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Happy Father’s Day

June 16, 2019

Today is the day set aside to honor our fathers.

If yours is still here on earth, call him or spend time with him today. If he has passed on please pray for him and to him.

Nothing can stop you from “talking” with him every day, any day.

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Supervisor to Hold Neighborhood Forums Throughout Amherst

June 16, 2019

Brian J. Kulpa was elected Amherst supervisor in 2017. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)
Brian J. Kulpa was elected Amherst supervisor in 2017. 

Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa is holding a series of neighborhood forums throughout the town running from later this month through January.

Kulpa wants to meet with property owners, residents and other stakeholders to provide an update on town issues and to get feedback from constituents.

He’s holding nine meetings in various sections of the town. The first is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 24 in the Windermere Elementary School auditorium in Eggertsville.
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Debt Relief Promised for ITT Tech Students in Buffalo Area, Nationwide

June 16, 2019

ITT Technical Institute closed all of its campuses, including this one in Getzville, in 2016. Former students will see debt relief under an agreement reached late last week. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)
ITT Technical Institute closed all of its campuses, including this one in Getzville, in 2016. Former students will see debt relief under an agreement reached late last week.

Nearly 300 former ITT Technical Institute students in New York will receive $2.6 million in debt relief as part of a settlement with the federal government and 44 state attorneys general.

The $168 million agreement covers 18,000 students who borrowed money between 2009 and 2011 from Student CU Connect, or CUSO, the company that managed ITT Tech private student loans.

The for-profit college abruptly closed its doors in 2016, shuttering nearly 140 campuses including in Getzville, suburban Syracuse and Albany.
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Concerned Citizen: The Public is not a field of Mushrooms to be Kept in the Dark

June 15, 2019

I would like to correct my guesstimate of a fair swap of acreage. I guessed publicly that a fair swap was somewhere btwn 17 and 34 acres of Audubon for all of Westwood. However, having Foiled for the Northtown appraisal for the alienation for the Hampton hotel, that parcel of 2.95 acres was appraised at $770,000 or $261,016 per acre. Given that Northtown and Audubon are similarly situated and located, my revised guess is a fair swap for all of Westwood is 11 acres of Audubon. Still a guess. but a refined guess and still more info than our elected officials have provided to the mushrooms.
The public is not a field of mushrooms to be kept in the dark and fed horse manure.
Fasten your seatbelts for a Home Rule message to be suspended in at the TB meeting on Monday. This is necessary for the state alienation bill to move forward. But this will be on the agenda on Monday (another guess!)

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Pharmaceutical Companies Are Making Many People in America ‘The Walking Dead’

June 15, 2019


by Jim Tricoli, Editor of the amhersttimes.com

Seniors in the past understood the ‘joys’ of growing old, especially if you were blessed with grandchildren. You knew that aches and pains would come with entering the Golden Age Club.

Today those in the Golden Age club have everything the past elders lived with but this group has a huge anchor around their neck called “Big Pharma.”  This is the group of unfeeling people who control the price of the drugs which are needed by so many, especially those in the retirement group.

The price of drugs for many older folks is outrageous.  It forces many seniors to: ration their medications instead of taking them as prescribed, decide what goods they will cut out their lives and figure out where they must cut to pay bills they must pay.

Here’s an example of how these pharmacological bosses jack up the price of needed drugs like insulin. In our area the price of one insulin I take costs $120 for a box of 5 pens. The same insulin, same company, same box with 5 pens in Fort Erie is $42, after the exchange rate, and you don’t need a script to get it.

The people in our area are lucky we can drive over the bridge to Canada and get insulin at quite a savings, but think of the people in other parts of our country who aren’t as lucky as we.

There are several groups putting pressure on our government to help make drugs affordable for seniors as well as the general public. You can help. Write letters to put pressure on Congress.  It may not be your problem to deal with right now but it could be coming down the pike, right at you.

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Concerned Citizen Comment: About the Westwood Scam

June 15, 2019

Man wearing a gas mask on his face Stock Photo - 21656264

This deal stinks so bad I have to wear a protective mask

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For crying out loud, watch the video all you “mushrooms” out there.   There should be a revolution of “mushrooms.”   Because we’ve all been there.

The Central Park promise should not be tied to the mega give away of town parkland.   Marconi says 17 to 34 acres of parkland equals all of Westwood.   Could it be less?  Westwood has deteriorated badly since the Mensch partners left it to rot, years back.   Central Park is an entity of its own.   A straight up swap should have been done months ago.   There has been no need for kabuki theater and shell games.   Why weren’t the appraisals done, at the outset?   Why is anything being done before the completion of them?

What happened with the board who wanted to preserve land two years ago, and now sit silent while developers are about to rape acres of parkland under the pretense of securing part of Westwood?

Does anyone else smell a rat?   Where are all the proponents of protecting and preserving the environment for the citizens of NYS.  Or is that merely lip service reserved for “mushrooms?”

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Meal Surcharge at Tappo is Different Approach to Bolstering Kitchen Pay

June 15, 2019

There is a 50-cent surcharge on every meal at Tappo that is matched by 50 cents from the business. The resulting $1 per meal is pooled, then split each week among kitchen workers, Tappo owner Rocco Termini says. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
There is a 50-cent surcharge on every meal at Tappo that is matched by 50 cents from the business. The resulting $1 per meal is pooled, then split each week among kitchen workers, Tappo owner Rocco Termini says.

Inside American restaurants, the most dangerous work pays the least.

Servers get to keep their share of tips, without which they would make less than minimum wage. That usually brings them out ahead of kitchen workers, often by a sizable margin.

At Tappo, the Italian-American restaurant on Buffalo’s Ellicott Street, management is trying something new: asking customers to join the business in addressing the inequity.

This month, there’s been a 50-cent surcharge on every meal. That’s matched by 50 cents from the business. The resulting $1 per meal is pooled, then split each week among kitchen workers, said Tappo owner Rocco Termini.
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50 Year Anniversary of Niagara Falls Being Turned Off

Jun 15, 2019

50 years ago I was in my 20’s when the Falls were turned off so engineers could study the effects of erosion and buildup of rock at the base of the falls.

The decision they made? Turn the water back on and let nature take its course. Apparently, the old adage is true – Mother always knows best.

Check out the photos in the News article – click here

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Legalizing Marijuana in New York Could Allow You to Grow Your Own

June 15, 2019

Penelope Crescibene, of East Pembroke, is a medical marijuana advocate who has studied home growing. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
Penelope Crescibene, of East Pembroke, is a medical marijuana advocate who has studied home growing. 

An Albany bill that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis would allow up to six marijuana plants to be grown in a person’s home or yard.

That’s a key difference from the legalization plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed earlier this year as part of his budget package. Cuomo called for allowing only patients enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program to be allowed to grow up to four plants at a time. The governor eventually dropped his legalization proposal from budget talks.

The fate of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act remains unclear in the final days before the New York State Legislature session ends June 19.
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New York Ends Vaccination Exemptions Based on Religious Beliefs

June 15, 2019

ALBANY – Amid the nation’s worst outbreak of measles in a quarter century, lawmakers at the State Capitol Thursday approved a measure halting the practice of some parents using religious beliefs as a reason not to vaccinate their children.

“Just as you don’t have a right to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater you don’t have a right not to vaccinate your child because of misinformation you may have received masking as a religious tenet,” said State Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat and sponsor of the measure in the State Senate.

After an at times contentious debate – with protesters shouting down from a balcony – the Assembly narrowly approved the measure, by a 77-53 vote, one more than required to pass a bill. [Hours later, after some lawmakers had seen how the voting played out, the official roll call vote was amended after nightfall: 84 for and 61 against.]

The demonstrators, many with small children in strollers, erupted in a storm.
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