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SHOW HOUSE RAISES RECORD AMOUNT

The Junior League of Buffalo raised a record amount -- $245,564 -- from its Decorators Show House last spring, surpassing amounts raised from similar projects in larger cities across the nation.

Now the organization is looking for worthy recipients of the money.

Not-for-profit organizations can call the local Junior League office at 884-8865 for an application, which must be received by the Junior League at 45 Elmwood Ave. by 3 p.m. Oct. 5.

The number of visitors to the 23-day exhibit at the Schoellkopf-Vom Berge Manor, 121 Chapin Parkway, co-sponsored by the Junior League and The Buffalo News, was about 20,000.

The Decorators Show House is a showcase for local designers and decorating trends. More than $1.7 million has been raised since the first Show House in 1981.

Buffalo schools set early dismissals

Buffalo public school students will be dismissed three hours earlier than normal Oct. 3, Oct. 31, Dec. 5, Feb. 6, March 6 and May 1 so teachers can attend staff development sessions.

Field trips and after-school activities will be canceled on those days, and school lunches will not be served. More information is available by calling the district's information line at 851-3022.

NFTA to get funds for airport land costs

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will receive nearly $2 million in federal funds to help cover costs related to its purchase of the former Westinghouse property in Cheektowaga, Rep. Jack F. Quinn, R-Hamburg, a senior member of the House Transportation Committee, announced Tuesday.

"This money is essential for the airport's expansion," Quinn said. "The destruction of the former Westinghouse site opened up the door for allowing low-cost airlines the opportunity of flying in and out of Buffalo. The expansion of the airport continues to provide Western New Yorkers better air service at lower prices."

Acquisition of the Westinghouse site and related environmental work cost the NFTA $33 million. The authority received $14.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration, plus another $9 million from the state, then paid another $10 million of its own to close the deal, according to NFTA Executive Director Larry Meckler.

The Westinghouse building was demolished to remove an obstruction to the Runway End 32 approach. The runway will be shifted onto the property to provide full safety areas on both ends of the runway.

Forum on secular humanism, terrorism

"The Islamic Jihad: Terrorism and the Secular Humanist Response" will be the topic of a forum at 7 p.m. Friday in the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Participants in the discussion will include: Paul Kurtz, University at Buffalo professor emeritus and chairman of the Center for Inquiry; Svetozar Stojanovic, professor of philosophy emeritus from Belgrade University; Edward M. Buckner, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism; and Thomas W. Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry magazine.

The event is free and open to everyone.

UB gets limited access to housing site

A State Supreme Court justice is allowing the University at Buffalo access to the site of a contested student-housing project on its North Campus.

At the urging of UB's lawyers, Justice Vincent E. Doyle on Tuesday agreed to rescind a temporary restraining order, issued Monday, barring the university's contractor from the site.

The university will be allowed to conduct surveying and other work.

Lawyers for UB and the private UB Foundation promised Doyle that no work that destroys trees or other vegetation will be performed, according to attorney Richard Berger.

Berger is representing Rita Forman of Amherst, who sued over the university's plans to build an $11 million apartment complex for 232 students on Skinnersville Road.

The parties will be back in court Friday.

UB and State University of New York officials have declined to comment on the suit.

Church's fun run/walk is Saturday

An inaugural Two-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday starting at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 450 Abbott Road.

Registration for the run, which will be combined with a parish festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday or at the parish school or rectory through Friday.

The cost of the run is $12 for those preregistered, $15 on the day of the event and $8 for those 14 and younger.

Food, beverages, games and musical entertainment will be available throughout the day until 11 p.m.

Dali paintings on hospital auction list

LEWISTON -- Five paintings by Salvador Dali are be among items to auctioned during Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center's second "Good Works Gala" Saturday in the Niagara Club, First and Buffalo avenues, Niagara Falls. The works were donated by Paul and Beverly Cutler.

Proceeds from the black-tie event will be used to buy new equipment for the diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation services departments. Larry and Mary Montani are chairmen of the gala; Jerald and Joan Wolfgang, co-chairmen; and Paul and Joan Joy, honorary chairmen.

The benefit will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, dancing and carriage rides. Tickets can be reserved by calling 298-2143.

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