How Did Your Child’s School Do in ’14 State Tests?

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Third- through eighth-graders are tested for proficiency in math and English Language Arts each spring.  Scores across the state dropped in 2013 after the state rolled out new tests aligned with the Common Core.  See the percentage of students who met or exceeded proficiency in each school by referring to the article attached.
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Federal Jury Finds Williamsville Man Guilty of Tax Evasion

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A federal court jury found a Williamsville man guilty Tuesday of tax evasion.

Carlo J. Marinello II, 68, will face up to three years in prison because of his conviction for obstructing Internal Revenue Service laws and failing to file personal and corporate income tax returns.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell T. Ippolito Jr. and John E. Rogowski said Marinello was the manager and owner of Express Courier Group/Buffalo Inc. and failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue to the IRS.
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Party in the Park ~ A Tribute to Our Troops

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Party in the Park
A Tribute to Our Troops

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

6:00 -8:30

NAVAL AND MILITARY PARK

One Naval Park Cove

BUFFALO, NY 14202

Food–Drinks–Auction–Music

Ticket Information

PRE-SALE

$50 per person – $85 per couple

At the Door

$65 per person – $100 per couple

716-847-1773 ext. 15 or
Naval Gift Shop OR www.buffalonavalpark.org

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Steven Meyer Will Beat Ray Walter Simply Because Walters Is Boring

There was a major commotion in Amherst recently.  A rumor was spreading like lava spewing from Mt. Etna. Someone said they actually saw Ray Walters, our representative in Albany, right here in town!  This set in motion quite a hunt as to where he was, since he rarely ever comes here.

The mystery was finally solved when a lady saw him in a photo in the Amherst Bee where he writes a column every month or so.

Walters’ opponent, Steven Meyer, has been walking the streets of Amherst and Pembroke since the first day candidates were allowed, to introduce himself and his platform to the residents.  His desire to represent the people goes as far as putting his own money into his campaign!

Ray Walters will be getting most his money from his friends in Albany.  He’d better hurry before they’re all in jail.

Steven Meyer has made quite an impression on many residents.  His mind is open to good ideas.  He has challenged Walters to have three debates but again rumors have it that Walters got lost trying to get to Amherst.  Could this be true?

The people have heard Meyers talk and believe what he is saying.

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Lauren Bacall Dead at 89

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Lauren Bacall, who memorably told Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in her 1944 movie debut — “You just put your lips together and blow” — and decades later won two Tony Awards in Broadway plays, has died. She was 89.

Another great movie legend has passed into new life in heaven.

Bacall’s beauty and sultry voice charmed fans and Humphrey Bogart alike in her first film, “To Have and Have Not” (1944). Only 19, she had a torrid off-screen romance with Bogart, then 44. The next year he divorced his third wife to marry her.

They appeared in three more pictures together and became a celebrated Hollywood couple, subjects of a television film and a 1982 pop hit “Key Largo,” named after their movie. As a line from the song put it, “We had it all, just like Bogie and Bacall.”
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Governor’s Race at 49-41 For Those Aware of Moreland Scandal

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KEY POINT IN LATEST SIENA POLL: GOVERNOR’S RACE AT 49-41 FOR THOSE AWARE OF MORELAND SCANDAL

New York–Aug. 11…The race for New York governor is now an eight-point contest — 49-41 — among New Yorkers aware of the unravelling scandal involving Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission, the campaign of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and New York gubernatorial campaign today noted.

The U.S. Attorney is investigating the Cuomo Administration for possible obstruction of justice and other charges after reports broke that Mr. Cuomo and his surrogates steered corruption investigations away from Cuomo political allies.

According to the latest Siena College Poll, released today, 49% of New Yorkers aware of the Moreland Scandal support Mr. Cuomo for re-election, while 41% support Mr. Astorino.  Remaining voters polled are still undecided which candidate they will support in November. For New Yorkers still unaware of the Moreland Scandal, Mr. Cuomo leads by a wider margin, according to Siena.  The poll is available here.

“We don’t pay much attention to polls this early, but Siena does show what we are anecdotally noticing within the campaign: When people realize they were burned again by another Albany politician, they become quickly ready to throw Andrew Cuomo aside,” said Astorino campaign spokeswoman Jessica Proud. “New Yorkers have been promised the moon by the likes of Andrew Cuomo before; they won’t be fooled twice.”

Ms. Proud noted that the Moreland Scandal has been in the news for less than three weeks — and in the dog days of summer when most people aren’t paying attention to politics — so many people will learning about Moreland for the first time when September rolls around.

“Andrew Cuomo is under 50% right now with the best educated voters in New York,” she continued, “it will be our job to educate every voter about what Andrew Cuomo did with Moreland, and about the tax relief, ethics reforms, and job creation programs Rob Astorino will bring with him to Albany.”

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Actor Robin Williams Dies at 63

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What a shock!  I’d venture to say that most of you were a bit surprised when you heard or read this news.

The Oscar-winning comedian and actor Robin Williams has died at 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif.

A statement from the assistant chief deputy coroner of Marin County announced on Monday that the Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”

His publicist confirmed the news.

His wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement saying she was “utterly heartbroken” and hoped “that the focus will not be on Robin’s death.”
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Erie County Deputies Shoot Dog After Going to Wrong House For a Suspect

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Officials confiscate family’s pet after sheriff’s detectives enter wrong backyard and shoot pit bull in ‘self-defense’

Lady is a 67-pound brindle pit bull who was shot in the head at an East Concord house July 25.

An Erie County sheriff’s detective shot the dog.

Megan Shimburski was house-sitting at her parents’ home. She was inside with her infant son. Her 5-year-old daughter, Makenna, was playing in the backyard with Lady.

Two unmarked sheriff’s vehicles pulled up, and three plainclothes detectives got out, mistakenly thinking a man they were looking for might be at the house. They went to the backyard with guns drawn and shot Lady twice, one a grazing wound and the other in the head. Makenna was only feet away from the dog, the attorney said.
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Governor, Thank You For The Projects You Threw Out To Our Area – While Making Your Friends Richer

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The Moreland Commission, which was to help clear up corruption in NYS, was turned into political hodge-podge by our Governor.  The public comes to find out as one concerned citizen writes, “the author of the most significant piece of anti-Second Amendment legislation in American history was drafted by a 20-something lawyer with no apparent firearms experience, no law enforcement experience, no legal experience in the criminal justice arena and no mental health experience.”

If you Google the name Alex Crohn, it appears the totality of experience in his young life is in social activism, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender groups, and being a Democratic hack-hire under Mylan Denerstein, herself known in Albany as more political functionary than legal eagle.  At least now we know why the SAFE Act is in meltdown mode with no one, not even the Obama Administration, complying with it.  What a travesty of incompetence.

What was to be a powerful weapon to help rid corruption in NYS by some serious heavyweights who believed in it, was crushed by political games played by members of Governor Cuomo’s inner circle of hatchet people.

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Clear Link Found Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Alzheimer’s Disease

Older adults who are severely deficient in vitamin D may be more than twice as likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease than those who don’t have a deficiency, according to the largest study of its kind, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

“We expected to find an association between low Vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising — we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated,” noted lead researcher David Llewellyn of the University of Exeter Medical School in a news release.

Llewellyn, who could not be reached for comment by Yahoo Health, looked at several years worth of data on 1,658 Americans ages 65 and older who had taken part in the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute’s Cardiovascular Health Study. He and his team found that adults who were just moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia — the general term for any severe decline in mental ability — while the risk jumped to 125 percent for those who had a severe deficiency. Similarly, for Alzheimer’s disease — the most common type of dementia — the moderately deficient adults were 69 percent more likely to develop it, while the severely deficient had a 122 percent increased risk.

“Clinical trials are now needed to establish whether eating foods such as oily fish or taking vitamin D supplements can delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,” Llewellyn said. “We need to be cautious at this early stage, and our latest results do not demonstrate that low vitamin D levels cause dementia. That said, our findings are very encouraging, and even if a small number of people could benefit, this would have enormous public health implications given the devastating and costly nature of dementia.”

Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in this country, according to the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association. One in three seniors dies with either Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. “We think this study is important,” Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach with the Alzheimer’s Association (a major funder of Llewellyn’s research), told Yahoo Health in response to the findings. “It’s a relatively large study and it looks like it does show a pretty substantial link… It just doesn’t show us why there is a link.” One hypothesis, Fargo noted, is that the brain — including the hippocampus, which is the first area to break down with Alzheimer’s — is full of vitamin D receptors.

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