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Board of Assessment Review goes to work after hearings

LOCKPORT -- The city's Board of Assessment Review will convene behind closed doors Monday night to begin the process of adjusting assessments, after conducting more than 250 hearings over three days last week.

In all, more than 350 grievances were filed during Lockport's first citywide reassessment in 10 years. Not all of those who filed requested live hearings, City Assessor Joseph Macaluso said.

Macaluso said the legal deadline for the five-member board to complete its work is Friday. "I'm sure we're going to have some further litigation [after that]," he added.

Accountant Kathy Haley is chairwoman of the assessment board. Other members are attorney Allen D. Miskell, National Grid retiree Christopher E. Dool, insurance agent Jeffrey Seekins and Debra R. Allport of the county real property services office.



$112,000 grant to aid YWCA housing programs

The YWCA of Western New York is planning to use a $112,000 grant to benefit its transitional housing programs.

The grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation will target programs that provide housing, education and life skills services to homeless women and children -- some, the victims of domestic violence.

Funding also will be used to create a shared-staff position between the YWCA and Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara counties. The staff member will be involved with planning events, fundraising opportunities, marketing and will help to create corporate and foundation partnerships.



Resident input welcomed in search for superintendent

LYNDONVILLE -- The Lyndonville School Board is inviting residents to attend upcoming forums on priorities in the search for a new superintendent.

Thomas Cox is interim superintendent during the search to replace Barbara Deane-Williams, who becomes superintendent of Greece Central School District in Monroe County on Friday.

The first forum was held Saturday and further meetings are scheduled for dates yet to be determined in September. For more information call the district office at (585) 765-3101 for more information.



African-American men and AIDS focus of forum

The Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Buffalo will present a forum that focuses on African-American men from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Museum of Science auditorium, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

The title of the program is "Stigma, Shame, Denial, Discrimination, Inaction, Misaction."

Co-sponsored by the MOCHA Center, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register, call Donna Chapman at 832-2088 or e-mail

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