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WILLIAM STREET RAMP TO CLOSE FRIDAY NIGHT

Beginning Friday night, the westbound ramp of Thruway Exit 52A -- William Street -- will be closed temporarily for reconstruction, the Thruway Authority announced Monday.

The closure is effective at 8 p.m. Friday until noon Saturday, when crews will widen the off-ramp to two lanes, finish pavement resurfacing, reshape drainage ditches and stripe the lanes.

Oak Grove Construction of Elma will perform the work. This is the second season of a $7 million pavement resurfacing project between the Williamsville toll barrier and Interchange 53 -- downtown Buffalo.

FOUR GROUPS GET FUNDS TO FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE

Four area organizations will receive federal grants under a U.S. Justice Department program designed to help reduce gun violence, U.S. Attorney Michael A. Battle said Monday.

Battle said the Erie County Probation Department will receive $140,479, the University at Buffalo's University Community Initiative program $50,000, the Madd Dads Club of Greater Buffalo $27,385 and the Dunkirk Boys and Girls Club $16,728.

The funding comes from a Justice Department program called "Reducing Gun Violence: Project Safe Neighborhoods."

NFTA LOOKING FOR WAYS TO FUND AIRPORT PROJECT

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's board of commissioners held a strategy session Monday on how to fund a $23 million replacement terminal at Niagara Falls International Airport.

Commissioners met with lobbyist Susan Lent of Akin Gump to talk about possible funding sources and ways to attract community support for the project.

"We believe the Niagara Falls community is in favor of making key improvements at the airport, but we need to get our message out to residents and stakeholders to create a united front to support the project," said NFTA Executive Director Lawrence Meckler.

Last month, the authority approved a $1.4 million contract to move the project into the design phase. As yet, the project has not received pledges of local, state, federal or private funds.

WAR CRIMES TRANSLATOR WILL SPEAK MONDAY

JAMESTOWN -- Richard W. Sonnenfeldt, the chief interpreter for the U.S. prosecution at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, will appear at both Chautauqua Institution and the Robert H. Jackson Center.

Born in Berlin, Sonnenfeldt moved to the United States and became an American citizen at age 20. An Army veteran of World War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the conquest of Germany.

At the conclusion of the war, he was named chief interpreter for the U.S. prosecution during the war crimes tribunals in 1945.

Sonnenfeldt will speak at 4 p.m. Monday in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua. Afterward, he will appear at a reception and dinner honoring Robert H. Jackson Society members, a group that provides operating gifts to the Jackson Center of $500 or more per year.

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