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Sherrill Colston and Modesto Candelario have been elected to their third straight terms as chairwoman and vice chairman, respectively, of the board of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

Colston previously had several terms as vice chairwoman, and Candelario served as chairman.

Judicial roast to feature 10 candidates

Ten candidates for judgeships in the Nov. 6 election will be roasted before the local legal community at noon Wednesday in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo at the traditional Bar Association of Erie County Judicial Candidates Luncheon.

Roastmaster will be Michael J. Ryan, a partner in the Edward C. Cosgrove law firm.

The candidates include City Court Judges Robert T. Russell, David Manz and Paul Volcy and their challengers, Joseph A. Fiorella and William E. Nowakowski; Family Court Judge Sharon S. Townsend and challengers Patricia A. Maxwell, Lisa Bloch Rodwin and Joan Rogacki Warren; and Surrogate Joseph S. Mattina, who is running unopposed.

For reservations and information, call Sharlene Von at 852-8687.

Thanksgiving dinner to be held early

A Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Moot Senior Center, 292 High St.

The dinner, held annually by the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, will be supported by a $3,000 grant from Citibank. Volunteers from Citibank will help serve the meals.

Senior citizens will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Others may come from 2 to 4 or from 4 to 6. For information, call 856-0363.

ECC to train special counselors

Erie Community College will train qualified welfare recipients and near-poverty-level residents to become alcohol and substance abuse counselors under a $1.6 million grant just awarded to ECC by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

ECC officials, who announced the three-year education and training grant, said it will be used to address an acute shortage of qualified, credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselors throughout Erie County. First-year funding is guaranteed at $532,000, they said.

Recipients of Temporary Aide to Needy Families and poverty-level students will be targeted by the grant. Trainees will be selected in cooperation with the county's Mental Health and Social Services departments.

"This grant underscores ECC's continued regional leadership in developing community partnership initiatives for education and training throughout Western New York," said Richard C. Washousky, associate vice president for academic affairs at the college.

Alzheimer's group aids N.Y. City branch

The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is sending a $1,000 contribution to its New York City chapter to help defray funds lost because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The New York City chapter couldn't conduct its Memory Walk, the national association's only fund-raiser to support programs and services for local chapters, because its route was supposed to wind through the southern tip of Manhattan.

Free flu shots offered to veterans

Free flu shots for enrolled veterans will be available at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, beginning Thursday.

The walk-in flu shot clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday in Room 120E.

Veterans event planned in Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga Veterans Affairs Committee will sponsor a ceremony at 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at the All Veterans Monument in Cheektowaga Town Park on Harlem Road.

Participants will line up at the west end of the parking lot near the recreation center at 12:30 p.m. and move to the monument at 12:50 p.m. The monument is near the Gen. Casimer Pulaski Cultural Center.

A reception will follow at Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St.

Canisius open house is all business

The Canisius College Graduate Business Programs will hold an open house for prospective graduate students from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 10 in the Canisius Center at Amherst, 300 Corporate Parkway, Amherst.

Information will be available on the following graduate business programs: masters of business administration, masters of business administration in professional accounting, one-year masters of business administration and masters of science in telecommunications management. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about the programs and meet members of the faculty.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call the graduate business programs at 888-2140 or e-mail at

Weinberg Campus open house planned

An informational open house will be held at the Garden House at Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Getzville, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Guests will have an opportunity to tour the facility, a supportive residence for dementia and other frailties, and will receive a complimentary copy of "Managing Nutrition in Dementia Care -- A Guide for the Caregiver," which was created and published by the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York.

Representatives from the association will be on hand to answer questions and concerns on Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Hunt Real Estate will provide information on the Senior Preference Home Sale Program.

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