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St. Joe's not affected by order's bankruptcy

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, the college preparatory school for boys in the Town of Tonawanda, is not affected by the bankruptcy filing Thursday by the Christian Brothers in North America, a religious order that runs schools around the country.

St. Joe's is operated by a different religious order, the Brothers of the Christian Schools, also known as the Christian Brothers and the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

The Christian Brothers in North America sought bankruptcy protection because of claims against them in sexual abuse lawsuits, most of them stemming from incidents at a school in the Seattle area.

The order, under the name of Christian Brothers Institute, based in New Rochelle, filed for Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. Trustees of CBI, which has been running an annual seven-figure deficit, voted unanimously to file for bankruptcy.

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Weissmann Klein to speak as new citizens take oaths

Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Holocaust survivor who received America's highest civilian honor two months ago, will speak to new citizens today during a special naturalization ceremony in Buffalo.

Klein, 86, will speak at 10:30 a.m. at a federal court naturalization ceremony that will be held in the WNED television studios in downtown Buffalo. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael J. Kaplan will preside at the ceremony, where 24 people will take the oath of citizenship.

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Third annual showcase set for Walden Galleria

The third annual Buffalo Niagara Green Expo, featuring 150 green businesses and organizations, will set up shop in Walden Galleria from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Major sponsors of the expo are the New York State Energy and Development Authority and Solar Liberty, a local company dedicated to solar energy.

Exhibitors will offer insight on issues green including sustainable energy, weatherization, energy efficiency, landscaping and gardening, holistic health, composting and water purification. Also featured are eco art and fashion shows, electric vehicles and electronics recycling.

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Men to put on high heels for Crisis Services event

Are you man enough to walk in high heels?

Crisis Services is inviting men to "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" -- a community march against gender violence and fundraiser for the organization's advocate program -- to be held at noon Saturday.

Men are being asked to walk in heels for a mile, from Crisis Services, 2969 Main St., to University at Buffalo South Campus, where more events will follow. Women and children are also welcome to participate.

For information, visit http://wellness.buffalo.edu/walk or search for "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" Facebook. Register by emailing acperyea@buffalo.edu.

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