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Section of the Kensington will have lane restrictions

Motorists heading toward Buffalo from Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga will face a lane restriction Thursday on their first stretch of the Kensington Expressway.

The state Department of Transportation reports that highway maintainance will reduce the westbound Route 33 to one lane from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the vicinity of Union Road, from Dick Road to the Thruway interchange.



Trico landmark legislation sent to full Council

The Buffalo Common Council Legislation Committee voted, 3-2, Tuesday to send legislation that would make the Trico Building a local landmark to the full Council, but without recommendation.

In favor were Council Members David Franczyk, Joseph Golembek and David Rivera. Voting against were Demone Smith and Darius Pridgen, who represents the district.

Also, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus agreed to conduct an adaptive reuse study of the Trico Building led by developer and preservationist Doug Swift, past president of the Roycroft Campus Corp.

Swift will bring together several independent professionals to analyze current conditions and data from past Trico studies. Several public meetings will be held as part of the process.



Jewish community to mark anniversary of Israel

Western New York's Jewish community will celebrate the 64th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence Thursday with a rally in front of Buffalo City Hall and a party in Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst.

Mayor Byron W. Brown, Deputy Erie County Executive Richard Tobe and Jewish leaders will join in the rally at noon in Niagara Square. The Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Independence Day) Party will be held at 6:30 p.m., featuring live music by the Mickey Lewin Band from Toronto, a kosher dinner buffet and an open bar with Israeli wines and beers. Tickets are $60.

The celebration will continue with an Israeli Cultural Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth Tzedek. The festival will feature live music, crafts, dancing, Israeli vendors and activities for youngsters and adults. Admission is $2. For further information, visit



Joan A. Male Center is now Family Help Center

The Joan A. Male Family Support Center will now be known as the Family Help Center.

The new name for the agency, which helps children and families in need, was announced Tuesday evening at its annual volunteer recognition reception in its headquarters at 60 Dingens St. It also has a new website address:

The agency also presented its first Joan A. Male Family Champion Award to Robert M. Bennett, chancellor emeritus of the state Board of Regents. Phyllis Wyman was honored as Volunteer of the Year, the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant for Corporate Caring, and Erin Herman for Youth Leadership.