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Christ the King Seminary to pilot distance learning at Canisius, St. Bonaventure

Christ the King Seminary will be piloting a Distance Learning program for two of its Continuing Education classes during the Fall 2010 semester. The new program is intended to provide more options to help students access the Seminary’s courses in the manner most convenient to their lifestyle and needs. Students who register to take either “Theology of God” (Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. beginning September 14) or “The Gospels” (Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. beginning September 16) will be given the option of taking the class at the Seminary’s East Aurora campus or taking it via video-conferencing technology at Canisius College or St. Bonaventure University.

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HSBC Bank Robbery

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police were called to a robbery at the HSBC Bank on Bailey Ave. around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Buffalo Police Public Information Officer, Mike DeGeorge told us the suspect entered the bank, handed the teller a note and then made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

It appeared the suspect then fled on a bicycle, possibly grey in color.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line or "Text a Tip" at 716-847-2255.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

Buffalo City Mission Receives Major Cost Saving Upgrade

New York State Sen. Antoine Thompson and representatives from Solar Liberty and the Buffalo City Mission “flipped the switch” today on a new solar energy system that provides a valuable source of electricity for the area’s largest homeless shelter.

The 204-panel rooftop system is expected to produce 53,600 kWh of electricity per year, approximately 16 percent of the building’s electrical usage. At current electrical rates, the system will save the Mission an estimated $6,700 in utility costs in its first year and is expected to increase each year if energy prices rise.

“Aside from the immediate cost savings, the City Mission is now a much greener building,” said Solar Liberty CEO Adam Rizzo.

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New Rowing Club on Buffalo river

BUFFALO, NY - On the Buffalo River, near Ohio St., is the site of the newest rowing club in Buffalo, the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association. The BSRA is currently operating out of temporary facilities through the help of Ellicott Development Corporation and Carl Paladino.

"We chose the Buffalo River, south Buffalo, and particularly the First Ward for three principle reasons," said Mark Kostrzewski BSRA's Board President. "First, because of the great rowing water. Second, we wanted strong community involvement. And third, because of the wonderful rowing history around the river," he added.

People who row out of the club also have the option of rowing down river to the Blackwell Channel, sometimes called the Buffalo Ship Canal. The straight canal is 2000 meters long, the recognized Olympic racing distance, and wide enough for three crews across.

Rare Opportunity to Visit Buffalo Lighthouse

BUFFALO, NY - Some folks out along Buffalo's waterfront got a rare opportunity to tour a piece of the city's history.

The Buffalo Lighthouse Association hosted a Waterfront History Festival Sunday afternoon. Visitors were able to climb to the top of the lighthouse and get a glimpse of the beautiful panoramic view of Buffalo's waterfront.

The Buffalo Lighthouse was built back in 1833 and served as a guide for boats on Lake Erie. The lighthouse doesn't signal anymore, but it remains an important piece of waterfront history.

A conference and training session will be set up for the fall, to train volunteers interested in volunteering to work tours in the future as guides. A time and place are yet to be announced.

To inquire about volunteering please call Stacey Vogel at 716-997-3360.

New Task Force Will Target the "Worst of the Worst"

BUFFALO, NY - Mayor Byron Brown announced the creation of a new  Violent Crime Task Force that will target violent, repeat offenders, helping to rid city streets of individuals or groups who commit violent crimes.

The Violent Crime Task Force will include various law enforcement agencies, including: FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Attorney, District Attorney, State Parole, New York State Police and the Buffalo Police Department. The Task Force will be housed in the Buffalo Police Department headquarters.

They will be an intelligence-based unit, targeting  the "worst of the worst" and narrowing investigations, arrests and prosecution of the city's and region's most violent offenders.

The Department's Mobile Response Unit will also play an active role in the Task Force's operations.