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Flags to fly again at apartment complex

> THE PROBLEM

Everybody knows of Darwin D. Martin, the Larkin soap executive whose Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Buffalo is being restored.

His son, Darwin R. Martin, was known in his day as the manager of the Hotel Stuyvesant, at 255 Elmwood Ave.

The structure, built in 1920 on the site of an apple orchard, now is the Stuyvesant Apartments, operated by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

Two tall flagpoles once proudly displayed the U.S. and state flags, but that hasn't been the case for about two years, wrote one of its residents, who asked that his name not be used.

"We have tried for two years to have the flags replaced, . . . and the ropes replaced," he e-mailed Fix-It.

"It is a shame with our armed forces on deployment and the tragedy down in the Gulf states that we can't show our colors and support for our great country."

Bob Bukowski, the housing authority's maintenance director, said he was unaware of any pleas from residents about the flags, but he would try to rectify the problem.

The flags aren't a problem, and "the rope and the snaps for the flags have been ordered."

But the housing authority, he added has to use Buffalo Fire Department apparatus to install the ropes.

As soon as the ropes come in, "we will contact the Buffalo Fire Department and ask them to help us schedule the installation," he said.

We're sure the Stuyvesant residents will let us know when the flags are flying again.

> UPDATE

They're on -- then they're off.

That's what's happening with the defective splash pool lights in Martin Luther King Jr. Park, a problem that was first described in Fix-It on Sept. 3.

Sam Herbert, a park advocate running for County Legislature, says all of the pool lights worked on one recent night, but only a handful were on the following night.

Erie County Parks Commissioner Andy Sedita said City of Buffalo electricians have been trying to determine why the lights go out after being repaired.

"They've been out there every day trying to fix the problem," he said.

"They get them working, and something happens to short them out."

Sedita said his department will continue to seek the cause of the short -- and we will continue to provide updates on their progress.

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