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Niagara Falls volunteers spruce up Niagara Falls neighborhood

Volunteers from 25 businesses and organizations descended on a run-down Niagara Falls neighborhood Wednesday for a cleanup-and-repair effort.

"Rock the Block," as the program is dubbed, aims to clean up lots and make minor repairs to houses in an area bounded by Pine Avenue and Niagara, Fourth and Eighth streets. Niagara University announced in November that it planned to work with developers to come up with a plan to renovate housing in that neighborhood.

Thirty-five houses, 10 alleys and 75 vacant lots were targeted for sprucing up Wednesday, university spokesman Michael Freedman said. More than 220 volunteers signed up for the half-day effort.

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