Testing of a former industrial site on Fourth Street next to Waterfront School has confirmed the presence of hazardous wastes that need to be excavated to protect nearby residents and schoolchildren.
A public meeting to discuss a proposed remedial action plan for the site is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the school.
An investigation by the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency showed high subsurface concentrations of hazardous waste, including volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene.
Though the state Department of Environmental Conservation says there is no "immediate health threat" because no one is coming in direct contact with the contaminants, officials sent out fact sheets to area residents saying they plan to excavate the contaminated soil and monitor ground water to ensure public safety.
The Fourth Street site was initially added to the DEC's registry of inactive hazardous-waste disposal sites several years ago.
Vietnam War stress will be discussed
Joseph Coppola, a psychiatrist at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will speak on "The Vietnam War Veteran and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" during a March 3 dinner meeting sponsored by the Western New York Chapter of the Naval Reserve Association.
The program, open to military personnel from all branches, is offered in alternating months at the Chief Petty Officers Club at the foot of Porter Avenue.
Information is available from Thomas Caulfield at 836-0114 or Robert Caruana at 674-6831.
William Wells Brown's legacy is topic
A discussion and reading focusing on William Wells Brown and his legacy will take place Friday in the Central Library downtown.
The program, "William Wells Brown and His Living Legacy," is sponsored by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library and the Just Buffalo Literary Center.
It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mason O. Damon Auditorium of the library on Lafayette Square.
The event is free and open to the public.
Brown, a onetime resident of Buffalo, was a former slave who was a force in the development of the Underground Railroad.
The program will include Lillian Williams, a professor at the State University at Albany and author of "A History of Black Buffalo"; poet and playwright N'Tare Ali Gault; and local writer Gary Earl Ross.
Mudpies to hold Mardi Gras fete Friday
Mudpies Children's Museum will be host to its second annual Mardi Gras Madness wine-tasting fund-raiser at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St.
In addition to a variety of wines, there will be hors d'oeuvres from many of the area's leading restaurants, including Hutch's, Curly's Bar & Grill, Just Pasta, the Dakota Grill, ZuZon Bar and Grill, the Park Lane, Siena, Fat Bob's, Gramma Mora's and Oliver's.
The program also includes music and a silent auction.
Advance tickets can be obtained by calling 854-7437.
Walker to host annual leukemia event
WIVB-TV news anchor Jacquie Walker will host the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's ninth annual Diamond Ball Saturday in the Statler Ballroom.
Walker, emcee at many of the society's events, received the society's Service to Mankind Award at the 1999 Diamond Ball. She is a frequent guest speaker for community and charitable organizations.
Donation will earn 10 free trees
Ten free Colorado blue spruce trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during February.
The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation's Trees for America campaign.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between March 1 and May 31 with planting instructions. The 6-to-12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.
To become a member of the foundation, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Colorado Blue Spruce Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb. 68410, by Feb. 28.
Canadian pool tourney starts Friday
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A total of 96 Canadian Pool League teams from across Canada will converge on Skylon Tower Friday for the inaugural Canadian Invitational Championships. The top team will win $5,000.
The competition, which continues through Sunday, will be held in conjunction with the Niagara Golf and Travel Show at Skylon Tower.
For information, visit the Canadian Poolplayers Association Web site at www.poolplayers.ca.
Florists pitch in for Niagara Hospice
LOCKPORT -- Nearly a dozen area florists will donate time and their shops to display and sell bouquets for Niagara Hospice's annual Spring Bouquet Sale, to be held March 8. Donations for the bouquets are $6.
To order bouquets and for information, call Tara Daul at 439-4417.
Walk-up sales are also available at the Niagara Hospice Service Center, 4675 Sunset Drive, and at 23 other locations throughout Niagara County.