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>NCCC Foundation sets $2.5 million fund goal

SANBORN -- The Niagara County Community College Foundation has announced a goal of $2.5 million for its major gifts campaign, Touching Lives, Building Futures.

Public solicitations will ramp up in the next several months, culminating with a "victory celebration" June 28. Solicitations in the "quiet phase" of the campaign -- including the employees of the college, trustees of the college and its foundation, local foundations and targeted community members -- already yielded more than $2 million in pledges and donations, the foundation announced last week.

The largest gift received was a $1 million pledge payable over five years from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation.

The Niagara County Community College Foundation, established in 1987 as a nonprofit corporation, supports the college by securing additional resources.

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>Coppola seeks legislation to create housing court

Democratic State Sen. Marc Coppola Sunday announced he will sponsor legislation to establish a housing court with Niagara Falls City Court.

Democratic Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte and Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello were on hand for the announcement, as were Roger Spurback and Norma Higgs, of the Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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>$500 scholarship offered by business association

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- The Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association is offering a $500 scholarship to a 2006 high school graduate planning to attend college in the fall.

The graduate must be a town resident or have an immediate family member who is a town business owner.

For more information or a scholarship application, students can contact their high school counselors or call Michael R. Goodlander, scholarship committee chairman, at Otto Redanz Funeral Home, 297-9007. Applications must be received by April 24.

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