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Ontario police tackle underage drinking

Niagara Regional Police in Ontario will step up patrols this summer to limit underage drinking and vandalism in public parks and beaches.

Staff Sgt. Rick Lundy of No. 23 Division, Fort Erie, said officers in his division will be assigned to target underage drinking, unlawful consumption and drunkenness.

Police also will conduct checks of local licensed establishments to ensure compliance with the Liquor License Act of Ontario.

D'Youville grant helps needy students

D'Youville College has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for full-time, financially needy students in the college's health care programs, officials announced.

The funds are through the department's Bureau of Health Professions' Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program and will be applied to the tuition needs of selected D'Youville students.

"This will be a tremendous help to many students who have the academic qualifications but need financial assistance to complete their studies in health care," said James P. Klyczek, dean of D'Youville's School of Health and Human Services.

"It will also help us recruit quality students who need tuition assistance," Klyczek added.

Students in D'Youville's nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and dietetics programs who fall under federal guidelines will be eligible for funds.

A disadvantaged student is described by the Department of Health and Human Services as "someone who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a school."

A student from a family with an annual income below a certain threshold is also eligible.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students funds are provided to eligible health profession and nursing schools that meet federal standards and have a program of recruiting and retaining students from disadvantaged backgrounds, D'Youville officials said.

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