>Firefighter's funeral likely to tie up traffic
Motorists are advised to avoid the area of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna today during the funeral for Buffalo Firefighter Donald J. Herbert.
Lackawanna police said thousands of firefighters are expected to attend the funeral, resulting in extended delays, detours and closed streets in the area of Ridge Road and South Park Avenue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Herbert, 44, died Tuesday of complications from injuries suffered in a roof collapse while fighting a fire in December 1995.
>Railway society buys classic passenger car
The train will be a little longer for the Western New York Railway Historical Society, which has purchased a mid-20th century stainless-steel New York Central passenger car.
The 2900 Series Budd-built railroad coach, built in 1947 and stored for years by a West Virginia railroad group, becomes the sixth such silver passenger car owned by the society and used for charter service on the Falls Railroad in Niagara and Orleans counties. The sixth coach makes the local group's fleet of this type of passenger car the largest under single ownership in the United States.
Part of the revenue from this weekend's Toy and Train Show at the Agri-Center in Hamburg will be used to purchase the coach and transport it by rail from Parkersburg, W.Va., to Buffalo. The society's show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the center at the Erie County Fairgrounds.
>Appellate Court convenes at UB; lawyers sworn-in
There are 127 new lawyers in Western New York today.
A swearing-in ceremony was held Friday at the University at Buffalo's Slee Hall, conducted by Presiding Justice Eugene F. Pigott Jr. and his colleagues from the state's Fourth Department Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.
The Rochester-based tribunal, which oversees courts and lawyers as far east as Utica, attended the ceremony after a morning session in the ceremonial courtroom of Erie County Hall at 92 Franklin St.
The Pigott tribunal last held court in Erie County at the UB Law School courtroom on March 3, 2005.
>Group names Masiello its Citizen of the Year
Officials of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus have given former Buffalo Mayor Anthony M. Masiello their first Citizen of the Year award.
The presentation was made this week following a BNMC progress report by board Chairman Thomas R. Beecher Jr. in a program that also included a private performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
"[He] helped get all of the institutions and our public sector partners on the same page," Beecher said. "He pledged support from the city -- and he delivered. His vision and leadership helped get us where we are today."
The BNMC, founded in 2001, represents a consortium of clinical, research and education institutions. For information, visit www.bnmc.com.