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Hello Yesterday! An 80's Festival

Celebrate all the best of the 80's at Hello Yesterday! An all-ages, all-day 80's Festival featuring A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  The festival includes a LipSync contest, 80's Guitar Hero and much more!

Dress totally 80's for the best 80's costume contest and win a new iPad!   Tickets are available for purchase online at helloyesterday.net or at both Record Theatre outlets in Buffalo (1800 & 3500 Main Street).

General Admission on-line tickets are $35 (plus applicable fees). Tickets the day of the event are $45.  Children 13 and under are free.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit Hunter's Hope. Festival attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the community and help Hunter's Hope by participating in the silent auction. The tent will be open all day with two auctions going on during the festival.

Tourism Up At Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - The struggling economy has hit a lot of businesses hard this year. But one local industry managed to gain ground during the recession; Niagara Falls tourism.

According to the latest data from the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, tourism is up year-to-year by eight to ten percent. That's based on increases in hotel occupancy and the number of visitors to local attractions.

"We also did a larger advertising campaign, the largest we've done thus far, a larger area that we've covered," said John Percy, Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation President/CEO. "We covered six different cities with a large advertising campaign in June and July. We also did a local campaign. We did advertising in the Western New York region to advertise to the local market on what they might be missing in Niagara County."

Percy says good weather also helped and the changes in passport regulations have kept more people on this side of the border.

Today Show Throws a Wedding; Buffalo Couple Finalists

Lauren Ulatowski of Lewiston, NY and her fiance' Greg Merante are finalists for the annual "Today Show Throws a Wedding" contest.  Nationwide voting ends Tuesday.

Lauren Ulatowski told Channel 2 by phone from Long Island, she and Greg met 11 years ago and have dated for the past 8 years.  Lauren and Greg lived in Western New York for 6 years before moving to Long Island to live and work.  Lauren works as an admission counselor for a SUNY school and Greg is an insurance manager.

Ulatowski says she watches the Today Show every morning and thought that when and if the time came, she'd apply for the contest.  After submitting a music video application, Lauren and Greg were picked.  Ulatowski says the process started 2 months ago and included background checks and extensive interviews with Today Show staff.

42" PLASMA for $399 Today!!! / Great Big Store Deals

BUFFALO, NY - In my continued search to find the best websites to save you time and money, today we're getting your week started in style.

"2 Pack a Backpack" A Huge Success!

BUFFALO, NY - The need is greater than ever as this year's "2 Pack a Backpack" Drive to collect school supplies for the Boys and Girls Club. This year's drive has wrapped up and is a big success. 

Last year, enough supplies were collected to fill six school buses, which helped supply over 3,000 book bags. 2 On Your Side needs your help to make this year's efforts our biggest and best ever.

Volunteers will work through the weekend to organize and distribute the supplies.

If you would like to register for the school supplies, you can contact the Boys and Girls' Club at:  716-825-1016 on Monday.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and Boys & Girls Clubs of Niagara Falls coordinate the distribution of the backpacks and school supplies.

Huge Half-Off Sale: Welcome Back 2 School!

In my continued search to find the best websites to save you time and money, today a celebration of Back 2 School Savings.

Consider this the last weekend to practically steal everything you'll need for your dorm room, apartment and wardrobe.

Let's start with clothes. Today there are a few retailers to keep a close eye on.

Aeropostale offers half off on almost everything with hoodies at $14.75 for girls and guys and many other discoutns. Dont' forget to stop by the sale section. CLICK HERE.

Urban Outfitters has a big selection of clothes $9.99 and under. CLICK HERE.

Get a $50 Gap Gift Card for $25 Today / Freebies & Coupons

In my continued search to find the best deals and websites to save you time and money, today something we can all use, free e-cash.

Today only, if you buy a $25 gift card for the GAP, it doubles in value. That means you'll have a $50 gift card that you can use until November 19, 2010, in store. CLICK HERE and while this is listed under Groupon's deals for New York City, read the fine print. The offer is available to anyone at any Gap Retail store in the U.S. or Canada. UPDATE: Since this article was written at 5am, so many people in WNY have purchased the deal, that Groupon has now made it available on the Buffalo Groupon page too. Well done!