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Details are unveiled for New Year's Eve event

Downtown Buffalo's New Year's Eve ball drop will feature music, fireworks, appearances by local celebrities and video walls broadcasting the Times Square ball drop.

Details about the event, happening in Roosevelt Plaza in front of the Electric Tower, were unveiled Wednesday at a news conference.

The event will begin at 10:30 p.m., with a performance by Caitlin Koch and the Jamie Moses Band.

Sabretooth, the Buffalo Sabres mascot; area celebrities; and elected leaders also will be on hand.

Roosevelt Plaza is at Washington, Genesee and Huron streets.

The event, organized by the Buffalo Police Athletic League, is sponsored by Independent Health, Chevy Dealers of Western New York, Iskalo Development, Veolia Water, Just Pizza, Tim Hortons, WKBW-TV, Local Edge Media and 97 Rock, WGRF-FM.

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Text-message donations to aid Boys and Girls Clubs

The Buffalo Sabres and AT&T are asking people to use text messaging to donate money to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo.

From now through Dec. 31, hockey fans and others can text the word SABRES to 50555 to donate $5 to the not-for-profit organization. The $5 charge will appear on the donor's cellphone bill.

Proceeds from the program will go toward the purchase of holiday gifts for children and other needs at the 13 Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo locations.

Anyone who texts a donation during the Sabres' home games Monday and Dec. 31 is automatically registered to win a chance to skate in First Niagara Center.

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Village watches study on roundabout safety

The Village of East Aurora is watching for the upshot of a state study on the safety of placing anything inside a roundabout because of safety concerns.

By law, Mayor Allan Kasprzak said the village is not allowed by the state to put anything in a traffic circle.

The state is studying the issue, in part because of an Oct. 28 fatal accident when a vehicle drove into a pile of boulders in the center of a roundabout on South Park Avenue and Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

There has been some interest in returning a holiday tree to East Aurora's traffic circle, as had been done for many years before the Main Street Reconstruction.

"A town resident wanted to donate a large Blue Spruce, but we had to turn it down, unfortunately," Kasprzak said.

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Family YMCA to offer kickball program Jan. 13

A family kickball program will be offered Jan. 13 at the Ken-Ton Family YMCA.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 535 Belmont Ave. in the Town of Tonawanda.

Though the program is free, advanced registration is encouraged; call Janette Mulka at 874-5051 or stop by the branch.