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Boys host party for homeless


BUFFALO, NY - Two brothers, ages 7 and 9, from Rochester are in town to help spread some holiday cheer.

Joshua and Jeramiah West held a Christmas Party For The Homeless at the downtown Central Library in Lafayette Square Saturday afternoon.

The brothers collected a number of donations and wrapped the gifts to hand out to those in need.

Last year, they created the event in their hometown of Rochester. This year they expanded to multiple locations, in addition to their other philanthropic activities.

Two On Your Side's Ron Plants tells us their story.


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Canalside rink set to open


BUFFALO, NY - Another attraction will become a part of Buffalo's burgeoning waterfront Thursday evening when the ice skating rink at Canalside officially opens.

Crews have spent the last week preparing the pop-up shacks that will house vendors and making finishing touches to the ice, which is four times the size of the rink at Rockefeller Center.

In addition to skating, which costs $5 and is free to children 5 and under, there will also be broom ball and curling leagues, and ice bikes for rent.

The rink sits on the site of the Memorial Auditorium, and an insignia on the rink pays tribute to it.

The grand opening ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.


NATIONAL GRID PROVIDES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANTS TO FOUR AREA PROJECTS

NATIONAL GRID PROVIDES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,  ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANTS TO FOUR AREA PROJECTS

Tishman Building, Compass East, First Niagara Center and

701 Main Street, Inc. receive funding

National Grid has awarded more than $700,000 of economic development and energy efficiency grants to assist four distinct re-development projects in downtown Buffalo.

An economic development grant of $300,000 was awarded for the re-development of the Tishman Building, located in the central business district. The project was undertaken by the Hamister Group and has resulted in the successful remediation and refurbishment of the 198,000 square foot structure into a 123 room Hilton Garden Inn, 12 apartments and 28,000 square feet of office and retail space.  The project also earned more than $36,000 in energy efficiency grants.

Re-entry Permit Basics: How to Preserve Your Green Card During Long-term Travel

Re-entry Permit Basics: How to Preserve Your Green Card During Long-term Travel

 

Lawful permanent residents and conditional residents (green card holders) are required to physically reside in the United States, except for brief trips abroad. However, some lawful permanent residents may have continuing needs (such as family, employment or business) to reside abroad and enter the U.S. infrequently. In such a circumstance, the lawful permanent resident needs to ensure that their green card does not become invalid. One way to do this is to obtain a re-entry permit. Below we will answer some frequently asked questions regarding re-entry permits:

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BNHV to Host New Book Club, Plans Stained Glass Event

BNHV to Host New Book Club, Plans Stained Glass Event

 

Events focused on 19th century books and stained glass will take center stage during two January gatherings at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

Eagle Scout Project Enhances the Mill Road Scenic Overlook

 

Thanks to the efforts of Quinn Schwab and members of Boy Scout Troop #238, the Mill Road Scenic Overlook has had a cleanup. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Schwab led the cleanup of debris that was the last remnant of a long-ago farm dump that had been hidden in a ravine on the property. 

Poloncarz Grills ECHDC About Cost Overrun


BUFFALO, NY - The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors voted Monday to approve an additional $860,000 expense for the contract it signed nearly a year ago with a firm to manage Canalside, a recreational area along the waterfront in downtown Buffalo.

The vote to approve the 50 percent increase did not come without questions, primarily from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, who sits on the ECHDC board (but not as a voting member) and made no secret of his displeasure with the additional expenses.

In January, the ECHDC entered into a contract with Global Spectrum, one of the world's largest venue management companies, for public space management at Canalside in Buffalo.

With the increase, Global Spectrum is now being paid $2.57 million to manage Canalside, under a contract that is due to expire on March 31 2015, and is currently under negotiation for renewal.