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Board of Education delays meeting concerning layoffs

The Buffalo Board of Education has postponed the special meeting it planned to hold at 4 p.m. today to discuss restoring the jobs of laid-off teachers and aides. Board President Louis J. Petrucci announced Thursday that the meeting will be held instead at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 801, City Hall.

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Art auction in N.Y. City to benefit PUSH, Hallwalls

"Buffalo on the Bowery" will take place in New York City at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in Charles Bank Gallery, 196 Bowery St..

The art auction, which benefits PUSH Buffalo and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, will feature artwork by artists with strong links to Buffalo.

The auction will be curated by artist and Buffalo native Julian Montague. The host committee includes Buffalo natives such as playwright and novelist A.R. Gurney, Wall Street Journal deputy editor Robert Pollock and author Jake Halpern. For information, contact Britney McClain at britney@pushbuffalo.org.

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Harbor group seek proposals for Canalside programming

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has issued a request for proposals for events and programming at Canalside for the 2012 season regarding existing features, public spaces and water.

Proposals are due by Sept. 23, with additional information, including available funding, and application forms at www.eriecanalharbor.com/rfprfq.asp.

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Participants sought for reading challenge

Read for the Record, the national celebration of reading that tries to set a record for the most people reading the same book on the same day, will take place on Oct. 6, and Read to Succeed Buffalo is looking for participants. This year's selection is Anna Dewdney's children's book, "Llama Llama Red Pajama."

Read to Succeed Buffalo is looking for schools, child care sites, after-school programs, libraries, families and individuals to participate.

Organizers also are looking for "celebrity" readers -- such as athletes, media personalities, elected officials, entertainers and business executives -- as well as parents, grandparents and community members to help read to children.

Those interested in being celebrity readers this year can contact Deborah Porter at 843-8895 or email PorterD@rtsb.org to be matched with a site depending on their availability.

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Bisons game will benefit deputy injured in Wilson

A fundraiser to benefit injured Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Allen Gerhardt, who lost both his legs last month in an on-duty crash, will be held Wednesday at the Buffalo Bisons game at Coca-Cola Field.

The Gerhardt fundraiser will begin in the right field bleachers at 5:30 p.m. with a pregame party. There will be raffles during the game and silent auctions featuring autographed items from Buffalo sports teams. Gerhardt is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

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