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>Hospital puts off move of emergency facility

NIAGARA FALLS -- Planners hoping to move an emergency department from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center into new quarters on Walnut Avenue and 10th Street postponed the move Wednesday.

Hospital spokesman Patrick J. Bradley said the delay occurred because ER1 Medical Director Stephen Lopez was called out of town for a family emergency.

Hospital officials will announce a new date for the move later this week, Bradley said.


>Books remain open on Main St. project

LOCKPORT -- The city has yet to resolve a dispute overpayment for the $3.86 million Main Street reconstruction project.

Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano said last week that a $60,000 payment had been made to Man O'Trees, the Buffalo contractor, but the city still was withholding $40,000 -- the remainder of what the city owes the contractor on a contract exceeding $3 million.

The city was allowed to penalize the company $500 a day for failing to meet the July 31 deadline. Ottaviano, however, said the penalty period was limited to 30 days and did not include minor "punch list" items.

Assistant City Engineer Norman D. Allen said the city wants Man O'Trees to replace several concrete strips with raised concrete bumps that warn the visually impaired of the lack of curbs at street crossings with inclines for the disabled.

The state Transportation Department found the strips did not meet its regulations.


>Assessment class offered to city property owners

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city's assessment office and its consultant, Gar Associates, will hold an educational class for city property owners at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.

The class will focus on the annual reassessment process, how values are determined, market trends, change of assessment notices and the informal hearing process.

The class is limited to 30 people. Reservations are required; to sign up, call 286-4380 by Feb. 21.


>Cultural arts classes accent black history

NIAGARA FALLS -- In celebration of Black History Month, several free cultural arts development classes will be held this month in Packard Court Community Center, 4300 Pine Ave.

People and Possibilities Inc. is presenting the classes, where participants will learn African-American dance rhythms and will create a djembe drum.

Funding for the classes comes from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Classes will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, next Tuesday, and Feb. 21, 23 and 28. To register, call Kelly Mariano at 285-6961.

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