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>Baker Victory teens will staff new diner

A new diner employing the skills of teenagers from Baker Victory Services will be open Fridays at the Ismailia Temple, beginning this Friday.

The temple, at 1600 Southwestern Blvd. in West Seneca, recently contracted with Baker Victory Services to operate its dining facilities. At the "Shriner Diner," those participating in Baker Victory Services' WAY (Work Appreciation for Youth) Program will prepare and serve all the meals.

The participants, residents of Baker Victory Services, have overcome emotional and behavioral challenges and are focused on learning the value of education and work, while developing skills for future jobs. The diner will be open to the public from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Fridays, with full-service dining. A children's menu also is available.


>Ads challenge residents to improve their health

An advertising campaign will challenge residents of Buffalo's East Side and Lower West Side to take charge of their own health.

The Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center says its "New LifeBeat" campaign targets the high incidence of chronic disease in those communities.

The campaign also is meant to stir young adults into considering careers as medical professionals.

It carries four core messages: challenge yourself, do something new, cook (and eat) healthier and honor traditions.


>Poloncarz taking oath as new comptroller

Incoming Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz will be sworn in at 2 p.m. today in the ceremonial courtroom on the second floor of Old County Hall.

Poloncarz, a Democrat, will take over for James Hartman, the interim comptroller who replaced Nancy Naples when she resigned in June.

Hartman will take a job in the Giambra administration.


>Town Board schedules reorganization meeting

PORTER -- Supervisor Merton K. Wiepert will begin serving his third consecutive four-year term after a swearing-in ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday in Town Hall, 3265 Creek Road.

Nancy J. Orsi, a former Planning Board member, will join the Town Board, and Councilman Thomas A. Baia will be sworn in for a second four-year term.


>Jan. 2 closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the New Year's holiday.

City Court .... Closed

County courts .... Closed

State courts .... Closed

Federal courts .... Closed

City offices .... Closed

County offices .... Closed

State offices .... Closed

Federal offices .... Closed

Post Office .... Closed

Schools .... Closed

Banks .... Closed

Most stores .... Open

Metro Bus, Rail .... Sunday service

City garbage .... Regular

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