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>Woods running unopposed to retain justice post

The Village of Alden will hold its annual elections Tuesday, but only Judge Robert Woods will appear on the ballot, as he runs unopposed for the position of village justice.
Woods, who is running under the Citizen's Party banner, is seeking his third four-year term of office. The election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. in Alden Village Hall, 13336 Broadway.

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>As costs rise, review of budget lines begins

The Maryvale School Board has begun a review of budget lines for the district's 2006-07 spending plan.

School Superintendent Gary L. Brader said administrative costs are estimated to go up by roughly $80,000, to about $3.3 million, because of the addition of one clerical position and the contractual increases in salaries and benefits. Capital expenses also are projected to go up by roughly $140,000, to about $5 million.

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>Freedom Bowl raises funds for refugee shelter

Vive Inc., a world refugee organization, held its third annual Freedom Bowl on Sunday, raising funds to help sustain La Casa Refugee Shelter on Wyoming Avenue in Buffalo.

The $50-per-person event included a dinner of ethnic dishes served on stoneware "Freedom Bowls" made by artists from the Buffalo Clayart Center.

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