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Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella and Anthony Chase review "Philadelphia Here I Come" at the Irish Classical Theatre, plus "Noises Off" on Broadway and in Buffalo

The New York Times has written of Carl Dennis' poetry that it is "wise, original and often deeply moving." Dennis, an award winning UB English professor, now has eight collections of poetry. His new one is titled "Practical Gods."

Hamburg, NY – A massive restructuring effort by Ford Motor Company will cut 35,000 jobs worldwide. In North America, 22,000 Ford workers are being cut.

Buffalo, NY – Catholic Charities is looking for a few more heroes. The Diocese of Buffalo kicked off its 2002 appeal Thursday, "Be a Hero, Give Hope." This year's goal is a record $10 million.

It's been a tough year by any standard. The economy, already weakened by recession, was sent reeling after September 11th. And that has led to many more people in need of financial and crisis assistance. Bishop Henry Mansell says the numbers are up in some areas nearly four-fold. But the Bishop says this is not an appeal about numbers.

Buffalo, NY – There was some better news from the Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night. School leaders say they've managed to reduce the number of planned layoffs and close the $28 million budget gap.

"There isn't a penny anywhere that we haven't been able to scrap together and be able to maximize," Schools Superintendent Marion Canedo said. She was pleased to report that they were able to reduce the number of planned teacher layoffs from 433 to 212.

Buffalo, NY – In 1876, Frederick Law Olmsted bragged about Buffalo, calling it "the best planned city as to its streets, public places and grounds in the United States - if not the world." But he might have withrawn that praise if he'd been around to witness the "urban renewal" that took place here in the mid 1950s. In recent years, the debate has resurfaced about how - or if - to restore Olmsted's vision. Wednesday night, the first of three public hearings was held on a proposed redesign of the Scajaquada Expressway.

Buffalo, NY – Roswell Park Cancer Institute says its effort to recruit clinical and scientific talent for its research center was a big success.

Dr. David Hohn, president and CEO of Roswell Park, introduced more than 40 new physicians, scientists and senior staffers recently hired. Hohn says they've come from other countries, Japan and United Kingdom, as well as from California, Texas, Boston and Maine.

"With funding, an excellent facility and a talented staff, this kind of recruitment can be done in Buffalo," Hohn said.

Amherst, NY – The landmark $26.5 billion dollar education bill was signed into law Tuesday by President Bush. And U.S. Congressman Tom Reynolds took the opportunity to explain the new law to a group of government honors students yesterday at Amherst Central High School. But if the congressman had been graded on his presentation he might have received an incomplete.

Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki says New York will rebuild -- and it will succeed -- in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Pataki delivered his annual State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday. He recognized emergency personnel for their bravery in responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The governor then outlined a series of initiatives for the coming year.

Albany, NY – Money spent on research at colleges and universities in New York has reached record levels. State officials reported Tuesday that research spending in 2000 approached $2.3 billion.

The numbers for 2000 were put together by NYSTAR -- the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research. Cornell University spent the most on research -- more than $410 million. The University at Buffalo placed fourth on the list at nearly $187.7 million. NYSTAR spokesman Jim Denn says the increase is significant.

Buffalo, NY – Top State Assembly members heard from Buffalo Niagara business and economic development leaders about the area's economy Monday.

The Assembly is holding a series of hearings to find ways to improve the upstate economy. Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Tonawanda is chairing the hearings. The first one held in Buffalo. Schimminger began the hearing by reciting the area's lagging employment numbers and wage rates and a declining population.

Cheektowaga, NY – There may be help for small businesses in Erie County that suffered damage from December's snow storm. Congressman Jack Quinn says he's seeking Small Business Administration assistance.

"My whole life is in this garage. I can't even fathom how much it would cost to put it back together again," John Drysdale, owner of the Airport Truck and Rental Center on Aero Drive in Cheektowaga, said.

Buffalo, NY – There has been a total change in leadership at the Erie County Legislature.

A weighted vote system, imposed by a federal court, has shifted the majority over to seven Republicans within the County Legislature. Democrat Albert DeBenedetti, who has often sided with the Republicans, defeated Democrat Lynn Marinelli for the chairmanship seat because of the new system. He replaces Charles Swanick. Swanick say the court order was issued on an interim basis and believes there will be a chance to challenge the decision.

Buffalo, NY – My family and I are definitely what you would call pro Buffalo. We think the city is great and has so much to offer. There’s just one problem; we live in the suburbs. We moved out of the city almost as if by accident some thirteen years ago. Call it the fault of mid-80s real estate, but by the time we had found our perfect house after two years of searching in Buffalo, the house just happened to be in the suburbs. We’ve been checking the home finder for Buffalo real estate every Saturday ever since our move.

Buffalo, NY – Four more Buffalo schools have been placed on the state's School Under Registration Review -- or SURR -- list. They are Schools 38 and 53 and Burgard and Kensington High Schools.

Schools placed on the SURR list are furthest from state standards in math or English. At the four Buffalo schools, all were cited for poor student performance in math exams. Kensington was also cited for a high drop-out rate.

Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki Tuesday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved his request to expand federal snow emergency assistance for Erie and Niagara counties to help pay the costs of dealing with the recent severe snowstorms that hit the region.

FEMA has granted the Governor's request to extend the time period allowed for reimbursement of snow removal operations and critical emergency needs from 48 hours to 120 hours and to lift the $5 million funding cap.

Buffalo, NY – The City of Buffalo resumed regular garbage collection Monday after digging out from record snow fall amounts.

Buffalo residents will no doubt have a lot of garbage piled high. For some, it hasn't been collected since December 26th due to the snow storm.

"Every day, what ever your normal garbage day is, we are asking you to put that out," mayoral spokesman Matt Brown said. "And we'll make sure that we get it on your regular garbage day."

Loudonville, NY – Consumer confidence in New York declined in December after posting gains the previous two months.

The drop in consumer confidence in December was fueled mainly by the New York City area. A survey by the Siena College Research Institute found the index falling 2.6 percent from the previous month.

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo remembered its first chancellor -- and the nation's 13th president -- Monday. It was the 202nd anniversary of Fillmore's birth. Our News Director Mark Scott has attended this ceremony at Fillmore's Forest Lawn gravesite since the 1980s. Having run out of story angles after all these years, Mark assigned Gabe DiMaio to make the trek to Forest Lawn...

Buffalo, NY – Top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have arrived in Buffalo to assess the ongoing clean-up from the recent record-setting snow storm.

The price tag from the holiday week snow storm that dumped nearly seven feet of snow in the Buffalo area has reached $30 million. FEMA issued an emergency declaration last week that falls well short of that amount. It limited reimbursable expenses to those incurred in a 48-hour period. And local officials were led to believe there was a $5 million cap on aid.

New digs for the Buffalo Suzuki Strings.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Suzuki Strings begin offering classes in their own building today.

It?s located right on the banks of the Erie Canal on Webster Street in downtown North Tonawanda. Previously, lessons were offered in a Town of Tonawanda church. But development director Tim Neal says they had to turn students away because there wasn?t enough space.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella and Anthony Chase greet the new year with some "Confessions", in the first Theatre Talk presentation of 2002.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase greet the new year with some "Confessions".

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella and Anthony Chase greet the new year with some "Confessions", in the first Theatre Talk presentation of 2002.

Buffalo, NY – Last week's snow storm took its toll on the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The conservatory was forced to temporarily close due to severe damage from the heavy snow.

Buffalo, NY – The Masiello administration plans to solicit bids from private contractors for garbage and recycling pickups in Buffalo. The proposal is part of a plan to ease the city's fiscal crisis. But the head of the city's blue-collar union, William McGuire, says the idea won't work. McGuire says that any private company won't be able to match the level of service by city employees.

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Amherst, NY – The Town of Amherst has started issuing appearance tickets to property owners who fail to clear their sidewalks.

The town is aggressively pursuing its snow clearing ordinance after three teens were killed last January. They were walking in the street because of snow-clogged sidewalks.

Town Building Inspector Thomas Ketchum said his staff has already issued a handful of citations. He says he's instructed them not to hold back.

Buffalo, NY – A Western New York couple is competing for spots on the Olympic Free-Style Ski Team.

The road to the Olympics in Salt Lake City is complete with jumps, flips and aerial rotations for Kelly Hilliman and Corey Hacker. They are vying for only a few openings on the free style US ski team.

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