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New Lancaster Park Honors Veterans, Heroes

LANCASTER, N.Y. - Russell Salvatore bought an acre and a half of land in front of his new restaurant and hotel on Transit Road in Lancaster so no one would build in front of him. He had originally wanted to put a shopping plaza there. But he said instead, he got the idea to create a park for people to visit.

The sod was just laid down Thursday on what he calls "Patriots and Heroes Park". There are benches and old fashioned street lamps. And by the end of the month, a monument will be there, dedicated to veterans and heroes in our everyday lives.

2 On Your Side's Josh Boose asked Salvatore how he chose the name.

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AARP/Walgreens Offers Health Screenings and Services

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is on the second leg of its two-year national health screening tour with the goal of providing more than $60 million worth of free health screenings in more than 3,000 communities across the nation.

Health workers perform a battery tests which check: total cholesterol level, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels waist circumference and body mass index. The value of the services is estimated at $140 but are presented free.

The Wellness Tour rolls in to Walgreens locations at 2601 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda on Thursday, July 29, noon-7 p.m.; 650 Delware Ave., Buffalo on Friday, July 30, noon-7 p.m.; and 5275 Transit Road, Clarence on Saturday, July 31, noon-7 p.m.

For a complete tour schedule, call 1-866-484-8687 or visit wwww.aarpwalgreens.com/tour.

FAA Deal Will Enact New Airline Safety Standards

By BRIAN TUMULTY
Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - New airline safety standards for training pilots and copilots could become law within the next couple of weeks under a compromise deal reached by congressional leaders on reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to a spokesman for Sen. Chuck Schumer, the long-stalled legislation is expected to pass the House as soon as Thursday and be sent to the Senate.

The compromise will temporarily reauthorize the FAA operations for another two or three months but include permanent language on the new safety standards.

Family members of flight 3407 crash victims have traveled to Washington, D.C. on several occasions to try and convince lawmakers to include safety improvements into the FAA bill.

FAA Safety Legislation Passes House & Senate; President to Sign this Weekend

WASHINGTON, D.C - Crucial legislation that will change pilot and co-pilot flight requirements passed the House of Represenatives late Thursday night, and then passed the Senate on Friday morning.

Representative Louise Slaughter, Representative Chris Lee and Represenative Brian Higgins all spoke to the House moments before the bill passed, thanking the families of Flight 3407 victims for their hard work and tireless efforts to ensure the legislation passed.

Kevin Kuwik, boyfriend of Lauren Mauer who died on Flight 3407, spoke to Channel 2 by phone from Washington, D.C. late Thursday and said the families were "thrilled" for the process to finally be moving ahead.

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State Police Investigating Inappropriate Touching at Clarence Town Pool

State Police say they received a call from a Clarence mom claiming that her 8-year-old son told her he was inappropriately touched by an older man, Saturday afternoon July 18, as the boy showered in the men's locker room at the Clarence Town Pool.

Police say the mother also told lifeguards at the pool who attempted to locate a man matching the description offered by the boy, but they found no one.

As a result of this alleged incident, town of Clarence officials are requiring life guards to walk through the locker rooms during routine shift changes, as an added precaution.

State Police say they take the incident very seriously but at this time, have no suspects and are not releasing a description of a possible suspect.   Some parents in the town of Clarence have taken to the Internet to warn people about the alleged incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police in Clarence at (716) 759-6831.

Taste of Clarence Celebrates 7th Year

CLARENCE, N.Y. - The Clarence Chamber of Commerce hosted the seventh annual Taste of Clarence on Monday, Aug. 2. The event showcased the wares of 23 restaurants, with wine tastings, a Chinese auction and live entertainment at the Clarence Town Park Pavilion.

Returning this year was the popular Taste of Clarence Cruise Night.

 

FAA Safety Legislation Passes House & Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C - Crucial legislation that will change pilot and co-pilot flight requirements passed the House of Represenatives late Thursday night, and then passed the Senate on Friday morning.

Representative Louise Slaughter, Representative Chris Lee and Represenative Brian Higgins all spoke to the House moments before the bill passed, thanking the families of Flight 3407 victims for their hard work and tireless efforts to ensure the legislation passed.

Kevin Kuwik, boyfriend of Lauren Mauer who died on Flight 3407, spoke to Channel 2 by phone from Washington, D.C. late Thursday and said the families were "thrilled" for the process to finally be moving ahead.