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The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities, according to Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst.

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Read to Succeed Buffalo (RTSB) held several “Dr. Seuss reading parties” today for approximately 400 young children from Buffalo’s east side Promise Neighborhood in celebration of Read Across America Day, an annual initiative promoting the importance of early childhood reading and honoring the 111th birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. 

RTSB had toddlers and preschoolers from several community based child care sites on hand for reading events throughout the city of Buffalo’s 14215 ZIP code, including Highgate Heights Elementary, Westminster Community Charter School and Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Academy.  The events featured read alouds of favorite Dr. Seuss books led by RTSB Board members and community volunteers. 

Peace Bridge Authority Elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Annunziata elected chairman, Hoyt voted vice chairman

BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) announced that Mr. Anthony M. Annunziata and Mr. William B. “Sam” Hoyt III have been elected chairman and vice chairman of its board of directors.

“I’m pleased to resume the chairmanship during such an exciting time for the Authority,” said PBA Chairman Anthony Annunziata. “The recent success of the U.S. plaza approach widening effort, along with the continued progress on the renovation of the U.S. Customs Commercial Secondary Building, will result in tangible improvements to the way our border crossing functions. This next year even more positive projects are on the horizon to help mitigate traffic congestion.”

Crash closes part of 33 east

BUFFALO, NY - Part of the Kensington Expressway (Route 33) eastbound was closed for a time Sunday morning after a driver slid into the center guard rail barrier and flipped over, Buffalo Police say.

The accident happened near the East Ferry exit around 8:30 a.m.

The 28-year-old driver was taken to ECMC where he was treated and released.

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Woman Charged with DWI After Wrong-Way Crash in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - State Police charged a woman with DWI after she drove the wrong way on an exit ramp and crashed head-on into another car.

Troopers say the crash happened around 11:50 p.m. Saturday on the I-190 southbound at exit 6 (Elm Street). The wrong-way driver's car caught fire. The ramp was closed for a short time while the wreck was cleared.

Both drivers were taken to ECMC as a precaution. Neither was hurt, and both were released.

Julie Blazick, 37, of Orchard Park, is charged with DWI and was issued several traffic tickets, including citations for failure to obey a traffic signal and reckless driving, a misdemeanor.

Troopers say Blazick was uncooperative at the hospital. She took a blood test to determine her level of intoxication. More charges are pending.

NYT: Buffalo's embraced the 'winter chill'

Between record breaking temperatures and snowfall, Western New York has been through a winter like a few others. But with several new attractions downtown designed to take advantage of the cold, there are still plenty of ways to have fun.

The New York Times has taken notice of Buffalo's ability to "embrace" the cold with a travel article profiling the recent winter-oriented developments.

Some of the landmarks profiled include the Canalside ice rink, HARBORCENTER and RiverWorks.

You can read the full article here.

Car fire, accident shut down outbound 33

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Police shut down the outbound Kensington Expressway (Route 33) for a short time early Saturday morning following a car fire.

Buffalo firefighters responded to the fire near the Grider Street exit around 4:15 a.m. When crews got there, the car was already engulfed in flames.

Police don't know if someone set fire to the car or if the fire was caused by a crash. They did say the driver fled the scene.

No injuries were reported.

There was also a separate single-car accident about a mile away, near Fillmore Avenue. A car hit the snowy embankment next to the off-ramp. Buffalo Police didn't provide any details on that crash.