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Applebee's Restaurant Teams Up with Law Enforcement

BUFFALO, NY-- On Thursday, September 16, law enforcement officers and local officials will be serving the public in a new way, as servers as local Applebee's restaurants. They will be accepting donations to benefit the Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies, benefiting their local Special Olympic Program. NYS Police, Buffalo Police, Hamburg Police, and NYS Department of Corrections will be participating.

The various law enforcement agencies will be on hand at 11 Applebee's locations, greeting customers and helping out the wait staff.

Applebee's has locations in Williamsville, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Buffalo, Depew, Blasdell, Lakewood, Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, Olean, and West Seneca.

In 2009, more than $1 million was raised for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.

Carl Paladino Votes in South Buffalo

SOUTH BUFFALO, NY - GOP candidate for Governor Carl Paladino cast his vote Tuesday morning at Salem Lutheran Church in South Buffalo.

After voting, Paladino became emotional over a family tragedy.

In March 2009, Paladino's 29-year-old son was killed in a car accident in Grand Island.

Paladino said Tuesday that he had an angel on his side.

Buffalo Youth Advantage Basketball Coaches to Receive SUNY Training

Russ Kingsbury, director of the Buffalo Youth Advantage Basketball program, has scheduled a coaching certification course with the SUNY Youth Sports Institute for Thursday, September 16th.  The class will be held at the Expressway Assembly of God Church located at 260 Eggert Road in Buffalo.  The presentation is set to begin at 6:00pm and is expected to last 2.5 hours.  Tim Donovan, Director and Founder of the SUNY Youth Sports Institute, will be the Instructor teaching Thursday evening’s course.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

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.

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.

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.