1. Officials in the Niagara Wheatfield and Cheektowaga-Sloan school districts hope the second time is the charm as budgets that were rejected in May are put before the voters again today. If voters turn down Niagara Wheatfield's new plan, the district would have to cut back sports and music programs, reduce kindergarten to half a day and increase class sizes to more than 30. In Sloan, where teachers have agreed to go without pay raises next year, district leaders hope that a stronger push to pass the budget will spell success. It failed by only 33 votes last month.
2. The Tuesday in the Park series begins for a new season at Artpark in Lewiston tonight with a new look and new fee policy. The amphitheater has been upgraded with a higher stage, a reshaped bowl area, new stairs, walkways and restrooms. Tuesdays also are no longer free. Tickets for tonight's performance by Kansas were $5 in advance, $10 since Sunday. What's cheaper is parking. The fee for cars has been reduced from $10 to $5. Gates open at 4:30, music starts at 6:30. The Marcangelo Perricelli Band opens.
3. Headed for the crusher are about 130 dilapidated and abandoned mobile homes in Sabre Park, a neighbor to Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Only about 70 of the 286 homes are occupied in the trailer park, which has been in receivership since last summer, and many have been stripped and ransacked. A resolution is expected to come before the Niagara Town Board tonight to begin demolition proceedings.
4. A public hearing on Niagara County Community College's $48.6 million budget will be held when the Niagara County Legislature holds its regular meeting at 7 p.m. The college, which hasn't settled on a new contract with its faculty in six years, is planning a 2 percent tuition increase.
5. Interviewers love bluesy singer-songwriter Paul Thorn for his colorful family (son of a preacher, nephew of a pimp), his work history (prizefighter, furniture factory worker) and the down-home sense of humor he developed from growing up in Tupelo, Miss. For his new CD, he has reached out for other people's songs that have inspired him -- like Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Snake Farm." He brings his band for a return visit to the Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St., at 7 p.m. The $20 tickets are almost sold out.
6. Recent feature films scheduled to be released on home video formats today include the comedy "Jeff Who Lives at Home," with Ed Helms, Jason Segal and Judy Greer, and the romantic comedy "Wanderlust," with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. Over in the music racks, new CDs are expected from Justin Bieber ("Believe"), Kenny Chesney ("Welcome to the Fishbowl") and Smashing Pumpkins ("Oceana").
7. Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Belle Center are teaming up today to host a job fair for open positions at the cancer center and to raise awareness about cancer and the importance of early detection. Roswell Park's employment team will accept resumes from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., and staff from the institute's Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research will be on hand to talk about various types of cancer and resources available for preventive screenings and services.
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