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Buffalo City Mission Delivers 6,300 Thanksgiving Meals

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer on Thanksgiving around Western New York, and one of those is at Buffalo City Mission.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, 500 volunteers came through City Mission to help cook, prep, and pack meals.

Some of them got up 4:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving to make it all happen.

This is the 14th year that Meals on Wheels, Goodwill, and Western New Yorkers have collaborated with City Mission on Thanksgiving.

Executive Director Stuart Harper says it's able to happen because of the generosity of this community.

"It's a great opportunity for us to give back to the people that have less, and many times we'd be the only person that they may see today, so it's a blessing for us to be able to be with them," Harper said.

For Ralph Perillo, a volunteer of more than a decade, it's a family affair.

Old AM&A's Building Sold

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The old AM&A's Building at 377 Main Street in Downtown Buffalo has been sold.

Records from the Erie County Clerk's Office show Landco H&L Inc. purchased the property for $2.775 million, though little is known about the company or its plans.

The building has sat vacant for years. For decades, it was home to the AM&A's Department Store. Bon-Ton bought the local chain and operated the downtown store for a short time before closing it in the mid-1990's. Local businessman Richard Taylor ran the upscale Taylor's Department Store in the building for a couple of years in the late 1990's.

Since then, many developers have shown interest in the building and had plans for retail and residential redevelopment. But their plans never came to fruition.

Big Progress at Riverworks in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Work is continuing on the Riverworks Complex along the Buffalo River. Part of it will open soon, and another part will open on New Year's Day.

The facility on Ganson Street hosted the pond hockey tournament last February. Since then, a lot has changed. The ice rinks are almost done. They'll be open on November 24th. Crews are working on the main indoor venue... which can host events.
That will be open January First.

Those behind Riverworks say they're happy to be part of everything that's happening downtown and nearby.

Erie County official grilled over car storage

BUFFALO, NY - An Erie County official got a grilling Thursday afternoon over fines his office issued and accusations that he used a county garage to store his personal vehicle.

Two On Your Side's Claudine Ewing has more details on the hearing.

Uniland will pay for damages caused by construction debris

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The mystery debris floating around part of Downtown Buffalo is a mystery no more. The cement, insulation and fireproofing material is falling from the Uniland project that will house the headquarters of Delaware North.

Neighbors who live in the apartment building next to the construction site on Delaware Avenue say the debris has fallen onto their cars, and the cement can't be cleaned.

"It won't come off," Midge Fournier, building manager at Touraine Apartments, said. "It's permanent."

Workers at Delta Sonic were able to clean some of the debris off her car but wrote on her receipt, "We cannot handle cement on vehicles."

Midge also worries about air quality and says her tenants can't open their windows.

Events honor service of WWII veterans

BUFFALO, NY - Some real American heroes assembled Saturday night for a special recognition dinner in their honor.

More than 20 veterans of World War II were feted at a dinner organized by the Compeer Volunteer support organization. Guests paid tribute to these individuals for their service to our nation at the Adams Mark Hotel downtown.

Each of the veterans also received commemorative coins. One marks the anniversary of Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa on today's date in 1942.

Another special tribute was held Saturday for our veterans. The 6th annual Welcome Home Veterans Day parade traveled the streets of downtown Buffalo. It started at Delaware Avenue and Edward Street and ended at City Hall. It's put on by Vets HERD and the Veterans Administration.

Saturday's parade comes a few days ahead of Veterans Day on Tuesday.

BPD checks death records and pistol permit records

BUFFALO, NY – Buffalo Police say they're determined to get more guns off the streets and now they're checking to see whether pistol permit holders have passed away and what happened to their gun or guns.

During a press conference last week regarding weapons brought in illegally from Pennsylvania, police officials told reporters their biggest problem with weapons in crimes seems to involve guns that are stolen in burglaries from homes.

They feel that, in some cases, families are holding on to weapons even after the person who bought them originally has died.

So now they're actually looking for those situations.