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The Amherst Youth Court program has received a state grant for $7,950 to continue providing alternatives for addressing juvenile-delinquent behavior, Assemblyman Jim Hayes announced.

The money will be paired with a $2,650 grant from the Town of Amherst.

Youth Court is an early intervention initiative for first-time offenders younger than 16. Peers give out sentences that range from attending anti-smoking classes to removing graffiti to cleaning local parks to working in a soup kitchen.

"Youth courts provide communities with an alternative in addressing juvenile-delinquent behaviors, including underage drinking, petit larceny, fighting, marijuana possession and destruction of property," Hayes said. "Also, youth courts give teens an opportunity to participate in and learn about our criminal-justice system and the legal process."

Child story time to begin at Kenilworth

The Kenilworth Branch Library, 318 Montrose Ave, Town of Tonawanda, will begin its children's story hours Monday.

Each Monday through Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m., toddlers with adults can come hear a story. Preschool story time for children ages 4 to 6 begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and runs through Dec. 12; and for ages 3 to 5, at 1:30 Thursday afternoons from Sept. 29 to Dec. 14.

Space in each session is limited, so registration is required, either by visiting the library or by calling 834-7657.

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