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Tonwanda Skate Park Gets Pepsi Refresh Grant

TONAWANDA, NY (WGRZ) -- The Pepsi Refresh Project has awarded the Gregory G. Holler Memorial Fund a $5,000 grant toward a skate park project in the City of Tonawanda.

For months, the Holler family has worked to raise $150,000 needed to build new ramps.  They are motivated by the memory of their loved one who died suddenly.  Gregory Hayes Holler loved skateboarding at the skate park.

Don Holler, Greg's Father explains, "He was the type of kid who would take someone under their wing if they needed it.  He would allow any bullying around him.  If he saw it he would do something about it. He wouldn't just walk away."

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Dog Wash to Raise Money for Sick Child

KENMORE, N.Y. -- Niagara Aquarium Pet Shoppe at 1345 Military Road in Kenmore is holding a Dog Wash to benefit Evan D. Corbett, a nine-month-old child born with serious health issues, on Saturday, August 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For just a $5 donation you and your dog can have a good time for a good cause.

Corbett was born November 9, 2009, with Congenital Central Hyperventilation Syndrome, which required tracheotomy surgery at five weeks of age and now requires nearly 'round-the-clock nursing care. Proceeds will help to offset medical expenses.

For more information, call the Niagara Aquarium Pet Shoppe at 874-1951.

Money for Tonawanda Island Rehab

Ed Alkiewicz, director of Relicensing and Implementation for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), recently presented a check for $330,985 from the Greenway Ecological Fund to Julie Barrett O’Neill, executive director, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

The money will be used by the Niagara Riverkeeper to improve the habitat on Tonawanda Island, returning the area to a more natural state. 

Under the commitments made in conjunction with its Niagara Power Project operating license, NYPA pledged to contribute a total of $450 million for Greenway development over the period of the project’s 50-year license.  As part of that agreement, NYPA provides the Greenway Ecological Fund with $1 million annually.

Varsity Soccer Practice Kicks Off in the Ken-Ton School District

The Kenmore West Lady Blue Devils varsity soccer team and the Kenmore East Lady Bulldogs varsity soccer team practiced for the first time this season, as athletic regulations set Thursday August 19th, 2010 as the first time teams can gather for an official practice.  The Lady Blue Devils went through numerous drills at Crosby Field while the Lady Bulldogs did the same at Green Acres Field.

“It feels great to be back.  The girls have been working so hard all summer.  Players are excited and I’m excited.  We are all looking forward to the start of what we hope will be a successful season,” said Kenmore East Lady Bulldogs Varsity Soccer Head Coach Chris Robey.

“It is great to be back and we’re ready to go. It is nice to be at our home field at the start of the season.  We have a lot of returning players on the team.

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Get a $50 Gap Gift Card for $25 Today / Freebies & Coupons

In my continued search to find the best deals and websites to save you time and money, today something we can all use, free e-cash.

Today only, if you buy a $25 gift card for the GAP, it doubles in value. That means you'll have a $50 gift card that you can use until November 19, 2010, in store. CLICK HERE and while this is listed under Groupon's deals for New York City, read the fine print. The offer is available to anyone at any Gap Retail store in the U.S. or Canada. UPDATE: Since this article was written at 5am, so many people in WNY have purchased the deal, that Groupon has now made it available on the Buffalo Groupon page too. Well done!

Catholic School Teachers Go Back to School

With the start of the new school year less than two weeks away, Catholic elementary school teachers are not only busy preparing their classrooms, they are engaged in professional development as well.

During the week of August 17, the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools hosted a number of workshops, ranging from brain-based learning to using learning centers in the classroom.

The sessions included:  Brain Based Learning: Procedures and strategies to address all learners; Using Learning Centers in the Primary Classroom; a Practical Guide to Design and Manage Learning Centers.

Postal Worker Charged with Dealing Drugs on the Job

BUFFALO, NY-A mail carrier with the U.S. Post Office was arrested and charged Wednesday with dealing drugs, on some occasions while he was on the job.

Salvatore Bagarozzi, 44, of the Town of Tonawanda is accused of selling cocaine, crack and marijuana. A search warrant executed at his home turned up a quantity of the suspected drugs.

The charges  carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both.