PRESIDENT OBAMA PRESENTS JOB BILL TO CONGRESS
WASHINGTON – Facing low approval ratings and constant Republican criticism as his re-election campaign starts up, President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday night to put the good of the nation over political benefit and pass a huge jobs plan he calls the American Jobs Act.
In a speech to a joint session of Congress, Obama told the legislators to “stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy” by quickly approving the package of measures so he can sign it into law. Obama has asked Congress to increase the $1.5 trillion target in deficit reduction being pursued by a special joint congressional committee to cove the cost of the American Jobs Act. According to Obama, the purpose of the proposed legislation is create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed.
HIGGINS CALLS ON DEFICIT COMMITTEE TO NEGOTIATE LOWER DRUG PRICES
Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction for serious consideration of an effort to negotiate lower drug prices through the Medicare program, a change that could save the nation as much as $200 billion over the next 10 years.
In a letter sent to the committee’s co-chairs, Congressman Higgins points to the success and savings the Veterans’ Administration has seen as a result of their efforts to negotiate lower prescription prices. Higgins says the country is failing to use the purchasing power of 47 million beneficiaries to negotiate better prescription costs, leaving seniors and American taxpayers paying the price while drug companies make record profits.
JAMESTOWN TO HOLD 9/11 CEREMONY ON SUNDAY
Officials in Jamestown are reminding residents that the city will hold a 10th Anniversary September 11 Memorial Service on Sunday, September 11 at 9:50 a.m. on Tracey Plaza at City Hall. Attendees are asked to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. as there will be a special emergency vehicle motorcade arriving at that time. In addition, the September 11 Memorial Exhibit in the lobby of City Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SUNY FREDONIA TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW STEM FACILITY
Local and state Officials with SUNY Fredonia will meet later this morning to break ground on new $60 million Science Center. Set to open in 2014, the
57,000 92,000 square-foot facility will be the largest facility investment in the campus’ history. When complete, it will house the biology and chemistry/biochemistry departments, in addition to the environmental science and science education programs. A renovation of Houghton Hall will follow, which will house the departments of physics, geology, mathematics, and computer science — creating a Fredonia Science Complex dedicated to all of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF DAY IS SEPT. 10
FALCONER – Chautauqua County’s second and final Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day of 2011 will be held Saturday, September 10th in Falconer. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Building located on 454 North Work St. in Falconer. Among some of the items that will be accepted are transmission fluids, alkaline batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, varnishes, roofing tar, pool chemicals, and weed killers.
Please note that electronics such as TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cable/satellite modems computers, printers, fax machines, and cell phones will not be collected this year as New York State has a new recycling policy regarding electronics and rechargeable batteries. Both of these types of items have been banned from landfill disposal and must be recycled. Although they cannot be dropped off at the Chautauqua County Landfill, these items can be recycled, free of charge, at the County’s three transfer stations.
Waste motor oil will not be accepted, and should be disposed of at any facility performing oil changes. Also, latex paint will not be taken, and should be dried by mixing it with kitty litter and disposed of with household garbage.
For more information, please call 985-4785.
10,000 MANIACS EXHIBIT OPENS TONIGHT
JAMESTOWN – An opening reception of the latest exhibit at the Arts Council’s 3rd on 3rd Gallery – “These are Days” – honoring the 30th anniversary of Ten Thousand Maniacs will take place on tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event will begin with a ribbon-cutting and continue with live renditions of Maniacs’ songs by local musicians in the Reg Studio Theater.
The celebration will continue with the opening of the exhibit – which features artifacts, posters and photographs, along with a video retrospective. The public is invited to attend.
Tickets are $10 for the entire evening or $8 for only the live music in the Reg Studio Theater. A special weekend pass ticket will also be available for $18, which will also grant access to all concerts during Local Music Showcase on Saturday, September 10. The exhibition will remain open through October 29.