February 13, 2009
Cazenovia Park Casino: Let the stimulus spending begin!

Since it’s written in an
infrastructure stimulus package, Cazenovia Park is in on a share of $49 million. I can think of none other reason than the casino for some government improvements since no one else is looking out for it. Take delight in the pictures taken 2/13/09 and hope for some honest “stimulusness” to come our way.

Cazenovia Park Hockey Peewee Chiefs are 2009 Welland Little NHL Hockey Tournament Champions

South Buffalo's own Caz Park Chiefs Peewee Major Team competed in the 35th annual Little NHL Hockey Tournament in Welland, ON Canada this past weekend and were crowned champions.

The Chief's defeated the Pelham Panthers in the finals 5-2 on Sunday.  Joe Milkowski had the hat trick in the victory and Joe Piegay scored twice for the Chiefs. Garrett Barnas was the winning netmidner for the championship game. The Chiefs tallied a record of 4-1 over the three day event in this eight team tournament featuring the Pelham Panthers, Grimsby Peach Kings, Syracuse NY Stars, Cazenovia Chiefs, Welland Tigers, Lincoln Blades, Quinte West Hawks and the Owen Sound Attack.

Friday morning the Chiefs faced these same Pelham Panthers and with Jacob Smith in net they shutdown and shutout the Panthers 5-0.  Joe Milkowski had two goals in the victory. After the first period ended scoreless, the Chiefs scored three goals in the second period with Michael Faliero, Dennis Mann and Joe Milkowski scoring for the Chiefs.  Conor McGrath scored late in the third and Joe Milkowski scored his second goal with 00:20 seconds left in the game.  In the second game of the day, the Chiefs suffered their only loss of the tourney as they dropped a toughly contested game to the Grimsby Peach Kings 4-1. Michael Faliero scored for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs faced the Quinte West Hawks from Eastern Ontario on Saturday morning and defeated the Hawks 3-2.  The Chiefs held a 1-0 lead after two periods on a goal from Joe Piegay.  The Hawks came back and scored two unanswered goals but the Chiefs rallied back in the 3rd period with NIck Siracuse scoring on an assist from Mike Faliero at the 3:29 mark. With the score tied 2-2 Joe Piegay scored the game winner with 1:03 left on the clock. Garrett Barnas had a strong game in net for the Chiefs.  This win gave the Chiefs the #1 seed in the crossover match vs the Syracuse Stars Saturday night.

The Chiefs played the Stars scoreless through the first period but David "Buzz" Baskerville put the Chiefs on the board with a second period goal. Mike Faliero and Nick Siracuse tallied  goals for the Chiefs in the third period. Jacob Smith had a strong game in net and was a minute and a half away from his second shutout of the weekend when the Stars scored a late goal that had little effect on the game. The Chiefs won 3-1 and headed for the championship final a re-match with the Pelham Panthers that ended in a well earned victory.

Goaltending and defense were big keys to the Chiefs success. The Chiefs outscored their opponents 17-9 in five games and killed off 11 of 12 penalties over the weekend series.

Head Coach Ed Ryan is assisted by John Piegay, Mike Barnas, Gary Panek and Skills Coach Mike Mankowski.  The Chiefs are Michael Faliero, Nicholas Siracuse, Joseph Milkowski, Joseph Piegay, Joseph Panek, David Baskerville, Conor McGrath, Dennis Mann, Nicolas Schuler, Benjamin Ryan, Lucas Maciejewski, Marcus Webb, Mitchell Feneziani, Nicholas Gallager, Drew Mankowski, Garrett Barnas and Jacob Smith. 

The Cazenovia Park Hockey Association is preparing to celebrate their 50 year anniversary next season. They offer house and travel programs from Novice to Midget.  See their website at www.cazhockey.com for tryout dates and times.


Cazenovia Library and it’s $2,000 upgrade
Through the work of AmeriCorps and Home Depot, who donated $2,000 in supplies, the Cazenovia Library now has a new 1,155 sq. foot room for meetings, events and programs. This is space was never finished in the early 1960’s and was used for storage of busted furnature when Cazenovia was an Erie County library.

Fresh paint and new floors were also upgraded in two other meeting rooms in the lower level of the library.

Good Shepherd Community of Faith is sponsoring a Candlelight Celebration of Music for the Children at Roswell. The concert will be held at Good Shepherd (187 Southside Parkway in South Buffalo, across from South Park High School) on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Highlighting the evening will be the Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:00. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception.

Presale tickets are available for $15.00 each until February 5. The cost at the door is $20.00. Proceeds will benefit Carly's Club for Kids & Cancer Research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

For more information or to acquire tickets, contact Carly's Club at 845-4100 or Rev. Barbara Hulsing at 824-4112.

About Carly's Club at Roswell Park:
Carly's Club for Kids & Cancer Research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded by Carly Collard Cottone prior to her death from brain cancer, offers support programs to make life more manageable for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, and raises funds for pediatric cancer research seeking cures. Carly's Club is managed by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Currently over 260 pediatric cancer patients and their families are served each year through Carly's Club programming. For more information, visit www.carlysclub.org or call 716-845-8788.

January 11, 2009
Winds of change: The future of South Buffalo and the questions thereafter
When people gather in circles and talk about what Buffalo really needs, things like “good politicians” always seems to top the list. In this, a Country built on “for the people, by the people” a good politician stretches as far as personal opinions, or does it?

Having had the representation of six different South District council members in the past 14 years, none a star who shines brighter than Mickey Kearns.

Whether a simple street sign replacement or a serious conversation of infrastructure, Councilman Kearns doesn’t just listen to the needs, he addresses them and oversees a completion. That’s what makes a good politician. In the past three years, he’s always been the perfect person to move South Buffalo forward despite a city control board and having other political offices ignoring Buffalo (unless it has “waterfront” stamped on the cover).

Then I opened the Buffalo News this morning,
the headline tells us about the winds of change. “Kearns may challenge Brown for mayor”.

I can’t say as I’m shocked, but now that there’s consideration, I wonder so much about the future of South Buffalo if Kearns wins the top seat of the City of Buffalo.

Questions arise upon the foresight; can we count on the Democratic Party to appoint us with someone willing to work equally as hard for our area? Who will be the one giving us something to believe in? Who would have the best interest of South Buffalo in mind? Who would be appointed only to ride the coat tails of other political propaganda & agendas?

Kearns, a leader by every terms, can take the City of Buffalo to where it needs to be, there is no doubt, but what will happen to South Buffalo if we’re handed someone who’ll never stand up for the good of our area? Who will fight to keep our hopes alive in this area of the city?

If only, if to have a genie in a bottle that grants all of our wishes, would we really have a dream come true? And where will South Buffalo be in the end with the Democratic Party doing the choosing?

Buffalo Ball Committee Donates $7,000 to Project FLIGHT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 15, 2009)- The Buffalo Ball Committee Members Kathleen Lewis and Jeffrey Conrad presented a $7,000 check to Dr. Betty Cappella and Dr. Geraldine Bard of Project FLIGHT. Project FLIGHT, along with Angel Flight, was a 2008 Charity Recipient of the Buffalo Ball proceeds.

Project FLIGHT is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting literacy in children and caregivers, through school and family literacy initiatives. It works collaboratively with practitioners, schools, community organizations and businesses locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally to achieve its objectives. 

The 3rd Annual Buffalo Ball held on December 27, 2008 generated a record crowd for it's second consecutive year.  A crowd of over 725 guests enjoyed appetizers, cocktails, dancing, and a night on the town at Downtown Buffalo's Historic Statler Tower's Golden Ballroom. The Buffalo Ball was established to bring together Buffalonians, both current and displaced, during the holiday season.  It is an opportunity for all to visit with old friends and make new ones, all while benefiting important non-profit groups in this great city we call "home".

The Buffalo Ball Committee has given out over $42,000 in just three years to local charities like Roswell Cancer Institute, Frank Lloyd Wright Boathouse, Hospice Buffalo, Re-Tree WNY, Project FLIGHT, and Angel Flight.  For more information about the Buffalo Ball visit the event's website at

January 1, 2009
Spotted: The Cazenovia Park Beaver

Happy New Year readers! I was at Cazenovia Park today when I noticed something following along the creek's edge. As I got closer, a better view was plain to see. I found the critter in the park causing the damage to the trees.

Additional pictures

December 30, 2008
2009 will begin with unfinished Seneca Street work

As the city worked on getting the new streetlights up to end 2008, much wiring had to be done underground, with that comes a few forgotten areas of interest. The corner of Indian Church and Seneca has been dug up for more than 2 months making crossing a dangerous situation (as pictured). At this busy intersection with a metro bus stop, pedestrians have to walk in the street.


Another corner of concern is Seneca Street at Teresa Place, where crews did more digging a few weeks ago and left a 7 inch crater in the middle of the sidewalk, as with a horrible patch job in the street. Within a block from one another, it is clear that 2 corners are restricting handicap accessibility.



These are simple little things that can be fixed right away, instead, the suffering of Seneca Street continues. How are residents to have faith in this city when pictures of shotty worksmanship are at a constant?

2009 "Food Drive" For Local Food Pantry

The friends of Cazenovia Library, in conjunction with the Cazenovia Library and the Cazenovia Street Area Block Club are accepting non-perishable foods into 2009 for the Grace Lutheran Church food pantry, which serves the local community.

Items of donations: Instant potatoes, stuffing mix, Cranberry sauce, Jell-O mix, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, tea bags, paper products, spaghetti/macaroni, tomato sauce, peanut butter and/or jelly and deserts, such as cake mixes, frosting and brownie mixes.

All food donations are being collected at the Cazenovia Library

"Out of date items" and opened packages cannot be accepted.

Library Hours

Sunday - Closed -
Monday 11:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 11:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 11:00am-7:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 5:30pm
Friday 11:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm

Monetary donations being accepted at Grace Church call (716) 822-0553 for more details.

For more information contact:
The Cazenovia Library / 155 Cazenovia Street / Buffalo, NY 14210 / (716) 821-0564

The Friends of Cazenovia Library/Cazenovia Street Area Block Club (716) 826-2637

Please help to bring a warm dinner to families in need.

2 events at Good Shepherd Community of Faith


The South Buffalo Ecumenical Association (SBEA) will hold its annual Week of Christian Unity service on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway (across from South Park High School). The service will begin at 7:00 p.m. and a dessert reception will follow. In keeping with the year's theme of the UN Millennium Development Goals, the evening's program will address the issue of "a global partnership for development." All are welcome.

For additional information, contact Rev. Barbara Hulsing at 824-4112.


Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway, will host a spaghetti dinner on Friday, January 23, 2009, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The dinner is being sponsored by the Buffalo Bears and is a fundraiser to cover costs for an upcoming Candlelight Celebration of Music for the Children of Roswell so that proceeds from that concert can go directly to the Children's unit of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Presale tickets for adults are $6.00 and for children 3 to 12 are $3.00. At the door, the cost will be $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.

The concert, featuring the Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus, will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

For information, contact Doug Donahue or Tony Bateau (event chairpersons) at 860-7373 or Rev. Barbara Hulsing, 824-4112.

December 17, 2008
Yep. Those are the new streetlights for Seneca Street

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, how come I can only find 3 words for 3 pictures….. what-a-shame. Pictures taken 12/17/08




It seems Mayor Brown wants control of infrastructure money, yet doesn’t have a clue of what’s snow-covered in Cazenovia Park.

Mayor Brown’s politics puts South District on the outs of infrastructure rewards

An article in the Buffalo News details what Mayor Brown will veto. I never thought I’d actually use the words special-interest infrastructure.

Most of the vetoes target special pots of money lawmakers have earmarked for infrastructure projects in the Delaware, Fillmore, Lovejoy and South districts.

Yet, it went on to say

But the mayor let stand most or all of the infrastructure funding the Council earmarked for five districts: Ellicott, Masten, Niagara, North and University. Four of these districts are represented by Brown allies who voted against amending the mayor’s budget.

As the snow covers the blight of our streets in South Buffalo, it looks to me like Mayor Brown is trying to make his own blanket to cover self-interest infrastructure for districts of which are his “allies”. Did Brown give certain councilmembers a kick-back while ignoring the conditions of other districts’ streets?

Isn’t this the same Mayor who stood on Cazenovia Street back in February in front of news reporters preaching his commitment to neighborhoods like Seneca Street? Now, by year’s end, it looks like his promise will be erased with an expected veto.

Look at this picture. It’s one example of much-needed infrastructure improvements in South Buffalo. Can anyone honestly tell me that this is worth the Mayor’s veto?


We have serious infrastructure problems all over the City of Buffalo, though our Mayor plays politics to appease his allies, and the rest of us are denied the chance at decent roads. This is a shame on the part of Mayor Brown to unjustly veto earmark funding for some districts, calling it “inappropriate pork barrel spending”, yet hasn’t a problem seeing other districts being awarded the same earmark funding. How does one spell HYPOCRITE ?

It isn’t only Seneca Street with distressed roads, Indian Church, Mineral Springs, North Legion, and probably a hundred other side streets along the ride. Though, playing politics is more important to our Mayor, it seems.

December 12, 2008
……And then I opened my email today

I opened my email this evening to find a link waiting to be read.

From Congressman Higgins’ most recent press releases, it says:

(quote): The additional $500,000 will help bring the Seneca Street project to completion. Funding currently in place is multi-modal earmark funding secured by Assemblyman Schroeder. Earmark funds are eligible for paving, sidewalks, curbs, crosswalks, etc. only. Additional funding will be used to supplement sidewalk improvements by adding ADA ramps and for landscaping (street trees, benches, garbage receptacles, etc.).

This is much different than the Buffalo news’ quote:

They’ve pooled resources to pay for new street lights, sidewalk repairs, improved landscaping and other enhancements.

But is it going to stick this time, Congressman Higgins? We have been duped by the Assemblyman before, IE- “The money’s in the bank, folks“.

This has some wondering, the Buffalo News last week had printed “repairs” with association to sidewalks, yet the congressman has in print “Earmark funds are eligible…” of sidewalks. If sidewalks are to be redone, with said earmark funding, why are “spot jobs” (aka removing asphalt from concrete in specific sections) being done in December? Or is this the only “funding” that Seneca Street is “eligible” for when it comes to busted up sidewalks?

Reading the words between the two “sources”, the congressman had a street repave included while the Buffalo News had no mention…….. so, who do we believe of what’s in print?

I’ve yet to tap on the fact that our new $300,000 streetlights are being daisy-chained from above, just like before with the old rusted-up streetlights, if Seneca Street is to have “the feel of Elmwood” (that we were all sold with such lies upon), why does South Buffalo have to settle for shotty workmanship?

December 7, 2008
Looks like the Seneca Street repave is left out….. again!

I found a little article in today’s Buffalo News (quoted below) expressing “final funding” to Seneca Street in South Buffalo, though nowhere in print does it say aything about Seneca Street being repaved. So I have to question, is it going to be in the budget or passed off yet another year? If you’ll all remember, the repave project was to be in the 2007 budget, bumped to 2008 and then to 2009. Details in the BN briefly didn’t indicate an actual paving. Of course this is more than a mile of fresh blacktop, there’s so much principle at stake for federal, state, county and city officials who have to answer for their neglectful actions if Seneca Street is held off in the city budget until (the hope of) 2010.

It’s a shame that the neglected conditions of our city streets are but a measly, shallow tool of political “step-ups” to feed the personal self-interest of our career politicians. After 6 years planning, things appear to be coming about, though in the midnight hour, perhaps it’s because of a certain two seeking a prized Senate seat? Meanwhile, unfinished streetlights, which were said by Mayor Brown to be “up and operational by May” sit in Cazenovia Park, covered in snow… in this, the second week of December. But the article further cites federal, state & county representation. All of which are held equally accountable, all of which are too concerned with keeping their (elected) job, they forgot how to actually do their job!



Buffalo likely to approve final Seneca Street funding

Funding to complete improvements along the Seneca Street business district will likely be approved by city officials next week.

Mayor Byron W. Brown said his proposed capital budget earmarks $500,000 for continued infrastructure work in a commercial district that was once known as downtown South Buffalo.

The $1.3 million project has been a partnership among the city, county, state and federal governments. They’ve pooled resources to pay for new street lights, sidewalk repairs, improved landscaping and other enhancements.

The infusion of city funding supplements a $300,000 investment Buffalo made in the project earlier this year.

The Common Council is expected to approve a new capital budget next week.

November 13, 2008
Seneca Street: Day & Night

Not all of the new streetlights are illuminated, though some are.



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