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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

>Storm recovery fund disburses $31,490

A special fund created to assist nonprofit human services and arts and cultural groups in the aftermath of the October storm disbursed $31,490 to 19 organizations.

Fifteen human services agencies received $23,490 to cover costs incurred for emergency shelter, transportation of food to homebound individuals, tree removal, emergency repairs and lost revenues. The groups are: Autistic Services, Benedict House, Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo, Child & Family Services, Delevan Grider Community Center Fruit Belt United, Gateway Longview, Heritage Centers, Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, Response to Love Center, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, United Church Manor, University Heights CDA and Western New York AmeriCorps.

The rest was distributed among four cultural groups -- the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Lancaster Opera House, MusicalFare Theatre and the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park -- that lost revenues during the storm.

The October 13th Storm Recovery Fund was created jointly by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, with support from Erie County and the City of Buffalo. The fund relied on gifts from the community.

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>Oishei gives $53,500 to early childhood center

The Early Childhood Direction Center of Women and Children's Hospital has received a $53,500 grant for its operations during the coming year from the John R. Oishei Foundation.

The center helps families of children under the age of 5 with special needs. The program offers support, information, referral and technical help for child care providers, school districts and other professional assistance.

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>Buffalo summer jobs for youth available

Applications for the 2007 Buffalo Summer Youth Employment Program are available for income-eligible city residents between 14 and 20 and still attending high school.

Applications can be picked up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center, 77 Goodell St.

Youths must be 14 years old by May 31 to be eligible for the program.

For more information, call 856-8139, Ext. 3102.

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