Mad Hatter owner Joanne Scott says holiday season antiques can be a unique gift. As recycling and reducing waste is being encouraged across the planet, antique shops are cashing in on an environmentally friendly ways to shop. “Mad Hatter” has been selling antiques along Clinton Street in Binghamton for more than 42 years. Mad Hatter is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s often called “Antique Row,” known for the different antique shops selling local Binghamton history over the years. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — This holiday season you can give the gift of something old, instead of new. “We sell anything anything from antelope heads, moose heads right down to Sheraton chest and you know whats really popular right now? Anything that’s really odd and we do have a lot of odd,” said Scott.
(WBNG) — After months of preparation, New York’s plastic bag ban goes into effect this Sunday, but it’s not just stores impacted by the ban. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has partnered with New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation to find an affordable and environmentally friendly solution to the plastic problem. The DEC said it was a no-brainer to get involved with eliminating plastic bags. The DEC was in Elmira Friday to donate reusable bags to the food bank, which plans to give them away to lower income families. The department says New Yorkers use a staggering 23 billion plastic bags annually, and about 85 percent of them are never recycled. “Many of them were concerned about the plastic bag ban; I think they recognized it was important for sure from an environmental perspective but many of them rely on plastic bags to send food home with clients,” said Natasha Thompson the president and CEO of the food bank. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier said it serves about 160 member organizations across the area, and said the plastic bag ban had posed a potential problem to their operations. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the plastic bag ban into law back in April, but it took ten months to go into effect to allow companies to come up with a transition plan. “We take them out of our landfills, we take them out of our roadways, they’re hanging in our trees, they get in our waterways, the end up in our oceans,” said Martin Brand. “That’s gonna be a tremendous environmental benefit just to remove a fraction of those plastic bags.”
However, the state says these guidelines don’t apply to nursing homes specifically; they still require 28 days without cases before visitors are allowed. “We’ve seen a lot of depression in older people, a lot of isolation, and we’re really afraid, come the winter, it’s going to get worse again, so we were excited to see some facilities are going to be able to open their doors and let family members in again,” said Lisa Schule, director of the Broome County Office for Aging. Experts told 12 News in-person visitation is crucial for the mental health of elderly residents who feel isolated. The New York State Department of Health just released new guidelines for visitation policies in these facilities. From mid-March when the pandemic hit until early July, no visitors were allowed at any longterm care facilities in the state. Beginning July 10, visitors were allowed only outdoors if the facility went 28 days without any new cases of the coronavirus. Now, that waiting period has been cut in half to 14 days. (WBNG) — If you have loved ones in assisted living facilities, you may be able to visit them sooner than you thought.
11:41 A.M. UPDATE: State Police say an investigation revealed that an 86-year-old woman was the driver of the vehicle and almost struck a tractor-trailer head-on, but the driver attempted to avoid the collision and was sideswiped. —– (WBNG) — New York State Police say troopers in Endwell responded to a report of a wrong-way driver on State Route 17E between exits 71 and 72. They say one of the vehicles was facing the wrong direction on 17E. A 12 News crew is on scene and says there are two crashes, one on 17E and the other on 17W. They say a number of emergency responders are at the crash on 17W. There is no updated information on the other crash. They say there are no injuries. At approximately 8:41 a.m., State Police responded to reports of a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes on NY 17. (WBNG) — Traffic is at a stand-still on State Route 17 East and Westbound due to two crashes. The incident is still under investigation. Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing story. Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing story.