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Sudan Lost Boys Aid Africa

BUFFALO - Helping children half a world away is the focus of an organization that is celebrating the generosity of Western New Yorkers.

A group called "Aid and Care for Africa" was founded by Dominic Diing, one of the so-called "Lost Boys of Sudan"-children who ran from their villages in Southern Sudan to escape military jihadists who were kidnapping young boys and training them for military duty.

Diing emigrated to the United States in 2001 and graduated from Niagara University.

For the past four years, he has raised money to build a school for orphans in his war-torn Sudanese village.

Applebee's Restaurant Teams Up with Law Enforcement

BUFFALO, NY-- On Thursday, September 16, law enforcement officers and local officials will be serving the public in a new way, as servers as local Applebee's restaurants. They will be accepting donations to benefit the Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Torch Run is part of a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies, benefiting their local Special Olympic Program. NYS Police, Buffalo Police, Hamburg Police, and NYS Department of Corrections will be participating.

The various law enforcement agencies will be on hand at 11 Applebee's locations, greeting customers and helping out the wait staff.

Applebee's has locations in Williamsville, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Buffalo, Depew, Blasdell, Lakewood, Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, Olean, and West Seneca.

In 2009, more than $1 million was raised for the athletes of Special Olympics New York.

Erie County Electronics Recycling Day

TONAWANDA, NY-- On Saturday, September 18th, Erie County is hosting an electronic recycling day. You will be able to dispose of unwanted electronics in an environmentally-friendly way.

Accepted Items include:

  •  Computers, monitors, terminals, network equipment, keyboards, mice, other accessories, vcrs/DVD players, fax machines, circuit boards, video game systems, batteries, universal power supplies, and televisions

The drop-off site is on Vulcan Street betwee Niagara St./River Rd. & Kenmore Ave. There is a $5.00 charge.

For more information, call 858-6800

Unwanted Drug Drop -Off

TONAWANDA, NY-- An unwanted pharmaceutical drop-off is scheduled for Saturday, September 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Locations include:    

  • Kemore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore in the rear parking lot
  • American Red Cross, 768 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, at the corner of Delaware and Summer
  • Villiage of East AUrora Public Works Barn, Pine Street extension by Sinking Pond
  • Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Avenue, enter at South Park Ave entrance

The medication must be in the original labeled container. All medications are accepted, including controlled, expired, unusable, syringes, and over-the-counter medicines.

For more information, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/

Chambers' of Commerce Announce Joint Networking Event

 AMHERST, NY- The Amherst, Grand Island, Ken-Ton and Tonawanda Chambers' of Commerce are pleased to announce a joint networking event for their members.  Emedia Studios will sponsor a "Northtowns Networking Night" at their video production facility at 233 Fillmore Ave., Suite 8 in Tonawanda, NY 14150 on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  This event is free to members of the Amherst, Grand Island, Ken-Ton and Tonawanda Chambers' of Commerce.

City of Tonawanda Police Investigate Pedestrian Accident

TONAWANDA, NY--  City of Tonawanda Police are investigating a pedestrian accident that seriously injured a Tonawanda man.

Investigators say Peter Drumsta, 86, was struck by a car while he was trying to cross Broad Street just after 6pm Friday evening.

Drumsta was taken to ECMC by ambulance and is currently in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle, James Vanschoonhoven of Tonawanda, was not hurt.  

So far, no charges have been placed at this time.  Police are still investigating.

Accused Of DWI With A 5 Year Old In Car

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. - 42 year old Tammie Renner is facing a number of charges after being arrested under Leandra's Law Tuesday at her Tonawanda home.

Leandra's Law is named after Leandra Rosado, an 11 year old killed last October. She was in an SUV driven by a friend's mother, the mother was under the influence when she crashed on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan. The law took effect in December and makes it a felony in New York to be DWI with a child under 16 in the vehicle.

Tonawanda Police say that Renner would have faced felony charges even without Leandra's Law. Renner had two DWI-related convictions in the past four years and was driving with a revoked license.