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Town hall meeting set on Spitzer budget plan

Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer's budget crafters have slated a town hall meeting on Saturday to seek public input on next year's state spending plan.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Budget Director Paul Francis and other officials will discuss the state's fiscal climate and invite the public to submit testimony or ask questions.

Those interested in making a statement or asking a question can sign up in advance at, by phone at (518) 473-3885, or via e-mail at


Corpus Christi tries for landmark grant

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is offering Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Clark and Kent streets, a $45,000 grant toward restoration work on the church's towers and slate roof.

To get the grant, the church must raise $65,000. To do this, the church will be selling poinsettias, T-shirts and private-label coffee during the Christmas Food Fair in the Broadway Market on Nov. 23 and 24.

The church was recently was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Program to feature cats needing homes

Niagara Feline Friends will hold a cat adoption program from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Petco, 1459 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

Director Shirley Carter said available cats range in age from tiny kittens to 6 years old.

Niagara Feline Friends also is taking appointments for $70 cat health clinics that include spaying or neutering along with distemper and rabies shots. Appointments can be made by calling 754-2050 between 1:30 and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


Mainline churches' view of Israel to be discussed

Dexter Van Zile, a deacon in Brighton-Allston Congregational Church in Boston, Mass., will discuss "How Mainline Churches View Israel" at 7 p.m. Monday in the Jewish Community Center's Benderson Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville.

Van Zile works for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. His talk is free to the public.


Veterans Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the Veterans 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 .... Regular
City garbage .... Regular

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