Amherst Diagnostics Company Promises Blood Testing at Home

May 22, 2018
Lab Manager Deborah Fritz prepares samples to be analyzed in the Seroclinix laboratory in Amherst. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Lab Manager Deborah Fritz prepares samples to be analyzed in the Seroclinix laboratory in Amherst.

Today, collecting a blood sample for testing typically requires a phlebotomist drawing blood from the patient with a needle at a lab or doctor’s office, packing up and refrigerating the sample and shipping it overnight through the mail.

Howard Lee, the founder of Seroclinix, said he’s come up with a cheaper and easier way to obtain samples for testing.

Patients using his system would prick their finger at home, or have that done at a pharmacy or clinic and place drops of blood on a card from a diagnostic kit. After that, they would just send the card through the mail in a return envelope to Seroclinix’s lab in an Amherst office park.

Seroclinix would analyze the molecules found in as little as one drop of blood, or urine, using a process called mass spectrometry, for drug testing, hormone analysis and to help people better manage chronic diseases.
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Public Information Session Tuesday About Casey Road Improvements in Amherst

May 22, 2018

A project to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety along Casey Road in Amherst will be the subject of a public information meeting Tuesday.

The project calls for improvements along a 1.73-mile portion of Casey Road, between Casey Middle School and Transit Road.

The proposed improvements include new sidewalks and ramps, a mid-block crossing near Casey Middle School, installation of a paved shared-use path in Paradise Park and a widened roadway shoulder.

The open house will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. in meeting room 162 of Casey Middle School, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.
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Public Meeting Set on Audubon Parkway Bridge Replacement Project

May 22, 2018
   

A plan to replace one of two bridges that carries John James Audubon Parkway over Ellicott Creek near the University at Buffalo will be the subject of a public meeting May 30.

The concrete box beam bridge that carries southbound traffic was flagged by the state Department of Transportation because inspectors noted deterioration of the concrete and fascia in spots.

The town last year was awarded $4.85 million from a state fund to replace the bridge, which has reached the end of its 35-year useful lifespan.

The open house meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the town’s Engineering Department, 1100 N. Forest Road. Town officials and its engineering consultant will present the preferred design alternative and receive questions and comments.
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Mack Ballplayers Make For Three of a Kind at Williamsville East

May 22, 2018
Williamsville East baseball players, Joe and Charles Mack with their sister Christy, who plays on the school's softball team. All three have found success on the diamond. (Harry Scull Jr./ Buffalo News)
Williamsville East baseball players, Joe and Charles Mack with their sister Christy, who plays on the school’s softball team. All three have found success on the diamond.

The baseball remains unmarked with about two others in a white bucket in the Mack’s garage in Williamsville. Well, there should be a smudge from Joe Mack’s wooden bat, left before it sailed over the right-field fence on the grass field last year at Williamsville North High School.

Allan Mack knew his role the moment Joe made contact. He quietly walked past the outfield and retrieved the ball for safekeeping. He planned to present the memento to his younger son, marking the time he hit a grand slam as an eighth-grader to lift Williamsville East over Hamburg in a playoff game.

The only thing missing was a Sharpie that would note the date, opponent, accomplishment and score.

“I was hell-bent on getting that ball,” Allan Mack said. “And I did get it. I gave it to him. You know what he said? ‘Put it in the practice bucket.’ ”

A year later, still in disbelief, Allan Mack laughed.
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Schneiderman Exit Spices Up Democrat, GOP State Conventions

May 22, 2018
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is now expected to have smooth sailing at the state Democratic convention this week, while Republicans will be buoyed at their convention by a challenge from the left that could pose complications for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is now expected to have smooth sailing at the state Democratic convention this week, while Republicans will be buoyed at their convention by a challenge from the left that could pose complications for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

New York’s Democrats and Republicans will descend upon two downstate venues Wednesday and Thursday, and thanks to former state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s sudden departure from the scene, these party conventions will prove anything but staid.

Also credit Cynthia Nixon, who is giving Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo fits in her intraparty challenge to the Democratic incumbent while also injecting an optimistic buzz into the GOP for the first time in years. Republicans think the actress-activist may beat up the incumbent enough in the primary to make their candidate – Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro – more than competitive come November.

All of this plays out at Hofstra University on Long Island for the Democrats and the Sheraton Towers Hotel in Manhattan for the Republicans during conventions that officially kick off the contest for governor. At least some of the “down ballot” considerations for lieutenant governor, comptroller and attorney general also promise to command the delegates’ attention.

That includes smooth sailing now guaranteed for Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on the Democratic ticket after Cuomo forces a month ago attempted to dump her and insert her into the race against Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence. And on the GOP ticket, Molinaro over the weekend named Julie Killian of Westchester County as his running mate.
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BREAKING NEWS: Williamsville Addiction Doctor Goes on Trial for Insurance Fraud

May 21, 2018

Depending on who you believe, the case against Dr. Sreekrishna Cheruvu is about deceit and dishonesty or mistakes and complications.

Did the Williamsville addiction specialist really intend to cheat local insurers by charging patients for visits while he was out of the country?

And did he knowingly bilk them out of even more money by billing for individual sessions when the treatment was really group therapy?

Those questions are at the heart of a federal prosecution accusing Cheruvu of overbilling HealthNow, Independent Health and Univera by about $776,000 over a four-year period.

“This is not a mistake,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering told the jury hearing the case. “The evidence will show a pattern of deceit by Dr. Cheruvu.”
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Student Housing Complex in Amherst Sells for $49 Million to Massachusetts Buyer

May 21, 2018
The Twenty91 North student housing complex is in the center of this satellite image. The complex recently sold for nearly $49 million. (Google Image)
The Twenty91 North student housing complex is in the center of this satellite image. The complex recently sold for nearly $49 million.

A 192-unit student housing complex in Amherst has sold for $48.75 million, according to public records.

The development named Twenty91 North sits on 28 acres at 100-900 Herron Drive near Sweet Home Road. A limited liability company formed by two partners, Harrison Street Real Estate Capital and University Student Living, sold the development to Herron Drive Associates LLC in a transaction that closed Friday.

The buyer is Shangxuan Tan of Boston, according to the deed. No further information on his business affiliations was immediately available.
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Kraft Heinz Prepares to Take On Hellmann’s With a New Mayonnaise and ‘Mayochup’

Saabira Chaudhuri, The Wall Street Journal

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EVERY TOWN FOR OUR SCHOOL SAFETY-June 1st, National Gun Violence Awareness

Everytown for Gun Safety

James, when another shooter entered a school and began shooting to kill, this time it was in my state: Texas. I was immediately just so, so angry.

Two of my close friends, Joaquin Oliver and Meadow Pollak, were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas — my old high school in Parkland. I can’t even begin to explain the pain and shock that I felt when I learned that’s how my friends had died.

My friends in Parkland immediately texted me to see if I was safe. They didn’t know which school I go to in Texas and they were scared that they may have lost another friend in a school shooting.

10 shot and killed, 10 injured, and another community devastated by gun violence. Students deserve more than this — we don’t deserve to learn like this, live like this, or die like this. Gun violence devastates communities across America every single day. We are done waiting for change: We’re fighting for it.

On June 1 — National Gun Violence Awareness Day — we will #WearOrange because orange is the color that high school student Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15. After her death, Hadiya’s friends asked Americans to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange.

This year I will #WearOrange to honor Joaquin and Meadow, and every other person who has died or been wounded because of a horrific act of gun violence. I will Wear Orange to hold our leaders accountable. I will Wear Orange to create an orange wave of Americans to vote on the side of gun safety at the ballot box.

Together, we have changed the face of the gun violence prevention movement and now I ask you to keep it up: Pledge to #WearOrange and turn America Orange at the ballot box.

PLEDGE TO #WEARORANGE AND VOTE ORANGE

Three months ago, I wasn’t ready for my life to change forever. Now, I am ready to fight. I will keep fighting for the rest of my life — for Joaquin, for Meadow, for you, and for me.

Together we will do this,

Katie
Students Demand Action, Texas

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Public Demands Investigation of Why F.B.I. Infiltrators in Trump Campaign Failed to Prevent Him from Being Elected

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans are demanding an investigation into why, if F.B.I. operatives managed to infiltrate the 2016 Trump campaign, they utterly failed to prevent a nightmarish despot from being elected.

In interviews across the country, Americans expressed dismay and, in some cases, despair at the news that F.B.I. infiltrators might have had a golden opportunity to prevent the nation’s current unspeakable nightmare from unfolding but did not get the job done.

“The thought of F.B.I. infiltrators being inside the Trump campaign but not sabotaging it is, in a word, devastating,” Carol Foyler, of Akron, Ohio, said. “If it turns out to be true, I will totally lose my faith in F.B.I. infiltrators.”

Harland Dorrinson, of St. Petersburg, Florida, agreed. “If F.B.I. infiltrators were in a position to derail the most heinous threat to democracy in American history but didn’t succeed for some reason, that would be bigger than Watergate,” he said.

Tracy Klugian, of Denver, Colorado, said that a “full and exhaustive investigation” is needed to “determine why our system of F.B.I. infiltrators preventing a horrific proto-fascist menace from taking office somehow broke down.”

“We need to find out what went wrong and fix it before the 2020 election,” he said. “I won’t be able to sleep at night until I know that F.B.I. operatives are infiltrating Trump’s reëlection campaign and irreparably crippling it.”

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