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> COMMUNITY

Safe-biking group plans?ride to raise awareness

GO Bike Buffalo, an organization dedicated to safe and more extensive cycling, is inviting the community to join in the Ride of Silence beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday on Porter Avenue.

The goal of the event is to increase awareness about the need for all users to share the road and work with municipalities to establish complete and safer streets and honor those killed or injured in the last year on Buffalo area roadways.

The Ride gets under way at Symphony Circle and heads west along Porter Avenue, one of Buffalo's newest examples of a complete street, finishing with a news conference in Prospect Park.

Over the past year, more than a dozen young people walking, skateboarding or riding their bicycle were struck and killed or seriously injured on streets.

According to the Institute of Traffic Safety Management and Research, in 2010 pedestrians and bicyclists represented 5 percent of the total number of crashes in Erie County but disproportionately include 31 percent of all injuries and fatalities. To learn about how to commute safely, visit GOBuffalo.org.

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> RECREATION

Centennial Pool is open?today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Centennial Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, one day earlier than scheduled.

The City of Buffalo's seven other outdoor pools will open on Sunday. The city decided to open Centennial, the city's busiest pool, one day early because of expected high temperatures.

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> SAFETY

Rural/Metro begins ?service in West Seneca

Rural/Metro Medical Services will provide emergency health services to the town of West Seneca starting Aug. 1, following unanimous approval of the West Seneca Town Board this week.

Town Board members agreed to contract with Rural/Metro for two years to cover "prehospital emergency services" in the town and to partner with the six fire districts in the town for emergency response. Rural/Metro will respond to 911 calls and stage its vehicles in West Seneca to ensure rapid response.

Rural/Metro was responding to a town request for a proposal for prehospital ambulance service in town and was the only bidder."This is a partnership at no cost to the town," said Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan. "The benefit here is safety. It's all about public safety."

A two-year renewal option to continue to the arrangement past 2014 also was approved as part of the agreement.

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> DELAWARE PARK

Commemoration planned ?for War of 1812

Events will commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday in the Delaware Park Meadow.

They include a Veterans of War & First Responders Parade, Frontier Skydivers descending into the meadow, a dove release ceremony, outdoor concert by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and concluding fireworks display. Concessionaires will be on-site.

The event is sponsored by Buffalo Olmsted Parks, BPO, City of Buffalo and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration and Celebration Committee.