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Mayor Brown Announces $1.2 Million for City Parks

Mayor Brown Announces $1.2 Million for City Parks

BUFFALO–Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that five grants have been awarded directly from New York State to the City of Buffalo/Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC), worth approximately $1.2 million for major park improvements.

“I remain focused on upgrading recreational facilities throughout the city, especially parks,” said Mayor Brown. “The parks are one of the city’s greatest assets, and I will continue to support initiatives that make the parks safe and enjoyable for Buffalo residents and visitors.”

The grants will fund improvements in Delaware Park for the Parkside Lodge, Hoyt Lake pathway restoration, Point of Meadow shelter and pathway restoration. The grants will also include $525,000 in upgrades to MLK, Jr. Park for the Humboldt Basin wall, new statue sculpture and plaza improvements. Riverside Park will receive $125,000 in new landscaping around the lighthouse.

Front Yard Garden Competition Kick-Off

Front Yard Garden Competition Kick-Off

Next week, thirteen front yards along South Buffalo’s Newman Place (bordering the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park) will be transformed by professional landscapers, who will donate their time and materials and compete to create the most impressive yards. This Front Yard Garden Competition is part of 2nd annual National Garden Festival and festival organizers believe it is the only such civic-minded garden competition in the country.

The public can view the landscaping work in progress from July 11 to July 16 and then vote for their favorite yard from July 17 to July 22.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 9 Activities

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists July 9 Activities

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Providing musical entertainment at the open-air venue this week, July 9, will be Kate Shaffer from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Robert Ritchie from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The market also welcomes several community groups this week, including UNYTS, Buffalo Animal Shelter, Lexington Cooperative Market and KidBiz. Niagara Landing Wine Cellars and Freedom Run Winery will offer wine-tasting.

Quebec City Celebrated 400 Years, with a Grain Elevator

Quebec City Celebrated 400 Years, with a Grain Elevator

   This post requires very little pro-log. The videos speak for themselves. Grain Elevators have been in Buffalo's news lately. In Quebec City they took pride in their 400 year old heritage and created the largest video projection ever attempted in the world. Where? On the side of the huge Bunge Grain Elevator on their waterfront. This is just one of many things that could be done here. Buffalonians in my opinion think too small. This Projection on the Bunge Grain Elevator in Quebec City told the 400 year old history of Quebec City, no words, just sound and images.  See what a little pride in ones heritage and industrial architecture can do.  We have so much history in Buffalo and so little respect or pride. So many tourism dollars are lost because of Buffalo's lack of imagination and courage to step up and do something different for a change, like Quebec did.

BPO Performing FREE Concerts In Your Town

BPO Performing FREE Concerts In Your Town

BUFFALO, NY - Every summer the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs FREE outdoor concerts at various parks across Western New York and this year is no exception. 

The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, or even a snack and enjoy the sounds of summer from Buffalo's own Philharmonic Orchestra at no cost.

Below is a list of this summer's free performances:

  • Friday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. - Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park.  Matthew Kraemer, Conductor
  • Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. - Casenovia Park, Buffalo.  Paul Ferington, Conductor
  • Tuesday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. - Centennial Park, Batavia.  Paul Ferington, Conductor
  • Saturday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Buffalo Board of Education Will Host Special Meeting

Buffalo Board of Education Will Host Special Meeting

From a Statement By the City of Buffalo- Board of Education:

Please take notice that pursuant to Section 5.2 of the By-Laws of the Buffalo Board of Education, Board President, Mr. Ralph Hernandez has called a “Special Meeting” of the Board to be held in Room 801 City Hall on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 12 PM.  The purpose of this meeting is to approve the proposed Educational Partnership Organizations for the Persistently Low Achieving schools, personnel matters and other items brought forth by the Superintendent. 

FREE Panel and Reception: "Developing the Larkin District: Past, Present and Into the Future"

FREE Panel and Reception: "Developing the Larkin District: Past, Present and Into the Future"

Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and the Wehle School of Business at Canisius College, in collaboration with the Larkin Development Group, are pleased to present an evening program titled “Developing the Larkin District: Past, Present and Into the Future.” Additional support and sponsorship comes generously from the Darwin Martin House and Western New York Heritage magazine.

This FREE event is open to the public and will take place Wednesday, June 22, 2011, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carl & Carol Montante Cultural Center on the campus of Canisius College. A reception, also free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to this FREE program featuring expert speakers on Buffalo’s first manufacturing district, the innovative Larkin Company, world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Administration Building, and the future of this historic district in the twenty-first century.