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Benefit held for drummer Ted Reinhardt's family


BUFFALO, NY - Music lovers turned out in big numbers to the Tralf Sunday afternoon to remember a local musician. Ted Reinhardt was killed in

a small plane crash outside of Norfolk, Virginia

earlier this year.

Family and friends put together a memorial concert to honor his memory and raise money to help Ted's family after his untimely death.

Aside from his family, his friends say music was his one true calling.

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Marking 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


BUFFALO, NY - In honor of the 25th anniversary of passage of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Governor Cuomo on Sunday signed two pieces of new legislation.

One of the laws protects people with disabilities who are refused access to public places. The other is designed to make it easier for military families who have relatives with disabilities.

Meanwhile in Buffalo, Canalside held a special celebration Sunday afternoon to mark the anniversary. The party was hosted by Western New York Independent Living. They're an organization that works with people who have developmental, physical or mental disabilities.

"It's about awareness and education," said Yvette Lucas of WNY Independent Living, "to make people more aware about persons with disabilities and the things that they have to contend with."

Buffalo on track for strong tourism season


BUFFALO, .N.Y - A great place to enjoy this beautiful summer weather is Buffalo's waterfront.

Canalside has certainly transformed over the last few years, becoming a prime destination for tourists from all over.

Empire State Development, New York State's chief economic development agency, expects attendance to be over one million this year, exceeding last year's numbers.

Events have been bringing in large crowds, including last Thursday's free concert that set record attendance.

Officials say 12,000 tickets sold for the Kerfuffle music festival this weekend. About 100,000 people visited Canalside during the first week of June.

Plans to demolish part of Trico complex


BUFFALO, NY - Plans to redevelop part of the old Trico complex in downtown Buffalo are taking a step forward.

The preservation board approved Krog Corporation's plans to knock down the old historic Ice House building at the site, which they say is unstable and could collapse.

That will make way for the new entrance to a complex featuring apartments, a hotel and commercial space.

The $60 million project is scheduled to open in late 2017.

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USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

 

On Tuesday, USCIS issued final guidance on a recent decision requiring new H-1B petitions for workers who change job sites, stating the agency will generally not punish employers that don’t file new petitions based on location changes that occurred before April 9. According to the new guidance, if an H-1B employee was moved to a new location on or before April 9, which is the date the Administrative Appeals Office handed down its decision in the Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC, the agency will generally not pursue adverse actions, even if the employer doesn’t file an amended petition. 

However, USCIS will not cancel any adverse actions that it has already started or completed before July 21. 

Catholic Charities Breastfeeding Walks, Healthy Baby Festivals set for July 31, Aug. 5

Catholic Charities Breastfeeding Walks, Healthy Baby Festivals set for July 31, Aug. 5

Family fun walks, children’s activities, games, education, community resource tables and prizes are all part of the annual Breastfeeding Walks & Healthy Baby Festivals hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31 in Delaware Park in Buffalo and on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in Hyde Park in Niagara Falls.

The Buffalo walk and festival will be at the Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street entrance of Delaware Park, and the Niagara Falls event will be held in Hyde Park near the splash pad at Hyde Park Boulevard and Pine Avenue.
All are invited to attend, especially families, caregivers and anyone in support of a healthy start for babies or who would like to learn more about breastfeeding.

Reading and Writing Camps at Dog Ears Offer a Fun Summer Learning Experience

Reading and Writing Camps at Dog Ears Offer a Fun Summer Learning Experience

 

Dog Ears Bookstore recently finished three weeks of free reading and writing summer camps sponsored by South District Councilman Chris Scanlon. The camps were run by New York State-certified teachers and featured reading and writing activities, games and much more, all of which align with Common Core and New York State Standards in education.