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Seven By Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. A favorite emerged over the weekend from among the 11 candidates who submitted resumes to the Buffalo Common Council in hopes of getting appointed to succeed South Council Member Michael P. Kearns, elected last month to the state Assembly. The South District Democratic Committee met Saturday and gave its endorsement to Kearns' former legislative aide, housing activist Matthew Fisher. The Council convenes at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall to interview all the applicants. An appointment might be made Tuesday.

2. Robin Tolsma, whose husband, Darren, died in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence in February 2009, was in the forefront of the family members who repeatedly went to Washington, D.C., to fight for tougher federal flight regulations in memory of their loved ones. She's collected her experiences and reflections in a new book, "Everything Changed," which will be launched at a party and book-signing from 3 to 8 p.m. in Russell's Grand Hotel, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.

3. Phase two gets under way today on a project to repair the highways crossing over the Niagara Power Project's water gates along the Niagara River south of Lewiston. Last year the southbound Robert Moses Parkway was fixed. This year it will be four-lane Lewiston Road (Route 104), running alongside the Moses, which will be reduced to a single lane in each direction until November. The project is replacing expansion joints which were leaking salty water onto the load-bearing concrete bridge piers below, causing them to deteriorate.

4. Last year the Town of Amherst banned smoking in all of its community centers and on all of its recreation fields. At its 7 p.m. meeting today in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., the Town Board will consider expanding the ban to include all town-owned buildings. Under a measure sponsored by Council Member Gay Marlette and Supervisor Barry Weinstein, smoking also would be prohibited within 25 feet of public entranceways, windows and ventilation systems of town buildings.

5. Owners of historic homes in Niagara Falls will learn more about their properties in the first of a series of three special Monday night programs at 6 p.m. in the Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main St. Space is limited for the programs, led by historians Teresa Lasher Winslow and Elaine Timm, and registration is required. Call 283-3295 or 425-4005. Those attending are asked to bring old and new photos of their buildings, a copy of their title search if possible and any other relevant information.

6. Part of the local reaction to the bankruptcy of Niagara County's largest taxpayer, the coal-burning AES electrical generating plant on Lake Road in Somerset, is to lower the payments the plant makes to local municipalities in lieu of taxes. Two of them -- the Somerset Town Board and the Barker Central School Board -- are expected to drastically reduce the payments when they vote on the matter at their meetings tonight. The Niagara County Legislature is expected to do the same on Tuesday.

7. Construction could begin as early as next month if the Lancaster Town Board approves site plans at its meeting at 8 tonight in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., for new facilities for patients with dementia and other memory problems at GreenFields Continuing Care Community between Pavement and Cemetery roads on Broadway. In the first phase of construction east of the current GreenFields structures, Niagara Lutheran Health System would build four, L-shaped buildings around a central courtyard, which would hold private apartments for 12 to 15 residents, along with common kitchen areas and living rooms.


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