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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.

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Large Crowd at Taste of Williamsville

More than a dozen restaurants offered up several items at the annual Taste of Williamsville in Island Park on Sunday.

Organizers moved the event to a weekend after hearing several requests from residents.

Food Tents were also removed from the shelter in order to give people more space to sit and eat.

Did you attend the Taste of Williamsville? If so, post a review in the comment section below and send pictures to newsdesk@wgrz.com.

Amherst Health Fair Saturday

AMHERST, NY-Kaleida Health and Assemblyman Jim Hayes are sponsoring a large health fair on Saturday, August 7th.

It's set to take place at the Amherst Senior Center on John James Audobon Parkway from 9 AM - Noon.

There will be free cholesterol and blood-pressure screening, as well as glucose and prostate cancer testing.

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will be on hand to accept your expired, unwanted or unused prescription medicines for proper disposal.

The New York State Police will be on hand to provide Child Safety Seat checks.

Many other activities are also planned, including a blood donation drive.

Niagara Falls Blvd Access Ramp Closed Aug 5

The access ramp from southbound US Route 62 (Niagara Falls Boulevard) to eastbound Interstate 290, will be closed to all traffic beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, and reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning.

Traffic will be directed to follow a posted detour on Niagara Falls Boulevard to Sheridan Drive, then proceed east on Sheridan Drive towards Millersport Highway.

The ramp is being closed to repair a bridge on the 290. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

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Excelsior Orthopedics and WNY Breast Health Open House

AMHERST, NY-Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Jim Hayes will be recognized on Wednesday, August 11th, as part of the Excelsior Orthopaedics and WNY Breast Health Open House.

The event will take place from 5-8 PM at the Amherst office located at 3925 Sheridan Drive between Harlem Road and Harold Drive.

Amherst Police Investigate Rape

 

AMHERST, N.Y. - Police in Amherst are investigating the alleged rape of a 20-year-old woman.

Police say the woman was walking westbound on Wehrle Drive under the Thruway overpass around 1:00 a.m. Monday July 5 when a male jumped out of some bushes, grabbed her, pushed her to the ground, and then raped her.

Investigators say the suspect also went through the woman's purse and took her debit card and $20 cash.  The suspect ran away.  A neighbor heard the victim crying and called police.

The attacker is described as a black male, 6'0 tall, weighing 180 pounds with braided black hair, and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black v-neck short-sleeved t-shirt, dark jeans and diamond earrings.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call Amherst Police at (716) 689-1311.

Maple Road Construction Project Almost Complete

AMHERST, N.Y. - Maple Road between the University at Buffalo and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst is a busy stretch that is slower than usual because of the road construction project currently taking place.

We have heard from several 2 On Your Side viewers who are frustrated by it.

Jim e-mailed us saying, "I work at U.B. and live in Kenmore so I hop on the Thruway at Elmwood and get off at the 290 U.B. exit instead of taking Sheridan to Sweet Home like I used to."

The construction project is run by Erie County and funded by Stimulus Money.

The Erie County Highway Department tells 2 On your Side the project should be complete by the end of August. Initially, officials were projecting completion at some point next year.