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Enlisting ‘Dreamers’ into the United States Army

Enlisting ‘Dreamers’ into the United States Army

 

The House of Representatives last week voted to remove a measure from the National Defense Authorization Act that asked the Secretary of Defense to review policies on whether certain undocumented young people, often called “Dreamers,” can join the military if they have work authorization. During the last five months, the Pentagon has enlisted 81 of these “Dreamers,” individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children and qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona inserted the provision into the 2016 defense policy bill with the hope that the Secretary of Defense would consider qualified illegal immigrants as “vital to the national interest.”

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WNY Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo History Museum

WNY Land Conservancy to Hold Annual Meeting and Reception at Buffalo History Museum

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is pleased to announce that its 2015 Annual Meeting and Reception to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Buffalo History Museum in Delaware Park, Buffalo. The Buffalo History Museum, which is a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1901 for the Pan-American Exposition and is the only surviving permanent structure from the exposition. 

Pilot plan for the upkeep of vacant lots in Buffalo


BUFFALO, NY - Council President Darius Pridgen is proposing a pilot plan for the upkeep of public and private vacant lots in the Ellicott District that eventually may be used as a blueprint for the rest of the city.

The plan creates a street-by-street schedule that outlines when city-owned lots would be mowed.

Pridgen said, "We at least want to be able to tell constituents when a mowing crew is going to be coming in their area."

The proposal also calls for community-based organizations to help with some of the privately owned lots not maintained. Currently, when those lots are cut by city crews the owner is charged a fine by the city.

Pridgen said, "What we're trying to do right now is work out with some of the organizations ahead of time a pre-approved plan of how much we can pay them to help us out with these efforts."

Arson victim speaks about escaping house fire


BUFFALO, NY - The lives of one Buffalo family were devastated earlier this week, when their home was destroyed by fire. Buffalo Police have since charged a suspect with arson.

And now, the family who escaped the fire is telling us what happened.

"I'm still in shock. We could've been killed," said Susan Brown, who's still numbafter the experience of running for her life out of her burning home.

Brown's home on Roebling Avenue in Buffalo was torched Tuesday morning. Smoke was pouring through the home. Fire was tearing it down.

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Cake Crazy Bakery Celebrates Six-month Anniversary with Daily Specials

Cake Crazy Bakery Celebrates Six-month Anniversary with Daily Specials

 

Cake Crazy Bakery & Catering is celebrating its six-month anniversary this month and would like to thank the Western New York community with daily specials on cookies, cupcakes and other delicious treats!

Located at 2525 William St. in Cheektowaga, near the I-90 entrance and exit, Cake Crazy Bakery is now offering daily specials every Tuesday through Friday: Tuesday is $1 cookie day, Wednesday is $2 cupcake day, Thursday is two slices of cake for $5, and Friday is buy two brownies and get one free.

Explore Buffalo Announces ‘Twilight Tour of Homes’ Special Event

Explore Buffalo Announces ‘Twilight Tour of Homes’ Special Event

 

Explore Buffalo and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site are partnering to offer a special Twilight Tour of Homes event from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 19. This tour will take  you inside some of the spectacular homes in the Delaware Avenue and Oakland Place neighborhood. 

This is a go-at-your-own-pace walking tour that includes a souvenir guide booklet that will serve as your ticket and direct you to participating homes. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and Explore Buffalo guides will await your visit and share details about the architecture and history of the unique structures on the tour.

Tubman's namesake school backs $20 campaign


BUFFALO, NY - The local school named for Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman is excited about a campaign to get her face on the $20 bill.

School 31, the Harriet Ross Tubman School on Stanton Street, cut the ribbon on Harriet's Garden on Wednesday. It's an outdoor space that will help students learn about plants, nutrition and more. And they're also hoping the White House listens to an on-line campaign called "Women on 20s" where more than 600,000 people voted on women they want to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Tubman came out on top and now her namesake school is getting involved.

"Our children are going to be writing letters and advocating for it, we're going to be getting our community involved, and I know from the teachers just what they've done for this that the teachers are going to take this and really run with it," said Heather English, the school's principal.