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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.

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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).

Anniversary Celebrations

  The Buffalo Irish Center congratulates Tara Gift Shoppe (located in the Irish Heritage district) on its 30 year anniversary.  WNY's Original Irish Import shop has been a neighbor and volunteer for the Center for many years.  Be sure to stop in and enter their Anniversary Raffle to be held on Sept. 18.

Congratulations also go to Rince na Tiarna Irish Dancers for 25 years of 'Keeping the Tradition Alive".  

Writing With Light Student Exhibition

Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Writing With Light Student Exhibition. A celebratory reception will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo.

Featuring selected works from Just Buffalo & CEPA Gallery’s education programs from the past year, the exhibit will display work from Picturing Poetry, Writer Residencies, and Bookmaking projects.

Writing With Light reached more than 3,500 K-12 students across the region this year, and its emphasis on intensive one-on-one contact between teaching artists and students yields powerful creative results. 

Genevieve DeCarlo, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery School, P.S. 67 explains, "It was amazing to see the growth of my students... All children should be able to have this awesome learning experience!"

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Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade Monday

BUFFALO, NY-In honor of the hard working men and women of Western New York and to celebrate Buffalo's rich history as a city built through the efforts of working people, the Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council will hold their annual Labor Day Parade on: 

Monday, September 6, 2010

12:00 PM

 The parade route begins on Abbott Rd., at the intersection of Stevenson St. and continues down to Cazenovia St. over to N. Legion and into Cazenovia Park.

 

 

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Seeks Help to 'Releaf' Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 2006 October Storm destroyed 33,000 trees in our Olmsted Parks. One vote on line per day at the Pepsi Refresh Project website can help the Conservancy win $50,000 to plant 1,000 trees over the next year. 

Just go to www.refresheverything.com/releafbuffalo or text 102378 to PEPSI (73774) to vote today and every day in the month of September. 

Your votes help Buffalo now, and for the future. A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs. per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.  

Freshmen welcomed in West Seneca schools

Approximately 7,036 students will start the school year in West Seneca Central on Tuesday, Sept. 7. 

Incoming ninth-graders got a “jumpstart” on high school on Wednesday, Aug. 25, when both West Seneca West and East Senior high schools held freshmen orientation programs.

Freshmen and new students at West were invited to take part in the student-only Fresh Start program, led by the school’s upperclassmen. In addition to learning about academic and extracurricular activities, the freshmen took part in team-building challenges, including cup stacking, group jump rope and relay races.  

Later, West students were invited to a hot dog roast and formal orientation. East Senior also offered light refreshments, followed by an orientation for students and parents or guardians.

The West Seneca Central School District includes students from not only the Town of West Seneca, but also from Cheektowaga, Orchard Park and Hamburg.