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Congressman Higgins & Legislator Kennedy Announce Additional HEAP Funding

Feds Release $12 Million to Help NY Seniors, Residents Afford Heating Bills

 

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy announced New York will receive $12,793,718 in emergency energy assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funding to NYS is formula based and will be distributed to eligible county applicants on a first come first serve basis. 

This funding is directed to low-income families and seniors to help them heat their homes.  During the 2009-2010 HEAP season, the program provided 203,237 benefits totaling $51.9 million in assistance to residents in Erie County. 

“With the end of summer here and the colder months approaching, this is timely good news for local seniors living on a tight, fixed income,” Congressman Higgins said. 

Pet Connection Announces October Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will be participating in several special events during the month of October.

Pet totes and other goodies will be available for sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 2 and 16 in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, on the first floor near Sears. Volunteers will also be at the Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 30.

Garden Walk and 911 Memorial Set for Local Parish

 

Infant of Prague, 921 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga, will be holding its 2nd annual Garden Walk on September 11 after the 4 p.m. mass, and again on Sunday, September 12, after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. masses. In memory of the 911 tragedies, there will be a memorial set up on the Foisset Street side next to the Mother of divine Grace Chapel.

Everyone is encouraged to peruse the parish grounds and vote for their favorite section. The Infant of Prague Parish Council will be holding an open house of the Msgr. Angelo M. Caliguiri Parish Center. There will be a presentation by the committee for God's Green Earth to give assistance and answer your questions on how to make your home an eco-friendly environment.

WNY German American Heritage Festival This Weekend

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Culture is the spice of life! We invite you this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 & 5 to immerse yourself in German Heritage and celebrate Gemütlichkeit!  People from across the Greater Buffalo-Niagara region with cultural roots reaching back to the countries of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland will be in attendance with many more festival goers who simply have an interest in musik, food, and culture.

“Gemütlichkeit simply means, “being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, with the right people.” Where else would you rather be than at Cheektowaga Town Park eating and drinking authentic German beer and cuisine, listening to four different authentic bands, participating in contests and games, and partying for a weekend with nearly 5,000 of your friends and family?!

Admission is only $3 per person each day, children 14 and under are free; $3.00 Kinder Park Day Passes are available. 1 -10 p.m. each day.

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.

 

 

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Collecting Gift Cards for Local Military Families

The Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey organization, a college-prep level program based at Holiday Twin Rinks, is challenging Western New York’s youth hockey associations to collect gift cards to benefit the New York Air National Guard 107th Airlift Wing's Family Readiness Group.

This gift card drive is part of the Stars' upcoming “Salute to American Troops” ceremony, which takes place during the hockey club’s season opener on Saturday, September 11 at Holiday Twin Rinks.  (Further details about the schedule and team are available at www.buffalostars.com