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>New Notre Dame Academy reports good response

About 400 students have indicated they will attend a new regional Catholic school in South Buffalo this fall following the closing of three parochial schools, according to the new school's governance board.

The new elementary school will be known as Notre Dame Academy and will bring together students from St. Bonaventure School in West Seneca and St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas schools in South Buffalo.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced in January those schools would be closing in June.

Notre Dame Academy will be located at 1125 Abbott Road in the site of the current St. Martin of Tours School.

Registration, which began Monday, continues through Wednesday.


>Marines back from Iraq present two flags to mayor

Local Marines who returned from Iraq presented two flags Monday to Mayor Byron W. Brown.

Four members of the Buffalo-based India Company of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment, visited City Hall to present two flags that were flown at Marine positions in the cities of Haditha and Hit.

India Company was assigned to help get Hit, in the troubled Al Anbar province, under control. The unit detained many insurgents and uncovered bombs and weapons caches.

Capt. Kevin Klostermann, of Lancaster, presented the flags, which will be displayed in City Hall. Klostermann was joined by Gunnery Sgt. Jason Haney and Capt. Christopher Reynolds, both of whom served in Iraq.

Also attending Monday's ceremony was First Sgt. Benito Caraballo, who remained in Buffalo during the deployment to look after Marine families and injured Marines.


>Candidates for Brown's seat in State Senate to debate

NIAGARA FALLS -- Residents are invited to attend a debate between Marc A. Coppola and Christopher L. Jacobs, the two candidates running in a special Feb. 28 election for an open 60th State Senate district seat.

The candidates will square off on a broad range of issues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the second-floor auditorium at Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St., in a session hosted by the Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

The Senate seat was vacated by Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, a Democrat, this year. Coppola is on the Democratic and Independence lines, while Jacobs is the candidate of the Republican and Conservative parties.

The 60th District includes much of Niagara Falls and Buffalo, all of Grand Island, a portion of the City of Tonawanda and some areas north and east of Buffalo.

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