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3 open houses are scheduled on plans for brownfield sites

There will be three open houses to help Buffalo achieve long-term visions for the future of the sites involved.

Consultants working with the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning will present preliminary development concepts for dormant brownfield sites on the outer harbor, Buffalo River Corridor and Tonawanda Street Corridor.

The two-hour sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and are being held today in Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, 300 S. Elmwood Ave.; Wednesday ?at Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St.; and Thursday ?at Riverside High School, 51 Ontario St.

For more information, go to buffalobrownfieldopportunities.com.

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Merriweather Library site
of project-bidding session

Bidding on Erie County projects, securing contracts and other topics will be the focus of a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

Topics discussed will also including bonding and joint county/city certification for minority and women business enterprises.

The meeting, entitled "Erie County Government Open for Business," will include presentations by six county departments, including Public Works and Highways.

The meeting is organized by the Erie County Legislature Minority & Women Business Enterprise Committee.

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State lawmakers OK bills for expanding Fetto Park

Bills have passed both houses of the State Legislature allowing the Town of Amherst to expand Fetto Park off Harlem Road, bewteen Sheridan Drive and Main Street.

The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Raymond Walter, both R-Amherst, will allow the town to remove the park designation for the site currently occupied by Eggertsville Community Center and transfer it to 4743 Harlem Road, next to Fetto Park.

Removing this designation will allow the town to continue leasing the building to the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo.

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Concert to benefit program for bully-breed dog spaying

For the second year in a row, a Rock-a-Bully Concert to raise funds for Fix-a-Bull, a free spaying and neutering program for bully-breed dogs, will be held at Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave., from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The neutering program and the fundraising concert are jointly run by the Buffalo Humane organization, Pound Hounds & Friends Inc., the Animal Alliance of WNY and the City of Buffalo's Animal Shelter.

The program provides surgeries for owned bully breed dogs in Erie and Niagara counties.
Performing will be local music groups including Lower Town Trio, 240 North, Whiskey Reverb, The Clockers, The Evil Things, Heavenly Chillbillies.

Ticket information can be found at Rock-a-Bully.org or by calling 862-9183.