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'Home for the Holidays' Finalists to Date

'Home for the Holidays' Finalists to Date

10 finalists will be competing for the grand prize in the WGRZ 'Home for the Holidays' contest. Tune in to Daybreak every weekday morning from December 5 through December 16 to see if your holiday lights display has been selected. Each finalist receives a new Nintendo Wii "Go Vacation" game and moves on to the final round.

On Friday, December 16, the voting begins. Come back to this page to cast your vote for the best holiday lights display in Western New York. The grand prize is a Southwest Airlines vacation package featuring two tickets anywhere in the continental USA that Southwest flies, plus a three-night hotel stay.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, December 15 at 5 p.m.

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Assemblymember Gabryszak: Celebrate Responsibly this Holiday Season

Assemblymember Gabryszak: Celebrate Responsibly this Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, thousands of New Yorkers will take to the roads to meet friends and family for celebrations. December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and there are safety measures in place to curb impaired driving. While the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities in New York has fallen each year since 2007, there are still too many lives being lost or ruined because of drunk driving.1

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2009 report, there were 321 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in New York, almost 28 percent of all the traffic fatalities from that year.1 Erie County is no exception to this problem, with 3,467 DWI arrests in 2008, and unfortunately, alcohol impairment isn’t the only issue.2 Drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine, are involved in about 18 percent of motor-vehicle driver deaths.3 The statistics demonstrate just how important proactive measures are.

Lake Effect Snow Watch Thursday Night into Friday

Lake Effect Snow Watch Thursday Night into Friday

 

BUFFALO, NY 330 PM EST WED DEC 7 2011 - You knew it had to happen eventually. The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow watch  -- somewhere between an advisory and a warning – for late Thursday night through early Thursday evening.

According to the statement, the watch is in effect for Niagara, Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties but there remains some uncertainty as to the exact placement and intensity of the lake effect snow. Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches Thursday night and 3 to 5 inches Friday lead to storm totals of 5 to 9 inches expected in the most persistent lake snows.

The heaviest snow is expected to shift from north to south over the course of the day, but only a small change in wind direction will result in changes to expected snowfall, forecasters say.

Visibilities as low as a quarter-mile at times are possible. The Friday morning commute may be very difficult in the Buffalo metro area.

National Grid Offers Energy and Money Saving Tips for Safe, Festive Holiday Decorating

National Grid Offers Energy and Money Saving Tips for Safe, Festive Holiday Decorating

Save Big This Holiday Season with Energy-Efficient Bright Lighting 

National Grid understands the importance of celebrating the holiday season with family and friends, and warm, colorful lighting.  While the current economic climate may be imposing for many customers especially during the holidays, by following some simple energy efficiency and safety tips, customers can benefit from a more environmentally friendly, safe and cost-effective way to save money this holiday season.

Save Big on Lighting

Over the past few years, new lighting alternatives have become available that may cost more initially, but cost much less to maintain and operate.  Energy-efficient miniature or light-emitting diode (LED) lights use considerably less energy than traditional lighting technology. The list below provides customers with the potential costs associated with each type of lighting.

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Cool,Crisp Start to December

Cool,Crisp Start to December

A perfect start to December...in sharp contrast to one year ago where some areas of WNY received thirty plus inches of snow.

Gabryszak to Hold “Town Hall Meetings”

Gabryszak to Hold “Town Hall Meetings”

Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) will be holding two “Town Hall Meetings” in his district to discuss results of legislative survey distributed in early 2011. The questions dealt with issues that affect taxpayers and over 1,800 people responded. All taxpayers who work or reside in the 143rd District are invited to join.

 

What: Cheektowaga Town Hall Meeting

When: Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Cheektowaga Senior Center 3349 Broadway St., Cheektowaga

 

What:   Lancaster Town Hall Meeting  

When: Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Lancaster Youth Bureau 200 Oxford Avenue, Lancaster

 

 

 

Friends of Harmony Holiday Concert

Friends of Harmony Holiday Concert

DEPEW, NY - Join the Friends of Harmony for a benefit with great tunes and great singing for a wonderful cause.

The 40+ ensemble is scheduled to perform a special Holiday Concert on Friday, December 9th at 7pm at Southeast Works Center, 181 Lincoln Street, Depew, NY.

Tickets are just $15 and all proceeds benefit the Food Bank of WNY. In addition, the public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the concert.

Tickets are available by calling 716-662-5192 or online at FriendsofHarmony.com.