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> HARBOR DEVELOPMENT

Way cleared for Canal Side to seek bids for development

The Canal Side project plan and environmental review process were unanimously approved as expected Friday by Empire State Development Corp., clearing the way for bid requests to go out for the planned $294.8 million mix of public, retail and entertainment space, including a planned Bass Pro store.

Officials have said construction on a portion of the project is expected to begin in late summer or early fall.

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> FEDERAL GRANT

NFTA gets $6 million for noise mitigation

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to perform noise mitigation.

The latest in a series of similar grants, the money will go to retrofitting homes near the airport to reduce their exposure to airport noise.

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> COMMUNITY

3 women to be honored in Hispanic program

Three prominent local women will be honored in a Women's Recognition Day program from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in El Buen Amigo, 114 Elmwood Ave.

It is the final event in El Buen Amigo's Women's International Month of March Series.

Tribute will be given to Celeste Lawson, former director of the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County; Alicia Granto, longtime Spanish teacher and academic adviser at Bennett High School; and Lourdes Iglesias, executive director of Hispanics United.

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> HAITI EARTHQUAKE

Benefit concert, UB event offer relief effort updates

Two events Friday continued to shine the spotlight on relief efforts to rebuild Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

Erie County Medical Center held a benefit concert, featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, with funds going to the Haiti Home for Children, an orphanage in Port-au-Prince.

At the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst, faculty members who have been lending their expertise on the front lines in Haiti provided an inside look at their experiences.

"UB Reaching Others: The January 2010 Haiti Earthquake," was held in the Center for the Arts.

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