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> COMMUNITY

Noted peacemaker to address Summit for Nonviolence

Noted peacemaker Teny Oded Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, R.I., will be the featured speaker during the third annual Summit for Nonviolence in Buffalo Friday and Saturday sponsored by the Sister Karen Klimczak Center.

Gross will meet Friday afternoon with elected officials and representatives from the Buffalo Police Department and civic organizations to discuss efforts to work with at-risk youth and gang members and to plan future strategies.

On Saturday, Gross and Anthony Thigpen, a Providence steelworker, will present a program during a brunch session starting at 10:30 a.m. in Statler City on Niagara Square. Tickets are $50 and will be available at the door. For information, call 362-9688 or visit www.sisterkarencenter.org.

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> WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Forgotten suffragette is focus of museum's program

The forgotten figure in the triumvirate of the 19th century women's rights movement will be brought to light in a program at 7 p.m. today in the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 453 Porter Ave.

She is Matilda Joslyn Gage, who worked beside Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony for women's suffrage. Historian Sally Roesch Wagner, director of a Fayetteville-based foundation named for Gage, will talk about her life and accomplishments following an opening dessert and coffee reception.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Friends of Women's Rights National Park. Tammy Duchesne, the new superintendent of the national park in Seneca Falls, also will attend.

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> COMMUNITY

Area firefighters to attend funerals for Philly comrades

Dozens of firefighters from Western New York will attend funerals in Philadelphia for two firefighters who died on duty there, said Dan Cunningham, president of the Buffalo Fire Department's 700-member Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association.

Buffalo firefighters will be given preference, but if there is room on a bus that the union has arranged, firefighters from other departments will be offered a ride, Cunningham said Wednesday. The bus holds 50 people.

Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney died early Monday while battling a five-alarm, wind-whipped warehouse inferno in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. A memorial service for the fallen firefighters will be Friday. An exact tally on the Buffalo contingent is expected by this afternoon.

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> GRAND ISLAND

Sheriff will conduct town hall meeting Tuesday

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

The meeting is the first of a series of public meetings Howard plans to hold throughout the county over the next year. The focus is to reacquaint residents with services the Sheriff's Office provides and to answer questions about concerns or crime trends in the community.