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Housing Grants, Renovated Apartments Available Through the Matt Urban Center

Housing Grants, Renovated Apartments Available Through the Matt Urban Center

The Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center announced this week that it currently has grant funds available for low-income homeowners to cover projects such as weatherization, down payment and closing cost assistance, home repair and more. Applications for apartments at HELP Buffalo II are also being accepted. Details of the programs are outlined below.

• Housing Opportunity Fund: In coordination with Evans Bank, N.A. and the City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, owner-occupied home repair assistance and downpayment and closing cost assistance is available to a limited number of residents through the Housing Opportunity Fund.

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Farm to Pint Week, May 13 - 20, 2017

Farm to Pint Week, May 13 - 20, 2017

The fourth annual Farm to Pint (F2P) event at the Hamburg Brewing Company, sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA), is now one of three events to celebrate F2P Week with craft beer produced exclusively from locally sourced ingredients throughout Western New York.  F2P Week is May 13, 2017 through May 20, 2017.

Bills, M&T Bank Honor Sweet Home Middle School Teacher with ‘Touchdown for Teachers’ Grand Prize

Bills, M&T Bank Honor Sweet Home Middle School Teacher with ‘Touchdown for Teachers’ Grand Prize

Four Finalists Also Honored for Exceptional Service to Schools, Communities

The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank announced and honored the ninth annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program finalists and winner at a private Draft Party event on April 27, 2017 at the ADPRO Sports Training Center at New Era Field.

The annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program honors local educators for their outstanding service to their schools and communities. Honorees are chosen based on involvement in their school and community, its impact and their demonstrated commitment to education. Of the 470 nominations received, five educators were declared finalists:

Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

Land Conservancy Awarded $70,000 from NYS Environmental Protection Fund Grants

This week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced $1.8 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 55 nonprofit land trusts across the state. Representatives from the DEC joined conservation leaders from around New York to unveil the grantees at an event co-hosted by the Land Trust Alliance and the Hudson Highlands Land Trust. The grants are funded through NYS’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and the Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC. The Western New York Land Conservancy received two grants worth $70,000 to support conservation in our region. 

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WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO-FM 88.7 and AT&T will present a Facebook Live panel event on cyberbullying on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley, this online event is not simply to raise awareness of cyberbullying.  This program is about developing strategies that students, teachers and parents can use to minimize cyberbullying. The program will also provide online tools and resources to help facilitate conversations and make a cultural shift around this dangerous behavior.

The panel:

·       Tracy Rodemeyer, the mother of Jamey Rodemeyer, the Williamsville teen who was driven to suicide by cyberbullying in 2011.

·       Amanda Nickerson, Ph.d, Director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse prevention.

·       Daniela Wolfe, a social worker for the Amherst School District and serves as a Dignity Act Coordinator.

Good for the Neighborhood® Offers Free Health Screenings, Farmers Market Throughout May

Good for the Neighborhood® Offers Free Health Screenings, Farmers Market Throughout May

The Independent Health Foundation is continuing its successful program, Good for the Neighborhood® (GFTN) with four free community events in May. GFTN brings health screenings, educational information and a free farmers market to underserved neighborhoods in our community. You do not need to be an Independent Health member to attend.

The first event of the month is scheduled for May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Buffalo.

Attendees of the May programs will have the opportunity to win a bicycle through a raffle.

To assist attendees in developing healthy eating and shopping habits, the event will also feature free farmers market with fresh fruits and vegetables. Healthy recipes and healthy food samples will be available, and participants are encouraged to talk to the many local health experts in attendance to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle. Fun, engaging activities will also be available for children. 

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Event with Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Event with Author and Illustrator Wende Essrow

Children’s book author and illustrator Wende Essrow will visit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, for a special event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27. Essrow will be sharing her latest children's book, “Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?” She will also help children in attendance make paper bag puppy puppets to go along with the story. 

“Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?” is Essrow's third children's book. She collaborated with local artist Bernice Smith on this sweet story. Essrow has also written and illustrated “The Paintbrush Dreamer” and “If You Listen to the Trees.” Her latest book is about a puppy who just could not learn anything about obedience training. Nelly, the puppy, has learned only one thing — that she loves tummy rubs! She steals the reader's hearts and is a sweet reminder of what is important in life.