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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

Debate Over Teacher Evaluations Continue, Parents Discuss Ways to Improve Attendance

BUFFALO, N.Y.- A group of concerned parents, district officials and community members gathered Monday night in Buffalo Common Council Chambers to discuss ways to address the student absentee problem in the Buffalo School District.

The problem has been in the spotlight since state education officials introduced new mandates regarding teacher evaluations, making teachers accountable for the performance of all students, even those who are considered "chronically absent."

Last week, the Buffalo Teachers Federation voted not to remove a clause in their evaluation agreement; thus, not allowing the performance of all students, including chronically absent students, to be included in their professional evaluations.

Four Injured in Shooting Identified

BUFFALO, NY - Police say four people were shot while leaving a party overnight on the city's east side.

The incident happened around 4 a.m. Sunday. Police say the victims were at "some type of club" on the 300 block of Scajaquada Street. 

All four victims were taken to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the victims, 34 year old Robert Rivera, 32 year old Taneshia Chiles, and 41 year old Rachelle Pratcher, all have been treated and released from ECMC.

23 year old Ivory Davis is still recovering but is listed in stable condition.

It is unknown if there were multiple shooters or a single person.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255.

Inmate Accidently Released, Taken Back Into Custody

BUFFALO, NY - An inmate that was accidently released has been taken back into custody, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

Awet Gebreyesus, 32 years old, of Busti Avenue, Buffalo, was released from the Alden Correctional Facility by mistake on Thursday night. He was found on the city's east side and taken back into custody Friday.

Gebreyesus was initially charged with assault of his domestic partner earlier this year at Wegmans on Amherst St., however a grand jury indicted him on attempted murder.

A civilian clerk received paperwork from City Court ordering Gebreyesus' release but failed to read the attached documents to the paperwork which indicated that Gebreyesus had been indicted on attempted murder, arraigned, and ordered held without bail.

Gebreyesus' domestic partner and child were not in any danger.

Attendance Extremely Poor in Buffalo School District

BUFFALO, NY - Too often there are empty seats in Buffalo school classrooms. Attendance is so poor, the district actually has to employ attendance teachers. They have even gone so far as to categorize the students often marked absent.

School district officials say the numbers for the month of February alone were unacceptable.

Out of the 34,876 students enrolled in the district - 8,400 students had chronic absences, meaning they were absent from school at least 10% of the time. 4,649 students were categorized as having severly chronic absent records, meaning they were absent from school 20% or more of the time.

And believe it or not - most of these absent students are in the kindergarten or elementary level. Interim Superintedent Amber Dixon says the district is aware of the problem.