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BPO Student Ticket Pricing in Honor of 75th Anniversary

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In honor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's 75th Anniversary, students may purchase individual tickets for any M&T Bank Classic Series Concert* for only $7.50. Or, for only $19.35 they can purchase a Student Classics Pass and see all M&T Bank Classic Series Concerts* through June 2011.

The Student Classics Pass is good for walk-up seats day of concert only. All student tickets are held at Will Call, are non-transferable and require proof of a Valid Student ID when redeemed at the Box Office.

*Student ticket prices are not available for Classical Christmas and Lang Lang's Buffalo Debut.

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NYSDOT Closing Route 198 Ramp to Niagara Street


The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that bridge maintenance will be conducted on NY Route 198, Scajaquada Expressway, in the City of Buffalo, Erie County, on Monday, November 8, and Tuesday, November 9.   

As a result, the NY Route 198 westbound off ramp to NY Route 266, Niagara Street, will be closed beginning at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m.Traffic will be directed to follow a posted detour.  The detour route shall direct traffic to continue westbound on NY Route 198, to Interstate 190 northbound.  Traffic will then proceed northbound on Interstate 190 to Exit 12, Amherst Street, where it will intersect with Niagara Street.

Number Of Under-Performing Schools, Districts Grow

Gannett Albany Bureau

ALBANY - The state Education Department's annual list of under-performing schools includes 532 schools and 35 districts statewide, of which 99 schools and four districts are newly identified.

Scroll down to see a searchable database of performing and underperforming schools

The number of problem schools is higher than the 499 identified at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, although the number of districts has remained the same, according to the Education Department, which released the list Thursday. There were 49 schools and three districts that were new to the list issued a year ago.

This year's increase comes after a change in the calculation of adequate yearly progress - a standard under the federal No Child Left Behind Act - for students with disabilities, and time adjustment of assessment cut scores because state tests were given later this year.

CRIME STOPPERS: Police Looking For Parole Violator

BUFFALO, NY-  Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating Carlos Fonseca.

Fonseca, 33, is wanted for violating parole.  He is on parole for numerous drug convictions. 

Investigators say he also has a history of weapons charges and sexual assault.

Carlos Fonseca is 5'4" tall and weighs about 205 lbs.  He has lived at numerous addresses on Buffalo's West Side.

If you have any information on Fonseca's location, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at:  716-867-6161.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to Fonseca's arrest.

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Buffalo Public Schools Calls "Fiscal Emergency" Premature

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Public Schools called a press conference Thursday to address allegations made by the city control board regarding the schools' financial situation.

This week, the control board said the public school system is in a "fiscal emergency."

The allegations stem from Article VII funding, which gives $23 million to the school district from the State Legislature. This is money the public schools are relying on.

According to the Buffalo Public Schools, the district remains "cautiously optimistic" they will be granted the full funding. The district will know for sure when the state legislature meets to vote on the issue later this month.

If the district is denied the Article VII funding, they will be forced to lay off approximately 450 employees, but the district does not anticipate that happening.

Pet Connection Needs Your Support!

Tickets are now available for a Holiday Concert/Dinner Dance featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band that will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla. Please purchase a ticket and help us keep our doors open to future animal rescues!

Music is Art Needs YOU!

Music is Art is asking residents to help out in getting the art and cultural programs back in the Buffalo Area.

Erie County Executive Chris Collins cut funding to all cultural organizations except for 10 he deems worthy. Music is Art was one of the programs that was cut.

The County Legislature is considering a change in the proposal that may allow for more programs to stay alive. Music is Art is asking anyone and everyone to get involved and help make this change happen.

Their requesting that if you live in Erie County, to let the Legislature know that you want your tax dollars invested in arts and culture. And if you live outside of the area, to tell them that it's our arts and culture that bring you here.