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Hot Spots Send Fire Crews Back to Scene

BUFFALO, N.Y. - An early morning fire from Thursday is still causing problems Saturday afternoon. Firefighters were on scene to check on hot spots that were reported Saturday morning.

It's been two days since the flames broke out at a warehouse housing the Superior Pallets Company on Dingens Street near the Buffalo/ Cheektowaga border. The flames were finally extinguished, and fire investigators are now looking into how the fire exactly was started. Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield says at this point they do not think there is anything suspicious about the blaze. But federal agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are assisting in the investigation as a standard procedure according to Whitfield.     

What they do know is that the damages from the massive blaze total $4 million.

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WCHOB is Leading Practice for Medication Safety Among Pediatric Facilities in NYS

BUFFALO, NY -Women & Children’s Hospital was named the only leading practice for medication safety among pediatric facilities in results gathered from a survey of hospital pharmacy systems directed by the New York State Patient Safety Center. 

The Patient Safety Center working with the Health Research, Inc. awarded a grant to Deloitte Consulting to survey 149 pharmacy directors representing 218 hospitals throughout New York State to identify the statewide best practices in specific areas that can be replicated by a variety of hospital types in diverse locations. This first-time survey was administered to develop evidence-based hospital specific recommendations to assist hospitals in developing strategies to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. All together, the survey consisted of 15 categories of leading practices.

An Astounding Inferno

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It was the first four-alarm fire in Buffalo in four years, it started at 4 a.m. and damage is estimated at $4 million. 

When 3,000 wooden pallets ignited at a South Buffalo warehouse Thursday morning, the flames shot as high as 150 feet into the early morning air.

But the pictures above are worth a thousand numbers or words used to describe the blaze that peaked before sunrise but kept firefighters busy well into the evening putting out hot spots. Investigators are still seeking a cause.

Erie County Executive, Chris Collins, Supports the Buffalo Zoo's Launch of a Cell Phone App

Erie County Executive, Chris Collins, and Buffalo Zoo President and CEO, Donna M. Fernandes, Ph.D., have officially launched the Buffalo Zoo’s cell phone app to support cultural tourism in Buffalo!

As part of County Executive Chris Collins’ tourism initiative, the Buffalo Zoo and Odysseus Mobile Computing have collaborated to create a cell phone tour of the Buffalo Zoo.

Visitors with Iphones and Droid model cell phones can now download a Buffalo Zoo app, which enables users to easily access multimedia information about animal exhibits, event schedules, the history of the Buffalo Zoo, conservation tips and details about Zoo memberships and other visitor amenities. Using the built-in GPS technology, the app also guides visitors around the Zoo.

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Ambrose Catholic Academy Kindergarten Enjoy Storytime at Open House

The Kindergarten Class of Ambrose Catholic Academy began their school year with an Open House on Wednesday, September 8, 2010.  They were greeted by their teacher, Mrs. Maura Sheehan, the Principal of Ambrose Catholic Academy, Mrs. Laura Kazmierczak, and were treated to a story by Rev. Msgr. David Lee, Canonical Administrator of South Buffalo Catholic School.

A delicious breakfast was enjoyed by all the students and an energized game of "Mrs. Sheehan" Says, not to be confused by Simon Says, wrapped up this fun filled morning.

Spending in New York Legislature Primaries on the Rise

By JOSEPH SPECTOR
Gannett Albany Bureau

ALBANY -- Primary races for some state legislative seats are getting expensive in advance of Tuesday's vote, a review of campaign-finance records shows.

In fact, spending on some races is among the highest in recent history in advance of legislative primaries, according to the analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group.

In a Democratic Senate primary in Buffalo, Sen. Bill Stachowski, D-Buffalo, spent $177,555 from mid-July through early September, but he has been outspent by his Democratic challenger, Tim Kennedy, who has spent more than $216,000.  The combined total of nearly $400,000 is the third most since 2000, NYPIRG found.

St. Francis High School Open House: September 26th & 27th

St. Francis High School to hold annual Open House

St. Francis High School will host its annual Open House on Sunday, September 26, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Monday, September 27, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 Students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades and their parents are invited to visit the school to meet faculty and staff members and join current Saint Francis High School students for a tour of the campus.

 The Open House will provide elementary school students an opportunity to learn about the academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs offered at the school.

 Saint Francis High School is a college preparatory high school for boys administered by the Conventual Franciscan Friars and staffed by both religious and lay faculty. The school is located at 4129 Lake Shore Road, Athol Spring, NY (Route 5 - Hamburg, NY).