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Old Home Week plans Career Fair today

Now that organizers of Buffalo Old Home Week have lured former residents back to the area and reminded them of the good things about living here, they plan to top it off with the possibility of something that will make them stick around -- a job.

A Career Fair and Entrepreneurial Seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, with about 60 companies present. Joining them will be speakers from several new operations in the area who will talk about how to get started doing business here. Admission is free.

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Bus service expanded for the Taste of Buffalo

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will expand service this weekend to accommodate riders traveling downtown to the Taste of Buffalo.

The NFTA will add cars to metro Rail on Saturday, with trains departing about every 15 to 20 minutes.

Beginning at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, trains will depart Erie Canal Harbor Station and University Stations approximately every 20 minutes. The NFTA will also extend rail service and the last outbound train will leave Erie Canal Harbor Station at 8 p.m., instead of its usual 6:10 p.m.

To prepare for the festival, volunteer crews today will begin closing Delaware Avenue to traffic from Chippewa Street, south to Niagara Square. While outbound traffic will be allowed to leave the area, inbound traffic not related to the Taste of Buffalo will not be allowed along that stretch of Delaware Avenue.

The Taste of Buffalo runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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Control board to meet today at ECC City Campus

The Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority meets at 2 p.m. today in the auditorium at Erie Community College's City Campus.

The control board reviews county government contracts worth $50,000 or more and has contracts to review.

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Head of Buffalo ReUse gets $60,000 fellowship

Michael Gainer of Buffalo ReUse has been awarded a two-year, $60,000 fellowship with the Echoing Green Foundation. The licensed home improvement contractor was among more than 1,000 applicants and 33 finalists.

Gainer co-founded the nonprofit Buffalo ReUse to salvage building materials from damaged Buffalo homes and serves as executive director.

The award boosts Buffalo ReUse's fundraising for 2007 to more than $250,000.

"The spark for this organization really came from the desire to build a youth-training program in the City of Buffalo," Gainer said in a statement. "We want to funnel our resources back into the community in the form of good jobs, a strategic plan for green space and neighborhood gardens and playgrounds."

The 20-year-old Echoing Green Foundation seeks to fund "social entrepreneurs and their organizations [who] work to address deeply rooted social, economic and political inequities."

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