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USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2014

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2014

 

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they have received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. 

Cantor Calls For Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

Cantor Calls For Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a leading proponent of school choice, addressed education, health care and other pressing national issues in the House Republican Party’s four-point policy agenda as featured speaker at the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series held March 10.

Introduced by Congressman Chris Collins, Cantor emphasized an “American That Works” plan in response to major challenges being faced today largely by the middle class.

“Many have lost faith in our nation and in the American dream. The American people deserve better and that’s why the House Republican leadership’s number one issue is to restore an America that works,” said Cantor, a six-term Virginia congressman.

Cantor pointed to the “middle-class squeeze” brought on by minimal wage growth and rising costs in making it harder for middle-class families to make ends meet. “Three out of four Americans are living paycheck to paycheck,” he said.

Frank’s Sunny Italy Hosts Traditional St. Joseph Table to Benefit Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Frank’s Sunny Italy Hosts Traditional St. Joseph Table to Benefit Catholic Charities of Buffalo

The Frank Sclafani family, owners of Frank’s Sunny Italy restaurant in North Buffalo, will host its three-generation annual St. Joseph Table and asks only a free will contribution to take part in the feast; there is no other charge. All are invited to the traditional meal, celebrated on the Feast of St. Joseph, which will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the restaurant, 2491 Delaware Ave.

The restaurant has designated Catholic Charities of Buffalo as the recipient of all of the contributions this year.

Each year, the Sclafanis choose a local charity to benefit.

The St. Joseph Table is an Italian (more specifically Sicilian) event celebrating the principal Feast Day of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Sclafani family donates the food for the meal, their family and employees volunteer their time to prepare and serve the meal. Catholic Charities’ staff also will be on hand to greet and thank participants.

Suspect in Concord Standoff in Custody


Concord, NY – The suspect accused of shooting at police is now in custody, 12 hours after the incident began in the Town of Concord.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office surrounded a location on Brown Hill Road in Concord, NY after a suspect fired on deputies Sunday night. Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes, or told to go into their basement during the standoff.

Erie County Sheriff Captain Ron Kenyon said 25 of 60 rounds were fired at police cars. Officials say one deputy went to ECMC with glass fragments in his eye from when the suspect shot out the squad car window.

The suspect finally walked out of the home at 9:30am and was taken into custody. Police are not releasing his name, but say he is a 48-year-old male. Police say they were familiar with the suspect from past incidents.

John Mellencamp Unveiled as First Blockbuster Act for Seneca Casinos’ 2014 ‘Summer Rush’ Series

John Mellencamp Unveiled as First Blockbuster Act for Seneca Casinos’ 2014 ‘Summer Rush’ Series

A concert this good just can’t wait. In advance of an April 2 announcement for an incredible lineup of 2014 Summer Rush entertainment, Seneca Casinos unveils one of the many blockbuster concerts: rock superstar John Mellencamp performing on Thursday, July 3 at 8 p.m. at Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls USA.

Ticket prices start at $95 and will go on sale Tuesday, Mar. 18 at noon at Seneca Casino box offices, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Mellencamp, who normally performs in large-scale venues, will have a more intimate setting inside the Events Center. The venue seats 2,400 people and features two jumbo-sized high-definition screens to the left and right of the stage. The furthest seat is just 100 feet away, offering everyone a “best seat in the house” experience.

Youth Symphony Receives Two Community Foundation Grants

Youth Symphony Receives Two Community Foundation Grants

Jamestown, NY – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony (CRYS) has received two grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled with this support and so grateful to the Community Foundation,” said CRYS board president Tanya Anderson, in acknowledging the awards.

Both grants are funded through the Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund. One supports the honorarium for Conductor and Music Director Bryan Eckenrode and the other funds CRYS’s Chautauqua Weekend.

Widely acclaimed for both his performance and his conducting, Eckenrode took the helm of CRYS in 2003. At that time there was a single orchestra, which is now the Youth Symphony, CRYS’s premier performance group of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians.

Under Eckenrode’s leadership, two more orchestras were formed: Prelude Strings for beginning string musicians and the Young Artists Orchestra for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players.