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Details of Feb. 15 referendum described to GOP committee

NIAGARA FALLS -- All 11 public schools in Niagara Falls will benefit if voters approve a $130 million bond issue in a referendum Feb. 15, members of the city Republican Committee were told Tuesday.

The renovations and additions to the schools range from 2,048 square feet at Cataract Elementary School, 6431 Girard Ave., to 19,511 square feet at 79th Street Elementary School, 551 79th St., according to School Board records.

Details of the referendum and of the proposed school improvements were described by Judie Gregory, the school district's director of public relations, and by School Board members Johnny Destino and Arthur Jocoy Jr.

The presentation was one in a series of meetings throughout the city to answer voters' questions about the referendum.

City GOP Chairman Robert A. Krause presided at Tuesday's meeting in the Giacomo Hotel, 220 First St. The committee took no stand for or against the bond issue.

Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 in all 39 election districts in Niagara Falls.

Voters will go to the same neighborhood polling places where they vote in general elections.

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Inter-Church Food Pantry is beneficiary of drive

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A collection drive to benefit the North Tonawanda Inter-Church Food Pantry will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Key and Lock, 282 Oliver St.

Nonperishable food and personal care items will be accepted at the event, which is sponsored by the North Tonawanda Democratic Committee.

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Applications now available for Niagara Catholic grants

NIAGARA FALLS -- Applications for the Ancient Order of Hibernians annual scholarship for Niagara Catholic High School are now available at the school.

Applicants must be registered as an incoming freshman for the 2011-12 school year and will be asked to write a short essay.

The scholarship value is $250 per semester, with a total value of $2,000 for the four years.

Applications must be received by Feb. 21. Call James Andrews at 283-0051 or the school at 283-8771, Ext. 260.

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Monroe County DA picked for judgeship in Rochester

WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Wednesday nominated Michael Green, the district attorney in Monroe County, to serve as a federal judge in the Western District of New York, based in Rochester.

Green has served as DA since 2004. Previously, he was a prosecutor in the DA's Office, serving in several positions.

The White House said in a statement that Green has tried more than 100 felony cases, including 40 homicide cases. A graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, he received his law degree in 1986 from Western New England College School of Law.

The Western District has courthouses and judges in Rochester and Buffalo.

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