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Buffalo Mail Processing Operations Moving to Rochester

BUFFALO, NY  - The US Postal Service is moving all mail processing operations from the Buffalo distribution facility on William Street to Rochester.

Officials say there will be no change to the retail post office and vehicle maintenance facility that are also located on William Street.

"The decision to consolidate mail processing facilities recognizes the urgent need to reduce the size of the national mail processing network to eliminate costly underutilized infrastructure," said Chief Operating Officer Megan Brennan. "Consolidating operations is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable to provide mail service to the nation."

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon (R), released this statement following the announcement:

Pomeranian Dogs Seized in Raid

BUFFALO, NY- Responding to neighbor complaints, Buffalo Animal Control officers, with assistance from the Erie County SPCA, Thursday seized 30 Pomeranian dogs from a Fillmore Avenue home in Buffalo.

Spokesperson Gina Browning said the dogs were found living in extremely unsanitary conditions and that the dogs' owner, 61-year-old Ronald Geska will face animal cruelty charges in court on March 8.

SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigator Aaron Kandefer said there was urine and feces everywhere. "There wasn't a spot you could walk without stepping in it."

Kandefer said it appeared the dogs were watered and fed and most appeared healthy.

The Poms were taken to the organization's Tonawanda shelter for evaluation. Browning said Geska refused to surrender the dogs, so some will be placed in foster care and others will remain in the SPCA's infimary until a judge decides on a permanent home.

UB Architects Win International Competition With Plan for Old Strip Malls

UB Architects Win International Competition With Plan for Old Strip Malls

From Archinect News

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two faculty members in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning have won an international design competition with their proposal that the public be given free rein to take over derelict strip mall sites like Buffalo's Central Park Plaza and design and build their own urban communities in a manner that would be, they say, "not unlike the settling of the American frontier."

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Buffalo Not Among School Districts to have Federal Funding Restored

By Cara Matthews, Gannett Albany

State Education Commissioner John King announced this afternoon that he has restored federal School Improvement Grants to five of the 10 high-needs districts whose funding he suspended last month.

The districts are Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Albany, Schenectady and Syracuse, and their grants total more than $30 million.

They have all submitted acceptable teacher-evaluation and support agreements, as required by their initial applications for the SIG money.

King suspended roughly $115 million in funding to 10 SIG districts in January because they had not finalized agreements on a new teacher-evaluation system with their unions, or the agreements did not meet all the state and federal requirements.

After learning King had decided to suspend the SIG money, "these five districts went back to the drawing board and worked out agreements that meet the state and federal requirements," he said in a statement.

Community Outcry Over Limits to Public Comment at Buffalo School Board

BUFFALO, NY - A proposal by the Buffalo School Board to limit public comment at meetings drew outcry among parents and community members Wednesday night.

Under the proposed policy, no more than 20 people would be permitted to speak at a meeting, and no more than 5 people could speak on a single topic.

Currently there's a limit of 30 speakers per meeting, and there is no limit on speakers per topic.

"You service the public," said Ina Ferguson Downing, the grandparent of a student in the district. "Therefore you need to hear the public. Limiting the number of speakers limits the voice of the public."

Dyngus Day Buffalo 2012 begins with the Buffalo’s Best Kielbasa Contest

Dyngus Day Buffalo 2012 begins with the Buffalo’s Best Kielbasa Contest

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Prepare to be WOWed March 2!

Prepare to be WOWed March 2!

Western New York’s premier wine and food tasting event is moving. The 7th Annual Wines of the World (WOW), hosted by Rotary Club of Buffalo and the Buffalo Rotary Foundation, will be held on March 2 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in the elegantly restored Grande Ballroom at Statler City (107 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo). Tickets are $50 pre-sale/$60 at the event and can be purchased online at www.buffalorotary.org or by calling 716-854-3397. All proceeds will benefit local literacy programs and free valet parking will be available.