Part of Ellicott Street Closed After Bricks Fall From Building

Aug. 21, 2019

Ellicott Street is blocked off at East Chippewa Street after a partial building collapse. (Harold McNeil/Buffalo News)
Ellicott Street is blocked off at East Chippewa Street after a partial building collapse.

Ellicott Street at East Chippewa Street was blocked off by the Buffalo Fire Department after bricks fell from a building on Ellicott Wednesday afternoon.

Two Wheels Bakery and Cafe is on the first floor of the 3 1/2-story building at 432 Ellicott St.

No injuries are reported, but occupants were evacuated.

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Trump Just Looked Up to the Sky and Told Reporters ‘I am the chosen one’

Aug. 21, 2019

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Concerned Citizen: Tax Credits

Aug. 21, 2019

Cost? How about adding up all the millions in tax credits given to these developers.
They pay less, the regular taxpayers pay more. The same goes for the patio home
scammers. What exactly are those numbers?

Then figure in additional infrastructure that will burden the same taxpayers and the
residents that suddenly have more structural and drainage issues in their homes that
they are also responsible for.

We can always count on the “self-interested” charlatans to throw out the buzzword-
“taxes.” Look around at all the development. Each one promised lower taxes.
Yet our taxes are consistently going up.

Not all places are worthy of development, not in 2019. Today, these same
developers or their offspring should redevelop what is obsolete or decaying or find
another town to exploit.

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4 Shot on College Campus in Atlanta During Back-to-school Block Party, Police Say

Aug. 21, 2019


At least four people were wounded Tuesday night when a shooting broke out at a back-to-school block party on a college campus in Atlanta, police said.

An unidentified shooter opened fire into a crowd of about 200 people at the block party in front of the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black private university located in Georgia’s capital. An initial investigation seems to indicate that the gunshots erupted around 10:30 p.m. local time after an argument between two groups at the party, according to a statement from the Atlanta Police Department.

Campus police rendered aid to three women at the scene who had been shot. They were then transported to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

A fourth woman who had been shot later showed up at the hospital to receive treatment. All four victims were listed in stable condition, according to police.
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Secretary to Buffalo Diocese Bishop Takes Leave of Absence

Aug. 21, 2019

Bishop Richard J. Malone talks with the Rev. Ryszard Biernat, right, in 2014. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)
Bishop Richard J. Malone talks with the Rev. Ryszard Biernat, right, in 2014.

The Rev. Ryszard Biernat, secretary to Bishop Richard J. Malone and vice chancellor of the Buffalo Diocese, has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, the diocese announced Tuesday.

The leave is for an undetermined length of time.

Biernat’s departure comes during a tough time for the diocese, which was sued last week by more than 100 people who say they were sexually abused as children by clergy.

In September, Biernat revealed that he was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest. He told a congregation about it during a Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in the Town of Tonawanda. He declined to tell The Buffalo News afterward what happened to him.
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Daughter Sues Father for Years of Rape, Using Child Victims Act

Aug. 21, 2019

For nearly 40 years, Paul Henry Regdos’ daughter said, she has lived with the aftermath of years of sexual abuse and rape by her father that began when she was 5 years old.

Paul H. Regdos.

It was not until last week — when she sued her father under the state’s Child Victims Act — that something shifted within her.

“This is the most powerful thing I’ve ever done in my life, and also the most embarrassing,” said the woman, now 44. “You know what it means to me? Someone believes that this happened. I’m finally validated.”
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Spot Coffee Workers Vote to Form a Union; Campaign Called ‘groundbreaking’

Aug. 21, 2019

Spot Coffee's location at 765 Elmwood Ave. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
Spot Coffee’s location at 765 Elmwood Ave.

Spot Coffee employees have voted, 43-6, to form a union, making them some of the only barista workers in the country with union representation.

It’s the result of an election held Tuesday, affecting 90 workers at Spot Coffee locations on Hertel, Delaware and Elmwood avenues, along with one on Main Street in Williamsville.

“It’s really a relatively new thing to organize baristas, so this is a very groundbreaking campaign and it’s really significant,” said Jaz Brisack, the lead Workers United organizer in the Buffalo Spot Coffee campaign. Workers United Rochester Regional Joint Board is the union that employees voted to represent workers.

Brisack thinks Tuesday’s outcome will encourage other baristas to organize.
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27 Names Added to Amherst’s Veterans Memorial Wall

Aug. 21, 2019

The Town of Amherst has added 27 names to its Veterans Memorial Wall in Amherst State Park.

The wall, at 390 Mill St., honors current or former town residents who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.

The town unveiled the newest additions at a ceremony Sunday. The guest speaker was Town Board Member Shawn Lavin, a first lieutenant in the Air National Guard’s 107th Attack Wing.

Members of Amherst Township Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 416 served as the color guard.
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Concerned Citizen says : Enough is Enough

Aug. 21, 2019

This is what’s needed between the Town of Amherst and the Mensch Group concerning the Westwood property.

Eminent Domain should be considered.
But it shouldn’t be hollow words used as bargaining pressure. Eminent Domain has been misused in recent years but in this instance, where a public park is a result, it is certainly what Eminent Domain was intended for.
Because it would be a long process and because negotiations with Mensch don’t seem to be going anywhere the process should be started immediately. The recent discussion about what sports would be permitted in the park and such seem like putting the cart before the horse – there is no park yet. And time is ticking away.
Forget the fluff and concentrate on making it a park. Start Eminent Domain action now.

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Special Discounts On Eating Out For Seniors

Aug. 20, 2019

Sometimes we don’t feel like cooking or just want to treat ourselves to a nice meal out. Here is a list of restaurants with the best senior discount deals. Everything from steak to sweet treats, you are sure to find something for every mood.

Keep in mind that deals are subject to change depending on participating locations.

McDonald’s: discounts on coffee and beverages (55+)

Whataburger: free drink with purchase of a meal, depending on location (55+)

Wendy’s: give free coffee or other discounts depending on location

Piccadilly Cafeteria – 10% discount with “Prime Time for Seniors” card

IHOP – 10% discount (55+) and a menu for people aged 55 and over at participating locations

Krispy Kreme Senior Discount: 10% off (50+) (age and discount varies depending on location)

Perkins Restaurants: Fifty-Five Plus menu Offers special deals (55+)

Subway: 10% off (60+) varies by location

The Old Spaghetti Factory: Spaghetti Factory “Senior Menu” offers discounted list of menu items

Uno Pizzaria & Grill: “Double Nickel Club” 25% off on Wednesday (55+)

Sizzler: Offers “Honored Guest Menu” (60+) varies by location

Old Country Buffet: Daily discounts for seniors (55+)

Friendly’s Restaurants: 10% off meal w/ free coffee at breakfast or free small sunday during non-breakfast hours

KFC: free small drink with any meal depending on location (55+)

Country Kitchen: Great Senior Menu (55+)

Burger King: 10% discount on purchase depending on location (60+)

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