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Stretch of Aurora Expressway one lane in both directions

Bridge maintenance on the Aurora Expressway gets under way this week.

Route 400 between Routes 20A and 16 will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting Monday and continuing through the remainder of the construction season, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.

Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver's license.


Arts and cultural funding to be discussed during event

What the new process should be for Erie County's funding of arts and culture will be discussed at noon Monday at Cornell University ILR School, 237 Main St., Suite 1200.

Speakers will be Maria Whyte, county commissioner of environment and planning; Laurie Dean Torrell, executive director of Just Buffalo Literary Center; Cynnie Gasch, executive director of Young Audiences of WNY; Rahwa Ghirmatzion, executive director of Ujima Theatre; and Todd Kniazuk, executive director of Arts Services Initiative of WNY.

The free forum is presented by Partnership for the Public Good. Guests are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. To reserve a seat, call Megan at 852-4191, Ext. 110, or email


Jamaican organization plans convention July 12-14

The National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations will hold its 35th annual convention at the Adam's Mark in Buffalo from July 12 to 14.

About 200 members from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean will attend the convention, with an estimated economic impact of $250,000.

The convention will focus on how members around the world can do business in Buffalo through the creation of health care and educational exchanges, while strengthening Jamaican cultural and travel ties.

Buffalo is one of 18 sister cities to St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica. The organization has 102 chapters, and the local branch has about 70 members.


Loans, grants being offered by Buffalo branch of AAUW

June 1 is the next deadline for students living in or attending college in Western New York to apply for interest-free loans and/or grants of up to $3,000 offered by Buffalo Branch, American Association of University Women.

Applicants must have completed one year of college and show financial need. Information and application forms are available at or by calling 559-3037 or emailing

Loans and grants are awarded twice a year and students may reapply annually for up to four years.

Funds for the Chamberlin Loan/Funds for Education program are provided by members' bequests, private donations and proceeds of the AAUW annual scholarship book sale being held this year from May 30 to June 3 at 2309 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.