‘Space Monday’: Total Lunar Eclipse, Rocket Launch, Brush With Mars

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Attention stargazers! You’re about to be treated to a series of space spectacles.

Space Monday,” as astronomers have dubbed it, kicks off in the late afternoon when SpaceX, the private spaceflight company, is planning a rocket launch.

After sunset, attention turns to Mars, which will pass within 57 million miles of Earth — its closest approach since January 2008, according to Space.com.

The sky show continues on April 15 at 1:58 a.m. EDT, when a full moon passes through Earth’s amber shadow, producing a full lunar eclipse visible across North America.
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Nation Stunned to Learn Congress Accomplished Something Fifty Years Ago

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans were in a state of shock this past week after learning that Congress had accomplished something fifty years ago.

Although the incident was widely reported throughout the week, the revelation that Congress had achieved something positive and substantial for the country a half century ago left many incredulous and baffled.

Adding to their disbelief were reports that the accomplishment came as the result of collaboration between a Democrat in the White House and Republicans in Congress.

Making the scenario even more far-fetched, politicians of both parties came to an agreement without the interference of corporate paymasters operating them like puppets.

Tracy Klugian, thirty-four, was one of many Americans who found “the whole thing hard to swallow.”

“I searched for it on Google, and it’s true: Congress did actually get something done for the good of the country and all,” he said. “Still, when I first heard about it, it sounded like a hoax.”

Above: President Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act, 1964. Photograph courtesy Cecil Stoughton, White House Press Office.

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You Are Invited to The Irishman’s 7th Birthday Party

The Irishman Pub and Eatery is Celebrating

Our 7th BIRTHDAY!!!!!

We will be celebrating all week Sunday April 13th – Saturday April 19th

Join us for our $20.07 Specials (2007 was the year we were “born”)

Enjoy lunch for two for $20.07

 Choose any two lunches from our specially prepared birthday menu

 (Soda, coffee or tea included) 

Our Inclusive $20.07 “Birthday Dinner Package”

Start with your choice of a seasonal green salad OR potato leek soup

(Irish Onion soup add $1.00)

Choose One Entrée from Our Specially Prepared “Birthday” Menu

Complete your meal with our Chef’s Choice “Pint Size” Dessert

 

You Are INVITED to our Birthday Party!!!!

Come Celebrate with us!!!

WHEN: Thursday April 17th

WHERE: The Irishman Pub and Eatery

5601 Main Street in Williamsville

Time: 5 pm-?

Chris Maloney @ 7 pm

Drink Features

Complimentary Hor d, oeurves

  

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Geologists Link Small Quakes to Fracking

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Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.

A state investigation of five small tremors last month in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, found the injection of sand and water that accompanies hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Utica Shale may have increased pressure on a small, unknown fault, said State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers. He called the link “probable.”
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Erie County Civil Service Exams

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The Erie County Department of Personnel has added new exam announcements to its website:

*Jobs for the Public*

Assistant Special Investigator OPEN # 60-274

Denial Management Nurse OPEN # 68-863

Nurse Case Manager OPEN # 66-052

Nursing Team Leader-Utilization Review OPEN # 60-451

Program Coordinator Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery OPEN #
62-102

Utilization Management Coordinator OPEN # 60-429

*Jobs for the Employees*

Senior Special Investigator PROMOTIONAL #73-123

Special Investigator PROMOTIONAL # 73-124

Please also see: http://www.erie.gov/employment under JOBS or call
716-858-8729 for more details.

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Prosecutor to Finish Moreland Probes

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Where the trail might lead for Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District in New York, is unclear, but the seasoned prosecutor said his team would take up the work of a state anti-corruption commission that he said was “unceremoniously” – and possibly for political reasons – put out of business prematurely last week by Cuomo and state lawmakers.

 

Bharara also did not rule out looking at allegations that have surfaced in recent months that the Cuomo administration may have unduly influenced the work of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.

 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara refuses to rule out probe into Gov. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission
Bharara wants to investigate the shutdown of Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission in order to determine whether the commission had been improperly meddled with.
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ReENERGIZE Buffalo: Renewable Energy – Watchdog Fundraiser – Riverkeeper Cleanup – Great Blues

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Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo 

All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy

·     Renewable New York — Planing for a Clean Energy Future

  • DEADLINE for Comments on NY State Energy Plan is April 30

·     Fundraiser for Watchdog Group after Another Successful Year

·     Volunteer for RIVERKEEPER Spring Shoreline Cleanup

·     Live Cameras on Great Blue Heron Nest at Cornell

EVENTS THIS WEEK: (Web LINKS to Events are in the right sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo - Click Here)

  • FRIDAY, April 11, COMMUNITY FORUM: What’s Next with Lead? Explore strategies for dealing with lead and other toxic housing conditions. 9am-1pm, UB Clinical & Translational ResearchCenter, 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo
  • SATURDAY, April 12, EVENT: Second Saturday at The Foundry – Food, Art & Craft, Buy Gifts, Demonstrations of Skill, Live Music,12:00pm-4:00pm, The Foundry, 298 Northampton St., Buffalo
  • SATURDAY, April 12, GRAND OPENING: BreadHive Artisan Bread Bakery – a Worker Owned Cooperative; Tours & Samples, 5:00pm; Music with DJ Jerome at 8:30pm; 123 Baynes St., Buffalo
  • MONDAY, April 14, MEETING: Energy Committee of the Sierra Club Niagara Group, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Tri-MainBuilding (Suite 438), 2495 Main St., Buffalo
  • MONDAY, April 14, PUBLIC MEETING: Information session on controlling invasive Hydrilla in Tonawanda Creek and the Erie Canal; host U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 6pm-8pm, VFW Post, 110 Elgin St., City of Tonawanda
  • WEDNESDAY, April 16, PUBLIC MEETING: “One Region Forward—Toward a sustainable Buffalo Niagara” by Kelly Dixon; host Citizens Regional Transit; 12-1:00 pm, 237 Main St., Buffalo
  • WEDNESDAY, April 16, COMMUNITY EVENT: Brighter WNY – Solar Electricity for Your Home, host Solar Liberty, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
  • THURSDAY, April 17, EVENT: “Pie for PAI” – Celebration & Fundraiser for Buffalo’s Public Accountability Initiative (PAI); 6:00 PM, Allen Street Hardware (backroom), 245 Allen Street, Buffalo
  • THURSDAY, April 17, ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR: “Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program” by Mark Lowery, NYS DEC – hosted by Sierra Club Atlantic chapter; Fair 5:30pm, Program 7-9pm, First Unitarian Church, Rochester

UPCOMING EVENTS: (Web LINKS to Events are in the right sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo - Click Here)

  • April 22, 2014, EVENT: Earth Day Green Drinks Happy Hour, hosted by WNY Environmental Alliance; 5:00pm, Larkin Filling Station, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo
  • April 22, 2014, MEETING: Sierra Club Niagara Group, 7:00 pm, Duns Scotus Hall (Rm.240), DaemenCollege, Amherst; All are welcome
  • April 23, 2014, MEETING: Habitat & Natural Resources Working Group of WNY Environmental Alliance, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Museum of Science, Buffalo
  • April 26, 2014, VOLUNTEER: “Spring Shoreline Sweep” sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, 9AM to 12PM, Register in Advance
  • April 27, 2014, PRESENTATION: Environmental Series, Part 1 – Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper with Jill Jedlicka, Executive Director;9:35am, Case Library, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo
  • April 30, 2014, DEADLINE: Submit Public Comments on the New York State Energy Plan – Help achieve critical goals on climate, energy efficiency and renewable energy

SAVE THE DATE: (Web LINKS to Events are in the right sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo - Click Here)

May 1, 2014, FORUM: Creating a Vibrant Waterfront in Buffalo – “Lessons from Brooklyn Bridge Park”, host Partnership for the Public Good, 2:00pm, Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave, Buffalo

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Governor Cuomo ~ a Notch Below President Harding

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Governor Cuomo has disbanded the Mooreland Commisson.  It was supposed to gather and uncover corruption of officials in New York.

Cuomo is a joke.  He knew this Commission wouldn’t dig up anything because it would reflect on him. This year he’s running for Governor again.  He knew his group wouldn’t dig up any dirt which might spill on his Governor facade.

Cuomo talks out of 5 sides of his mouth.  He has no integrity or class.  He lies with best of them.  Cuomo will win the upcoming election because he doesn’t have a tough opponent and is an excellent con man.

Governor I know it is difficult to be an honest politician, but forget the short time you have on this earth.  Start thinking about how you will be judged when your time is up.

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GOP Still Seeks DiNapoli Foe; Mychajliw Not Interested

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Local Republicans will gather in Williamsville Saturday as part of a series of regional forums designed to “interview” potential candidates for statewide office.

Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive and presumptive candidate for governor, will be at VFW Post 41 in Williamsville. So will John Cahill, former secretary to Gov. George E. Pataki and a potential candidate for attorney general.

But the GOP still has not come up with a candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Thomas P. DiNapoli for state comptroller — though not for lack of trying on the local level.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw said state Republican Chairman Edward F. Cox reached out to gauge his interest in a statewide race — a logical move when considering Republican Mychajliw’s two impressive victories in an overwhelmingly Democratic county.

“It’s very flattering that folks on the state level feel the quality of our work should be used in Albany,” Mychajliw said, but emphasized he is not interested in running for comptroller this year.

By Robert J. McCarthy

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Most Towns Don’t Have One

There is message in wind which seems to indicate our Town of Amherst Planning Department will soon be a wisp in the wind.

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