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JFK center is closed due to furnace failure

The JFK Community Center, 114 Hickory St., was closed Friday until further notice because of broken furnaces.

L. Nathan Hare, executive director of Community Action Organization of Erie County Inc., which runs the facility, said two furnaces will require significant repairs. The repairs are currently being arranged by the Erie County Parks Department, which is responsible for the building.

However, Huntington Learning Center programs will still be held in the center, in a room that is heated electrically.

While the center is closed, JFK center members are asked to use two other CAO sites: Pratt-Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt St., or Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave.


Rubin returns to law firm, ends term as county attorney

Laurence K. Rubin on Friday spent his final day as Erie County attorney and will soon return to the law firm Kavinoky Cook LLP, officials said.

Rubin was an inner-circle adviser to Joel A. Giambra during the county executive's two terms in office, first as his Department of Environment and Planning commissioner and then as county attorney.

As a commissioner, Rubin was instrumental in arranging for an improved Times Beach Nature Preserve and the plan to let county crews maintain Buffalo parks. Giambra has not named Rubin's replacement. The duties are expected to go to First Assistant County Attorney George M. Zimmermann.


American, Canadian tolls now equal at Peace Bridge

Tolls at the Peace Bridge will become the same in either American or Canadian currency beginning Dec. 1.

The Peace Bridge Authority announced the change Friday, the day after the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission implemented a similar change on its three international bridges in Niagara County.

Car tolls will be $3 in either currency for a round trip. Those using Canadian currency have been paying $3.50.

All commercial tolls also will be at parity, the authority announced. The change reflects the near-equal exchange rate of the U.S. and Canadian dollars.


Lane restrictions to start near Ridge Road bridge

A lighted sign on Route 5's elevated section in Lackawanna says there will be lane restrictions over the Ridge Road bridge starting Monday.

But it's not referring to the Route 5 bridge over Ridge Road. It's referring to a bridge to the east on Ridge Road itself. North-south commuters shouldn't be affected by the construction -- unless bad weather hits.

If the Route 5 complex is closed because of bad weather, motorists traveling toward Buffalo won't be able to exit onto Ridge Road. Instead they'll be funneled onto Milestrip Road -- Route 179.

The project causing the changes is the reconstruction of the bridge that carries Ridge over several rail lines as motorists drive east toward South Park Avenue. It also will involve closing Lehigh and Ingham avenues.

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