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Buffalo Stars Introduce State-of-the-Art Media Center at Holiday Rinks

(Cheektowaga, NY) - The Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey organization will, for the second consecutive season, telecast their home games from Holiday Twin Rinks live on the internet at www.fasthockey.com.  Only this year, they’ll do it from their all-new high-tech media center and press box.

Constructed and just completed this summer, the Buffalo Stars Media Center will house a small webcasting studio, state-of-the-art sound system for music and in-house announcements and internet access for the purpose of relaying live scores and stats to their leagues’ statisticians.

The Stars have made a significant investment into this new high-tech venture, which is part of the organization’s overall strategy to advance itself into one of the elite junior teams in the northeastern USA.

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Freshmen welcomed in West Seneca schools

Approximately 7,036 students will start the school year in West Seneca Central on Tuesday, Sept. 7. 

Incoming ninth-graders got a “jumpstart” on high school on Wednesday, Aug. 25, when both West Seneca West and East Senior high schools held freshmen orientation programs.

Freshmen and new students at West were invited to take part in the student-only Fresh Start program, led by the school’s upperclassmen. In addition to learning about academic and extracurricular activities, the freshmen took part in team-building challenges, including cup stacking, group jump rope and relay races.  

Later, West students were invited to a hot dog roast and formal orientation. East Senior also offered light refreshments, followed by an orientation for students and parents or guardians.

The West Seneca Central School District includes students from not only the Town of West Seneca, but also from Cheektowaga, Orchard Park and Hamburg.

Senior Community Holds Fishing Derby

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Peregrine’s Landing Senior Community, located at 575 Cayuga Creek Road, held its first annual Fishing Tournament for residents on Tuesday, and by all accounts it was a great success.

The fishing derby was coordinated by the residents and staff of Peregrine’s Landing. Top honors went to: Henry Wozniak (for catching the most fish); Joe Trawinski (who tied the team of George Adams, junior and senior, for largest fish); and Ray Czech (for smallest fish). The event was held at “Little Lake George” in Alden.

Peregrine’s Landing is a New York State-licensed enriched housing community designed to meet the needs of residents with assisted living apartments and a secured memory care unit. Peregrine’s Landing is committed to providing a comfortable, supportive setting for older adults and a community that offers the highest quality of care while promoting an independent and fulfilling lifestyle to residents. 

New Electronics Retailer Coming to Walden Avenue

Ultimate Electronics, a consumer electronics retailer based out of Thornton, CO, is opening a location in the former Wegmans store on Walden Avenue, across from the Walden Galleria, in time for the holiday shopping season.

Ultimate Electronics operates 35 locations in 11 states. The company is owned by Ultimate Acquisition Partners, L.P., a subsidiary of Wattles Capital Management, LLC, which purchased Ultimate Electronics in April 2005. The company had filed bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in January 2005.

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Erie County SPCA Sponsors Paws in the Park Walk

As the SPCA’s longest-running fundraiser, the Paws in the Park Walk presented by Keller Technology Corporation invites people to come with (or without) their dog to a two-mile walk at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, September 11, at 11 a.m. (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

The day includes lunch for participants and the opportunity to interact with: 50 or more pet-related vendors, exhibitors and canine rescue groups; judged dog trick, costume and dog-owner look-alike contests; an agility course for the dogs; and fun for children and adults alike with inflatable bounce houses. 

Participants are encouraged to raise pledges that directly benefit the people and animals the SPCA assists. In return, these participants win incredible prizes, including airline tickets, messenger bags, and pet first aid kits!

For more information, visit the Paws in the Park website.

Benefit For Blake Gradl

LANCASTER, NY - 4-year-old Blake Gradl, son of Debbie and Jerry Gradl, was diagnosed with Stage III Burkitt's Lymphoma in January of 2010.

Burkitt's Lymphoma is a rare cancer with approximately 300 cases a year in the U.S.

A week before his diagnosis, Blake was a healthy kid who loved to play hockey. Blake underwent intense chemotherapy at Children's Hospital.

The friends and family of Debbie and Jerry came together Sunday afternoon to host a benefit to assist them as they incur expenses.

To make a donation, make checks payable to Blake Gradl Benefit and mail to: First Niagara Bank 5075 Broadway, Lancaster, NY 14086. Along with the check, make sure to send your name or business name along with an address and amount of donation.

Free Back-to-School Haircuts at Matt Urban Hope Center

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nichole Londo, a hairstylist and former cosmetology instructor at Erie 1 BOCES, is volunteering her time to provide free back-to-school haircuts for area kids on Tuesday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Matt Urban Hope Center, 385 Paderewski Drive, near the Central Terminal.

"This is my second free cut event at the center this summer," says Londo. "I really just want to help the children have a great look for school."

She is also collecting school supplies to donate to families who attend. "My goal is to raise at least 16 bookbags full of supplies to distribute the day of the event," she says.

Donations of school supplies for the book bags can be dropped off at Fantastic Sam's, 1526 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, or at the Matt Urban Hope Center.

The Walden Avenue Fantastic Sam's is Nichole's present employer and a sponsor of the free haircut events.