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Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Babel Series: Edwidge Danticat, March 25

Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Babel Series:  Edwidge Danticat, March 25

JUST BUFFALO LITERARY CENTER’S BABEL SERIES CONTINUES WITH EDWIDGE DANTICAT ON MARCH 25th at 8:00 p.m. AT KLEINHANS MUSIC HALL

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series of internationally acclaimed authors continues with Edwidge Danticat on Friday, March 25th at 8:00 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo. Tickets are $35 general admission, $100 VIP (includes reserved seating and pre-event reception with the author), with discounts available for Buffalo & Erie County Library and HSBC Bank card holders. Student tickets are only $10! Order online at www.justbuffalo.org, by calling (716) 832-5400, or purchase at the door. Tickets are also available for the final BABEL event of the season, Nigerian author Chris Abani on April 15.

 

Lend Your Talents to Research, at the Historical Society

Lend Your Talents to Research, at the Historical Society

Genealogy research is a hot topic these days, and the Research Library at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society is one of the busiest resources in the area. We are looking for various volunteers, with various skill-sets, to help computerize our obituary card index for online access. We are undertaking this project so that we can keep up with the volume of requests we get for obituaries and death notices.

We are seeking those with an interest in genealogy, skill in research, data entry, microfilm and/or administrative work, to volunteer on this project. There are three specific "jobs" that we need volunteers to do.

1. Data Entry

Duties include entering names, death dates, newspaper citations, and other information into a computerized database.

Skills include:

Higgins Fights Flood Map for Old First Ward

Higgins Fights Flood Map for Old First Ward

Congressman Asks FEMA to Take Hundreds of Buffalo Homes Out of Flood Zone

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is again waging a fight against federal flood maps, this time taking aim at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood zone in the City of Buffalo’s Old First Ward. 

“Again we see federal flood zone designations not based in science or reason placing unfair burdens on local homeowners and discouraging investment in the Old First Ward,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over FEMA.  “We stand with local residents and business owners and approach this fight like we do others, by providing good, solid facts that support our argument.” 

Congressman Higgins sent a letter to the FEMA Regional Administrator requesting a revision of the Flood Insurance Rate Map for the Buffalo neighborhood.

National HIV/AIDS Women and Girls Awareness Day

National HIV/AIDS Women and Girls Awareness Day

Thursday, March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking part by hosting a “Girls Night Out” event on Friday, March 11th.  This event is being held in conjunction with the Community Action for Prenatal Care Project-Buffalo Prenatal/Perinatal Network and Kaleida Health Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo-Parents and Children Together Clinic.

HIV/AIDS affects nearly 280,000 women in the United States, and research shows that when compared to men, women face gaps in access and care.  National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.

National Fuel Accountability Coalition holds “Stakeholder Meeting” in Buffalo

National Fuel Accountability Coalition holds “Stakeholder Meeting” in Buffalo

As National Fuel Gas Shareholders meet in Naples, Florida, the NFAC host meeting for community stakeholders who can’t make the commute to Florida.

Today, hundreds of people from over twelve organizations of the National Fuel Accountability Coalition will gather to pass community resolutions at the “People’s National Fuel Stakeholder Meeting” here in Buffalo. The event corresponds with National Fuel’s shareholder meeting down in Naples, Florida, where high paid executives will handle company business. 

The Coalition’s business will include three main points:

1.    Reforming National Fuel’s Conservation Incentive Program (CIP) which is disproportionately funded by surcharge on low income customers and doesn’t effectively meet low-income energy needs.

Alonzo C. Mather & Buffalo's "Signature Bridge" - 1893

Alonzo C. Mather & Buffalo's "Signature Bridge" - 1893

 "Half the wealth of the continent is wasted in allowing  the energy stored in the Great Lakes to run as waste through the Niagara River."

  For a number of years Alonzo C. Mather has held the idea that the rush of water in the Niagara River off the City of Buffalo can furnish a great deal of motive power. Many citizens of Buffalo had the same idea, and years ago they offered a prize of $100,000 for a practical method of utilizing this motive power, but nothing came of it. Mr. Mather did not hold out for the prize. He is a man of means, and he offered to test his idea himself, paying all the expense for such test, and finally, on top of that, if his scheme proves practical, to pay to the city a percentage of the revenue derived from it.

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided the following resources that allow local residents to stay connected to his efforts locally and in Washington, DC.  In addition, the Congressman provided other useful links for federal and local information.
 
“With the expanded use of online tools, social media and mobile technology, a central part of serving the people of Western New York is staying connected to where residents find the latest information and being involved in those conversations,” said Congressman Higgins.
 
Higgins, a new member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, with a stop originally scheduled in Egypt.  He added, “It’s no secret that social media has a growing influence in major world events such as those seen in Egypt and Iran.  These tools are giving people around the world a new voice and providing a vehicle for communication that can lead to a greater social good.”