Tuesday, Terry Pegula will officially become Darcy Regier’s boss. It won’t take long for the two to establish a relationship, and for Pegula to put some kind of stamp on the team. The NHL trade deadline is next Monday, February 28th. What the Sabres do will give us some insight into how Pegula will run the team, and what Regier does will give Pegula some insight into whether he stays as general manager.
How is your school educating its students, and at what cost?
The State Education Department has issued its annual school report cards. They cover three key areas: educational accountability, test results for proficiency exams, and fiscal accountability.
The annual “Feathers of Fury” pillow fight invaded San Francisco’s waterfront over the weekend.
Hundreds gathered to pelt and smack their closest bedfellows with the weapon of choice, pillows!
The pillow party is an underground movement that can be followed online.
around here for the next couple of weeks, that is. While the blocking pattern near Greenland has drifted far off, the flow of milder Pacific air across the lower 48 will be interrupted at irregular intervals by a train of vigorous waves in the mid-level flow and low pressure/storm systems at the surface. Each time one of these waves approaches, temperatures will get pumped up on a brisk southerly or SWly flow, and then dragged down behind each wave, following the passage of a cold front. In other words, ups and downs. The downs will bring quick hits of seasonably cold temperatures, but nothing with the persistence we experienced for nearly all of December, January, and the first week and a half of February. At this point, the average storm track for these vigorous waves will not be bringing any heavier precip this week. But it’s possible we’ll see increased precipitation next week.
Bottom line: with all the ups and downs I’ve mentioned, when all is said and done temperatures averaged out over the next 16 day period will be milder than they were during the last 16 day period. Not exactly an early spring (sorry, ground hog), but a far cry from what we’ve been through.
It was like standing in the land of giants Thursday night at the Buffalo Auto Show. I ran into Dan, Rob and Chris Gronkowski just after they had taped a segment of “The Enforcers,” hosted by Rob Ray and Reuben Brown. Reuben was not there when we snapped this photo, but that was one less giant in the picture! Dan, Rob, and Chris, of East Amherst, made some history this season as three brothers playing for three different NFL teams.
There was a noticeable increase in the number of people we spotted at the Buffalo Convention Center this year. That always begs the question, are folks buying or just looking? Paul Stasiak, President of the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association, tells me the dealers are re-energized this year. He says: “I think people have older cars, credit is a little easier to get, the rates are very, very attractive, and the stock market is coming back. So, there’s a little bit more optimism.”
Between the Pond Hockey Tournament, the Powder Keg Festival, and great ski conditions, this should be an active weekend for WNYers who want to hit the outdoors. While temperatures will moderate some, especially on Sunday, the bigger warmup will hold off until around Wednesday. That should preserve nature’s setting for all these events and activities. At the Powder Keg Festival, the INTERNATIONAL WEATHER EXPERIENCE CENTER will have a real presence this weekend, inside the Kids Pavilion/Family Tent with a fine display and Board staff members to meet the public, and explain our vision for this fantastic waterfront project. In fact, we’ll be looking for volunteers to aid us in accelerating our progress in many facets of this complex project.
I’ll be there, at our display, Saturday afternoon from 1:30 until 5 to chat with folks, so I hope some of you come down.
Here is the link to the expanded Powder Keg Festival, locations, programs, etc:
No, the Bills didn’t win the Super Bowl. That would really send WNY into an endless celebration. But area football fans should feel a sense of pride, after watching James Starks and the Packers win the Lombardi Trophy. It’s the kind of feel-good football story that we’ve lacked around here.
I have to believe that a lot of WNYers were rooting for the Packers, just because of #44. I know I was. James is a true representative of us all. He grew up in Niagara Falls, played college football at UB and still calls this area home. Unlike other area natives who played college football elsewhere, James never left WNY and WNY never left him. All during the runup to the game, he talked about how proud he was of the Falls and what it meant to bring some of the spotlight to the people of his hometown.
It also helps that James is one of the nicest, most pleasant, most sincere athletes I’ve ever known. That’s not just my opinion. Ask anyone who knows him. For all of his athletic talents and achievements, he never shows an ego, never big-times anyone and never forgets where he came from. He was like that when helping NFHS win a state basketball championship, like that when helping UB win a MAC Championship, and like that when helping the Packers win an NFL championship. That sentence is not a coincidence. Its a tribute to what James brings to every team he’s ever been on.
So hold your heads high, football fans. While you’re team didn’t win the Super Bowl, one of your own did. It couldn’t have happend to a better person, and a better town.
Members of the Amanda Hansen Foundation will be distributing free carbon monoxide detectors on Saturday, February 19th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Roy’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. The facility is located at 140 Cooper Avenue in Tonawanda.
Today, Muzzammil Hassan is guilty of stabbing and beheading his wife. About nine years ago I was introduced to Muzzammil Hassan and Aasiya Zubair as a couple who were considering starting a cable TV channel dedicated to Muslim issues. They were taking a tour of WIVB-TV escorted by Promotions Director Carroll Wolter when I met them quite by accident in the newsroom. They wanted to see a fully-equipped station to get an idea of what they might expect as they moved into the television business. I chatted with them for a few minutes and they continued on their tour. Muzzammil was a bank executive in a business suit. Aasiya, in Muslim-style dress, was soft-spoken, reserved, and pregnant.
Shortly after that chance meeting, Muzzammil Hassan called me here at the station, talked to me about his plans, and asked me to be the news director for his new cable venture. I told him I would think it over and call him back. I did think it over and decided I wasn’t ready to give up my career here at News 4. Also, I believed I didn’t know enough about the Muslim culture to be an effective leader at a ground-breaking new channel dedicated to fostering a better understanding of Muslim life in America.
As I recall, Hassan didn’t want to take no for an answer. He may have called me one other time after that, continuing to extend the offer, but I had made up my mind. That was the last time we spoke.
As I watch this case unfold, I rarely think about that encounter so long ago and don’t dwell on the question: “what if?” To me, he appears to be a different person than the ambitious young executive I met here. And, it is extremely sad to think of the tragic fate met by Aasiya…a woman who seemed to have such a promising life ahead of her on the day that we met.
For more than 10 days, there have been signs that our harsh wintry pattern will be breaking up next week, at least for a while. The upper level circulation has favored arctic airmasses being steered into the northern plains, the midwest, the Great Lakes and the NE since December. Extended range computer guidance continues on this Monday morning to point to a flattening of that pattern next week. The flow across the northern tier of the lower 48 will take on more of a “zonal flow” from west to east in which the arctic air stays more in its “zone”, to the north, with more temperate, Pacific airmasses crossing the lower 48. There are the usual caveats to this kind of a prediction: The west to east flow can buckle from time to time when vigorous waves in that flow move through, and these can deliver occasional bouts of stormier weather with warmups ahead of each storm system, and cooldowns behind them.
That is, this is not a prediction of an early spring in which day after day features balmy temperatures. It is, however, a prediction that we will see fewer days with highs in teens and twenties with more 30s and, maybe, occasional 40s.
All that aside, after today/Monday, most of this week will again include harsh, wintry temperatures and winds, so you’ll have to grit your teeth a while longer.