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>Hearing set on request for auto shop variance

NEWFANE -- The Newfane Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. today to consider a variance for John Peracciny to move his auto shop from Main Street to Ridge Road.

Peracciny, owner of John's Ultimate Auto Store, 2780 S. Main St., wants to relocate to property at 6070 Ridge Road, currently owned by Walter Bye. Peracciny needs a special exception use variance, according to town officials.

"We need more space," Peracciny said. "This opens a lot of avenues for us because we can keep our clientele from Main Street and pick up new clientele on Route 104. We'll be able to store parts and used engines and transmissions, which we haven't been able to do because we didn't have the space. This will give us three times the space we have now."

If the variance is granted, Peracciny said he hopes to open his new shop in the spring.


>Program offers training for hospitality industry

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls Housing Authority is partnering with Niagara University to offer a four-week training program for people interested in the hospitality industry.

Participants learn about the skills and attitude necessary to get a job in a the hotel, casino or food service industry. The course is followed by a three-week internship program. Upon completion, participants receive a Hospitality Development Certificate.

Attendance at a class orientation at 10 a.m. Friday at the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., is required prior to registering. Classes begin March 20 in the Jones Family Resource Center and at Center City Neighborhood Development, 1824 Main St.

Call Julianne Galie at 285-5374 for more information.


>Festival of Faith, Arts wants works for exhibit

YOUNGSTOWN -- Members of First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown are seeking anyone with a religious or spiritual theme for an exhibit to be part of a third annual Festival of Faith and Arts May 13 at the church, 100 Church St.

Anyone interested in displaying their work can call Doug Howard at 745-7177.

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