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Public school district given accreditation

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city's public school district has received an accreditation from the Middle States Association, affirming that each of its schools "provides a high quality of education to its students and community," according to School Superintendent Cynthia A. Bianco.

The accreditation was made after a four-day visit to the district in May by an organization called the School Alliance for Continuous Improvement. The review process requires an outside organization to review the district's strengths and to make recommendations for future growth.

Middle States representatives interviewed teachers, students, parents, administrators and members of the School Board, and they toured several school buildings.

"Best practices that were unique in our district included the use of instructional coaches in each of our schools and our strong partnerships with local colleges and universities," Bianco said.

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Residents, businesses remineded to clear walks

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city Public Works Department has reminded residents and businesses to keep their sidewalks free of snow throughout the winter.

The city's snow removal ordinance requires that public sidewalks in front of homes and businesses must be free of snow.

The Public Works Department also pointed out that it is against the law to shovel or plow snow into a city street or crosswalk because that interferes with traffic.

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Meeting to discuss ban on selling pet-store pups

WNY Citizens Against Puppy Mills and Amherst Town Council Member Mark Manna are co-hosting a meeting to discuss a possible townwide ban on the sale of pet-store puppies in Amherst.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.

Officials with the WNY citizens group say the vast majority of pet-store puppies are obtained from what they call "horrific Midwest mass breeding kennels commonly known as puppy mills."

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Restaurants urged to join Healthy Choices project

Area restaurants interested in participating in a new Erie County Health Department initiative that will put nutrition information on menus are encouraged to enroll in the program by clicking on the Healthy Choices Restaurants Nutrition Labeling program box at the right hand column of the Erie County website, www.erie.gov.

The first 200 restaurants to enroll can create and display nutrition facts for up to four menu items -- at no cost to the restaurateur.

Using special software, nutrition labels will be printed out and displayed for customer use, either in a table top display or overlaid on the menu.

Call Cheryll Moore, project coordinator, for more information at 858-7695.

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