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Guercio to seek School Board seat

Antoinette "Toni" Guercio, owner of Guercio & Sons Market on Grant Street, has announced her candidacy for the Buffalo Board of Education's West District seat in the May 1 election.

Guercio is past president of the School 45 Parent-Teacher Organization and was a member of the district's search committee for a plant superintendent and the site-based management team at Campus West.

Incumbent board member Anthony J. Luppino and Susan Brennan, a city employee, previously announced that they will run for the seat.

Hearing tonight on Adelphia project

Erie County residents are invited to learn more about the county's role in the forthcoming Adelphia project on the Buffalo waterfront at a public meeting on the issue tonight.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the chambers of the Erie County Legislature, 25 Delaware Ave. Members of the public will be able to speak about the issue during the meeting, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Officials from the administration of County Executive Joel A. Giambra will be at the meeting to provide an overview of the county's role in the project. A memorandum of understanding was recently signed by Adelphia and local governments on the project.

Project to spotlight black women

A project to highlight the accomplishments of black women in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Pan-American Exposition has been undertaken by members of Erie County Links Inc.

"Uncrowned Queens: African-American Women Community Builders," will be a publication of biographies and pictures.

Barbara A. Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, who are overseeing the project, are seeking nominations. Brooks-Bertram can be reached at 832-7928.

Also Monday, Tops Markets presented Links a check for $3,000 for its scholarship fund. The money came from the sale of food items.

Daffodil Days orders being taken

Advance orders for the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days to support cancer research, education, prevention, treatment and programs for patients and their families are being taken until March 9.

Daffodils, the spring flower of hope, will be available for pickup during the week of March 26 at 176 Akron St., Lockport; St. Mark's Catholic Church, Tremont and Payne Avenue, North Tonawanda; Comfort Inn at the Point, One Prospect Point, Niagara Falls; and Tops Market, 11200 Maple Ridge Road, Medina.

Delivery is available for orders of five bunches or more. To order, find out pickup days and times or volunteer to deliver flowers in your community, call the American Cancer Society, (800) ACS-2345.

Cost is $7 for a bunch of 10, $8 for a vase without flowers and $15 for vase with flowers delivered to a health facility designated by the American Cancer Society.

Teen to tell her drug story on TV

Back from the dead -- A West Seneca teen who nearly died in 1999 after taking the recreational drugs Ecstasy and GBH at a party will tell her story Wednesday on the "Ricki Lake" talk show. It will be broadcast locally at 5 p.m. on WNYO-TV, Channel 49.

Elizabeth Morgan, 19, who acknowledges she is lucky to be alive, will recount how she "died three times" en route to the hospital. She also will talk about how she regularly took Ecstasy three to four times a week beginning when she was 14. She has stopped using the drug.

Mesiah to speak at civil rights event

Frank Mesiah, president of the Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP, will be the featured speaker as the New York Lambda Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity sponsors a civil rights lecture and panel discussion at 7 p.m. today in Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Canisius College Student Center.

Mesiah's talk, "An Update on the Civil Rights Movement at the New Millennium," will be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.

Panelists include Council Member Charles Fisher III, County Legislator Crystal D. Peoples and Demone Smith, aide to Council Member Antoine Thompson.

Maryvale reviewing policy manual

The Maryvale School Board Monday night began the task of reviewing the district's inches-thick policy manual.

Superintendent Gary L. Brader said an update of the manual has not been done for a decade. Doing the chore bit by bit each week will probably take the School Board until the end of the year, he said.

Brader assigned the first few sections of the manual, comprising the bylaws, to board members to take home and study for Monday's meeting. At that time, board members will ask Brader any questions they have on the policy.

Each week, the five board members will receive another section of the policy manual to review with an eye to updating.

Auto mall plan apparently dead

LAKEWOOD -- A $5.7 million proposal to develop an auto mall at the intersection of Mall Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue appears to be dead.

Thomas Turner, the Lakewood real estate agent involved in the nearly 3-year-old effort, said Monday that McFadden Dealerships owner William P. McFadden has not exercised options on any of the properties on the 13-acre site targeted for the auto mall.

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