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Community meeting slated on results of asbestos tests

The Environmental Justice Action Group is hosting a community meeting to hear results of asbestos testing requested recently by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority for Kensington Heights. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

A panel of experts will answer questions and address concerns regarding the health impact of possible asbestos exposure on the children who live, play and go to school nearby.

The panel will consist of experts from the University at Buffalo, the Environmental Protection Agency, which performed the tests, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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School District tax rates should have no surprises

Tax bills for Orchard Park Central School District property owners should carry no surprises.

The tax rates and tax levy are the same as the estimates predicted last spring.

"There was no real budget surprise between April, when we were setting the budget, and where we are now," said Jeffrey Petrus, assistant superintendent for business and support services. "We already knew what the state aid would be. It made it a little easier to project."

The tax levy set by the School Board last week is $51.19 million, up 5.48 percent over last year. The tax rates for the six towns in the district will rise 5 percent over last year.

They are: Aurora, $41.86 per $1,000 of assessed value; Boston, $17.58 per $1,000; Elma, $362.54 per $1,000; Hamburg, $28.82; Orchard Park, $30.32; West Seneca, $39.07.

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Volunteers' calls will urge attendance for students

Parent volunteers will start working the phones today to encourage other Buffalo parents to make sure their youngsters attend school.

The volunteers, joined by Buffalo school staffers, will make approximately 4,800 calls to the homes of kindergarteners and ninth-grade students from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday from the phone bank center at United Way headquarters on Delaware Avenue.

United Way president Michael Weiner says he agreed to host the phone effort because attendance in school is basic to a youngster's future success and the success of the school district.

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Meals on Wheels program selling coupon books

NORTH TONAWANDA -- North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels is selling "Save Around Buffalo 2012" coupon books until Nov. 30.

The book has more than 575 coupons for fast-food and sit-down restaurants, entertainment, recreation, golf, and retail services in the region.

The books cost $23 and will be available at the North Tonawanda Farmers' Market through September, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays at North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels, 100 Ridge Road, or by calling 693-1663.

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