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

1. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, is among places marking National Police Week. Today the VA will present a police fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Freedom Hall, Room 301. Local, state and federal departments will be represented, along with the Niagara Falls Air Force Reserves, Ontario Provincial Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At 9 a.m. Wednesday, at the VA's 222 Richmond Ave. site in Batavia, officers will hold a ceremony at the flag pole to honor all those who were lost in the line of duty.

2. Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who will walk a wire over the Niagara Gorge on June 15, will kick back after his training from 10:30 p.m. to noon and 3:30 to 5 p.m. today in front of the Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, to do a good deed for a nearby community. At 7 p.m., he'll stop by the Wilson Boat House in Wilson Harbor to support a fundraiser to benefit the Wilson Lions Club, Wilson Free Library and Wilson Community Enhancement Charity. Tickets cost $25 and include hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks. They'll be available starting at 10 a.m. at the Wilson Library, and town and village offices.

3. What do New York voters think about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, President Obama, the State Legislature, and the Occupy and Tea Party movements? A new Siena College Poll will provide insights when it's released online at 6 this morning at The poll also will offer a look at a few key issues, including increasing the minimum wage, business tax cuts and public campaign financing.

4. It could get a little more crowded outside the Buffalo Teachers Federation headquarters on Porter Avenue starting today. The Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council vows to begin daily protests and prayer sessions until the union signs a teacher evaluation agreement with the state Education Department. BTF President Philip Rumore, who has been at loggerheads with the state education commissioner, says the union's priority will be reaching an agreement on evaluations for teachers at six low-performing schools for 2011-12 -- which could restore $5.6 million in aid.

5. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is off to college today, and unlike the state's other senator in recent days, it won't be to give a commencement speech. Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will visit D'Youville College at 3 p.m. to announce bipartisan legislation to help provide education and job training for young veterans and streamline certification processes for civilian jobs. The legislation is designed to expand funding for veterans programs and cut red tape, too. According to the senator's office, 230 veterans are enrolled at D'Youville.

6. If you're lucky enough to have a classic auto in your garage, you have a few more hours to polish it up in advance of the 6 p.m. start of the Monday night classic car cruises in Ida Fritz Park, West and Park avenues, Lockport. This the 13th year of the weekly cruises, and the eighth held under the auspices of the Monday Night Cruise Optimist Club. The free weekly shows feature oldies music and plenty of old cars. They run from 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday through Labor Day, except for Memorial Day and Labor Day, when they start at 3 p.m.

7. The Town of Cheektowaga Justice Court and Police Department isn't what it used to be -- starting today, when it opens in a new facility at 3223 Union Road. Signs will be posted at the old facility next door indicating the switch. The public is asked to use the south entrance public parking lot when coming to the new building. Officials plan a grand opening ceremony when the entire project has been completed, which should be soon.


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