Focus on Education
11:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Parent leader says ‘school choice’ leaves out City Honors & Olmsted

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Thousands of Buffalo Public School children now eligible to request a transfer out what are deemed failing schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a parent leader who explains the transfer period is underway through the end of this month. 


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Local
11:07 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Lancaster Schools to hold forum to discuss controversial "redskins" mascot

Banner over Central Avenue in Lancaster in support of keeping the name.
Credit Photo from Keep The Tradition Alive Organization Facebook page.

Lancaster School District officials are slated to hold a forum Tuesday night inviting public comment about its controversial mascot.

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Focus on Education
10:53 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Villa hires new athletic director as it applies for NCAA Division III

Don Silveri hired as Villa Maria College's athletic director & men's basketball coach.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A local, private college is trying to entice more students as it moves into NCAA Division III membership sports. Villa Maria College has hired a new athletic director and head coach of men's baseball.  Don Silveri is the former head coach of men's basketball at Daemen College. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Silveri brings 38-years of experience to Villa where his career began.

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Focus on Education
10:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

UB transforms C3 dining center into 'Hunger Games' theme

UB's North Campus, Amherst, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University at Buffalo has transformed its campus dinning complex into a scene out of the 'Hunger Games'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the organizers for Tuesday night's event open to the school and public. 

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Officials discuss merits of daytime curfew

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Some believe a daytime city curfew for students 17 and under would improve Buffalo Public School attendance and reduce youth crime. The concept was discussed at a Monday meeting.

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Local
7:32 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory: Snow, freezing rain, sleet on the way for your ride home

Snow vehicle in past storm in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at noon Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday.


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Focus on Education
4:52 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Questions raised in review of school construction costs

Since joining the Buffalo School Board, Carl Paladino has been reviewing the money spent on school reconstruction.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Buffalo's Joint Schools Construction Board is involved in an escalating fight over how much profit LP Ciminelli made in managing the 11-year old project. Nearly $1.5 billion was spent in updating Buffalo schools.

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Focus on Education
4:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Hundreds of teachers rally in Albany

Teachers voiced their thoughts on Governor Cuomo's education reforms on Monday.
Credit Photo from Karen Dewitt

Hundreds of teachers are rallied at the State Capitol late Monday, saying they are calling out Cuomo for what they say is his anti-public school agenda.

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A conversation with editor Elizabeth Licata
8:06 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Interview Issue

Mayor Byron Brown is one of 20 WNY leaders who was part of the "Interview" issue

The March issue of Buffalo Spree is labeled "The Interview Issue."  The magazine's writers sat down with 20 prominent Western New Yorkers, asking them questions on a range of topics.  WBFO's Mark Scott has more in this week's Press Pass with Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata.

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Local
4:29 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Gillibrand pushes sexual assault bill

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul with U.S. Senator Gillibrand appearing at UB's north campus discussing sex abuse on college campuses.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Legislation to combat sexual assault on college campuses has been reintroduced by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Local
4:11 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

More relentless wintry weather headed to region

Snowy 2015 winter season in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory. It will be posted from noon Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday for Western New York.

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Developing
3:39 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Sabres deal Neuvirth on trade deadline day

Monday marked trade deadline day in the National Hockey League.  WBFO'S 'Behind The Bench' Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe says the Buffalo Sabres have traded Goalie Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders for Chad Johnson.

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Local
3:38 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

U.S. Attorney highlights consumer protections against scams

Money pile.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Consumers across the western New York region are encouraged to protect their rights and watch for scams. 

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Focus on Education
12:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Area students recognized for academics

Caroline Colpoys, Maria Giaquinto and Maria Tompkins.
Credit Photo from Nardin Academy website.

Buffalo's Business First recently released a list of 100-area high school seniors for its 2015-All-Western New York Academic Team.  124-schools nominated more than 400-of their smartest and most accomplished students. 

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Focus on Education
9:47 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Promoting sign language as a 'cool factor'

Buffalo Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta appearing in a video spot with Karen Gambino, sign language interpreter.
Credit Photo from Deaf Access Services video

A Buffalo Sabre has offered his 'star power' to promote sign language.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Deaf Access Services (DAS) wants the community to learn how sign language can expand communications and behavior strategies. 

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Local
8:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

February 2015 was the coldest month of all time in Western New York

Icy view of Niagara Falls, February 2015
Credit Courtesy of Jenna Hagen

How cold was it in Western New York last month? National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini says February of 2015 will go down in the record books as being not only the coldest February on record, but the coldest calendar month ever in the history of record keeping here in Buffalo

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Local
6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Buffalo's First Ward: A rich history and promising future

Grain workers along the First Ward's waterfront
Credit Courtesy "Buffalo's First Ward"/WNED-TV

Buffalo's First Ward has a rich history and promising future.  Monday night WNED-TV airs the story of the "Old Neighborhood" through the eyes of those who live there.


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Local
5:01 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Demand continues for city apartments

This building on Niagara Street could be transformed into an apartment complex.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The push for new apartments in downtown Buffalo appears to be moving farther and farther out from the Central Business District.

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Focus on Education
4:53 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Teachers to rally against Cuomo's proposals

Governor Cuomo will be the target of an education rally in Albany today.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Teachers have been holding rallies all around the state protesting Governor Cuomo’s education proposals, and hundreds are expected to converge on the Capitol Monday to protest over reliance on standardized tests, and other issues.

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Local
4:47 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Zoning fight building in South Buffalo

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

An uproar is building in the South Buffalo neighborhood around Abbott and Coolidge, where a pet daycare center is being proposed.

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Threat of flooding not imminent
10:36 am
Sun March 1, 2015

March will bring slow warming to region

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The dawning of March brings with it thoughts of spring.

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Local
12:23 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

You & The Law: Counseling for immigrants

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For immigrants, navigating the legal system can be very difficult, reflecting language and cultural issues.

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Wages and racial issues raised ire
11:16 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Protestors gather outside local McDonald's

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A group of protestors gathered outside of a McDonald's restaurant in Williamsville Friday, protesting low wages paid to their employees.

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Local
5:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

HarborCenter is a game changer, says Koelmel

HarborCenter President, John Koelmel, addresses a Hamburg Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

HarborCenter, at Canalside, in downtown Buffalo, has "shifted the region's pendulum in a positive way." That's according to John Koelmel, President of HarborCenter.

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Local
5:35 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Autism Services expands south of Buffalo

Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The Southtowns is now home to a new Autism Services Resource Center. The ribbon was cut on the facility at 97 Main Street in Hamburg Friday morning.

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Focus on Education
4:03 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Benefits of after-school programs highlighted at forum

State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes speaks at legislative breakfast.
Credit Sara Ali

After-school programs can help ensure a brighter future for children, according to advocates who spoke at a legislative breakfast held at the JFK Community Center on Hickory Street.

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Focus on Education
10:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Anti-Cuomo rally draws hundreds

The 1,000-seat auditorium at West Seneca West couldn't hold all who attended Thursday's rally.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Thursday night's rally against Governor Cuomo's education policies drew a massive crowd to West Seneca West High School.

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Art/Theater
10:16 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bawdiness: Mommy’s Martini Hour 2

Kerrykate Abel & Loraine O'Donnell in the WBFO studio discussing their show Mommy's Martin Hour 2: The Hangover.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

If you're looking to shake off the winter blues with some laughter Mommy's Martini Hour 2: The Hangover hits the stage Friday evening as Buffalo United Artists presents the show at the Alleyway on Main Street.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with Loriane O'Donnell and KerryKate Abel -- who considered themselves Buffalo's theater divas. O'Donnell and Abel are offering the cabaret-style, adult only show this weekend.

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Focus on Education
9:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Governor pushes reforms for failing schools

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo, one of the failing city schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Governor Andrew Cuomo is weighing in with his turnaround plan for failing schools state-wide.  Cuomo specifically points to 27-failing Buffalo Public Schools in presenting his reform plan.

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Local
9:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Commission linking Underground Railway heritage to Canalside

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

While the historic Michigan Street corridor in Buffalo is a few blocks from the city's Waterfront, they have been tied together for centuries and will be tied together moving forward.

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