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Local Fitness Expert Creates New Training Program for U.S. Marines

East Aurora resident Steven Helmicki, president of Primordial Strength Inc., was contacted by trainers from the U.S. Marine Corp. base in Camp Lejune over the summer to consult on new training methods. After contributing with Noreen Kuhn on the Semper Fit presentation titled “Uncommon Training with Common Movements,” next came a week-long mentoring program that ran daily from 6 a.m. until the dead of the night. 

ECIDA Approves Tax Breaks to Support Nearly $116 Million in Local Projects

Buffalo, NY – The Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) board and its Industrial Land Development Corporation (ILDC) today approved a mix of tax abatement packages and tax-exempt financing arrangements to leverage $115.8 million in new projects.

Actions by the ECIDA and RDC boards will support a range of developments, ranging from adaptive reuse of the historic Lafayette Hotel and Calumet Building in downtown Buffalo, to construction of a new parking ramp for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and major projects on the Canisius and Medaille College campuses.

“Today’s approvals demonstrate the broad range and flexibility of funding mechanisms this agency possesses to leverage major private and public investments in Erie County. This is exactly the role we were established to play in enabling growth and revitalization,” said ECIDA Chairman Phil Ackerman.

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a ’91 Lincoln Town Car with the 4.6-liter V8. While I was driving home the other day the accelerator seemed to slip past its normal position a little too far. From then on, it accelerates very slowly and will not kick into overdrive when the accelerator is depressed all the way to the floor. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Lucas from Keosauqua, WA


TeamSave Buffalo Expands Into Rochester Area

TeamSave Buffalo, the popular new collective buying website that allows Western New Yorkers to receive substantial discounts on goods, services and events from hundreds of Buffalo area businesses, has expanded into the Rochester marketplace!

Advertising Club of Buffalo Presents Copywriter Michael Davis of Leo Burnett

Please join us as the Advertising Club of Buffalo presents Copywriter Michael Davis of Leo Burnett on Monday, November 8th. 

Early in his career David started out as a junior copywriter at Campbell-Ewald in Detroit, and eventually got to work on Chevrolet’s regional and national marketing efforts, which earned him the title C-E 2005 co-employee of the year.  In 2007, Davis joined Leo Burnett and refined his skills under the guidance of ECD George Katsarelas, and won multiple Effie Grand awards for his pro-bono work for the Detroit Public School enrollment movement. 

The night’s event won’t be short on laughs and entertainment as Davis’ presentation begins shortly after the cash bar and light appetizers begin at 5:30pm.  Networking with Davis and the areas advertising professionals and enthusiasts to follow upon completion of the presentation.   

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a 2006 F250 4x4 Ex Cab with a 6.0 L Diesel. What are your thoughts on the chip tuners such as Bully Dog and Super Chips? Are they worth the investment?
Douglas from Tornado, WV


The "PLAYBOY" of Buffalo

    The Playboy story began in Buffalo after WWII when Lou Horwitz, who had been in the automobile business since 1935, opened a used car lot on the corner of Deleware and Hertel. Horowitz sent cars to Norm Richardson Collision Shop at 988 Ellicott St. for repair. While at Richardson's shop Horowitz learned that Richardson and Charlie Thomas were working on a three wheel car.  Thomas had built a car in the 1930's with the help of Richardson. Lou Horwitz had long believed there was a need for a second or companion car in the American automobile field. Therefore, he joined forces with Thomas and Richardson to form the Playboy Motorcar Corporation with Horwitz as president, Thomas as vice president and Richardson as treasurer.