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GROSS CONFIRMED AS SUNY TRUSTEE

Buffalo attorney Gordon R. Gross will succeed retired local banker Erland E. Kailbourne on the State University of New York's board of trustees, SUNY officials announced Thursday.

Gross' nomination by Gov. George E. Pataki was confirmed Monday by the State Senate. His term expires June 30, 2008.

Senior partner in the Buffalo law firm of Gross, Shuman, Brizdle & Gilfillan, Gross is a 1955 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School.

He serves on Pataki's Fourth Department Judicial Screening Committee, is a director of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corp., and until recently was chairman and president of Kleinhans Music Hall Management.

Gross also serves on the boards of the Jewish Center of Greater Buffalo, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society and Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.

The 16-member SUNY board of trustees is the governing body of the SUNY system. Fifteen members are selected by the governor, subject to confirmation by the State Senate.

Kailbourne, Gross' predecessor on the board, retired as CEO and chairman of Fleet National Bank's New York region in December 1998. He resigned as a SUNY trustee in August 2000.

Shots against flu, pneumonia planned

Flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be offered at Tops Markets in Buffalo and Erie County beginning Saturday and continuing through Dec. 7. Maxim Healthcare will administer the vaccinations.

Vaccinations will be given Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in stores at 2101 Elmwood Ave.; 3865 Union Road, Cheektowaga; and 6150 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The schedule will continue Monday through Saturday, excluding holiday weekends, until all stores in the area have taken part.

Flu vaccines will cost $15 and are fully covered by Medicare Part B. Pneumonia shots are $25, and Medicare will cover the full cost for anyone who has not been vaccinated in more than seven years. Those covered by Medicare must show their cards at the time of vaccination. All others should check with their health insurance carriers.

For the full vaccination schedule, visit the Tops Web site, www.topsmarkets.com.

City Hall evacuation trial a success

A trial evacuation of City Hall using a new emergency plan was proclaimed a success by officials Thursday, despite a malfunction that prevented many employees from hearing the alarm.

The building was evacuated in less than 10 minutes, with volunteer fire marshals performing head counts of each floor as employees congregated on Niagara Square.

But many City Hall workers complained that they didn't hear the normally loud horn that signals an emergency.

Public Works Commissioner Joseph N. Giambra confirmed that some speakers malfunctioned on a number of floors, making it difficult or impossible for some people to hear the warning signals. He said crews were scheduled to check the system and make necessary repairs Thursday afternoon.

Robert J. Stasio, chief of the city's Fire Prevention Bureau, said he thinks the drill demonstrated that the new procedures will allow for a quick and orderly evacuation of the 28-story building.

"We had the alarm glitch, but the drill went very well," Stasio said. "We had everyone out in less than 10 minutes."

The chief said he would like to see at least four drills conducted each year.

Christian school will hold open house

Charles Grandison Finney High School, an interdenominational Christian school at 512 Pearl St., will hold an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Located in the Buffalo Christian Center, the school, which has an enrollment of 77, offers a college preparatory, Bible-based curriculum as well as remedial classes. Applications are now being accepted for the 2002-03 school year. Free parking is available for those attending the open house.

Home-based business highlighted

The CRUCIAL Community Center will offer "How to Start and Manager a Home-based Business" from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the center at 230 Moselle St.

The free seminar will focus on debt elimination, controlled spending, saving money without lowering one's standard of living, and other topics.

The first 10 people at the event will receive a gift.

For information, call the Rev. James O. Kirk at 894-1909.

Children's Guild donates $569,000

The Children's Guild reports that it has donated more than $569,000 to programs and agencies serving developmentally disabled children in Western New York.

The guild, a nonprofit organization, funds health care, research, education and recreational programs for children with special needs.

The programs include: Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center of Children's Hospital, $470,083; Robert Guthrie Biochemical Genetics Laboratory of Children's Hospital, $15,110; People Inc., Buffalo School District programs, $21,216; People Inc., Kids on the Block program, $9,525; and Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services, $17,500.

Also, Cradle Beach Camp, $25,000; Parents Anonymous, $3,000; High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program, $3,000; Town of Tonawanda Camp Special Place, $1,500; Board of Cooperative Educational Services, $2,500; and Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped, $600.

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