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Niagara sheriff gets grant to fight predators

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Niagara County Sheriff's Office nearly $500,000 to help local authorities find, arrest and prosecute child sexual predators, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., announced Friday.

The finances were awarded through the Child Sexual Predator Program in the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

"This funding is a critical step in helping to provide the Niagara County Sheriff's[Office] with the tools and resources they need to continue to protect our children from sexual predators," Clinton said.


Botanical Gardens accepting reservations

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The director of the North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation, Parks and Senior Citizens is accepting reservations for use of the Botanical Gardens starting Wednesday.

The office, located at 500 Wheatfield St., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

City residents may reserve use of the gardens for events such as weddings or photo opportunities for a fee of $20 per hour, and nonresidents can reserve use of the space for $40 an hour. The gardens are located at 1825 Sweeney St.


Foundation accepting grant applications

The Niagara Area Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations serving Niagara County.

Grant requirements and guidelines can be found online at

To qualify for consideration for this 2008 competitive grant cycle, applications must be received by by Oct. 20 and seek no more than $20,000. Only nonprofits in Niagara County are eligible.

Completed applications should be sent to: Niagara Area Foundation, c/o the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Attn: Johnna Mauro, 712 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

The Niagara Foundation was established in 2000 by community leaders who wanted to support long-term philanthropy.

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