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East Aurora rally protesting education reform


EAST AURORA, NY – Dozens of people showed up to a rally to protest Governor Cuomo and his education reform program.

Parents, teachers, administrators, board members, legislators and even some students were in attendance to demonstrate against what organizers say is Cuomo's underfunding of public education, and his perceived attack on the local control of public education.

"His whole reform agenda does nothing to improve education in the classroom, or student learning," said Larry Grisanti, an educator. "The teacher evaluation process is now a top-down evaluation process, proposing to bring in people from outside the district to evaluate teachers."

Participants are calling on the governor listen to the experts in education, parents and educators, and stop what they call his misguided attacks on public education.


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Full of Flavor, the 21st Annual Springtime in the Country Artisan Market Expands

Full of Flavor, the 21st Annual Springtime in the Country Artisan Market Expands

 

Celebrating 21 years of fine art and artisans, Springtime in the Country returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29. The event has grown to include a market atmosphere including gourmet coffees, olive oils, baked goods, cheeses, meats and more. In addition, more than 25 new artisans will join the company of 200 artisans representing states from across the nation! 

Dog Ears gala to feature local music and cuisine

Dog Ears gala to feature local music and cuisine

 

The seventh annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, South Buffalo. The theme for the event is “Buffalo Beats & Eats,” a celebration of local music and cuisine.

Providing musical entertainment will be the StoneBridge Band, Grace Stumberg Band, the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club and a few surprise bands. Additionally, more than 20 local restaurants will participate in a “Taste of the City” event during the gala. Beer and wine will be included in the ticket price, including a special beer-tasting event by Certo Brothers Distributing.

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

Franciscan Mountain Retreat Seeks Executive Director

 

Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan Mountain Retreat located in scenic Western New York, seeks an Executive Director (ED) to act as chief operating officer and provide vision and strategic planning for this organization with a rich 30-year history. Working within our collaborative management model, the ED will supervise the day-to-day operations of “the Mountain,” working closely with the president/ animator, resident friar community, the board of trustees, staff and students from nearby St. Bonaventure University.    

Key responsibilities include:

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Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Hochul Reviews State’s Campus Sexual Assault Policy With Daemen Community

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discussed a new Cuomo administration effort related to campus sexual assault prevention and policies at New York State’s private colleges at a March 5 meeting with members of the Daemen College community.

Hochul’s visit to Daemen was the first to take place at a Western New York private college as part of a statewide tour to talk about elements of the proposed legislation. With this, a new state policy implemented in December at SUNY campuses would be extended to include private colleges statewide so that uniform procedures and guidelines are in place at both private and public institutions.

Annunciation Church Announces Holy Week Schedule and Three-day Retreat

Annunciation Church Announces Holy Week Schedule and Three-day Retreat

 

Annunciation Church, located at 7580 Clinton St., Elma, has announced its 2015 Holy Week schedule and details of a three-day parish retreat featuring actor Mark Price.

• March 27: Living Stations of the Cross performed by youth of Annunciation parish, 7 p.m. in Annunciation Church.

• March 28 & 29: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord with distribution of palm branches during Mass.

Dog Ears to Host Book-signing Event and New Puppy Tales Series

Dog Ears to Host Book-signing Event and New Puppy Tales Series

 

A book-signing event and a new session of the popular Puppy Tales program will take place at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo.

Bill Donohue, author of “Himself — A Civil War Veteran’s Struggle with Rebels, Brits and Devils,” will visit Dog Ears at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, for a book-signing event. Published by Buffalo Heritage Press, “Himself” tells the story of Patrick Donohue, the author’s great-grandfather who was raised in Buffalo’s First Ward in the mid-1800s. He and his brother John fought with Grant’s Army of the Potomac in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Both were wounded, with Patrick spending eight months in Confederate prisons.