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Buffalo to give away free smoke detectors

The City of Buffalo will give away free smoke detectors and batteries for them at a series of five open houses at designated firehouses in conjunction with Fire Prevention Month, Mayor Byron W. Brown said. Supplies are limited, and detectors will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open houses Friday will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Engine 2, 376 Virginia St. at Elmwood Avenue; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Engine 28, 1170 E. Lovejoy St. at Gold Street; and noon to 1:30 p.m. at Engine 22, 1528 Broadway at Wick Street.

Open houses Nov. 1 will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Engine 34, 2837 Main St. at Mercer Avenue; and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Engine 26, 703 Tonawanda St. at Progressive Avenue.

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Lane restrictions to slow traffic on Grand Island

Allow a little extra time for getting across Grand Island during the late morning and midday hours today and Friday.

The state Department of Transportation reports that, due to pavement-marking work, there will be lane restrictions all along the northbound and southbound I-190 between the North Grand Island Bridge toll plaza and the South Bridge toll plaza from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. All ramps onto the I-190 on Grand Island also will be reduced to a single lane.

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Buffalo Blue Bicycle schedules fundraiser

Buffalo Blue Bicycle, a community bike-lending program, will hold a fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today in Campieri's Gourmet Pizzeria, 888 Main St.

Blue Bicycle is raising money to buy rings to be placed on existing meter poles to create additional bicycle parking. Atlas Steel has agree to make and install the rings at cost.

The party will also serve as the launching of Flying Bison Brewery's new "Rusty Chain" beer, an amber ale, that will be available in 20 local restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from the beer sales will go toward bike racks, signs, lanes and other cyclist-friendly amenities.

The event will include a silent auction, along with food and beer.

Admission is $20. The first 100 people will also get a membership to Bicycle Benefits.

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