Celebrity callers joined more than 400 other volunteers as the Jewish Federation raised $190,000 during its 20th annual Super Sunday phonathon for the United Jewish Fund Campaign, a spokeswoman reported Sunday evening. The goal was $150,000.
Assisting on the calls were Rep. Jack Quinn, Assemblymen Paul Tokasz and Jim Hayes, County Executive Joel A. Giambra, Buffalo Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, Amherst Supervisor Susan Grelick, County Legislator Barry Weinstein and television personalities Rich Kellman, Rich Newburg, Scott Levin, Don Postles and Kevin O'Connell.
The all-day fund-raising drive is the climax of a five-month campaign that supports 11 local agencies, a number of national Jewish organizations and agencies that assist people in distress in 59 countries around the world.
Southtowns bicycle trail on horizon
Construction of a "park and bike" lot at Hoover Beach in Hamburg should be completed later this year and will be the start of a Southtowns bicycle trail.
The lot at the abandoned sewage treatment plant will be cleared and developed with a $70,000 state grant secured by State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew.
"We have watched our Northtown communities enjoy their trails, and soon our Southtowners will have this recreational opportunity," Volker stated in a news release.
"That will be the hub," said Hamburg Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak. "Let's get the hub started and start the path."
The towns of Hamburg and Evans are cooperating in planning a 20-mile bicycle trail linking the two towns and eventually Lackawanna and Buffalo.
The new park and bike lot would spark a northward trail that would lead cyclists to Woodlawn Beach, the former Bethlehem Steel site, Gallagher Beach, the Small Boat Harbor and Inner Harbor.
Evans is hoping to develop a trail that would tie its local resources together, including Greycliff Estates, and eventually build a connection to the Village of Angola as well as Evangola State Park in Brant.
Hoak said the new lot at Hoover Beach would have picnic tables and benches and possibly a gazebo.
Life-saving actions to be honored
Eggertsville Hose Company will be honored Tuesday by the American Heart Association for life-saving actions members took late last summer.
The Chain of Survival Award will be presented to the company at an awards dinner in Rich Renaissance Niagara.
It was shortly before 2 p.m. last Sept. 10 when Amherst Fire Control dispatched the company to a medical emergency regarding an unresponsive 57-year-old man. While firefighters were en route, dispatchers Mel Spoth and Daniel Howaniec gave instructions to the patient's son.
Chief Stephen Matisz was the first on the scene and determined the man was in cardiac arrest.
The chief began to prepare for defibrillation pending the arrival of Assistant Chiefs Thomas Sciortino and Stephen Hodges and Firefighters Robert Brand, Michael Boehm, Brian Multerer and Ryan Stinson.
Rescue crews performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillated the patient twice before an ambulance crew arrived to help out. Dr. Geoffrey Hobika, who was driving by and saw the emergency response, stopped and offered his assistance as well.
The emergency treatment and continued care in Veterans Affairs Medical Center resulted in the survival of Rohde Wolfgang.