For the most up to date information, go to AMC Theater’s website by clicking here. 5:18 P.M. UPDATE: AMC has told 12 News that due to a “network outage,” its theater in Vestal will not be operating a few days before “The Rise of Skywalker” releases on Friday. VESTAL (WBNG) — The force is not strong with AMC Theaters. They say if the theater does not reopen by Thursday, individuals will receive an email confirming a refund for purchased tickets. They say already affected showtimes have been refunded. —– VESTAL (WBNG) — Good news for Star Wars fans: AMC Theater in Vestal has reopened following a temporary closure. PHOTO CREDIT: MGN Online
—– APALACHIN (WBNG) — A 12 News crew at the scene reports that the whole building is on fire. Dispatchers tell 12 News fire departments from Tioga and Broome counties have been called to the scene. APALACHIN (WBNG) — Multiple emergency crews are responding to a fire at Taylor Garbage on Route 434 in Apalachin Friday evening. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further information. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. This story has been edited to reflect the location of the fire is on Route 434.
Town of Owego Supervisor, Don Castellucci Jr., says he understands the problems people are facing, but believes the closure is necessary until more plans are discussed. “Over the last two years, both my wife and I have had incidents in which we had to go to the hospital in an ambulance,” said Schneider. “In fact, the Campville ambulance, when they took me to the hospital, they went down this road to Twist Run Road because they said it was shorter with traffic in town.” OWEGO (WBNG) — Nearby residents along Teeter Road say they don’t want to wait until the spring for the road to re-open, but town officials say it may have to wait for safety needs. Castellucci mentioned how the road won’t be able to get repairs until spring arrive. However, the town board is offering a public meeting for residents to talk about a plan to work together on until the winter season is over. The town of Owego closed off part of Teeter Road back in early December due to reports of a plow truck getting stuck in hazardous conditions. RELATED: Owego road closure causing safety concerns for residents “It’s not convenient, but at the same time, the town has the responsibility for driver safety, employee safety, and equipment safety so we have to weigh those things,” said Castellucci. Meanwhile, local resident, Paul Schneider, says this is the first time he’s seen part of the road closed off, causing drivers to take a long detour. He says among many concerns such as access for NYSEG and workers from the Greater Binghamton Airport to maintain a nearby tower, his biggest worry involves his health.
Chenango Valley Central School District is facing similar challenges with the digital divide. Windsor CSD has put together materials, including laptops, to send home with students. Families are able to pick up the materials, but if they are unable to, the school district will be delivering supplies via school bus. “It’s so hard to know what the future holds, I think like everywhere else, we just don’t know at this point what that will look like,” said Andrews. For those without access to internet at home, Windsor Central School District says they have a solution. “Google Arts and Culture is offering tons of resources on their website, they just hit 1,200 museums that are doing free tours. It’s a great resource for them to occupy their time while enriching the learning we were doing here in the room,” said Matthew Wilson, an art teacher at Chenango Valley High School. (WBNG) — As schools close both across the country and in the Southern Tier, school districts are working around the clock to create plans for students to learn from home. “We’re utilizing our various technology platforms we have in place, Schoology, Google Classroom, Pear Deck,” said Windsor Central School District Superintendent Jason Andrews. Even with all these plans in place, school officials say they’re re-assessing the situation on a daily basis. “Our staff made phone calls home to each family to assess their connectivity as well as their ability to access computers. As a result of completing those calls, we also have alternative assignments and activities that don’t require internet access,” said Andrews. For subjects that can be difficult to teach online, one art teacher is getting creative with his curriculum. “We made sure we were connecting them with the free resources, because we do have local companies that are offering free internet for a period of time, so we’re giving them that connection, but we also made sure we are providing hard copies,” said Chenango Valley CSD Assistant Superintendent Michelle Feyerabend. Local school officials are facing a challenge they say they’ve never seen before, and they’ve had to devise new ways of bringing the classroom to your home.
“We are in dire need of support from our community. Right now, we’re asking for financial donations to be able to keep our doors open at the mission,” she said. “A lot of the people we serve don’t have a place to go, they don’t have a place to turn. And that’s the Rescue Mission.” Stanis says any amount will help and if you’d like to donate you can do so by clicking here. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Rescue Mission on Whitney Ave is used to helping people in the community – now they are asking the community for help themselves. Now the Binghamton Rescue Mission is asking the community to help them keep their doors open, and in turn help them continue to assist individuals experiencing hunger and homelessness. Despite the current setbacks, Stanis says she is confident the organization will be able to weather the storm. “This is just another bump in the road we hope to be able to overcome with the support and generosity of the community.” Now with Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE order forcing all non essential employees to stay home, the mission finds itself in trouble. “The homeless population is one of the most vulnerable during this outbreak because they simply can’t stay home,” Stanis said. Stanis says with the coronavirus forcing many in the Southern Tier to stay inside, the mission’s work is more important now than ever. “We had to close our Thrifty Shopper stores,” she said “They’re vital. We have over fifteen stores across central New York and that accounts for more than sixty percent of our operating income.” “We provide shelter of course, we provide three meals a day, seven days a week. We also provide case management so we can help individuals find a job,” said Executive Director Jessica Stanis.
The City of Elmira will reopen on Monday, May 4, but residents seeking to conduct business must call ahead. The city says any person not wearing a mask or face covering will be allowed in any city building. They also say they City’s sanitation pickup will not change, and garbage will be picked up according to the regular schedule. City officials are encouraging residents to conduct business over the phone or online rather than by appointment to limit in-person interactions. ELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG) — Starting Monday, the City of Elmira will reopen and conduct business by appointment only. Here is a list of the City Offices and their phone numbers:Animal Shelter 737-5767Assessor 737-5670Buildings and Grounds 737-5751Chamberlain 737-5662City Clerk 737-5672City Manager/Mayor 737-5644Code Enforcement 737-5718Community Development 737-5691Fire Non-Emergency 737-5714Police Non-Emergency 735-8600Public Records 737-5632Public Works 737-5750