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>Closing Monday to pave way for Falls culinary institute

NIAGARA FALLS -- The real estate closing will take place Monday for the deal that will bring the Niagara County Community College culinary institute to downtown Niagara Falls.

NCCC President James P. Klyczek said Baltimore developer David Cordish had signed the charitable gift agreement that turns the vacant Rainbow Centre Mall and nearly an acre of land over to the NCCC Foundation.

Monday, the foundation will deed two-thirds of the mall and the extra acre, used during the summer for the launch of a tourist balloon, to the City of Niagara Falls. The culinary institute will go into the remaining third of the old mall. Klyczek said prospective architectural firms and general construction management companies also will tour the mall Monday.

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>Promotion raises $100,000 for research, patient care

Dunkin' Donuts has raised $100,000 for research and patient care at Roswell Park Cancer Institute through its Mug of Hope campaign.

The money was raised by local Dunkin' Donuts outlets. Participants in Mug of Hope are entitled to unlimited refills of coffee and tea at local Dunkin' Donuts through the end of 2011, and an acrylic mug featuring art created by pediatric cancer patients, their loved ones and survivors who participated in the Paint Box Project at Roswell Park.

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>Ambulance heart monitors made possible through grant

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The city Fire Department will receive $46,800 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase two new heart monitors for ambulances.

Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, announced the grant.

Fire Chief Joseph Krantz said the money "will help us to provide the advanced life-support treatment necessary to help protect our citizens."

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>Cheektowaga musicians set for 'Sounds of the Season'

"Sounds of the Season," a concert featuring the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra, Cheektowaga Central High School Chorale and Cheektowaga Community Chorus, will be performed at 5 p.m. today in St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 2049 George Urban Blvd., Depew.

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>Feb. 15 vote scheduled on capital project grant

BROCTON -- The Brocton Central School Board will hold a district vote from noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 in the school gymnasium on the proposed EXCEL program capital project grant.

The state grant would provide more than $500,000 to pay for upgrades and renovations to the district's school building. If the district OKs the grant, which has already been designated for Brocton, the building renovation would have no tax impact on residents. Ninety-eight percent of the project would be funded through state building aid and the other 2 percent would come from EXCEL.

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