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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Since the city of Buffalo announced a local campaign to collect donations to send to the people of Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria, community members have been giving big to the campaign.
“It’s just been ongoing nonstop. From 9 o’clock in the morning until 9 o’clock at night, people have been donating and we so much appreciate it,” said Lucy Candelario, Executive Director of The Belle Center, one of two major collection sites designated for the city’s Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief campaign.
Items being collected include bottled water, batteries, flashlights, candles, dry foods like crackers and protein bars, canned foods, manual can openers, diapers, baby formula, pet food, paper products and hygiene products and feminine hygiene supplies. Clothing is not being accepted at this time.
“Water is probably our main resource that we’re looking to get out to our people out there,” said Wilmer Olivencia Jr, a Buffalo City employee who is helping organize the campaign. “Something that came out yesterday was solar lights, something we haven’t asked for, but we’re going to ask today. If anyone would like to donate solar lights, I think that would be something great because you don’t have to get batteries and it’s 90 degrees and the sun is beating out there.”
“They could use those lights for the next couple months,” Olivencia added. “They’re anticipating that parts of the island may be without electricity for a months.”
Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a catastrophic category 4 hurricane, leaving devastation in its wake.
The situation hits particularly close to home for Buffalo’s large Puerto Rican community.
Olivencia, who says he has a lot of family and friends in Puerto Rico, points out that he has been able to get word that his loved ones are okay, but many other people here have not been able to get any communication from or about their loved ones.
“You watch social media and you see the news and you see the devastation that happened on the island and to not know whether your loved ones are okay or not – you see roofs that have been torn down, houses that have just been blown away,” Olivencia said, “It’s a feeling that can’t be described.”
It’s clear, the road to recovery in Puerto Rico will be very long and very hard, and Puerto Ricans need your help.
Donations are being collected at the Belle Center and at St. Anthony’s Church in Lackawanna through at least October 6th, but longer if needed.
“We’re looking to then take all of this down to the Connecticut Street Armory so hopefully we can have the National Guard take it down to the island of Puerto Rico,” Olivencia explained.
“Everybody can donate. It doesn’t matter how little or how small, it’s very much appreciated and needed,” Candelario said.
The Belle Center is also administering a fund to collect monetary donations for relief efforts. Click here for more information about how you can give.
Tonight, temperatures will cool down. Cool down, is a relative term because once again, it will stay very mild overnight. Expect lows to bottom out in the mid 60s south of Buffalo and stay close to 70 for areas from the metro, north.
Wednesday will start out warm, with mostly sunny skies. By afternoon a weak cold front will sweep through the region dropping the temperature and humidity later the day. A few showers and possibly even a thunderstorm could develop later in the day. These will be short lived, because overnight it will dry out and stay dry for most of Thursday.
Cooler air continues to deepen late in the week into this upcoming weekend. A reinforcing shot of chillier air will most likely trigger scattered rain showers across the region Friday. A few of those showers could linger into Saturday morning but overall the majority of the weekend will be seasonably cool, sunny, and dry.
TONIGHT: Mild, Muggy, Mostly Clear, Patchy Fog, Low: 63 valleys, 70 metro, Wind: Calm
WEDNESDAY: Some Morning Sun, Chance of an afternoon Shower or Thunderstorm, High: 82, Wind: SW/NW 8-16. Showers taper off west to east overnight, Low: 55
THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, Cooler, High: 67, Low: 50
FRIDAY: Much Cooler, Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers, High: 65, Low: 47
SATURDAY: Cool, Chance of a Shower, Breaks of Sun, High: 61, Low: 44
SUNDAY: Sunny, Pleasant, High: 66, Low: 47
MONDAY: Lots of Sunshine. High: 72, Low: 53
TUESDAY: Partly to Mostly Sunny. High: 74
GOWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Last month, a family of four fell from a 200-foot cliff while hiking at Zoar Valley Gorge. The parents, William and Amanda Green, were killed, but their two boys survived.
Alexander, 4, and Jacob Green, 7, were taken to Women and Children’s Hospital following the fall, where they were treated for multiple injuries.
On Tuesday, the family of the boys released a statement, giving an update on their recovery following the traumatic incident.
Read it below:
“We wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. The generosity and support we’ve received from the community has truly helped all of us during this time, but especially Jake and Xander.
The boys are both home from the hospital and recovering, surrounded by family and friends. They continue to amaze us with their perserverance, and watching them get stronger by the day is nothing short of a miracle.
This family will never forget the kindness and love we’ve received, and we will do everything we can to honor it and pass it on in every way possible. Thank you.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos has been granted a new trial in his corruption case.
A federal appeals court said Tuesday the jury was wrongly instructed. That’s in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of what it takes to convict a public official.
Skelos was convicted on extortion, bribery and conspiracy charges and sentenced last year to five years in prison. The Republican has remained free on appeal.
The same court overturned former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s separate corruption conviction this summer on the same grounds. He’s a Democrat.
Silver and Skelos were the state’s two most powerful lawmakers, hammering out deals on the state budget and legislation.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Another major motion picture kicked of filming in the Queen City Monday.
Industry leaders say this could be the biggest movie Buffalo has seen yet.
Sources say this movie is the next installment in “The Purge” thriller series.
It is tentatively called: The Purge: Island. Cast and crew will be here through November shooting the movie.
Those in the industry say this could make more Hollywood noise than when Marshall was filmed here last year.
On the first day of filming, News 4 saw crews unloading equipment near Clinton and Gorski in Buffalo. Crews unloaded lights and brought staff inside the Marcus Garvey Community Center.
They were also filming inside houses in the neighborhood. If you’re familiar with the series, this installment will actually be a prequel. The franchise is set in a sci-fi near-dystopia in an America where people are allowed to commit virtually any crime on a designated night of the year.
The movie being filmed here will be the fourth installment in the franchise.
The purge will employ hundreds of people, hundreds of extras and hundreds of vendors right here in the Western New York area.
Leaders say this will be one of the bigger, if not the biggest movie this community has ever seen.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting the movie should be released on July 4, 2018.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — To say actor Devon Goffman is thrilled to be home would be an understatement. “It’s the greatest thing for a performer, for me personally, I love buffalo so much,” Goffman told News 4.
The Orchard Park native scored a key role in the hit musical “On Your Feet,” which is on stage at Shea’s through this weekend.
“Getting on stage at Shea’s, the place I saw my first Broadway musical [was special]. I saw “Fiddler on the Roof” there when I was about 5 years-old. My mom took me, and it was special.”
He finds special indeed to be back in the space, that inspired his love of theater, with his family at his side. “I’m here celebrating family and tradition, and I’m home spending time with my mom. My sister came back. My nephews got to see me in the show, because this show is appropriate for kids,” Goffman offered with a smile.
After touring with “Jersey Boys” and “Motown the Musical,” Goffman feels honored to be playing the part of a producer named Phil, who helped Gloria and Emilio Estefan shoot to stardom.
“This last week was my very first shows of “On Your Feet” ever, so they were here in buffalo, and we do five more, and then we head down to Miami for the big grand opening where the Miami Sound Machine began.
Goffman enjoyed spending with the Estefans, learning inside information about his character. “We hung out, and I got to chat about the character I play, and I learned a lot about their story and them and how important this musical is.”
It’s a story of family and tradition, that Goffman hopes Western New York will come see. “The dancing is unbelievable and the singing – you have members of the original Miami Sound Machine playing in the band on the stage. It’s unbelievable.”
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — For the first time ever Fantasy Island is debuting “Halloween Horror.”
“Right now I’m just doing a basic grim reaper, so the skull and stuff like that so we’re just trying to give that ooky spooky look and being 10 feet tall on these things makes it a little bit more fun that way too,” said Makeup Artist Bill Baldwin.
At Grand Island’s Fantasy Island grim reapers, goblins, and ghouls are taking over the month of October.
“It’s treats by day and frights by night so we will have family friendly activities during the day and at night all the monsters will come out,” said Doug Mandell, Fantasy Island Director of Marketing.
A haunted house and 3 scare zones are sure to send chills up your spine. All the Halloween horror actors even go to “ghoul school” for training.
“We have a few week program that’s before the haunt and we have all our actors come in, check out the house, where they’re going to be, where they’re going to scare, who they’re going to be,” said Michele Striegel, Fantasy Island Event Supervisor.
“Makeup and character development is such an important part of ghoul school so not only are these just team members of ours learning to scare people, they’re adopting characters,” said Mandell.
A full face of ghoulish makeup completes the look.
“Makeup is a whole lot of it because you can get more of an affect from just jumping out and saying boo at somebody,” said Baldwin.
“I am supposed to be a zombie today. just a lot of blood, a lot of rips, a lot of tears,” said Striegel.
Halloween Horror kicks off this Saturday at 1 pm, it will be open Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Halloween from 1 pm to 8 pm. It will also open on Friday the 13th and Columbus Day.
Admission to the event is included with a paid park admission or a 2017 Season Pass.
For more information go to fantasyislandny.com