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Tell Us Your Ideas For The Waterfront

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Two of the region's most influential elected leaders believe Buffalo's waterfront does not need a major retail anchor store.

Both U.S. Representative Brian Higgins (D-South Buffalo) and County Executive Chris Collins (R) suggest Western New Yorkers should consider different types of attractions.

Higgins, who insists the water is an anchor, wants no anchor store.

"Niagara on the Lake is a great destination," Higgins said. "There' s no anchor there. It's an idyllic place that has cool street scapes, small shops, a lot of beautiful homes along the water."

Collins differed slightly in his view of an anchor destination.

"I do think we need an anchor, but not necessarily a retail anchor," Collins said. "An anchor could be a museum. It could be an aquarium... but it has to be focused as a draw, bringing people into Buffalo and Erie County that aren't residents here."

The public has been exploding with ideas.

Update on Richardson Complex

BUFFALO, NY-A public meeting is set for Thursday, August 12th at 6 PM to provide an update on the status of the Richardson Complex.

Topics to be discussed include building stabilization, landscape improvements, site security and the planned Buffalo Architecture Center.

The meeting will be held at Rockwell Hall on the Buffalo State College Campus on Elmwood Avenue.

Buffalo Scupltures And Statues Being Cleansed Repaired And Restored

Buffalo, NY - You may have passed by but not not paid much mind to the various and sundry statues across the Queen City.

But more people are starting to take note of them due to a massive renovation project underway currently underway.

A Missouri based firm was hired by the City of Buffalo to inspect, clean, repair, and preserve with a wax coat, a total of 19 statues throughout the city this summer at a cost of $270,000.

"This is our history," said Don Siuta, Chair of the Conservation Committee of the Buffalo Arts Commission.

"This is where Buffalo came from and I think by preserving out history people have a better understanding of our city and why it's important. It also brings people to Buffalo," Siuta said.

It might surprise you to know how much art the city owns.

Almost 700 pieces including 200 statues scattered throughout the city.

Buffalo Pediatricians Start Program to Fight Childhood Obesity

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- Pediatricians at Allentown Pediatrics started a walking program to encourage patients and parents to start moving and make healthy life choices.

Since the program started 7 weeks, patients and their parents have walked around Delaware Park in an effort to get moving.  Pediatricians Dr. Daryl Ehlenfield and Dr. Deborah Raiken say the program has gotten their patients excited about excercise.

The group averages about 20 - 30 people each Wednesday night with staff from Allentown Pediatrics also participating. 

Click on the video link above to see Marissa Bailey's report shot by photojournalist John Guinane.

Superintendent Says No to Teacher Transfer Requests

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- This year nearly 600 Buffalo Public School teachers submitted requests to transfer to different schools. The Superintendent says no requests will be granted.

Calling this his toughest summer as a Superintendent, Dr. Williams wants stability in every school building.  When asked why he believes so many teachers want to transfer, Dr. Williams said there are many reasons.  "They want to move to another school and historically in this district they have moved around. Some don't want to be with principal X, Y, Z."

The district is also has to replace six principals who retired. The schools in need of principals are Hutch Tech, Montessori, Leonardo DaVinci and Schools 3, 54 and 65.

On Monday, the Superintendent will get a list of the top three candidates for each of the schools. He expects to have principals in place by August 18.

'Buffalo Loves Music City' to Benefit Flood Victims

BUFFALO, NY-- 'Buffalo Loves Music City' will be performing on Saturday, September 25, at 11 a.m.

The performance will take place at Sportman's Tavern, 326 Amherst Street in Buffalo.

Buffalo Loves Music is dedicated to helping those affected by the devastating floods this spring in Nashville, Tennessee. BLMC aspires to raise awareness and funds through concerts and events to help support long term flood recovery efforts.

Musicians from Buffalo, Detroit, and Nashville are scheduled to appear. They include: See Three, Bullfrog Review, and Johnny Neel, Broken Arrow Blues Band, and Myron & the ID, LeeRon Zydeco & the Hot Tamales, and John Kloberdanz.


Elmwood Village Summer Concert Series Finale

BUFFALO, NY-Tonight is your last chance to enjoy the annual Elmwood Village Summer Concert Series.

The country-R&B-gospel roots sounds of Gretchen Schultz and the Morvells wrap up the free event for another season at 7 PM.

The concert takes place at Bidwell Park and Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway.