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OLAF FUB SEZ: A question from singer and actress Barbra Streisand, born on this date in 1942, "Why does a woman work 10 years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?"


OOPS! -- Tickets for the upcoming reunion for all classes from the 1970s at Lafayette High School are $30, not $35, as reported Monday. "You'd be surprised how much difference $5 makes to some people," says organizer Margaret Pagliacci. Call her at 908-9184 to get tickets.

The reunion will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. July 21 in Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell, with food stations and music.


RYAN'S HOPE -- Everyone with a computer can help Ryan Dolan of West Seneca receive a wish from the Make A Wish Foundation. Actually, Ryan's single, disabled mom, Joanie, reports, his 13-year-old twin sister submitted the wish for him, since he has hydrocephalus and is unable to speak or walk.

Her wish is for a handicapped van so he can come on family outings, because his wheelchair no longer fits in family car. Make A Wish steered the Dolans to an online contest by National Mobility Awareness, which is giving away three handicapped vans.

Ryan is one of about 1,700 entries, and he needs to be in the top 10 percent of the vote-getters to be a finalist.

The contest runs through May 13, and everyone can vote for him once a day. Voters who use the promo codes 776, 777, 854 or 831 will give Ryan five additional votes for each one they cast. For info on the contest and to vote, visit and search for Ryan in "Local Heroes."


TIME OF NEED -- Friends and family are holding a benefit for Calvin Carr of Depew, a leukemia patient and a bone marrow transplant recipient, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Magruders, 4995 Broadway, Depew. Tickets are $30 at the door and include food and beverages. There also will be a chance auction.


NATURE'S ART -- The poster competition for this summer's eighth annual Black Rock-Riverside Tour of Gardens on Aug. 4 offers more than the satisfaction of seeing your winning floral design on T-shirts, promotional materials and the tour's map guide. There's also a $200 cash prize.

The contest is open to everyone, all ages, all skill levels. For rules, call the office of North Council Member Joe Golombek at 851-5116 or visit Artwork can be dropped off at the Riverside Review, 215 Military Road. Deadline is next Monday.


COLLEGE BOUND -- Next Tuesday is the deadline for applications from high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties for two college scholarships offered by Buffalo's Italian-American Police Association in memory of two members -- Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Robert S. Insalaco and Buffalo Patrolman David J. Scime -- who died in the line of duty.

Preference will be given to students with Italian heritage who are enrolling in a criminal-justice program. For information and an application, visit


CLASSIC STYLES -- The Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers are hosting a champagne brunch and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Park Country Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The show features musicians from the BPO and their friends modeling fashions from Jacqueline Shoppe, Pumpkins Children's Clothing and O'Connell Lucas Chelf. There also will be basket raffles. Tickets are available at the BPO box office at 885-5000 or by calling Sally Moehlau at 634-5055.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Elizabeth Clancy, Jim Santella, Edna Fill, Inge Gallant, Barbara Libby, Tim Neary, Gary Betz, Sue Balthasar, Kyle Kuhns, Alice Pacer, Nick Macri Sr., Andy Ortiz Jr., Brittany Kirkley, Pat Courtney, Stephanie Cacciatore, Tina Wasielewski, Kristin Marie Cieslik, Frank Bartolomeo, Kevin Toohey, Gus Siffringer, Tatiana Torres and Ella Frauenhofer.