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WEB SITE TRACKS SEPT. 11 CHARITIES

State Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer on Monday unveiled a Web site that tracks charities from across the nation providing funds or relief for victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

During a news conference in his Buffalo office, Spitzer said his office has listed 180 organizations under the Internet address of www.wtcrelief.info. The site offers links to the various organizations' Web sites and in many cases enables the public to review a group's financial filings and information through GuideStar, an online database of nonprofit organizations.

"We believe this Web site will be an important tool for charities to find out what their peers are doing, for those looking to donate funds and for victims seeking assistance," Spitzer said.

Marine Corps League to celebrate

Niagara Frontier Detachment 239, Marine Corps League, is sponsoring a birthday celebration to commemorate the U.S. Marine Corps' 226th year of service to the nation.

The celebration will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Cheektowaga Senior Citizens Center, 3349 Broadway. The guest speaker will be former Buffalo Bill Mark Kelso.

Boys & Girls Clubs banquet is Saturday

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an auction and banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Service-to-youth awards will go to five club alumni: Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, County Executive Joel A. Giambra, Buffalo Police Capt. Arturo Salas, University at Buffalo basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon and radio personality Danny Neaverth.

Naples to address new women's group

A new bipartisan group called Women Supporting Effective Leadership will meet Friday to hear a speech by Erie County Comptroller Nancy A. Naples.

Naples, a Republican who is running for re-election to a third term, will speak on the topic of "Beyond the Numbers: Responsibility and Accountability," said event organizers.

The event will include a box lunch and will begin at noon in Studio Arena Theatre. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 842-4140.

Women Supporting Effective Leadership will focus on shaping, supporting and electing responsible leaders, organizers of the group said. The group will also sponsor low-cost events so that members of the public have a chance to meet and listen to area leaders, they said.

Independent Living Project fears crisis

Western New York's Independent Living Project would suffer under a proposed $1.3 million state budget cut in independent living contract funds, the local project's executive director, Douglas J. Usiak, said Monday.

The Western New York Independent Living Project is a family of local agencies assisting people with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency in the community, Usiak said.

"If this funding cut stands, the (Western New York Independent Living Project) will not be able to serve about 500 citizens with disabilities per year who currently benefit from our programs," he noted in a prepared statement.

"Fifteen disabled workers who use our transportation programs to get to their jobs each week will lose their rides, and delays in receiving our services, already substantial due to high demand, will grow into a six- to eight-week wait," he said.

A projected minimum of 3,500 individuals suffered injuries in the World Trade Center tragedy that will leave them with disabilities, many of which will require independent living services, he noted.

Program for teens to be introduced

Venturing, a new program for young men and women in their teens, will be introduced by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America at 7 p.m. Thursday in the offices of the United Cerebral Palsy Association, 7 Community Drive, Cheektowaga.

Charlie Young, the council's new Venturing director, will discuss the program, which emphasizes high adventure, and explain how to start a Venture Crew. Discussion will include monthly activities and other program ideas for Ventures and older Scouts.

Thursday's program also will include the presentation of the council's first two Ranger Awards.

Civil service test classes offered

The city is offering free classes for those interested in taking civil service tests.

The classes are conducted twice a week in the Adult Learning Center, 389 Virginia St. The course does not focus on any particular civil service field. Instead, certified teachers from the Buffalo Board of Education focus on helping participants hone their test-taking skills, reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning.

For more information, call the Adult Learning Center at 888-7088 or the city's Civil Service office at 851-5912.

After-school program seeks applicants

Applications are now available for the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers' Fun and Learn after-school program.

The free program is offered from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at two locations: Futures Academy, 295 Carlton St., and Westminster Community House, 421 Monroe St. Fun and Learn specializes in homework assistance. It also offers workshops in drama, art, computers and African history. Healthy snacks are provided.

To register, call Tiffany Prunty, director of children and youth services, at 856-0363. Applications also are available at center locations at 76 Orange St. and 421 Monroe St.

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