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WAR ON TERRORISM NOTEBOOK

Glenwell, a DePaul Senior Living Community at 2248 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga, commemorated the victims and families of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack during a tree-planting ceremony Friday. Residents, staff and families will plant a weeping cherry tree as a symbol of unity and peace.

Guest vocalist Jim Vorberger will join Christian music group For-Giving at "Praise in the Park," a fund-raising event sponsored by Express Ministries to benefit Salvation Army disaster relief efforts from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Hamburg Memorial Park, Lake Avenue and Union Street. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

Daniel Ruettiger, whose dream to play football for Notre Dame University was chronicled in the film "Rudy," will be guest speaker at a fund-raising banquet at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Cheektowaga. The event will benefit the Fallen Brothers Foundation, which aids the families of fallen firefighters in New York City. For tickets and information, call banquet chairwoman Beth Montalvo at 874-8034.

Organizers for an annual charity golf tournament at the Brierwood Country Club said all proceeds from the event, which takes place Monday, will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.

Three private golf clubs, the Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg, the Fox Valley Club in Lancaster, and the Tan Tara Golf Club in North Tonawanda, sponsors of the event, said it sold out in four business days, and has already raised over $7,200 with more funds expected through the sale of mulligans, sandies and auction tickets.

The three golf clubs encourage any local businesses that would like to donate a product, service or prize to the event for a Chinese auction to contact the Brierwood Country Club.

Brierwood is located at 5324 Rogers Road in Hamburg.

St. Bonaventure University continues to mourn with the nation the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and is calling for peace as rhetoric for war continues to grow.

Students, faculty, staff and administrators of St. Bonaventure University, will gather for a joint Islamic and Franciscan Christian prayer service from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Thomas Merton Ministry Center at St. Bonaventure.

Also, experts on the Arab-American experience are scheduled to speak at St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.

"Who are Arabs? Who are Muslims?" is the topic of the open forum, featuring Helen Hatab Samhan, executive director of the Arab-American Institute Foundation in Washington, D.C., and Zahid Y. Khairullah, professor of management sciences at St. Bonaventure.

Other notes from St. Bonaventure:

The University held an American Red Cross Bloodmobile Sept. 18, and collected 78 units from more than 100 volunteers. Students collected more than $700 for the victims, distributed yellow ribbons of hope and prepared prayer books to be sent to the mayor's office in New York City.

A St. Bonaventure student, Stephanie Pierce of Olean, along with Kath Buffington and Sue Barnard helped organize Twin Tiers Cares, an effort to send care packages to relief workers.

Father Mychal Judge, a 1957 graduate of the college and chaplain of the New York City Fire Department was killed in the attack.

The family of Rob Peraza, class of 1994, has established the Robert David Peraza Scholarship at St. Bonaventure. A bond trader who worked on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center's Tower One, Peraza has not been formally listed as a victim.

SSC Custom Apparel of Hamburg has collected more than $2,500 in relief funds for the 911 Disaster Fund through the sale of USA/God Bless America T-shirts, hats, pins and polo shirts.

The firm began selling the patriotic merchandise Sept. 18 from its store at 180 Buffalo St., and has added outlets. The locations are Enser's Exxon on Main Street in Hamburg, Ken's Sports Warehouse on Seneca Street in Buffalo, Fisher-Price Toy Store in East Aurora, Stadium Sportswear and Capelli's Pizzeria in Orchard Park and the Ebenezer Mill Craft Mall at Southgate Plaza in West Seneca.

The proceeds from the red, white and blue-emblazoned merchandise are being donated directly to the fund for the families of the fallen New York City firefighters.

A $5,000 donation will be sent to the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund on behalf of The 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York to help the families of police officers and firefighters who died in the Sept. 11 attack.

"In response to the horrific events, we hope this brings a measure of comfort to the grief-stricken families of the firefighters and officers who valiantly gave their lives," Nancy A. Naples, president of The 100 Club, said today.

The club is a philanthropic organization that provides money to local law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency personnel killed in the line of duty.

"For over 40 years, The 100 Club has recognized the debt of gratitude we owe to the brave men and women who daily risk their lives above the call of duty," said Naples, who serves as comptroller of Erie County.

Also making a $5,000 donation to the New York City Police Benevolent Association was the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association. PBA officials unanimously approved the donation at a recent meeting. The police union is also organizing a fund-raiser to help victims of the attack.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has set up a toll-free number -- (866) 562-5227 -- for taxpayers who have trouble meeting their federal tax obligations because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Taxpayers can call the number Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information in Spanish is available from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

MyWebShot.com, a New York City Internet photo service, has set up a Web site -- NYPhotoAid.com -- where photos of those missing in the World Trade Center disaster can be posted. In addition to the photo, contact information for a family member or friend is listed.

Photos and questions should be e-mailed to nylostlovedones@hotmail.com. Photos should be accompanied by the name, age, sex and a brief description of the missing person, as well as information.

Almost $87,000 in donations have been counted for families of fallen New York City firefighters following a fund-raising effort by their counterparts in Cheektowaga.

The town's 11 fire companies participated in a "fill the boot" campaign Friday. Those companies are: Bellevue, Cleveland Hill, Doyle 1, Doyle 2, Forks, Hy-View, Pine Hill, Rescue, Sloan, Southline and U-Crest.

The numbers are preliminary, according to a Doyle 2 representative, and should exceed $100,000.

Eddie Ryan's restaurant is organizing the Lancaster Relief Benefit to help support firefighters, relief workers, victims and their families in New York City and Washington.

The event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Eddie Ryan's, 50 Central Ave., Lancaster, and the adjacent Board of Cooperative Educational Services parking lot. A car wash will be conducted next to the restaurant, and tables will be set up in the BOCES parking lot for a garage sale, Chinese auction, live entertainment, food and baked goods.

All donations of gift certificates, baked goods, prizes to raffle, garage sale items, food items, paper products and crafts will be accepted. Volunteers also are needed on the day of the event. Contact Eddie Ryan's restaurant at 651-0950 for more details. Proceeds will go to the Heroes Fund.

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