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Alpacas to Visit the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Coming to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on Saturday, October 16: Wine-tasting courtesy of Freedom Run, and a visit from the Alpaca Play Pen! Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t miss it!

And, don’t forget to pick up some fresh and delicious apple cider, and maybe even a Halloween pumpkin or two!

Please note that guests are subject to change. For a complete list of events and vendors, visit www.elmwoodmarket.org. Frequent updates are also available by becoming a fan of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market page on Facebook.

Early Childhood Direction Center of WNY Awarded 5-year Contract to Continue Services

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) of WNY, administered by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, received a five year contract from the New York State Education Department to continue providing services for families and professionals serving children birth to five with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

The ECDC was established in 1979 and the mission of ECDC is to ensure that children, birth to five years, with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities, are linked to appropriate services that will enable them to reach their potential.

ECDC provides free training and technical assistance for families and professionals working with children less than five years of age with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities.

Baseball Academy Adds Coaches, Offering Special Lesson Package and Hosting Tryouts

Attention baseball and softball players! The Baseball Academy of WNY, located at New Era Park, 4817 Lake Ave., Blasdell, has added two new instructors for its fall and winter schedule. The additions include Joe Mamott, a former professional pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, and Charlie Karstedt, a four-year player at the University at Buffalo.

The Academy is also offering a lesson package special on all regularly priced 10 packs. Anyone purchasing a 10-pack of private lessons by October 31 will be given one free lesson. Eleven lessons for the price of 10 — a $32 value!

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York: Wellness Wednesdays Kick-Off October 6, 2010

-- Wellness Wednesdays, which take place the first Wednesday of each month, are part of BlueCross BlueShield’s Helping our Heroes initiative aimed at bring together resources and services to care for the physical, emotional and mental well-being of more than 70,000 veterans living in the WNY region, and their families --

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BlueCross BlueShield’s first Wellness Wednesday program will take place October 6, 2010 at the Cazenovia Resource Center in South Buffalo.  The event will feature community organizations that offer physical, mental, financial and emotional assistance to all veterans and their families across Western New York.

Pediatric Rheumatologist Recruited to Establish New Service

Teresa R. Hennon, MD, has been recruited from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to establish a new pediatric rheumatology service at Women & Children Hospital.

Effective August 1, Dr. Hennon will provide pediatric rheumatology outpatient and inpatient services at Women & Children’s Hospital.  She returns to Western New York where she received her medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and after completing her training in Pittsburgh and spending two years at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.  She recently moved to Buffalo with her husband and two children and says she is excited to become a part of the Buffalo medical community.

Valerie Cronin Appointed Operations Manager, WCHOB Imaging Services Department

Valerie Cronin, CNMT, FSNMTS and Tonowanda Resident has been appointed Manager of the Imaging Services Department at Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Dr. Greenfield Awarded an Additional $1.8 Million for the NIH/NIDDK Sponsored RIVUR Trial

Saul P. Greenfield, MD, Director of Pediatric Urology, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Clinical Professor of Urology, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has been awarded an additional $1.8 million for the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases sponsored RIVUR trial for children with vesicoureteral reflux.

Dr. Greenfield is principle investigator and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is a major site for this important national project. This brings the total award for RIVUR to $4.8 million and will ensure funding of the project through 2013.

Total NIH funding to the Department of Pediatric Urology is now just over $5 million, which includes the recent award for CUTIE (Careful Urinary Tract Infection Evaluation)—an observational clinical trial for children with a history and urinary infection and no underlying structural urologic abnormalities.