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City homeowner vows to fix pair of zoning violations

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls woman has vowed to correct zoning violations at the property where a 12-year-old Bronx girl was staying last year when she drowned in the Niagara River.

Eva Hedges, 63, said workers are about one-third of the way through with removing a fence built on the property that was taller than the city zoning ordinance allows.

After the drowning on Magdalena Lubowska last summer, she also was cited with having too much of her property covered with structures, another zoning violation. Some of those structures also will be removed, Hedges vowed.

Three sheds and a gazebo sit on the property along with her house.

Hedges must return to court Nov. 16 with remediation completed. She also must answer to charges of zoning violations for operating a bed-and-breakfast in a single-family home on three separate instances, including in August 2008, when Lubowska was in her home.

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Nominations accepted for Alumni Walls of Fame

PENDLETON -- The Starpoint Central School District is accepting nominations through Oct. 7 for the Alumni Walls of Fame.

Nominees for the Academic Wall of Fame and Achievement should have graduated between the years 1958 and 1990. Nominees for the Sports Wall of Fame should have graduated between the years 1958 through 1988.

Nomination applications can be downloaded from the school's Web site at www.starpointcsd.org. Click on "Alumni," then click on "Alumni Wall of Fame Nominations." For more information, call Jane Wilson at 210-2307.

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Panel discussion to address regionalism, downsizing

Government downsizing and consolidation of services will take center stage Wednesday when the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara sponsors a panel, "Government Change: More than Dollars and Cents."

Topics will include downsizing, working toward government efficiency, and the impact of government change on social and economic justice.

Panel members will include: Craig Bucki, an attorney and author who has written about regionalism; and Bruce Fisher, director of Buffalo State College's Center for Economics and Policy Studies.

The forum, which is open to the public, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Harlem Road Community Center auditorium, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.

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