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Free tax preparation for low-income residents

Low-income Erie County residents can get free income tax preparation and information about a wide variety of services at a Family Financial Wellness Day from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

To get free tax help, residents should bring photo identification and all their income and expense paperwork, including W-2 and 1099 forms and medical and child care bills. Those who do not have the necessary paperwork can get information on free tax preparation elsewhere in Erie County.

Those attending also can apply for assistance with heating and food for children, employment and training programs, and a free life insurance program.

The financial program is sponsored by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, the Economic Self-Sufficiency Coalition and Mayor Byron W. Brown's office.

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Town to hear comments on use of federal funds

Comments on how Cheektowaga should spend its federal funds for housing and community development will be heard before Tuesday's Town Board meeting.

The town is eligible to receive about $1 million in community development block grant funds and $369,884 in HOME Investment Partnership Program funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. It also expects about $200,000 in income from the revolving housing rehabilitation loan program and about $250,000 from economic development revolving business loan program.

The Town Board will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall on the community development programs.

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Session set for those who want to join board

A training and information session for potential candidates for seats on the Buffalo Board of Education will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 712 Main St.

Presentations will be made on the district's academic reform plan, the roles and responsibilities of board members, campaigning, the skills needed to effectively serve on a school board and dealing with the news media.

The nine-member board's six at-large seats will be on the ballot in May. The seminar costs $15, and more information is available by calling 852-6120.

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King Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

City Court .... Closed
County courts .... Closed
State courts .... Closed
Federal courts .... Closed
City offices .... Closed
County offices .... Closed
State offices .... Closed
Federal offices .... Closed
Post Office .... Closed
Schools .... Closed
Banks .... Closed
Most stores .... Open
Metro Bus, Rail .... Saturday service
City garbage .... Regular

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