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Golisano Donates $10 Million For NU Science Center

LEWISTON, N.Y. - Former Sabres owner Tom Golisano returned to Western New York Wednesday to help cut the ribbon on Niagara University's new B. Thomas Golisano Center For Integrated Sciences.

The Center is the result of an $83 million capital campaign, which got a huge initial boost from Golisano. The Paychex Chairman made a $10 million lead commitment to get the financial ball rolling.

The 50,000-square foot facility houses 18 laboratories, which are supported by designated areas for nuclear resonance, tissue culture, imaging, plant growth, radioisotope storage and numerous other functions. In short, it will open the door for a wide variety of scientific research for Niagara University students.

Stevenson Elementary in Wilson to Close

WILSON, N.Y. -- The Wilson Central School District Board of Education met Tuesday night and voted five to two to close one of its two elementary schools.

W.H. Stevenson Elementary will close at the end of the current school year. Jon Montesanti, the district clerk, told 2 On Your Side that declining enrollment was the major reason for the yes vote.

Some voters were petitioning the school board to close the school while others wanted both to remain open.

Two Seriously Injured In Accident in Lockport

LOCKPORT, NY - Niagara County Sheriff's Deputies say two people are hospitalized with serious injuries Wednesday from an accident.

According to police the accident happened at intersection of Transit and Rapids in Lockport.

Police say the motorcycle hit a van that was trying to make a turn.

A male driver and female passenger from the motorcycle were taken to ECMC by Mercyflight.

Their names have not been released.

Weddings From Way Back on Daybreak

Niagara County Historical Society showed us a new exhibit of wedding gowns from the past two centuries. It's at the Bond-Hawley House on Ontario Street. This National Register Home built in 1824 by Col. William Bond was the
first brick home in Lockport. The house was then owned by Erie Canal
advocate Jesse Hawley and occupied over the years by various owners. Here is the website .

Did You Re-Register For Your STAR Exemption Yet?

By Ashley Hupfl

Albany Bureau

ALBANY Over one million homeowners have registered with the state for basic STAR exemptions in the first six weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

State homeowners with an income under $500,000 may apply for STAR exemption on their primary residence. The exemption saves homeowners an average of $700 per year. The deadline to apply for STAR exemption is Dec. 31.

Last year, the Department of Taxation and Finance released a report that found thousands of homeowners with multiple properties receiving more than one STAR exemption. The new registration process is to ensure households receive only one STAR exemption.

"In just six weeks, more than one million homeowners have registered for their STAR exemptions, a huge boost in our efforts to protect New Yorkers from fraud in the program while ensuring eligible homeowners continue to receive tax relief they deserve," Cuomo said in a statement.

North Tonawanda Teen Charged with Attempted Murder

NORTH TONAWANDA, NY - Jordan L. Wankasky, 17, of 764 Nash Road, was charged with attempted murder after attacking another 17-year-old with a knife.

The stabbing happened at 95 Hagen Avenue at about 5 a.m. on Saturday.

The victim was treated for multiple stab wounds to his head and upper body and released from Erie County Medical Center a few hours later. His wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

According to a statement, North Tonawanda police officers, after interviewing witnesses, determined that "the suspect was attempting to kill the victim after he had lost a fight with him several minutes earlier."

In addition to attempted murder in the second degree, Wankasky has been charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.


The Gardens of Eden

 EDEN, NY - Generation after generation, farms keep the country fed, yet how often do people stop to think about all the work that goes into the things we eat?

Convenience in our society is both boon and bane, it's so easy to just pick up something at a market, but that ease also leads us to forget one of the most important aspects of everyday life. 

Dave Walczak is Operations Manager At Eden Valley Growers in Eden, NY." You can walk into a store anywhere now and get a pepper, a cucumber, a banana , an orange, any time of the year. In years back, that wasn't the case, the seasons were the seasons, you couldn't bring up bananas in the wintertime, you couldn't even find bananas in the middle of wintertime, it was meat and potatoes, whatever was available that time of year, that was what you got."