Family Justice Center contact information

March 9th, 2011 at 2:19 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

The Family Justice Center offers free, confidential services with no appointment necessary.

You can contact the center at 716-558-SAFE. You can call 24 hours a day. If it is an emergency call 911.

Online, you can visit the center at

Mike Faso Honored for a Quarter Century of Service

March 8th, 2011 at 10:54 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Mike Faso has been inspired by his niece's battle against leukemia as he volunteers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Congratulations to Mike Faso, of Clarence, recently honored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the 2011 Service To Mankind Award. Mike has volunteered countless hours of his time over the past 25 years to the fight against blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. Mike, an executive with Independent Health and the father of five children, has been particularly inspired by his niece’s battle against leukemia. She was able to stand next to him at the award ceremony and declare with a smile that she is healthy.

Jeanine Stranz-Tripp won the one carat diamond and decided she would give it to her young daughter.

Mike Faso was honored during the 19th Annual Diamond Ball to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. During one of the highlights of the evening, each one of the 600 guests had a chance to win a one carat diamond donated by Todd Scanlon of Scanlon Jewelers. As it turned out, Jeanine Stranz-Tripp, a volunteer who had worked very hard as co-chair of the Diamond Ball’s silent auction, won the diamond. Jeanine was thrilled and told the crowd the diamond would be a present to her daughter.

I was happy to emcee the 19th Annual Diamond Ball which raised a record total, almost 200-thousand dollars, to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

We’re Not Through With Snow Just Yet….

March 7th, 2011 at 11:49 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

After Sunday’s snow brought our official total for the season up to 101″ (17″ above average for up to the date) and 25″ more than we received in all of the last cold season, you might think we’d have a chance of being Done With Snow. As of this posting, there is nothing major in immediate sight, but some limited snow is likely to return following what MAY be another Soaking Rain starting Wed afternoon into Thursday. In fact, there’ s a chance that rain could begin as a little Wet Snow or a Mix before changing to rain. The rain may become soaking by late Wednesday into Thursday morning, with Gusty Winds developing Wed afternoon. Should the rainfall exceed 1″ with streams and creeks still high, there is a chance that a renewed flood potential could develop in WNY. During Thursday evening, the rain will mix with and change to snow, with Snow Shwrs likely on Friday. By Saturday afternoon, a vigorous “Clipper” type storm will bring another chance of mixed rain and snow showers, turning to just snow showers for Sunday.

Overall, however, there are increasing signs of a more moderate pattern developing next week. A cold polar vortex is expected to head further north, and allow more Pacific air to flood the lower 48. There will be disturbances crossing the northern U.S., each with a brief warmup followed by a brief cooldown. But, on averages, the overall pattern should become milder more often.

Bisons’ tickets special pre-sale event

March 1st, 2011 at 8:18 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

Here’s a sign that spring is just a few weeks away: individual game tickets for the Bisons’ upcoming season go on sale this Saturday at 9 a.m.

The team will also hold a special online pre-sale event with no service charges on Thursday at 9 a.m. at Fans can get their tickets for opening day, the annual Fourth of July celebration with the BPO, or any of the Bisons’ 72 home games.

Rezoning Buffalo – Buffalo Green Code

February 28th, 2011 at 9:37 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

The city is spending $2 million on this project called “Buffalo Green Code,” which brings in Chicago consultants who invite Buffalonians to show them on a map what needs to be preserved in Buffalo, and what needs to be changed, from how much green space, to what types of business, to how the streets are laid out.

Nine community workshops are taking place this week. You can learn more about the Buffalo Green Code here.

Volunteer at the Broadway Market

February 28th, 2011 at 8:36 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

The Broadway Market is looking for volunteers to help it get ready for its busy Easter season.

The market will host a cleanup and decorating day on Saturday, March 12th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to help out at the market leading up to Easter from April 17th through April 23rd. The Broadway Market hopes to gather a group of volunteers who will enjoy being involved with the market for future events.

You can find sign up information here or by calling 218-0232.

Several Wintry-Feeling Days this week; Confused Picture for Weekend

February 28th, 2011 at 2:21 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

After soaking to heavy rain (from north to south), wintry temperatures will dominate thru Thursday, especially Wed-Thur. A more confused picture will start to unfold on Friday and especially into the weekend. There is considerable spread or disagreement between computer models and ensemble member output. Some limited rain, possibly mixed with wet snow, will probably take shape on Friday, with more extensive rain possible on Saturday. Some models push the Saturday storm system away by the latter part of the weekend, with others supporting a 2nd trailing wave of low pressure coming up along a cold front, slowing that front, and allowing rain and/or snow to follow on Sunday, with one operational model even holding snow over into Monday.

Bottom line at the time of this posting (Monday 2:15pm): It’s far too early to have a good feel on how this weekend is going to evolve, but there is at least a limited possibility of seeing rain followed by accumulating. By limited, I would translate that to less than a 50/50 chance of accumulating snow.

Boyes Trade & The Pegula Effect

February 28th, 2011 at 1:53 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

Brad Boyes (AP Photo)

The trade for Brad Boyes is just another example of how the Sabres are now doing business under Terry Pegula.  I don’t know if this trade would have happened under Tom Golisano. First, Darcy Regier would have been hesitant to trade a second round draft pick.  More importantly, the team would have been unlikely to pick up a player under contract next year for $4.5 million dollars.  This is not a dollar-for-dollar deal the team has been known to do.  It is an investment for the future, and a sizable one.  Its not a big deal for the rest of this year because Derek Roy’s money is off the cap due to his injury, and so is Craig Rivet’s becuse of his waiver claim by Columbus.  Speaking of which, that’s another example of the Pegula plan.  Getting rid of Rivet and eating some money for a player not here is not what we’re used to seeing from 1 Seymour Knox Plaza. 

So right away, less than a week into his ownership tenure, the changes have already come thanks to Terry Pegula.

The Future is Bright for Mylous Hairston

February 26th, 2011 at 4:17 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

Don Postles, Jacquie Walker, Mylous Hairston, and Don Paul at a farewell gathering for Mylous.

I think it really hit me last night when a group of the Channel 4 “long-timers” gathered for an impromptu farewell to Mylous Hairston. I always think of Mylous as one of the “middle-timers” in the newsroom – with solid experience, though still new enough not to remember all the ways it used to be in the day-to-day of our business. But Mylous is leaving WIVB-TV after twenty years among us. Twenty years! That’s a long, long time to share the stuff of work and the stuff of life. Together we have all seen landmark community changes, touching moments, crushing disappointments, satisfying victories, deep tragedies, weddings, babies, graduations, divorces, major health crises, events that made us all laugh together, cry together, and shake our heads in amazement.

News 4 Videogaphers Dan Summerville and Mike Mombrea, Jr., have worked with Mylous since he started at Channel 4.

Mylous and I have worked together for twenty years.

We are experiencing a lot of emotions over Mylous’ sudden resignation. But, mostly, we are very happy for him. He is still young enough to turn a new page on his working life and take with him the great memories and experiences of working as a real reporter in a number-one newsroom providing a vital service to his community. He told me last night that he remembers me trying to talk him out of this business when I first met him 20 years ago. Now, of course, I’m glad he didn’t listen to me — but he said he would do the same thing to anyone trying to enter the business today.

News 4's Al Vaughters, Rich Newberg, and Don Paul are Mylo's friends and colleagues.

He is upbeat, he is optimistic about his future, and he is especially happy that he won’t have to stand in the freezing cold anymore delivering one of those snowstorm live shots! Amen to that — and good luck to our friend, Mylo. Because I had a clear view of him leaving the newsroom Thursday through our maze of cubicles — I stood and applauded as hard as I could. It didn’t take long before everyone jumped up — and joined in. A standing ovation from his colleagues for twenty years of professionalism, service, and friendship.

No Newton today at combine

February 25th, 2011 at 4:13 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

The unquestioned star of this year’s NFL Combine, QB Cam Newton of Auburn, is going to make the media wait another day.  It looks like he will not make it to the media room for interviews Friday.

This was the day when most other QB prospects did make it into the room–Jake Locker of Washington,  Blaine Gabbert of Missouri, and Christian Ponder of FSU among them. But Newton, who has never actually shied away from attention, is likely to make an appearance tomorrow.

The Heisman Trophy winner is the focal point for much of the media here, because of his high profile college career, and his controversial statements earlier this week about already being an “icon.”  His athletic ability and success at Auburn make him a legitimate early first round prospect, maybe even for the Buffalo Bills. 

We’ll have to wait another day to see how he feels about that.