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Buffalo Zoo Says Luna Is 'Doing Ok'

BUFFALO, NY - Luna and her fellow polar bear Kali are fan favorites at the Buffalo Zoo. So a lot of people were concerned when they heard Luna took a 14-foot fall into her moat Saturday afternoon.

We're told she's "doing OK," but the zoo doesn't have the results of x-rays that were taken on Saturday yet. Rachel Gottlieb, a zoo spokesperson, told us, "She was alert after her fall, so we're pretty sure she's fine."

The zoo calls this an unfortunate accident.

Buffalo WWII vet celebrates 100th birthday

BUFFALO, NY – Earlier this week we introduced you to Syd Cole of North Buffalo, a man who turned 100 on Sunday. He has a pretty incredible story to tell.

When Cole was a pilot during World War II he was shot down over Germany and taken prisoner for several months. Toward the end of the war, his camp was liberated by the Russians and he returned home to Buffalo.

On Sunday he celebrated his birthday at Banchetti's Restaurant in Amherst with family and friends, and shared his story with 2 On Your Side photojournalist Franco Ardito.

UB hosts block party, safety fair

BUFFALO, NY - Organizers from the University at Buffalo kicked off the new school year Sunday with a parade and block party aimed at raising awareness of student safety.

It's all part of the 6th annual UB Neighbors Day. The event serves as an opportunity to bring together students and residents who live near the South Campus through a variety of activities.

The university hopes to have other safety-oriented events like this one throughout the year.

Luna the polar bear undergoing x-rays

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Luna, the famous polar bear who has been a major attraction for the Buffalo Zoo, slipped and fell into the moat surrounding her enclosure Saturday afternoon.

Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Donna Fernandes is out of town, but she told us by phone that Luna had been swimming and was walking around the outside of her pool when she slipped and fell about 14 feet.

Luna was startled after the fall, so keepers tranquilized her and carried her up the stairs of the exhibit.

Luna had x-rays done to see how badly she may have been injured. Public relations coordinator Rachel Gottlieb tells 2 On Your Side more information on Luna's condition will be released Tuesday.

In the meantime, Luna is being kept in the polar bear holding area where keepers are monitoring her. They say she appears to be doing well.

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Two Directors

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Two Directors

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has appointed two new members to its leadership team. Meichle Latham has been named Director of School Based Services and Maria Picone has been named Director of the Family and Community Services Department, formerly known as the Metropolitan District Service Department.

Dennis Walczyk, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to promote Maria and Meichle to these leadership positions, and look forward to the expertise, passion, and energy they will bring to their new and increased responsibilities.”

As Director of School Based Services, Latham is responsible for overseeing the organization’s services currently delivered to Catholic, public and charter schools in Erie and Niagara counties. She also will establish and maintain connections with educational partners and work to expand services to schools not being served.

Tomorrow’s Youth Today Receives $610,000 Grant from Buffalo, Erie County Workforce Investment Board

Catholic Charities Education and Workforce Development Department has received a one-year $610,000 grant from the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB) to support its Tomorrow’s Youth Today (TYT) Program, which helps Erie County residents obtain their High School Equivalency certificate and gain employment skills free of cost.  

Erie County WIB, which has supported Catholic Charities’ workforce programming since the agency began offering it in 1975, works to bring together representatives from business, labor, community-based organizations, education, human services, economic development and other critical groups to rethink and restructure the way local workforce development services are planned and delivered.

What is the Visa Bulletin?

What is the Visa Bulletin?


In several of our previous blogs, you may have noticed the term “visa bulletin.” This is a term that pops up quite frequently when discussing immigration matters. The visa bulletin is a monthly online publication issued by the United States Department of State containing detailed information on the availability of immigrant visa numbers. It is typically issued in the second or third week of each month.