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NEXUS pass holders reminded to renew them

Crossing the U.S.-Canadian border could turn from a breeze to a hassle for NEXUS pass holders if they don't renew their enrollments on time.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reminds NEXUS holders to begin the renewal process 90 days before their five-year passes expire by submitting a new application. Applications can be made online at www.cbp.gov by clicking the Travel and Trusted Traveler Programs links. The $50 application fee is nonrefundable. Applications for children under 18 are free.

Paper applications are available through Canada Border Services Agency offices at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont., or the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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Holiday Basket Program sets Dec. 13 deadline

The deadline is Dec. 13 for applications for the Holiday Basket Program of the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers. Applications are available at all Neighborhood Centers locations and should be turned in at centers at 421 Monroe St., 76 Orange St. or 292 High St. Baskets will be distributed Dec. 23.

More than 1,500 food packages were given last year, but demand is high so applicants should turn in their forms early. Eligibility is based on household income.

To contribute to the program, mail a donation marked "Holiday Gifts" to BFNC, 97 Lemon St., Buffalo, NY 14204. For additional information, visit www.bfnc.org.

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Christmas party for kids features live nativity

A traditional live nativity and a children's Christmas party will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave.

Holiday arts and crafts, face painting, Christmas cookie decorating and other activities are planned. Snacks also will be available.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items for area food pantries.

For more information, call 926-8928.

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Public comment sought on Greenway projects

The public can review and make comments on proposed Niagara River Greenway projects, copies of which are available online at www.niagaragreenway.org.

The Niagara River Greenway Commission has extended the deadline for public comments to Dec. 22 from Dec. 15.

The commission reviews projects for their consistency with a master plan for the Greenway but does not make funding decisions.

Comments may be submitted via the Web or by hard copy mailed to 2136 West Oakfield Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

The commission is scheduled to vote on the proposals Jan. 15.

The planned Greenway will consist of a system of interconnected parks, trails and public access points to the Niagara River between Buffalo and Youngstown.

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