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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. 

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Congressman Higgins to Host Military Academy Night

Students, Parents, School Administrators & Guidance Counselors Invited to Informational Meeting 


Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will host Academy Night 2010, an opportunity for high school students, their families, school administrators and counselors to find out more about Military Academy institutions, programs and the application process. 

“We invite those interested to come to Academy Night, hear about the schools first hand from Academy representatives and learn how to apply,” said Congressman Higgins. 

Buffalo Bills Hosting Autograph Signing to Benefit Kids Escaping Drugs

AMHERST, NY-- Buffalo Bills CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson, Chris Kelsay, Kyle Williams, and Bryan Scott will sign autographs to benefit Kids Escaping Drugs at the Boulevard Mall on Tuesday.

With a $25 donation, fans will receive a Limited Edition Bills poster and an autograph from each player. Players will sign one item per person.

Wristbands for the autographs will go on sale at 3 p.m., and the autograph session is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It will take place in the Food Court of the mall.

The Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign was created with the purpose of raising funds for the construction and support of adolescent drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

The KED Renaissance Campus is located in West Seneca, and consists of three buildings that house up to 62 chemically-dependent youths ages 12 to 20.


TeamSave Arrives in WNY With Web Discounts for Consumers

A new collective buying website that allows consumers to receive substantial discounts on goods, services and events from hundreds of Buffalo-area businesses has entered the Western New York marketplace.

Toronto-based TeamSave began offering daily discounts of at least 50 percent to Western New York consumers on August 26. Individuals can access these offers by registering on TeamSave.com. Registration is free and the only requirement to register is an e-mail address. The company also promotes its daily discounts on its TeamSave Buffalo Facebook page.

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Local Entrepreneur Launches Company Aimed at Providing Clothing to Poor

ELMA, NY-- Local entrepreneur Dan Gigante recently launched "You and Who," a clothing company that will make a one-for-one donation on every item purchased to various shelters and organizations across the country.

"My idea for 'You and Who' is a store that sells great t-shirts that people are interested in wearing, and in the process, helping someone that can't afford their own shirt," said founder Dan Gigante.

The concept has evolved into a more community-based effort, granting artists and graphic designers the opportunity to have their work featured on apparel.

Kaleida Health Invites Women to the Entertaining and Informational Spirit Girls’ Night Out

Women can discover secrets to better breast health, vascular health and better rest at this year’s entertaining and informational Spirit Girls’ Night Out SM  hosted by Kaleida Health in partnership with Reader’s Digest, ResMed and the Vascular Disease Foundation on Thursday, October 7 from 6-9pm in the courtyard at the Millennium Hotel at 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo 14225. 

Health education, health screenings, and fun activities including a fashion show, great food, and giveaways will be woven throughout the evening to emphasize the importance of awareness of all of the health issues affecting women today. This event is specifically designed to offer women valuable information about:


Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser at Merge Restaurant

The above video, and another episode can be found on Farm Sanctuary's website, as well as the stories of the animals, and their rescues. The Shelter at Watkins Glen is housed on 175 rolling acres, and there you'll find cows, sheep, turkeys, goats, chickens, roosters, rabbits, and a few farm kitties that will stop by for a quick pet as you walk from barn to barn.