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Historic & Hip: Forgotten Buffalo Tours Fall 2011 Schedule

Historic & Hip: Forgotten Buffalo Tours Fall 2011 Schedule

BUFFALO, NEW YORK: Forgotten Buffalo Tours, the region's authority on unique landmarks, classic taverns, old world neighborhoods and "Nickel City" oddities, has released its schedule of original “Off the Beaten Track” tours for fall 2011. The line-up includes seven unique outings that spotlight Buffalo’s ethnic and blue collar past.

09/17/11 - Polonia Pride: Historic Broadway Fillmore

9/24/11 - Oktoberfest in Buffalo: German History

10/01/11 – Cool Clubs & Societies

10/22/11 & 12/29/11 - Best of Forgotten Buffalo Neighborhoods

11/12/11 - Patriots & Pilsner: VFW Posts, American Legions

12/03/11 - Prohibition Repeal Day

12/09/11 & 12/16/11 - A Polish Tavern Christmas

Buffalo Harbor Bridge Workshops

BUFFALO, NY-- Linking Buffalo's Inner and Outer Harbor is the goal of the Buffalo Harbor Bridge Project.  Environmental and engineering studies, comments from 60 public meeting as well as state and federal input resulted in two possible crossing alternatives. 

Citizens are getting the opportunity to walk through the proposed bridge locations with the Project Manager.  On Tuesday, July 12th at 6pm, interested citizens were taken on a tour and given an explanation of the Erie Street location.

On Wednesday, July 13th at 6:00pm, the second location, the Central Wharf, will be toured.  That's located at the foot of Main Street behind HSBC Arena.

You can read more about the Buffalo Harbor Bridge Project and view the maps by clicking on the link.

City Honors Teacher Heads to NASA

City Honors Teacher Heads to NASA

A Buffalo Public School employee and her husband have been chosen by NASA's Johnson Space Center among 30 @NASA Twitter followers to test their skills at space shuttle ascent, rendezvous or landing aboard the same simulator astronauts use to train for their missions.

On Tuesday, July 19, during space shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission to the International Space Station, City Honors School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator Elissa M. Banas, Esq. will get a behind-the-scenes tour at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and a hands-on opportunity aboard the space shuttle simulator to take control in a training scenario.

Ms. Banas is the type of person who constantly encourages students to dream and live large.  And on the basis of one little Tweet, not only is Banas going to live out a dream, but true to form, her next thought was, “I'll have some great information to share with our science students.”

Congressman Higgins Pushes for Termination of National Flood Insurance Program

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined fellow House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee member Candice Miller (MI-10) in introducing an amendment to H.R. 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, which would terminate the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

“The Flood Insurance Program is fundamentally flawed and economically broken,” said Higgins.  “In Western New York and other communities across the nation it levies a mandatory flood tax on homeowners who are at virtually no risk of flooding and see absolutely no benefit.  It hinders small business growth, negatively impacts property values and is driving up our national debt.  We need to lead with common sense and eliminate, rather than extend, this unfair program.”

Congressmen Reed & Higgins Offer Amendment to Restore Funding for West Valley Clean-Up

Congressmen Reed & Higgins Offer Amendment to Restore Funding for West Valley Clean-Up

WNY Members Say Investments Now Save In the Long-Term


U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (NY-29) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) have together introduced an amendment to increase funding designated for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site, a move aimed at protecting the greater Western New York community and saving money over the long-term.  The Reed-Higgins Amendment would restore $41 million to the non-defense environmental cleanup fund in H.R. 2354, the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. 

Common Council Recap for July 12th, 2011

Common Council Recap for July 12th, 2011



Possible Drive-By Shooting Causes Serious Injuries

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police are investigating a serious shooting that took place early Saturday evening on the city's East Side.

Officers responded to the call near Bailey Avenue and Stockbridge.

Detectives say a male in his late teens or early 20's was struck in an apparent drive-by shooting.

He was rushed to ECMC and initial indications are the injuries are very serious.

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