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GOP poised to take helm of Water Authority


BUFFALO, NY - The swing of one commissioner will change control of the Erie County Water Authority. The term of Fran Warthing expires next month. He and Jerome Schad were both Democratic appointees. Earl Jann is the lone Republican appointee.

With the Erie County legislature in the GOP's hands it is a given the next Water Authority commissioner will be a Republican, leading to a 2-to-1 edge on the board and control of the authority.

Republicans have complained loud and long about how the Water Authority has been run under two decades of Democratic control. They now say they want to turn away from the agency's legacy of patronage hire. Soon we'll see if they do run things differently.

On Thursday, four candidates who submitted applications for the commissioner's job were interviewed in public by the Energy and Environment Committee. Two On Your Side's Steve Brown has their story.

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Buffalo partners with Nextdoor.com


BUFFALO, NY - The City of Buffalo is teaming up with a popular app to help make neighborhoods safer. Mayor Byron Brown announced a partnership Thursday with Nextdoor.com, a website and app that creates private social networks for each neighborhood.

Brown says it will help neighborhoods communicate better about safety issues and make it easier for the city and police department to reach out to them as well.

The Sacramento Police Department credits the social media tool with a double-digit decrease in crime, the mayor said.

The system is already online and Mayor Brown says 2,000 Buffalo residents have signed up.


More than 100,000 Expected For Garth Brooks Concerts


Buffalo, NY - Plenty of people will be coming to downtown Buffalo over the next few nights to see country superstar Garth Brooks in concert, but there are some words of advice for those attending the mostly sold-out shows.

It was a quiet Wednesday at the First Niagara Center, which is perhaps the clam before the storm as people still buy scattered available tickets to see Garth Brooks in concert.

As Jason Gaery of Hamburg put it after buying a ticket "He's a great performer. He's great...energetic and fun with the crowd."

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Mary Queen of Angels School Turns to Community for ‘Wish List’ Assistance

Mary Queen of Angels School Turns to Community for ‘Wish List’ Assistance

 

On the heels of two generous donations from the community — a flat screen television from a local business and art supplies from a WNY resident — Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School has created a “wish list” with the hope of obtaining more useful items for the school.

Compiled by teachers and staff at Cheektowaga’s only Catholic school, the list includes the following new or gently used items:

• Age-appropriate DVDs 

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Farmers & Artisans Offering Traditional Irish Fare for St. Patrick’s Day

Farmers & Artisans Offering Traditional Irish Fare for St. Patrick’s Day

 

One of Western New York’s favorite holidays — St. Patrick’s Day — is right around the corner, and Farmers & Artisans local food market and bakery is ready to help you celebrate!

For starters, Farmers & Artisans is now taking orders for fresh corned beef. The beef is raised locally at Librock Farms in Gasport, contains no hormones or antibiotics, and is brined using the secret recipe of Avenue Boys Smokehouse in Pendleton.  The corned beef sold out early last year so be sure to place your order soon.

Spring Break Travel Tips for International Students

Spring Break Travel Tips for International Students

 

With spring break right around the corner, more than 1.5 million college students in the United States will flock to popular hot-spot destinations like Cancun, Montego Bay, Panama City and more. Among these traveling college students will certainly be international students, as there are currently more than 1.11 million attending college in the United States. In order to make spring break travel a smooth experience, it’s important for international students to keep certain requirements in mind. Here are some helpful tips to remember when leaving and returning to the U.S.:

Winter Market on Hertel Continues on March 7

Winter Market on Hertel Continues on March 7

 

The new Winter Market on Hertel, housed in The Pasta Peddler/Blackbird Sweets location at 1547 Hertel Ave. in Buffalo, continues from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7. The market runs every Saturday through April 4, so you have just five opportunities left to visit!

In addition to The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, vendors taking part in the market include Alpine Made/First Light Farm & Creamery, Biscotti for Everybotti, Chateau Buffalo, Fetch! Dog Treats, House of Olives, JJ’s Jams, Kelly’s Kandies, Sandy’s Dandies, White Cow Dairy, Wrafterbuilt Salvage & Reclaimed LLC and more!