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Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins October 15th

What is the Medicare open enrollment period?

The Medicare open enrollment period is the time during which people with Medicare can make new choices and pick plans that work best for them. Each year, Medicare plans typically change what they cost and cover. In addition, your health-care needs may have changed over the past year. The open enrollment period is your opportunity to switch Medicare health and prescription drug plans to better suit your needs.

When does the open enrollment period start?

The Medicare open enrollment period begins on October 15 and runs through December 7. Any changes made during open enrollment are effective as of January 1, 2015.

During the open enrollment period, you can:

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Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Oct. 18 Highlights

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Oct. 18 Highlights

 

The popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues its 15th season on Oct. 18. A program of the Elmwood Village Association, the market is held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine, through Nov. 29. 

Providing musical entertainment on Oct. 18 (weather permitting) will be Brian & Peg from 9:30 to 11 a.m, followed by Porcelain Train from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Occupying the market’s community tables this Saturday will be Border Community Services of Niagara University and Yelp Buffalo. Additionally, Weiss Farms will be bringing their popular pumpkin wagon to the market on Oct. 18 and 25!

Early Morning Fire at Playground Causes $20,000 in Damage


BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo Fire Department investigators need the public's help to find out who set fire to a playground.

The playground at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center on Lawn Avenue was damaged after it was set on fire at about 2 a.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported but fire investigators say about $20,000 worth of damage was done.

Now they're asking for the public's help to figure out who's responsible.

As Two On Your Side's Andrea Marvin learned from North District Councilman Joe Golombek, it's a devastating loss for residents who say this neighborhood has dealt with enough.

The playground belongs to the Head Start program at the Northwest Community Center, which provides social services and is somewhat of a hub for this area. Golombek says whoever set the fire is just hurting the kids.

Teen Girl Fatally Shot Identified as 17-year-old Shmerea Nailor


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Police have identified the 17-year-old girl fatally shot Thursday night at Shmerea Nailor, a student who had been attending Burgard High School.

The shooting happened in front of a church at the intersection of Riverside and Ontario last Thursday night.

On Friday, 2 On Your Side met friends and family in mourning over the loss of a young woman they say was taken too soon.

"She was a good kid, and it happened to the wrong person," a friend said.

At Burgard, friends say she played basketball.

Buffalo Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie said, "As a school community, we will do all that we can to comfort those students and staff who are most affected by this tragic end to a young life."

Recently, though, friends also say Nailor had been hanging out with the wrong crowd.

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Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

In light of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Daemen College will host a panel discussion of experts and also offer a personal perspective on the crisis from a native Liberian at the event scheduled for Oct. 20.

The panel discussion, which is part of the Daemen History and Political Science Speakers Series, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

“In addition to the health care threat of this deadly disease, the Ebola epidemic involves many political, cultural and government policy issues,” said Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science/African affairs and panel chair. “The range of expertise from the panelists will help put the public health impact of the Ebola outbreak into perspective and examine the broader implications of the virus as we face this international crisis.”

Panelists will include:

How Student Loans Impact Your Credit

If you've finished college within the last few years, chances are you're paying off your student loans. What happens with your student loans now that they've entered repayment status will have a significant impact--positive or negative--on your credit history and credit score.

It's payback time

When you left school, you enjoyed a grace period of six to nine months before you had to begin repaying your student loans. But they were there all along, sleeping like an 800-pound gorilla in the corner of the room. Once the grace period was over, the gorilla woke up. How is he now affecting your ability to get other credit?

Diversity Visa Program Registration Now Open

Diversity Visa Program Registration Now Open

 

Each year, the Department of State allows 50,000 immigrant visas to become available through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, a lottery program catered to foreign nationals from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. One can apply for a Diversity Visa electronically during an annual registration period. The 2016 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) registration period opened Oct. 1, 2014, and closes on Nov. 3, 2014. Beginning in May 2015, winners will be randomly selected through a computer-generated program. There is no cost to register for the lottery.