Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo Invites Supporters To Donate ‘pennies from heaven’ At jcpenney

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Campaign Seeks Donations of Change to Benefit Buffalo and Surrounding Area Youth

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Buffalo, NY 7/25/11– To support afterschool programs across the country, jcpenney launched a nationwide philanthropic campaign that invites customers to turn small change into “pennies from heaven” by rounding up their purchases and donating the difference to a local afterschool organization. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo is one of 1,100 afterschool organizations matched with a jcpenney store that will benefit from the proceeds raised during the pennies from heaven campaign. As the leading corporate advocate for the afterschool issue, jcpenney is leveraging a cause marketing campaign to bolster national support through broadcast, print and online advertising as well as an engaging digital experience on The first pennies from heaven event will kick off July 31 through Aug. 27. Shopping at the WALDEN GALLERIA jcpenney will directly benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo.

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“With budget cuts in education, there’s never been a more important time to support afterschool programs as a valuable community resource that helps to bridge the education gap,” said Diane Rowe, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. “As customers shop for the Back-to-School season, we hope they will keep our mission in mind so that the social and academic learning opportunities we provide after school will continue to be available to Buffalo students.”

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National research shows that one out of four students in the U.S. is on their own between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day.* The afterschool program offered at Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo serves more than 7500 students each year by involving them in programs that help kids develop social skills, provide opportunities to be physically active and achieve academic success in school. 

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“For more than a decade, jcpenney has been deeply committed to helping kids spread their wings by making it possible for more students to participate in life-enriching afterschool programs,” said Dennis Morley, store manager for jcpenney. “When we leverage the power of a penny to create opportunities for learning, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our future leaders.”

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A Recovery That Repeats Its Painful Precedents

The San Francisco Fed estimates that spending per person per month remains about $175 below its trend before the recession.

As difficult as this economic situation is it is not a new issue for our government officials to deal with.

Earlier this year, as the economy began to sputter, Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, was asked about the historical evidence that recoveries from financial crises were always painfully slow.

Mr. Bernanke responded that the pattern was clear but the reasons were not. He suggested that a nation that made the right choices could do better. History is not destiny.

It seems increasingly unlikely that the United States will prove his point. The government is expected to report Friday that the economy expanded at a rate below 2 percent in the first half of the year — well below the nation’s long-term average and too slowly to recover the losses sustained during the recession.
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Economy Grew Only 1.3 pct. In The Spring

The U.S. economy slowed in the first six months of 2011 to its weakest pace since the recession ended.  High gas prices and scant income gains forced Americans to sharply pull back on spending.  Add to that the fear of what looms ahead with the Aug. 2 deadline and no real progress to talk about, and people are just not spending.

The government revised the January-March figures to show just 0.4 percent growth — down sharply from its previous estimate of 1.9 percent.

Stocks dropped in early trading, then regained some lost ground. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 58 points, and broader indexes also declined.

“These numbers are extremely bad,” said Nigel Gault, an economist at IHS Global Insight. “The momentum in the economy is clearly very weak.”
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Parent Network Seminars

Special Education Seminar

Date: September 24, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Parent Network of WNY
1000 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

The following workshops will be offered at this full-day seminar: Understanding Special Education – Learn the steps to the special education process and understand your child’s special education rights. Individualized Education Program (IEP) – Learn how to develop an IEP and get tips and tools to become more involved in the planning of your child’s education.

Binders: Organizing Paperwork – Understand what papers to keep, why and how this may help you receive necessary services for your student.

For more information or to register, call (716) 332-4170 or 1-866-277-4762 toll free or go online:

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Meanwhile, at Democratic HQ

It can happen only once in a lifetime, and only in Black Rock: North District Councilman Joe Golombek poses for a picture in front of the newly opened Black Rock Kitchen & Bar with outgoing Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, whom he challenged twice in bitter Democratic primaries, narrowly losing each time.

Erie County Democratic Party chairman Len Lenihan, whose name has most recently included the modifier “departing,” maybe isn’t going anywhere after all.

The departing chairman, we’re told, is changing his mind. Lenihan did not respond to a call for comment, but sources tell us he planned to have reached a decision by Wednesday.

Lenihan has a year left on his term as chairman.

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Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Appointed To House Armed Services Committee

Second Committee For Hochul, Following Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul was appointed to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) for the duration of the 112th Congress. 

“I am honored to join the House Armed Services Committee and work to help the brave men and women of our Armed Forces,” said Congresswoman Hochul.  “The thousands of valiant Americans who serve our country every day deserve Representatives that will fight to give them the proper resources needed to do their jobs accurately, but more importantly, safely.  I also look forward to reaching out and helping all of our veterans, who have done so much to help our great nation.”

“As a Member of Congress from a region with thousands and thousands of Armed Service men and women, Congresswoman Hochul will bring a perspective that fits well with the House Armed Services Committee,” said Ranking Member Adam Smith.  “I know Kathy will be a strong advocate for all of our men and women in uniform and will ensure that each of them have the tools and resources needed to ensure America’s safety and security.  I look forward to working with her.”

Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region have seen over $1 billion of direct investments into our country from defense contracts; creating thousands of jobs and spurring the Upstate economy. 

Hochul added, “At just the Niagara Falls Airforce Reserve and National Guard we have 2,800 men and women stationed, not only looking out for our security and well being, but investing in local businesses.  Those jobs help spur our economy and help our businesses create even more spill-over jobs.”

Congresswoman Hochul already serves as a Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, where in the last two months she has met with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, offered an amendment in Committee, which passed with near unanimous consent, and sponsored legislation that would ensure the safety of Americans at our borders and airports.

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Congressman Higgins to Hold Special Congress on Your Corner Event For Small Business

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Presentations Aimed at Helping Local Businesses Grow

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will be hosting a special Congress on Your Corner titled: “Expanding Your Market: A Small Business Outreach Event” where local business owners are invited to hear from experts in the business development field.  The event to be held at Buffalo State College on August 17 is free and open to Western New York businesses of any size. 

“There are a number of resources available to help businesses grow and create jobs and this event is aimed at providing local business owners with the tools to help make that happen,” said Congressman Higgins.

Expanding Your Market: A Small Business Outreach Event Hosted by Congressman Brian Higgins

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Buffalo State College Student Union, Fireside Lounge
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo

The first half of the event will feature special presentations including first-hand accounts from local business owners Melissa Balbach of LS&S LLC and Rick Smith from Rigidized Metals.  Following the formal program, the following agencies will be on-hand to provide information and one-on-one consulting opportunities: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Association, NYS Small Business Development Center, Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center, World Trade Center Buffalo-Niagara, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Jamestown Community College Small Business Development Center, Canisius College Women’s Business Center, UB Center for Entrepreneurial  Leadership  and NYS Empire State Development.

Speakers and partner organizations will be able to provide advice and details on:

  • Targeting emerging and high-growth markets
  • E-Commerce, search engine optimization and social media marketing
  • Attracting and retaining international customers
  • Product and service modification for exportation
  • Opportunities for international partners
  • Free market-research and trade statistics
  • U.S. government and international government procurement

Congress on Your Corner provides constituents access to the Congressman’s staff and services at locations outside the traditional fixed office sites.  Congressman Higgins’ office has held more than 600 Congress on Your Corner events over the last five years and another 135 outreach events are scheduled for 2011.

Businesses are encouraged to RSVP to the event through Congressman Higgins’ website at:  For more information on this event contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 716-852-3501.

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This Weekend at Canalside July 28 through July 31

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 The centerpiece of the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor series is this weekend – The Tragically Hip play Canalside on Saturday, July 30. Tickets sold out within hours, and attendance is expected to top 11,000. Attendees are going to be treated to one of North America’s premier bands, in a setting that Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News called “one of the finest venues in Western New York to take in a concert.”

In addition to the Hip, there are plenty of opportunities to take in live music this week. Legendary performer George Clinton takes the stage on Thursday, July 28 for a free Thursday at the Square Concert on Canalside’s main stage. On Sunday, July 31, Flogging Molly will bring its powerful blend of punk and Celtic music to the waterfront (tickets are still available, call 716-856-3150 for more information.)

If you are looking for something unique, M’Baye Jama Jama African World Drum holds its first drum circle of the summer on Friday, July 29 and the best of Western New York’s student musicians will be featured during the “Music is Art” Summer Showcase on Monday, August 1.

Thursday, July 28
Thursday at the Square Presented by M&T Bank
Featuring:  George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Canalside: main stage
5 to 9 p.m. – Free

Friday, July 29
Erie Canal Story by Buffalo Tours: One Hour Guided Walking Tour
Canalside: Whipple Truss Bridge – Central Wharf side
Noon to 1 p.m. – Free
Friday Family Fun on the Central Wharf with Explore & More Children’s Museum
“Be A Sport”
Canalside: Lawn
Noon to 4 p.m. – Free
Groups of more than 10 children must pre-register by calling 716/655-5131.
M’Baye – Jama Jama African World Drum
Canalside: Central Wharf
6 to 8 p.m. – Free

Saturday, July 30
Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor presented by M&T Bank
Featuring: The Tragically Hip, special guest Arkells (SOLD OUT)
Canalside: main stage
6 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, July 31
Beginner’s Yoga
Canalside: Lawn
10 to 11 a.m. – Free
Intermediate Yoga
Canalside: Lawn
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Free
Erie Canal Story by Buffalo Tours: One Hour Guided Walking Tour
Canalside: Whipple Truss Bridge – Central Wharf side
Noon to 1 p.m. – Free
Canalside: Lawn
1 to 2 p.m. – Free
Boat Ride with Buffalo Maritime Center aboard the White Elektra or OK Clark
Canalside: Commercial Slip – Central Wharf side
2 p.m. – Weather Permitting – Free
(First come–first served with no reservations accepted.)
Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor – presented by M&T Bank
Featuring: Flogging Molly special guest Badfish
Canalside: main stage
6 to 11 p.m. – For ticket information call 716-856-3150.

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The People Of Amherst Are Being Sold Out By Four Town Board Members

written by James Tricoli, Editor of the Amhersttimes.

The attorney for a developer at Monday night’s Town Board meeting presented the plan for a three story building to house students from ECC North.  Whoever informed the developer this 409 bed, three-story high building he envisioned would be filled with students from ECC North had to be dreaming.

Anyone can live in this three story apartment building.  There are no laws or rules restricting who can live in this huge three story building.  This building can have adults, students, married couples and the elderly.

The pitch to the Town Board from Mr. Palumbo, the attorney, was that it was being built solely for ECC North students but there was mention of people from different areas.

I’m sure there will be some students from ECC North who will live in this complex, but a  majority of the students will still drive to their homes after classes are over each day.

John Ball,a  student housing consulting and management firm said 70% of the students who attend NCCC and other colleges in the region come from Erie County.  The facts Mr. Ball presented were not only erroneous they were pure fantasy.

The drawing of this three story apartment building was as attractive as a ghetto standing alone in the wilderness.

The reason for this apartment building is to make money, which is normal, but to try to sell it as a home away from home for ECC students is a joke.

Speaking of jokes, Councilman Mark Manna’s support of this project was delivered as if he was reading something from a cue card. His support for this project wasn’t only nonsense.  He supported this project without knowing anything about the price of the rooms or any important questions concerning this project.  Sometimes Mr. Manna doesn’t use his brain to ask questions which would help him make an informed, intelligent decision.  Where were the questions concerning this project the people wanted answered?  Council member Guy Marlette and Supervisor Weinstein asked questions which would protect the town and the people in the town. 

Our Town Board has too many losers who don’t research projects. They show a general lack of knowledge or concern for our Town and what is happening in it.

Council members Nuchereno, Anderson, Manna and Sanders are four Council members who don’t represent the people of Amherst most of the time.  They care about their special interest friends and what these friends can do for them at election time.

Council member Manna only votes for the people if it doesn’t affect his standing with special interest friends.  He only votes “for the people” if he is sure the vote will go down and the special interest groups will prevail.  It’s a pity politicians become so used by special interest groups.

The bottom line of this fiasco was 4 members of our Town Board didn’t asked questions about this project but were praising it virtues and forgetting the answers the people needed to know.

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Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Fights To Protect WNY Natural Resources

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul fought to protect many of Western New York’s precious natural resources.  In amendments to the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, Hochul supported restoring $85 million in funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and over $8 million in funding to National Heritage Areas (NHAs).

 “Western New York’s natural resources are treasures that we must protect,” said Congresswoman Hochul. “The continued health of Lake Erie and other Western New York waters is of critical importance to our economy, especially our tourism, recreation and fishing industries.  Countless jobs depend upon us having a continued supply of safe and reliable water, and I am proud to have continued my commitment to preserve, protect and promote these priceless resources.”

 Among its other priorities, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative works to stop the spread of invasive Asian Carp.

 Upstate New York contains four National Heritage Areas, two of which are in the 26th Congressional District.  The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor runs all the way from North Tonawanda to Medina to Brockport and further east, and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area covers the area surrounding Niagara Falls.

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