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Stranger Danger

AMHERST, NY-- Amherst Police are issuing an alert to parents tonight to talk to their kids about stranger danger, following two incidents that occured in the town.

The first happened on Thursday on Heim Road after school. The other occured Friday on Hunt Club Circle, also after school. Police officials do not believe the two incidents are related.

"The first incident, two young boys were approached by white male in pickup," says Lieutenant Joseph LaCorte, Amherst Police. "Basically, he asked to find his dog. They did the right thing, got away, ran home and no more to the incident than that. The second incident, two girls around the same age between 10 and 12 say a car drove by slowly and kind of peered at them scaring them. He didn't say anything. They also did the right thing they got away."

Veterans: Write Your Story

Veterans: Write Your Story

Our writers group is open to veterans of all conflicts. We listen, talk and write about our experiences because no one else can tell our story. Convert your thoughts and experiences into a memoir or short story. 

We meet on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 PM in room 422-B at the VA Western NY located at 3495 Bailey Av., Buffalo, NY 14215.

Scheduled meetings are: Oct 18; Oct 25; Nov 1; Nov 12 (Special Friday meeting with ClaudeAnShin Thomas as guest speaker); Nov 15; Dec 6 and Dec 20th.

To see a WGRZ video about our group, click here.

Buddhist Monk Visits Area

Claude AnShin Thomas practices "engaged Buddhism." Today he is in Medellin, Columbia visiting communa 13, one of the hottest spots for drug-related gang violence. He is working with two groups, one engaged with people on the fence or on the edge of becoming involved in gang activities and another making efforts to draw people out of these gangs.

What is Buffalo's connection to drugs, gangs and violence?

Ask him yourself when you hear Claude AnShin Thomas speak about Mindfulness at 7 PM, Wednesday, November 10th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Williamsville, NY. A $5 fee to reduce travel expenses will be requested. You can register for a Day of Mindfulness Practice on Saturday, November 13th from 9am to 5PM. His website is : Zaltho.org 

See a short leader to a documentary on AnShin's work here


TRAFFIC TRACKER 2: Wehrle Drive in Williamsville Closed

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY-- The stretch of Wehrle Drive running through the towns of Amherst and Williamsville is closed untill Sunday, October 3.

The road is closed to conduct road repairs between Aero Drive and Garrison.

Detours will be posted.

WNYSEA Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings

The Western New York Sustainable Energy Association is holding its' 15th Annual Tour Solar Homes and Green Buildings that will have a kick-off press event on Saturday, October 2nd at 10 am at the renovated 1926  former warehouse at 95 Perry Street. This is a part of the National Tour of Solar Homes and Green Buildings. The Solar Tour is self guided, free, and open to the public. The list of 25 local Solar Tour and Green Building participants is here.

The 2010 Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings
Free and Open to the Public on Saturday, October 2, 10 am - 4 pm
Over 25 Sites around Western New York

Come join Us for the 2010 Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings
Press Event on October 2nd at 10am at 95 Perry Street in Buffalo.

Lenihan Retains Position; Ryce A No-Show

BUFFALO, NY - During a Saturday morning reorganization meeting, Len Lenihan unanimously won a vote and retained his position as head of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

Businesswoman Sundra Rice planned to challenge Lenihan, but she did not attend this morning's meeting. Ryce hoped to become both the first woman and the first African-American to head the Erie County Democratic Committee.

Mayor Byron Brown, a long time critic of Lenihan, had been supporting Rice.

Lenihan plans to focus on unifying the party leading into the November elections.








Nationwide Prescription Medication Drop-Off Day A Success

WESTERN NEW YORK - The Drug Enforcement Administration is reporting that 3,280 lbs. of unneeded medications were safely disposed of Saturday as a result of 7 drug drops in Erie and Niagara Counties.

The DEA is anticipating that well over two tons of drugs will be safely incinerated at Coventa in Niagara Falls. Medications collected outside of Erie and Niagara County won't be tallied until Monday morning.

The 15 Western New York Collection sites were part of the DEA's national effort to rid our homes and communities of medications that can be misused and abused, particularly by teens.

The Drug Enforcement Administration wants you to hand over those old prescription pills, cough medicines, and other drugs that have been sitting in your medicine cabinet for years.

The DEA's Mark Caverly says it's a public health initiative amid concern about the growing misuse of prescription drugs, especially among kids 12 to 17 years old.