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It seems to us: Parking violators beware, revival takes wing and Ice Cream Dude is a hot topic

If parking tickets are a pain, get ready to feel the burn. As recently reported in The News, the City of Buffalo is ramping up parking violation penalties after the Common Council approved the Brown administration’s request. This is the first increase in 15 years. Yes, the $5 or $10 increase will bring in an additional $1 million annually to city coffers, but cycling cars in and out of spaces is a good thing.

Even better is that the Council authorized the parking department to enter into contracts for new handheld ticket-writing machines and a pay-by-cell system that allows drivers to pay for parking without getting out of the car. The app is so 21st century and will come in handy on those freezing winter days.

Change is good, especially when you don’t have to carry change.

An American success story is getting a boost in Western New York. New boating restrictions around Strawberry Island are helping to protect a mated pair of bald eagles who, as a species, can be susceptible to unwarranted human influence.

The rules prevent motorized boating in a 330-foot zone around the island, just off the southern tip of Grand Island. The restrictions will also help protect wetlands and aquatic plants that are being restored there.

Eagles were driven nearly to extinction in the last half of the 20th century. They are in the midst of a national revival and it’s good to see Western New York doing its part.

Buffalo continues to come in for great publicity, including an admiring story this week in the New York Daily News, but especially because of the Ice Cream Dude.

James Karagiannis is now known around the world after The Buffalo News ran a story on his “ice creamcycle” effort to give children who cannot afford a frozen treat the chance to “earn” one by writing a thank-you postcard. Donations and attention have poured in from around the world. Few have deserved it more than he.

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