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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.

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.

Peace Bridge to Honor Blessed Mother Teresa

A well-known international landmark will be aglow on the evening of August 26 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa.

The Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River between Buffalo and Fort Erie, will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Blessed Mother Teresa’s order of women religious, the Missionaries of Charity.

Blessed Mother Teresa traveled the world, helping the poorest of the poor. During her lifetime, she brought her message of love and compassion for the destitute to Ontario and Western New York. The sisters of her order continue to minister where there is the most need. They are in Canada, the United States, and around the world, working in homes for the dying, in orphanages, and in hospitals.

The Vatican is currently considering Blessed Mother Teresa for sainthood.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, and Msgr. Wayne Kirkpatrick, administrator of the Diocese of St.

Former Professor Claims Discrimination

BUFFALO, NY -- Dr. Csaba Marosan is accusing Trocaire College of discriminating against him because of his sexual orientation.

The College says the professor's contract was not renewed because his Medical Degree from Europe does not meet the guidelines of the college's accrediting association.

The former Trocaire educator once worked as a cancer researcher at Roswell Park. He is not seeking monetary damages, but he would like his job back.

Dr. Marosan contacted The State Division of Human Rights to look into his claims.

They found probable cause of sex, age and gender bias. "Evidence suggests some preferential treatment of homosexual males," according to state documents.

Seneca Niagara Casino Revenues Up; Buffalo Project Update

BUFFALO, NY - The Seneca Niagara Casino Corporation reported a revenue of 2.8 percent over the last year, which has some wondering when work will resume on the Buffalo Creek Casino project.

Monday evening a casino spokesperson told Channel 2's Maryalice Demler that revenue is just one factor that effects the interest rate they would have to pay on the $200 million they need to borrow to finish the project.

In 2007 the rate was 7 3/4 percent, then last year it shot up 20 percent.

The corporation is regularly evaluating finances and they will re-start the project when credit markets improve.