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>Tapestry Charter School wins regional math competition

Tapestry Charter School won the 2009 MATHCOUNTS regional competition over the weekend.
Five Tapestry team members will continue on to the New York State competition next month in Albany. The top school from each state competes in the MATHCOUNTS Nationals in Orlando, Fla. In addition to the first-place win for the Tapestry team, Tapestry eighth-grader Eliza Feero finished first overall.

MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement.

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>Grant will help foundation build environmental Web site

The Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo received a $188,000 three-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to build WNY Green Table, a virtual meeting space for the local environmental community.

The Community Foundation will fully match the award with its own discretionary grant funding.

WNY Green Table will use on-line discussion groups, resource directories, event calendars and job/volunteer/advocacy postings to provide information, interactive communication, networking and collective problem solving. It will also feature a community "pledge wall" to engage citizens in a commitment to creating a greener Western New York.

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>St. Joe's jazz band picked to perform at Disney World

St. Joseph Collegiate Institute's Jazz Lab Band is headed to Disney World.

The band is one of about 30 ensembles from around the country selected to participate in the first Disney Jazz celebration being held at the Orlando, Fla., amusement park from Feb. 19 to 21.

Jazz Lab Band director Russell Ownerse and his troupe of 31 musicians will perform at Disney World's Hollywood Studios Premier Theater and also meet with several iconic jazz musicians, including legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

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