference on its Facebook page. Mayor David’s office says the arrest is a part of a Sept. 11 investigation in Johnson City. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton officials have confirmed the news conference is directly related to the arrest made in Johnson City on Sept. 11. On that day, at the intersection of Hudson Street and Park Place, the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force made an arrest with the help of a K9 unit. UPDATE: The task force is made up of officers from the Binghamton, Johnson City, and Endicott police departments as well as the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.
The district said they are working with the department of health, who will be conducting contact tracing over the next two days, and will notify close contacts to quarantine. Instructional staff will return on Friday, Oct. 16, for an in-service day. The school voted back in September to begin in-person learning on Oct. 19, a move away from the school’s previous hybrid model. On the school district’s website, officials say the school received a notice from the department of health of its third confirmed positive COVID-19 case at the school. This was the school’s third positive case in a 14-day period. As a result of the cases, the school will be closed for five to seven days, and will resume in-person learning on Monday, Oct. 19. NEW MILFORD, Pa. (WBNG) — The Blue Ridge School District announced the district will switch to remote learning until Oct. 19.