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National Grid Awards $250,000 Grant to Buffalo Urban Development Corp. for Riverbend Project

National Grid Awards $250,000 Grant to Buffalo Urban Development Corp. for Riverbend Project

Economic development grant to assist in redevelopment of brownfield site

National Grid announced today it has awarded a $250,000 grant from its Strategic Economic Development Outreach program to Buffalo Urban Development Corp. (BUDC).  The funds will be used for BUDC’s RiverBend project, a 202-acre redevelopment project that is transforming the former Republic Steel and Donner Hanna Coke sites in South Buffalo into a green business park.  The Riverbend project is a part of the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Act (BOA) to remediate and redevelop approximately 2,000 acres of former industrial land on the shores of Lake Erie and the Buffalo River.

Tobacco: Why all the Fuss?

Tobacco: Why all the Fuss?

Tobacco has been in the news for a few months now, with the FDA releasing its new cigarette labels to big tobacco suing the FDA. Many people have seen the commercials and know that tobacco kills but choose to smoke anyways, so why all the fuss?

Many people have a hard time believing that tobacco is an addictive drug similar to cocaine or heroin. However nicotine, which is the addictive ingredient in tobacco, is one of the most widely abused drugs in the US. In a report from the US Department of Health it states:

Earthquake Rattles Some Towns, Not Others

Earthquake Rattles Some Towns, Not Others

The effect of Tuesday's earthquake in Western New York was widespread, but not universal. People in some neighborhoods didn't notice it at all while others were left feeling queasy from the unaccustomed shaking.

Go to the WGRZ-2 On Your Side Facebook page to compare for yourself reports from places where the earthquake was felt to places where it wasn't. (Follow the posts beginning on Tuesday at about 2pm. We asked both questions and received well over 800 responses from across Western New York and beyond.)

Share your earthquake stories below. Did you even feel it? Or not? Where were you at the time? (01:51:03 PM EST.)

Any friends or relatives out of town who felt it? Where were they when it hit?

Earthquake Safety Tips

Earthquake Safety Tips

We don't get them often and many of us don't know what to do when they happen so we here at 2 Your Town have compiled a list of safety procedures to help keep you and your family safe during an earthquake/aftershock. 

During an Earthquake

  • If you're indoors, stay there. Get under -- and hold onto --a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot. If you’re in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls and do not use the elevator.
     

  • If you're outside, get into the open. Stay clear of buildings, power lines or anything else that could fall on you.
     

  • If you're driving, move the car out of traffic and stop.

Volunteers Wanted

Volunteers Wanted

(Amherst, NY---) The Town of Amherst is looking for volunteers to assist at the Hazardous Waste Drop Off site from 8AM until 2PM, this Saturday, August 20, 2011.  The event will be held at the ECC North Campus and volunteers are needed for directing traffic and other duties. Volunteers will not be asked to handle any hazardous materials. 

To volunteer, please call Jeff at 691-4331.

 

RBC Wealth Management Gives $1,000 to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

RBC Wealth Management Gives $1,000 to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

RBC Wealth Management in Williamsville is continuing their commitment to protecting fresh water and the Western New York environment. RBC Wealth Management made a $1,000 donation to Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER on August 15 that will assist in its annual “Fall Clean-up.” The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. RBC Wealth Management was a corporate partner in RIVERKEEPER’s Spring Shoreline Sweep in April.

EPA Signs Agreement with UB to Improve Environmental Sustainability

EPA Signs Agreement with UB to Improve Environmental Sustainability

New York, N.Y. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed an agreement with the University at Buffalo that will expand the school’s environmental commitments. The university has agreed to enhance energy and water efficiency, reduce waste, and use green landscaping practices. The University of Buffalo is the largest school in the State University of New York system.

“The University at Buffalo has been a leader in education and research for years,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “With this agreement, it is distinguishing itself as an environmental leader. EPA encourages other large universities to look to SUNY Buffalo’s example as they increase their commitments to environmental stewardship.”

Under the agreement between the University at Buffalo and EPA, the university will:
Continue to purchase a significant portion of its energy from renewable generation sources, including wind and solar energy. Register as an EnergyStar partner.