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Corporate Challenge returns to Delaware Park

BUFFALO, NY – Unless you're in the race, you're going to want to avoid the area around Delaware Park Thursday evening. That includes the S-curves and Gates Circle.

Roads are blocked off for the 35th annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. About 12,000 runners are expected to participate in this year's event. The race starts at 6:45 p.m.

This year's race benefits Kevin Guest House and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Memorial to Maksym

BUFFALO, NY - Plans are moving forward toward a more permanent memorial to the three-year old victim in last month's tragic accident, when a car left the Scajaquada, and veered into a family walking on Ring Road in Delaware Park.

"We're going to create a memorial garden and fundraise to get a bench," said Kerri Machemer of Parents for a Safer Delaware Park, regarding the effort to memorialize Maksym Sugorovskiy, near the place where he was struck and killed.

The driver of the car, who told police he fell asleep at the wheel, has not been charged.

War Vet, 88 receives high school diploma from McKinley

BUFFALO, NY - McKinley High School's graduation was extra special for an 88-year old World War II veteran.

Henry Schmidt received his high school diploma.

Schmidt was a member of the class of 1945, but he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army so he never graduated.

He spent two years in occupied Japan.

Schmidt was excited and marched in with the graduates and sat on the stage."It's amazing. The people and the kids were great. It's a great school. I'm glad I came here," Schmidt said. "I used to say I went to McKinley, now I can say I graduated from McKinley."

He's been married 67 years and his family was in the audience.

Cheektowaga Native Rose Rustowicz Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Cheektowaga Native Rose Rustowicz Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award


Rose Rustowicz, a member of the Maryvale High School Class of 2011 and Rochester Institute of Technology Class of 2015, has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Iceland in physical sciences. This announcement was recently made by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Fewer than 2,000 students in the nation receive this prestigious award each year.


Visa Issues Continue as Experts Try to Restore System

Visa Issues Continue as Experts Try to Restore System


As we reported last week, the Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to face technological issues with its visa systems. The Department of State (DOS) posted a statement yesterday that it endeavors to have the system fully reconnected this week. As of noon yesterday, 22 posts around the world have been reconnected. This represents approximately half of the global nonimmigrant visa volume. 

The agency stated that it has made good progress as it processes the large backlog of cases created by the system shutdown. Some posts were able to handle visa interviews as well as some visa printing by the end of last week. Several posts have also begun rescheduling visa appointments. 

Berardi Immigration Law Names Gabriella Agostinelli Associate Attorney

Berardi Immigration Law Names Gabriella Agostinelli Associate Attorney


Berardi Immigration Law is pleased to announce that Gabriella Agostinelli has been promoted to the position of Associate Attorney.

Agostinelli joined Berardi Immigration Law as a Law Clerk in 2014. She received her Juris Doctor from the SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2014 and Bachelor’s Degrees in International Business and International Relations from Canisius College in 2011. 

Client Success Story: Fichman Furniture

Client Success Story: Fichman Furniture


Toronto-native Erran Fichman came to Berardi Immigration Law just three years ago wondering how he could expand his furniture business to the United States. Fichman owns Fichman Furniture (www.fichman.com), a company that designs and manufactures custom radiator covers. After successfully running his business for seven years in Canada, the demand for his product grew exponentially. It was time for Fichman Furniture to branch out.