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Seven By Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. If you haven't gotten the word yet, there's a new message board being installed on the inbound Kensington Expressway near Union Road (Route 277) in Cheektowaga. And the message it will be flashing is that the expressway will be reduced to one lane between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. today and Friday. More lane restrictions are in the offing over the weekend.

2. We sometimes forget that the Town of Tonawanda has a waterfront, perhaps because much of its western boundary along the Niagara River is industrial property. Town officials think it's time to revitalize the waterfront, and to that end, they're hosting a meeting to get public input at 7 tonight at the Noco Pavilion Center in Sheridan Park, 450 Ensminger Road. They'll present an update on the town's Waterfront Land Use Plan and talk about a prenomination study of the proposed Tonawanda Opportunity Area, for which they hope to get funding through the state Department of State's Brownfield Opportunity Area Program.

3. Art has gone wild at the Buffalo Zoo. The animal residents have been encouraged to put paint to canvas for the zoo's art show of the year, and the results will be for sale in an auction from 6 to 9 tonight in the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St. in downtown Buffalo. Tickets are $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the zoo's animal department.

4. Keynote speaker for Fredonia State College's 2011 Constitution Week is John Zogby, founder of the global polling and market research firm Zogby International, based in Utica. Zogby, who is heralded for his groundbreaking work and spot-on election predictions, and for introducing new interactive polling techniques, will deliver his address from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall.

5. The longest-tenured woman in local broadcasting, news anchor Jacquie Walker, who has been at WIVB-TV for 28 years, will be enshrined in the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame along with five other inductees in ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. in the studios of WNED-TV, 140 Lower Terrace in downtown Buffalo. Inducted along with Walker will be deejay Shane Gibson; the late radio broadcaster Jim McLaughlin; former WKBW-AM deejay Dick Biondi; Channel 4 News producer Vic Baker; and Don Angelo, who has enjoyed a 44-year career in broadcasting in both on- and off-the-air positions. The golden anniversary of radio station WUFO also will be recognized.

6. Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black is scheduled to meet the public as the special guest of the Buffalo Rotary Club from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Templeton Landing, at Erie Basin Marina. Black, who served as vice president of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1998 to 2008, oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations for the Sabres franchise. The Rotary Club event is $20 and includes a buffet lunch. Those who made reservations will be given priority. Funds raised at the weekly Rotary Club luncheon series help support the Buffalo Rotary Foundation.

7. Cindy Abbott Letro and John N. Walsh III will be the recipients of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society's annual Red Jacket Award during a ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court. Douglas Kohler will receive the Owen B. Augsburger Award, which recognizes local historians devoted to Erie County heritage. Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown will be honored with the Daniel B. Niederlander Award for outstanding programming by a Western New York historical organization.


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