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Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.6248 to help Buffalo fight its vacant building problem by passing a labor law exemption for contractors employed by the City of Buffalo from payment of asbestos project notification fees for demolitions.  

The cost of an asbestos notification fee can be more than $4,000.  This fee is ultimately paid by the city and the taxpayers in the City of Buffalo.  Since July of 2008, over half of all demolitions in Buffalo have required an asbestos notification fee.  When a project is large, subdivided and has a garage, it is often viewed to be multiple projects thus requiring the submission of several notification fees to the state. 

Interview: Kansas Kicks Off 'Tuesday in the Park' Concert Series at Artpark

Interview: Kansas Kicks Off 'Tuesday in the Park' Concert Series at Artpark

Plain and simple, Kansas guitarist Rich Williams says, "I love what we do."

Even after five decades of touring, recording, signing autographs, taking pictures and dealing with record labels in what most people consider the worst industry on God's green earth, Williams wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

"One day you're playing in Cleveland, the next day you're playing somewhere in Sweden," he says.

On June 19, Kansas will be in Lewiston. The band behind hit songs "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry On Wayward Son" opens the "Tuesday in the Park" concert series at Artpark. Tickets are $10.

"This is what we do," Williams says. "This is our 38th year of touring, so we've gotten pretty good at it over the years. We're a good live band. The music is pretty intricate."

"It's a musical experience for people to come see us," he adds.

ECHDC Breaks Ground on Historically Aligned Public Canals

ECHDC Breaks Ground on Historically Aligned Public Canals

A Statement Released by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), along with local elected officials including Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, ceremonially broke ground today on the historically aligned public canals at Canalside. 

The public canals will be installed on the Aud Block and will interpret the alignment of the Erie Canal, which once crossed the site. The canals are designed to evoke the character and vibrancy of the historic Canal District, and to emphasize downtown Buffalo’s connection to the waterfront.  They will be a four-season attraction and include ice-skating in the winter. 

High-Wire Expert Nik Wallenda to Train at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel

High-Wire Expert Nik Wallenda to Train at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel

The world waits in anticipation for Nik Wallenda to accomplish a childhood dream this June: walk over the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls on a high-wire.  Although the “King of the High Wire” holds a Guinness World Record and comes from a seven-generation circus dynasty, he needs to prepare.  That preparation will take place May 12 to 22 at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel – Wallenda’s home base in Niagara Falls and a major sponsor of the high-wire walk.

The public is invited to watch Wallenda train for free each day from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30 to 5 p.m. in front of the property near Third Street and Old Falls Street.  Two cranes – with the reinforcement of stanchions drilled 15 feet into the ground – will support a 1,200-foot long wire that will span the outdoor parking lot and be exactly like the one Wallenda will walk on June 15 – but this practice wire will be placed a reasonable height above the ground.

Martin House Announces its 2012 Tour Season

Martin House Announces its 2012 Tour Season

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Friends of Harmony Annual Spring Show a Tribute to Those Fabulous Fifties

Friends of Harmony Annual Spring Show a Tribute to Those Fabulous Fifties

The Friends of Harmony male a Capella chorus, under the direction of Brett Heintzman, will be performing "Those Fabulous Fifties", a musical extravaganza packed with doo-wop, love ballads and enduring classics from that incredible musical era. Performances will be on Friday, May 4th at the East Aurora High School and on Saturday, May 5th at the Sweet Home High School in Amherst . Both shows start at 7:30PM.

Enjoy the classics made famous by Bobby Vinton, the Del Vikings, Neil Sedaka, The Righteous Brothers and others all sung in beautiful 4-part harmony. Admission starts at $15.00 for seniors and students and $17.00 for all others. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show for $17.00 and $20.00.

Discover South Buffalo Website Launched

Discover South Buffalo Website Launched

www.SouthBuffaloHome.com was created by volunteers from the South Buffalo CREW to welcome everyone to the neighborhoods of South Buffalo.

The new site is a showcase of the many reasons why SB CREW members love where they live, and provides a useful guide for anyone who might buy a home, start a business or visit South Buffalo.

As the page for “Living in SB” says, “When you add it all up, you’d be crazy not to move here. You can escape the high taxes of the suburbs and still live in a safe neighborhood with amazing parks, good schools, caring neighbors, and plenty of stuff to do.” The website provides a great deal of evidence to back that up.