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Matt Urban Center Pilot Program Gives Green Jobs Training to Unemployed Workers

Matt Urban Center Pilot Program Gives Green Jobs Training to Unemployed Workers

Today the Lt. Colonel Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY (Matt Urban Center) celebrated the first graduates of a new program that provides in-demand job skills training in lead paint hazard control, home repair and renovation, and environmental and green demolition contracting to unemployed city residents.  Sundra Ryce, President and CEO of SLR Contracting & Service Company, Inc. delivered the commencement speech.

Funded by the Erie County Department of Health and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the program is one of the first in the nation that braids public and private funds to train welfare-to-work program participants to make them eligible for jobs in lead hazard control, environmental contracting and green demolition. 

All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well
  •     A familiar early photo of Buffalo shows the Twin Pumps that stood at Main Street and The Terrace near what was the entrance to Memorial Auditorium. The two pumps standing side by side, were operated manually by two slim, curved pump handles made of wrought iron, about 4 feet long, with a ball at the end of each handle about the size of a small orange. The pumps stood on a stone slab about 4 feet wide, 6 feet long and about 10 inches high. On each corner of the plot reserved for the pumps was a stout oaken post to fend off wagons that might be inclined to drive too close. 

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists August 6 Activities

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists August 6 Activities

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Providing musical entertainment at the open-air venue this week, August 6, will be singer/guitarist Kate Shaffer from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  

MQA Advice: It's Time for Back-to-School Eye Exams

MQA Advice: It's Time for Back-to-School Eye Exams

This is the second in a series of back-to-school articles courtesy of Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, located at 170 Rosewood Terrace, Cheektowaga. Openings for the 2011-12 school year are still available at all levels, Pre-K3 through Grade 8. For more information, please visit www.mqangels.com or call 895-6280.

Did you know that 80 percent of what we learn is acquired visually? From reading to visual mnemonics (think stop signs and multiplication tables), vision plays a critical role in your child’s academic success. That’s why it’s important to put a visit to the eye doctor on your back-to-school to-do list. 

Surprisingly, approximately 76 percent of children under the age of 5 have never had a comprehensive eye exam, according to a recent nationwide survey of nearly 4,000 Americans by VSP Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the Unites States.  

Legislature Passes Resolution Calling For Rodent Abatment

Legislature Passes Resolution Calling For Rodent Abatment

BUFFALO, N.Y. –  The Erie County Legislature passed a resolution calling on the County Executive and Health Department to release the funds appropriate for rodent abatement.

On April 14, 2011 the Legislature passed a resolution that appropriated $70,000 for use in rodent abatement.  The money was intended to be used to for training of town and village officials in rodent abatement methods including baiting. 

At the Legislature’s annual Mid-Year Budget Hearings this week Legislator Lynn Marinelli (D-Tonawanda, 11th District) asked officials from the County Health Department what steps were being taken to distribute this money to the municipalities.  The Health Department officials said they were waiting on direction from the County Executive on how to distribute the funds.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 30 Activities

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 30 Activities

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Providing musical entertainment at the open-air venue this week, July 30, will be violinist David Adamczyk from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the Hutch Tech Guitar Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

The market also welcomes several community groups this week, including the SPCA Whisker Wag’n for the very first time. Also visiting the market this week will be the Community Music School, Child & Family Services, Wisteria Charter School Initiative and the Buffalo Animal Shelter. Liberty Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery will offer wine-tasting. 

Be Mindful of Motorcycles

Be Mindful of Motorcycles

Once again this summer, Western New York has seen its share of motorcycle accidents. In fact, an average of three lives a day could be saved nationally, experts estimate, if motorists and motorcyclists were just more careful at intersections. Crash data reveals that motorcycle crashes happen more often at intersections than anywhere else, relative to the amount of time riders spend traveling through them.

In an effort to combat the problem, one major insurance company is even putting up caution signs on roads all over the country. The yellow, diamond-shaped signs feature a motorcycle silhouette and are inscribed with the word “LOOK” to encourage motorists to look for motorcycles before crossing an intersection. It’s part of a program designed to remind drivers and riders that looking once at intersections is never enough.

In the time it takes to blink an eye, a life could be saved. Fortunately, there are things drivers, riders and others can do.