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Daemen Opening State-of-the-Art Visual Effects Facility

Daemen Opening State-of-the-Art Visual Effects Facility

Marking an important milestone in a Buffalo Billion project targeting Western New York’s emerging film and television post-production industry, a newly completed nearly $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility will be officially unveiled by Daemen College at a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Dec. 5.

The celebration will take place at 10 a.m. in the Daemen International Center for Excellence in Animation located in the Tri Main Center at 2495 Main St. in Buffalo. Daemen President Gary A. Olson, members of the Daemen community and dignitaries are expected to be in attendance. An open house for the community is also planned from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Two Amherst police officers hurt while making arrest

AMHERST, NY - Two Amherst police officers were injured while trying to arrest a shoplifting suspect around 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

Amherst Police tell us they responded to a call of a larceny in progress at the Walmart on Sheridan Drive. Witnesses pointed out who the suspect was and one of the officers chased him to his pick-up truck, where they got into a struggle.

The suspect was able to get into the pick-up truck and drive off, while the officer was holding onto his steering wheel. The pick-up dragged him some distance, police say.

The other officer, fearing that his partner's life was in danger, started firing at the vehicle. The officer being dragged by the pick-up managed to disentangle himself and the suspect sped off.

Children’s Photographs Exhibited From Daemen-Community Project

Children’s Photographs Exhibited From Daemen-Community Project

Buffalo area elementary students displayed photographs that show their creative views of the community and environment at a Nov. 11 exhibit that culminated a collaborative project with Daemen College.

Images from the Seneca Babcock Children’s Photo Show were available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Seneca Babcock After School Program.

During the five-week project, Daemen art education students worked with a dozen children in the after school program and instructed them on the basics of camera use. The young participants were then introduced to works by Jay Masiel, an acclaimed photographer best known for his unique perspective on capturing the environment and everyday life.

Trucks involved in serious accident on Campbell Blvd.

AMHERST, NY - A major accident between a dump truck and a pick-up truck temporarily shut down Campbell Boulevard at North French in Amherst Friday at about 10 a.m.

The 2 On Your Side crew at the site of the incident said there was severe damage to the pick-up truck's hood.

The pick-up truck made a left hand turn into the path of the dump truck, which was traveling south on Campbell. Bret E. Tramposch, 58, of Getzville, the driver of the pick-up truck, had to be extricated by members of the Getzville Fire Company. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of a spinal fracture, broken ribs and multiple other injuries.

The driver of the dump truck, William K. Wheeler, 58, of Middleport, was not hurt.

Amherst fire responds to gas leak at Boulevard Mall

AMHERST, NY - Shoppers were evacuated from a portion of the Boulevard Mall following a gas leak.

Fire crews were called to the property after reports of a natural gas leak around the lunch hour on Friday. Officials say a contactor hit the line.

National Fuel arrived to repair the leak.

In the meantime, the Food Court and stores up to Sears were closed while the repair was completed. The rest of the mall remained open, according to fire officials.

Thanksgiving Celebrations Must Include a Safe Ride Home

Thanksgiving Celebrations Must Include a Safe Ride Home


In recent years, Thanksgiving Eve has become known as the biggest party night of the year. While everyone enjoys a good party with family and friends to usher in the holiday season, the planning isn’t complete until arrangements have been made to guarantee a safe ride home at the end of the evening for all of your guests.

U.S. and China Extending Visa Validity Periods for Select Categories

U.S. and China Extending Visa Validity Periods for Select Categories


On Nov. 12, the U.S. and China began increasing the length of short-term business and tourist visas as well as student and exchange visas issued to each others’ citizens. 

Chinese applicants who qualify for the B visa may now be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel. This is the longest visa validity possible under U.S. law. Qualified Chinese students, exchange visitors and their dependents who qualify for the F, M, or J visa categories are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years (or the length of their trip). Likewise, U.S. citizens who seek Chinese visas in these categories are granted the same validity periods.