An Endwell firefighter received a special distinction Friday. Brent Soden was named the William Grace Firefighter of the Year by the Broome County Firefighters Association. Soden received the honor after rescuing a woman from a fire in the Ivy Terrace Apartments on Watson Boulevard in December. The award is given annually to a local firefighter who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Soden has been an Endwell firefighter for seven years and is currently a Captain in the department.
Binghamton Police got a surprise on Tuesday, when a traffic stop discovered $20,000 in stolen cash and savings bonds. Around 10pm, police stopped a car on Jarvis Street in the city. After discovering drugs on 51-year-old Alan Barnett of Endicott, they asked to search the vehicle. That search turned up the stolen cash and bonds, which were taken from a home in Endwell. The occupants of the car were turned over to the New York State Police for investigation of the burglary.
An abandoned school and convent in Endwell will soon be demolished to make way for a community garden and recreation area. The former Christ the King school building and convent on Davis Avenue has been vacant since flooding in 2006. The county seized the property in 2013 and hopes to have demolition begin this month. The $290,000 cost will be shared by Broome County and the Town of Union. The abandoned buildings are next door to Triumphant Life Church, and Pastor Darryl Reynolds says the demolition is an answer to prayers from the congregation.
A boil water advisory remains in effect for Endicott, Endwell, and West Corners residents as the village continues to repair the water main break on Harrison Avenue. Both the Union-Endicott and Maine-Endwell school districts reopened today after being off yesterday. The water main break happened around 8pm Tuesday. The village is waiting on test results before the water is declared safe to drink, and the advisory could last until some time Friday.
The Maine-Endwell Little League team will play their first game of the Little League World Series today. M-E will play Warwick, Rhode Island at 3pm today live on ESPN. The World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is a double elimination tournament and each team is guaranteed three games. M-E is the first team from New York to make it since 1977 and the first from the Southern Tier since Corning in 1949.
A camper on a construction site in Endwell caught fire last night. Fire crews were called to the construction site off Sally Piper Road around 10pm for reports of a fire. The camper was fully involved when they arrived, and the fire spread to a garage and a couple of sheds on the construction site. No injuries were reported. The cause is believed to be electrical but is still under investigation. The Endwell Fire Department was assisted by East Maine, West Corners, Vestal, West Endicott, Union Center, and Maine fire departments at the scene.
Two men have been arrested on charges of criminal possession of stolen property, among other things. 27-year-old Verties Toran Jr. and 21-year-old Jacqub Sterling, both of Endwell, were found to be in possession of several reported stolen items. Many of the items have already been returned to their rightful owners. Toran and Sterling are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
Following the passing of the late Mr. Alan Ewing, the Maine Endwell Central School District is looking for a community member to serve the remainder of Ewing’s term on the district’s board of education. The board is currently accepting letters of interest through the 20th of this month, and will be interviewing candidates on November 24 and December 1st. To be considered, a candidate must have lived within the Maine-Endwell Central School district for at least the past year, not be an employee of the district, and not reside with any other district board member. For more information on where to send your letter of interest, you can call 754-1400, Extension 2311.