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Metro Fare Information Meetings Scheduled

BUFFALO, NY-The NFTA has scheduled six hearings over the next two weeks to help the community understand Metro's new fare structure that takes effect on September 1st.

Metro is eliminating zones and zone charges, as well as moving from 12 different passes to two-the Metro Monthly pass and the Metro Day pass.

The first hearing takes place on Tuesday, August 17th from 10 AM- 1 PM at the Old First Ward Community Center on Republic St.

The schedule for the remainder of the hearings is as follows:

-Friday, August 20th, 2-4 PM at the University Rail Station at the South Campus on Main Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 9-11 AM at the Metropolitan Transportation Center located at 181 Ellicott Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 1-3 PM at the Niagara Falls Transportation Center located at 2250 Fashion Outlets Blvd. in Niagara Falls

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Kenmore Avenue Restoration Planned

BUFFALO, NY-- Plans to improve Kenmore Avenue will be discussed on Thursday, August 19th in Buffalo City Hall.  Officials from the City of Buffalo, Erie County, Town of Tonawanda, Amherst and Kenmore will take part.

Representatives from each municipality's planning, engineering and highway departments will offer input on the design development for the improvement of 1.3 miles of Kenmore Avenue between Main Street and Starin Avenue.

The goal of the project is to improve the roadway to increase safety for drivers and walkers.  Since this stretch of road is a mix of residential and commercial zoning, the goal is to improve traffic flow as well as the aesthetic look of the roadway, while making it more "pedestrian friendly".

A public meeting will be held at a future date to update the community and get feedback.

Massive Tuition Increase for UB Law Students

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- Days before the fall semester begins, students at the University at Buffalo Law School are learning their tuition is going up.

Read the letter UB sent to its law students

SUNY's (State University of New York) Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution to increase professional school tuition rates, starting in the Fall 2010 semester.  Yearly tuition will increase by nine percent for in-state students, 20% for out of state students.   

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Trying To Recoup $2M In Health Benefits Paid For Dead Workers

BUFFALO, NY - When they tell you that retiring from a city job comes with permanent health benefits, in some cases they're not kidding.

A new audit conducted by Buffalo City Comptroller Andrew SanFilippo reveals that the city is mistakenly paying health benefits for more than 150 deceased former city employees.

The error has cost taxpayers about $2 million, most of it coming in the last two years, SanFilippo said.

"We can sit there and allow two million dollars to just walk out the door for no reason, and we have the ability to prevent it," SanFilippo said. "That's a big deal."

The city is now trying to get the money back.

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Open House Marks National Healthcare Ctr. Week

BUFFALO, NY-The Northwest Buffalo Community Center held an open house on Friday.

The event was part of National Healthcare Center Week.

The center, located on Lawn Avenue in the city, along with the Community Health Center of Buffalo, cared for 20,000 patients who made nearly 80,000 visits.

Shakespeare Interns Take to the Stage Tonight

BUFFALO, NY-As part of Shakespeare in Delaware Park's high school apprenticeship program, seven interns will perform a 40 minute montage of the writer's greatest works on Friday, August 13th.

The never before seen production will take place at 6:15  prior to the main stage performance of Macbeth. In case of rain, the event will take place on Saturday.

The Shakesperience Program is open to area high school student and is designed to provide in-depth theatrical experience with theatre professionals. Each session runs five week, beginning the week prior to regularly scheduled Shakespeare in Delaware Park performances.

For more information, call 856-4533.

Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.