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Developer sought for Central Terminal


BUFFALO, NY – Principals of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) have quietly issued a request for proposals (RFP) to most members of the development community in Western New York over the course of the past week, the group's director tells us.

You can see a copy of the RFP for yourself on the CTRC's website.

They're hoping to create a mixed-use space with retail, office space and housing. The non-profit would like to keep the integrity of the concourse that would have town square atmosphere, like you might see in Europe. The project would also include an educational component highlighting the history of the Central Terminal building.

Two On Your Side's Andrea Marvin has more.


Buffalo man in critical condition after hit-and-run


BUFFALO, NY - A 22-year-old man who was walking on Winspear Avenue near Bailey Avenue Friday night around 7:30 p.m. was hit by a car driven by a 21-year-old Rochester woman, Buffalo Police are saying.

The victim is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center

Police say the driver had left the scene but was eventually located and she is now cooperating with the investigation.

No charges have been filed at this time.


Black history event highlights Buffalo Waterfront


BUFFALO, NY - A special event Thursday night highlighted the unique role Buffalo's waterfront played in black history. The "Michigan Street Meets Canalside" presentation was a celebration of the abolitionist movement in Buffalo, and the quest for freedom from slavery.

Attendees were treated to an interactive event that included a review of the area's history.

"There's the Josiah Henson connection and the connection between Broderick Park and crossing over to Freedom Park in Fort Erie by ferry or coming by boat," said Lezlie Harper of Niagara Bound Tours. "Some even swimming to come to freedom in Canada-- especially during the Fugitive Slave Act period. And then there's the Harriet Tubman connections and the people she brought up through here."

The event was part of the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor's Black History Month celebration.


Four firefighters injured in Maurice Street blaze


BUFFALO, N.Y.- Four Buffalo firefighters were injured while battling a two-alarm fire on Maurice Street Monday night.

The extent of the injuries to the firefighters is unknown. They were taken to ECMC after the building started collapsing and were inside when that happened.

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield says two of the firefighters went to the hospital right away, the other two stayed on duty for a while longer.

No one was inside the house when firefighters got there.

In addition to smoke and flames, firefighters also had to contend with subzero temperatures. In fact, it was so cold that two 2 On Your Side cameras froze while recording the fire. Whitfield called conditions horrendous and said water lines were freezing. He says crews also had to deal with a frozen hydrant, and firefighters had to walk through a foot of water in front of the building.

Teen summit promotes non-violence


BUFFALO, NY – Most of last year's 62 homicides in the City of Buffalo involved young adults. Now, a local group is trying to make some changes.

Buffalo United Front joined with No More Tears Incorporated to host a teen summit Saturday promoting non-violence.

It was held at Ephesus Ministries Church on the city's East Side.

The event focused on how to deal with conflicts, overcome past traumas and create positive relationships, and it gave the kids a chance to voice their concerns.

More than 200 teens took part in the summit. Organizers hope to hold a similar event in the future.


Addressing Frequently Asked H-1B Questions

Addressing Frequently Asked H-1B Questions

 

H-1B season is once again upon us! H-1B petitions for the U.S. government’s 2016 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2015, should be filed by April 1, 2015. For fiscal year 2015, USCIS received approximately 172,500 cap-subject petitions. USCIS anticipates the volume of H cap petitions for fiscal year 2016 to be just as high, if not higher, and will far exceed the annual quota of 65,000 regular cap petitions and 20,000 advanced degree cap petitions. 

Buffalo Artvoice Award Winning Poet To Volunteer in Nepal

Buffalo Artvoice Award Winning Poet To Volunteer in Nepal

 

Joel Lesses [2014 Buffalo’s Artvoice, Best Poet] has an opportunity to volunteer in Nepal on a program dedicated to human rights, education, healthcare and agriculture in impoverished rural and urban settings. He most deeply desires to serve these communities and learn from beautiful Nepali people in a once in a life time exchange of mutual benefit and cross cultural understanding.

PLEASE DONATE ANYTHING YOU ARE ABLE HERE--> http://www.gofundme.com/mgtsno

Joel will be volunteering with and for http://www.tevelbtzedek.org an organization that focuses on impoverished communities in Nepal, Haiti and Burundi, to enhance and advance the livelihood, capacity, and well-being of their members.