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>Thruway Authority offers New Year's coffee, tea

The State Thruway Authority will once again offer free coffee and tea to all motorists traveling during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

The free beverages will be provided at all 27 travel plazas throughout the state from 11 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday.

The authority has offered this service for more than 40 years.

"Holidays are always busy travel times, and motorists are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings, stay alert and take frequent breaks, especially on New Year's Eve," said Michael R. Fleischer, Thruway Authority executive director.

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>Chamber will be host of job fair and expo

The Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce will host its annual job fair and expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 in Walden Galleria.

More than 45 employers will participate. Corporate sponsors include Evans National Bank, Burger King, Casino Career Training Center of Buffalo, Citizens Bank, Northwest Savings Bank, Rosina Food Products, WNYJobs.com, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services and HSBC Bank. Walden Galleria is sponsoring the event.

Job-seekers should come prepared with a supply of resumes and their own "one-minute commercial" describing who they are, what they've accomplished and what type of work they're looking for, according to Debra S. Liegl, president of the Chamber of Commerce.

A complete listing of participating employers can be found on the Chamber's Web site, www.cheektowaga.org. For more information or to register as an employer, call the Chamber at 684-5838.

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>Zoo to close Mondays, Tuesdays for 2 months

The Buffalo Zoo will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays for the next two months, zoo officials announced Thursday.

The five-day-a-week schedule will continue until the end of February. The zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, regardless of the weather. The grounds remain open for an hour after the gates close.

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>Stop Smoking Clinic will begin Thursday

Is breaking the cigarette habit one of your New Year's resolutions? Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Stop Smoking Clinic is ready to help.

The clinic will guide smokers through the quitting process in three weekly sessions and will provide a free two-week supply of nicotine patches to ease the transition.

Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting Thursday in Roswell Park's Research Studies Center, Elm and Carlton streets. The $10 fee for the clinic is covered by the major HMO plans. Registration is limited. To sign up, call 845-8046.

Those who can't attend can get information on how to stop smoking by calling the New York State Smokers' Quit Line toll-free at (866) NY-QUITS.

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