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Our Lady of Black Rock School Begins Year with Parade

Instead of hitting the books, students at Our Lady of Black Rock School in Buffalo hit the streets. The students kicked off the first day of class today with a parade around the neighborhood. New principal Martha Eadie wanted the first day of school to be full of fun festivities to introduce over 20 new students and their families to current students and staff, commencing the school year with a positive and unified spirit.

“We have such a big influx of new students, we have multicultural students, students with English as a second language. I thought it would be a good way to invite the families in on the first day, have that atmosphere of a community, and in a very unconventional way, welcome in the new year,” Mrs. Eadie said.

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Picture Perfect Start to School Year

With cameras in hand, parents came to St. Andrew’s Country Day School today (Sept. 7) as the Kenmore elementary school opened its doors for another year of reading, ’riting and ’rithmatic. While the poparazzi and mamarazzi snapped photos, Principal Dennis Welka and St. Andrew’s pastor, Msgr. Richard Siepka, welcomed the new and returning students.

Parents admitted to be nervous and anxious for their kids, especially those starting kindergarten. Many are already familiar with the school from having attended pre-K there, so aside from attending a full five days a week, it’s not too big a change for the wee ones.  “I like the small atmosphere. I like the Catholic education. And he just enjoys being here. That helps it,” said Lucia Gullo, mother of 5-year-old Antonio.

Writing With Light Student Exhibition

Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Writing With Light Student Exhibition. A celebratory reception will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo.

Featuring selected works from Just Buffalo & CEPA Gallery’s education programs from the past year, the exhibit will display work from Picturing Poetry, Writer Residencies, and Bookmaking projects.

Writing With Light reached more than 3,500 K-12 students across the region this year, and its emphasis on intensive one-on-one contact between teaching artists and students yields powerful creative results. 

Genevieve DeCarlo, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery School, P.S. 67 explains, "It was amazing to see the growth of my students... All children should be able to have this awesome learning experience!"

Dog Park Safety

Dog Park Safety

Dog parks are great places for dogs to play and socialize with other dogs. Unfortunately, the fun can sometimes turn violent. Without proper knowledge, a dog and its handler are both subject to injury.

Robin Bennett, an author and trainer with All About Dogs in Woodbridge, Va., believes that in order for dog parks to be safe, dogs need to be properly supervised. This means that dog owners must know what to watch for if problems arise between the dogs.

“Early warning signs indicating that a dog is stressed include lip licking, yawning, half moon eyes, stiffening and avoidance,” Bennett said. “These signals all happen before things get too far out of hand.”

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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Seeks Help to 'Releaf' Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 2006 October Storm destroyed 33,000 trees in our Olmsted Parks. One vote on line per day at the Pepsi Refresh Project website can help the Conservancy win $50,000 to plant 1,000 trees over the next year. 

Just go to www.refresheverything.com/releafbuffalo or text 102378 to PEPSI (73774) to vote today and every day in the month of September. 

Your votes help Buffalo now, and for the future. A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs. per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.  

Buffalo Police Release Photos of Car Break-in Suspect

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo Police have released surveillance photos of a burglary suspect.

Police investigators say the person of interest in the photos is wanted in connection with a car break-in that occured on August 28th just after 11:30 p.m.

Investigators believe the suspect entered the vehicle that was parked in a driveway in the 100 block of Summit Avenue and stole electronic devices and money.

The person of interest is described as a black male, between 30-to-40 years old, possibly with short black hair, beard and a
mustache.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or "Text a Tip" at (716) 847-2255.

Police stress, the car in the surveillance pictures is not the car the person of interest is suspected of breaking into.

Labor Day at the Buffalo Zoo

Say “goodbye” to summer and “hello” to a fun-filled Labor Day at the Buffalo Zoo, presented by Goya Foods and 2FindYourHome.com, with support from Tops Friendly Markets, Fox 29 and WBEN on Monday, September 6, 2010!

Visitors will be admitted to the Zoo for $1 when they present a valid coupon, which is available at Tops Friendly Markets in Erie and Niagara Counties. Admission gates will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The event will feature a bounce house, animal feedings and more!  Discounts on select food items will also be available.

For more information, please call (716) 837-3900.