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National Fuel Accountability Coalition holds “Stakeholder Meeting” in Buffalo

National Fuel Accountability Coalition holds “Stakeholder Meeting” in Buffalo

As National Fuel Gas Shareholders meet in Naples, Florida, the NFAC host meeting for community stakeholders who can’t make the commute to Florida.

Today, hundreds of people from over twelve organizations of the National Fuel Accountability Coalition will gather to pass community resolutions at the “People’s National Fuel Stakeholder Meeting” here in Buffalo. The event corresponds with National Fuel’s shareholder meeting down in Naples, Florida, where high paid executives will handle company business. 

The Coalition’s business will include three main points:

1.    Reforming National Fuel’s Conservation Incentive Program (CIP) which is disproportionately funded by surcharge on low income customers and doesn’t effectively meet low-income energy needs.

Nichols Students Named Squash City Champions

Nichols Students Named Squash City Champions
Recently, an historic moment occurred in the 100-year history of squash in Buffalo. For the first time, both Buffalo Squash Racquets Championships were won by junior players, both from Nichols School.   Nichols seniors, Michael Che and Pamicka Marinello, became the City Champions on Saturday, March 5. This win implies their positions as the best male and female players in the city.   Che thrashed a veteran of five city championships and Marinello triumphed over a former collegiate squash player at St. Lawrence University. Nichols freshman, Caroline Hogan, came in fourth in the women’s tournament. They all exhibited great sportsmanship and graciousness in victory.

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Higgins Suggests Ways to Stay Connected

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided the following resources that allow local residents to stay connected to his efforts locally and in Washington, DC.  In addition, the Congressman provided other useful links for federal and local information.
 
“With the expanded use of online tools, social media and mobile technology, a central part of serving the people of Western New York is staying connected to where residents find the latest information and being involved in those conversations,” said Congressman Higgins.
 
Higgins, a new member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, with a stop originally scheduled in Egypt.  He added, “It’s no secret that social media has a growing influence in major world events such as those seen in Egypt and Iran.  These tools are giving people around the world a new voice and providing a vehicle for communication that can lead to a greater social good.”

Local Americorps Members and Services on National Chopping Block

Local Americorps Members and Services on National Chopping Block

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Hundreds of local AmeriCorps members, and their service in Western New York, risk being eliminated if the Continuing Resolution budget bill introduced by the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee is passed. The Resolution, which would also cut funding for NPR and PBS, would eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent agency for AmeriCorps programs, in the midst of the 2011 program year.

If left unchanged, the current language presented in the Resolution, recently passed by the House of Representatives, would mean an immediate, mid-year elimination of all AmeriCorps programs in the nation. Local AmeriCorps members serve through programs run by WNY AmeriCorps, Buffalo AmeriCorps from The Belle Center, and Self Advocacy AmeriCorps, in team-based crews or placed in supportive roles in local schools and non-profits.

Last year, over 800 people served as AmeriCorps members in WNY:

EVA Seeks Volunteers for '11 Bidwell Summer Concert Series

EVA  Seeks Volunteers for '11 Bidwell  Summer Concert Series

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Elmwood Village Association has cabin fever! Volunteers are needed to help develop and produce another great summer of free music in Bidwell Parkway. Consider attending our upcoming committee meeting on Monday, March 14 at 5:30pm. We'll meet at the Elmwood Village Association office located at 1068 Elmwood Avenue near Bird Avenue. 

Need more information? Contact us at justin@elmwoodvillage.org

The Elmwood Village Association, 1068 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, (716) 881-0707

Grace Stumberg: Music is Art Graduate: 6 City Tour

Grace Stumberg: Music is Art Graduate: 6 City Tour

Dreams need wheels and a rising local musical talent is putting that advice into action by leaving Buffalo in early February for a first tour.
 
A graduate of Robby Takac's Music is Art NYS-certified Music in Action career skills training program, acoustic rock singer songwriter Grace Stumberg will be touring in support of NYC-based duo Left on Red who headlined last summer's Elmwood Festival of the Arts and is well known for building a career "busking" in NYC subways.

The tour mixes music with a message.
 

Benefit for Dominique Maye at Ujima Theater

Benefit for Dominique Maye at Ujima Theater

BUFFALO, N.Y. - After hearing the unfortunate news that the family of Dominique Maye is still struggling to pay off the $3,000 in funeral expenses for Dominique, due to her unexpected and tragic death, our companies has decided to assist them by using the proceeds from our preview night of the stage play we're co-producing, "Zooman and the Sign" running from March 5th thru March 27th, to help out the family. All information pertaining to this powerful play that deals with a similar tragedy is below.