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AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data to Host Civic App Symposium

AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data to Host Civic App Symposium

Andrew Nicklin, director, Open NY, to present with other open data experts on Saturday, September 27th, 9am – 2pm at d!g Buffalo

Mobile and web apps are changing the world and local communities, and Western New York is no exception.  To further grow the technology and start up communities in Western New York as well as promote social entrepreneurship, AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data have teamed up to host a civic app symposium entitled, Opportunities in Open Data. The event will be held on September 27th, 9am – 2pm at d!g Buffalo, 640 Ellicott Street. 

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Rally Supports Gun Shop Owner over SAFE Act


ALBION, N.Y.- About 50 people came out Monday night to support the owner of a local gun store caught in a SAFE Act controversy.

Gun shop owner Joseph Palumbo says New York State Police have threatened to raid his shop over modified assault weapons. Palumbo however says the state gun hotline gave him verbal approval to sell the guns.

"By making this statement, it shows we won't just roll over, we won't just lay down. We will stand and fight for our constitutional rights. Because if we lose the second, we lose the rest," Palumbo said.

Palumbo says state police have asked him to turn over his customer records. His shop is still open, but Palumbo is worried the incident could affect his sales license.


Daemen Convocation Welcomes New Students, Opens Academic Year

Daemen Convocation Welcomes New Students, Opens Academic Year

With the fall semester getting underway Sept. 2, Daemen College hosted a variety of campus activities for returning and incoming first-year students, including Fall Convocation to welcome more than 550 new students to the college community and to celebrate the start of the new academic year.

“The most important ability you will acquire in your college years is the ability to think critically and analytically about the world,” Daemen President Gary A. Olson said in his address to students at the all-campus event on Sept. 4. “As college-educated individuals, you will have the ability and the responsibility to always exercise your critical thinking skills.

Gun Store Mistakenly Sold Illegal Weapons


ALBION, NY - An Orleans County gun shop manager is furious.

The manager says last week, state police threatened to raid his business if he didn't hand over customer purchase records.

"Plan A was apparently come in here guns blazing, SWAT team, the whole deal," said Joseph Palumbo, who co-owns the Albion Gun Shop.

Last week, Palumbo says he was faced with a decision in the store -- give up customer purchase records to the state police or be raided.

"It was kind of scary. I contacted the family attorney, she said cooperate, hand the records over," Palumbo said.

He tells 2 On Your Side that he came face-to-face with an officer from a state police drug task force, who also happened to be a customer at the store.

After that, Palumbo gave up records of about 170 customers.

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Buffalo Mayor Discusses City’s Economic Vitality at Daemen Lecture

Buffalo Mayor Discusses City’s Economic Vitality at Daemen Lecture

Buffalo’s economic growth over the past decade was described as transformational by Mayor Byron W. Brown as he pointed to the city continuing its positive momentum with a strong, workable plan at a recent lecture held at Daemen College.

As featured speaker on Sept. 2 in the college’s latest Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, Brown talked about major economic development efforts that have improved the city’s vitality and the overall impact the revitalization has had on the region.

“There are visible signs of progress and growth throughout the city, which has experienced $4.4 billion in economic development since 2012, with more than 12,000 new jobs expected to be created over the next few years,” said Brown. “These major investments are changing the city for the better and making it a destination where people want to work, live and play.”

WGRZ’S “DAYBREAK” HIGHLIGHTS NIAGARA WHEATFIELD’S CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

WGRZ’S “DAYBREAK” HIGHLIGHTS NIAGARA WHEATFIELD’S CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

WGRZ reporter Pete Gallivan did a live remote for the show “Daybreak” for the opening day of school from Niagara Wheatfield Central School District.  He said he chose the district because he views it as the centerpiece of Niagara County.  Superintendent Dr. Lynn Marie Fusco says that she was very proud of the fact that the district and its students were highlighted for the show.   “This is a great opportunity for us to show all the positive things that are going on in our district and to see some of the staff that makes that happen.”  
 

NYS TEACHER OF THE YEAR IMPARTS WISDOM TO LYNDONVILLE TEACHERS

NYS TEACHER OF THE YEAR IMPARTS WISDOM TO LYNDONVILLE TEACHERS

The 2013 New York State Teacher of the Year Greg Ahlquist recently spent a day with the Lyndonville Central School District teachers.  Superintendent Jason Smith invited Mr. Alhquist to address the staff on topic of Growth Mindset and relating it to education. 

 

Mr. Ahlquist, who teaches Social Studies at Webster Thomas High School in Webster, New York, shared the findings of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck who believes that every person has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.  “Basically if you are a fixed mindset you believe that intelligence and talent create success without effort.  The person thinks this is who I am and what I do,” Mr. Ahlquist explained.  “In a growth mindset, people believe with time and effort you can enhance your abilities.  If you can instill a growth mindset into your students you can develop their love of learning and it will help them with their motivation and productivity.”