>Gateway-Longview opening Family Resource Center
Gateway-Longview, a nonprofit family support organization, will celebrate the grand opening of its Family Resource Center from 2 to 6 p.m. today.
The free public event at the new facility at 347 E. Ferry St. includes tours of the building, games, music and refreshments.
Facility offerings will include children's poetry nights, Buffalo Museum of Science exhibits and the kinship care program, which supports extended family members raising children.
>Motorcycle run to benefit Carousel Park
OLCOTT -- Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday for the Tom Kelly Memorial Bike Run to benefit Olcott Beach Carousel Park.
Participants may register their motorcycles for $10 until 10:30 a.m., and the run begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Harbor Inn, 5764 Lake Road, Olcott. The run travels to J.J.'s Cabin on Route 104 in Lewiston and back.
A family event will follow, with volleyball, horseshoes, live music, a silent auction, a 5 0/5 0 split, and plenty of food and refreshments, according to organizers.
The event is named in honor of Kelly, treasurer of the Carousel Park and one of its founding members, who died in April.
The Carousel Park, which is operated entirely by volunteers, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer. This park houses a collection of old-fashioned rides and features a 1928 Herschell-Spillman carousel.
>Schumer urges putting new call center here
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on the Veterans Administration to locate one of its planned new call centers in Buffalo.
The VA is consolidating its 58 centers at only five sites, and Schumer urged the agency to consider downtown Buffalo.
"With its highly skilled, well-educated, productive work force; telecom and transportation network; and affordable office space, the City of Buffalo is the perfect place for the VA to locate its call center," Schumer said.
He cited decisions by GEICO, Citigroup and HSBC Bank USA to locate call centers and back-office operations in the Buffalo area. The senator made the pitch in a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson.