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>Hospital to move ER to new site next week

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced Tuesday that the move from its current emergency room to the new one a block away will occur in the wee hours of Feb. 15.

The move will begin at 2 a.m. and last three to five hours. To avoid a loss of coverage, the current emergency room in the main medical center will remain open until the new one, in the Heart Center of Niagara, Walnut Avenue and 10th Street, is ready for patients.

The maneuver was originally scheduled for today but had to be scrubbed because Medical Director Dr. Steven Lopez, who will oversee the move, had to travel out of town because of a family emergency. Also, the delivery of equipment that was to have arrived Monday was unexpectedly postponed.


>Information session set on proposed subdivision

WHEATFIELD -- Ward Road residents have been invited to a special information session today on the proposed Brookfield subdivision.

The subdivision, with 86 lots, is planned for a 65-acre parcel on the east side of Ward, south of Brent Drive, town officials said. The subdivision would be near the American Legion Post on Ward. No formal site plan has yet been submitted to the Planning Board.

There was some concern expressed that residents could confuse Brookfield with another recent subdivision proposal, the Brookshire subdivision that is planned for Shawnee and Loveland roads.

Although planning is in the preliminary stage, Supervisor Timothy Demler cautioned that the meeting does not signify any degree of approval on the part of the town.

Subdivisions, which have been on the rise in recent years, have come under increased resident scrutiny in Wheatfield. Most of the concerns include drainage problems, more traffic congestion, construction noise and dirt, topsoil depletion and the continued burden on the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District that new homes and residents bring.

The Town Board has agreed to act as lead agent in the environmental impact study needed for Brookfield.

Today's information session starts at 7 p.m. in the Community Center behind Town Hall, 2800 Church Road.


>Free tax help, filing available until April 15

NIAGARA FALLS -- Free tax help and filing is now available for residents who made $35,000 or less last year.

A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, is available until April 15 at the ATTAIN Lab inside the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St.

Trained volunteers will be on hand to prepare basic tax returns from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, except Feb. 20; from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays; and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free electronic filing also will be available.

For more information, contact lab coordinator Kara Olidge at 285-5374.

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