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NIAGARA FALLS -- Visitors approaching the city via Niagara Falls Boulevard will be greeted by welcome banners in different languages under
authorization given by the Council Monday night.

The Council approved the allocation of $25,000 to the Niagara Falls Boulevard Association for banners to line the thoroughfare from the airport at the eastern city line to 56th Street. The money is the first allocation from a $150,000 payment made to the city by the Niagara Falls
Redevelopment Corp.

The corporation was required to make the payment under the Master Redevelopment Agreement, under which the company would take over a number of city facilities and invest more than $130 million in the redevelopment of the downtown area over the next eight years. The group of Canadian and American investors is headed by businessman Edwin A. Cogan of Toronto.

Man held in rock-throwing incident
LOCKPORT -- A man was charged Monday with throwing a rock at a moving car, cracking its windshield, Officer Terry L. Gill said.

Gary L. Bennett Jr., 33, of 185 Washburn St., was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief at 9:40 p.m. The driver of the car, Sharon L. Chase, said the incident occurred near her home at
77 Crosby Ave.

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