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>Author to speak Thursday on internment novel

LEWISTON -- Author Julie Otsuka will speak Thursday night as part of Niagara University's Niagara Reads series, a summer reading program for first-year students.

Otsuka, who wrote "When the Emperor Was Divine," will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the upper level of the Gallagher Center. The event is free and open to the public. A book-signing will follow.

Otsuka's novel details the experience of a Japanese-American family forced to live in an internment camp during World War II.

For information on Niagara Reads events, go to


>Neighborhood Watch is focus of mayor's event

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Mayor Lawrence V. Soos will host a "Take Back the Neighborhood" meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in City Hall, 216 Payne Ave.

Information about how to form a Neighborhood Watch group will be available, as well as access to representatives of the Police Department and the city's Property Maintenance Task Force.

For information, call the mayor's office at 695-8540.

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