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Coppola OK'd for post on State Parole Board

The State Senate this week confirmed the appointment of Marc A. Coppola, a former state senator and Buffalo Common Council member, to a $101,600-per-year post on the State Parole Board.

News of the confirmation came from the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who nominated Coppola to the position, while salary information came from State Senate staff.

Also this week, the State Senate confirmed two Cuomo nominees to serve on the board of directors of the Peace Bridge Authority.

Philip J. Tantillo, a certified public accountant who has served on the board since March 2010, received an extension of his term, according to the authority.

And Patrick Whelan, chief operating officer for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will take the place on the board of Gerald Lewandowski, an appointee of former Gov. George E. Pataki.

Authority directors do not receive a salary.

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Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 gets funds for 'Jaws of Life'

LEWISTON -- Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 has received $30,181 in federal funding to purchase a new hydraulic tool called the Jaws of Life.

The money came from Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced.

Michael Penzotti, the company's grant coordinator, said the money "will allow us to replace our 25 (plus)-year-old units."

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Home respiratory therapy added to patient services

Catholic Health is adding respiratory services to the health care services that it can provide to patients in their homes.

Catholic Health Home Respiratory, a partnership between Catholic Health Home Care and American HomePatient, will offer oxygen therapy supplies and equipment, as well as sleep therapy supplies, including CPAP.

Also offered are equipment, aerosolized medications and nebulizers and respiratory care assessments, including testing and monitoring, according to Joyce Markiewicz, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Home Health Care.

For information, call 681-2242 or visit www.chsbuffalo.org/homecare.

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Free concert slated Tuesday at Niagara Falls State Park

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free concert in Niagara Falls State Park on Tuesday.

The concert, which gets under way at 7 p.m. on Goat Island, is the first in a series of BPO concerts at parks in the Falls, East Aurora, South Buffalo and Lancaster.

The Niagara Falls concert, sponsored by First Niagara, will take place despite a recent denial of funding from the City Council.

The Council pointed to disagreements with local State Parks officials in denying the request.