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Area college leaders discuss security issues

Leaders from local colleges and universities met Friday to discuss strategies to increase security, communication and counseling services on campuses, in the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech University.

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, organized the round-table discussion Friday afternoon in the Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center on Broadway, where the participants discussed effective policies and government resources that can help strengthen campus security.

"It was a productive discussion that touched upon a number of important security challenges that Western New York colleges are facing," Reynolds said in a prepared statement. "One overarching issue is how we enhance communication -- communication during a crisis; communication between counselors, students and parents; communication among colleges law enforcement officials and government agencies."

Participants included college presidents, vice presidents and campus safety directors from Niagara County Community College, Niagara University, Erie Community College, Canisius College, Hilbert College, Medaille College, Trocaire College, Buffalo State College and Fredonia State College, as well as Amherst police and the Erie and Niagara county sheriff's offices.

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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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Drive-in to remain but show no movies

The Grandview Drive-In will remain standing for at least one more season, although no movies will be shown on the Town of Evans screen.

Property owner Ed Carbeck and the Friends of the Grandview reached an agreement Friday to let the screen stand until environmental review on the property has been completed. The review is required for a proposal to demolish the drive-in and erect a Wal-Mart Supercenter at Lake Street and Erie Road, just outside the Angola village limits.

"We all met, and we resolved it," said David Seeger, the lawyer for Friends of the Grandview.

A temporary restraining order to prevent demolition was vacated Thursday, and Seeger said he returned to court Friday intending to request another, which would have included the Town of Evans. But Gabriel Ferber, Carbeck's attorney, said Thursday that actions were unnecessary because his client intended to wait until the environmental review was completed before knocking down the screen.

Seeger said the theater is expected to remain dormant this summer. The environmental review is expected to take at least through the fall.

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