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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.

Cyber Monday 2011: All the big deals right here!

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- I don't think Cyber Monday needs any introduction.

Whether or not you enjoyed my favorite shopping day of the year this past Friday, Cyber Monday is expected to be bigger and better today than in years past.

To sum it up quickly, through some talks with distributors and folks behind the deals, Black Friday profit and store traffic was so incredible for most stores that some big deals are expecting to pop today thanks to that shopping energy.

Since Cyber Monday sales are not static like Black Friday (a.k.a. set in stone weeks before by stock lists), the question I most commonly receive on Cyber Monday is "where do I go for the best Cyber Monday deals."

Today, every deal you need in three easy steps:

Hull House Events Focus on History, Protecting Puppies

Hull House Events Focus on History, Protecting Puppies

Experience the holiday traditions of the 1800s as volunteers at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead present Christmas at Hull House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, at the home, 5976 Genesee St., at Pavement Road, Lancaster.

The holiday open house will include recipes, folk lore, music, exhibits, demonstrations and photographs from the era.

A second event will make your four-legged friends feel right at home as the Hull House hosts “Hounds of the Howlidays” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The event serves as a benefit for the non-profit group WNY Citizens Against Puppy Mills, a humane education organization.

Attendees are welcome to bring their dogs for photos with Santa and to enjoy a bake sale, hot cocoa, cookies, gifts and more. For more information, call 937-3829.

A "Fowl" Of The Law?

LANCASTER, NY - Amber Lang lives in the town of Lancaster with her boyfriend, their new born daughter.....and 17 chickens and two goats.

"They're pets, they all have names," she said, as she sat on a hay bale cradling her 6 week old baby and offering food to her animals.

Lang and her family were recently served with papers from the town saying they can't keep the animals in a barn behind their home on a mostly rural stretch of Broadway, because doing so violates a recently amended town code.

"This all initiated from a neighbor complaining to the building inspector," confirmed outgoing Town Supervisor Robert Giza.

"I mean, I feel sorry, because I'm sure (Lang) feels close to her chickens and the goats."

He notes Lang's home, and that of her pets, is within an area which is zoned for commercial, residential, and office use.

Top Black Friday 2011 Deals Online Today

BUFFALO, NY -- Black Friday doesn't have to be a hassle. Today we're saving you time and money. Below is a round-up of the top deals already online that run through Black Friday.

Each link below already has the coupon built-in, so all you need to do is click, enter the coupon code (if applicable) and enjoy. These prices are "Black Friday safe" but please keep in mind there are bigger deals right around the corner. We'll have those Thursday and Friday.

Black Friday Store Maps: Where The Deals Are

One of the major keys to a successful in-store Black Friday experience is knowing where the retailer's putting the deals, and how that store is laid out.

Click on any store name below and you'll find the only hand-drawn deal maps in the country (exclusive to our network of stations). I only mapped out the 8 stores below since the lay-outs are similar from one location to the next. Some store sections will differ slightly, others may be the mirror image of a map. Knowing a store's layout could easily put a deal in your hands first.

Happy Shopping!

- Matt (@MattGranite on Twitter)

Click on any store name below to download the map.

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9/11/01: Where Were You?

9/11/01: Where Were You?

Share your most vivid memories of September 11, 2001. Add a comment at the end of this story.

Mindy Fuller Hoeh: I was at home, thinking it was a sick joke. I realiesed when I was in the car on my way to work and the first tower fell and the song I was listening to was interupted, that it was no joke I milked cows at the time and we were milking away listening to the planes being grounded and we heard jet engines we freaked out and ran outside I remember my boss carried his shot gun all day we all looked up and saw a fleet of f-16's and big helecopters one of the f-16's tipped his wings I think to tell us everything is ok. This year I'm going to Shanksville with friends to remember.