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Buffalo Prep Appoints New Board Members

BUFFALO, NY – Buffalo Prep announced recently that it has appointed six new members to its board of directors. Their appointments, effective immediately, will help promote the laudable mission of Buffalo Prep, an organization that focuses on identifying the many promising, yet economically disadvantaged, minority students throughout WNY.

Jodyann Galvin, partner at the distinguished law firm of Hodgson Russ. Galvin is also an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo Law School, where she teaches a course on New York civil practice.

Hon. Craig Hannah, Buffalo city court judge, brings experience as a lawyer as well as a professor at Medaille College to the board. Judge Hannah was previously president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and the recipient of its Legal Service Award.

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Mary Queen of Angels School Prepares for Catholic Schools Week, Open House Events

Mary Queen of Angels School Prepares for Catholic Schools Week, Open House Events

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga is busy preparing for Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 30 through Feb. 3. The week will feature daily educational themes and tours for families considering MQA and Catholic education.

“Instead of hosting a traditional open house event, MQA will be open throughout Catholic Schools Week to families who would like to see our school, teachers and students in action,” said Principal Kristen Hada. “Tours will be offered from 8:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, and you do not need to make an appointment. If you cannot make it in during school hours, please call the school office at 895-6280 to schedule a private tour.”

Safeguarding Taxpayer Data – How to Get Started

Tax professionals must safeguard taxpayer data by law. It is also critical to tax preparers’ business success. Protect your clients and yourself by taking a few common sense steps.

You can seek advice from security consultants or insurance companies. IRS Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data, also offers tips on how to get started.

These best practices include:

Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

Batavia Downs to Host Sports Collectors Expo in February

A huge lineup of professional athletes — including several Hall of Famers and members of the Buffalo Bills, Braves and Sabres — are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo Feb. 18 and 19 in Batavia. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

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Explore Buffalo Announces 2017 Architectural Course

Explore Buffalo Announces 2017 Architectural Course

Buffalo is recognized as having one of the best collections of architecture among American cities, with outstanding examples of a wide variety of architectural styles. Join Explore Buffalo for a four-week course on architectural styles to see how the entire city of Buffalo is a true architectural museum. This course will be led by Chuck LaChiusa, Explore Buffalo Board President and creator of BuffaloAH.com.

Each session will be 90 minutes in length, from 7 pm to 8:30 p.m., including a brief break. This course can only be purchased as a whole; individual sessions cannot be purchased separately. Sessions will include the following:

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Funds for Home Improvement Projects are Currently at Their Peak

Tax season is right around the corner, and many homeowners are waiting to receive their annual refund check before beginning long-awaited home improvement projects such as the installation of new heating and cooling units, energy saving improvements, insulation, air sealing, new windows and more.

Rather than waiting and hoping for a sizable return, consumers could be taking advantage of multiple home improvement grant programs that are currently available to both homeowners and tenants. 

“Several grant and funding programs that allow homeowners and tenants to maximize home improvement projects are currently available to all households across Western New York,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services, 67 Sheldon Ave., Depew. “Everyone qualifies for some amount of assistance, so there’s really no reason to delay a project.”

IRS Offers Tips on Validating Your Identity on Your Tax Return

You should always keep a copy of your tax return. It is even more important for 2017, as the Internal Revenue Service moves to strengthen its e-signature validation process.

You must use your 2015 adjusted gross income or your 2015 self-select PIN to validate your identity on your federal electronic tax return this tax season. The electronic filing PIN is no longer available as an option.

The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry – partners in combating identity theft -ask for your help in their efforts. Working in partnership with you, we can make a difference.

That’s why we launched a public awareness campaign that we call “Taxes. Security. Together.” We’ve also launched a series of security awareness tips that can help protect you from cybercriminals.