Carol Serling was married to Twilight Zone creator and Binghamton native, Rod Serling, from 1948 up until his untimely death in 1975. Carol was an actress and producer on the Twilight Zone. She was with Rod during the early parts of his career. She was born in 1929. Carol was 91 years old. (WBNG) — Rod Serling’s daughter, Anne, posted on social media announcing the passing of her mother, Carol, Monday evening.
The Republican commissioner for the Broome County Board of Elections Mark Smith told 12 News more than 14,000 absentee ballots were cast in this primary election. Before this year, the most absentee votes in a primary election was 6,000, less than half of the total from June. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As the Broome County Board of Elections finished counting absentee and affidavit ballots Wednesday, the focus shifted to the future. Smith said all of the changes in election law made it tough to prepare for the primary, but he’s proud of the effort Board of Elections staff put in. “We were able to make sure we had trained staff, that we had protective PPE for the poll workers, that we had plexiglass shields, that we had masks and hand sanitizer,” Smith said. Additionally, Smith said he expects the increased trend toward absentee and early voting to continue in November and perhaps even beyond as people hope to avoid crowded poll sites. Another thing to expect for November Smith said is more polling sites, as the board of elections hopes to prepare even more poll workers on the new regulations.
JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — As schools prepare for students to return, Johnson City Central School District officials are thinking of ways to keep staff and students safe and healthy. “It’s accurate to half a degree and we figure we can do 15 to 20 individuals in a minute,” said Assistant Superintendent for Administration Eric Race. The Intelli-Temp thermal scanner made by Intelligreen is the district’s new line of defense to prevent COVID-19. “We train how to do fire drills in schools, we train how to do lock downs in schools, we’re going to need to do education training on social distancing, proper hygiene, hand-washing, mask wearing, so it’s a new world for schools,” said Race. The scanners have also been modified to include added privacy settings for students, making it more discreet, only alerting teachers if a high temperature is recorded. District officials say these new scanners are an added way of life for getting an education in the classroom. “For us, it’s really about getting as many students and staff in the building, going through a random temperature check as quickly as possible,” said Race. Any visitors also entering the building will be required to use the scanners before granting access. Each morning, students will enter the high school through four doors, creating four lines. Two of those four lines will be tested at random through the scanners. Not only do the scanners test for temperature, but they also recognize if you are wearing a mask. “This was done as an added precaution, to try to mitigate anybody from having a temperature from entering the building,” said Race. Right now, the district is asking parents to continue to take their child’s temperature before sending them to school because these scanners won’t be used on everyone, every day.
“We like going after impossible things,” said Joshua Bernard, the co-founder of LUMA. The show premieres on Sept. 24 with three showings starting at 6:30pm and will play until Saturday. All the performances will be live, right here in Binghamton. The show will be a test to see if these types of live performances can be the future of operas and plays, especially in the era of COVID-19 where packing a house does not seem to be a reality anytime soon. Here’s how it works: the actors will be in their own boxes — or stages — in order to maintain social distancing. “When I heard the idea, I was so excited,” said Rozzoni, adding, “It really was an opportunity for me to sort of make sure that we could keep doing what we do, keep achieving our mission and also keep employing our employees and hiring singers.” “We have these characters that, again, were built from scratch for this production that will appear in the beautiful environments,” explained John Rozzoni, General Director of Tri-Cities Opera. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The LUMA Festival is looking a lot different this year due to the coronavirus. What used to be lights projected on tall buildings is now computer generated characters live on your TV screen, laptop, or even virtual reality headset. Not only is the show unique, but it’s helping keep people employed at a time where so many in the arts have been let go. Organizers say the only costume the actors will be wearing is ‘motion capture’ suits which will allow them to be transformed into computer generated characters for the live event. Organizers say the technology used in the show will make viewers feel that they are in a video game. This year, LUMA partnered with Enhance VR, the Tri-Cities Opera, and Opera Omaha to bring performances of the opera ‘Miranda’, by playwright Kamala Sankaram, to the festival. To find out more info or stream the opera, click here.