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Homeowners want to buy vacant lot from city

LOCKPORT -- The city is seeking state permission to sell a small lot on Corinthia Street, adjoining Outwater Park, to its next door neighbors.

The Common Council Wednesday authorized adding the lot, No. 63, to its request for permission to sell park land. In October, the city initiated a request to sell three acres of Kibler Park on Elmwood Avenue, where a developer wants to build several homes.

Alderman Scott A. Cercone, R-3rd Ward, said the neighbors of lot 63, Michael and Cecilia Fura, want to build a garage. The city bought the lot in 1968 but never developed it for park use.

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Class on watercolors starts on Jan. 7

LEWISTON -- Artist Michael McMahon of Youngstown will teach a class on watercolors from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on six consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan. 7 at the Red Brick School, North Fourth and Onondaga streets.

Cost is $70, including supplies; $60 for students bringing their own supplies. A non-refundable $40 deposit is due at the time of registration; the remainder is due, the night of the first class.

To register, and for more information, contact the Lewiston Receration Department at 754-1990.

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Town may restrict sex offenders' residence

Convicted sex offenders living in Cheektowaga would have to live more than 1,500 feet from a school, park, playground or day care center under legislation being considered by the Town Board.

The board wants to prevent sex offenders from living near areas where children regularly meet and congregate.

The residence would be exempted if it has been assigned by a supervised release program providing close supervision of the offender's daily activities. Also, no one would have to move if his or her residency was established before the local law was enacted.

A public hearing will be conducted by the board at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 during the Town Board meeting.

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Uniforms, supplies delivered to pupils

More than $5,000 worth of school uniforms, sweat shirts, mittens, school supplies and books were delivered to needy seventh-grade pupils at Buffalo's Harriet Ross Tubman School 31 on Wednesday, culminating a campaign for donations started by Joseph Curatolo, president of Georgetown Capital Group, a financial services firm in Williamsville.

Curatolo was inspired to start the drive after speaking with Sean Curran, one of the teachers at the school.

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