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Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised Toward $10.9 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised  Toward $10.9 Million Goal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday, March 24, Catholic Charities’ 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities’ officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.
    

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Free Diabetes Risk Tests Available for Western New Yorkers

Free Diabetes Risk Tests Available for Western New Yorkers

American Diabetes Association raises awareness as part of annual Alert Day® on March 24

BUFFALO, NY–The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today announced its annual Alert Day® and encouraged Western New Yorkers to take a free diabetes risk test, to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In addition, the Peace Bridge was illuminated in the color red to support Alert Day® and further raise awareness about the disease.

“Recent estimates project that as many as one in three adults will have diabetes in 2050,” said Alexandra Murello, director of the Buffalo ADA. “Early diagnosis is key to successful treatment and preventing complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and stroke.”

Peace Bridge Authority and Niagara Falls Bridge Commission Collaborate to Reduce Bus Congestion

New advanced data entry program available for motor coaches

Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) and Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) – in conjunction with respective border agencies – announced the implementation of the Buffalo Niagara “Border Planner” program, which will help coordinate advanced port arrival data for charter buses, tours, and motor coaches traveling the region’s border crossings through a new online portal service.

Buffalo Soup Fest at Convention Center


BUFFALO, NY - The fifth-annual Buffalo Soup Fest was held at the convention center Sunday after being postponed for over a month due to last month's wintry weather.

A total of 30 local restaurants took part in the event, serving 75 different kinds of soup for people to sample.

Matt Carlucci, the founder of the event, says he thought of the idea while sitting at his kitchen table and never imagined it would become as popular as it is today. He's even looking into the possibility of using the entire Convention Center to host next year's event.


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Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

Daemen’s Geppetto Festival to Bring New Life to Art of Puppetry

The artistic talents of puppeteers from across the United States will be showcased in the second annual Geppetto Festival, named after the beloved woodcarver from the children’s classic “Pinocchio,” scheduled for April 15 as part of the Daemen College Academic Festival.

“The Geppetto Festival is intended to share enriching presentations and performances to help bring new life to puppetry,” said Cameron Garrity, festival director. “Whether young or young at heart, the festival will give audiences the chance to explore new avenues of puppetry beyond Sesame Street and other well-known shows.”

How Do I Obtain an ITIN?

How Do I Obtain an ITIN?

 

In our previous blog, we analyzed the difference between a FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number) and an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number). To review, an ITIN is issued by the IRS to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but do not have or are not eligible to receive a Social Security number. An ITIN is a nine-digit tax processing number that always begins with the number nine. 

The VETTE Fête To Rock Nietzsche’s on Sunday, March 29th

The VETTE Fête To Rock Nietzsche’s on Sunday, March 29th

                                  

All proceeds from the fundraiser to help sustain the VETTE’s Trinity/Tupper Grassroots Community organic vegetable garden and Massachusetts Avenue Project