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Court Law Library to host three lunch-hour speakers

The staff of the State Supreme Court Law Library will host lunch-hour speaker programs Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16 in the old UB Law School at 77 W. Eagle St.

Jeannine A. Lee, senior law librarian, said coffee and tea will be provided for each of the sessions, beginning with a Sept. 28 talk by Dr. Stephen Wear on "Living Wills and Health Care Proxies in New York State."

Wear, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo Medical School, will discuss unique challenges facing health care providers, patients and families.

On Oct. 26, retired State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Gerace will discuss summary jury trials -- proceedings limited to about one day.

On Nov. 16, Buffalo City Judge Sharon LoVallo, who served as a domestic violence prosecutor in the Erie County district attorney's office, will discuss domestic violence issues.

The free programs get under way at 12:15 p.m. and last about one hour.

To register in advance, call Lee at 845-9400 or e-mail sclbuff@courts.state.ny.us.

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Town weighs allowing more offices in homes

Cheektowaga is considering allowing home offices in all residential districts, to help those who work using home computers.

"We're trying to offer a definition of home office," said Zoning Officer Daniel Ulatowski. "Right now, technically, that's unlawful."

A public hearing on the proposed change will take place at today's Town Board meeting at 6:45 p.m.

An amendment to the zoning code would allow home offices without special-use permits if they do not exceed 15 percent of the ground floor area of the home. It would allow a business "which is clerical in nature and does not require the exchange of tangible goods within the residence or the receiving of employees or clients at the residence."

Eligible activities include data processing, telecommuting, billing and scheduling services. It would not include auto or small engine repair, beauty salon or deer processing.

"We're trying to make it more liberal to recognize technology," Ulatowski said.

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Dentist picked to head NCCC Foundation board

SANBORN -- Dr. Paul Churder of North Tonawanda has been elected chairman of the Niagara County Community College Foundation for 2005-06.

Churder, a 1975 graduate of NCCC, is a dentist. He also was recently elected to the NCCC Athletic Wall of Fame.

Also elected to the foundation board were Deborah A. Brewer, first vice chairwoman; Peter I. Certo, second vice chairman; Frank J. Polino, treasurer; and Norman W. Sinclair, secretary.

Certo is a 1973 graduate of NCCC and is president of Certo Brothers Distributing. Brewer is a vice president with Key Bank; Polino is senior vice president and CIO with First Niagara Financial Group. Sinclair is retired.

The NCCC Foundation recently kicked off a major gifts campaign that brought a $1 million endowment to the college from the Grigg Lewis Foundation. State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, and his wife, Beverly, are heading the campaign.

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