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Two local artists slated to receive group's awards

Two local artists will be honored at the Collective Buffalo's "Uplifting Artist" awards presentation from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex, 1670 Main St.

Sculptor Valeria Cray-Dihan will be honored for works, including her design that graces the doors of the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave., and her "Spirit of the Tree of Life" sculpture that was recently installed in the Buffalo Medical Corridor at Ellicott and High streets.

Jewelry designer Denye Wajed will also be honored for his individual castings and designs based on African and African-American motifs.

The Collective Buffalo has helped to raise funds for local cultural groups for the past six years and also honors individual local artists.



Super Sunday phonathon to be aided by Facebook

The Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo's 32nd annual Super Sunday phonathon will gain an additional dimension this year.

Steven J. Weiss and Julie D. Weinberg, co-chairmen of the fundraiser for the United Jewish Fund Campaign, will provide updates on the phonathon and their own status on Facebook during the event from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Goal for the day is $150,000. Donations also can be made online at

"Super Sunday is a really fun day," Weiss said. "It's a time when we see old friends and connect with each other. But its main purpose is much more than that.

"It is a day when more than 150 volunteers come together to raise much-needed funds for needy members of our local community in Western New York, in Israel and around the world."



Police reorganization panel sets meeting for Thursday

The Joint Police Reorganization Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1417 in City Hall.

The commission was formed in 2010 to perform the first external review of police operations in two decades.



3 finalists to compete for fire coordinator's post

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County will have a new fire coordinator by March.

Tied for the high score on the civil service test for the job were former Lockport assistant fire chief Mark S. Devine and Nicholas A. Schmiegel of Ransomville.

The third eligible candidate is former Upper Mountain Fire Company Chief Jonathan F. Schultz of Lewiston.

County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz said Tuesday they will all be interviewed, while interim fire coordinator John F. Cecula III, who had been running the Emergency Management Department since June 2010, will return to his old title of assistant director.

Devine resigned from the Lockport Fire Department in 2006 after a series of arrests for run-ins with his girlfriend. He pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment, a noncriminal offense.