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Bennett supporters rally around turnaround plan


BUFFALO, NY - A rally was held Thursday night inside Bennett High School in support of a plan to restructure the school, and not turn it into a charter school.

A group of passionate supporters were there to support an extensive plan, written by members of the Bennett Alumni Board, to reconfigure the school, laying out a plan based on pathways to graduation for all students.

The Buffalo Board of Education will vote next week on whether to endorse the plan and send it off to the State Education Department for approval.


Understanding the Implications of a Pardon as it Relates to Immigration

Understanding the Implications of a Pardon as it Relates to Immigration

 

Many people who have been convicted of crimes in the past are ultimately granted a “pardon,” “discharge” or other forms of record-expungement by their government. Accordingly, these individuals are often under the impression that these mechanisms “wipe their record clean.” For U.S. immigration purposes, however, this is not the case.

Department of Homeland Security Considers Implementing ‘Known Employer’ Pilot Program

Department of Homeland Security Considers Implementing ‘Known Employer’ Pilot Program

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it is considering a “Known Employer” pilot program in order to aid in U.S.-Canada business travel. The program would streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers. 

The program will be designed to:

• Make adjudications more efficient and less costly; and

Catholic Charities Volunteers from Erie County Gather for First 2015 Appeal Workshop

About 50 parish and community volunteers, local clergy and lay leaders, and staff of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, gathered Wednesday, Jan. 15 for a  volunteer training workshop to help kick off the 2015 Appeal for Catholic Charities in Erie County.

The event was held at Christ the King Seminary on Knox Road in East Aurora in preparation for the 91st annual campaign, which carries a goal of $10.9 million and officially began Jan. 7. The patron saint for the 2015 Appeal is Saint Francis of Assisi.

Working under the theme “Find Good Within,” Appeal volunteers from Erie County will begin reaching out to individuals and businesses in the community to encourage their support of the 2015 Appeal, which helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 myriad programs across 61 sites in Western New York, along with a number of ministries through the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Receives Go! Grant

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Receives Go! Grant

 

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village would like to announce that it has received a $500 Go! Grant that allowed the museum’s executive director, Herbert Schmidt, to attend the annual Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks. 

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen College’s economic impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in 2013 reached nearly $132 million, representing a $17 million increase for the Amherst-based institution, according to a new study released today, Jan. 15, by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

“This substantial figure illustrates Daemen plays a key role in the region’s economic vitality and has emerged as a significant contributor to Western New York’s long-term economic well-being,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “For almost 70 years, Daemen has been actively engaged in this area and we will continue our commitment to growing and thriving with the community.”

Canadian Admissibility Issues and Past Criminal Convictions — Part 2: The Petty Offense Exception

Canadian Admissibility Issues and Past Criminal Convictions — Part 2: The Petty Offense Exception

 

Dear Berardi Immigration Law:

Five years ago I exercised poor judgment and was an accomplice to an act of arson. I was assigned a few months of probation but never any jail time. This is the only crime I have ever committed. I would now like to enter the U.S. to visit some friends but I am worried that this offense will prevent me from crossing the border. What should I do?

Sincerely,