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School Board adds administrative post

The Alden School Board voted Wednesday to add a new position to the district's administration team in the coming school year and also hired a new athletic director.

Frank Rizzo will be the district's new director of institutional information and technology/chief information officer. He had held a similar position in the East Aurora district.

The new position combines several tasks that were contracted out to BOCES, said Superintendent Lynn Marie Fusco.

"He will be responsible for all the technology in the school district, servers and equipment," Fusco said. "Also he will be responsible for how technology is used in teaching instruction."

Kevin Davenport, who has been athletic director at the Westfield School District in Chautauqua County, will join the district immediately as the new athletic director. The position was left vacant when Amy D'Amato resigned, citing personal reasons.

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Conference room dedicated to Sister Karen Klimczak

Sister Karen Klimczak, the activist nun killed in 2006 inside the halfway house she founded, was honored posthumously Tuesday by the New York State Division of Parole, which dedicated a conference room in her name.

The room inside the Parole Division's Buffalo regional office at 279 Pearl St. now includes a plaque with a dove symbol. Sister Karen often used the symbol in her constant efforts to promote nonviolence.

The plaque reads: "Dedicated to the Memory of Sister Karen Klimczak. She devoted her life to helping the less fortunate; she was committed to the cause of nonviolence; she touched us all with her friendship and loyalty. She left us 'Peaceprints.' "

George B. Alexander, New York State parole chairman and CEO, said the Division of Parole wanted to make sure Sister Karen's example remained fresh in the minds of parolees and parole officers.

"We hope that through this small gesture, we can continue Sister Karen's noble work and ensure her dedication to helping ex-convicts re-enter society will not be forgotten," Alexander said.

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Comedy club to host benefit for Reed

A Niagara Falls comedy club is hosting a benefit Friday and Saturday for injured Buffalo Firefighter Mark Reed. Fire Commissioner Michael S. Lombardo and other department officials are expected to attend.

The "Mark Reed Comedy Benefit" will be held at Fatboys Comedy Clubs, 441 Third St., for four shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The show will feature Tim Joyce, a Chicago comedian who is originally from South Buffalo. Joyce is a Second City trained improvisational actor and has appeared in Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

Reservations can be made by going online at www.fatboyscomedyclubs.com, or by calling 205-0808.

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