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New To Buffalo, Now New Homeowners

BUFFALO, NY - Standing in front of their brand new home, Hamadi Musa and his family are living the American Dream. The Musa's recently immigrated to the United States, and settled in Buffalo. Now they're homeowners.

The Musa's purchased a home on 19th Street, in Buffalo's West Side Neighborhood The home was gutted by fire. Now, completely rebuilt, buying their dream came true thanks to a local company called "Home Front."  

Company's Executive Director Bryan Cacciotti says, the Musa's home is one of two homes, that have been completely rebuilt so far. Musa, with the help of his interpreter, are happy to see this day finally come.

"I feel good because I got a home now, a beautiful house that, this is a huge thing I thought I would never get that."

Musa says, he now feels like a true Buffalonian. He and his family will move in on September 21st.

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Nardin Academy in Buffalo Unveils Expansion

BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- Nardin Academy, a prestious Catholic School for girls in Buffalo, just unveiled its $3.5 million expansion project which includes new state-of-the-art facilities for dance, music and fine arts. 

The special occasion began with the recognition of respected supporters of the Nardin community including Carol and Angelo Fatta, who the new center is named after.  A blessing was also given by Buffalo Bishop Edward U. Kmiec to "bring good health, fortune, and prosperity to all who passed through Nardin Academy's new facilities."

Hoyt Wins, But Golombek Wants A Recount

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Common Council member Joseph Golombek (D) says he is gaining ground in his primary race against incumbent Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D). 

Both men have been going head to head over for the New York State Assembly 144th District Seat.

Golombek's campaign says it has Hoyt's lead down to 167 votes just through a re-check of the voting machines. Absentees and affidavits have not been counted yet.

Golombek tells 2 On Your Side he has heard about problems at polling places throughout the district. He was joined by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, and a few others outside the Board of Elections Wednesday afternoon.

It's no secret that the Mayor and Hoyt are rivals within the Democratic Party.  

Golombek says he currently trails Hoyt by 250 votes, out of over 10,000 votes cast.

Nationwide Prescription Medication Drop-off Day

BUFFALO, NY-- The Drug Enforcement Administration Buffalo Office is holding a government-sponsored prescription drop-off day on September 25th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

It's easy-- simply drive up, and drop off your old or unused medications. No questions asked, and it's free to the public.

Participating in a pharmaceutical disposal is the only safe way to destroy or dispose of unwanted medications without polluting the environment.

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Buffalo AmeriCorps On The Rebound: Community Service Without Abandonment!

Buffalo AmeriCorps and staff at The Belle Center can now rest a little easier after the decision to not fund Buffalo AmeriCorps for the upcoming 2010-11 fiscal year was overturned. After much advocacy, Buffalo AmeriCorps recently received a grant totaling $283,277 from the NYS Commission on National and Community Service.

The Buffalo AmeriCorps program has a major impact on the Western New York community as it provides vital resources towards socio-economic advancement for members in the community through service. Buffalo AmeriCorps has provided $206,000 in education awards over the past 3 years to members who have successfully completed their term of service.

Sudan Lost Boys Aid Africa

BUFFALO - Helping children half a world away is the focus of an organization that is celebrating the generosity of Western New Yorkers.

A group called "Aid and Care for Africa" was founded by Dominic Diing, one of the so-called "Lost Boys of Sudan"-children who ran from their villages in Southern Sudan to escape military jihadists who were kidnapping young boys and training them for military duty.

Diing emigrated to the United States in 2001 and graduated from Niagara University.

For the past four years, he has raised money to build a school for orphans in his war-torn Sudanese village.

Congressman Higgins Outlines Next Steps at Canal Side, Outer Harbor

Congressman Moves Forward with Plan to Enhance Public Space, Connect Waterfront & Drive Economic Growth

Standing along the Erie Canal Commercial Slip, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) outlined his plan for next steps in Buffalo’s waterfront development.  The Congressman formally submitted the plan to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) after receiving Bass Pro’s July 29, 2010 letter “withdrawing from further consideration of this (Canal Side) development” and has been working on implementing components of his plan over the last several weeks.

“Western New York has an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary resources to remake its waterfront,” said Higgins.  “By making the necessary investments in public infrastructure we set the stage for long-term private sector investment.”