Black Friday has come and gone, but holiday shopping is still raging on, as many businesses rely on this time of year to improve the bottom line. For major retailers like Target or Best Buy, the Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the most lucrative days of the year, but for shops in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, it’s a day later on Small Business Saturday.
Ice skating has returned to Canalside for the winter season, with a greater emphasis on comfort and safety. The rink is open to skaters of all age and skill levels and this year there are a few additions to the rink intended to better accommodate guests and provide a safer experience.
On the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street sits a new 300 foot long public art exhibit called the “Freedom Wall.” On the wall are 28 portraits of men and women who made an impact during the civil rights movement, including Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Halloween is the one day a year where you’re encouraged to be anything besides yourself, however, the holiday can potentially pose safety risks for all ages. For example, there are often horror stories about people putting dangerous items, such as razor blades or drugs, into candy. That was apparent this year in western New York, as there were two separate reports of sharp objects being found in candy.
A state review has found Buffalo State is not fully complaint with a law intended to protect students from sexual assault. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the preliminary results Sept. 19 of a state-wide review of all colleges and universities to monitor compliance with New York’s “Enough is Enough” law.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to eliminate American beech trees in Chautauqua County with herbicide injections due to overpopulation of the species.
The SPCA serving Erie County is assisting animal shelters in Florida and Texas by housing at least 21 dogs displaced by hurricanes. Hurricane Irma devastated parts of Florida last month and many of the shelters in the affected areas needed space for displaced dogs and other animals.