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Catholic Charities Children’s Services to Host Free Session on Foster Parent Process Nov. 18

Catholic Charities of Buffalo invites parents, families and individuals residing in Erie County who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to attend an introductory information session Nov. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at 525 Washington St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities provides foster care services to children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups who cannot live safely in their own homes or need to be placed in the permanent care of a loving family. The children under foster care may have special physical, emotional or psychological needs, and may include siblings who should be placed together. There is currently a specific need for homes to foster adolescent children ages 12-18.

Financial support, a clothing allowance and medical coverage are provided to families.

The final information session for 2014 will take place on Dec. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

Make a Difference Day Sports Equipment Drive a big win for the kids

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - Three moving trucks and a bus were loaded full of donated sports equipment at the Eastern Hills Mall as part of Saturday's "Make a Difference Day" sports equipment drive to benefit Willie Hutch Jones Educational and Sports Programs.

We actually received so many donations that Uncle Bob's Self Storage donated a storage unit to hold it until volunteers can sort and distribute all the donations.

Your contributions will help the Willie Hutch Jones program continue to expand its now 30-year effort to make sure young people in Buffalo take part in a wide variety of sports programs.

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

A strong public health infrastructure and international aid are crucial to containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a panel of experts said at a discussion held last week at Daemen College.

“The appropriate infrastructure and control strategy to contain this disease is not in place where the outbreak is at its worst in West Africa,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “The level of global response will determine how quickly the disease can be kept from spreading or stopped and we must make sure the intensive medical care required reaches these patients.”

A capacity crowd turned out for Daemen’s timely Ebola panel discussion, which also included Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science and African affairs, and Anthony Saysay, a native Liberian.

WNY'ers gather to watch eclipse

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.- Thursday was the second time just this month that Western New Yorkers were able to see an eclipse in our skies.

A free public viewing of the partial solar eclipse was held at Williamsville North High School's football field, complete with telescopes and special glasses to look at the sun.

"The moon will be covering the edge of the sun just slightly and we also have some pretty massive groups of sun spots to look at while were waiting," Mark Percy, Planetarium Director of Williamsville Schools said. "An event like this you can't look at without proper solar filters. We advertise widely, don't try this at home."

The eclipse occurred at dusk, with the setting sun appearing to have a small slice taken out of it by the moon on its right side.

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men


Steven Helmicki, an anti-concussion advocate and president of Primordial Strength Inc., a private gym located in Elma, announces the launch of his latest project, a lifestyle website for men — primordialman.com.  

Primordialman.com is an affiliate of Schott NYC, a premier USA-based manufacturer of leather goods. The website also features high-quality products such as Chanel Platinum, Omega Watches, Boston Whaler, Gustin Jeans and others.  

Local vet's inspirational message comes across in new book

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - A veteran from Western New York turned inspirational author and athlete is back in town this weekend with his strong message of hope and faith.

Timothy Payne -- a now-retired Army Staff Sergeant from North Tonawanda and Williamsville -- was signing his latest book, "The Bargain and the Squad Leader," at Bender's Parable Christian Store on Sheridan Drive.

Payne was severely injured by an IED in Kandahar province, in Afghanistan, in 2011 but decided to overcome his physical and psychological scars by focusing on physical fitness and a positive, religiously based philosophy.