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Warm Weather Brings Out Pussy Willows Early

BUFFALO, NY - Dyngus Day organizers in Buffalo are encouraging Western New Yorkers to pick pussy willows sooner than later.  With the warm weather, the pussy willow blooming cycle is occurring well before this year's festivities.

"Fuzzy buds on pussy willows, known as catkins, emerge from a closed bud stimulated by an increase in ambient temperature," explained "Airborne" Eddy Dobosiewicz, co-founder of Dyngus Day Buffalo. "This current spell of historically warm weather has area pussy willow bushes thinking it's April. Many pussy willow bushes that have been harvested in the past have already bloomed, causing the fuzzy little buds to start producing leaves."

The pussy willow is used in a courting ritual on Dyngus Day.

Broadway Market Looking for Easter Season Helpers

Broadway Market Looking for Easter Season Helpers

Everyone knows that the Broadway Market is synonymous with the Easter Season here in Western New York.  This year, the Market is calling on individuals and help this Buffalo treasure during its busiest time of the year.

The Market is also looking for volunteers to assist during Easter Week (04/01-04/07) by manning our information table.

One Night and Seven Churches

One Night and Seven Churches

For the sixth year in a row on Holy Thursday, Broadway Fillmore Alive has put together a self-guided tour of seven historic churches in the Broadway-Fillmore area partaking in the traditional visitation of the Blessed Sacrament on this holy night. Holy Thursday is on April 05, 2012.

Churches on this year’s tour include: Corpus Christi, Saint Ann, Saint Stanislaus, Saint Luke’s Mission of Mercy, Saint Adalbert Basilica, Saint John Kanty and Saint Clare.

The visitation period generally begins after 7:00 pm and the churches remain open till around 11:00 pm.

In our first year, we had about 50 requests for the tour info. The number of requests over the last few years has risen to over 500.

A Unique Family Fun Center in Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY - Kingdom Kids Family Fun Center is located in the city of Buffalo and offers unique fun for families. It is a high energy indoor play facility.

Inside the big blue building on Broadway near Grey Street is a Bounce house play area, video arcades, and a kiddy corner.

There are separate rooms for private parties.

Owner Ajay Hall, says it's unique, because "it's in the city of Buffalo," and it's a hop, skip and jump away from downtown Buffalo.

They offer Royal Party themes for children.

Kingdom Kids Family Fun Center is located at 690 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212, (716) 854-5464




Online AVON Program to Benefit the Buffalo Zoo

Online AVON Program to Benefit the Buffalo Zoo

Buffalo, NY– Purchase your favorite AVON products and support the wildlife at the Buffalo Zoo at the same time! From now until June 16, 2012, AVON Representative, Patty Riley, will donate 30% of your online purchase to the Buffalo Zoo.

In order to participate, simply visit www.youravon.com/priley. Click on “Online Events,” where you can shop for fabulous beauty products, fragrances, apparel, jewelry, home items and more! In addition to supporting the Buffalo Zoo by making a purchase, you will also receive FREE shipping on all orders of $30 or more. When checking out, please be sure to use the special code BUFZOO101.

 This online event is open to all, so please feel free to share this offer with your family and friends!

The Buffalo Zoo extends a special thank you to AVON representative, Patty Riley, for her generosity…and all of you for taking advantage of this great offer!

Kaleida's Old Hospitals: Re-use or Demolish

  Some major hospital moves for Kaleida are in the near future or the next few years. And now the hospital organization is seeking out some expert advice on what do with two hospital buildings which will become vacant.

   First up is the 880,000 square foot Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital which will close its doors at the end of March. Operations will move as of April 1st to the new Gates Vascular Institute at the emerging Buffalo medical corridor.

The Homeless Alliance of WNY Announces $2.4 Million for New Homeless Projects

The Homeless Alliance of WNY Announces $2.4 Million for New Homeless Projects

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD has awarded nearly $201 million to 731 new local homeless programs across the country. This funding provides critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent support for individuals and families and is a significant part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.

HUD previously announced that the Erie County Continuum of Care received $6.4 million in renewal project funding for the Homeless.  As part of this announcement two new projects in Erie County have received funding totaling $2,438,752.  The two projects are

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Hope Gardens Housing First SHP $1,677,863