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>$10.6 million approved by FEMA for disaster aid

Almost $10.6 million in disaster aid has been approved for residents and business owners affected by the October snowstorm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported Friday.

The deadline to register for FEMA assistance is Dec. 23.

Call (800) 621-3362. For those who are hearing or speech impaired, the text telephone number is (800) 462-7585.

More than 19,000 residents of Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans counties have applied for disaster assistance in the wake of the Oct. 12-13 storm that caused extensive damage and power outages.

Almost $6.4 million in federal and state grants have been approved through the Individuals and Households Program that covers, among other things, repairing disaster-damaged, uninsured homes.

In addition, more than $4.2 million in low-interest federal Small Business Administration loans also have been approved; applications were issued to 12,012 homeowners and renters, and 2,029 businesses. The SBA application deadlines are Dec. 26 for physical damage and July 24, 2007, for economic injury.

Today is the final day of operations at the Disaster Recovery Center in the Town of Tonawanda. It is in the Brighton Golf Club, 70 Brompton Road, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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>Senior community gets state grant of $65,588

A senior community in Cheektowaga has been awarded a grant of $65,588 from the state Department of Health, it was announced Friday.

Peregrine's Landing is the recipient of a grant from the Enhancing Abilities in Life Experience [ENABLE] program, which was established to motivate operators of such communities to develop different programs to address their residents' needs.

According to officials at the facility, the grant will be used for exercise equipment for frail seniors, a cultural club offering virtual tours of foreign countries, as well as guest speakers, special events and a program for memory care.

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>Dec. 18 is last day to apply for free turkeys

Applications for free Christmas turkeys will be accepted through Dec. 18 from eligible residents of Buffalo's University District.

Proof of residency in the University District is required, as is proof of income and the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of everyone living in the household.

Only one application per household will be accepted, and the person filling out the application -- which must be done on site -- has to provide photo identification.

Applications will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Kensington/Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services, 995 Kensington Ave. For information, contact the office of University Council Member Bonnie E. Russell at 851-5165.

Those whose applications are approved will be notified by phone on Dec. 19. Photo identification will be required at time of pickup.

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