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Five charities to get new donated sweat shirts

NIAGARA FALLS -- Five charitable organizations will receive large donations of new sweat shirts today and Friday from SJ Anderson Graphics and Embroidery in Niagara Falls to distribute to the needy in Niagara County.

About 200 sweat shirts will be given to the Tuscarora Mission in Lewiston and the Salvation Army, Community Mission, Coats for Kids and Hannah House, all in Niagara Falls.

Andrea Tomala, the company's office manager, said the new sweat shirts -- valued at more than $13,000 -- turned up during an early spring cleaning, adding that they "would be more useful if given to people that needed them instead of staying in storage."

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Group seeks nominees for Italian Festival award

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Pine Avenue Business Association is accepting applications for the Cittadini Speciali Award for this year's Italian Festival.

Cittadini Speciali, or special citizens, will be honored Aug. 2 during the festival. To nominate someone, call the association's office at 285-0377. Deadline is April 20.

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Conditioning program planned at high school

SANBORN -- Niagara Wheatfield School District residents will soon get the chance to work out and improve their fitness at Niagara Wheatfield High School, thanks to a new weight conditioning and walking program.

The program, for adults, will start Feb. 23 and include public access to the weight/conditioning room at the school, as well as hallways for those who walk for exercise.

"The weight and conditioning room will be open for public use on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to sign up early," said Delbert Ambrosia, the district's building and grounds director. "The Senior High School main entrance doors, in the circle of the school, will be open every Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for indoor walking by the public."

Participants are required to submit a registration form and obtain an appointment with Ambrosia by calling 215-3221 between 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to get an official identification tag that must be worn while in the school.

Application forms also can be obtained by e-mailing Ambrosia at dambrosia@nwcsd.org or through the district's Web site at www.nwcsd.k12.ny.us.

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