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>Meeting on Aging Issues will be held Friday

The Network in Aging of Western New York is hosting the group's 10th annual Town Hall Meeting on Aging Issues from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway.

Among those participating will be Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz D-Bronx, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Aging, and Cathy Bern-Smith, policy director for State Sen. Ruben Diaz Jr., D-Bronx, who is chairman of the State Senate Committee on Aging.

The meeting will allow members of local aging services providers to ask questions about issues of concern to the aging and the people who serve them, including how the proposed 2009-2010 state budget will affect their organizations and the people they serve.

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>Meeting to focus on aiding domestic violence victims

The beheading of an Orchard Park woman last week, allegedly by her husband, has given new urgency to a previously scheduled meeting to press for more aid for domestic violence victims.

Officials of the Family Justice Center of Erie County, which assists domestic violence victims, will urge state, federal and local officials for increased funding for such services during a breakfast session at its downtown Buffalo facility Friday.

Members of the Buffalo Common Council, the Erie County and state legislatures and representatives of Gov. David A. Paterson and Rep. Louise Slaughter will be on hand, according to Linda Ray, executive director of the center.

Julie A. Doerr, the center's community relations manager, said "the seriousness of this problem has been demonstrated by the alleged beheading [incident] and we will be discussing how hard times are escalating the problem of domestic violence right here."

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>47th Variety Kids Telethon airs Sunday on Channel 7

The 47th annual Variety Kids Telethon will be broadcast live from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday on WKBW-TV Channel 7 from the grand ballroom of Adam's Mark Hotel in Buffalo.

"Share Your Care" is the theme of the event, which benefits Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and the Robert Warner M.D. Center for Children with Special Needs, as well as other local charities for children.

A remote broadcast, featuring live entertainment, is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. from the lower level of Macy's in Walden Galleria. Here are some of the other satellite events:

Giant auction from 6 to 10 p.m Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in Vigilant Fire Hall, 666 Main St. at Mill Road, West Seneca.

Phone center open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in Wellsville Elks Lodge, 77 E. Pearl St.

Pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department, 496 Main St., Whitesville.

Telethon donations may be made online at http://www.varietykidstelethon.com or by calling 558-7575 in Buffalo; 483-0479 in Jamestown; 213-7852 in Lockport/Niagara Falls; 373-1601 or 373-1610 in Olean/Allegany/Salamanca; or (585) 593-5430 in Wellsville.

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