Overdose Deaths Wiping Out Erie County Population Gains

Erie County has seen 10 fatal overdoses a week since the beginning of the year. (News file photo)

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County executive says fatal overdoses on path to eclipse figure in two years

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Opioid drug deaths are on a path to wipe out all of Erie County’s recent population gain.

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At the exponential rate that residents are dying of heroin and prescription drug overdoses, the county’s increase in population would be lost within two years, according to County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

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“We’re averaging about 10 deaths a week of Erie County residents as a result of the opiate epidemic,” Poloncarz said Thursday. “I want you to think about this, folks. It took a lot of years for Erie County to start seeing population gain after the drops in the late 1980s, 1990s and 2000. Finally, the population came back.

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“The entire amount of population gain we saw in the last 20 years will disappear in two years because of these overdose deaths.”

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Census data shows that Poloncarz’s statement may be a bit exaggerated, but his broader point is correct: The county’s population steadily declined for decades, but in 2014, the most recent Census Bureau estimate available, the county saw an uptick of roughly 1,400 residents.
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Where to Dispose of Unwanted and Expired Drugs


Expired and unwanted medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at these sites:

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road, Amherst

Grand Island Town Hall
2255 Baseline Road

Kenmore Mercy Hospital
2950 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda

Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus
2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga

DeGraff Memorial Hospital
445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda

SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Ave., Lot R4

West Seneca Senior Center
4620 Seneca St.

Mercy Ambulatory Care Center
3669 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park

North Collins Police Department
10543 Main St.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital
224 E. Main St., Springville

Evans Center Town Hall
8787 Erie Road

Town of Hamburg Dept. of Youth, Recreation & Senior Center
4540 Southwestern Blvd.

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Buffalo Football Draft Starts Tonight At 8:00pm


The NFL football draft starts tonight from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. on TV channel ESPN 300.  This will be only round one.

Friday night from 8:00 pm-11:30pm the NFL Football draft continues for rounds 2 and 3 on ESPN2 Channel 301.

Saturday is the last day of the NFL football draft.  Rounds 4-7 will be on from 12-8 pm on ESPN, Channel 300.


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The Buffalo Zoo Has Been Gifted With The Birth of a Baby Lion Club

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The pregnancy of the female lions lasts 110 days.  She gives a birth from 1 to 5 little lions, with yellow-red fur on spots.  Only the females keep the spots until youth.  The little ones suck milk from the mother until they are 7 or 8 months old.  The mother is very loveable and patient to the little ones.  She doesn’t get angry when they play with her tail or ears.

Three baby lion clubs were born at the Buffalo Zoo. Only one survived.  There are now 6  lions in our zoo. Hopefully our new baby club will make it.

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Concern Citizen View On Developers

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This is a stunning exposure of another developer full of themselves threatening, dictating, bullying their way for acceptance of more unwanted and unneeded development. Development that takes an even bigger toll on Amherst’s already stressed infrastructure.

So, let’s get this straight, if Shaevel cannot turn the central part of Amherst upside down and have the taxpayers pay for the remediation of his property, it will not get cleaned?  I agree with Aaron, leave it.  It cost $2.5 million.  That’s what it is worth.  No one should appease the nonsense of an irresponsible, nakedly greedy developer posing as a mensch.

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Boehner Calls Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh’

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Daemen Student Climbed Over Fourth-floor Balcony Railing Before Fatal Fall, Police Say

Thomas J. Krickovich was hanging by his hands from the railing on the balcony on the fourth floor of the Pearl Street Grill when he fell, hit the Brawlers sign below and then landed on the sidewalk.

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A 24-year-old Daemen College graduate student was attending a class party at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery and had been at the restaurant for about four hours when tragedy occurred.

Thomas J. Krickovich climbed over a 42-inch railing on the fourth-floor outdoor balcony of the restaurant and was hanging by his hands from the railing when he lost his grip and plunged to his death two weeks ago, Buffalo police said.

Although his reasons for climbing over the railing are not known, police said Krickovich might have intended to climb down to the third-floor balcony.

As Krickovich fell on the Seneca Street side of the brick building, it is believed that he struck a vertical sign, “Brawler’s Back Alley Deli,” affixed to the second-floor balcony, causing him to arch away from the exterior metal structures, police said. He fell about 35 feet.

Foul play is not suspected and there are no signs of suicide, police said.
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Cruz Hopes To Tap Into Immense Popularity of Carly Fiorina

INDIANAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—In choosing the former Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. Carly Fiorina as his running mate, Senator Ted Cruz hopes to tap into the immense popularity of one of the most beloved public figures in America.

Minutes after the news of Cruz’s selection leaked, political insiders called the choice of the wildly adored Fiorina a game-changer for the Cruz campaign.

“It’s no secret that Ted Cruz has some trouble with likeability,” the Republican strategist Harland Dorrinson said. “What better way to fix that than by choosing Carly Fiorina, a person everyone is absolutely crazy about?”

Fiorina’s reputation for winning the hearts of everyone she comes in contact with dates back to her days as the incredibly well-liked C.E.O. of Hewlett-Packard and, before that, Lucent Technologies.

“At Lucent, she could light up any room with her smile,” former Lucent employee Tracy Klugian said. “If you had to say what people loved about working at Lucent Technologies, it all came down to two words: Carly Fiorina.”

“Carly was more than our boss: she was our hero,” Kent Bantwell, a former Hewlett-Packard employee, said. “There wasn’t a person in the company who wasn’t touched in some way by her kindness and humanity.”

Dorrinson, the Republican strategist, said Cruz’s campaign will see a huge boost from what is widely known in political circles as “the Fiorina magic.”

“Picking Fiorina was a masterstroke,” he said. “Now all Ted has to do is sit back and watch Carly do what she does best: make people fall in love her.”

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Doug Tallamy in “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home”

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Land Conservancy Speaker Series presents:

Doug Tallamy in “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home”

As a follow up to Earth Day, the Western New York Land Conservancy is bringing award-winning author Doug Tallamy to the UB Center for the Arts for a presentation on the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of our region.

Doug Tallamy’s research and his book Bringing Nature Home have sparked a national conversation about the importance of using native plants in our gardens and landscapes to reverse the loss of wildlife and to make our communities healthier. After decades of intense urban sprawl our natural places are shrinking and becoming more fragmented. The use of native plants in our yards and gardens will make a difference, no matter the size.

Sally Cunningham, Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional, author, and horticulturist credits Tallamy for clarifying why native plants are so important.  They meet the needs of native insects, which, in turn, serve a complicated food web. Without the insects all ecology dissolves. Native insects require the plants with which they co-evolved.”

The plight of the monarch butterfly is making headlines all over the nation. To a large degree, their decline is tied to the loss of native plants. Monarch caterpillars are dependent upon a single source of nutrition—native milkweeds—and their populations have suffered dramatic losses as milkweed fields disappear. But we can fix this in our own backyards by planting many types of native milkweeds, which do, in fact, have gorgeous red, pink, orange, and white flowers.

“We have eliminated so much nature so fast, that most people don’t realize how little is left.” Said Doug Tallamy, “Particularly in the east, we have devastated our natural areas to the point where if we are going to have functioning ecosystems, if we’re going to have biodiversity, we need to start sharing the property that we’ve taken.”

Historically, we have landscaped to add beauty to our yards, without much thought to the role that plants provide in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The way we think about our yards needs to shift.

Native landscapes support food webs, sustain pollinators, sequester carbon, filter our water, and produce oxygen. Many native plants, like milkweed, are beautiful too.

Executive Director Nancy Smith said “The Land Conservancy protects 6,000 acres of remarkable places across Western New York. But we can’t protect everything. If every gardener and landowner, and every business, school, and town park included even a small number of native plants it would make an enormous difference to our pollinators and wildlife.”

The Land Conservancy’s last speaker event sold out, so don’t delay; purchase your tickets today.

Doug Tallamy will present “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home” on Tuesday, May 10 at the UB Center for the Arts. The 7pm event begins with a 6pm reception and is open to the public.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the UB Box Office or online at Tickets.com.

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Corruption Sends Former Speaker of the House To Jail For 15 Months

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CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

The case makes the former speaker one of the highest-ranking American politicians ever sentenced to prison. The visibly angry judge repeatedly rebuked the 74-year-old before issuing the 15-month sentence, telling him that his abuse devastated the lives of victims and would probably make it harder than ever for parents to trust other adults with their children.

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