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About 30 seek planning post; interviews set for next week

LOCKPORT -- Mayor Michael W. Tucker said that about 30 people applied for the new position of city director of planning before Friday's deadline.

The new director, expected to be chosen in early February, is to oversee the building inspection, economic development and assessment departments. It's part of a planned City Hall reorganization.

Tucker said he and a small committee will interview 10 to 15 of the best applicants by phone next week before choosing some for more in-depth interviews. The job will pay about $70,000 a year.



Buffalo pastor to address celebration at Baptist church

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Rev. Dixon Clark, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Buffalo, will give the keynote address at a Martin Luther King Jr. worship celebration at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Baptist Church, 1366 South Ave.

The program, sponsored by the Niagara Ministerial Council, is entitled "Dream With a Vision, Live With a Purpose." The Rev. Glen Raybon, Trinity's pastor, is the host.



Former Red Cross official to head up Tower Foundation

Tracy A. Sawicki has been appointed executive director of the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, which annually distributes more than $2.5 million in grants, primarily in Erie and Niagara counties.

Sawicki previously was assistant executive director of the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter. She succeeds Glenda Cadwallader, who left in August to pursue other interests.

The Tower Foundation was founded in 1990 and has assets of about $68 million.

It mainly funds primary education and programs aimed at better addressing learning disabilities and improving the lives of those affected by mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities.



UB, dental group establish call center for ex-patients

Former patients of Allcare Dental looking for a new dentist can take advantage of a call center established by the the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and the Eighth District Dental Society.

Meanwhile, Allcare Dental stated on a website Tuesday that it is "close to entering into agreements" with dentists in many cities and states where the Clarence-based chain has offices, in the wake of its abrupt shutdown earlier this month. Allcare's closing left many patients without treatment options -- some in the middle of procedures.

UB dental school clinicians said they will be available at the call center to refer patients to local dental services and, when appropriate, to dental care available at UB's dental clinic.

To reach the UB call center, call 479-9740 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week; and to reach the regional dental society, call 995-6300 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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