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Frozen, Spiderman 2 among top costumes locally


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - There are less than two weeks now until Halloween, which means all of the most popular costumes are selling out fast.

On Saturday, we visited Spirit Halloween in Cheektowaga, a seasonal store that pops up all around Western New York this time of year. It's got every kind of prop, decoration, and animated electronic display you could imagine ... including the kind that pop out at you and make you jump.

But it's the costumes that bring the younger crowd in, and as you might expect, the year's biggest TV shows and movies have a lot to do with what the kids want to be.

After Frozen, Spirit Halloween says The Amazing Spiderman 2 is popular for boys. For adults, it's the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones costumes that are moving the fastest.


Enhanced Ebola Screening to Commence in U.S. Airports

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Commence in U.S. Airports

 

On Oct. 11, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) commenced screening for the Ebola virus at select U.S. airports. Starting with New York’s JFK Airport, all travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will now undergo enhanced entry screening in an effort to detect overt signs of the deadly illness. This week, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O-Hare and Atlanta International airports will follow suit. These five airports receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations. 

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

In light of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Daemen College will host a panel discussion of experts and also offer a personal perspective on the crisis from a native Liberian at the event scheduled for Oct. 20.

The panel discussion, which is part of the Daemen History and Political Science Speakers Series, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

“In addition to the health care threat of this deadly disease, the Ebola epidemic involves many political, cultural and government policy issues,” said Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science/African affairs and panel chair. “The range of expertise from the panelists will help put the public health impact of the Ebola outbreak into perspective and examine the broader implications of the virus as we face this international crisis.”

Panelists will include:

Depew Leaders and Neighbors Call for Widening of Transit Road


DEPEW, N.Y. -- You may have noticed some new signs that popped up recently along a busy stretch of Transit Road in Depew calling for two things: fixing up the old viaducts that cross Transit Road and widening the road itself.

That stretch of Transit Road in Depew has lanes that are only eight feet across, compared to 10 to 12 feet elsewhere.

Gabrielle Miller says she's the one who put up these signs telling people to take action, and call the New York State Department of Transportation. Unlike other stretches of the busy thoroughfare, "there's no shoulder on either side," she said.

Not only are there no shoulders, there's also no turn lane, which backs up traffic when drivers need to make left-hand turns.

"There's been too many accidents and people hurt because of this section of Transit Road. It needs to be done," Miller said.

She's not alone in her demands.

Christmas in the Country Returns to Fairgrounds with New ‘Return Pass’ Offer

Christmas in the Country Returns to Fairgrounds with New ‘Return Pass’ Offer

 

A favorite Western New York tradition, the Christmas in the Country Holiday Artisan Market will celebrate its 30th season when it returns to the Hamburg Fairgrounds Nov. 6-9. And for the first time in its storied history, Christmas in the Country will offer complimentary return passes so patrons can enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of this one-of-a-kind shopping experience all weekend long!  

“We have always felt our patrons needed more than just one day to properly enjoy this event,” said Daniel Kaczynski of Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Now everyone has the opportunity to come back as much as they would like at no additional cost.”

Sherex Fastening Solutions, LLC Opens News Manufacturing Facility in Akron, Ohio

Sherex Fastening Solutions, LLC Opens News Manufacturing Facility in Akron, Ohio

Sherex Fastening Solutions, a global leader of engineered fasteners, tooling and automation, announced today the opening of its new domestic manufacturing facility, Sherex Akron, located at 850 Moe Drive in Akron, OH.

"Sherex is very proud to be ‘Made in America’ and continues to offer the largest selection of blind rivet nuts in the world,” said Adam Pratt, president of Sherex Fastening Solutions. “The opening of the Sherex Akron manufacturing plant is part of our global capacity expansion plan and will increase the number of products we can supply. It will reduce lead times providing for an overall improved experience for our customers.”

Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge Reopens to Canada-Bound Traffic on Oct. 10th

Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge Reopens to Canada-Bound Traffic on Oct. 10th

Today the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) announced that the Whirlpool-Rapids International Bridge crossing will reopen to Canada-bound traffic at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, October 10th, 2014, following the successful construction of a second primary inspection booth for Canada-bound traffic. 

The Whirlpool-Rapids International Bridge facility upgrade, which began in early-September 2014, was undertaken to increase overall processing capacity at the crossing. The bridge has recently experienced rapid increases in traffic usage and wait times, due to the popularity of the NEXUS trusted travel program.