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Shop for the Animals at the Buffalo Zoo

BUFFALO, NY-The Buffalo Zoo needs you to help make sure they have enough to stock their pantries throughout the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

"Shop for the Animals" will take place at participating Tops locations on Saturday, August 21st.

Here's how it works-a copy of the Zoo's grocery "wish list" will be provided at the store and you're asked to pick up an item or two on the list while doing your own shopping. Shoppers will be albe to leave their gift with a Zoo volunteer in the store lobby.

All of the donations will be used as special treats to promote the animals' natural behaviors and to stimulate them both mentally and physically.

Some of the items on the list include: Kellogg's Apple Jacks and Fruit Loops, all sizes of dog biscuits, extracts and spices, peanut butter and rawhide chews.

The following Tops Friendly Markets are taking part:

-2101 Elmwood at Hinman in Buffalo

-Sheridan Drive at Delaware Road in Tonawanda

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Taste of Williamsville Plans to "Savor the Flavor"

Williamsville (WGRZ)-- The 22nd annual Taste of Williamsville will be held Sunday, August 8th from 12 to 9 p.m.

This year's theme is "savor the flavor," and will feature 24 participating restaurants. There will be hundreds of food items, such as crab cakes, prime rib, pulled pork sandwiches, lobster bisque, and bakery specialties.

The event will also feature the annual pie baking contest and a kids area with games, prizes, and and an inflatable obstacle course.

There will also be a free historic trolley ride along Main Street thoughout the day.  Numerous free music performances will be given by:

  • WAKOS - 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Chris Squier Band - 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Elvis tribute band with Terry Buchwald - 7 to 9 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by The Village Preservation Foundation, Inc and The Williamsville Business Association.

Consumer Alert: Be Wary of "Work-From-Home" Offers

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- With unemployment still at high levels, the Better Business Bureau warns people tempted by "Work-From-Home" offers to be wary, because the vast majority are scams.

The BBB received a complaint from a local woman who received an e-mail from a company called Galleo Group, which claimed to be headquartered in Williamsville. The company got the woman's e-mail address from a job-seeking Website.

The woman says she was eventually scammed out of $7,500. Galleo Group currently has a grade of "F" from the BBB.

2 On Your Side called Galleo's number, but it went straight to a voicemail. The company's Website is unavailable, and its physical address in Williamsville is fake.

"They come and they go really quickly," Ellen Tucker, director of the local Better Business Bureau, said. "As soon as they scam somebody, they shut down their doors, open under a new name."

Williamsville, NY Residents Prepare For Vote On Dissolution

WILLAMSVILLE, NY - It's probably the most visible debate in Williamsville's history. Signs continue to pop up all over the village ahead of the vote on whether to dissolve village government altogether.

"Shedding their government will save them taxes," said Kevin Gaughan.

Gaughan, the man behind the referendum, spent Monday night laying out his case for the dissolution to the Williamsville Rotary Club, the start of a host of meetings across the community.

But not all residents are on board.

"We've determined there are no real cost savings," said Chris Duquin, a village resident.

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FREE Family Movie Night in Williamsville

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - The Village of Williamsville is continuing Family Movie Night in the Park.

The next screening on the schedule is August, 20 at Dusk at Island Park, right behind Village Hall on Main Street.

Everyone is invited to bring your blanket and picnic and enjoy the movie. 


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School Supply Lists: See What Your Child Needs This Year

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - The Williamsville Central School District has posted supply lists for elementary and middle schools in the district.

The 2010-2011 lists are on the district website.

The first day of class for students in Tuesday, September 7.

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NYT: Williamsville School District Demands Visa


WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - The Williamsville Central School District demands non-citizen students supply a visa for entrance into the district, according to a recent New York Times article.

The published report claims the Williamsville district was the only one among the half dozen contacted to have such a policy.

Howard Smith, superintendent for the Williamsville district told the newspaper they have not turned any student away specifically because of a "single entrance criteria."

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