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Justified Outrage or a Tempest in a Teapot?

Justified Outrage or a Tempest in a Teapot?

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY -- Animal rights activists say it's a moral outrage. Preservationists say it's an integral component of the village's historic fabric. It's all about a fence.

Click here Two On Your Side's recent report on Williamsville's "pointed" debate over the cememtery fence.

Next week, representatives of the Williamsville Cemetery, Animal Allies of WNY, International Chimney Corp. and the SPCA have scheduled a press conference next week to unveil their solution for protecting the beloved wildlife of Williamsville while maintaining the historic integrity of the fence at the Williamsville Cemetery.

What's your opinion? What ought to be done, or ought not to be done, to rectify the problem? (Register or sign in using your WGRZ.com account to leave a comment below.)

What I Like About Mary Queen of Angels School - Part 2

What I Like About Mary Queen of Angels School - Part 2

Following is one of several stories written by members of the Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Writers’ Club. Members of the club were asked to write a brief essay about why they enjoy Mary Queen of Angels School, or their fondest MQA memory. For more information about the school, located at 170 Rosewood Terrace in Cheektowaga, please visit www.mqangels.com. 

By Brittany W., Grade 6

I have been going to Mary Queen of Angels for seven years. Over the years at Mary Queen of Angels, the whole school is basically a second family to me.

My favorite activities are dancing, yoga, playing on the playground and sports. MQA is my favorite school that I have ever gone to!

Mary Queen of Angels is a family and faith-centered environment where I can learn something new every day.

 

Could "Ungrowth" Be Healthy for WNY?

Could "Ungrowth" Be Healthy for WNY?

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The U.S. Census Bureau recently released results of the 2010 census for New York, and the numbers show that population in all eight Western New York counties continues to decline. The City of Buffalo lost 10.7% of its population since the 2000 census, down to 261,310. Erie County’s population (919,040) is down 3.3%.

Local media unanimously reported this decline in population as a negative. (See the complete WGRZ report here.) Erie County Executive Chris Collins has said before: "We must grow or die."

But is the news all that bad?

What I Like About Mary Queen of Angels School - Part 1

What I Like About Mary Queen of Angels School - Part 1

Following is one of several stories written by members of the Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Writers’ Club. Members of the club were asked to write a brief essay about why they enjoy Mary Queen of Angels School, or their fondest MQA memory. For more information about the school, located at 170 Rosewood Terrace in Cheektowaga, please visit www.mqangels.com. 

By Amber W., Grade 8

Mary Queen of Angels has been a loving home of mine for four years! These four years have been unforgettable and a heart-warming journey.

The school offers educational opportunities and I enjoy the sports and the exciting clubs! The teachers always support you and help you succeed in your goals. 

My friends and I have a strong friendship because of the school. The students love the opportunities and guidance our school brings.

Voting Extended for Williamsville Holiday Display Contest

Voting Extended for Williamsville Holiday Display Contest

Vote Here for the Best-Decorated House in WNY

From the hundred or so entries we received, our judges have selected 13 finalists – one from each participating WGRZ '2 Your Town' community. Now it’s up to you to pick the overall Grand Prize Winner.

Vote for the Williamsville entrant below. (To check out contestants from all the other towns, use the "MORE WGRZ SITES" pulldown menu above.)

Each of the finalists receives a $25 gift certificate to Wegmans. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Target, to go out and buy even more lights for next year’s contest! Thank you to all our viewers in Western New York who participated in the 2010 Holiday Lights and Display Contest.

The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on Monday, January 3.

 

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Takes Position Against Prevailing Wage Legislation

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Takes Position Against Prevailing Wage Legislation

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, representing over 2,500 members, actively takes positions on public policy issues which affect the well-being of the business community.  When legislation requiring the payment of providing prevailing wages for utilities and other service workers first came to the floor of the State Legislature, the Amherst Chamber took a strong position against it.

During a special session of the New York State Legislature on Monday, November 29, 2010, the New York State Assembly passed legislation requiring the payment of prevailing wages by any utility or party contracting with or for the benefit of a public agency for service workers (i.e. janitors, security guards, handymen, etc.).  The legislation, which had previously passed the New York State Senate, will now go to Governor Patterson for signature.

Maelstrom in WNY: We Are Who We Are Because of Veterans

How can we pay back Veterans for what they have given the United States? You often hear that question on this day as the various ceremonies around the community celebrate and honor those who served for their country. For some the debt owed is greater than others.

There are those Veterans who served in WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Dessert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan. Men and women who were in the heart of the action and have images that will haunt them until the day they die.

We have all watched the films, TV shows and read the books. There are stories of great heroism and tragic outcomes. Young men, barely out of high school put into situations that would test any ones heart and soul. Many left behind in graveyards bearing names we could not even pronounce. Then there are those who returned but left much of their selves behind.