May 1 is filing deadline for school tax relief
May 1 is the deadline for homeowners in Erie County's towns to file applications for the state's School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption program, which includes a school property tax rebate program and a partial property tax exemption from school taxes.
Homeowners need to apply only once for the Basic STAR exemption, which remains in effect until the property is sold.
Enhanced STAR, which requires reapplication annually, is available to homeowners age 65 and older who meet income requirements. Contact your local assessor's office or call (888) 697-8275 for details.
The deadline is Dec. 1 in the cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna. The deadline was March 1 in the City of Tonawanda.
National Fuel workers honored by SPCA
The SPCA Serving Erie County held a special brick unveiling Saturday on its tribute dog walk path, the Paws-Way, in honor of National Fuel employees.
Since 2005, the SPCA has received $42,800 from the employees via the Employee Charitable Giving Program and the National Fuel Gas Co. Foundation.
The charitable giving program provides employees the chance to select a qualified not-for-profit organization to receive donations. The company's foundation then provides a corresponding matching donation.
Gipson to speak during Fathers' Night Out
Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson is the guest speaker for a Fathers' Night Out celebration planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Community School 53, 329 Roehrer Ave.
The event will focus on fostering among children the idea of taking responsibility for their actions. Also scheduled to speak is the Rev. Kenneth Simmons of MAD DADS, a grass-roots, anti-crime group that seeks to prevent violence among youth in East Side neighborhoods.
Featured at the event will be educational booths, workshops and activities such as music and dance provided by the African-American Cultural Center drummers and dancers.
The event will conclude with a barbecue dinner and auction.
Humboldt YMCA goes to Gateway-Longview
The Humboldt Family YMCA in the Masten District has been handed over to Gateway-Longview, the two groups announced.
The 80-year-old building at 347 E. Ferry St. will continue to house an array of family-oriented programs for Buffalo's East Side.
Gateway-Longview provides social workers and counselors who oversee parenting classes, gang awareness and prevention programs, vocational skill development and a family room for families ordered to participate in supervised visits.
The YMCA's recreational and social programs at the Humboldt site have been merged with those at the William-Emslie Family YMCA, 585 William St. The new merged facility is called the Ellicott-Masten YMCA.