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

1. They had to turn folks away the last time the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council held a community workshop in Buffalo, so there will be another one tonight. It will from 6 to 8 p.m. in the David C. Hohn Lecture HallResearch Studies Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton streets. The first forum was held in the tiny auditorium at the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery. Let's hope the hall is big enough for all tonight.

2. There will be some political action outside of Buffalo today. In Lackawanna, Pastor Dion J. Watkins, who almost pulled off a stunning win in this month's Democratic mayoral primary, will announce whether he will support Geoffrey M. Szymanski, his primary opponent, or Republican Patrick McMusker in November. And in Cheektowaga, there will be a debate between Supervisor Mary Holtz and challenger Ted Morton at the noon luncheon of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave.

3. We'll probably get more than a mouthful during today's meeting about food truck regulations in City Hall. Owners of food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants, and other interested parties, will try to hash out proposed legislation with city officials at 10 a.m. in Room 1417 of City Hall. Some restaurant owners have called for rules that protect them from what they call unfair competition from the mobile vendors.

4. The kids have been enjoying their new surroundings since the first day of school, but today district administrators will cut a ribbon and raise a flag to mark the completion of a $15.9 million reconstruction project at Lorraine Elementary School No. 72, at 71 Lorraine Ave. It is part of the ongoing $1.4 billion joint schools reconstruction project. The ceremony is at 10 a.m., but alumni and the community can tour the building from 6 to 8 p.m.

5. People Inc. and the Collins Correctional Facility will host a "ceremony of remembrance" to honor former residents of the Gowanda Psychiatric Center at 11 a.m. at Wheater Road Cemetery, which is on Wheater Road between Route 62 and Bagdad Road in Collins. At least 1,200 patients are buried there, most with anonymous numbered graves, starting when the hospital was established in 1898. There will be a dove release and brief program in the memorial garden.

6. Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York, which provides housing for low- and moderate-income people, is doubling the capacity of its Housing Resource Center. The expansion will include more computers to assist those needing help. And hours at the center will be extended. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. at 1195 Main St., at the corner of Dodge Street.

7. Luxury transportation will be on display in many forms at the first-ever "Wings, Wine and Wheels Hangar Gala" to benefit Flight Buffalo from 3 to 9 p.m. in the newly refurbished air terminal of Executive AirShare at Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Cayuga Road near Wehrle Drive. Sleek private jets, luxury cars and posh watercraft will be on display. In addition, Executive AirShare, a fractional jet ownership company, will be showing off its new facility to the business community during an open house starting at noon. The evening will include entertainment on-stage by the 12-piece Jim Tudini Band, a swing orchestra.


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