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>Main Street intersections to get crossing aids

NIAGARA FALLS -- A repaving project along Main Street will include installing curbing compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the city has announced.

To alert the visually impaired that they have reached an intersection, hobnail-like fittings, dubbed "tactile warning devices," will replace ramps cut into the curbs at about 100 street intersections.

The paving project, which extends from Fourth Street to Ontario Avenue, will use $800,000 in federal stimulus funds, and is expected to be completed by the end of November.

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>State grant will be used to aid domestic violence victims

Child and Family Services of Erie County received a $21,000 grant for its Haven House, which provides services for victims of domestic violence, including a 24-hour hotline.

The money will help replace funding that was removed last year for the domestic violence community coordinator position, officials said. Haven House was founded in 1979 and offers residential and nonresidential services to victims.

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>District hires chief of buildings and grounds

Thomas Swiatowy, of Akron, has been appointed as buildings and grounds superintendent for the Akron Central School District at an annual salary of $65,000.

Currently a manufacturing engineer at Cameron Inc. in Cheektowaga, Swiatowy worked on the district's buildings and grounds crew from 2002 to 2005.

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