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Metro Fare Information Meetings Scheduled

BUFFALO, NY-The NFTA has scheduled six hearings over the next two weeks to help the community understand Metro's new fare structure that takes effect on September 1st.

Metro is eliminating zones and zone charges, as well as moving from 12 different passes to two-the Metro Monthly pass and the Metro Day pass.

The first hearing takes place on Tuesday, August 17th from 10 AM- 1 PM at the Old First Ward Community Center on Republic St.

The schedule for the remainder of the hearings is as follows:

-Friday, August 20th, 2-4 PM at the University Rail Station at the South Campus on Main Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 9-11 AM at the Metropolitan Transportation Center located at 181 Ellicott Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 1-3 PM at the Niagara Falls Transportation Center located at 2250 Fashion Outlets Blvd. in Niagara Falls

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Trying To Recoup $2M In Health Benefits Paid For Dead Workers

BUFFALO, NY - When they tell you that retiring from a city job comes with permanent health benefits, in some cases they're not kidding.

A new audit conducted by Buffalo City Comptroller Andrew SanFilippo reveals that the city is mistakenly paying health benefits for more than 150 deceased former city employees.

The error has cost taxpayers about $2 million, most of it coming in the last two years, SanFilippo said.

"We can sit there and allow two million dollars to just walk out the door for no reason, and we have the ability to prevent it," SanFilippo said. "That's a big deal."

The city is now trying to get the money back.

Notre Dame Academy to Hold Chicken and Ribs BBQ

Notre Dame Academy of South Buffalo Catholic School will hold a Chicken and Ribs dinner catered by BW's BBQ on Saturday, August 28th from 5-8pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Notre Dame Academy at 824-0726. Cost for the dinners are $9.00 presale and $9.50 at the door. Notre Dame Academy is located at 1125 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220.

Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

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.

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.