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Web site to promote regional carpooling

Regional transportation officials have begun a Web site that will make it easier for those wanting to carpool to find possible partners.

At Goodgoingwny.com, people can list their origin and destination and be presented with contacts for people who might be interested in sharing the ride.

The Greater Buffalo Regional Transportation Council would like to see if they can help reduce the number of people in Western New York who drive to work alone, which is now at 82 percent.

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Old Home Week events to include tours, fair

This year's "Buffalo Old Home Week" marks the 100th anniversary of the annual event. Events from July 1 to 8 will include six neighborhood tours, a career fair, kids day at the zoo and Sunday brunch on the waterfront.

Organizers will also reprint and sell copies of the original 1907 program, and make postcards from that year available online for use in inviting people to consider moving to Buffalo.

"With Buffalo Old Home Week, we hope to change people's perceptions by opening their eyes to all that is great about Buffalo," said Marti Gorman, co-director of this year's events.

Sponsors include Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors, Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Buffalo News, Cimenelli Development and Buffalo Rising.

For more information, call 903-7155, or e-mail marti@buffoldhome.com.

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Holocaust hero is topic at interfaith ceremony

The president of St. Bonaventure University will share her memories of a World War II hero during an interfaith Holocaust commemoration ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.

Sister Margaret Carney will talk about Don Aldo Brunacci, a priest of the Diocese of Assisi in Italy, who assisted in the rescue of more than 200 Jewish refugees during World War II. Brunacci died Feb. 1 in Assisi at age 92.

Carney befriended Brunacci while she was a student in Italy, and twice before brought him to St. Bonaventure for events promoting Christian-Jewish dialogue on the Holocaust.

The commemoration honors both those who lost their lives and those who tried to save lives during the Nazi's reign of terror.

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Service groups invited to community event

Community services organizations that wish to set up informational table displays at the Erie County Children's Mental Health Awareness Day luncheon on May 8 are being urged to act quickly.

The event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Buffalo Convention Center, will provide opportunities for socializing and networking between members of different community agencies, according to its organizers.

Groups seeking to participate should contact Deborah A. Porter, social marketing coordinator for the Family Voices Network of Erie County at 898-6134, or by e-mail at dporter@buffalo.edu.

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