Amherst Police Sound Alert on Man Who Tried to Lure Girl into Car

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Amherst police are alerting the community that a 14-year-old girl reportedly was approached by a man Thursday afternoon in the Burroughs Drive area of Snyder.

The man attempted to coax the girl into his car. He was driving a dark blue mid-sized car.
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Amherst Radiologist Admits To Writing Fake Painkiller Prescriptions

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Dr. Albert R. Cowie, an Amherst doctor will be the second doctor to appear in Buffalo Federal court for writing fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers and health care fraud.

Dr. Cowie is a recovering drug addict facing nearly 3 years in prison.

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New Amherst IDA Chairman Was Once Teammate Of Dan Marino

by James Fink Reporter Buffalo Business First

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Carlton Brock Jr. jokes if his “hands were better,” his professional career might have taken him down a decidedly different path.

Brock was once a running back and defensive back at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, where he happened to play with National Football League great Dan Marino. Yes, the Dan Marino who became a hall of fame quarterback via the Miami Dolphins while an arch-rival of the Buffalo Bills.

Carlton Brock Jr. is the new chairman of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency.

But those days are well in the past. Brock, 53, has taken on a new leadership role in Amherst where he’s resided for more than two decades.

Brock was unanimously elected Friday morning as new chairman of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, replacing longtime chair and board member Rick Vilonen, whose term expired in December.

Brock has been on the IDA board for the past three years.

A vice president with St. Jude Medical Device Co., Brock said his four children serve as his motivation for getting involved with the industrial development agency. Two of his children who are University at Buffalo graduates, found work in the Buffalo Niagara area.

“I want to do my part to create opportunities so that all four of my children have chances for good jobs here,” Brock said. “I’m just trying to do something to make the Buffalo area a better place with more opportunities.”

Brock, an Amherst resident, moved to the area 22 years ago.

While St. Jude Medical is based on St. Paul, Minn., the company’s Buffalo office services much of the Northeast. St. Jude specializes in items like pacemakers and defibrillator.

Brock graduated from California University of Pennsylvania, a college about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. Ironically, another Amherst IDA director, Marshall Wood, also graduated from the same college — although not at the same time as Brock.

“I’m a Steelers fan, but I’m also a Bills fan,” Brock said.

Besides Brock, other Amherst IDA directors elected Friday morning include: Michelle Marconi, vice chairman; Aaron Stanley, treasurer (re-elected); and Wood, secretary.

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Amherst Youth Foundation to Sponsor Walk for Melissa Chudy

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The Amherst Youth Foundation will sponsor the 7th annual Walk for Melissa set for 6 p.m. Sunday at the Boulevard Mall.

The event is in honor of Melissa Reed Chudy, who served as development director for the Amherst Youth Foundation. She died in 2006, following an 18-month battle with breast cancer.

Her hope and vision remain in a coffee house that now bears her name, Melissa’s Coffee House, 5005 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville.

Chudy also played a strong role in the creation of the Amherst Youth and Family Center.

There is a $15 minimum donation to participate in the walk. Check-in for the event will begin at 5 p.m.

To register or donate online, visit Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Melissa’s Coffee House and a donation will be made to support breast cancer research.
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Amherst Duplex Fire Causes $35,000 in Damage


fire in an Amherst duplex caused $35,000 in damage late Wednesday night.

The blaze at 93 Sundridge Drive, off North French Road between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Sweet Home Road, was reported at 11:14 p.m., according to Amherst Fire Control.

The fire burned in cabinets around a microwave, officials said.

One man suffered a burn to his foot but refused medical treatment. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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Anne Frank’s Stepsister Calls Donald Trump ‘another Hitler’

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The stepsister of Anne Frank compares billionaire GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump to Hitler in a new essay for Newsweek.

Eva Schloss, 86, was a friend of Anne’s in Amsterdam before their families were found by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. Anne died along with her mother at Bergen-Belsen, but her diary became a classic work of literature about a Jewish family’s life during Hitler’s reign.

“If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster,” she said in the essay, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism.”

Trump was called “a fascist” by Jeb Bush adviser Max Boot in November and a British newspaper a few weeks later asked readers “Who Said It: Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler?”

Former Republican governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman criticized Trump’s rhetoric about Mexicans and Muslims to CNN in December.

“If you go and look at your history and you read your history in the lead-up to the Second World War, this is the kind of rhetoric that allowed Hitler to move forward,” she said. “Because you have people who were scared the economy was bad, they want someone to blame.”
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Millions Resent Being Put in Horrible Position of Siding with Megyn Kelly

(The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans are expressing their resentment and outrage at being put in the appalling position of siding with the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, a state of affairs that many are calling “intolerable.”

“Never in a million years did I envision a situation where I would be on the same side as Megyn Kelly,” Tracy Klugian, of Butte, Montana, said. “Now that I find myself in just such a situation, let me say this: it’s horrible. Truly horrible.”

“Putting people through the ordeal of siding with Megyn Kelly could be the worst thing Donald Trump has done in this campaign,” Jervis Kentwell, of Norwalk, Connecticut, said. “I know he thinks he’s invulnerable or whatever, but it’s hard to see him recovering from this.”

Harland Dorrinson, a psychologist from Akron, Ohio, has created an online community for people who are suffering from the emotional trauma of momentarily siding with Megyn Kelly.

“People who have despised Megyn Kelly for years are experiencing a sudden loss of identity and a feeling of emptiness,” he said. “They’re complaining of persistent headaches and nausea. There is a lot of hurt out there.”

Carol Foyler, of Tacoma, Washington, worries about the “long-term implications” of being forced to side with Megyn Kelly. “Is there some scenario where I might be forced to side with Bill O’Reilly, or Hannity?” she asked. “It’s a goddam slippery slope.”

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Good-Bye Weatherman Don Paul

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After 30 years on Buffalo TV Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul will call it quits at the end of March.

He has been an excellent source of information for the people of our area concerning the weather and will be greatly missed.

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Dangerous Virus To Pregnant Women Called ZIKA Now In U.S.

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There is a new virus called ZIKA which  is running rampant in Brazil. Since this past November there have been 4,180 cases reported.  Two  pregnant women from Illinois have tested positive for this virus.Both were vacationing in Brazil.

One lady in the United States who returned from Brazil her Hawaiian baby was born with microcephaly.

Here are some important things to know:

What is Zika and why is it so serious?
The Zika virus is a flavivirus, part of the same family as yellow fever, West Nile, chikungunya and dengue. But unlike some of those viruses, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika or medicine to treat the infection.

Zika is commanding worldwide attention because of an alarming connection between the virus and microcephaly, a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally small heads. This causes severe developmental issues and sometimes death.

What is the Zika virus?
Since November, Brazil has seen 4,180 cases of microcephaly in babies born to women who were infected with Zika during their pregnancies. To put that in perspective, there were only 146 cases in 2014. So far, 51 babies have died.

Other Latin American countries are now seeing cases in newborns as well, while in the United States one Hawaiian baby was born with microcephaly after his mother returned from Brazil. In Illinois, two pregnant women who traveled to Latin America have tested positive for the virus; health officials are monitoring their pregnancies.

The CDC is also asking OB-GYNs to review fetal ultrasounds and do maternal testing for any pregnant woman who has traveled to one of the 24 countries where Zika is currently active.

A smaller outbreak of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that can lead to life-threatening paralysis, is also linked to Zika in a several countries.

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David Kowalski
All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy


  • WEDNESDAY, January 27, GATHERING: Interfaith Climate Justice Community, 7:00pm, St. Joseph University Parish, Main St. (next to UB South Campus), Buffalo  [LINK]
  • MONDAY, February 1, TALK: Carbon Tax! By Ron Scott of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Sponsored by Sierra Club Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group. 6:00-7:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo  [LINK]

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