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Superintendent Says No to Teacher Transfer Requests

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- This year nearly 600 Buffalo Public School teachers submitted requests to transfer to different schools. The Superintendent says no requests will be granted.

Calling this his toughest summer as a Superintendent, Dr. Williams wants stability in every school building.  When asked why he believes so many teachers want to transfer, Dr. Williams said there are many reasons.  "They want to move to another school and historically in this district they have moved around. Some don't want to be with principal X, Y, Z."

The district is also has to replace six principals who retired. The schools in need of principals are Hutch Tech, Montessori, Leonardo DaVinci and Schools 3, 54 and 65.

On Monday, the Superintendent will get a list of the top three candidates for each of the schools. He expects to have principals in place by August 18.

Some Local Groups May Lose Tax-Exempt Status

BUFFALO, N.Y. - According to the Internal Revenue Service some local non-profit groups and organizations may lose their tax exempt status because of a new law that went into effect.

A spokesman for the IRS tells 2 On Your Side the organizations will be given until the middle of October to fill out the proper paperwork required by the new law or they may lose their tax exempt status. Some groups affected include some little league teams, fire departments and youth programs.

2 On Your Side has a database of the organizations and groups which may be affected.  

Metro to Provide Extra Service to Erie County Fair

BUFFALO, NY - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro will provide service on the 36 Hamburg and 14 Abbott bus routes to the Erie County Fair and Exposition from Wednesday Aug. 11 through Sunday Aug. 22.

On weekdays, Route 36 Hamburg buses depart for the Mohawk and Ellicott Streets, starting at 8:37 am and approximately every hour after that. The last bus will leave around 9:43 pm.

Buses returning to Buffalo start departing the grounds at 10:11 am and continue hourly up to 11:02 pm. Buses stop at both McKinley Ave. and South Park entrances.

On Saturdays, the first bus at 36 Hamburg leaves downtown Buffalo at 9:15 am. The last bus leaves the fairgrounds for Buffalo at 9:30 pm. Sunday service to the fair starts at 11 am with the last bus leaving the fair at 9:50 pm.

Peace Bridge to Honor Blessed Mother Teresa

A well-known international landmark will be aglow on the evening of August 26 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa.

The Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River between Buffalo and Fort Erie, will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Blessed Mother Teresa’s order of women religious, the Missionaries of Charity.

Blessed Mother Teresa traveled the world, helping the poorest of the poor. During her lifetime, she brought her message of love and compassion for the destitute to Ontario and Western New York. The sisters of her order continue to minister where there is the most need. They are in Canada, the United States, and around the world, working in homes for the dying, in orphanages, and in hospitals.

The Vatican is currently considering Blessed Mother Teresa for sainthood.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, and Msgr. Wayne Kirkpatrick, administrator of the Diocese of St.

Tracks To The Past Appear Downtown

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It's been more than a half century since streetcars ran along the streets of downtown Buffalo, but downtown construction has revealed a bit of the past. At least for the time being.

On Eagle Street between Washington and Ellicott, crews are milling the street surface in the process of repaving. Well, a piece of Buffalo's transportation history has been revealed.

In the middle of the street you can now see the old streetcar rails and cobblestones of the past.

The rails were part of the Clinton Street route that started at Main and Clinton and ran along Clinton, Main, Eagle and Emslie. That line ended service in 1948. Now, in 2010, the tracks are experiencing a short-lived return, before the construction crew covers them up. That is, until the next paving project.

 

IKEA Not Coming to Buffalo; ECHDC Forming New Waterfront Plan

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Big box furniture store IKEA has informed Two On Your Side it is not considering Buffalo as a future location.

The news comes just hours after the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation announced IKEA would be one of ten companies they approached about placing a store at the Canalside project on the Buffalo waterfront.

IKEA said that, before it builds a store, it requires the metro region to have a population of at least two million people. Buffalo does not.

"The attention is flattering and humbling, but we have a very specific criteria as to whether a metropolitan area can support IKEA, and Buffalo cannot," IKEA Spokesperson Joseph Roth said.

Even before IKEA made its intentions knows, the Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation suggested it was premature to discuss landing the company.

Police Searching for Suspect Involved in Robbery, Stabbing

BUFFALO, NY - At approximately 8:30 am Tuesday on Highgate Ave., police were called to a street robbery involving 20 year old Ly Dang who was stabbed multiple times.

Dang was taken to ECMC where she was later released.

Police believe she was walking on Highgate Ave. when the suspect came up to her and made off with her backpack containing numerous items.

The victim chased after the suspect and at some point a struggle began.

The suspect fled. He's described as a black male, approximately 6 ft. tall, chubby face, wearing black knee length shorts and a white tee shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or "Text a Tip" at 716-847-2255