Williamsville East Graduate Writing and Producing New Fall ABC Series

May 16, 2019

Allison Tolman, left, and Alexa Swinton star in the new ABC series 'Emergence.' (Photo courtesy ABC)
Allison Tolman, left, and Alexa Swinton star in the new ABC series “Emergence.” 

The days when the networks unveiled a large number of new shows in the fall apparently are over.

ABC became the third broadcast network Tuesday to announce it is planning to air only three new series in the fall.

And one of them has a Western New York angle.

Williamsville East graduate Michele Fazekas and her writing partner Tara Butters are the writers and executive producers of a new 10 p.m. Tuesday drama called “Emergence.”

ABC describes it as a “character-driven genre thriller” “about a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what happened.” Donald Faison and Clancy Brown are the most recognizable names in the cast.

Fazekas and Butters previously combined on the ABC dramas “Kevin Saves the World,” “Resurrection” and “Agent Carter” and the CW hit “Reaper.”
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Long-delayed Hofbrauhaus Buffalo Restaurant Sets Official Opening Date

May 16, 2019

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo's beer garden and patio seating will hold about 300 outside. (Image courtesy of Hofbrauhaus Buffalo)
Hofbrauhaus Buffalo’s beer garden and patio seating will hold about 300 outside.

In the works for five years, Hofbrauhaus Buffalo has an official opening date.

“It is with a confidence tempered by the patience and prudence learned over the last year,” a post on the restaurant’s website said, “that we officially announce: Hofbrauhaus Buffalo will be opening in August 2019.”

In December, operating partner Kevin Townsell was still looking for a few more investors. Visible work on 190 Scott St. facade had paused for months.
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State Launches Investigation After Nursing Home Employee Attacked by Resident’s Daughter

May 16, 2019

The state Health Department is investigating what prompted the daughter of a Buffalo nursing home resident to attack the administrator of the facility earlier this week, according to an agency spokesman.

Sharon Zeames, the administrator at Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns, was treated for an apparent neck injury Tuesday at Mercy Hospital, and has not reported back to work as of Thursday.

“Upon learning of this incident, we immediately opened an investigation regarding the quality of care being provided at Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns,” said Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the Health Department.

Charita N. “Rita” Gossom, 42, of Buffalo, allegedly attacked Zeames during an argument over why the facility had stopped giving her diabetic mother, Maura Radford, insulin injections on Sunday.
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‘Dead People Don’t Move’: Was DeGraff Doctor’s Conduct ‘outrageous’?

May 16, 2019

Degraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)
Degraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda.

The emergency room doctor who mistakenly told Tammy Cleveland that her husband had died at DeGraff Memorial Hospital from a heart attack – despite the family’s reports that he was breathing and moving his arm – showed “outrageous conduct that transcends the bounds of human decency,” her lawyer said this week before appellate judges.

So a jury should have a chance to pass judgment on her claims of intentional infliction of extreme emotional distress and punitive damages against the doctor and hospital, said Charles F. Burkwit, her lawyer.

“We believe that it’s extreme and outrageous conduct that a nurse or a doctor would not reassess a patient in this situation,” Burkwit said before the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester.
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Has Trump Joined the Monsters in History?

May 16, 2019

Is this what President Trump is dreaming about?

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Alabama Senate Votes to Virtually Eliminate Tourism to Alabama

Satire from The Borowitz Report

May 15, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (The Borowitz Report)—The Alabama Senate voted on Tuesday to approve a measure that would virtually eliminate tourism to Alabama.

Greg Reed, the Senate Majority Leader, said that, if signed into law, the measure would achieve his fellow Republican senators’ long-standing goal of making tourism to Alabama “so rare as to be essentially nonexistent.”

“This is a great day for everyone in the state of Alabama who has worked so hard to wipe out the evil scourge of tourism,” he said.

The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Kay Ivey, who has been aggressively urged to sign it by anti-tourism activists.

“If Governor Ivey does the right thing and signs the bill, Alabama could start losing billions of dollars right away,” Reed said. “This will be the best thing to keep people from visiting Alabama since Roy Moore.”

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President Trump and His War Hawk Advisors are Pushing for a Major Conflict With Iran

May 15, 2019

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The smell of burnt flesh of young boys and girls is coming back with the threat of a major conflict. Trump and his war hawk National Security advisor, John Bolton are poised to send thousands of our troops into a major engagement. Bolton said yesterday that to beat Iran in a war isn’t going to a pushover.

These two war hawks are men in their 70’s.  Trump has never seen action in any of our wars or conflicts. His father’s money kept him from serving his country. He did see plenty of action in the back seat of his car as well in hotels as our brave soldiers, male and female, were fighting in Vietnam. Trump said if Iran does anything wrong against us he will send overwhelming forces to fight Iran.

Many young people died in Vietnam or returned missing limbs.  Many were mentally and/or physically wounded.

The Vietnam War was very unpopular in America and because of this, soldiers who returned home weren’t treated with respect. They weren’t treated as heroes. Many of these brave people lives were destroyed by what they saw or did in the war.

We now have President who only loves himself. Since he’s never felt the fear and horror of fighting for his country he will be smiling when he gives a medal to a soldier or to the parents of an 18-year-old son or daughter, who was blown apart.

The war hawks in Washington must not win this one. Trump must be stopped if he is really thinking about entering a war or conflict.

Every parent should try to stop President Trump from taking our young people to fight this rich man’s war.

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Two New Members Fill Amherst Planning Board Vacancies

May 15, 2019

The deputy City of Tonawanda attorney and a retired engineer are the newest members of the Amherst Planning Board.

The Town Board last week named Brittany Penberthy and Harbinder Singh Gill to the Planning Board, which reviews development plans, requests for zoning changes and related matters.

Penberthy, a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer, takes the place of Dan Ulatowski, who resigned in March to take a job in Amherst’s Planning Department. Her term runs through December 2020.
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Amherst’s Seventh Mighty Taco Coming to Former Burger King

May 15, 2019

Mighty Taco will lease this former Burger King at 5117 Sheridan Drive in Amherst from Iskalo Development. (Google Images)
Mighty Taco will lease this former Burger King at 5117 Sheridan Drive in Amherst from Iskalo Development. 

If a six-pack of Mighty Taco restaurants wasn’t enough for Amherst diners, don’t worry: A seventh is on the menu.

The chain behind the Super Mighty burrito and the Nacho Buffito plans to open its 22nd location in a former Burger King restaurant at 5117 Sheridan Drive, at Mill Street, the project architect told The Buffalo News.

The chain has a restaurant less than a mile to the east, at 5495 Sheridan Drive near International Drive, but Douglas Hutter of Zaxis Architectural said Mighty Taco hasn’t announced it will close that or any other Amherst restaurant.
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Buffalo Swiss Chalet Lovers: Get Ready to Celebrate

May 15, 2019

Right now, the nearest Swiss Chalet is across the border in Niagara Falls, Ont. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)
Right now, the nearest Swiss Chalet is across the border in Niagara Falls, Ont.

They will still have to cross the border for it, but Swiss Chalet lovers in Buffalo and the Southtowns will soon have a closer option than the one in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Terry St. Amand, the longtime owner and operator of a Swiss Chalet in Welland, Ont., will open one in Fort Erie next year. Located at 575 Garrison Road on Highway 3, it will be off the first exit after the Peace Bridge and a mile from the U.S. border.

Swiss Chalet fans who travel to Fort Erie for bingo will be happy to know the new restaurant will be located between Golden Nugget Gaming Centre and Delta Bingo and Gaming.

St. Amand hopes to break ground by November and open next spring.
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