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New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

New Owner Brings Friendly, Professional Atmosphere to Sink or Swim Tattoo

Sink or Swim Tattoo, located on the second floor of a commercial building at 1040 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, is under new ownership, with a familiar face now running the operation.

Former Sink or Swim tattoo artist Keith Kuzara took ownership of the business on Oct. 1, 2015, after working at the shop for nearly four years. Kuzara is a self-taught and award-winning tattoo artist with six years of industry experience.

“I was planning on opening my own shop eventually, when this opportunity suddenly popped up,” said Kuzara. “With the previous owner moving out of state, the timing and situation was right to take over the business.”

Sink or Swim now employs five tattoo artists, including the multi-tattooed owner.

Concerns About Westwood Country Club Proposal


WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- The Mayor of the Village of Williamsville would like to see the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst preserved as open space.

Mensch Capital Partners owns the land and wants to build a mixed-use development there. The Town of Amherst is collecting public input on the project. Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa says he'd support Amherst in a quest to find state or federal funding to buy the land to turn it into a park.

Monday night, the Village board talked about its concerns with the proposed development including traffic and storm water runoff.

Hochul to Address Sexual Assault Prevention Law at Daemen

Hochul to Address Sexual Assault Prevention Law at Daemen

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will address New York State’s “Enough is Enough” sexual assault prevention law and learn the latest in Daemen College’s comprehensive efforts at a meeting with the campus community at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The discussion follows Hochul’s visit last year to talk about the proposed sexual assault policy legislation at a roundtable meeting with Daemen students, faculty and staff. Since being signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, Hochul has been conducting a tour of colleges and universities across the state to discuss the new policy.

“Enough is Enough, championed by Gov. Cuomo, is the nation's most aggressive policy to fight against sexual assault on college campuses,” said Hochul. “I look forward to hearing more about Daemen’s proactive initiatives that support this policy.”

Olear Realty Group, Inc. Announces Promotion, New Hire

Olear Realty Group, Inc. Announces Promotion, New Hire

The Olear Realty Group, Inc., a residential real estate sales support company in Buffalo, has announced that Laura Nightingale, SRES, has been promoted to the role of director of operations. Kerry Jones Waring has also been hired as marketing director. 

The Resource Training Center and S.E.R.V. Niagara Offer Scholarship Program for Veterans

The Resource Training Center and S.E.R.V. Niagara Offer Scholarship Program for Veterans

The Resource Training Center of Amherst and S.E.R.V. Niagara are teaming up to offer a unique scholarship for veterans of the United States armed forces. Through the Gary L. Valeri Scholarship Program, veterans will be trained to work as Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC). The scholarship is named after the former husband of S.E.R.V. Niagara’s founder, who lost his long battle with addiction.

The training program, offered two nights per week over an 11-month period, will qualify veterans to work with other veterans in a wide variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, veterans facilities, halfway houses and the court system.

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.”