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>Hearing set tonight on Wal-Mart proposal

LOCKPORT -- The Town of Lockport Planning Board will hold a public hearing tonight at 7 on the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter on the site of Lockport Mall.

The hearing, in Town Hall at 6560 Dysinger Road, will focus on the draft environmental impact statement Wal-Mart submitted in January for the 185,000-square-foot store.

Most of the nearly vacant mall on South Transit Road would be demolished. The current Wal-Mart, a quarter-mile to the south, would be swapped with General Growth, the mall's owner, for another commercial use.

The Planning Board is not expected to vote on the impact statement at least until June, town officials said. Two periods for written public comment will precede the vote, but tonight's public hearing is the last scheduled.

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>Slaughter is speaker for HOME dinner

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, will be the keynote speaker April 11 at the 43rd annual meeting of Housing Opportunities Made Equal.

The theme of this year's event is "HOME: The New Face of Civil Rights." It begins at 5:30 p.m., in the Buffalo Convention Center, with a reception and dinner, followed by Slaughter's address.

A brief business meeting will follow, during which awards will be presented, and officers and board members elected.

The Sarah G. Metzger Human Rights Award will be presented to U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin, perhaps best known for his order to desegregate Buffalo Public Schools. He also played an important role in the settlement of a court case alleging discrimination in public housing.

Ticket prices begin at $40. Call HOME at 854-1400 for more information.

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