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Lane closures start Monday on Kensington Expressway

The state Department of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for the Kensington Expressway during the overnight hours starting on Monday.

The inbound Kensington, near the Thruway in Cheektowaga, will be reduced to one lane between 8 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Thruway's eastbound ramp to the inbound Kensington will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. A detour will be posted.

On Wednesday, the outbound Kensington will be reduced to one lane near the Thruway in Cheektowaga between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Thursday. Likewise, the Thruway's westbound ramp to the outbound Kensington will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday. A detour will be posted.

Then on Friday, the inbound Kensington will be closed near the Thruway in Cheektowaga from 8 p.m. until 9 a.m. Saturday.

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Delay sought in closing of Isle E-ZPass Center

State and federal representatives are asking the state Thruway Authority to reconsider its plan to close the Grand Island E-ZPass Center on June 8.

The Thruway Authority announced this week that the walk-in centers in Grand Island, Albany and Syracuse will be going out of service. Those centers are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; some of the downstate centers that will remain open also have Saturday hours.

Closing those three facilities will save $1 million annually, according to the authority.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, signed a letter to the Thruway Authority, asking that it at least delay the decision so Grand Island residents may have a greater say in it.

E-ZPass is a regional electronic toll collection system that can be used statewide and in several other states.

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Former CEO, author to speak at annual Red Shield Lunch

Diane Paddison, former chief operating officer for two Fortune 500 companies and author of "Work, Love, Pray: Practical Wisdom for Young Professional Christian Women," will be keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Red Shield Lunch sponsored by the Salvation Army of Greater Buffalo at noon Monday in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Paddison is the founder of 4word, a national organization that connects, leads and supports young professional Christian women as they work to fulfill their potential.

Tickets are $55. For reservations and information, call AnnMarie Taft at 888-6214 or visit www.buffalosalvationarmy.org.

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Public hearing on budget set for 5 p.m. Monday

The Buffalo Common Council will hold a public hearing on Mayor Byron W. Brown's proposed budget at 5 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers.

Lawmakers will also hold a public hearing on the city school district's proposed budget at 6 p.m. in Chambers.