First Niagara People & Possibilities partner to provide programs for families in need

The First Niagara Foundation and People & Possibilities Inc., a Niagara Falls Housing Authority organization, are providing educational, cultural, social and recreational "quality of life" programs for people of all ages living in and around Niagara Falls Housing Authority communities. The programs are designed to remove obstacles to success to empower individuals and families to become self-sufficient and aid in the achievement of personal goals.

Classes offered will include after-school tutorial sessions, summer enrichment opportunities, computer classes, financial literacy, job training, and health and wellness initiatives. The First Niagara Foundation is providing a $2,500 grant to fund the programs and help ensure individual success.

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BBB warning: Fun run organizers canceling races

Back in May, Better Business Bureau serving Upstate New York reminded consumers to do their homework before participating in any 5K race or other event. Now, Better Business Bureau locations across the country have been receiving many complaints about various fun runs that have been canceled with short notice, often with no refunds.

Recently, organizers of the Dirty Girl Mud Run canceled its event in Charleston, West Virginia. Participants who registered for that event won't receive any refunds "under any circumstances," according to a post on Dirty Girl's Facebook page. There is Dirty Girl Mud Run event scheduled in the Buffalo area in September.

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'World's Largest Disco' returns

"The World's Largest Disco"Conesus Fest for Charity is proud to announce the 21st anniversary of "The World's Largest Disco," presented by Univera Healthcare, to be held Saturday, Nov. 29, beginning at 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center.

The event features a mammoth 64,000-square-foot dance floor, a concert-size sound/lightshow and surprise appearances from celebrities from the era.

More than 7,000 disco guests will dance the night away and sing along to their favorite songs from the '70s/disco era. 

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Grisanti names Kelly Carrigg 'Veteran of the Month'

Sen. Mark Grisanti has named Kelly Carrigg as the seventh recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program.

A resident of the Town of Hamburg who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, Carrigg is the seventh recipient of the monthly honor presented by Grisanti. She was awarded following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members in Grisanti's veterans liaison office.

"I am pleased to recognize Lt. Col. Carrigg with this honor," Grisanti said. "Her career of distinguished service is very impressive, and her current community involvement is admirable. Now working as a school teacher, she is an ideal role model for our young people."

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Dangers of leaving your pet in a hot, parked car

by TripsWithPets.com

With the summer months upon us, pet travel is at its height, and it's time for a reminder about the dangers of leaving your pet in a parked car. Whether you're parking in the shade, just running into the store, or leaving the windows cracked, it is still not OK to leave your pet in a parked car.

The temperature inside a car can skyrocket after just a few minutes. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows cracked does very little to alleviate this pressure cooker. Even on a relatively cool day, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly spike to life-threatening levels if the sun is out.

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Islander nets national spotlight

by Larry Austin

A Grand Islander stole the spotlight from a famous Victoria's Secret supermodel, Karlie Kloss, Monday and ended up on the front page of various international news websites.

Island native Kara Dudley is the anonymous woman seen in several Internet stories posted July 21 on celebrity websites such as "Good Morning America," ABC Pop, Cosmopolitan UK, The Daily Mirror, and even ninemsn.com.au in Australia. Dudley was photographed coming out of a New York City shop, searching for Taylor Swift, who had appeared to have gone into it earlier. She saw the paparazzi, but was oblivious of Kloss. Dudley posed as if the cameras were present to photograph her.

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