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As Winter Storm Season Approaches, Be Ready for Emergency Situations

As Winter Storm Season Approaches, Be Ready for  Emergency Situations

Safety is Top Priority in All Emergencies; National Grid Follows Well-Tested Plans for Restoration


National Grid crews prepare for winter storms all year round by taking part in drills and familiarizing themselves with time-tested emergency restoration plans. As the season approaches, the company urges its customers to also prepare for possible storms and power outages,  as well as learning important safety tips in case of an unexpected event.

National Grid Offers Energy, Money-Saving Tips for Safe, Bright Holiday

National Grid Offers Energy, Money-Saving Tips for Safe, Bright Holiday

National Grid customers don’t have to be Scrooges to save money on lighting and festivities this holiday season.  By following some simple energy efficiency and safety tips, customers can benefit from a more environmentally friendly, safe and cost-effective season.


Save Big on Lighting

Over the past few years, new lighting alternatives have become available that may cost more initially, but cost much less to maintain and operate.  Energy-efficient miniature or light-emitting diode (LED) lights use considerably less energy than traditional lighting technology. The list below provides customers with the potential costs associated with each type of lighting.

Home Repair Funding Just Awarded

The Matt Urban Center has been awarded $700,000 by the Affordable Housing Corporation and the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal to administer an owner-occupied repair program to assist low income homeowners in a targeted area of East Buffalo.

Some units will be targeted for persons who are elderly and persons with physical disabilities. Additional funding will be provided by the NYS DHCR Weatherization Assistance Program. Program to open in 2011.

Please call 893-7222 x 213 for program details.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

Down on the Farm: Seasonal Changes Coming!

Things are winding down for fall. Or perhaps they’re winding up! If you drive by the hoophouse this week, you’ll notice that it’s pretty empty. Gone are the tomatillos, cucumbers, pole beans, okra, and most of the tomatoes and peppers. What we are doing now is shifting into crops that will winter over in the hoophouse.

This week we planted spinach, lettuce, radishes, carrots, kale, mustard, collards, peas, swiss chard and turnips. Some of these (like the mustard) were planted in the boxes outside and some (most) were planted in the hoophouse. Some of these crops are experiments to see if I can plant them this late and still get something worth harvesting.

I know the lettuce, spinach, radishes and turnips will be harvestable. I’ve done those outside in cold frames before. I’ve not planted the others this late before… but I’ve not had a hoophouse before, either. We’ll see what happens.

The Matt Urban Center's Urban Farm Is Up & Running

The Matt Urban Center's Anna Walentynowicz Apartments Tenants Association, at 185 Rother in East Buffalo, has been busy working on their urban agriculture farm project. This project is helping provide our East Buffalo residents with access to healthy foods. Our tenants are growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. These items are being grown on raised beds in back of our building (lots are on Sycamore). The goal is to show our tenants how to grow their own healthy, safe and affordable food.