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Veterans receive advanced surgical care with robotics at Buffalo VA

04 Apr 2024  |  wivb.com
The VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo is utilizing advanced surgical robotics to provide veterans with state-of-the-art surgical care. The VA has upgraded its surgical robot to enhance the precision and effectiveness of surgeries, which now include a wide range of procedures beyond the initial urological applications. General surgeon Dr. Meliton Silva and gynecologist Dr. Paul Wopperer highlighted the benefits of robotic surgery, such as reduced pain, less narcotic use, and quicker recovery. The technology, which was partly developed by the military for remote battlefield operations, requires surgeons to undergo extensive training. The investment in this technology is seen as a worthwhile commitment to veteran care. News 4's Katie Alexander reported on the robotics, offering viewers a glimpse into the VA's operating room.

Energy UK comments on call for traditional prepayment customers to claim remaining energy vouchers

31 May 2023  |  energy-uk.org.uk
Emma Pinchbeck, the chief executive of Energy UK, is urging customers with traditional prepayment vouchers to claim their remaining energy support vouchers. Despite high delivery rates of the Government's Energy Bill Support Scheme, there are still customers who have not claimed their vouchers. Energy companies are making concerted efforts to reach these customers, including home visits, reminders, and data-led communication strategies. Traditional prepayment customers are advised to check their mail and the expiry dates on their vouchers, with the latest batch expiring at the end of June. Customers with credit meters or smart prepayment meters have already received the discount automatically.

Energy UK responds to Ofgem’s Price Cap announcement

25 May 2023  |  energy-uk.org.uk
Dhara Vyas, Deputy Chief Executive of Energy UK, responded to Ofgem's announcement of a price cap reduction starting in July. Vyas welcomed the news but noted that energy bills are still significantly higher than 18 months ago, and many customers will struggle, especially as some government bill support is removed. Vyas emphasized the need for collaboration between the energy industry, Ofgem, the government, and consumer groups to provide targeted support for the upcoming winter. She also highlighted the necessity to invest in domestic clean energy and improve home energy efficiency to reduce energy costs in the long term.

Buffalo’s Best: Mount St. Mary Academy’s all-female marching band

03 Apr 2023  |  wivb.com
Mount St. Mary Academy in Town of Tonawanda, New York, boasts the only all-female high school marching band in the state, which has been recognized as Buffalo's Best. The band is unique not only for its all-female composition but also for featuring bagpipes, a rarity among high school marching bands. Despite the school's small size, with fewer than 300 students, the band has a high participation rate with 110 members. Band Director John Hathaway has developed the program over 18 years, emphasizing leadership skills. The band performs at local events and is scheduled to play at Disney World. Band President Madison Hammar and drum major Grace Martone express pride in their performances and the recognition they receive from the school and community. News 4's Katie Alexander reported on the band's recent performance.

Cerritos Women’s Soccer Dominates ELAC, Advances in Tournament

04 Nov 2022  |  talonmarks.com
The Cerritos women's soccer team secured a dominant 7-0 win over East Los Angeles College (ELAC) on November 4th, advancing to the next stage of the South East Conference Tournament. The match was reduced to 70 minutes due to ELAC having only 11 players available. Cerritos's Meghan Legayada scored within the first minute, setting the tone for the match. Lissette Saucedo, Valerie Becerra, Victoria Adame, Lauren Vazquez, and Katie Alexander also contributed to the scoreline. The team emphasized their unity and intensity, with players like Samantha Martinez highlighting the importance of teamwork. The Cerritos women's soccer team is set to play Los Angeles City for 7th place in the SCC tournament on November 8th. An editor's note clarified that the upcoming game is for 7th place, not the second round of the playoffs.

Mental health blogger and journalist Katie Alexander discusses abortion care in the UK

29 May 2022  |  consciousbeingmagazine.com
Journalist Katie Alexander discusses the challenges disabled individuals face in accessing abortion care in the UK. She highlights the introduction of telemedical abortion services due to COVID-19, which allows individuals to receive abortion medication at home for pregnancies under 10 weeks. However, she points out that those needing abortions after 10 weeks still face difficulties, particularly disabled individuals who may encounter barriers in traveling to clinics and face stigmatization from anti-abortion protests. Alexander emphasizes the need for equal access to sexual and reproductive health services for disabled individuals and applauds the innovative features introduced by MSI UK to help vulnerable groups access abortion care safely.

The Race Report

02 May 2022  |  independent.co.uk
The article discusses the author's personal experiences with racism and discrimination as a member of the Traveller community. Growing up in southeast London, the author faced ostracization from peers due to their heritage. Despite appearing white and often avoiding direct racist comments, the author still encounters indirect racism, including from friends and colleagues. The article criticizes the societal double standards in addressing racism, highlighting the lack of consequences for comedian Jimmy Carr's offensive joke about the Holocaust's impact on the Roma and Sinti people. The author argues that while movements like Black Lives Matter gain momentum, Gypsies face increasing stigma and are often ignored or dismissed by society, leaving them marginalized and silenced.

Lost Years: How the Pandemic Changed Our Relationship with Work

15 Mar 2022  |  My Imperfect Life
The article is part of a series exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of life. It focuses on Katie Alexander, a marketing professional who left her job during the pandemic due to the negative effects on her mental health. Initially excited about her role in a reproductive healthcare organization, the shift to working from home (WFH) and the lack of support from her team led to a decline in her mental well-being. Despite the challenges of finding therapy during the pandemic, she eventually started cognitive behavioral therapy. Katie later decided to leave her job and found a new role in marketing for a UK theme park, which she found more fulfilling and supportive. The article highlights the importance of prioritizing personal health and well-being over a 'dream job'.

Are public electric vehicle charging units accessible?

14 Mar 2022  |  EVision Electric Vehicles
The article discusses the accessibility of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the UK, particularly for disabled individuals. EVision acknowledges the challenges faced by disabled people when using EV charging stations, such as high curbs, heavy cables, and lack of space. The article highlights the efforts of Motability and Designability in addressing these issues, including their collaboration with BSI, OZEV, and UK Power Network to create national standards for accessible EV charging infrastructure. A survey indicates that most motorists believe charge point spaces should be wheelchair friendly and would benefit from a 24/7 call helpline. The article emphasizes the importance of inclusive design for EV charging stations, especially as the UK moves towards banning new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, with an expected increase in disabled drivers or passengers relying on public charging infrastructure.

A 2020 YouGov poll shows that nearly two in five mothers admit that having a child has negatively impacted their career. Yet only one in seven new fathers felt the same. In a life after Covid-19, can mother’s have a family and a career?

22 Feb 2022  |  Empoword Journalism
Katie Alexander shares her personal experience of how becoming pregnant affected her career prospects and decisions. She discusses the broader issue of work-life balance for new mothers, referencing a 2020 YouGov poll that indicates a significant disparity between the career impacts felt by new mothers versus new fathers. Katie narrates her own story of accepting a new job opportunity and then discovering her pregnancy, which led to a conflict between career advancement and family planning. She highlights the inadequacies of statutory maternity pay in the UK and the challenges of returning to work post-pregnancy. The article also touches on the potential benefits of remote and flexible working, as well as the societal expectations and pressures on mothers to balance work and family life. Katie ultimately declined the job offer to prioritize her family, expressing uncertainty about the feasibility of mothers achieving their full career potential in the current societal and professional landscape.

Staying Safe Online with Diggerland's Festive Fun

22 Dec 2021  |  Diggerland
The article discusses the importance of online safety for children, especially in the context of the festive activities offered by Diggerland. It emphasizes the need for education over monitoring to help children navigate the internet safely and be aware of the risks such as exposure to inappropriate content and cyberbullying. The article provides tips on how to protect children online, including teaching safe internet navigation, discussing the dangers of social media, and installing firewalls and content blockers. It also advises on how to handle situations if a child encounters inappropriate content. The piece concludes by inviting readers to participate in Diggerland's online festive, digger-themed activities.

Veterans needed for Million Veteran Program research

29 Sep 2021  |  news10.com
The Million Veteran Program is a research initiative collecting blood samples from 1 million U.S. veterans to study the interaction between genetics, lifestyle, and military experience on health and diseases. Over 770,000 veterans have already contributed to the database. The program, coordinated by Katina Thiel at the Buffalo VA, aims to uncover new treatments and preventative measures for illnesses affecting veterans and the general population. Veterans participating in the program provide a blood sample and complete surveys. Privacy is emphasized, with samples and health information securely coded. Army veteran Neal Hodgson, a retired medical examiner, advocates for the program's potential to advance medical research. Since 2011, over 13,700 Western New York veterans have joined the program, which is open to all veterans.

Durand Jones & The Indications Release New Track 'Witchoo'

01 Jun 2021  |  lightning100.com
Durand Jones & The Indications have released a new track titled 'Witchoo,' which is a departure from their traditional soulful sound, incorporating '60s disco and modern beats. The song is a part of their upcoming album 'Private Space' and is meant to evoke feelings of excitement and togetherness. The band has faced separation due to the events of the past year, which drummer Aaron Frazer says has led them to experiment with new sounds and songwriting approaches. The track is featured as Dan's DJ Pick of the Week on Lightning 100, and the music video is described as glittery and shiny, reminiscent of a disco ball.

Little Free Libraries being turned into Little Free Pantries to help those in need during pandemic

29 Mar 2020  |  wivb.com
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Roots of the Future Montessori school in Clarence, New York, has transformed its Little Free Library into a Little Free Pantry to support the community. Dr. Anna Liuzzo, the school's Director and Founder, initiated the conversion to provide food and supplies for those in need, especially the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. The pantry is stocked with non-perishable items and cleaning supplies, operating on a 'take what you need, leave what you can' basis. The community has positively received the initiative, with active participation in stocking and utilizing the pantry. Little Free Pantries have been a growing trend since 2016, and there are now about a dozen registered in Western New York.

Rolly Pollies bringing classes, activities to kids while gyms closed

27 Mar 2020  |  wivb.com
Rolly Pollies, a children's gym in Western New York, is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic by offering free online classes and activities for children through YouTube and Facebook. The owner, Jim Fleckenstein, emphasizes the importance of providing familiar and comforting content to families during this time. Despite the challenges faced due to the business shutdown, Rolly Pollies is preparing for the future by upgrading equipment and deep cleaning their gyms. They are also accepting reservations for the summer and selling gift certificates to support the business during the closure.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy enforces new safety regulations amid COVID-19

26 Mar 2020  |  wivb.com
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has implemented new regulations in its parks to ensure public safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The parks remain open for passive use, but facilities such as basketball courts, playgrounds, and fitness equipment are closed. Social distancing is emphasized, and all buildings are shut until at least April 1. Organized sports and gatherings of more than ten people are banned until the same date. The Conservancy is uncertain about the upcoming golf season starting April 25 due to social distancing concerns. Park visitors are encouraged to engage in activities like walking, biking, and jogging while maintaining a six-foot distance from others. The Conservancy's website offers audio tours of the parks, and visitors are reminded to be considerate by keeping dogs on leashes and picking up trash. The Conservancy, which relies on volunteers and donations, is facing challenges in maintenance due to the inability to have volunteer assistance during this time.

Operation Protect Our Protectors

25 Mar 2020  |  wivb.com
In Western New York, the Operation Protect Our Protectors campaign, initiated by Peter Genovese and Jeannine Alsous, is rallying the community to produce and donate protective masks for healthcare providers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign, which operates like a startup, has raised funds through a GoFundMe page and is collaborating with local fashion designers and sewers to create masks. While these masks are not as protective as N95 masks, they are designed with spaces for N95 inserts. The campaign is also establishing a distribution channel to prioritize healthcare providers with the most urgent need. Genovese and Alsous encourage the community to contribute by sewing masks, donating supplies, or spreading awareness.

Niagara Falls business helping volunteer sewers ramp up mask production for healthcare workers

22 Mar 2020  |  wivb.com
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Western New Yorkers, led by Phil McNamara, are mobilizing to donate masks and personal protective equipment to healthcare workers. McNamara, a furloughed bartender, created the Facebook group #BuffaloResilience to coordinate community efforts. The group has attracted volunteers, including fashion design students and quilting enthusiasts, to sew masks. Custom Covers and Canvas, a local business in Niagara Falls, has joined the effort by using its resources to cut mask patterns and create mask-making kits, significantly increasing production capacity. The company is responding to the state's call for businesses to assist in mask production. McNamara is encouraging more businesses to contribute resources and is seeking guidance on making medical-grade masks. The community's efforts are ongoing, and those interested in helping can reach out through the #BuffaloResilience Facebook page.

U.S.-Canadian border closes to non-essential travel amid Coronavirus pandemic

21 Mar 2020  |  wivb.com
The U.S.-Canadian border has been closed for all non-essential travel due to the Coronavirus pandemic, affecting 95 percent of cross-border traffic. Essential workers, such as healthcare professionals and truck drivers, are still permitted to cross. Rosanna Berardi from Berardi Immigration Law noted that they handle many work permits and that there might be a forgiveness period for those unable to leave the U.S. due to the travel restrictions. The governments of the U.S. and Canada may exercise discretion for unique situations, especially for family members needing to visit critically ill relatives. The travel restrictions are set for 30 days, with updates to be provided by the Canadian Border Services Agency on social media.

New York salons to close amid COVID-19 pandemic

20 Mar 2020  |  wivb.com
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that all personal care services including barbershops, hair salons, and tattoo parlors in New York will close from Saturday night to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This has led to a rush of customers seeking last-minute appointments. Great Clips in North Buffalo is one such salon where stylists are working back-to-back appointments. Stylists have been taking extra precautions but acknowledge the impossibility of maintaining social distance in their profession. The closure will leave them without work and income, and the duration of this situation is uncertain. Clients are showing appreciation through higher tips, and there is hope for a quick resolution so that everyone can return to work.

School bus drivers, bus aides delivering educational packages to students’ doors

19 Mar 2020  |  wivb.com
In Buffalo, New York, school buses from First Student are being used to deliver educational packets to Buffalo Public School children for home learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The packets, tailored by teachers for each student, were initially available for pickup, but many families could not attend. Now, around 7,000 packages are being distributed directly to students' homes. Al Diamico, the Director of Transportation for the Buffalo City School District, highlighted the collaborative effort of various staff members in this process. Despite reduced working hours due to the pandemic, bus drivers and aides are being paid normally for these deliveries, which are expected to take a few days.

Ashes to Go tradition continues to grow in WNY

26 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, and Christians are participating in traditional services to receive ashes. However, due to busy schedules, many cannot attend these services. Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville, NY, offers a solution with their 'Ashes To Go' service, allowing people to receive ashes in their church parking lot without leaving their cars. This service has been provided for five years and is open to all denominations. Rev. Robert Harvey, the rector, emphasizes the importance of making the sacred tradition accessible. Despite cold weather in the past, the service continues to grow in popularity, with traditional services also available inside the church.

Buffalo Behind the Scenes: Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

24 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
The article provides insight into the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site in Buffalo, New York, where President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901. The content includes videos that offer a deeper understanding of the historical site.

Young Paranormal Investigator to Lead Ghost Hunt at Hinsdale House

23 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
The Hinsdale House in Cattaraugus County, known for its paranormal activity, is attracting attention as Buffalo's Best Haunted Place. Madison Smith, a 12-year-old paranormal investigator from Davenport, Iowa, is set to lead an investigation there on March 20. Smith has gained international recognition, featuring on the cover of 'Haunted' magazine and participating in Para-Cons panels. Despite controversy over children's involvement in paranormal investigations, Smith, supported by her parents, is eager to explore the Hinsdale House's mysteries. The house, also known as the Dandy House, has a history of paranormal events and was saved from demolition by Daniel Klaes, who now hosts paranormal investigators to help with repair costs. Smith is looking forward to learning the spirits' stories and leading the investigation, focusing on communication rather than expecting dramatic events.

Buffalo History Museum highlights Erie County's History Makers

22 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
The Buffalo History Museum is showcasing an exhibit featuring portraits and stories of notable individuals from Erie County, known as Erie County's History Makers. The exhibit includes influential figures such as Jessie Edward Nash, a pastor and advocate for African American rights, and Mary Talbert, the first African American woman to receive the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. While the exhibit celebrates the positive impact of these individuals, it also acknowledges the complex legacies of figures like U.S. President Millard Fillmore and musician Rick James. The exhibit aims to reflect the stories of the black community and the broader narrative of the region. The museum's Director of Exhibits, Anthony Greco, provides insights into the contributions of these history makers. The article also mentions a special program, Hidden History, airing on Channel 4 in celebration of Black History Month.

Buffalo’s best ski resort: Holiday Valley

21 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
The article announces Holiday Valley as Buffalo's best ski resort, as determined by popular opinion. The resort is highlighted as an ideal destination for winter sports enthusiasts, especially given the arrival of winter weather. The article invites readers to view videos provided above and below the text, which presumably showcase the resort and its facilities.

Mercy Flight’s life-saving missions

20 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
Mercy Flight, the only local not-for-profit emergency air medical transport provider in Western New York, has completed over 30,000 missions. Flight paramedic Jeff Abbott, who has been with the organization since 2013, highlighted the importance of teamwork among ground crews, dispatchers, and air medics, nurses, and pilots. The article discusses the challenges of providing care in-flight, such as dealing with high acuity patients and the complexities of performing medical interventions at altitude. Despite these challenges, Mercy Flight ensures that financial constraints do not prevent patients from receiving care, with insurance covering much of the service and financial assistance available for those in need. The News 4 crew was invited to experience a short flight, emphasizing the crew's readiness to respond to emergencies and their commitment to the community.

Cold Weather Car Care: The top mistakes you’re probably making

14 Feb 2020  |  informnny.com
In Western New York, the cold weather is causing a spike in car-related issues, particularly with car batteries dying. AAA of Western and Central New York expects to respond to twice the usual number of calls. Dan Fisher, the assistant Buffalo fleet manager, advises against overusing remote car starters without driving, as it can prevent the battery from recharging and damage the engine. He also warns against using hot water on frozen locks or windshields, as it can lead to more ice. Fisher recommends ensuring good levels of windshield washer fluid, and proper wiper and tire condition. He suggests carrying emergency supplies in the car and cautions against leaving windshield wipers popped up, which can stretch the springs and reduce their effectiveness.

Cold weather in Western New York leads to vehicle troubles, AAA advises on care

14 Feb 2020  |  wowktv.com
In Western New York, cold weather is causing vehicle issues, with AAA of Western and Central New York expecting double the usual call volume due to battery failures. Dan Fisher, the assistant Buffalo fleet manager, advises against overusing remote car starters without driving, as it prevents the battery from recharging. Idling can overheat the engine, which is designed for airflow while moving. To prevent lock freezing, Fisher suggests warming up the car or using de-icers but warns against using hot water on locks or windshields due to refreezing. He recommends maintaining windshield washer fluid, wipers, and tires, and carrying emergency supplies like blankets and a phone charger. Fisher also advises against leaving windshield wipers up when parked to avoid stretching the springs.

Cold Weather Car Care: The top mistakes you’re probably making

14 Feb 2020  |  wwlp.com
In Western New York, cold weather is causing vehicle issues, with AAA of Western and Central New York expecting double the usual call volume due to battery failures. Dan Fisher, the assistant Buffalo fleet manager, advises against overusing remote car starters without driving, as it prevents the battery from recharging. Idling can overheat the engine, which needs airflow to maintain temperature. To prevent lock freezing, Fisher recommends using lock de-icer and warming up the car, but warns against using hot water on locks or windshields as it can refreeze and cause more problems. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining windshield washer fluid levels, wipers, and tires. Fisher also suggests carrying emergency supplies in the car and cautions against leaving windshield wipers up when parked, as it can weaken the springs.

Cold weather car care: The top mistakes you’re probably making

14 Feb 2020  |  rochesterfirst.com
In Western New York, the extreme cold is causing vehicle issues, leading to a spike in service calls to AAA of Western and Central New York, particularly for dead batteries. Dan Fisher, the assistant Buffalo fleet manager, advises against the overuse of remote car starters without driving, as it prevents the battery from recharging. He also warns against idling the car for too long, which can overheat the engine. Fisher provides tips for dealing with frozen locks and emphasizes the importance of maintaining windshield washer fluid levels, wipers, and tires. He suggests carrying emergency supplies in the car and cautions against leaving windshield wipers popped up, which can weaken the springs over time.

Cold weather car care: The top mistakes you’re probably making

14 Feb 2020  |  localsyr.com
In New York, the cold weather is causing vehicle issues, with AAA of Western and Central New York expecting to respond to a high volume of calls, mostly for dead batteries. Dan Fisher, the assistant Buffalo fleet manager, advises against overusing remote car starters without driving, as it prevents the battery from recharging. Idling can also overheat the engine. To prevent common winter problems, Fisher suggests warming up the car to thaw frozen locks and using lock de-icer instead of hot water. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining windshield washer fluid levels, wipers, and tires. For emergencies, he recommends carrying supplies like blankets and a phone charger. Fisher also advises against leaving windshield wipers popped up when parked to avoid stretching the springs. AAA provides more winter car care tips on their website.

Cold Weather Car Care: The top mistakes you’re probably making

14 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
In Western New York, the cold weather is causing vehicle issues, leading to a spike in service calls to AAA of Western and Central New York, particularly for dead batteries. Dan Fisher, the assistant Buffalo fleet manager, advises against overusing remote car starters without driving, as it prevents the battery from recharging. He also warns against idling the car for too long, which can overheat the engine. Fisher provides tips for dealing with frozen locks and emphasizes the importance of proper car maintenance in winter, such as ensuring good levels of windshield washer fluid and checking the condition of wipers and tires. He suggests carrying emergency supplies in the car and cautions against leaving windshield wipers popped up, which can weaken the springs over time.

The Renaissance of Buffalo’s Waterfront: Canalside’s Transformation

12 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
The article discusses the transformation of Buffalo's Canalside from a vacant lot to a vibrant neighborhood. A decade ago, the area was an eyesore, but the formation of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) in 2005 marked the beginning of its rebirth. Early plans for a Bass Pro Shops attraction were scrapped in favor of restoring the area's historic features. The ECHDC's efforts have led to over $100 million in public investment and attracted $350 million in private development. Key projects include Harborcenter by the Pegulas, the renovation of the old Donovan Building by Benderson, and the redevelopment of the Seneca One tower. The article highlights the ongoing construction, including a historic carousel, the longshed building with the Buffalo Maritime Center, and the Heritage Point project. The ECHDC also plans to bid on projects for the Outer Harbor. The future of the Skyway is uncertain, but the waterfront's renaissance is seen as a success.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system offers family learning activities during Winter Break

12 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system in Western New York is offering a variety of activities across its 37 branches during the upcoming Winter Break. The activities include story times, movie hours, craft programs, local author talks, and Engineers Week with daily hands-on activities for kids. The Central Library's Launch Pad Makers Space features 3D printers, laser cutters, and recording studios, and provides a station for converting home videos to digital formats. Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski emphasizes that the libraries are responding to community needs and providing these resources for free, even to non-library card holders. The library system also collaborates with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to offer programs like Play Down Your Fines, which allows borrowing of sports equipment.

Buffalo Behind the Scenes at Bootleg Bucha

10 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
In the latest edition of Buffalo Behind the Scenes, journalist Katie Alexander explores the process of making kombucha at Bootleg Bucha, a local kombucha brewery on Niagara St. in Buffalo, N.Y. The segment aired on Monday morning during the show Wake Up!, providing viewers with insights into how this fermented tea is crafted and eventually makes its way into consumers' refrigerators.

Buffalo’s Best salon or spa: All Dolled Up Beauty Bar

07 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
All Dolled Up Beauty Bar, located in West Seneca, has been voted as Buffalo's Best salon or spa. The salon, known for its glamorous interior, was founded by friends Jennifer Wojciechowski and Kim Queffelec in August 2017. They offer a variety of services including haircuts, coloring, extensions, lash services, makeup, and bridal services. The salon is known for its competitive pricing and family-like atmosphere. With 15 employees, the salon is expanding, with new locations opening in Lewiston and Downtown Buffalo. The owners take pride in making their clients feel their best, which they consider the greatest gift. The salon operates seven days a week.

Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibit opens at the Buffalo Museum of Science

05 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
The Buffalo Museum of Science is hosting the U.S. premiere of the Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibit, which opens on Saturday. The exhibit, featuring eight mummies and various artifacts, has been brought from the Manchester Museum in the UK. It provides a glimpse into the Greco-Roman period of Ancient Egypt, a time after the age of the Pharaohs. Dr. Campbell Price, curator of Egyptology at the Manchester Museum, and Kathy Leacock, director of collections at the Buffalo Museum of Science, discuss the significance of the exhibit and the insights it offers into the lives and afterlife beliefs of wealthy Egyptians of that era. The exhibit also utilizes modern CT scan technology to reveal new details about the mummies. The exhibit runs through spring, with tickets available for purchase at different rates.

Buffalo Behind the Scenes at The Buffalo History Museum

03 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
In the 'Buffalo Behind the Scenes' segment, News 4's journalist Katie Alexander takes viewers on a tour of rarely seen areas of The Buffalo History Museum. The article provides a brief introduction to the segment, mentioning that it aired on Monday morning and inviting readers to view the discoveries made by Katie Alexander through the videos provided. Additional information about The Buffalo History Museum is available through a link.

Super Bowl Sunday rush at La Nova Pizzeria

02 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
La Nova, a pizzeria in Buffalo, N.Y., experiences its busiest day of the year on Super Bowl Sunday. Preparations for the game day demand include ordering large quantities of wings and making hundreds of pizzas. Carla Todaro-Pantano, an owner of La Nova, highlights the organization and management efforts that go into meeting the high volume of orders. The pizzeria is well-prepared with a significant number of staff and delivery drivers. La Nova also offers nationwide shipping of their pizzas and wings for the Super Bowl, with orders being sent out since Thursday before the game.

Annual Matthew Kota Memorial Blood Drive draws big crowd in Genesee County

01 Feb 2020  |  wivb.com
The annual Matthew Kota Memorial Blood Drive, held at Notre Dame High School in Genesee County, New York, continues to honor the memory of Matthew Kota, who passed away in 2008. The event, started by his aunt in 2009, has become the largest blood drive in the county, with an average of 60 or more donors each year. Over 11 years, it has collected over 635 units of blood, potentially saving nearly 2,000 lives. Matthew, a former Red Cross volunteer and blood donor, had aspired to become a 10-gallon donor. His family and community keep his legacy alive through this event, which also includes a bake sale to raise money for a scholarship in his name at Brown Bergen High School.

Buffalo’s Best hotel for a staycation: The Roycroft Inn

31 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, New York, has been voted as Buffalo's Best hotel for a staycation by News 4 viewers. Innkeeper Daniel Garvey expresses pride in his staff and highlights the family-like atmosphere of the inn. The Roycroft Inn is a national historic landmark and was the birthplace of Elbert Hubbard's Arts and Crafts movement. It offers a unique experience with its beautifully restored murals, original furniture, and non-cookie-cutter suite designs. The inn provides various packages throughout the year to attract locals and has been recognized for its live music, award-winning dining, and popular brunches, including on Mother's Day.

Roycroft Inn voted Buffalo's Best hotel for a staycation

31 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, New York, has been voted as Buffalo's Best hotel for a staycation by News 4 viewers. Innkeeper Daniel Garvey expresses pride in his team and highlights the family-like atmosphere of the inn. The Roycroft Inn is a national historic landmark and was the birthplace of Elbert Hubbard's Arts and Crafts movement. The inn preserves its history with original furniture and murals, and although it has been renovated, it maintains unique and handmade elements in its 28 suites. The Roycroft Inn offers various packages to attract locals and has been recognized for its live music, dining, and brunches, including being voted Buffalo's Best brunch and Mother's Day brunch spot in past years.

Red Cross: “This is an extremely critical time”

17 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
News 4 is collaborating with the Red Cross for a telethon aimed at recruiting new blood donors. The Red Cross is experiencing a critical blood shortage, particularly for type O Negative blood. The shortage is attributed to the winter season, where bad weather leads to cancellations of blood drives and fewer scheduled events due to the holidays. The Red Cross emphasizes the constant need for blood donations, as blood transfusions are required every two seconds in the U.S. With only three percent of eligible donors actually donating, the Red Cross is urging people to participate in the upcoming telethon or to volunteer in other capacities. The telethon will take place on January 22, with the goal of signing up 50 new donors.

FeedMore WNY turns t-shirts into reusable bags in response to New York's plastic bag ban

17 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
New York State's plastic bag ban has prompted FeedMore WNY to create reusable cloth bags from t-shirts. The organization, which is a merger of the Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels for WNY, is inviting donations of unused t-shirts to be transformed into bags. These eco-friendly bags are distributed to clients using their mobile pantry. FeedMore WNY is also seeking volunteers to craft these bags. Local grocery stores like Tops and Wegmans are supporting the initiative by donating proceeds from their reusable and paper bags. Although exempt from the plastic bag law, FeedMore WNY aims to increase the use of reusable bags for environmental sustainability.

Girl Scouts of WNY encourages new members to join during Cookie Season

15 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
Girl Scouts of WNY is actively encouraging new registrations during their annual Join-a-Thon event. Morgan Williams-Bryant, the Chief Impact Officer, and Alison Wilcox, the CEO, highlight the benefits of joining the Girl Scouts, which include leadership skills and confidence-building. Statistics show that many former Girl Scouts have achieved significant success in various fields. The organization offers a range of programs, including STEM initiatives and outdoor activities. Janet DePetrillo, the Director of Camp Administration, emphasizes the life skills gained through summer camps. New members can win prizes and are invited to participate in Slime, Cocoa and Cookies events.

Musician, inspired at KIA Roadmarch, builds cabin to auction to support Gold Star Mothers’ mission

12 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
The Western New York Chapter of American Gold Star Mothers, a group supporting families of fallen military members, received a donation of $3,250 from Bob James, a local cabinet maker and music director for Buffalo Blues. The donation was facilitated by a check presentation at City Hall, with Mayor Byron Brown participating. Ann Davis, the chapter president and a Gold Star Mother herself, highlighted the importance of the support they provide to veterans and their families. The funds were raised through an artisan cabin auctioned at the Buffalo Blues Benefit concert. The KIA Memorial Roadmarch, founded by Jason Jaskula, also supports the organization by collecting food for distribution. Paul Ciminelli of Ciminelli Real Estate has contributed building materials for the next cabin to be auctioned, ensuring all proceeds will go to charity.

Fire victims getting clean start after house fires

11 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
Colvin Cleaners, a dry cleaning service located on Elmwood Avenue, has been providing fire and water restoration services for 45 years. They assist families affected by house fires by cleaning and restoring items such as clothing, bedding, curtains, and stuffed animals. Vice President Chris Billoni emphasizes the sentimental value of these items and the importance of restoring them. The company uses environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions and works directly with insurance companies to cover the costs. They also offer free storage for restored items until families can return home. Colvin Cleaners is involved in community service through their Coats 4 Kids and Gowns for Prom charities, with donations currently being accepted for both initiatives.

Niagara Falls Police Officer, brother offer boxing, self-defense classes for WNYers

10 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
The Fight Night Boxing Club, located on Hyde Park Boulevard in Niagara Falls, N.Y., is a new local gym that caters to individuals of all ages and skill levels interested in boxing. Founded by Gabriel Gonzalez, a Niagara Falls Police Officer, and his brother Michael, an executive at Roswell, the club opened in October. It aims to share the founders' passion for boxing and provide a space for exercise, technique mastery, and stress relief. The club also plans to offer self-defense courses, leveraging Gabriel's experience in teaching at the police academy. News 4's Katie Alexander visited the club to experience boxing firsthand. The facility also includes a range of fitness equipment and cross-fit programs.

Shoreline Apartments demolition to move forward in wake of fire

09 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
A fire broke out at the former Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo, N.Y., which were scheduled for demolition to make way for new affordable housing. The fire, suspected to be started by squatters, has not altered the demolition timeline, according to Mayor Byron Brown. The building, owned by Norstar USA, has been vacant since 2016 and has become an eyesore and a safety concern. Firefighters who battled the blaze may have been exposed to asbestos, a hazardous material once used in construction. A private company is decontaminating their gear. The city plans to announce a strategy to ensure the building is empty during demolition, which will also involve asbestos abatement.

Core Fit Athletics offering pay-what-you-can fitness classes to benefit charities

04 Jan 2020  |  wivb.com
Core Fit Athletics, located on South Park Avenue in Blasdell, is offering a unique opportunity for individuals to improve their fitness while contributing to charity. Every Saturday morning, the gym invites people to participate in a workout session where they can pay what they can, with all proceeds going to various charities. The fitness programs, which include crossfit, boot camp, and yoga, are designed to enhance strength, muscle tone, and overall health. The owner, Kat Ford, emphasizes that the programs cater to all abilities and are aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle. The initiative also aims to foster community unity and extend health and wellness beyond the gym's walls.

Bills fans fly to Boston to watch Saturday’s game on one of busiest travel days of year

21 Dec 2019  |  informnny.com
Bills fans are traveling from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Foxborough for the upcoming Bills-Patriots game. NFTA officials noted that the day was one of the peak travel days, with AAA predicting significant holiday travel. Flights to Boston carried both Bills and Patriots fans, anticipating an interesting dynamic. Fans shared their plans to watch the game across the country, with some facing potential holiday conflicts due to the game's timing. Despite this, the excitement was palpable among Bills fans, with high hopes for a victory against the Patriots, which would be particularly satisfying.

Demand is high for vintage Bills gear

21 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
In Buffalo, N.Y., the demand for Buffalo Bills merchandise is surging, particularly vintage items, as the holiday season coincides with the team's success. Local vintage stores, such as Queen City Vintage and My Cuzin Vintage, are experiencing a business boom, with fans seeking out rare items from the Bills' glory years. These stores source their unique inventory from garage sales, thrift stores, and online, but as Bills culture grows globally, finding these items is becoming increasingly difficult. Vintage shopping is also highlighted for its sustainability, as it gives new life to items that might otherwise end up in landfills. The article distinguishes between 'vintage' and 'retro' items, with 'vintage' being genuinely older items and 'retro' being new items made to look old. 'Throwback' can refer to both. High demand means some rare items come with a hefty price tag, but fans are willing to pay for these prized possessions.

Bills fans fly to Boston to watch Saturday’s game on one of busiest travel days of year

21 Dec 2019  |  news10.com
Bills fans are traveling from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Foxborough for the upcoming Bills-Patriots game. Mike Paretto from Niagara Falls and other fans expressed excitement about attending the game at Gillette Stadium. The NFTA noted that the travel day was expected to be one of the busiest of the year, with AAA predicting significant holiday travel. Despite the rivalry, fans like David Crowley see the competition as good fun. Bills fans like John Porterfield and Justin Dixie shared their plans to watch the game while traveling for the holidays, even during family events like weddings. The sentiment among fans is positive, with high hopes for a Bills victory, which would be particularly satisfying against the Patriots.

Bills fans take flight for Patriots match up

20 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
Bills fans are traveling from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Foxborough for the upcoming Bills-Patriots game. Mike Paretto from Niagara Falls and other fans are flying out, with NFTA expecting high travel volumes. AAA predicts significant holiday travel nationwide. Rival Patriots fans like David Crowley are also on the flights, adding to the excitement. Despite the rivalry, fans like John Porterfield and Justin Dixie have personal plans that intersect with the game, including watching it from different locations like Austin and West Palm Beach. The anticipation for the Bills' performance is high, and a victory over the Patriots would be particularly satisfying for fans. News 4 is hosting a special edition of Buffalo Kickoff Live to discuss the game.

Bills fans fly to Boston to watch Saturday’s game on one of busiest travel days of year

20 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
Bills fans are departing from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Foxborough for the upcoming Bills-Patriots game. NFTA officials noted that the day was one of the peak travel days, with AAA predicting significant holiday travel. Flights to Boston carried both Bills and Patriots fans, anticipating an interesting dynamic. Fans shared their plans to watch the game across the country, with some facing potential holiday conflicts due to game timings. Despite this, the excitement remains high among Bills fans, with hopes for a victory against the Patriots. News 4 is set to air a special edition of Buffalo Kickoff Live to discuss the game.

Vidler's: The Go-To Place for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping in Western New York

19 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
Vidler's, a popular store in Western New York, is a go-to destination for many locals to find last-minute holiday gifts. The store boasts over 75,000 items, offering a wide variety of goods for different interests, including a backyard birding section, kitchen gadgets, candies, retro toys, and Buffalo-themed gifts. Co-owner Don Vidler highlighted some unique kitchen items and mentioned the store's organization into different departments to ease the shopping experience. Vidler's is known for its extensive selection and helpful staff, and it is extending its hours for the holiday season to accommodate shoppers. The store will be closed on Christmas Day.

City of Light Publishing celebrates growth from college press to international reach

15 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
City of Light Publishing, originally known as Canisius College Press, is a Buffalo-based publisher that has expanded its reach from local history topics to a global market. The company, co-founded by Marti Gorman, has a retail space in the Queen City Pop-Up within the Market Arcade and offers a variety of books. Popular Buffalo-themed books include 'B is for Buffalo: An Aerial Alphabet' and 'Buffalo From A to Z, Come Take a Tour with Me.' After rebranding and securing international distribution, City of Light Publishing can now market its books in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The company emphasizes the importance of distribution in ensuring books reach readers through various channels, including bookstores, libraries, gift shops, and online platforms like Amazon.

Volunteers decorate Walden-Sycamore neighborhood, spread holiday cheer

14 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
In Buffalo, New York, the B Team Buffalo organization led its 12th annual City of Light campaign, where approximately 150 volunteers decorated homes for Christmas in the Walden-Seneca neighborhood. The event included decorating 35 doors at Walden Park Senior Apartments and a carnival at Harvey Austin Elementary with face painting, games, and toy giveaways. The campaign also provided a free community lunch, take-home meals, and a tree lighting ceremony. The initiative aims to bring holiday spirit to the community and show that local residents care about each other. Volunteers from various backgrounds, including students from Frederick Law Olmsted School, participated in the event, emphasizing community togetherness and the positive impact of the decorations on residents' morale.

Bills legend Doug Flutie returns for 20th anniversary Flutie Flakes release

08 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
Former Bills quarterback Doug Flutie returned to New Era field to be honored as the Bills Legend of the Game. He led the crowd in the Shout song before kick-off and signed the 20th anniversary Flutie Flakes boxes for fans. The cereal, created by PLB Sports, was first released in 1998 and has made a comeback in Wegmans stores. Proceeds from the sales of Flutie Flakes and related merchandise benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, established by Flutie in honor of his son. PLB Sports has a history of creating products with athletes and has produced 25,000 boxes of the anniversary edition, which are expected to sell out quickly. Fans also brought various items for Flutie to sign during the event.

Bishop Scharfenberger leads Buffalo Diocese following Malone's resignation

07 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, the Apostolic Administrator of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, attended a community symposium at Canisius College following the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone amidst a clergy sex abuse scandal. Scharfenberger addressed the anger and frustration within the community and discussed the possibility of the Diocese filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to numerous lawsuits under the Child Victims Act. The symposium included a Q&A session with Vice Dean Todd Brown from the University at Buffalo Law School, explaining the implications of bankruptcy. Attendees shared their hopes for the qualities of the next Buffalo Bishop, and Scharfenberger committed to spending one day a week in Buffalo while serving as the Apostolic Administrator.

Some drivers face tricky morning commute Thursday

05 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
Residents of County Line Road on the Alden/Darien border encountered icy conditions and a fallen tree that disrupted their morning commute. The tree, which also brought down phone and cable lines, led to the closure of the road between North Road and Broadway Street as crews worked to remove it and install a new utility pole. Local resident Rick Wery mentioned some bus confusion due to the road closure but appreciated the efforts of Alden Central to provide small buses for school transportation. The article also notes that snow plows were active in Western New York, particularly in areas heavily affected by the snowfall. A News 4 crew reported on the conditions, including a vehicle that slid off Rice Road. The report serves as a reminder to drive carefully during winter weather in Buffalo.

Diocese whistle blower: “This is that first step that we’ve been waiting for”

04 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
Siobhan O’Connor, a former executive assistant to Bishop Richard Malone of the Buffalo Diocese, acted as a whistleblower in the sex abuse scandal within the Diocese. She leaked documents to the media that she believed showed Malone covering up clergy sex abuse cases. Malone has now stepped down, or as the Vatican states, resigned, while Malone claims he retired. O'Connor and other victims' advocates feel that calling it a retirement is an insult to survivors. O'Connor hopes that Malone's departure will bring relief to the Catholic faithful whose faith has been shaken by the scandal.

Santa Cares event at Walden Galleria brings holiday joy to children with special needs

01 Dec 2019  |  wivb.com
The Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, N.Y., hosted the first of two 'Santa Cares' events on a Sunday morning, catering specifically to families of children with special needs. The event provided a sensory-friendly environment with low lights and no music, allowing children like 8-year-old Dominic, who is non-verbal and has autism, to meet Santa without the stress of large crowds and noise. Dominic's foster parents, Darryl and Kathryn Brennan, are set to adopt him in a few weeks, adding to the holiday joy. The event, which attracts an average of 30 families, ensures that all children, regardless of their ability to communicate verbally, can share their holiday wishes with Santa. Another event is scheduled for December 8, and donations to Autism Speaks are being accepted during these times. Santa will be available for all children and pets through Christmas Eve at the Galleria.

Buffalo celebrates 10 years of Small Business Saturday amid Main Street revival

30 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
The article discusses the tenth anniversary of Small Business Saturday, highlighting the impact of the initiative on local businesses in Buffalo, New York. Over the past decade, Americans have spent over $100 billion on Small Business Saturday, and Buffalo has seen a resurgence of retail businesses on Main Street. This revival is partly attributed to the reintroduction of vehicle traffic to Main Street, a project led by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown since 2006. The article features comments from local business owners and shoppers who support small businesses. Despite a recent setback in not receiving a federal grant, Mayor Brown remains committed to continuing the Main Street project and seeking alternative funding sources.

Hundreds of suits donated to help local veterans land civilian jobs

27 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
In Buffalo, New York, the Belle Center hosted the Suits for Veterans distribution event to support veterans transitioning to civilian life. The goal was to collect 100 suits, but the community donated over 700. Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia and Mayor Byron Brown were present to support the initiative. Veterans were able to choose from a variety of clothing items for job interviews and also received vouchers for free dry cleaning and alterations from Colvin Cleaners. The event emphasized the importance of making a good first impression and the role of community support in helping veterans regain dignity and respect.

Buffalo’s Best pumpkin pie: Aunt Millie’s

22 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
Aunt Millie's in Irving, New York, has been voted as having Buffalo’s Best pumpkin pie, following a previous recognition for Buffalo’s Best pie. General Manager Andrew Weppner is credited with developing the unique recipe that includes high-quality ingredients, such as heavy cream and a buttery, handmade crust. Head baker David Signs, who worked his way up from dishwasher, adds a homemade caramel glaze and cinnamon whipped cream to enhance the pie. The bakery offers three sizes of pumpkin pies and is currently accepting Thanksgiving orders. The staff at Aunt Millie's is working diligently to meet the high demand, supported by a loyal customer base that continues to vote for their pies as Buffalo’s Best.

97 Rock's DJ Dave Jickster leads 'Operation: Rock Out Hunger' to help FeedMore WNY

20 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
DJ Dave Jickster from 97 Rock is participating in the Operation: Rock Out Hunger campaign to support FeedMore WNY's Food Bank program. He is living in a food bank truck outside Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital until November 26, collecting donations of food and money. The campaign has already received significant contributions, including over 600 turkeys. FeedMore WNY serves approximately 41,000 households, highlighting the widespread issue of hunger in Western New York. The community is encouraged to continue donating throughout the campaign and beyond.

Snowvember: Five Years Later

18 Nov 2019  |  rochesterfirst.com
The article reflects on the five-year anniversary of the 'Snowvember' storm that hit Western New York in November 2014. The storm dumped up to seven feet of snow in the area, causing significant disruptions including stranded motorists, collapsed buildings, and economic losses for businesses. The Ralph Wilson Stadium, now known as New Era Field, was heavily buried in snow, forcing the Buffalo Bills to play a home game in Detroit. The National Guard was deployed to assist in the crisis, which resulted in fourteen deaths. Despite the hardships, the storm also saw the birth of several 'Snowvember babies' at Mercy Hospital and elsewhere. News 4 is set to air a special newscast titled 'Snowvember: Five Years Later' to recount the stories from the storm.

Snowvember: Five Years Later

17 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
The article reflects on the five-year anniversary of the 'Snowvember' storm that hit Western New York between November 17 and 20, 2014. The storm dumped up to seven feet of snow in the area, causing significant disruptions including stranded motorists, collapsed buildings, and economic losses for businesses. The Ralph Wilson Stadium, now known as New Era Field, was buried in snow, forcing the Buffalo Bills to play a home game in Detroit. The National Guard was deployed to assist in the crisis, which resulted in fourteen deaths. Despite the hardships, the storm also saw the birth of several 'Snowvember babies' at Mercy Hospital and elsewhere. News 4 is set to air a special newscast titled 'Snowvember: Five Years Later' to recount the stories from the storm.

Buffalo Museum of Science adds new features to 3D Cinema

16 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
The Buffalo Museum of Science is enhancing visitor experiences by continually updating and adding new features to its 3D Cinema. David Cinquino, the Director of Exhibits, emphasizes the importance of offering diverse and in-depth topics through the cinema. The latest film, 'Back From the Brink,' focuses on the impact of human activity on animals and the potential for positive change. The 3D glasses provide an immersive experience, and the cinema also features films with significant Hollywood involvement, including narrations by celebrities like Claire Danes, Sigourney Weaver, and Chris Evans. The museum currently has three films in rotation, and visitors can enjoy cinema-like amenities such as popcorn and treats. The daily schedule is available upon arrival at the museum.

Community says elderly woman killed in Niagara Falls fire will be missed

16 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
Bernice Coonan, a 93-year-old resident of Niagara Falls, New York, tragically died in a house fire on Ashland Ave on Friday night. Known for her generosity and kindness within the community, Coonan was remembered during a vigil where neighbors like Joshua Highway and Donald Green shared their memories of her. They recalled her willingness to help anyone in need and her friendly nature. Niagara Falls Fire Chief Joseph Pedulla reported that the fire department found heavy smoke and fire upon arrival and discovered Coonan near the doorway. Despite efforts to revive her, she ultimately passed away from her injuries.

New movie 'Harriet' sparks interest in local history of the Underground Railroad

10 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
The article discusses the impact of the new Hollywood movie 'Harriet,' which portrays the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, on tourism and local interest in the history of the Underground Railroad. Tubman is known for her role in leading slaves to freedom across the Niagara River to Canada. The Underground Railroad Heritage Center in Niagara Falls, located near a historical crossing point used by Tubman, has seen a renewed interest from tourists and historians following the release of the movie. Kiara Santiago, a visitor experience specialist at the center, emphasizes the importance of the local history and the opportunity to educate a new audience about the region's heritage. The Heritage Center is open six days a week for those interested in learning more.

Coats 4 Kids distribution event supports Buffalo community

09 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
The Coats 4 Kids campaign in Buffalo, N.Y., held its first distribution event of the year at the Knights of Columbus building, where a large turnout of families, including immigrants and refugees, came to receive free winter clothing. Colvin Cleaners, led by President Paul Billoni, has been involved in cleaning and providing coats, hats, and gloves for the community for 25 years. The event is crucial for residents like Denise Vogt, who is facing financial difficulties. The campaign accepts donations year-round, with multiple collection points including schools and Allstate offices. Two more distribution events are scheduled for this season, with donations being accepted through December 6.

Walk among the dinosaurs at the Buffalo Museum of Science's DinoFEST

07 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
The Buffalo Museum of Science is hosting DinoFEST, an event that celebrates dinosaurs and offers educational activities for all ages. The event includes Adult DinoFEST, featuring activities, music, and a cash bar for those over 21. The main DinoFEST event is family-friendly, with hands-on experiences such as analyzing fossilized dinosaur teeth and droppings, and digging for dinos in Oobleck. Visitors can also interact with life-like dinosaur models provided by Ravage Promotions and meet a real paleontologist. The museum's motto 'Find Why' is central to the event, encouraging visitors to explore and ask questions about fossils, the connection between dinosaurs and feathers, and the impact of comets on dinosaur extinction.

What’s New at School: Amherst Middle School adding Tyto Online to science curriculum

07 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
Amherst Middle School in New York is introducing Tyto Online, a multiplayer immersive game developed by Immersed Games, to its 7th grade science curriculum. The game, which aligns with New York State standards, allows students to create avatars and complete quests that teach them about genetics, ecology, cells, and other life science standards. It is designed to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun and engaging way. The game covers about a third of the middle school life science standards and is part of a pilot program at the school. Immersed Games, the creator of Tyto Online, was a winner of the 43North startup competition. The initiative is supported by teachers and the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and technology, who believe it will provide an exciting opportunity for students to learn science.

What’s New at School: Amherst Middle School adding Tyto Online to science curriculum

07 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
Amherst Middle School in New York is introducing an educational video game called Tyto Online to its 7th grade students as part of their science curriculum. Developed by Immersed Games, a winner of the 43North startup competition, Tyto Online is a multiplayer game that aligns with New York State standards and covers a significant portion of middle school life science standards. The game is designed to teach students scientific thinking and problem-solving skills through quests that are related to topics like genetics and ecology. Teachers have undergone professional development to implement this pilot program, and the school district's assistant superintendent, Lynn Shanahan, has emphasized the game's ability to foster higher levels of thinking in students.

Erie Co. Board of Elections looks to streamline process after small delay in reporting results

06 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
The article discusses the first election in New York State that included early voting and the slight delay in reporting results in Erie County. The delay was due to the new process of including early voting results and taking election day results directly from the chips in the voting machines. Ralph Mohr, the Republican commissioner for the Erie County Board of Elections, expressed satisfaction with the process, noting that the final results were accurate and posted before midnight. The Board of Elections will review and aim to improve the process for future elections. Political analyst Carl Calabrese commented on the delay, hoping it would not happen again.

Albright-Knox closes doors for major renovation, Buffalo’s AKG to emerge

03 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
The Albright-Knox museum in Buffalo, New York, closed its doors to the public on Sunday evening for a major two-year renovation project. Before closing, the museum attracted large crowds, with visitors eager to get one last look at the exhibits. Buffalo residents, including Gerald Meade and Seamus Gallivan, expressed excitement about the museum's future, which includes a new name, Buffalo’s AKG, and expanded facilities such as a glass-fronted building, underground parking, and an education wing. The museum will increase its exhibition space and continue to engage the community through the Art Truck and Albright-Knox Northland, a project space set to open in January 2020. The Public Art Initiative will also be expanded during the renovation period.

Buffalo Bills fan showcases unique tailgating fleet

02 Nov 2019  |  wivb.com
Lorin LeBuff, a resident of Lackawanna, New York, is known for his unique tailgating vehicles, particularly the Billsrod, a restored 1965 Chevy G10 van dedicated to the Buffalo Bills. LeBuff, along with his family, tailgates every home game Sunday in the Milligan Lot behind O'Neill's. The Billsrod, which he bought for $400 and invested about $15,000 in restoration, features custom Bills logos, power-openers for the doors, and a built-in bar. LeBuff also uses the van for charitable events like the Coats 4 Kids campaign and has collected autographs from Bills players on the van. His other projects include a 1966 Willy's FJ6 turned into the Bills Rescue Squad and a custom Power Wheels car for his grandson. LeBuff invites fans to view his creations on game days.

Sisters Hospital recognized as a leader in promoting safe sleep for babies

30 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, New York, has been recognized as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion for its commitment to promoting safe sleep practices for babies. The hospital has stopped using loose baby blankets and now provides Halo SleepSacks to reduce suffocation risks. Each baby also receives a sleep sack to take home. The hospital has partnered with organizations like Halo and Cribs for Kids to ensure that no baby leaves the hospital without a safe sleep environment. The staff at Sisters Hospital, trained as Safe Sleep Ambassadors, educates families on best practices, such as the ABCs of safe sleep: Alone, on their Back, in a Crib. The initiative is particularly important during SIDS Awareness month, as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome claims about 3,500 lives in North America annually, with many deaths considered preventable.

Sisters Hospital receives national recognition for safe sleep initiatives

30 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, New York, has been recognized as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion for its commitment to promoting safe sleep practices for babies. The hospital has eliminated the use of loose baby blankets, opting instead for Halo SleepSacks to reduce suffocation risks. Each baby is provided with a sleep sack to take home. The hospital has partnered with organizations like Halo and Cribs for Kids to ensure that no baby leaves the hospital without a safe sleep environment. The staff, trained as Safe Sleep Ambassadors, educates families on best practices, such as the ABCs of safe sleep: Alone, on their Back, in a Crib. The initiative is particularly important during SIDS Awareness month, as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome claims about 3,500 lives in North America annually, with many deaths considered preventable.

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls hosts Boo Bash for indoor trick-or-treating

27 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls is hosting the annual Boo Bash, an indoor trick-or-treating event, on October 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event, which attracts thousands of families, offers free candy from vendors and sponsors, costume contests with prizes, and activities like balloon animals and Halloween crafts. Proceeds from certain activities benefit the United Way of Greater Niagara, which supports 30 local agencies. This year, Nickle City Reptiles will also participate, providing an opportunity for families to meet unique creatures. The event aims to provide a safe and warm environment for children to enjoy Halloween without the need for winter jackets over their costumes.

Ed Oliver of the Bills supports Coats 4 Kids Campaign

26 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Bills Defensive Tackle Ed Oliver is contributing to the Coats 4 Kids Campaign in Western New York to help provide winter clothing for children in need. He attended a collection event at New Era Field, emphasizing the importance of community support. Colvin Cleaners plays a significant role in the campaign by cleaning and distributing winter items, having managed 18,500 coats last year. The need for donations is growing, with Western New Yorkers donating over 5,000 items this month. Donations are accepted year-round, with Colvin Cleaners offering pickup services for route customers. The distribution of coats will begin on November 9 at the Knights of Columbus in Kenmore. More information is available on the campaign's website.

Buffalo’s Best Haunted House Attraction: EverHaunt

25 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
EverHaunt, a new haunted attraction in Angola, New York, is the creation of founder Kevin Donovan. Starting from a Halloween party to support a friend with cancer, Donovan expanded his vision, traveling across the country to collect items for the attraction. EverHaunt has revitalized the old Angola roller rink and features haunted houses, a virtual reality ride, and a coffin ride. While it aims to provide a thrilling experience, it also supports charitable causes, donating part of its proceeds to Roswell Park and Kids Escaping Drugs, and accepting food donations for Operation Good Neighbor. The attraction offers family-friendly events and will soon introduce a winter wonderland experience with Santa visits. EverHaunt is open until November 2nd.

Pink 4 Hope: Spreading awareness of breast cancer in men

24 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
The article discusses the relatively unknown issue of breast cancer in men through the personal story of Owen Toale, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2002 and has been treated at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Toale, who later developed stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, emphasizes the importance of men paying attention to their bodies and seeking medical advice if they notice changes. Dr. Tracey O'Connor, an associate professor of oncology at Roswell Park, highlights that breast cancer in men is rare, with less than one percent of cases, and encourages self-exams and prompt medical consultation for any noticeable changes.

Pink 4 Hope: Spreading awareness of breast cancer in men

24 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
The article discusses the relatively unknown issue of breast cancer in men through the personal story of Owen Toale, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2002 and has been receiving treatment at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Toale, who later developed stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, emphasizes the importance of men paying attention to their bodies and seeking medical advice if they notice changes. Dr. Tracey O'Connor, an associate professor of oncology at Roswell Park, highlights that breast cancer in men is rare, with less than one percent of all cases affecting men, and encourages self-exams and prompt medical consultation for any noticeable changes.

Buffalo United Charter School students collect socks for cancer patients

23 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Buffalo United Charter School (BUCS) in Buffalo, N.Y., celebrated a 'pink dress down day' in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Students were allowed to wear pink instead of their uniforms as a reward for collecting socks with grippy bottoms for cancer patients at Roswell Park. Jaime Peld, the lower elementary dean of students at BUCS, emphasized the importance of the initiative, noting her personal connection to Roswell Park through her father's treatment there. School counselor Susie Strangis discussed the importance of educating students about cancer, with conversations and sharing experiences. Eighth grader Alayah Avent, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor treated at Roswell Park, expressed her appreciation for the support. The school aimed to collect 100 pairs of socks but surpassed the goal with about 250 pairs. The socks will be delivered to Roswell Park by students and staff.

Buffalo United Charter School supports cancer patients with 'pink dress down day'

23 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Buffalo United Charter School (BUCS) in Buffalo, N.Y., celebrated a 'pink dress down day' in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Students were allowed to wear pink instead of their uniforms as a reward for collecting socks with grippy bottoms for cancer patients at Roswell Park. Jaime Peld, the lower elementary dean of students at BUCS, emphasized the importance of the initiative, noting her personal connection to Roswell Park through her father's treatment there. School counselor Susie Strangis discussed the importance of educating students about cancer, with conversations led by students who have had family members affected by the disease. Eighth grader Alayah Avent, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor treated at Roswell Park, expressed her appreciation for the support. The school aimed to collect 100 pairs of socks but surpassed their goal with about 250 pairs. The socks will be delivered to Roswell Park by students and staff.

Harrison Phillips starts Game Day at tailgate for a good cause

21 Oct 2019  |  mytwintiers.com
Harrison Phillips, a Defensive Tackle for the Bills, is in the process of recovering from a torn ACL. Despite his injury, Phillips took the time to attend a tailgate party hosted by 97 Rock to raise money for his non-profit organization, the Playmakers. The charity, which Phillips helped found, focuses on building literacy and character values in at-risk children and has expanded to support kids with developmental differences and special needs. The event included a 50/50 raffle, and Phillips has more events planned, such as a day at Dave and Busters and fulfilling wish lists for children at Oishei Children’s Hospital during the holidays.

Harrison Phillips starts Game Day at tailgate for a good cause

21 Oct 2019  |  rochesterfirst.com
Harrison Phillips, a defensive tackle for the Bills, is on the mend from a torn ACL but remains active in the community. He attended a 97 Rock tailgate party to raise funds for his non-profit, The Playmakers, which aims to teach sports and character values to at-risk and special needs children. Phillips is planning future events, including a day at Dave and Busters and fulfilling wish lists for kids at Oishei Children’s Hospital. Despite his injury, Phillips is focused on giving back to the Buffalo community, with support from fans and 97 Rock DJ Dave Jickster.

Harrison Phillips starts Game Day at tailgate for a good cause

20 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Buffalo Bills Defensive Tackle Harrison Phillips, also known as 'Horrible Harry', is in the process of recovering from a torn ACL sustained in Week 3, which has sidelined him for the season. Despite his injury, Phillips is actively engaging in charity work through his non-profit organization, the Playmakers, which he helped found to support at-risk kids and those with developmental differences and special needs. At a 97 Rock tailgate party, Phillips raised money for the charity, which has upcoming events including a day at Dave and Busters and fulfilling wish lists for children at Oishei Children’s Hospital during the holidays. The Playmakers also benefited from a 50/50 raffle at the event.

Drive-thru flu clinics aim to get more WNYers protected

19 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
WNY Immediate Care is offering drive-thru flu clinics in Orchard Park, Cheektowaga, and Amherst to help people get their flu shots conveniently. Dr. Joseph Chow, president of WNY Immediate Care, emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent complications, hospitalization, and death, especially for high-risk individuals. The clinics allow people to get vaccinated without leaving their cars, addressing common excuses such as lack of time. David Vinti, the director of operations, mentioned that the clinics aim to serve all communities in Western New York. The article also notes that it takes about two weeks to build immunity after the shot and encourages people to get vaccinated as flu season approaches.

Drive-thru flu clinics aim to get more WNYers protected

19 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
WNY Immediate Care is offering drive-thru flu clinics in Orchard Park, Cheektowaga, and Amherst to help people get their flu shots conveniently. Dr. Joseph Chow, president of WNY Immediate Care, highlighted the ease of the process, where individuals can receive a flu shot without leaving their car. The clinics aim to address common excuses for not getting vaccinated, such as the misconception that the shot can cause illness and lack of time. David Vinti, the director of operations, emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated to protect against flu complications. The clinics were available on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but walk-ins are still welcome at their locations.

Chef’s On The Go celebrates grand opening with giveaways that had guests lining up overnight

17 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Chef’s On The Go, a new quick service restaurant, celebrated its grand opening in Williamsville Plaza, Amherst, N.Y., with festivities including fireworks and a unique 'spaghetti strand' ribbon cutting. The event featured giveaways, with the first 97 customers receiving free spaghetti parm and a chance to win free spaghetti parm for life, which was won by Julie Vacanti. Scott Mariglia, a local math teacher, was among the early attendees, sporting a custom chef’s jacket. The restaurant, marking 97 years of the Chef’s brand, is designed for grab-and-go service, with plans to franchise and potentially open more locations across the country within the next year, according to partner Chris Covelli.

Sabres fans to enjoy new Seneca Sports Lounge at KeyBank Center

05 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
The KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y., has introduced the new Seneca Sports Lounge, which opened on the 200 Club Level. This development is a result of a partnership between Seneca Resorts and Casinos and Pegula Sports and Entertainment. The lounge features a bar, TVs, and a sports ticker for Club Seat and suite ticket holders. Sabres President Kim Pegula and Seneca Nation President Ricky Armstrong celebrated the partnership, which aims to enhance fan experience and prepare for potential sports betting opportunities in the arena as state laws evolve. In-person sports betting is now legal in New York State, and the Seneca Nation plans to introduce it to their properties in the future. The lounge is also a glimpse of what a sports betting space might look like in Seneca casinos, according to Seneca Gaming Corporation President and CEO Holly Gagnon.

Kim Pegula, Bills Women’s Association help promote safe sleep at Oishei Children’s Hospital

04 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Kim Pegula and the Bills Women’s Association visited Oishei Children’s Hospital to deliver 'Fantennial' sleep sacks to newborns, promoting team pride and safe sleeping habits. The initiative is part of an ongoing campaign by Kaleida Health to prevent Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) by educating families on safe sleep practices. The sleep sacks are wearable blankets designed to keep material away from infants' faces, and the hospital staff demonstrated their use to families. The campaign aims to save infant lives by ensuring safe sleep environments, and the sleep sacks will continue to be distributed while supplies last.

Bills leadership delivers 'Fantennial' sleep sacks to Oishei Children’s Hospital

04 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Kim Pegula and the Bills Women’s Association visited Oishei Children’s Hospital to deliver 'Fantennial' sleep sacks to newborns, promoting team pride and safe sleeping habits. The campaign aims to prevent Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS), which claimed 90 lives in New York State last year. Dianne Charsha, Chief Nurse at the hospital, emphasized the importance of safe sleep practices. The sleep sacks, which are wearable blankets, help keep material away from infants' faces, reducing the risk of airway obstruction. The hospital staff demonstrated the use of these sleep sacks to families, which are recommended for use until the child is a year old. The initiative is part of Kaleida Health's ongoing safe sleep campaign and will continue while supplies last.

More than 1,000 students getting hands-on chance to explore construction careers

02 Oct 2019  |  wivb.com
Around 1,200 high school juniors and seniors from Lake View, New York, are participating in Construction Career Days, an event designed to introduce them to careers in the construction industry. The event, which takes place over two days, is hosted by the Operating Engineers, IUOE Local #17. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities such as carpentry, ironworking, and operating heavy machinery. John Magney, a retired carpenter on the board of directors for Construction Career Days, highlighted the benefits of the trades, including paid training and no student debt. The event aims to address the aging workforce in construction by attracting younger individuals to the field.

Aquarium of Niagara offering $7.16 admission this weekend

17 Jan 2019  |  wivb.com
The Aquarium of Niagara is offering a special promotion called '716 Days' from January 19th to 21st, where admission is priced at $7.16 to increase community access. Executive Director Gary Siddall and Curator of Animal Care Richelle Swem discuss the event and the new exhibits, including the Penguin Cove and the upcoming Aliens of the Sea exhibit featuring jellyfish. The Aquarium has recently gained accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, enabling it to participate in the species survival plan for humboldt penguins and to continue improving its facilities for both animal welfare and visitor experience.
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