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Westfield soup kitchen needs to find new home

WESTFIELD, NY - Volunteers at the Westfield Community Kitchen are scrambling to find a building to house their soup kitchen. Their current lease at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church ends in one month.

"There are moments when my reserves of hope sort of dwindles," said Juliana Jones, one of the soup kitchen organizers, "because it has been going on for so long, and it would be a very sad thing for it to come to an end."

Westfield Community Kitchen is the only soup kitchen that serves Westfield. How many people they help fluctuates with the weather. In July, the soup kitchen served about 62 people a day.

"Sometimes hunger isn't just physical," Jones said. "We get widows, widowers, people with disabilities and all sorts of challenges, who're just lonely and they come here for socialization."

Southern Tier casino proposal endorsed for struggling region

NICHOLS, N.Y. (AP) - A plan to expand a racino in New York's Southern Tier into a full resort casino has won the endorsement of state gambling regulators.

Tioga Downs was the only contender for a single casino license available in the region, one of the state's most economically challenged.

The plan also calls for a hotel, new restaurants and a concert venue at the site of the current racino in Nichols. Formal licensure is up to the state's Gaming Commission following Wednesday's endorsement by a state gambling location board.

Local officials say the casino will mean jobs and more tourism.

Tioga's plans were initially rejected last year when the location board endorsed three projects in the Catskills, the Finger Lakes and in Schenectady.

Tioga revised its proposal when bidding was reopened.

Decision expected on casino plan in NY's Southern Tier

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state board is expected to decide soon whether to allow a racino in the state's Southern Tier to expand into a full casino.

Tioga Downs' bid for a casino license was initially denied last year, but the facility in Nichols revised its proposal after Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked gambling regulators to reopen bidding for the casino license.

Local leaders in the Southern Tier say the jobs and economic activity from a casino would be a boon for the economically struggling region.

The Gaming Facility Location Board is expected to announce its recommendation to the state's Gaming Commission at a meeting Wednesday in New York City. Tioga Downs is the only contender for the license.

The proposal also includes a new hotel, restaurants and a concert venue.

Sardinia Crash Claims Young Boy's Life

SARDINIA, NY - A family member tells 2 On Your Side that one of two children injured in a horrific crash in Sardinia Thursday afternoon has died. One adult and the two children were injured in a collision between a pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer. The accident occurred on Route 16 between Curriers-Sardinia and Hand roads. 

Erie County Sheriff's accident investigators say a tractor-trailer was making a right turn into a driveway when it was rear-ended by a pick-up truck. The three people hurt were in the pick-up.

The driver was taken to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. One child was taken to Women and Children's Hospital by a second Mercy Flight helicopter. That child, a 4-year-old boy, succumbed to his injuries Friday, according to the family member. The other child, a 7-year-old girl, is being treated for a broken leg.

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Welcomes New Instructors

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (October 8, 2015) – Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes two new instructors!

Mike Quimby- Piano Instructor- Mike has been a part of the Western New York area for over 17 years. A graduate of Houghton College, Mike has always loved music. He began with piano lessons at age 5 and eventually studied cello. He spent two years playing cello with the Houghton College Philharmonic. As the Director of Worship for a local church for many years, Mike led a team of instrumentalists and vocalists from the piano, keyboard or guitar. Mike has also produced several full-length musicals including Scrooge, It’s a Wonderful Life, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas.
Mike is very excited to join Infinity this year. Currently he serves as Worship Pastor at Church on the Rock. His passions are his faith and his family and he enjoys writing music and performing with his wife, Jen.

Noted Expert to Reflect on Legacy of Nuremberg Trials at Daemen Lecture

Noted Expert to Reflect on Legacy of Nuremberg Trials at Daemen Lecture

The 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials will be commemorated with a special lecture by renowned legal scholar John Q. Barrett, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct 21 in the Daemen College Wick Campus Center Social Room.

“The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials: What Happened Then and Why It Matters Now” will be addressed by Barrett, a noted expert on Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, the chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals in Germany. The Daemen Paralegal Studies Speaker Series lecture is free and open to the public.

Fifty years after Jackson’s death, Barrett discovered and edited Jackson’s now acclaimed memoir, “That Man: An Insider’s Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Barrett, a professor of law at St. John’s University, is currently writing a biography on Jackson, a Western New York native who is considered one of most revered lawyers in U.S. history.

Benefit for homes without heat after floods

WESTFIELD, NY - It's been three months since flooding damaged a number of homes in Chautauqua County. On Sunday, a Fund the Furnace benefit was held at the Westfield Moose Lodge to help those affected by those floods.

Guests could buy dinner or take part in a number of auctions and raffles to help the cause.

With a flood, a flooded basement, and a furnace that doesn't work, you don't drive down the road and see that someone's furnace isn't working," said Adele Harrington. "A furnace is hidden. It's in people's basements. And so they're sitting there with a hidden disaster that none of us can see or recognize."