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New parking lot planned for ECC South auto bureau

Erie County will pave a new parking lot at the Erie Community College South Campus in Orchard Park to serve the County Auto Bureau there.

At the request of County Clerk Kathy Hochul, the college has agred to devote some land for 38 more spaces plus a sidewalk to serve the busy auto bureau. The Legislature on Thursday agreed to commit up to $50,000 for the project. The work should begin by late this year.

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$7 million will be used to fight homelessness

Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda will get more than $7 million in federal funds to help prevent people from becoming homeless.

The money is part of $300 million awarded nationwide by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The grants will be used for short-term financial aid for people in danger of becoming homeless due to an economic crisis -- including rental assistance for up to three months, security deposit aid, utility deposits and payments, assistance with moving costs and hotel vouchers.

The Town of Tonawanda is slated to receive $772,574, and Buffalo will get $6.6 million.

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Filmmaker puts focus on independent bookstores

Filmmaker Yuichiro Yamada will present two documentary films about Buffalo at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave.

"Just Browsing" is about independent bookstores in Buffalo and the people who visit them. "Irreplaceable" documents the last days of the New World Record store. For more information, call 837-8554.

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Free solar energy workshop offered to science teachers

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will conduct a solar energy workshop for middle and high school science and technology teachers in fifth through 12th grades from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lancaster High School.

The free workshop, which includes six professional development hours, will focus on solar electric energy, or photovoltaics. Teachers will receive a kit to build a model solar car and other instructional materials. They also will learn how to use live solar and weather data being collected in 50 schools across the state.

For more information, visit the Web site, www.GetEnergySmart.org.3

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