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Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials and volunteer leaders announced an $11 million goal for the 2016 Appeal Jan. 6. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Buffalo, representing The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo who was unable to attend, made the announcement at a kick-off event held at the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center for refugee clients and the community, located in the former Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side. The theme for the 2016 Appeal is “Find Good Within” and the patron saint of the 92nd annual Appeal is St. Nicholas.

The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York along with Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.  

‘Quality of Life’ rehab program creates a comfortable, affordable living environment for homeowners

‘Quality of Life’ rehab program creates a comfortable, affordable living environment for homeowners

Creating a safe, healthy and comfortable living environment for homeowners is the goal of a unique “Quality of Life Through Construction” program offered by Prime Time Energy Services of Depew. Best of all, the program is set up to actually decrease the amount of financial burden that accompanies home-ownership and can provide a financial surplus at the end of the month.

“Our objective is to assist homeowners in the City of Buffalo and across Western New York with much-needed repairs to their homes, creating a safe, healthy and comfortable living environment in the process,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “Working with community based agencies, we pursue financial assistance and grants on behalf of our clients to help them obtain a better lifestyle through affordable construction.” 

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College President Gary A. Olson conferred a bachelor’s degree in nursing to student Paula Williams, who is seriously ill with breast cancer, at a private on-campus ceremony held Dec. 16 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. She completed the academic requirements in the fall semester to receive her nursing degree, which was presented in advance of the college’s annual commencement ceremony in May.

“We are all very proud of Paula for persevering through her illness to receive her degree,” said Olson. “She is courageous, tenacious, and an inspiration to everyone at Daemen.”

A graduate of the former Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing, Williams held various staff and leadership positions at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In recognition of her professional excellence, she was awarded a scholarship from the Kaleida Health Foundation.

Area Leaders Address Race and Higher Education

Area Leaders Address Race and Higher Education

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Several leaders from the Buffalo Niagara region engaged in an insightful dialogue on race and higher education at a panel discussion held Jan. 8 as part of the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series.

The discussion, which was moderated by Dr. Isiah Marshall, Jr., Daemen associate professor of social work and master of social work program director, included panelists Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown; Dr. Catherine Fisher Collins of the New York State Education Department Board of Regents; Dr. Gary A. Olson, president of Daemen; Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner, president of SUNY Buffalo State; and Dr. Cynthia Zane, president of Hilbert College. As noted in the discussion, creating a safe and inclusive environment for all members of a campus community is key to promoting diversity at colleges and universities.

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

The Pregnancy & Cancer Registry is a growing database of women from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. The database was developed by Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a nationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dr. Cardonick has been helping pregnant women diagnosed with cancer have healthy babies for 17 years. These women are very brave, and at first want to deny themselves cancer treatment during pregnancy because they are afraid it will hurt their fetus. 

Teenager causes crash after fleeing from police


CLARENCE, N.Y. -- A 17-year-old caused a car crash on Sunday morning in the Town of Clarence after fleeing from Sheriff’s Deputies.

Police say they attempted to pull over a car after they observed suspicious behavior in the Eastern Hills Mall Parking lot. When the deputy turned on the emergency lights, and started the traffic stop, the vehicle fled out of the parking lot and down Sheridan Drive.

During the pursuit of the vehicle, the suspect failed to stop for an emergency vehicle and disobeyed multiple traffic control signs and markings.  

While attempting to flee, the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran into a tree on Lapp Road.

The teenager was taken to ECMC with minor injuries and is now facing charges of seven separate misdemeanors and 16 vehicle and traffic violations. 


Clarence hit and run accident


CLARENCE, NY - The Erie County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance finding the driver involved in a hit and run accident Monday night in Clarence.

Investigators say a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while walking along Shimerville Road, between Wehrle and Main Street.

The accident happened in the 6 o'clock hour. The pedestrian suffered a non-life threatening injury.

The Sheriff's Office is looking for a dark truck with passenger side damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 716-858-2903.