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Around the towns / News in brief from Western New York

More time asked to file brief supporting appeal

The Town of West Seneca has sought an extra 60 days to file a brief supporting its appeal of a State Supreme Court decision to allow a proposed $6.1 million senior citizens complex to move forward.

The town in March filed notice that it would appeal a decision by State Supreme Court Justice Gerald J. Whalen that overturned the town's rejection of a 47-unit development on the former Houghton College site.

The town has not yet perfected its appeal or filed its legal brief, and the developers, Young Development Inc. and People Inc., have sought to have the appeal dismissed because of the delay.

An attorney with the Law Office of Ralph C. Lorigo, which is representing the developer, filed a motion for dismissal earlier this month that claimed the town was hoping to "win through delay." The motion argued that delays caused by the appeal process could jeopardize a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the project.

Michael F. Perley, an attorney for the town, told the court that his office is actively preparing the brief and has asked the Appellate Division to deny the motion or grant the town an additional 60 days to finish the appeal.


Candidate pledges fight against graffiti

An anti-graffiti ordinance is on the "to-do" list of a candidate for town supervisor in the Town of Tonawanda.

"The integrity of our neighborhoods is at stake, and we must send a positive message to all who live, work and play in our community that we will not tolerate our landscape to [become] a victim of blight," Mark Tramont said in a statement.

Tramont, a Republican, is running against incumbent Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana, the endorsed candidate of the town's Democratic Committee.

Tramont seeks to toughen the current town code, which prohibits painting or marking on public property. His proposal includes requiring property owners to remove graffiti from their property within 45 days, regardless of occupancy status; and numerous measures related to the punishment of those responsible for graffiti.

He has raised the issue of graffiti during appearances before several business and civic groups, as well as the Tonawanda Town Board.


Garden walk to start at 9 a.m. July 16

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Main Street Business & Professional Association will sponsor a garden walk on July 16.

The business association recently hosted its inaugural Main Street Music & Art Festival, which organizers said drew about 7,000 people.

The self-guided walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Main and Fourth streets and will run north on Fourth Street to Pine Avenue. It will continue east on Pine until Park Place, and will run north to the Park Place Bed & Breakfast until 5 p.m.

More than 30 private gardens will be on display, and tours of Oakwood Cemetery will be available, said Michael Murphy, the garden walk's chairman. Those wishing to include their garden in the walk can e-mail


Concert will benefit Meals on Wheels

Rock the Barn, a benefit concert in Clarence for Meals on Wheels of Western New York, will take place on two days this year, July 15 and 16, behind the big yellow barn at 9015 Main St.

Hours for both days of the event are 4 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission is free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit


Old Fort Niagara set for encampment

YOUNGSTOWN -- Hundreds of re-enactors are polishing muskets and brushing off uniforms as Old Fort Niagara prepares for its 32nd annual French and Indian War Encampment this weekend.

This year's event runs Friday to Sunday and offers six large-scale battle re-enactments and a variety of other public programs. They include artillery and musket firings, historical drama, a Native American lacrosse game and interactive activities for the whole family.

Large encampments of 18th century French and British soldiers, Native Americans, and period artisans will fill the historic fort during the three-day event. Visitors will meet soldiers, surgeons, fur traders, musicians and wilderness diplomats in one of the largest events of its kind in North America.

For more information, call the fort at 745-7611 or visit