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South Buffalo Italian Festival Sunday

South Buffalo, NY - The sixth annual South Buffalo Italian Festival is set for Sunday, August 15th from 1-7 pm. The event will be held on the lawn by South Park Lake, near the Botanical Gardens.

The festival will feature food by area restaurants, including Francesca's, Mineo's and many others. Italian beer and wine will be available as well.

Chuck Cordone will perform live from 1-3 pm, and the Buffalo Rat Pack will take the stage from 4:30-6 pm.

There will be a basket auction, several vendors and a raffle with a grand prize of an overnight stay for two, plus dinner and breakfast, at Salvatore's Grand Hotel. There will be activities for children, including the popular "Gravitational Bull" and face painting.

For more information about the South Buffalo Italian Festival, or to become a sponsor, please call 824-9942.

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Ground Breaking for New Senior Apartment Complex

South Buffalo - A vacant school in South Buffalo is about to get a new life. Ground breaking for the new, Holy Family Senior Apartments took place Thursday at the former Holy Family Catholic Elementary School on Tifft Road.

The building will be transformed into 35 units of affordable, low and moderate income senior rental housing for those who are 55 and older. There will be 30 1-bedroom and five 2-bedroom apartments. Catholic Charities will also operate a food pantry within the building.

Money for the project was provided, in part, by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal's Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and the New York State Housing Trust Fund.

Construction on the project is expected to take about a year.

Tell Us Your Ideas For The Waterfront

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Two of the region's most influential elected leaders believe Buffalo's waterfront does not need a major retail anchor store.

Both U.S. Representative Brian Higgins (D-South Buffalo) and County Executive Chris Collins (R) suggest Western New Yorkers should consider different types of attractions.

Higgins, who insists the water is an anchor, wants no anchor store.

"Niagara on the Lake is a great destination," Higgins said. "There' s no anchor there. It's an idyllic place that has cool street scapes, small shops, a lot of beautiful homes along the water."

Collins differed slightly in his view of an anchor destination.

"I do think we need an anchor, but not necessarily a retail anchor," Collins said. "An anchor could be a museum. It could be an aquarium... but it has to be focused as a draw, bringing people into Buffalo and Erie County that aren't residents here."

The public has been exploding with ideas.

Holy Family Senior Apartments to open in South Buffalo

A Catholic elementary school that educated generations of South Buffalo residents is about to take on a new life.  Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Holy Family Senior Apartments at 920 Tifft St. were held on Aug. 12. 

Sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo and developed by Delta Development of Western New York Inc.

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Groundbreaking for Holy Family Senior Apartments

BUFFALO,NY-Bishop Edward Kmiec was on hand Thursday for the groundbreaking for the new Holy Family Senior Apartments on Tifft Street.

The new apartments will have 35 unites of affordable low and moderate income senior rental housing for those 55 years and older.

Catholic Charities will operate the South Buffalo Food Pantry in the complex. That space will provide food storage areas as well as offices for administrative, counseling and parish outreach.



Buffalo Scupltures And Statues Being Cleansed Repaired And Restored

Buffalo, NY - You may have passed by but not not paid much mind to the various and sundry statues across the Queen City.

But more people are starting to take note of them due to a massive renovation project underway currently underway.

A Missouri based firm was hired by the City of Buffalo to inspect, clean, repair, and preserve with a wax coat, a total of 19 statues throughout the city this summer at a cost of $270,000.

"This is our history," said Don Siuta, Chair of the Conservation Committee of the Buffalo Arts Commission.

"This is where Buffalo came from and I think by preserving out history people have a better understanding of our city and why it's important. It also brings people to Buffalo," Siuta said.

It might surprise you to know how much art the city owns.

Almost 700 pieces including 200 statues scattered throughout the city.

Superintendent Says No to Teacher Transfer Requests

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- This year nearly 600 Buffalo Public School teachers submitted requests to transfer to different schools. The Superintendent says no requests will be granted.

Calling this his toughest summer as a Superintendent, Dr. Williams wants stability in every school building.  When asked why he believes so many teachers want to transfer, Dr. Williams said there are many reasons.  "They want to move to another school and historically in this district they have moved around. Some don't want to be with principal X, Y, Z."

The district is also has to replace six principals who retired. The schools in need of principals are Hutch Tech, Montessori, Leonardo DaVinci and Schools 3, 54 and 65.

On Monday, the Superintendent will get a list of the top three candidates for each of the schools. He expects to have principals in place by August 18.