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City readies its second New Year's Eve bash

LOCKPORT -- Local rock band Liquid Forest will perform at "Rockin' the Locks," the city's second annual New Year's Eve party, starting at 10 p.m. Saturday in the City Hall parking lot, Main and Cottage streets.

Richard Hoose, chairman of the city Celebrations and Events Committee, said Clark Rigging and Rentals will supply a crane and a ball for a midnight ball drop.

Hot food and drinks will be sold by vendors, including Mrs. Ribs, Phat-Dog Concessions, Dogs a la Cart and Amazon Vending. Alcohol is banned from the event.

Hoose said police will be prepared to block traffic on Main and Cottage streets if the crowd grows large enough. Last year's hastily organized event drew several-hundred people.

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Grant to aid homeless, domestic violence efforts

The YWCA of the Tonawandas and Niagara Frontier will receive $120,348 from the federal government for housing and support services for domestic violence victims, it was announced Thursday.

The money is coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care supportive housing program, according to Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence.

Grant monies will go toward services and operational expenses at Carrel Transitional House, a two-family home in the City of Tonawanda for former victims of domestic violence and their children.

Also on Thursday, Reynolds announced that Rural Opportunities Inc. will receive $65,450 from HUD for housing and support services for the poor in Orleans County.

That funding will go to Visions Transitional Housing, a nine-unit, low-income apartment complex in Albion for homeless individuals and families.

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