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Buffalo Police Looking for a Few Good Officers

BUFFALO, NY-If you've ever considered a career in law enforcement, the Buffalo Police would like to hear from you.

The city is holding an exam on April 23rd in order to compile an eligible list for hiring entry-level officers. You must be at least 19-years-old on or before that date to be able to take the test. Other qualifications and requirements can be found at www.buffalopolicetest.org. You can also call 851-9614 for more information.

One big change this year, you no longer have to live in the city to be eligible, but residents will be given preference in appointment.

The deadline to register to take the test is March 16th.

Snowy Sidewalks Draw EA Mayor's Criticism

Snowy Sidewalks Draw EA Mayor's Criticism

by Jeremy Morlock

The snow on East Aurora’s sidewalks has Mayor Allan Kasprzak all steamed up. Village law requires commercial and residential property owners to keep sidewalks “free and clear of snow, ice and all other obstructions,” but in many areas the sidewalks are hidden and barely passable for pedestrians.

The situation, which seems to repeat itself every year, is frustrating for Kasprzak. At a Jan. 18 Village Board meeting, the mayor freely named some of those he blames for contributing to the situation. “I’m extremely dissatisfied… I will blame everyone; I will blame some residents, I will blame some businesses, and I will blame the village also,” Kasprzak said.

Petition Drive Directs Governor to Mandate Anti-concussion Ordinances

Petition Drive Directs Governor to Mandate Anti-concussion Ordinances

Primordial Strength Inc. of East Aurora, in conjunction with the Sports Legacy Institute, has created a petition drive asking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to mandate anti-concussion ordinances at the local, regional and state level. 

“This is important legislation that can change the health and welfare of sports participants,” said Steven Helmicki, president of Primordial Strength Inc. and a leader in the anti-concussion movement.

Golden Snowball Still Up for Grabs

Well, here we are deep into January with cold temps, clouds and snow showers filling just about every day in the 7day forecast.  Here in WNY we've had our share of lake effect snow, but with Lake Erie now looking more like a glacier that is slowing down.  Most of the true snow storms this year have bypassed Buffalo and WNY on their way to the coastal cities.  So with the end of the month approaching it's a good time to count up all the fallen flakes and see where we stack up in the Golden Snowball Contest. 

Typically here in Buffalo we shovel for second with Rochester, while our friends in Syracuse snow blow a path to first with Binghamton and Albany dusting off the rear.  So without further delay here's the standings as of Today January 27th....

Aurora Wellness Center Welcomes New Associate

Aurora Wellness Center Welcomes New Associate

by Renee T. Engels

Chiropractor Ashley Gleason is the newest associate of the Aurora Wellness Center. Born and raised in Western New York, she is delighted to be providing a valuable service to her own community.

Dr. Gleason attended North Tonawanda High School and injured her back while participating in sports. “It was so bad my brother had to literally carry me up the stairs at home,” she joked. To relieve her pain, Gleason went to a chiropractor in her neighborhood and was amazed with the body/brain connection.

Village of East Aurora Residents Will be Rewarded for Recycling

Village of East Aurora Residents Will be Rewarded for Recycling

by Julie Hadley

Residents of the Village of East Aurora have an opportunity to take part in a new program that promotes recycling while providing participants with discount coupons for national and regional merchants. The village, in partnership with Waste Management, launched “Think Green Rewards” as of Jan. 1.

According to Mike DeClerck of Waste Management, this pilot program is “the tip of the sword. There are a handful of similar programs in the United States,” DeClerck said, but the East Aurora program is one of the first in New York. “The ratio of recycling in East Aurora is higher than in other parts of the state.”

Legislator Fudoli Announces HEAP Outreach will be held Jan. 27 at Elma Town Hall

Legislator Fudoli Announces HEAP Outreach will be held Jan. 27 at Elma Town Hall

Erie County Legislator Dino Fudoli announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Elma Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road.

Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Doors open at 8:30am.  All applicants will be interviewed. 

HEAP is a federally funded program to assist Erie County residents with their heating bills. The HEAP outreach will be administered by the Erie County Departments of Social Services and Senior Services and is open to all income eligible households.

“This winter has already proven to be extremely harsh and cold. It is important that residents eligible for HEAP receive the assistance they need,” Legislator Fudoli said. “These Outreach events are the best way for residents to speak with a representative and begin the process, if applicable.”

Applicants are requested to bring the following documentation to the outreach: