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Rural/Metro, Teamsters heading back to table

Rural/Metro Ambulance Services and the Teamsters are headed back to the negotiating table, the union announced Wednesday.

Teamsters Local 375, which represents about 400 Rural Metro workers, and representatives of the ambulance company have agreed to work with federal mediator Kenneth Armes on scheduling a new round of negotiations. No dates have been set, but the union indicated that the next round would occur in November, after Election Day.

This summer, the union voted to authorize a strike.

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Poland's ambassador to U.S. to speak at banquet Oct. 25

Robert Kupiecki, the newly installed Polish ambassador to the United States, will be keynote speaker Oct. 25 when the Western New York Division of the Polish-American Congress holds a banquet in Potts Banquet Hall, 694 S. Ogden St., to honor Polish-American women of distinction.

Introducing him will be Frank Spula, the national PAC president from the Chicago national office. It will be Kupiecki's first visit to Western New York.

For tickets and information, call Adeline Wujcikowski at 827-1722.

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State's first lady to talk about obesity prevention

New York State's first lady, Michelle Paige Paterson, will discuss obesity at a community luncheon Friday organized by Sheehan Health Network and others.

She will talk about her new initiative, Healthy Steps to Albany, a fitness campaign that stresses children learning about eating healthy foods and getting exercise. Her talk is scheduled for about noon in Adam's Mark Hotel.

The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased by calling 848-2169.

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Buffalo rated a top place to ride out a recession

Buffalo's growing health care industry makes the city one of the best places in the country to ride out a recession, BusinessWeek magazine reports in this week's issue.

The city ranked 14th of the top 20 places to be if the recent downward spiral on Wall Street continues.

Arlington, Va., which benefits from the booming growth of the national government and the District of Columbia rank first and second in the BusinessWeek survey.

The magazine cites the Buffalo metro area's 17.6 percent employment in the health care industry, as well as 38 percent of the work force in industries deemed strong as the reasons for Buffalo's high ranking.

"Buffalo is known for its blue-collar roots and its low cost of living," the magazine writes. "But it also has a diverse employment base and less dependent on manufacturing."

It notes the area is home to banks and other financial institutions, cites it as a hub for debt collection and points out it is also the location of the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Buffalo was the only city in New York State to make the list.

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