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Seven by Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. University at Buffalo faculty members who are patenting new products, commercializing research and generating start-up companies will be celebrated at the 2011 Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow on UB's North Campus in Amherst. Among the innovations they've developed are nanoparticles to help regenerate bones, molecules that make vaccines more potent and coatings that keep ships and other vessels from fouling.

2. The Buffalo sled hockey team takes to the ice again today in Northtown Center at Amherst, eventually to practice, but first to get some pay -- a donation of $2,500 from the Northtown Automotive Companies to help the team make the trip to the first Adult Hockey National Championship on Friday in Blaine, Minn. The team is also getting a matching grant from Toyota. After Northtown's Craig Schreiber presents the check to head coach Rick Deglopper, the players will hit the ice for one last practice before they leave.

3. It's party time at 1 p.m. in Ripa's Restaurant, 4218 Walden Ave., Depew, for students from Batavia High School's and from Depew High School's Students Against Drunk Driving chapters. At least until the police cars show up. The students are doing their part for a police training exercise that involves the dispersal of an underage drinking party without causing negative consequences. Among the agencies leading the program is the Western New York Prevention Resource Center.

4. The days are getting longer, and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is getting closer to deciding what to do this summer about attracting people to Buffalo's waterfront. Anyone with ideas about things like branding the area, highlighting industrial heritage, creating connections between areas along the Buffalo River, enhancing the landscape and getting people closer to the water -- should speak up now. There's a chance at 5:30 p.m. in the Harbour Club at HSBC Arena as the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper holds a public meeting about the waterfront. For info, call 846-8258.

5. Nine waterside projects -- from preservation of the fireboat Edward M. Cotter to the placing of a memorial to mark the Fenian Invasion of 1866 -- are eligible for funding by the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee this year. The ones that have been approved will be announced at a meeting at 10 a.m. in Marcy Casino in Delaware Park. Under the Niagara Power Project settlement with the New York Power Authority, the committee gets $2 million a year for improvements along the Niagara River and Lake Erie.

6. High school students who are considering colleges will get plenty to think about at the Buffalo National College Fair from 9 a.m. to noon today and Wednesday and 6 to 8:30 tonight in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Students and their parents will get to meet with admission representatives from a wide variety of colleges and universities -- public and private, two-year and four-year, national and international. Admission is free. Students can save time by registering in advance at www.gotomyncf.com.

7. The Buffalo Sabres are getting more shots on goal than they have since Rick Martin was on the team, News Sports Reporter Mike Harrington notes. And more of those shots have been going into the net lately. They'll be out to improve on their statistics when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Air Canada Centre (7 p.m., MSG, 550 AM).

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