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>Public will be briefed on park restoration

State and local officials will conduct a public meeting to discuss the environmental restoration of Boone Park in South Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the Valley Community Association, 93 Leddy St.

Elevated levels of arsenic were found in soil around the baseball fields, causing the city to close the park.

The soil contamination has been addressed, officials said, and the hearing is being held so the public can comment and offer suggestions.


>Heart Association receives gift from health insurer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York has donated $29,000 to the American Heart Association.

The health insurer raised the money through its Kick Heart Disease campaign.

Blue Cross Blue Shield contributed $1,000 every time Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell kicked a field goal. Lindell kicked 29 field goals.

Lindell attended the check presentation and spoke to about 125 schoolchildren in Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence.


>Pay rate set at $132 for special election

The special election Feb. 28 for the 60th District State Senate seat vacated by Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown will cost Erie County $175,000.

County lawmakers set the pay for the 500 elections inspectors who will work the 16-hour shift that day at $132.

Under the federal Help America Vote Act, elections inspectors now work for counties, which will set their pay while passing on the cost to municipalities.

The $132 -- with an extra $15 for team captains -- applies only to the special election.

Legislators want to confer with municipal officials before setting a rate March 2 for the September primary and the November general election.


>Workshop March 18 to brief school board candidates

Prospective school board members are invited to attend a free workshop at 8:30 a.m. March 18 at Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca.

Current board members, an attorney and a school superintendent will address the group and field questions. Light refreshments will be served. The session is scheduled to end by noon.

Advance registration is required. Contact the Erie County Association of School Boards, the host for the session, at 821-7297 or

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