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The newly approved Tapestry Charter School will occupy the first and second floors of a building at 40 North St. when it opens in September, said Joy Pepper, the school's director. The third floor will be used by Bryant & Stratton for administrative offices.

Tapestry will lease the space from the Plaza Group, which recently bought the building at North and Franklin streets, Pepper said.

"The location is great -- central city, easily accessible," she said. Though the building is in good shape and has an elevator, the space must be reconfigured to house classrooms.

Tapestry School, which recently received a charter from the State University of New York, plans to enroll 100 children in kindergarten through fourth grade in multiple-age classrooms.

Pepper said community meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Niagara Branch Library, 280 Porter Ave.; 4:30 p.m. March 14 in the YWCA, 190 Franklin St.; and 5 p.m. March 21 in the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St.

Applications will be available at the meetings. Additional information is available by calling the school at 332-6160.

Depew woman is crowned Miss Buffalo

Rebecca Lesniak of Depew is Miss Buffalo 2001. She will represent Buffalo in the Miss New York State Pageant in Watertown in June.

Crowned Sunday after competition in Rockwell Hall Auditorium at Buffalo State College, she was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and other prizes.

First runner-up was Roseanne Lockhard of North Tonawanda, who won a $500 scholarship. Other runners-up were Takiyah Amin of Buffalo, $400 scholarship; Lindsey Jakiel of Amherst, $300 scholarship; and Kristin Rotella of Grand Island, $200 scholarship.

Former Lackawanna judge honored

Norman F. Walawender, a former chief judge of Lackawanna City Court, has been honored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for his efforts on behalf of the civil justice system.

Fred M. Baron, head of the group, which is one of the nation's major trial lawyer organizations, said his organization's board of governors honored Walawender for his "tremendous level of support and commitment" to improving the nation's legal system.

Walawender has aided the association's congressional lobbying work and its efforts to improve the public image of lawyers. He has also worked to educate the public on the justice system and the important role of trial lawyers through his own legal work, Baron said.

Speaker to discuss military retirees

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. John Caruso will speak at the March 3 dinner of the local Naval Reserve Association.

Caruso, director of the Retirement Affairs Office at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base, will discuss the rights and responsibilities of retired military personnel, with a focus on military travel. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m. in the Chief Petty Officers Club at the foot of Porter Avenue.

Dr. Joseph Coppola, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center psychiatrist who had been scheduled to talk March 3, will speak at the organization's May 5 dinner. For information, call Lt. Cmdr. Robert Caruana at 674-6831 or Capt. Thomas J. Caulfield at 836-0114.

Scajaquada Watershed Council to meet

The Scajaquada Creek Watershed Advisory Council will hold a stakeholders meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St.

The council will be identifying concerns and setting priorities that will be used to develop goals and objectives of the watershed management plan, according to Ellen Ilardo of the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District, chairwoman of the advisory council's technical committee.

Information is available by calling the district at 652-8480.

Classes set for first-time home buyers

Ellicott District Community Development, 644 William St., will offer three educational classes for first-time home buyers begining at 9 a.m. Saturday. The other classes will be held March 3 and 10.

The series is designed to educate first-time buyers on the process of purchasing and maintaining a home. Counselors will help participants with credit issues, budgeting and mortgage applications.

Graduates will receive a certificate after completing the classes.

The registration fee for all three classes is $35. Money orders and cash will be accepted as payment.

To register, call 856-3262.

Talbert Club banquet will honor two

The Mary B. Talbert Civic & Cultural Club's 27th annual banquet -- "Women of the 21st Century Making a Difference" -- will honor two community leaders at 6 p.m. Saturday in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster.

Common Council Member Betty Jean Grant of the University District and retired Army Maj. Henry S. Williams Jr., executive director and founder of the Buffalo Inner City Youth Fan Club for Golfing, will be honored during the banquet.

The cost is $35. For information, call Lynne Clawson Woods at 838-8080.

Police photographer to be honored

The Buffalo Police Department will honor police photographer Larry Pierce at a retirement party from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday in the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Nash Council Hall on South Legion Drive. The $25 ticket price includes a buffet, an open bar and music. For information, call Mark Stambach or Marilyn Lanc at 851-4466.

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