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Echo Chamber: The Local Chatter (April 29)

BUFFALO FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY (THE CONTROL BOARD) is hosting a Public Forum on Monday, May 5th in the Common Council Chambers, 13th floor, City Hall from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Speakers will have 5 minutes to submit comments.

STATE PROBE OF SCHOOL 67 is sought by Buffalo Public School teacher Charlene Harris and the parent of an autistic child who Harris reported was fondled by a school aid. Her report was ignored for months and since she’s forced the issue into the spotlight recently, Harris said she has been the target of bullying and harassment by 67 principal Carmela Botticello. The Buffalo News reports that Harris wrote to Commissioner Richard P. Mills asking he investigate and impose “appropriate sanctions” on Botticello and School Superintendent James A. WIlliams “for their complacency, indifference and inaction.”

COACHES SUPSENDED: The Buffalo News reports that two Wilson High School baseball coaches have been suspended as an investigation continues into the alleged sexual abuse of at least two junior varsity players by members of the varsity team. At least two of the younger players were sexually abused when teasing turned into hazing and then spun out of control. Initially, the students were “subjected to physical abuse involving slapping, punching and kicking,” but then things “progressed to a level that rose to criminal activity,” said State Police Major Christopher L. Cummings.

PEACE BRIDGE AUTHORITY seems to be up to their old tricks. Today’s Buffalo News reports that the Peace Bridge Authority exaggerated the Federal governments position on halting Christian Menn’s design for a new signature bridge. Senator Charles Schumer has been coordinating a spirited push back against the dismissal of the long planned bridge. Gov. David Paterson will be attending a meeting Thursday with New York’s congressional delegation and federal officials, and the directors of the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in a session to try to iron out the future of a new Peace Bridge span.
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AVENUE Q Opens tonight 7 p.m at Shea’s and runs APRIL 29 – MAY 4, 2008. AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. I saw the show in NYC and it’s great fun. It’s remarkable how quickly the puppets absorb all your attention and the people carrying them simply seem to disappear. It may not be appropriate for young children because AVENUE Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, racism, and surfing the web for porn.