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Eggertsville Firefighters Respond to Apartment Fire

EGGERTSVILLE, N.Y. - Firemen from the Eggertsville Hose Company extinguished a fire at the Princeton Court apartment complex, 129 Princeton Avenue, near the University at Buffalo South Campus, this morning.

Fire Chief John Buttino said firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the building and found flames in a kitchen spreading to the living room of apartment 3 when they arrived. Due to initial fears that occupants could still be in the building, a second alarm was struck, bringing additional crews from the North Bailey and Snyder fire deparments.

Firefighters worked quickly to bring the blaze under control in 17 minutes. Maitenance staff and an off-duty Buffalo Fire Department firefighter had already assisted residents in evacuating the complex, Buttino said.

The cause is under investigation. No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $225,000.

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Amherst Sr. Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

AMHERST, NY-Time flys when you're having fun-believe it or not, the Amherst Senior Center is celebrating it's 10th anniversay at it's Audobon location this week.

The center itself dates back to the early 1960s at three locations, plus satellites.

Festivities get underway at 11:45 on Thursday, August 12th with the dedication of a portrait of the most recent past director, Mary Ellen Walsh. Hers will be placed alongside those of her two predecessors.

There will also be a special lunch with strawberry shortcake and entertainment.

Amherst Shooting Victim Dies

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Amherst Police say the victim of an early morning shooting on Rosedale Boulevard Monday has died.

The victim has now been identified as 29-year-old Nicholas Sweeney of Oliver Street in North Tonawanda.

Police were called when a neighbor heard Sweeney calling for help around 6 AM. When they arrived they found Sweeney in the street with a gun shot wound to his abdomen. He was rushed by ambulance to ECMC where he died shortly after noon.

The town's SWAT team was brought in to search a home in the 300 block of Rosedale. While no one was found inside, there was evidence of someone living there.

Police said they're investigating the possibility the shooting may be related to an argument at that house Sunday night and does not appear to be a random attack.

Seminar on Invasive and Destructive Pests

BUFFALO, NY-The Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host a seminar on invasive and destructive insects in WNY.

It will take place on Tuesday, August 17th from 5:30-8 PM at the Marcy Casino at Delaware Park.

It's an open event for residents of Buffalo and the surrounding communities.

The purpose is to provide training and education for the detection, identification and reporting procedure for forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

The event is sponsored by the NYS Agriculture Department.

Refresments, a powerpoint presentation and a Q & A session are all part of the evening's activities.

If you want to go you're asked to e-mail an RSVP to rachel@bfloparks.org.

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Erie County Recognized as "Storm Ready"

Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service announced Monday that Erie County has been recognized as “storm ready.” 

The following is information provided by Erie County:

The County had to meet a set of rigorous criteria to receive the designation.  The County’s Emergency Services Department established a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, developed numerous ways to receive severe weather forecasts and to alert the public, created a system to monitor local weather conditions and developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Our Emergency Services Department in Erie County, led by Commissioner Greg Skibitsky, regularly trains for all types of emergency situations and natural disaster responses.  Their impressive response to the October storm of 2006 and the floods in Gowanda last year in August are

UB North Campus Building Back Open After Gas Leak Scare

AMHERST, N.Y. - The University at Buffalo Police have reopened Bonner Hall on the Amhert North campus after they evacuated it just before 5 p.m. on Friday.

Officials were concerned about a possible natural gas leak.

On Friday afternoon, they sent the following text message:

UB Alert: UB Police are evacuating Bonner Hall on North Campus because of possible natural gas leak. Stay out and away from the building until further notice.

Bonner Hall is part of the school of engineering.

ASPCA's $100K Challenge

BUFFALO, NY - This Sunday marks the official start to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $100K Challenge to Save More Lives.

Back in April, shelter contestants across the country started working tirelessly to save at least 300 hundred more animals than they did over the same three month period in 2009.

The shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during that three-month period over the last year will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the shelter that does the best job of engaging its community in helping to save more lives.