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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.

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!"

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

Notre Dame Academy Benefits From Ed Tech Day

Notre Dame Academy of South Buffalo Catholic School recently participated in Ed Tech Day.

Since 2004, Ed Tech Day has enabled IT professionals to serve as volunteers helping educators set up computer labs, install or configure reliable networks, servers and install other types of technology for use in education.

As part of this year's Ed Tech Day, Notre Dame Academy benefitted from the installation of LanSchool, a software program which enables the instructor to monitor the students computer screens during instruction.



All Western New York Catholic Elementary School All Class Reunion To Be Held

The Catholic Alumni Partnership will be hosting a first ever, All Western New York Catholic Elementary School, All Class Reunion this fall.

The Reunion which hopes to reconnect Catholic School alumni from all over Western New York as well as those who have moved out of town, will take place on Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 2-5pm at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Franklin Street, Downtown Buffalo.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will offer a blessing at 3:00pm.

Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available for $20 per person and $35 per couple. Those attending who are interested in sponsoring one or more members of the clergy/religious are invited to do so at a sponsorship of $20 each.

RSVP by Friday, October 15, 2010 by phoning (716) 847-8374 and come to reconnect with former classmates, share elementary school stories and enjoy a fun filled afternoon.

Notre Dame Academy Accepting Registrations for 2010-2011 School Year

Notre Dame Academy located at 1125 Abbott Road, corner of Abbott Road and Downing Street in South Buffalo is currently accepting registrations for new and returning students.

Information on transportation, food services, dress codes, tuition payment options and general school information may be obtained by calling the school office at 824-0726.

Students living a minimum distance of .75 mile from Notre Dame Academy are eligible for bussing service through the Buffalo School District.  The map indicating the walking boundary for Notre Dame Academy can be found on the Buffalo Board of Education website, www.buffaloschools.org/transportation.

Families interested in a quality, Catholic education are encouraged to visit Notre Dame Academy for a tour of the school and to see first hand the benefits of attending Notre Dame Academy.

Trinity Catholic Academy Accepting Registrations for the 2010-2011 School Year

Trinity Catholic Academy, located at 16 Hayden Street between Seneca Street and Mineral Springs Road in Buffalo is accepting registrations for new and returning students.

To register a student at Trinity Catholic Academy, interested families may call the school office at 822-4546.  Information on transportation, food services, dress codes, tuition payment options and general information is also available through the school office.

Students living a minimum distant of .75 mile from Trinity Catholic Academy are eligible for bussing services through the Buffalo School District.  The maps indicating the walk boundaries for each campus can be found on the Buffalo Board of Education website, www.buffaloschools.org/transportation.

For a quality Catholic education, families are invited to tour Trinity Catholic Academy to see first hand what a special place Trinity Catholic Academy is.