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Earthquake Rattles Some Towns, Not Others

Earthquake Rattles Some Towns, Not Others

The effect of Tuesday's earthquake in Western New York was widespread, but not universal. People in some neighborhoods didn't notice it at all while others were left feeling queasy from the unaccustomed shaking.

Go to the WGRZ-2 On Your Side Facebook page to compare for yourself reports from places where the earthquake was felt to places where it wasn't. (Follow the posts beginning on Tuesday at about 2pm. We asked both questions and received well over 800 responses from across Western New York and beyond.)

Share your earthquake stories below. Did you even feel it? Or not? Where were you at the time? (01:51:03 PM EST.)

Any friends or relatives out of town who felt it? Where were they when it hit?

Earthquake Safety Tips

Earthquake Safety Tips

We don't get them often and many of us don't know what to do when they happen so we here at 2 Your Town have compiled a list of safety procedures to help keep you and your family safe during an earthquake/aftershock. 

During an Earthquake

  • If you're indoors, stay there. Get under -- and hold onto --a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot. If you’re in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls and do not use the elevator.
     

  • If you're outside, get into the open. Stay clear of buildings, power lines or anything else that could fall on you.
     

  • If you're driving, move the car out of traffic and stop.

Tunisia Sparks Arab Spring: Headmasters Forced to Resign

Tunisia Sparks Arab Spring: Headmasters Forced to Resign

Tunisia Sparks Arab Spring: Headmasters Forced to Resign

by Hind Houas

Brush Up Buffalo’s 15th Event to Take Place in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Brush Up Buffalo’s 15th Event to Take Place in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Buffalo, NY – Brush Up Buffalo, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization focused on revitalizing City of Buffalo neighborhoods, recently announced that it will repaint 15 low-income homes with the help of 400 volunteers in the nationally-designated Buffalo Promise Neighborhood on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

Designated avenues and streets for Brush Up Buffalo 2011 – Westminster, East Amherst, Stockbridge and Berkshire – are in a relatively tight cluster and are near Westminster Community Charter School, where Brush Up Buffalo will set up operations for check-in and lunch.  (Parking will be at the Erie County Medical Center parking lot, with shuttles to the school.)  At least 25 volunteers will be needed to paint on each house; no prior painting experience is necessary.

Neighborhood Clean Up Today in the Clinton Bailey Neighborhood

Neighborhood Clean Up Today in the Clinton Bailey Neighborhood

Many groups came out today to show how much they care about the Clinton Bailey Community.

Fillmore District Common Council Member David Franczyk coordinated this clean up and the Matt Urban Center, AmeriCorps, CityCorps, and the Clinton Bailey Association participated. Clinton, Bushnell, Gilbert, Scoville, and Baitz Streets were targeted for mowing of vacant lots, tree trimming, debris removal, and weeding. We also handed out information to residents about available services.  

It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know our neighbors and beautify our neighborhood at the same time. This is part of a continuing program sponsored by Fillmore District Common Council Member David Franczyk and the Fillmore District Impact Team. Please join us for future cleanups at:

  • 8/19 South Division & Smith Street Playground
  • 8/26 Miller Street Garden

For volunteer information, please call: 851-9683

Coalition Calls for Public Meeting Over Chandler St. Fire

Coalition Calls for Public Meeting Over Chandler St. Fire

A Statement from The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York

The Buffalo Environmental Management Commission, the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, the Western New York Council on Occupational Health and Safety and the NABET CWA have called a public meeting for residents and workers to ask questions of  public agencies responsible for emergency response and public health. The meeting has been called over concerns about the response to the industrial fire at Niagara Lubricants on July 13th, 2011.

Congressman Higgins Announces $167,000 for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Congressman Higgins Announces $167,000 for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Federal Funding to support Shoreline Restoration Efforts along Riverbend Project

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the award of $167,000 in federal funding for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.   The grant, provided through the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, will support Phase II of the Buffalo Riverbend project

“These federal funds will continue our efforts to preserve and enhance the water’s edge,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force.  “Beyond the clear environmental benefits this work will continue the transformation of Buffalo’s old and industrial image to one that is new, exciting and welcoming to the public and innovative economic development.”