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Dr. Michael Caty Appointed to Executive Committee of Surgical Section for Academy of Pediatrics

Michael G. Caty, M.D., M.M.M., Surgeon-in-Chief, Director of Pediatric Surgical Services, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

After a six year term on the committee, Dr. Caty will become Chairman of the Surgical Section.

Dr. Caty is Board Certified in Pediatric and General Surgery. His clinical interests include neonatal surgery, thoracic surgery, intestinal motility disorders, pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric laparoscopy and thoracoscopy. His research interests are concentrated on the pathophysiology of intestinal ischemia, reperfusion and surgical innovation.

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Buffalo Youth Advantage Basketball Coaches to Receive SUNY Training

Russ Kingsbury, director of the Buffalo Youth Advantage Basketball program, has scheduled a coaching certification course with the SUNY Youth Sports Institute for Thursday, September 16th.  The class will be held at the Expressway Assembly of God Church located at 260 Eggert Road in Buffalo.  The presentation is set to begin at 6:00pm and is expected to last 2.5 hours.  Tim Donovan, Director and Founder of the SUNY Youth Sports Institute, will be the Instructor teaching Thursday evening’s course.

Guard Fired From Erie County Holding Center Wins Appeal

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- An Erie County Sheriff's deputy who was fired from the holding center for his alleged role in an incident where an inmate was struck has his job back.

Sources within the sheriff's office confirm the deputy has been reinstated following an appeal.  But he will not receive back pay.

Months ago, 2 On Your Side reported three guards who were fired, were let go because they lied to investigators about the incident.  Three others involved were suspended.

Farm Sanctuary Holding Fundraiser

Bob Harper piglet, pictured above, was rescued after falling off of a transport truck, into traffic. The video above is Jay the bull. He was on a transport truck headed to slaughter when the driver crashed, and the truck burst into flames. Jay was burned badly, and Farm Sanctuary stepped up to care for him, and provide him a safe forever home.

For these, and other rescues like them, I am hosting a chinese auction to raise vital funds for Farm Sanctuary. Tickets for the items will be 5 tickets for $5, or for $10 you can get 15 tickets.

On September 27 Merge Restaurant, at 439 Delaware Avenue, will be opening their doors from 5-8 p.m for a chinese auction to benefit Farm Sanctuary. There will be entertainment, food, drinks, and great folks supporting a wonderful cause. $30 will cover your food, alcoholic beverages and entertainment and for $20, all of the same, with non-alcoholic beverages.

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March of Dimes Celebrates Annual Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes, Western New York Division presents the 2010 Signature Chefs Auction, “Feathers & Flair, A March of Dimes Monte Carlo Affair” on Friday, October 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Western New York’s finest chefs will offer their signature dishes coupled with wine tastings from regional wineries and accompanied by an array of unique live and silent auction items and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend the evening, which raises money and awareness to save babies from prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality.

This year’s event promises to be an elegant night with some of the best restaurants in town. Featured dishes will be prepared by Alex’s Place, Blue Buffalo, Chef’s Restaurant, Fiamma Steak House, Harry’s Harbour Place Grille, Koi, La Scala, My Tomato Pie, Protocol Restaurant and Rich Renaissance Catering. Wine selections will be offered by Merritt Estate Winery.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

ECIDA Approves $203,000 to Support $3.4 Million in Downtown Redevelopment

Buffalo, NY – Efforts to spiff up the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Fountain Plaza in downtown Buffalo will be aided by a $203,000 sales tax abatement approved today by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.  West Genesee Hotel Associates, the Hyatt’s ownership group which is led by Paul L. Snyder Sr., is in the midst of a three-phase, $15 million upgrade of the 26-year-old hotel.

In the current $2.3 million phase, work is focused on installation of an energy-efficient heating and cooling system, build-out of a new salon/spa and Starbucks Coffee kiosk, swimming pool and convention facilities renovations, and general technology improvements.  The incorporation of ‘green’ materials and systems is expected to make the hotel more marketable to convention groups.

When complete, upgrades to the 396-room hotel are expected to boost its staff by 60 full-time workers, up to 273.