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Niagara Square area gets ready for annual tournament

Niagara Square and surrounding streets in downtown Buffalo will be closed at 1 p.m. today so crews can start setting up for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament this weekend.

They will remain closed until 11 p.m. Sunday.

Street closings include Delaware Avenue between Cary Street and West Eagle Street; West Huron Street and West Mohawk Street between South Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street; Niagara Street between South Elmwood and Franklin; West Genesee Street between Franklin and Niagara Square; and Jerge Drive and Perkins Drive between South Elmwood and Niagara Square.

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3 Williamsville schools join City Honors among elite

City Honors and three other area schools made Newsweek magazine's list of the Top 500 public high schools in the United States for 2011.

City Honors ranked 16th on the list, while Williamsville East came in at 196th, Williamsville South, 386th and Williamsville North 438th.

No. 1 on the list was the School of Science and Engineering Magnet School in Dallas. The magazine has been ranking public high schools for more than a decade.

This year, the publication revised and expanded its formula in determining the schools that made the list and how they were ranked.

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Pride of Baltimore II set for visit through July 4

The Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction of a 19th century topsail schooner, is scheduled to arrive at the Central Wharf on the inner harbor Wednesday, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. announced.

The 157-foot schooner will remain in the harbor through the Fourth of July.

Boaters are welcome to meet the ship out on the lake and sail alongside it as it makes it way to the Central Wharf.

The schooner is set to arrive by 2 p.m. Wednesday at the northern entrance of the Federal Channel.

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Eden Center-Evans Road slated for reconstruction

The Erie County Division of Highways plans to rebuild a one-mile section of the failing Eden Center-Evans Road this summer as the first phase of a six-mile reconstruction project.

Targeted for replacement this year is its worst section, from Delameter Road to Route 20, which is used by drivers accessing the Thruway.

The county has tried over the years to mitigate the heaving in the road, but engineers have decided the best solution is to remove and rebuild its subbase, a Highway Division official told county lawmakers Thursday.

The Legislature's Economic Development Committee agreed to spend $1 million in federal stimulus aid to finance the work.

The full Legislature will take up the matter June 30.

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