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>Benefit for Parete set Friday in Club Marcella

A benefit to raise money for Patricia A. Parete, one of two Buffalo police officers shot last week, is scheduled for Friday in Club Marcella, 622 Main St.

Parete, 41, remains in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center after surviving a gunshot wound to her spine. Her family is hoping to raise money to help pay for her rehabilitation, once she is out of the hospital.

Her partner, Carl E. Andolina, suffered less serious injuries and was released last week from the hospital.

At the Club Marcella fundraiser, $25 donations will be taken at the door. The benefit will include an open bar of well drinks, Miller bottled beer and wine from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as a 5 0/5 0 raffle.

Prima Pizza, Sue's Deli and Melanie's Sweets are donating goods for the event, which is being organized by club owner Joey Marcella.

Donations can also be sent to a fund set up by the family: Patricia A. Parete Fund, P.O. Box 682, Kenmore, NY 14217.

Future fundraising events will be listed at a phone number established by the Parete family: 636-1888.

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>Metro Rail extending service Sunday night

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will offer extended Metro Rail service for those attending Kissmass Bash 2006 Sunday night in HSBC Arena. The final outbound train will leave the Erie Canal Harbor Station at 11:30 p.m. and make stops at all stations on the Metro Rail line.

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>Two fire districts to get federal grants

Fire districts in Cheektowaga and West Seneca will receive homeland security grants.

Forks Fire District No. 3 on Broadway in Cheektowaga is in line for $17,000, and West Seneca Fire District 4, also known as East Seneca Volunteer Fire Company, on Lein Road, will receive $74,100.

The announcement was made by Rep. Brian M. Higgins, D-Buffalo.

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>FATHERS hoping to get more donations of toys

Fathers Armed Together to Help Educate, Restore, and Save (FATHERS) is seeking more toy donations for at least 140 families.

The goal is to provide gift baskets to all 460 families that applied this holiday season. However, the organization is short of toys for at least 140 families, said Dorian Gaskins, FATHERS vice president

"We had more families than usual apply," he said.

Anyone who wants to donate new, unwrapped toys can do so at any City of Buffalo fire hall or police station, the FATHERS table on the first floor of Walden Galleria mall, Rural/Metro Medical Services headquarters at 481 William Gaiter Parkway, School 61 at Leroy and Grider streets or the Citizens Preparedness Center, 2318 Main St.

FATHERS' annual holiday party for children and families will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is by invitation only, and the invitations must be presented for admittance.

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