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Council, School Board hold joint meeting today

The Buffalo Board of Education will hold a joint meeting with the Common Council at 3 p.m. today in Council Chambers on the 13th floor of City Hall.

Following that meeting, the board will hold its regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom, Room 801 of City Hall. Some board members are pushing for a vote at that meeting to appoint the next superintendent, while others say such a vote would be premature at this point.

The board is trying to choose between Interim Superintendent Amber M. Dixon and former Philadelphia Assistant Superintendent Pamela C. Brown.

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Bethlehem building's future is topic of meeting today

The history, current status and future of the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building will be the focus of a meeting at 7 p.m. today in John B. Weber Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.

The meeting, organized by the newly formed Lackawanna Industrial Heritage Group, will include a panel discussion moderated by local preservationist Chris Hawley. The ornate, three-story structure, built in 1901 and located at the Lackawanna-Buffalo border, has been in disrepair for years. A demolition was set to begin May 18, but it has been delayed following last-ditch efforts by area preservationists to save the building.

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DOT begins bridge repairs on spans along Route 400

New York bridge repair season has started in earnest.

The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it is moving quickly to repair five state-owned bridges in Erie County.

New concrete bridge decks are being constructed on the both the northbound and southbound bridges that carry Route 400 over Lein Road in West Seneca. Work also will begin this month to replace three more bridge decks on the 400. These include the northbound and southbound structures carrying Route 400 over Jamison Road in Elma. Construction is slated to be complete in the fall.

In addition, bridge deck replacement is slated for the Route 400 northbound ramp bridge to Union Road in West Seneca. The ramp will be closed this summer to accommodate construction.

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Children's bookstore wins award from women's group

The Monkey See, Monkey Do Children's Bookstore at 9060 Main St. in Clarence won the Women's National Book Association Pannell Award, given annually since 1983 to two bookstores that "excel in contributing to their communities to bring books and young people together."

The other store honored is in Michigan.

Monkey See, Monkey Do was honored for its "enthusiastic and innovative approaches to getting kids engaged with reading," the association said.

The Clarence store -- only the fourth in New York state to win the award -- won in the children's specialty store category. It will receive a check for $1,000 and a framed piece of original art by a children's book illustrator.