Tappo Day Club apologizes and promises to revise ‘offensive’ dress code

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Tappo Day Club owner Rocco Termini apologized Thursday for a dress code he admits was offensive and said the club will revise the policy.

The new club and restaurant on Chandler Street in Black Rock, which offers accesses to its outdoor pool and lounge for $25 a day, came under fire less than a month after opening when a photo of its extensive dress code was posted on social media.

The new code banned backpacks, graphic T-shirts, athletic jerseys, camouflage, headphones, hoodies, flat-brim hats, work boots, ripped jeans, excessive or oversized jewelry, excessively baggy clothing and bandanas on men, while also requiring belts to be worn. The rules also said any bag lager than a cellphone was subject to search.

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Termini said in a statement that the dress code was instituted after a physical altercation at last month’s grand opening left employees and patrons frightened.

“Due to management’s heightened concern for the safety of our employees and future customers, as well wanting to make it very clear that Tappo Day Club is in fact a day club entablement and not a night club, a dress code policy was posted on our building,” Termini said.

“In hindsight, the content of the policy clearly sent the wrong message, was offensive and it should not have been done hastily in an attempt to prevent the type of violent incident that occurred on our opening night from happening in the future.”

Termini added that the club apologies and will be “immediately revising the content of the dress code policy.”

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Thousands of dead fish line the Lake Ontario shoreline, DEC explains

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC) — If you’ve been to Lake Ontario recently, you might have noticed thousands of little dead fish all along the shoreline, leaving many to ask if this a big environmental concern, or caused by pollution? 

“It’s a mass killing, so the question is ‘what killed them?’ Is it like an algae bloom?” said Nick Hessong, who expressed concern about fish and the quality of the water.

Others have said it’s no big deal, like Greg McHugh, who is visiting from Jamaica.

“We’re used to seeing the skeletons of the fish on the beach and sand,” McHugh said.

So what gives? Christopher Legard with the Department of Environmental Conservation says these fish are probably alewives or round goby, non-native fish at their northernmost point. 

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“So, in the springtime, these kinds of fish die off, so we see these [types of fish] every year,” Legard said.

DEC officials say this thing is actually kind of normal, seeing these thousands of dead fish all up and down the shoreline. And they say don’t worry, it’s not due to anything like pollution. This time of year, when cold winds shift the water temperatures around, it’s a shock to a fish’s system. 

“And that’s what causes the spring-time die-offs,” says Legard.

There should not be any reason for concern he says.

“As things get warmed up, the die-offs usually taper off,” Legard said. “So when we get into the swimming season, they’re typically not so many of these happening. These springtime die-offs are generally not connected to any type of pollution or fish disease.”

Legard says the fish and fishing are great in Lake Ontario and encourages all to get out there on the water.


SHOP SMALL 716: Posh Picnics Buffalo

(WIVB) – Starting a new business isn’t always a “picnic”- but it’s easier when your partner is your best friend.

Western New Yorkers Philippa Simic and Avery Fisher recently started their business “Posh Picnics Buffalo”, providing everything clients need for an upscale outdoor picnic celebration.

“I was in my kitchen one day [with Avery], saying how I used to picnic with my parents at Letchworth Park- we’d bring a little picnic basket and a cute little setup,” Simic recalled. “We thought, wouldn’t it be a fun idea, especially with COVID-19 this past year, to put our minds together and create Posh Picnics”.

Similar pop-up picnics can be found in large cities like New York City and Los Angeles, Fischer added.

“We thought, why not bring this to Buffalo, where, in the summertime, there are so many beautiful areas like Hoyt Lake, the Japanese Gardens, by the waterfront- where we can do a fun setup and have people relax and enjoy for a few hours,” Fisher added.

#SHOPSMALL: Not your average blanket and basket with a #poshpicnic ! @kaleylynchtv and I can’t wait to show you how you can book the ultimate luxury picnic on @news4buffalo!! #picnic #SmallBusiness #buffalo 🧺

— Kelly Khatib (@KellyKhatibtv) June 2, 2021

Posh Picnics Buffalo can cater to all types of events- birthdays, bachelorette parties, wedding and baby showers- even proposals.

“I think it’s really difficult for men to find a spot to propose to women, so why not do a Posh Picnic for them?” Simic said.

Packages include set-up and clean-up. They include furniture, rugs, pillows, silverware- everything you need for a comfortable outdoor event.

“Depending on how many people you have, we can customize it to your liking,” Simic said. “Whether it’s one person or 30 people, we can do it for you.”

Since they started their business last month, the response from the community has been great.

“We’re so thankful for the Buffalo community to be reaching out on Instagram, and the people we’ve met in the community,” Fisher said.

They plan on offering Posh Picnics throughout the fall months as well, offering heat lamps to packages to make it a cozy experience.

You can book through their Instagram page and DM to book or ask any questions.

If there’s a small business you’d like to see featured in this segment, email us!


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Police investigating fatal shooting at Niagara Metals

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara Falls police say a man was fatally shot at Niagara Metals on Thursday morning.

Police responded to the scene around 8:16 a.m. and found a man who had died as the result of a gunshot wound.

According to police, the suspect left the scene. This incident is under investigation.

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ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s no secret that the pandemic has made it difficult for students to participate together in their favorite activities.

But students at the Iroquois Central School District took a creative approach to performing music.

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No jail time for Niagara Falls police officer who failed to check on inmate who died

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Niagara Falls police officer will perform community service after failing to check on a city jail inmate who died.

Erik O’Grady pleaded guilty to tampering with public records — a misdemeanor.

According to the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, O’Grady said that he checked on inmates, including Jose Gomez Sanchez. The inmate died of natural causes related to chronic alcoholism.

O’Grady could have been sentenced to up to nine years in prison.

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27 cars vandalized at Buffalo car lot

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–When it comes to damaging cars, there is no such thing as a “harmless prank.” Scratching the car’s finish.. etching it with a key.. or in this case, spray painting the outside can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Several cars were vandalized by a tagger at C-and-K Auto Sales on Elmwood Avenue near Amherst Street over the weekend.

Surveillance video caught the spray paint suspect making his getaway.

“And I saw a man in the parking lot, here. I hollered out to him and he took off running,” said C&K Auto Employee Jesse Korhummel.

Korhummel was coming into work when he saw the suspected tagger who has left Jesse and his co-workers with a lot of stressful, time-work. He said the vandal came twice, tagging the cars with gray paint, then white.

“Because it is a lot of spray paint to clean off a car. You’ve got to be careful not to strip the paint off of them.”

“He was in the lot for 16 minutes. He tagged 27 cars in 16 minutes,” said owner Lionell Jones.

Of those 27 cars that were sprayed, Jonessays the damage to five of the cars was so extensive, his insurance carrier wrote them off as total losses.

“It is hard to come off. We had to use a lot of different chemicals to get it off. The majority of the vehicles are a total loss, salvage.”

While Jones can take the insurance proceeds for the vehicles that are totaled and have them re-painted, the title is branded as “salvage” which can diminish the resale value significantly.
Jones has no idea who the vandal might be and does not believe it was a customer.

“I stand by all my cars. I get all my cars fixed, I never leave nobody hanging. Maybe it was another car lot or something.”

While the suspected tagger was average weight and height, and wore a mask.. he might be identified by white and gray paint on his hands. If you have information that can help solve this case, you can call Buffalo’s Confidential Tipline at 847-2255.

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