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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. 

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.

A Benefit for Aidan, This Saturday

In January of 2009 Aidan Radlich was diagnosed with a rare brain condition called hemimegalencephaly, a condition he has had since birth. Since then Aidan has battled epilepsy and severe seizures.

A fundraiser is being held Saturday, August 21, from 4 to 10 p.m., at DeMarco Grove, 3964 California Road, in Orchard Park, to help his family pay for brain surgery intended to alleviate this young boy’s symptoms.

Tickets are $20 and include food, pop and beer. There will be a Chinese auction, silent auction and 50-50 raffle.  Donations are also gratefully accepted at M&T Bank, 2050 Kensington Avenue in Snyder for those unable to attend (Attention: Aidan Radlich Benefit Fund).

For more information, send an email to aidansbenefit@yahoo.com.