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Developers of subdivision told to redraw proposal

LOCKPORT -- The Town of Lockport Planning Board last week directed the developers of a 71-lot residential subdivision to go back to the drawing board.

The Clark/Sparks subdivision, to be located between Lincoln Avenue and Old English Road, is to be redrawn to have two cluster developments of small lots on either end of the 67-acre lot, Building Inspector Brian Belson said. The original plan called for a cluster at the east end and larger lots elsewhere, but the board rejected the notion of having drainage ponds in some backyards. Now, they will be in the center of the parcel, Belson said.

The board approved the site plan for the second phase of the Pinegrove Estates senior housing project on Bowmiller Road, but Belson said the developer's appeal for an exemption from the town's $800-per-lot recreation fee will have to be acted upon by the Town Board, if Briody Health Care Facility, the owners, pursue such a request.

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Outreach sessions set on home energy assistance

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Niagara County Social Services Department employees will hold outreach sessions every Wednesday for the remainder of the cold weather season to help eligible residents sign up for assistance in paying their heating bills.

County Legislator Peter E. Smolinski, R-North Tonawanda, announced that the sessions for the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., starting this week, in the YWCA of the Tonawandas, 49 Tremont St.

Those interested in learning more about HEAP also may call the Social Services Department at 439-7744 or visit its offices at 20 East Ave., Lockport, and 301 10th St., Niagara Falls.

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Cell phone collection targets domestic violence prevention

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The Niagara County Democratic Party is sponsoring a used cell phone collection Saturday to benefit the Niagara County Sheriff's Office's Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

The phones will be reprogrammed to enable victims to dial 911. Donors are urged to have their cell service deactivated and erase all personal information before donating a phone.

Drop-off sites will be: United Auto Workers Hall, Walnut and Vine streets, Lockport; Tops Market, 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls; Johnny's Bike Shop, Payne Avenue and Jackson Street, North Tonawanda; and the American Legion hall, 2565 Ward Road, Wheatfield. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. except at Tops, where the drop-off will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Roswell Park receives $10.2 million research grant

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year $10.2 million grant to Roswell Park Cancer Institute to support its photodynamic therapy research.

Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, which was developed at Roswell Park, uses red laser light to trigger a photosensitizing drug that collects in tumor cells. When activated by the laser, the drug kills the cancer cells.

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