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Board Recommends 3 WNY Properties for State and National Registers of Historic Places

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended that 24 properties statewide be added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including the nationally significant Haviland Middle School in Hyde Park and the birthplace of an important American statesman, William H. Seward.

Three of the sites are in Buffalo:

- The Calumet, on Chippewa Street

- The Zink Block, Massachusetts Avenue on the city's West Side

- Kensington Gardens Apartment Complex, on the Cheektowaga-Buffalo border

"So many of the unique buildings and landscapes that have stood the test of time help us to appreciate New York State's incredible history," said Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash. "Listing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will give them the recognition and support they deserve."

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New 'Success Center' at CAO Edward A. Saunders Community Center

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Read to Succeed Buffalo and the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. have united to open new Success Center. The center includes a new computer center and will provide additional services, programs and resources for the local community to improve literacy.

On Wednesday at 1 p.m.,.the new CAO Edward A. Saunders Community Center will be unveiled at 2777 Bailey Avenue.

The Success Center is a partnership between Read to Succeed Buffalo, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy in Buffalo and the Community Action Organization (CAO). a private, non-profit organization that has served as a lifeline for low-income children, adults and families throughout Erie County for more than four decades.

Celebrate Starlight! Starlight Studio 5th Anniversary

On October 1, 2010 from 7-10pm, Western New York will celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Starlight Studios in conjunction with The Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York"Celebrate Starlight", is a gathering of community, artists, business, educators, art aficionados, teaching artists, organizations, musicians and students of the gallery to celebrate the work both organizations continue to provide to all genres of art.   

This event is FREE and open to the public.  All are invited and welcomed.

Buffalo Youth Advantage Basketball Coaches to Receive SUNY Training

Russ Kingsbury, director of the Buffalo Youth Advantage Basketball program, has scheduled a coaching certification course with the SUNY Youth Sports Institute for Thursday, September 16th.  The class will be held at the Expressway Assembly of God Church located at 260 Eggert Road in Buffalo.  The presentation is set to begin at 6:00pm and is expected to last 2.5 hours.  Tim Donovan, Director and Founder of the SUNY Youth Sports Institute, will be the Instructor teaching Thursday evening’s course.

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Video & Photos: Saint Adalbert Basilica - 09/11/2010

Saint Adalbert Basilica kicked off its 125th Anniversary Year in grand style on 09/11/2010.

Over 300 people came to the church for its 'Polka Mass' featuring the Buffalo Touch.

Saint Adalbert Basilica was marked to close by the Buffalo Diocese in 2007, but the parish continues its fight to remain open.

[click here to see photo album from mass]

Please support Saint Adalbert Basilica, it is truly one of the gems of Buffalo's Historic Polonia and WNY.



East Side Buffalo Leaders Fear More Retaliation Killings In Wake Of City Grill Murders

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The blood stains still mark the spot where Ahmen Lester was killed on Friday on Buffalo's East Side. A sidewalk on East Ferry was the location where he was gunned down.

Police sources have told 2 On Your Side that Lester was a friend of the alleged City Grill murderer, Riccardo McCray and that they believe Lester was killed in retaliation for the City Grill deaths.

"You kill somebody in someone else's family, they're going to come back and kill someone in your family. So where is it going to stop?" asked community activist Darnell Jackson.

In the wake of Lester's murder, Jackson is calling for community, religious, and political leaders to meet Sunday afternoon at 5:00 to pray at the spot where Lester was killed.

March of Dimes Celebrates Annual Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes, Western New York Division presents the 2010 Signature Chefs Auction, “Feathers & Flair, A March of Dimes Monte Carlo Affair” on Friday, October 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Western New York’s finest chefs will offer their signature dishes coupled with wine tastings from regional wineries and accompanied by an array of unique live and silent auction items and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend the evening, which raises money and awareness to save babies from prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality.

This year’s event promises to be an elegant night with some of the best restaurants in town. Featured dishes will be prepared by Alex’s Place, Blue Buffalo, Chef’s Restaurant, Fiamma Steak House, Harry’s Harbour Place Grille, Koi, La Scala, My Tomato Pie, Protocol Restaurant and Rich Renaissance Catering. Wine selections will be offered by Merritt Estate Winery.