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>Oishei Foundation awards coalition $485,654 grant

The Western New York Service-Learning Coalition, an alliance of local colleges, universities and nonprofit community organizations, has been awarded a three-year grant of $485,654 from the John R. Oishei Foundation.

The funds will be used to hire staff, develop a regionwide database, initiate collaborative events and coordinate projects to help place undergraduate students in service positions across the region.

The coalition was established in 2001 by Daemen College and Niagara University. Other members include Buffalo State, Canisius, D'Youville, Erie Community, Medaille and Trocaire colleges and the University at Buffalo -- collectively, representing an undergraduate enrollment of more than 52,000 students.

Robert D. Gioia, president of the Oishei Foundation said, ". . This effort will bring significant benefit to the students in our colleges and universities and to the nonprofit [groups] with whom they partner through service learning."


>Extended hours planned on selected routes

Beginning Friday, it will be easier to get back and forth to the area's major shopping malls by Metro bus during the holiday season, thanks to additional service and extended hours on selected routes.

Buses will begin running 20 minutes before mall opening time on Route 34 serving the Boulevard Mall in Amherst, Routes 6 and 32 serving the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, and Route 14 serving the McKinley Mall in Blasdell. They will continue until 20 minutes after the malls close. Metro bus and rail schedules are available at or by calling 855-7211.


>Christmas Food Fair set Friday and Saturday

The European Christmas market tradition is coming to the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, this weekend. The market will hold its first Christmas Food Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In addition to the market's array of Eastern European favorites, the Christmas Food Fair will feature a variety of locally produced foods, along with live music and a multitude of Christmas merchandise and gifts. For information, visit


>Thanksgiving Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Thursday by the Thanksgiving 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 ....Closed
Metro Bus, Rail .... Sunday
City garbage .... Regular

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