WDNY Local News, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Written by on March 5, 2019

The Avon School district has an interim superintendent The district says John Brondon has taken over for Aaron Johnson, whose resignation was effective this week. Brondon also had the “interim” tag in front of his job title in the 20017 to 2018 school year when he was the stand-in principal at the Avon Central school in 2017 and 2018. The school board has started looking for Johnson’s permanent replacement after he left to take a job in the West Irondequoit district. Official say they want input during the search the process and will keep people informed on the district’s website Avoncsd.org.

Local school districts say a viral internet hoax called the Momo Challenge is no threat, but they still think parents should keep an eye on what their kids do on line. The supposed challenge involves a scary looking cartoonish character who pops up in videos and online games and then—as the urban legend goes—tells kids to harm themselves. Some local districts have gone as far as sending letters telling parents not buy into the hysteria about the myth, but that they should educate themselves and their children about the very REAL dangers that can lurk in some of the darker corners of the online world.

A Livingston County sheriff’s deputy can take credit for an unusual rescue—an injured owl that was found along the side of the road in Portage over the weekend. Someone called 9 1 1 about the bird and Deputy William Cartwright wisely knew what to do when he was dispatched to the scene and took the owl to the DEC, which then transferred it to a wildlife rehabilitator. The owl is said to be on the mend.

Blood Donations tend to slow in colder weather, but the need is constant, so the American Red Cross is urging donors to keep giving if they can. There’s an opportunity to do that today from 1 to 6 at the Dansville Moose Lodge on Main Street.

 State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will be getting involved in this year’s state budget process.  Today, he’s expected to announce a binding revenue estimate for state lawmakers and the governor to work with as they try and strike a deal.  Both sides are trying to figure out how much money will go towards things like health care and education.  The end of the fiscal year is March 31st.  

A new gun safety bill is awaiting Governor Cuomo’s signature.  Lawmakers passed a measure yesterday that will require people to keep their guns locked up if a child under the age of 16 is in their home.  Anyone caught breaking the law will be charged with a misdemeanor.  Under the current legislation, making sure guns are safely stored is only required if someone in a home is federally banned from owning one. 

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