Catholic Charities says this is the most that’s been raised in a night from the annual event. One community member gave a single donation of $5,000. The Phone-A-Thon continues Thursday, December 5 from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on WBNG. “This is truly a great event,” said Tom Julian from sponsor, Fidelis Care. The one night total nearly matches the two night total from 2018, which was around $14,500. Executive Director of the Catholic Charities of Broome County, Lori Accardi, says a small donation can go very far for one family, saying, “By getting the food, they can pay other bills. It relieves their mind mentally from being stressed out over finances.” (WBNG) — Wednesday night the WBNG Harvest for Hunger Phone-A-Thon raised more than $14,000 for Catholic Charities of Broome County. All the donations will go to help families struggling with hunger in our area this holiday season.
KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — When students walk through the doors of Floyd Bell Elementary in the Windsor Central School District, they’re sure to get a warm welcome. “The kind of love that comes from them is different than the kind of love that comes from a parent, or a teacher, or even a guardian, aunt or uncle,” said LaMantia. Pops follows a routine, bringing food down to the class first thing in the morning. “I hope not. As long as I got my health, and I’m able to get around, I’ll be here,” he said. “It means a lot to me. He makes me proud,” said LaMantia “He needed something to get up for everyday and I think I found it,” said LaMantia. And four years later, he has only missed a handful of days. “He sets the breakfast up and he wakes up and he puts the breakfast on the table,” said student and Pops’ great granddaughter Lena. His daughter, a teacher at Floyd Bell, suggested he come in and help serve her students breakfast to help him get out of the house and pass some time. “Well we were married 56 years. When you lose ’em, my children are all grown up, you come home to that big house all the time. It’s tough,” said Pops. Pops doesn’t plan on stopping his daily visits anytime soon. He’s better known as Pops. “He says hello to them, ‘morning Pops,’ is what you hear. ‘Morning Pops!’ There’s a lot of hugs,” said his daughter and pre-K teacher Sharon LaMantia. But his mornings are filled with a lot more than eating, creating a relationship with every student who takes a seat. “I just fell in love with the job. Well it’s not a job. The kids, they’re super kids. I enjoy being around them,” said Pops. “They’re little magnets. You enjoy coming down and seeing them. Even the kids I’ve had two, three, four years ago. They come up this hall in the morning and say ‘hi Pops!’ They come over and give you a hug, it makes you feel good.” 84-year-old Edward Segrue is long out of school, but he holds a nickname in the Floyd Bell halls. A familiar face by now, Pops starts his mornings at the school essentially everyday. His story started when he needed the kids the most, after his wife passed about four years ago. Good thing, because year after year and class after class, he teaches things that may not be in the lesson plan, like love. And he sure has shown that when it comes to his friendships with students, age is just a number.
Traffic is being diverted at State Route 282 in Nichols onto State Route 17 westbound to Exit 61 in Waverly. All State Route 17C eastbound traffic is being diverted to State Route 17 eastbound to State Route 82 in Nichols. According to 511NY, both lanes of traffic are blocked between Heath and Ellis Creek Roads. A witness told 12 News a car crashed into the back of a dump truck. The crash occurred just before 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. WAVERLY (WBNG) — Emergency crews and the New York State Department of Transportation are on the scene of a serious crash on State Route 17C near Waverly. 12 News has a crew on the way to the crash. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more information.