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Millersport and I-290 Ramp Closure Tonight

AMHERST (WGRZ)-- Millersport Highway (Route 263) to I-290 eastbound in Amherst will be closed on Thursday, August 12.

The ramp will be closed overnight, from 7 p.m to 7 a.m.

Some Local Groups May Lose Tax-Exempt Status

BUFFALO, N.Y. - According to the Internal Revenue Service some local non-profit groups and organizations may lose their tax exempt status because of a new law that went into effect.

A spokesman for the IRS tells 2 On Your Side the organizations will be given until the middle of October to fill out the proper paperwork required by the new law or they may lose their tax exempt status. Some groups affected include some little league teams, fire departments and youth programs.

2 On Your Side has a database of the organizations and groups which may be affected.  

UB Marching Band Preview Set for August 29

AMHERST, NY-The University of Buffalo Marching Band is getting ready for another Bulls season.

The band will host a preview show at Kunz Field on the UB North Campus at 6 PM on Sunday, August 29th.

The event will feature the band's new football field show, along with performances by the Mt. St. Mary Academy Marching Band and the Buffalo Public Schools combined Marching Bands, Medina H.S. Marching Band and the West Seneca West Marching Band.

The show is free and open to the public.

Eggertsville Firefighters Respond to Apartment Fire

EGGERTSVILLE, N.Y. - Firemen from the Eggertsville Hose Company extinguished a fire at the Princeton Court apartment complex, 129 Princeton Avenue, near the University at Buffalo South Campus, this morning.

Fire Chief John Buttino said firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the building and found flames in a kitchen spreading to the living room of apartment 3 when they arrived. Due to initial fears that occupants could still be in the building, a second alarm was struck, bringing additional crews from the North Bailey and Snyder fire deparments.

Firefighters worked quickly to bring the blaze under control in 17 minutes. Maitenance staff and an off-duty Buffalo Fire Department firefighter had already assisted residents in evacuating the complex, Buttino said.

The cause is under investigation. No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $225,000.

Amherst Sr. Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

AMHERST, NY-Time flys when you're having fun-believe it or not, the Amherst Senior Center is celebrating it's 10th anniversay at it's Audobon location this week.

The center itself dates back to the early 1960s at three locations, plus satellites.

Festivities get underway at 11:45 on Thursday, August 12th with the dedication of a portrait of the most recent past director, Mary Ellen Walsh. Hers will be placed alongside those of her two predecessors.

There will also be a special lunch with strawberry shortcake and entertainment.

Amherst Shooting Victim Dies

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Amherst Police say the victim of an early morning shooting on Rosedale Boulevard Monday has died.

The victim has now been identified as 29-year-old Nicholas Sweeney of Oliver Street in North Tonawanda.

Police were called when a neighbor heard Sweeney calling for help around 6 AM. When they arrived they found Sweeney in the street with a gun shot wound to his abdomen. He was rushed by ambulance to ECMC where he died shortly after noon.

The town's SWAT team was brought in to search a home in the 300 block of Rosedale. While no one was found inside, there was evidence of someone living there.

Police said they're investigating the possibility the shooting may be related to an argument at that house Sunday night and does not appear to be a random attack.

Seminar on Invasive and Destructive Pests

BUFFALO, NY-The Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host a seminar on invasive and destructive insects in WNY.

It will take place on Tuesday, August 17th from 5:30-8 PM at the Marcy Casino at Delaware Park.

It's an open event for residents of Buffalo and the surrounding communities.

The purpose is to provide training and education for the detection, identification and reporting procedure for forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

The event is sponsored by the NYS Agriculture Department.

Refresments, a powerpoint presentation and a Q & A session are all part of the evening's activities.

If you want to go you're asked to e-mail an RSVP to rachel@bfloparks.org.