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Uniland Purchases Delaware Court

BUFFALO, NY - Uniland Development Company now owns a piece of prime property on Delaware Avenue.

250 Delaware Avenue has been known for years as the Delaware Court building. The developer is already working with different users, but it's not giving any details on who or whether the building would be used as retail space, offices, residential, or a mix.

Uniland has said it plans to incorporate the existing facade into its future design, however.

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Rihanna to Open 'Diamonds' World Tour in Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY - Singer Rihanna will kick start her world tour in Buffalo next year.

The R&B pop star will open her "Diamonds" World Tour on March 8, 2013 at the First Niagara Center.

Rihanna won Video of the Year for her song "We Found Love" at the Video Music Awards Thursday.
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Water Authority Commissioners Vow To Look Into Hiring Policies

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The recent hirings of two politically-connected individuals to provisional positions in the Erie County Water Authority has again called into question how jobs are filled.

Commissioners Francis Warthling and Earl Janns sat down with 2 On Your Side after Thursday's board meeting to discuss procedure and perception.

While defending that both individuals are qualified for the positions to which they were appointed, they agreed that the perception of patronage is a big issue. They also pointed out that Amy Garcia, the future sister-in-law of County GOP chairman Nick Langworthy and Rob Poloncarz, the brother of the County Executive, both have to take civil service exams for the provisional positions. If they are to retain the jobs they must score in the top three of all applicants.

Local Company Strives to Bring 10,000 Jobs in 10 Years

BUFFALO, NY- A local economic development company is trying to lure new businesses to Buffalo, by offering them a great deal: free startup costs for an entire year. They say it's a plan that could bring 10,000 new jobs to the city in just 10 years.

Marcus Sharp moved his family from Flint, Michigan to Buffalo more than a year ago to launch his company, FinePrint Finders. The company exposes small and misleading content in contracts. Sharp is also looking for sponsors for an app he created called Children's Play Checkbook.

"We just want to put something in the hands of children and teach them early stage financing," he said.

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United Way Family Volunteer Day is September 29!

United Way Family Volunteer Day is September 29!

Bring your family together and make a difference at United Way Family Volunteer Day!

WHO CAN REGISTER?

Any group of two or more people who consider themselves a family!

WHEN IS IT?

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (light refreshments will be served)

WHERE?

Volunteer projects will take place throughout the community. When you sign up, you will receive a preference list.

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT?

A day spent with your family - quality time working together to make a difference in our community. Kids will learn compassion and community awareness, and together you will build a foundation for volunteerism in the next generation!

HOW CAN YOU REGISTER?

Call Suzette O'Brien at United Way at 887-2744 or e-mail Suzette.obrien@uwbec.org

Buffalo Zoo Receives Award for Interactive Educational Programming

Buffalo Zoo Receives Award for Interactive Educational Programming

Buffalo, N.Y. (Sept. 4, 2012) – The Buffalo Zoo received a 2011-2012 CILC Pinnacle Award Honorable Mention from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) for its distance learning programs.

The award is presented annually to organizations delivering outstanding interactive videoconferencing programs for grades K-12. Recipients are chosen based on teacher evaluations submitted through the CILC Web site.

The Buffalo Zoo’s distance learning programs provide students in Western New York and across the country with an opportunity to explore science by seeing live interactive footage of exhibits, animals, and staff at the Zoo without leaving their classrooms. For more information about these programs, call (716) 837-3900 ext 143 or visit http://buffalozoo.org/distance_learning.html.

Water Authority: Must Work on Perception of Patronage

BUFFALO, NY - One of the three chairmen of the Erie County Water Authority said it's unfortunate the authority "keeps getting beat up over a couple of hirings."

Comissioners Earl Jann and Fran Warthling sat down with 2 On Your Side's Scott Brown and Pete Gallivan following Thursday morning's board meeting.

Jann said he is not really involved in the hiring process, but said there is public perception of political patronage, and that's an issue that needs to be worked on.

The brother of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the future sister-in-law of county Republican chairman Nick Langworthy were both provisionally hired at the same salary of around $55,000.