2015 Infringement Festival

The Buffalo New York “Infringement” Festival is a non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots endeavor bringing together …a broad range of eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art of all forms. Visual, performing, musical, and media arts are all welcome here. Taking place in multiple venues in and around Buffalo’s Allentown District, the festival is an annual eleven-day event running from the last weekend of July through the first weekend of August.Every summer, the streets of Buffalo come alive with scores of events by local and visiting theatre and dance companies, puppeteers, media artists, poets, comics, musicians, cabaret acts, digital designers, and miscellaneous insurrectionists. The annual Buffalo Infringement Festival provides artists and audiences of all backgrounds the chance to come together, take chances, push boundaries, and explore uncharted territory because exciting art can happen anywhere, anytime, without a blockbuster budget. (Or any budget at all, for that matter.)

For more information about this event please visit: http://www.infringebuffalo.org/ 

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How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors

Although installing hardwood flooring is usually more expensive than rolling out new carpet, it’s an investment worth considering, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. Surveys show that 54 percent of home buyers are willing to pay more for a house with hardwood floors. The question now: What’s the best way to clean and care for that popular flooring and keep that natural beauty (and value) shining through? Here’s how.

It’s not the wood — oak, maple, mesquite, bamboo, engineered hardwood or something more exotic — that determines how the floors should be cleaned, but rather the finish.

Surface finishes, often referred to as urethanes or polyurethanes, are among the most popular treatments today and are usually applied to hardwood floors after installation to protect them and make them more durable and water resistant. These finishes create a protective barrier. There are four types of surface finishes, according to the American Hardwood Information Center: water based, oil based, acid cured and moisture cured.

Homes built before 1970, including historic residences, may have original wood floors that were sealed with varnish, wax or shellac. These require a different approach to cleaning. The American Hardwood Information Center says these types of finishes work by penetrating the wood to color the planks and form a protective shield. Using a wax coating after staining provides a barrier against wear and tear and gives the floor a beautiful low-gloss satin sheen. The classic look requires a little extra TLC, however, since water-based products and mopping can damage the finish.

How to Determine Your Wood Floor Finish

To figure out whether or not your wood floors are finished with a polyurethane, shellac, wax or varnish, or have a finish that has worn away and is no longer providing coverage, the American Hardwood Information Center suggests these tests:

Run your hand over the wood. If you can feel the texture of the grain, the floor has a “penetrating” finish (usually a combination of a natural oil, such as linseed or tung oil, mixed with additives for drying) topped with wax.

In an out-of-the-way spot, dab on a little paint remover. If the finish bubbles up, it is a surface finish, like polyurethane, which coats the floor in a protective layer.

In an out-of-the-way area, place a few drops of water. If the water beads up and does not soak into the wood, the finish on the floor is intact. If the water is absorbed into the floor or leaves a dark spot, the wood is unfinished or the protective layer has worn away.

If you sprinkle on a few drops of water and white spots form beneath the droplets after about 10 to 15 minutes, the floors are sealed with wax. To remove the white spots, use a piece of fine steel wool lightly dampened with wax and rub gently.

If you suspect a varnish or shellac, take a coin and scratch the surface of the floor in an inconspicuous corner. If the floor has been sealed with one of the older finishing methods, it will flake off.

Click to finish reading article… topics include Preventing Dirty Wood Floor, Regular Wood Floor Cleaning, Vacuuming,Sweeping, Damp Mopping, Unfinished or Waxed Floors, Engineered Wood Floors, Painted Wood Floors.

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6 Outdoor Project You Can Do with Your Kids

Now that the kids are finally out of school, the 4th of July Holiday is behind; get your kids outside and spark their creativity with fun, simple home improvement projects. Plus, you’ll boost your curb appeal.

If you’re looking for ways to unplug your children and get them some fresh air, try these engaging outdoor projects. You’ll introduce them to a little pride of home ownership while adding some finishing touches that’ll ramp up your home’s curb appeal.

 When making stuff with kids, remember the Keep-It rules:

  • Keep it safe. Use gloves and safety glasses when necessary.
  • Keep it simple. They’ll come away with a sense of accomplishment if it’s a project they can handle easily.
  • Keep it under an hour. Kids’ attention spans are short.

1. Making stepping stones

This classic kids’ project never gets old — it’s gooey, messy, and arty. You’ll make the stones using ready-mix concrete or mortar; a 40-lb. bag makes 3-5 stones. Make your own forms with wood, or use old pans, aluminum cake pans, or anything that’ll create a 2-inch-thick stone.

While the concrete is still wet, decorate with beads, tiles, marbles, and polished pebbles. Wait 48 hours until the concrete is dry to remove it from the form.

Cost: A 40-lb. bag of ready-mix mortar is $6.

2. Painting your mailbox

Put a little sizzle in your snail mail when you let your kids paint the mailbox.

Un-mount the box and clean it first. When dry, give it a coat of metal primer, then let your kids’ muse take over. Inexpensive craft store stencils help keep designs on track. Take the kids to the store and let them pick out designs. Don’t forget to include house numbers.

Visit: https://youtu.be/BQUVWHE4MKw for steps to paint your mailbox.

Cost: Primer, $5; acrylic craft paints, $20-$40 set of 10 colors; plastic stencils, $1-$2 each

3. Planting a shrub that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies

There’s some delayed gratification with this project — the payoff doesn’t happen until the critters find the shrub — but the fun factor is high when they do.

 

Keep the digging to a minimum — one or two plants are plenty. Make a generous hole and have the kids fill it with outdoor potting soil, and put them in charge of watering as the plant roots in. Hold a contest to see who spots the first wildlife visitor.

Nectar-producing shrubs that attract hummingbirds include Hibiscus, flowering quince (Chaenomeles), and Lantana. Butterflies like butterfly bush (Buddleja) and Potentilla.

Cost: $10-$30 per shrub; a bag of potting soil is $9.

4. Building a garden gate arbor

It’s easier than it sounds. You’ll find simple DIY kits at home improvement centers that you and your team can put together in 1 to 2 hours. If that challenges younger kids’ attention span limit, let them wander away for a bit, then call them back when it’s done. They’ll love carrying the finished arbor to the garden and setting it in the ground.

Cost: $150-$250 for a wooden kit.

5. Adding solar lights

This is one of the easiest projects. Gather up some solar walkway lights — the kind mounted on a stake — and have your kids put them along your sidewalk, paths, and at the edge of garden beds. When the sun goes down, they’ll get a kick out of seeing the lights switch on.

Cost: Outdoor lighting comes in all styles and prices, but you’ll find an 8-pack of solar stake lights under $50 at your home improvement center.

6. Stacking a tipsy-pot plant tower

Here’s a great optical illusion that kids will really dig. Stick a ½-inch diameter wooden dowel or piece of copper pipe firmly into the ground or a big pot. Put clay pots of various sizes onto the pipe, threading the pipe through the drain holes. Fill the pots with soil and tilt them at crazy angles — the rod holds all the pots upright. Plant easy-care impatiens or petunias. Visit https://youtu.be/kQmm6bp9FCo for video instructions.

Cost: Copper pipe is about $3 per foot; an 8-inch-high clay pot is $4.

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Old Home Days This Week

Come on out and enjoy all the festivities in Williamsville and Amherst!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Barbeque and Chicken Dinner Has been Cancelled for Wednesday July 8th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please support Williamsville East Cheerleading BBQ Dinner from 4:30-7:30
Pre-sale tickets in front of the Amherst Bee from 5-6:30 on Tuesday before the parade
BBQ  Dinner is a  4 oz. Roast Beef Sandwich, 1/4 BBQ Chicken, Spuds, Cole Slaw, Roll & Butter pre-sale are $10 at the door $12. Thursday the 9th from 4:30-7:30. 

The YMCA Fun run normally held on Thursday has been cancelled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4th of July Events

Looking for some things to do this 4th of July? Check these out! Stay Safe and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Old Falls Special Event

Featuring live music by the Kokomo Time Band, White Chocolate, and Whiskey Reverb on Middle Block

TIME: 12:00pm-10:00pm

LOCATION: Old Falls Street Niagara Falls

101 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
United States

INFO: www.fallsstreet.com

susan.s@niagarafalls-cc.com

Call Sue Swiatowski at 716-278-2121

Red, White and Blue Day at Martin’s Fantasy Island

Celebrate the day – come wearing Red, White & Blue. Free rides for kids in the restored Princess Carriage. Everyone gets in for the special price of $17.76! The park stays open late (water park closes at 8:30). Stick around to watch the fireworks!

TIME: All Day

LOCATION: Martin’s Fantasy Island

2400 Grand Island Blvd.
Grand Island, NY, 14072-3198

INFO: http://www.martinsfantasyisland.com/

info@martinsfantasyisland.com

716.773.7591

Patriots Day Parade at Olcott’s Beach

Dress up in red, white and blue and decorate your bikes and wagons! Meet at the Krull Park overlook by 12 p.m. to line up. Free ice cream compliments of Carousel Concessions and ride ticket for participating children

TIME: 12:00pm

LOCATION: Olcott Beach Carousel Park
5979 Main Street
Olcott, NY, 14126

INFO: http://olcottbeachcarouselpark.org/html/events.html

rsansone@roadrunner.com

Rosemary Sansone716-778-7066

For other events please visit: http://buffalo.kidsoutandabout.com/event-list/2015-07-04

 

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2015 Regal Theater $1.00 Summer Movies

Admission to these movies during the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Search for a theater in your area to see where the Summer Movie Express is playing

2015 Movie Schedule Includes:
Keep checking back for the list of 2015 participating theatres
(Williamsville and Orchard Park locations are participating start date June 30!)

Week 1 (June 30/July 1)
Nut Job
Annie

Week 2 (July 7/8)
Earth to Echo
The Boxtrolls

Week 3 (July 14/15)
Paddington
Turbo

Week 4 (July 21/22)
Rio 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2

Week 5 (July 28/29)
Mr. Peabody
Book of Life

• Week 6 (August 4/5)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Penguins of Madagascar

• Week 7 (August 11/12)
The Lego Movie
Dolphin Tale 2

• Week 8 (August 18/19)
Muppets, Most Wanted
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,
No Good, Very Bad Day

• Week 9 (August 25/26)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Spongebob
- See more at: http://fun4kidsinbuffalo.com/category/williamsville/#sthash.1XCYiX2R.dpuf

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The Real Costs of Selling Your WNY Home

First-time home sellers are typically in for a bit of a shock when they receive the closing statement. Yikes! It seems like everyone in town has their fingers on part of the proceeds from the sale of the home. From taxes to insurance to real estate fees, what you think you’ll get at closing is chipped away until it’s far less than what you expected.

Presale Expenses

Depending on the condition of your home, getting it in shape to put on the market may require a good chunk of money. Paint, cleaning, repairs, staging and renting a storage unit are just a few of the bills that may occur during this period.

The good news is that some of these costs can be recouped at closing. Following is the return on investment for some common jobs, according to a nationwide survey of real estate agents conducted by

HomeGain:

  • Cleaning and decluttering – 403 percent.
  • Electrical and plumbing repairs – 294 percent.
  • Landscaping – 215 percent.
  • Staging – 196 percent.
  • Interior paint – 107 percent.

After cleaning and decluttering, painting the interior of the home is probably one of the most important prep jobs you can perform. Nothing says “clean” better than a fresh coat of paint. Stick with neutral colors to appeal to the greatest number of homebuyers.

Minor repairs are next on the list, especially of items that are noticeable to homebuyers. These include:

  • Sagging window screens.
  • Cracked windows.
  • Dripping faucets.
  • Running toilets.
  • Minor aesthetic improvements.

If you’ve lived in the home for some time and haven’t kept up on home maintenance chores, you may want to order a home inspection. Yes, your buyers will most likely order one, but this one is for you – so that there are no expensive surprises while the home is under contract.

The price of a presale inspection of the home varies depending on region, but plan to spend at least $200.

Other items you may end up spending money on to get the home in shape for the market include plants and mulch for the garden beds outside, decorative items such as throw rugs, new towels and a shower curtain, flowers, and artwork (if you aren’t hiring a stager).

Listing Expenses 

Expenses that occur during the listing period depend on whether or not you’re living in the home. A vacant home requires that you keep the utilities on. This means you’ll be paying for lights and heat in two homes.

You may also need extra homeowners insurance during the period the home is on the market. Ask your insurance agent if your current policy covers the house while it is vacant.

FSBO Expenses… to read the entire article, click here

 

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Tuesdays in the Park

FIRST NIAGARA PRESENTS TUESDAY IN THE PARK AT ARTPARK

JUNE 16 – AUGUST 25, SEPTEMBER 8

Artpark Amphitheater  VIEW VENUE MAP

  •  No food or beverage carry-ins
  •  $5 on-site parking
  •  All shows rain or shine
  • All bands, set times subject to change

Please click here for Full Venue Guide / FAQ

Tickets for Artpark concerts can be purchased online, click ‘Buy Tickets Now’ boxes below, tickets.com by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or in person at Artpark Box Office Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, 450 S. 4th St. Lewiston, NY

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Enjoy Williamsville Parks

With the warmer weather finally here, it is time to get out and explore Williamsville Parks. Within one square mile area of the Village of Williamsville there are five parks for Village residents. Various shelters are available for use or rental in Glen Park, Island Park and Garrison Park. All are welcome to enjoy Lehigh Memory Trail and South Long Street Park.

Island Park

Located behind Town Hall, this park is the scene of many Village functions including Old Home Days, the Savor-the-Flavor/Taste of Williamsville Food Festival, Music in the Park Series and Christmas Caroling in the Pines. It contains swings, slides, climbing apparatus, barbecue grills and a two foot wading pool. There are two picnic shelters (the large pavilion and small picnic gazebo) which may be rented by anyone. For information on rental, contact Village Hall at 632-4120.

Glen Park

Located near picturesque Glen Falls, Glen Park is jointly owned by the Village of Williamsville and the Town of Amherst. It was built in 1976 with funds obtained from a federal grant and includes many interconnecting ponds which are now home for many ducks. Popular activities in this walking park include taking wedding pictures, fishing and nature walks.

Lehigh Memory Trail

The Lehigh Memory Trail runs from S. Cayuga Road to S. Long Street in the Southwest section of the Village. It is the Village of Williamsville’s newest park. It was purchased from the Lehigh Railroad and converted into a park in 1990.
Garrison Park

Located at Garrison Road, S. Ellicott Street and Park Drive, Garrison Park is equipped with a wading pool that is 18″ deep, swings, slides and a climbing apparatus. There is a small gazebo located in the park which can be enjoyed by Village residents.

South Long Street Park

This beautiful Village park located on S. Long St. near Village Square Lane has seen some significant improvements over the past several years!

Amenities include a softball diamond that was greatly improved in 2010 in cooperation with the Amherst Girls Softball League, a soccer field with nets supplied via a cooperative agreement with the Amherst Soccer Association, a basketball court, tennis courts, children’s play pieces, and a recently installed gazebo.

For more information, rules, pricing, waivers and more please visit: http://www.walkablewilliamsville.com/parks.html

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ArtPark Gala

June 6, 2015 at 5PM
Niagara Falls Country Club
Proudly presented by
Proceeds from the 2015 Gala will support Artpark’s children & family programming including Family Saturdays, Family Movie Night, Summer Camps, and more.

Gala Chairpersons
Jack & Dena Armstrong
Michael & Janice Vitch

Gala Committee
Joanne Bauer
Christina Elia
Rose Gellman
Sophia Smith
Donna Tomkins
Judy Travis

2015 Gala Sponsors
Ivoclar Vivadent
Chiampou, Travis, Besaw & Kershner
Compu-Mail
Employer Services Corporation
Health Essentials Hyperbaric OxygenTherapy, LLC & Pamela and Joseph Priest
Maid of the Mist
Sevenson
Sheldon Wholesale
WTS

Tables Hosted by:
Calspan Corporation
Rose Gellman
Frey Electric
Niagara Falls Coach Lines
Paul & Katie Reid

VIP GUESTS
Canfield Capital Mangemant
Great Lakes Real Estate
Delaware North

FEATURING THE WORK OF:
Linda Collignon
Dawn Digesare
Amy Greenan
Bethany Krull
Jesse Walp
Chuck Tingley

Contact Carrie Veltri at cvletri@artpark.net or 716-754-9000 ext. 131 if you are interested in Information regarding:

• Corporate Sponsorship Levels with benefits are available at $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 please call for information.
• Corporate Table Purchases ($3,000)
• VIP Guests ($300+)
• Single Tickets ($250)
• Donations to Artpark are always welcome!

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS OR FOR MORE DETAILS

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