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"2 Pack a Backpack" A Huge Success!

BUFFALO, NY - The need is greater than ever as this year's "2 Pack a Backpack" Drive to collect school supplies for the Boys and Girls Club. This year's drive has wrapped up and is a big success. 

Last year, enough supplies were collected to fill six school buses, which helped supply over 3,000 book bags. 2 On Your Side needs your help to make this year's efforts our biggest and best ever.

Volunteers will work through the weekend to organize and distribute the supplies.

If you would like to register for the school supplies, you can contact the Boys and Girls' Club at:  716-825-1016 on Monday.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and Boys & Girls Clubs of Niagara Falls coordinate the distribution of the backpacks and school supplies.

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Huge Half-Off Sale: Welcome Back 2 School!

In my continued search to find the best websites to save you time and money, today a celebration of Back 2 School Savings.

Consider this the last weekend to practically steal everything you'll need for your dorm room, apartment and wardrobe.

Let's start with clothes. Today there are a few retailers to keep a close eye on.

Aeropostale offers half off on almost everything with hoodies at $14.75 for girls and guys and many other discoutns. Dont' forget to stop by the sale section. CLICK HERE.

Urban Outfitters has a big selection of clothes $9.99 and under. CLICK HERE.

Get a $50 Gap Gift Card for $25 Today / Freebies & Coupons

In my continued search to find the best deals and websites to save you time and money, today something we can all use, free e-cash.

Today only, if you buy a $25 gift card for the GAP, it doubles in value. That means you'll have a $50 gift card that you can use until November 19, 2010, in store. CLICK HERE and while this is listed under Groupon's deals for New York City, read the fine print. The offer is available to anyone at any Gap Retail store in the U.S. or Canada. UPDATE: Since this article was written at 5am, so many people in WNY have purchased the deal, that Groupon has now made it available on the Buffalo Groupon page too. Well done!

Minute To Win It Fundraiser Friday

The Highlands Golf Park on Transit Road in Pendleton is hosting a fun fundraiser on Friday, August 20th. It's called the "Minute to Win It Benefit". For a $10 donation, you can try some of the 8 timed games set up. There are prizes for each successful attempt. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the music and visual art programs at Starpoint schools.

Click on the video to see Kevin O'Neill's report.

The fundraiser is Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Highlands Golf Park on Transit Road in Pendleton.

 

 

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Eastern Hills Mall Welcomes Three New Merchants

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY-- Toys 'R Us Express, MacSolutions Plus, and Nail Trix have joined the growing merchant mix at Eastern Hills Mall for this fall.

Toys 'R Us Express will be located next to the JCPenny concourse across from Orvis. The 4,000 square foot store carries a full line of popular toy brands.

MacSolutions Plus, an Apple Specialist retailer, is located next to Sears and will stock an extensive selection of Mac and Apple products. They will also offer a product repair service. A grand opening is scheduled for Sunday, August 29 and will feature an appearance by Buffalo Sabre, Patrick Kaleta from 1 untill 3 p.m.

Nail Trix, a full service nail salon, is located in the Center Court Commons across from Mall Services.

 

Catholic School Teachers Go Back to School

With the start of the new school year less than two weeks away, Catholic elementary school teachers are not only busy preparing their classrooms, they are engaged in professional development as well.

During the week of August 17, the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools hosted a number of workshops, ranging from brain-based learning to using learning centers in the classroom.

The sessions included:  Brain Based Learning: Procedures and strategies to address all learners; Using Learning Centers in the Primary Classroom; a Practical Guide to Design and Manage Learning Centers.

Great Kid: Clarence Teen is a Master Pianist

Kevin O'Neill profiles an extraordinary musician from Clarence:

It started with the violin at age 6. Joseph Mohan has had a love affair with music and performance as long as he can remember. He took up piano at age 7, and now he's a few days away from his freshman year at the elite Juilliard School in New York City.

Besides our Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Joseph has played with orchestras in Rochester, Pittsburgh, and South Carolina.

Click on the video link to see Joseph's journey from momma's boy to maestro!