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> FUNDRAISER

Annual March for Babies planned in Delaware Park

The March of Dimes' annual March for Babies will be start Sunday at the Delaware Park Marcy Casino.

Funds raised help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants and family support programs.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by the three-mile walk at 11. The day also includes a picnic, games and activities for the whole family.

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> GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE

Nightly work on south span suspended due to weather

Nightly work on the South Grand Island Bridge is suspended for the remainder of this week because of inclement weather, the State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday.

Periodic alternate lane closures had begun during night hours on Monday to allow contractors to test and seal bridge joints and to seal sidewalk and parapet joints. No date is set for the work to resume.

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> DEPEW SCHOOLS

Board of Education OKs 2011-12 Erie 1 BOCES budget

In a brief meeting Tuesday morning, the Depew Board of Education adopted the Erie 1 BOCES administrative budget of $3,045,582 for 2011-12.

Five of seven members present for the meeting also voted unanimously to support Janet MacGregor Plarr of the Frontier School District and John Sherman of the Tonawanda City School District for re-election to three-year terms on the BOCES Board of Education starting July 1.

The board also accepted nominating petitions for the May 17 School Board election from incumbents Steven Carmina and Barbara Staebell and newcomers Courtney Celej and Michael Fusani.

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> APPOINTMENT

Goodwill Industries names Lynch president and CEO

Goodwill Industries of Western New York has appointed Thomas Lynch as its new president and CEO, effective immediately, the agency announced Tuesday.

Lynch, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's in business administration at the University at Buffalo, has worked at both Fisher-Price and Corning Inc.

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> RELIEF EFFORT

Walk in Delaware Park to aid quake, tsunami victims

Local Japanese organizations are sponsoring a walk in Delaware Park to raise money to help the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan.

The walk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Registration is $10, free for children 10 and under, and will begin at 1 p.m. inside the park near the intersection of Amherst Street and Colvin Avenue.

The walk, called the Sakura Walk, coincided with the blossoming of herry trees in Delaware Park. "Sakura" is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, the national flower of Japan. Proceeds go to the American Red Cross Japan Relief Effort.

For information, e-mail bscjapanrelief@gmail.com or check out actionforjapannewyork.net.

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