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Troopers On the Lookout For Halloween Pranksters On Thruway

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Troopers patrolling the state Thruway this Halloween will be watching out for pranksters.

State Police Troop T says it will conduct the 37th annual "Pumpkin Patrol" with more than 300 citizen volunteers on Halloween on Thursday, as well as the day before.

Troopers aim to prevent Halloween pranks and protect motorists along the highway with help from local citizen band radio clubs and amateur radio operators.

Volunteers also will monitor Thruway overpasses.

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Prescription Drug Drop-Off Held Saturday

WESTERN NEW YORK -- Drug drop-offs were held at 30 locations across Western New York Saturday in an effort to keep unwanted or unused prescriptions out of the hands of drug abusers.

About 85 cars stopped at the West Seneca Senior Center and dropped off 100 pounds of pills in just the first hour.  In past years, that site has collected two to four tons of unwanted pills.

Pharmacy students from area colleges and universities volunteered to identify and count the pills, which will later be destroyed.

Prescription drug abuse is being described as an epidemic in Western New York.  Abusers often think prescription meds are a safer alternative to street drugs like cocaine or heroin.

Jacobs to deliver over $8.5 Million to Local Municipalities

Jacobs to deliver over $8.5 Million to Local Municipalities

Says Mortgage Tax Collections up 8.9% Over Same Period Last Year

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced local governments will soon receive their share of the Erie County Mortgage Tax collections based off of real estate transactions recorded in the Clerk’s Office.  The total to be distributed on November 15th is $8,623,740.49 and covers the six month period April 1, 2013-September 30, 2013.  This amount is 8.9% higher than the same period last year.

“Record low interest rates earlier this year fueled both refinancing and home purchases throughout Western New York.  This is a positive development for Erie County’s municipal governments since mortgage tax distributions are a major source of revenue for many of the County’s cities, towns and villages,” stated County Clerk Jacobs.

Ethan Allen of Western NY Celebrates Grand Re-Opening with Weekend of Special Events

Ethan Allen of Western NY Celebrates Grand Re-Opening with Weekend of Special Events

(AMHERST, N.Y.)—Ethan Allen of Western NY will celebrate its grand re-opening on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 with a series of special events marked by food, music, giveaways and promotions. The cornerstone of the weekend will take place on Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. as Amherst Town Supervisor Barry Weinstein will officially declare the day as Ethan Allen of Western NY Day in the Town of Amherst.

 

“Ethan Allen in Western New York has been locally owned and operated since 1966,” said Ken Slomovitz, Ethan Allen of Western NY managing partner. “Even though Ethan Allen is a national brand, every dollar that is spent in the store goes back into our community.”

 

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Binder Training

Binder Training

Binder Training: What to do with all that Paper

Date: Friday, November 1, 2013
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: PS 74 Hamlin Park School
               126 Donaldson Road
               Buffalo, NY 14208 

Where did you put that paper?  It's here somewhere!!!   Participants will learn which papers or documents to keep, organizing tips and understand how having the right paper at your fingertips can lead to a successful education plan.

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Santa Claus Parade to Kick Off Holiday Season in Nearby London

Santa Claus Parade to Kick Off Holiday Season in Nearby London

 

London, Ontario’s greatest holiday tradition is retuning once again in 2013, bringing friends and families together to participate in the London Santa Claus Parade! Make plans to be part of the fun that includes a variety of floats, numerous bands and community groups marching together in support of a “Christmas Around The World” theme. 

Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

 

The Resource Training Center is issuing a special challenge this week to the parents of all teen drivers with a special “5 to Drive” campaign encouraging parents to always set the rules before their teens hit the road.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in America. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes – with almost half (45 percent) of those teen drivers being killed in those crashes.