>Clinton bill to push access to green space
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that she will introduce a bill that aims to restore public access to green space around Buffalo's historic lighthouse.
The bill would push the U.S. Coast Guard to evaluate the feasibility of consolidating and relocating its Buffalo facilities, which currently occupy 31 acres of the city's outer harbor. The base's current design prevents public access to a significant portion of the city's waterfront, including the Buffalo Lighthouse.
The Coast Guard has indicated the site is too large and is difficult to maintain and secure.
In 2003, the Coast Guard drafted a preliminary plan to upgrade and consolidate the facilities, some of which are more than 70 years old. The bill would authorize the Coast Guard to submit a project proposal report within a year.
Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, recently included the legislation as an amendment to the Coast Guard Authorization Act that passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
>Polish-American Arts Fest scheduled for Town Park
The 29th annual Polish-American Arts Festival will be held July 20-22 in Cheektowaga Town Park, 2600 Harlem Road. Authentic Polish music, cuisine, customs and culture will be part of the three-day event. The entertainment schedule includes Polish heritage dancers, musical performer Jimmy Sturr and the Eddie Olinski Orchestra. For a complete schedule, go to www.tocny.org.
The festival will open at 6:30 p.m. July 20 and go until midnight. A Mass will be offered at 4:30 p.m. July 21, followed by entertainment from 6 until midnight. The festival will reopen at 3 p.m. July 22 and run until 10. Admission and parking are free.
>Wheels for Work program expanding with new grant
A nonprofit program that helps women buy their own cars will expand into Niagara County thanks to a new grant, officials announced this week.
Wheels for Work, a program run by Everywoman Opportunity Center, helps women take out low-interest loans to purchase a personal car. Additionally, it provides classes on budgeting and money management.
The program, which has served Erie County for several years, was given a $380,085 grant to expand by the county.