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Tell Us Your Ideas For The Waterfront

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Two of the region's most influential elected leaders believe Buffalo's waterfront does not need a major retail anchor store.

Both U.S. Representative Brian Higgins (D-South Buffalo) and County Executive Chris Collins (R) suggest Western New Yorkers should consider different types of attractions.

Higgins, who insists the water is an anchor, wants no anchor store.

"Niagara on the Lake is a great destination," Higgins said. "There' s no anchor there. It's an idyllic place that has cool street scapes, small shops, a lot of beautiful homes along the water."

Collins differed slightly in his view of an anchor destination.

"I do think we need an anchor, but not necessarily a retail anchor," Collins said. "An anchor could be a museum. It could be an aquarium... but it has to be focused as a draw, bringing people into Buffalo and Erie County that aren't residents here."

The public has been exploding with ideas.

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Update on Richardson Complex

BUFFALO, NY-A public meeting is set for Thursday, August 12th at 6 PM to provide an update on the status of the Richardson Complex.

Topics to be discussed include building stabilization, landscape improvements, site security and the planned Buffalo Architecture Center.

The meeting will be held at Rockwell Hall on the Buffalo State College Campus on Elmwood Avenue.

Feast of the Assumption Celebrated Sunday

BUFFALO, NY-Bishop Edward M. Grosz, D.D., V.G. will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at his home parish of Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY. 

At the 11 am Mass.  Sunday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption and, invite all to attend the 11 am Mass celebrating the parish's feast day.

Also participating in the celebration will be the world renowned Chopin Singing Society under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski.  They will be singing before and during the Mass. 

Buffalo Scupltures And Statues Being Cleansed Repaired And Restored

Buffalo, NY - You may have passed by but not not paid much mind to the various and sundry statues across the Queen City.

But more people are starting to take note of them due to a massive renovation project underway currently underway.

A Missouri based firm was hired by the City of Buffalo to inspect, clean, repair, and preserve with a wax coat, a total of 19 statues throughout the city this summer at a cost of $270,000.

"This is our history," said Don Siuta, Chair of the Conservation Committee of the Buffalo Arts Commission.

"This is where Buffalo came from and I think by preserving out history people have a better understanding of our city and why it's important. It also brings people to Buffalo," Siuta said.

It might surprise you to know how much art the city owns.

Almost 700 pieces including 200 statues scattered throughout the city.

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Superintendent Says No to Teacher Transfer Requests

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- This year nearly 600 Buffalo Public School teachers submitted requests to transfer to different schools. The Superintendent says no requests will be granted.

Calling this his toughest summer as a Superintendent, Dr. Williams wants stability in every school building.  When asked why he believes so many teachers want to transfer, Dr. Williams said there are many reasons.  "They want to move to another school and historically in this district they have moved around. Some don't want to be with principal X, Y, Z."

The district is also has to replace six principals who retired. The schools in need of principals are Hutch Tech, Montessori, Leonardo DaVinci and Schools 3, 54 and 65.

On Monday, the Superintendent will get a list of the top three candidates for each of the schools. He expects to have principals in place by August 18.

Freudig Singers Holding Auditions

BUFFALO, NY-The Freudig Singers of WNY are holding auditions. The group is looking for semi-professional singers or better to join their group.

The singers produce four shows a year. Auditions are Monday, August 16th at 6 PM at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Orchard Park and Wednesday, August 18th at 6 P.M. at St. Joseph University Church in North Buffalo.

For more information, call Elizabeth Bailey-Sands at 667-7088

Local Chefs to Visit the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market this Saturday

Are you ready to make a commitment to eating better? Just looking for something different to do on a relaxing Saturday morning? Then make plans to explore the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Coming to the market on Saturday, August 14: A guest chef demo with Chef William Metzgar and wine-tasting courtesy of Niagara Landing Wine Cellar and Freedom Run. Also, Feed Your Soul will tour the market with Chef Kate Elliott and guests. 

The market features more than 30 vendors offering fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organics, fresh meat, cut flowers, wine, eggs, dairy, honey and much more in an open-air setting.