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Family Displaced by Morning Fire

AMHERST – A house fire displaced a family of five early Sunday morning.

Main-Transit Fire Chief Jon Kemp reports to Erie County Fire Blotter firefighters were dispatched to 410 McKinley Avenue around 7:32am to investigate an arcing wire. Firefighters arrived on location within two minutes and found heavy smoke and fire burning in the attic.

Using one attack line, crews acted fast to contain the fire, which spread from the attic into a bedroom.

Firefighters from Synder responded as the incident’s FAST Team.

We’re told that the home’s electrical service line to the house was arcing against the side of the home which in turn caused the fire.

Chief Kemp estimates damages at $130,000. No injuries were reported.

This article originally appeared in the Erie County Fire Blotter.

"2 Pack a Backpack" A Huge Success!

BUFFALO, NY - The need is greater than ever as this year's "2 Pack a Backpack" Drive to collect school supplies for the Boys and Girls Club. This year's drive has wrapped up and is a big success. 

Last year, enough supplies were collected to fill six school buses, which helped supply over 3,000 book bags. 2 On Your Side needs your help to make this year's efforts our biggest and best ever.

Volunteers will work through the weekend to organize and distribute the supplies.

If you would like to register for the school supplies, you can contact the Boys and Girls' Club at:  716-825-1016 on Monday.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and Boys & Girls Clubs of Niagara Falls coordinate the distribution of the backpacks and school supplies.

Huge Half-Off Sale: Welcome Back 2 School!

In my continued search to find the best websites to save you time and money, today a celebration of Back 2 School Savings.

Consider this the last weekend to practically steal everything you'll need for your dorm room, apartment and wardrobe.

Let's start with clothes. Today there are a few retailers to keep a close eye on.

Aeropostale offers half off on almost everything with hoodies at $14.75 for girls and guys and many other discoutns. Dont' forget to stop by the sale section. CLICK HERE.

Urban Outfitters has a big selection of clothes $9.99 and under. CLICK HERE.

Get a $50 Gap Gift Card for $25 Today / Freebies & Coupons

In my continued search to find the best deals and websites to save you time and money, today something we can all use, free e-cash.

Today only, if you buy a $25 gift card for the GAP, it doubles in value. That means you'll have a $50 gift card that you can use until November 19, 2010, in store. CLICK HERE and while this is listed under Groupon's deals for New York City, read the fine print. The offer is available to anyone at any Gap Retail store in the U.S. or Canada. UPDATE: Since this article was written at 5am, so many people in WNY have purchased the deal, that Groupon has now made it available on the Buffalo Groupon page too. Well done!

"Tour de Force" Honors 9/11 Victims, Fallen Officers

AMHERST, NY - This September 11th more than 200 police officers from across the country and overseas will embark on a four day, 265-mile bike ride from the Pentagon to Ground Zero.

The 9th annual "Tour de Force" is a way to honor all of the victims of 9/11 and raise money for the families of fallen officers.

Lt. Amy Pedlow and Officer Dale Hohl of the University at Buffalo police department will participate.  The pair raised $5,000 their first year, $7,000 last year, and this year their goal is $10,000.

Joining them will be officers from all over the US, Canada, and even Great Britain and Ireland.

It's a journey that takes its toll physically and emotionally and one that comes with a goal of much more than just crossing the finish line.

Kenmore Avenue Restoration Planned

BUFFALO, NY-- Plans to improve Kenmore Avenue will be discussed on Thursday, August 19th in Buffalo City Hall.  Officials from the City of Buffalo, Erie County, Town of Tonawanda, Amherst and Kenmore will take part.

Representatives from each municipality's planning, engineering and highway departments will offer input on the design development for the improvement of 1.3 miles of Kenmore Avenue between Main Street and Starin Avenue.

The goal of the project is to improve the roadway to increase safety for drivers and walkers.  Since this stretch of road is a mix of residential and commercial zoning, the goal is to improve traffic flow as well as the aesthetic look of the roadway, while making it more "pedestrian friendly".

A public meeting will be held at a future date to update the community and get feedback.

Massive Tuition Increase for UB Law Students

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- Days before the fall semester begins, students at the University at Buffalo Law School are learning their tuition is going up.

Read the letter UB sent to its law students

SUNY's (State University of New York) Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution to increase professional school tuition rates, starting in the Fall 2010 semester.  Yearly tuition will increase by nine percent for in-state students, 20% for out of state students.