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> LEWISTON

Power Vista meeting planned today by federal commission

LEWISTON -- The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Commission will meet at 4 p.m. today in the Niagara Power Project's Power Vista community room, 5777 Lewiston Road.

The meeting is open to the public. The federal commission is tasked with drawing up a plan for a heritage area, aimed at boosting regional tourism. For information, visit www.nps.gov/nifa.

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> NIAGARA COUNTY

Conservative Party backs Wojtaszek-Gariano for judge

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara County Conservative Party has endorsed Republican Kathleen M. Wojtaszek-Gariano for Family Court judge, party Chairman Daniel Weiss said Tuesday.

Wojtaszek-Gariano, sister of County Legislator Paul B. Wojtaszek and former county Republican Party Chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek, has served as confidential law clerk to retiring Family Court Judge David E. Seaman since 2002.

Wojtaszek-Gariano, 43, of Niagara Falls, is running for a 10-year term in the judgeship, which pays $119,800 a year.

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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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> 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. The walk is presented by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.

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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, is set to coincide with the blossoming of the cherry trees in Delaware Park. "Sakura" is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, the national flower of Japan.

On sale at the event will be T-shirts and wristbands. All proceeds will 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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