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Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Looking for Crew, Volunteers & Assistants

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Looking for Crew, Volunteers & Assistants

The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is looking for crew, volunteers and assistants to help with filming and post filming of the current documentary “Bad IQ”.

Crew associated with the project may have the chance to go on the road this January and February and participate with on-location filming, special celebrity meet and greets, interviews and more.

College students will also have the chance to earn credits and experience first hand what it’s like to travel and document a feature documentary, including scriptwriting, filming, lighting, editing, documenting, interviewing and all the other aspects of making a film.

Anyone interested in participating must send us their photograph, resume, a list of any special skills or qualifications that they may have and a letter stating why you should be chosen over others to help with this project.

Please send all inquiries to:

The BNFF Special Projects


Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect

Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect


By Michael Wooten

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Starting midnight Sunday, New York's new "Move Over" law took effect, requiring drivers to slow down or move over for "hazard" vehicles including tow trucks.

The law already covers emergency vehicles, including police cruisers and fire trucks.

Last month, Kevin Woloszyn of Delevan in Cattaraugus County was driving Interstate 90 back to college outside Syracuse when his truck broke down. The tow truck driver who responded, Todd Young, was killed when a tractor trailer hit him.

"Just life, you can't take it for granted," Kevin said. "You know, you might be here one second, and the next second you're just out doing your job and that's it."

Kevin shared his story with 2 On Your Side in hopes it will cause drivers to be more careful around flashing lights. Kevin hopes the new law with also help.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Sponsors NYE 'Guitar Drop' at Nearby Hard Rock Cafe

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Sponsors NYE 'Guitar Drop' at Nearby Hard Rock Cafe

Two Niagara Falls USA landmarks will partner this New Year’s Eve for an outdoor celebration, as Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel will be a “Diamond Sponsor” for the Hard Rock’s New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop, hosted by nearby Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA.  The spectacular event closes out 2011 in a fashion befitting one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and takes place along Old Falls Street – adjacent to Seneca Niagara.

The sponsorship follows in a long line of community support from Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in 2011 – most notably, $1.275 million toward a new downtown culinary institute through Niagara County Community College, and a major sponsorship of the ongoing 37-day Niagara Holiday Market with European-style outdoor shopping and family-friendly winter activities.

Opera House Restoration Gets Boost from the Bruce T. Williams Foundation

Opera House Restoration Gets Boost from the Bruce T. Williams Foundation

$15,000 Grant Announced at the Annual ORG Christmas Concert.

The Greycliffe String Quartet captivated their audience last Tuesday night during their holiday performance at the First Presbyterian Church in Medina, and also provided the backdrop for an important announcement regarding Medina’s Bent’s Opera House.

Greycliffe helped the Orleans Renaissance Group establish a Christmas concert tradition four years ago, returning this year to present "Haydn for the Holidays."

The performance featured two string quartets by classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn, as well as an audience Christmas carol sing-along.

The audience enjoyed the evening listening to Greycliffe in a candlelit sanctuary, festively decorated for the season.  This year's concert again featured a fan-favorite Christmas carol sing-along. The audience had the opportunity to select carols for the sing-along at the beginning of the program.

Orleans Niagara BOCES Helps The Homebound

MEDINA, N.Y. -- The holidays are a perfect time for many people to give to others, while expecting nothing in return.  Tuesday in Medina, that spirit of giving was alive and well.

When the Orleans Niagara B.O.C.E.S heard that a local senior citizen living as a double amputee needed a ramp leading from her home to get to appointments they immediately got to work to help her out.

Instructor Jacob Daniels says watching nearly a dozen students work together to help a homebound senior is the perfect classroom assignment, "it's these real world experiences that students really respond to."

The students realize that giving back to the community is a key ingredient to success, both in and out of the classroom. Student Joy Howes says, "you have to get into the holiday season, this helps with that, you can feel good you helped someone especially around the holiday season."

New York Lifts Ban on Burying Pets with Owners

HARTSDALE, N.Y. (AP) - New York is once again allowing animal lovers to rest in peace with their pets in pet cemeteries.

The state Division of Cemeteries has issued regulations restoring a practice that it banned earlier this year. Pet owners now can, once again, have their ashes buried with their favorite animals.

But there are some conditions. For example, pet cemeteries may not advertise that they accept human ashes or charge a fee for doing so. The director of a pet cemetery in the New York suburbs says he has no problem with that. The cemetery has been adding human ashes to pet plots since 1925.

A lawyer who battled the prohibition says the decision is a good Christmas gift. Her uncle's burial had been delayed for months because of the ban.

Bishop Kmiec Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

Bishop Kmiec Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

In December of 1961, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” was number one on the album charts, President John F. Kennedy approved of the deployment of U.S. military crews and helicopters to Vietnam and young Edward U. Kmiec of Trenton, N.J. was preparing for his ordination to the priesthood.

His priestly journey would include an assignment as assistant pastor at St. Rose Parish in Belmar, N.J., secretary and master of ceremonies to the bishop of Trenton, and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Trenton.

Following 12 years as bishop of Nashville, Bishop Kmiec has spent the last seven years as bishop of Buffalo.

Dec. 20, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Bishop Kmiec’s priestly ordination at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (above).

“I’ve had 50 years in the priesthood,” Bishop Kmiec said.  “I think the past seven, as bishop of Buffalo, have been the best.”