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Buffalo Man Arrested for Impersonating Officer and Federal Agent

BUFFALO, NY--  Buffalo police have arrested a Buffalo man for claiming to be a Buffalo police detective and a federal agent.

Investigators say the city's surveillance cameras led them to the suspect.

Officers arrested Richard McCaul, 59, and charged him with harassment, criminal impersonation of a police officer, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

Officials say McCaul claimed to be a Buffalo police detective while harassing a man Sunday morning at approximately 6am on Pearl Street.

McCaul was arrested on Lemon Street after he apparently approached another individual on his porch, claiming to be a federal agent, pulled out a knife and threatened to kill him.

 

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Celebrating National Week of The Young Child 2012

Celebrating National Week of The Young Child 2012

Buffalo, New York – April 18, 2012 – Thousands of children and youth advocates country-wide are preparing to celebrate the 2012 National Week of The Young Child. Locally, The Belle Center in partnership with the Child Care Resource Network will host fun and educational activities throughout the week for over eighty early childhood children at The Belle Center and the community.

Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The week-long celebration provides an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, to hold activities that bring awareness to the needs of young children and the programs that meet those needs. Laurie Beck, Early Childhood Director at The Belle Center said: “This week is a special time to recognize that it is our responsibility as child care providers, parents, caregivers and the community to provide every child with the best tools to succeed in life.”

During this special week it allows participants to reflect on the importance of children's experiences in their early years, while building learning and literacy skills that will continue on with them as they grow. The ultimate goal at The Belle Center is to have each day care child cross the stage in their cap and gown and receive their college degree, enroll in the military or learn a skilled trade in order to advance in life.

Friends of Harmony Annual Spring Show a Tribute to Those Fabulous Fifties

Friends of Harmony Annual Spring Show a Tribute to Those Fabulous Fifties

The Friends of Harmony male a Capella chorus, under the direction of Brett Heintzman, will be performing "Those Fabulous Fifties", a musical extravaganza packed with doo-wop, love ballads and enduring classics from that incredible musical era. Performances will be on Friday, May 4th at the East Aurora High School and on Saturday, May 5th at the Sweet Home High School in Amherst . Both shows start at 7:30PM.

Enjoy the classics made famous by Bobby Vinton, the Del Vikings, Neil Sedaka, The Righteous Brothers and others all sung in beautiful 4-part harmony. Admission starts at $15.00 for seniors and students and $17.00 for all others. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show for $17.00 and $20.00.

NCIDA Accepts Application for Assistance from New Owners of AES

NCIDA Accepts Application for Assistance from New Owners of AES

NIAGARA COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ACCEPTS APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE FROM NEW OWNERS OF AES IN RESPONSE TO REQUEST FROM TAXING JURISDICTIONS

Agency also approves two projects that will create 22 new jobs with estimated annual combined economic impact of approximately $2.4 million

Agency receives highest level of assurance from auditors

At the request of various taxing jurisdictions, including the Town of Somerset, the Barker School District and Niagara County, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) board of directors today voted to accept an application for assistance from the bondholders of AES Somerset for a modification of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for the power plant.

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Urban Epiphany: WNY's Largest Poetry Gathering

Urban Epiphany: WNY's Largest Poetry Gathering

Urban Epiphany is Western New York’s largest poetry marathon. In its 6th year, Urban Epiphany has managed to gather people from all areas of the region, as well as the City of Buffalo, to celebrate the diversity of art, culture, poetry and performance, peacefully, in the name of the written and spoken word.

Sunday, April 22, at 3pm, The Unitarian Universalist [695 Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry] will host readers and performers for 2 minutes each between the hours of 3-8pm. The suggested donation is $5, to cover the rental of the hall, posters, and printing, yet not required to attend.

Talks Resume On Small Boat Harbor Sale

BUFFALO, NY - Neither side is talking, after attorneys representing the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) and a developer who successfully bid on taking over the small boat harbor, met today to try and hash out some differences.

Taste of Buffalo and Buffalo Firefighters to Heat Things Up this July

Taste of Buffalo and Buffalo Firefighters to Heat Things Up this July

Join Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops as they crown the City of Buffalo’s Ultimate Firehouse Chef at the 29th annual food festival this July. The Taste is shining the spotlight on the city’s everyday heroes in the “Smokin’ Hot Buffalo Firehouse Cook Off” presented by Buffalo Spree. All active City of Buffalo firefighters are encouraged to submit an original recipe. Two competitors will be selected to battle it out on the Taste’s Culinary Stage, located inside New Era Cap’s parking lot, during the event on Saturday, July 7 at 5pm.

“The Taste works with the Buffalo Fire Department year after year in setting up for our annual event and this year, we’re excited to be able to turn the spotlight on them and their firehouse culinary specialties,” said Chris Hitchcock, 2012 Taste chair. “If you are one or know an active City of Buffalo firefighter who knows his/her way around the firehouse kitchen, encourage them to enter!”