Focus on Education
7:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Summer school program promoted enrichment & learning for city kids

Summer school math class at Native American Magnet School #19
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

About 5,000 Buffalo School children have been attending summer school programs that are engaging them in learning.  Say Yes Buffalo is assisting the Buffalo Public School District with summer school. It provided needed funding that allowed for all elementary students to attend.  In this Focus on Education report -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley visited Native American Magnet School #19 on the city's West Side where school children spent three hours a day on math, reading and enrichment.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Theater Talk: Shakespeare, Mary Poppins, The Master Builder

Gabe and Tony discuss the history of Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Mary Poppins opening at ArtPark, and a staged reading of Ibsen's The Master Builder.  Tony also reviews Poseidon!  An Upside Down Musical.

Theater Talk 08/01/14

Local
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Niagara County SPCA appoints ‘Peace Officer’ to combat animal cruelty

Niagara County SPCA Shelter Manager Lauren Zaninovich was appointed to work at the Niagara County SPCA's new Peace Officer.
Credit Niagara County SPCA

The Niagara County SPCA has appointed a Peace Officer to help combat animal cruelty. The agent will fill a position that has been vacant due to budget constraints for two years.

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Developing
5:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Molly's Pub victim dies

Molly's Pub on Main Street in Buffalo.
Credit Photo by Edmund Barker

The victim brutally beaten at Molly's Pub on Main Street in Buffalo in May has died.  Buffalo Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge telling WBFO News he can not confirm the death. However, the Buffalo News reports the Police Commissioner and Erie County District Attorney confirm William Sager, Jr. has died.

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Local
3:37 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

OSHA fines Tonawanda Coke

Outside Tonawanda Coke.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tonawanda Coke after an explosion at the company's River Road plant, in the Town of Tonawanda, Jan. 31, 2014.

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Local
1:06 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Healing garden aims to educate public on health benefits of plants

Botanical Gardens President and CEO Dave Swarts standing in front of the construction site of the new Healing Garden.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens began the construction of a new Healing Garden Thursday. The healing and peace garden is expected to be a place for spiritual healing, meditation and reflection.

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Focus on Education
10:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Proposed bill would require college transparency for sexual assaults on campus

Credit Photo from U.S. Senator Gillibrand's Web page

In wake of the on-going federal investigation into campuses assaults and rapes U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she's co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation designed to curb sexual assaults on the nation's college campuses.   The Campus Accountability & Safety Act contains several provisions.


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Local
10:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Governor relents on start of marijuana program

Assemblymember Michael Kearns says by working together state officials can achieve "positive results."
Credit WBFO File Photo

Following the recent deaths of two young local girls who suffered from epilepsy, the push is on Albany to speed up the implementation of medical marijuana.

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Local
10:11 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Legacy in place, Militello looks forward

Words like prodigious, prolific, astounding, and extraordinary are appropriate when describing the career of Bobby Militello.

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Crime
9:54 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Authorities bust major heroin pipeline to Jamestown

Jamestown Police
Credit WBFO News file photo

A major narcotics pipeline has been eliminated in Jamestown. Forty-seven people have been charged in a drug distribution network that funneled heroin from Philadelphia and New York City to Jamestown.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

International ballet students train in Buffalo

Some of the international dance students training at Neglia this summer
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The education of students comes in many forms.  This summer some international ballet students traveled to Buffalo from Argentina and Uruguay on scholarships to study under Sergio Neglia.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the teenagers have been taking intense training classes at the Neglia Ballet studio's on Elmwood Avenue.

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Local
7:55 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New stats place focus on city crime spots

A large crowd gathered to hear the results of study of crime data from UB's Regional Institute.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood is fighting back against crime.

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Local
7:35 am
Thu July 31, 2014

D'Youville gets ready for new athletic complex

D'Youville College is spending $5 million on its new fields and facilities.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Construction workers are racing to get D'Youville College's new athletics field and locker room ready for the start of the fall sports seasons.

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Sports
1:05 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Report: Pegula submits initial $1.3 billion Bills bid

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula
Credit WBFO News file photo

Preliminary bids in the sale of the Buffalo Bills have been submitted and those bids start at over $1 billion. There were reportedly at least 15 interested in purchasing the team, but only three are known to have placed an official bid before Tuesday’s deadline.

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Focus on Education
1:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Say Yes gets investment pledge from developers of loft apartment project

Say Yes banner outside Medaille College in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund is about to receive another infusion of cash. WBFO News has learned that a group of business leaders is pledging to invest some of the profits they earn from a renovation project at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to Buffalo native Daniel Lewis about new investment for Say Yes Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
1:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Park School offers 'common sense' advice on Common Core

Park School sign from similar meeting this past May.
Credit WBFO News file photo

After receiving a big response from the public, the Park School of Buffalo will be holding a second Common Sense Approach to Middle School Roundtable Wednesday evening. The school is offering information on education as public schools work to adopt the Common Core Standards.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Head of Park School Chris Lauricella about Common Core.

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Local
9:25 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Ibsen's 'The Master Builder' being staged at Silo City

Credit WBFO File Photo

Artists from near and far continue to be drawn to the possibilities of Silo City, the collection of grain elevators along Buffalo's waterfront. That trend continues this weekend with a staged reading of The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Olmsted Center programs assist blind, visually impaired and disabled

Inside the Olmsted Center for Sight.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For more than 100 years, the Olmsted Center for Sight has assisted adults and children who are blind, visually impaired and disabled. Each year it serves 2,500 people. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us how the center provides education, job training and retraining for daily living skills.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Symposium reflects on 60 years of school desegregation

Brown vs Board of Education symposium
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

In commemoration of the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, “Brown v. Board of Education,” a symposium was held at the Central Library in Buffalo Tuesday. The event featured a panel of community stakeholders, discussing how the decision impacted local public schools and neighborhoods.

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Local
7:46 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New schools superintendent answers parent questions

Interim school superintendent Donald Ogilvie answered questions with a panel of school board members.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's interim schools superintendent Donald Ogilvie had a chance to meet the public and listen to questions about the system and his plans Tuesday night.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New HAWK signal part of walkable Williamsville effort

Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa shows off what the village's new HAWK signal will look like.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A critical piece of a proposed project to calm traffic on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville has been approved. The Village will soon have the first HAWK signal ever used in New York State. 

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RiverBend
9:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

State buys remaining RiverBend land for hi-tech development

RiverBend model

The State of New York has purchased the remaining 96 acres of what's known as the RiverBend site from the City of Buffalo for future development. 

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
8:44 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

City Planning Board approves plans for new Fruit Belt market

An artist rendering of the SweetPea Market.
Credit eco_logic STUDIO, architecture & engineering, PLLC

Ground-breaking is expected by the end of the summer for a new food market in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood that will specialize in fresh fruits and vegetables.  The city planning board signed off on the project Tuesday.

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Business
3:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Planning board approves conversion of Curtiss Building into luxury hotel

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A long-vacant landmark building in downtown Buffalo will soon be converted into a luxury hotel.

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Sports
1:57 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Deadline passes for initial Bills bids

A 5pm Tuesday deadline has passed for potential buyers of the Buffalo Bills to submit initial bids.

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo teen lives out dream to be a chef

14-year-old Jaylynn Rivera is 'chef for the day' at Ristorante Lombardo on Hertel Avenue with head chef Michael Obarka
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo student suffering from severe juvenile arthritis recently had a chance to live out her dream of becoming a chef. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learns that despite a difficult disease, the teenage girl recently graduated from School 89 in Buffalo and is now ready to enter Hutch Tech as a freshman this fall. 

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Local
9:14 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo developing new plan for bikes

The last time City Hall put together a master plan for cycling in Buffalo was in 1998. A kickoff meeting to develop a new plan is set for tonight at 6 at 640 Ellicott Street.

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Local
8:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Astorino blasts Cuomo over ethics investigation

Governor Cuomo's handling of his Moreland Act commission is providing ammunition for his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

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Local
1:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cuomo says he didn't interfere with corruption panel

Gov. Cuomo made his first public comments Monday on allegations regarding his office's relationship with the Moreland Commission.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo fielded questions for the first time Monday about alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, an ethics panel he created in July 2013 and shut down earlier this year.

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Press Pass
8:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Press Pass: Mandatory kindergarten & 'Vision Plan' for Buffalo schools

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio during a Press Pass recording.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Starting this fall, kindergarten will be mandatory for Buffalo Public School children. It's among the many education issues the city school district is tackling under new leadership.

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