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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

Town to purchase parcel for new court facility

BATAVIA -- The Town of Batavia has agreed to purchase a 19-acre site on former Veterans Affairs property on Park Road for a new court facility. The town hall meeting room has no jury box, and the town is experiencing an increased caseload because of commercial growth on nearby Veterans Memorial Drive.

Supervisor Gregory H. Post said it is possible that the building could house courts from the towns of Elba and Oakfield, only a few miles away. The court would be closer to sheriff's and state police headquarters, both in the town. Construction could begin next year.

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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.

Read for the Record is a national program created by Jumpstart, a national early-education organization that helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Last year, more than 2.5 million people, including more than 12,000 from Western New York, participated.

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.