1. The prolonged battle over the future of Superintendent James A. Williams is expected to come to a head today, when the Board of Education meets with him at noon in Room 801 of City Hall. The board voted 6-3 last week to invoke the no-fault termination clause of his contract, launching a two-step process that is scheduled to culminate in a closed-door meeting today between Williams and the board. If the board terminates his contract, the superintendent will be entitled to $110,000.
2. Veterans from the Army's 1st Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One, are arriving today for their 93rd annual reunion in the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. The reunion, which continues through Sunday, is expected to draw about 1,000 participants. The 1st Infantry, the Army's oldest division, has participated with distinction in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War and throughout the Cold War. In addition, elements of the 1st Infantry have had extensive roles in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
3. You wouldn't expect to find an officer from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the middle of a series of lectures on "Sparking a Culture of Creativity and Innovation," but Col. Casey Haskins, director of the Department of Military Instruction at the academy, is obliged to do exactly that to teach future officers how to cope with the changing nature of modern warfare. He speaks at 10:45 a.m. in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater.
4. He doesn't breathe fire or unroll a long red tongue at his fans, but Ace Frehley doesn't need to. As "Space Ace," the guy with the silver stars painted on his eyes in the fabled theatrical hard rock band Kiss, all he needed to do was shoot smoke and rockets from his Gibson Les Paul guitar, the perfect accompaniment for his frenetic playing. Now on his own, he'll bring plenty of sound and fury to the stage at the Erie County Fair grandstand at 8 p.m. His show is free with admission to the fair.
5. West Virginia author and Reiki master Mary Burkhart Reed will break away from the meeting of the American Massage Therapy Association, Western New York Unit, where she's giving a talk on "Your Powerful Thoughts," to pay a 7 p.m. visit to Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Reed, who is dedicated to helping others overcome their pasts and live life to the fullest, will read and sign copies of her book, "Healing Point of View."
6. The federally funded anti-graffiti training program today at Buffalo State College will involve more than just crime and punishment. The daylong session will cover the gang aspects, taggers, the connection between graffiti and tattoos, how to report and remove graffiti and strategies to discourage graffiti by changing the environment that inspires it. The instructors include Sam Lunetta, director of the Regional Anti-Graffiti Task Force. It's part of a program focusing on neighborhoods in the 14213 Zip Code.
7. It's the 19th annual United Way Day of Caring. Nearly 3,500 volunteers are expected to skip work with their bosses' approval and turn out for Western New York's largest one-day volunteer community effort. They start at HSBC Arena at 8 a.m. with breakfast, opening remarks and a ride to their work sites. Then representatives from 150 companies will spend the rest of the morning working on projects that will benefit more than 100 area agencies and the people they serve. When the volunteers are finished at noon, they all come back to HSBC Arena for a celebratory lunch and thank-you program featuring live music and entertainment.