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Gronkowski's Make NFL Splash

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Call it sibling rivalry to the extreme!

Williamsville's Gronkowski brothers have accomplished something that hasn't been done in 20 years, three brothers playing in the NFL.

Dan was just traded from Detroit to Denver. Rob and Chris, who were teammates and roomates last year in college, joined big brother in the big league this year. Rob is a tight-end in New England and Chris, a full-back, made the final roster in Dallas.

For their dad, Gordie, the magnitude of what his boys have done is just starting to sink in.

We had to speak with Gordie over the phone because he was in St. Louis, watching his oldest son, Gordie jr, playing minor league baseball. Just another stop in what's become a very busy life.

Pakistani-Americans Host Fundraiser for Flood Victims

AMHERST, NY - The Pakistani-Americans in the WNY area hosted a fundraiser to assist victims in the widespread flooding in Pakistan.

Over 200 locals gathered at the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier in Amherst Monday evening.

An eyewitness in the flooding, who recently returned to the area, made a special presentation at the event.

The United Nations has described the disaster as worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake all combined.

 

Portion of Youngs Road in Amherst Temporarily Closed

AMHERST, N.Y. -- A portion of Youngs Road, south of Klein Road, will be shut down while the Town of Amherst continues work on a construction project in Bassett Park.

The flood mitigation project is designed to help improve storm water drainage in Bassett Park near Youngs and Klein Roads.

Officials hope this project will address ongoing flooding issues by temporarily storing excess runoff from one of the ditches during heavy rain.

The closure of Youngs Road will only be during business hours and only last for a few days.

The project began in August and should be completed in October.

 

Amherst House Fire

AMHERST, NY - Amherst Fire Control responded to a house fire at Devon Lane just after 5 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor smelled smoke and saw flames emerging from a roof exhaust fan coming from a house directly behind her.

The Snyder Fire Department was on location within minutes of the report. The firefighters knocked down the fire quickly.

The incident caused $25,000 in damage to the structure and $50,000 damage to the contents. The cause of the fire was a combination of a malfunctioning ventilation fan in the attic and a bird's nest that was in close proximity.

No injuries were reported and firefighters managed to save the family pet.

 

Getzville Firefighters Fight Basement Fire

AMHERST – A 9-1-1 call to Amherst Fire Control around 10:30 pm Friday night sent the Getzville Fire Department to investigate smoke in the area of 254 Miller Road. 

Getzville Fire Department First Assistant Chief Chris Kaplewicz reports to Erie County Fire Blotter his firefighters found heavy smoke emanating from that address.  An interior crew made entry and found a fire in the basement of that address.

The fire was quickly brought under control within ten minutes and was confined to the basement’s recreation room.

In total the fire caused $35,000 in damage.  A resident was treated by Twin City Ambulance from minor smoke inhalation.  They refused transport to the hospital and remained at the scene.

We’re told that the fire was caused by an over-heated gaming console that extended up a near wall.

Town Salaries Higher Than State Average

AMHERST, N.Y. – Town of Amherst employees had an average pay of $43,031 for its 562 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for town employees across the state is $35,632.

The report from the fiscally conservative group also found disparities in pay between upstate and downstate governments.

Gronkowski Catches Two TD's for Pats against Rams

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Sam Bradford passed his first test as a starting quarterback in the NFL, and Amherst's Rob Gronkowski is proving he belongs with New England.

Gronkowski caught three passes for 66-yards including touchdowns from Tom Brady of 14 and 20-yards.  Gronkowski played at Williamsville North for three years in high school, and was a second round selection of the Patriots this spring.

The player who ended the game at quarterback for the Rams, Keith Null, directed a drive that set up Josh Brown's 37-yard field goal on the final play that gave St. Louis a 36-35 exhibition winover the New England Patriots on Thursday night.