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$300,000 secured for Waterfront Park

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city has secured money for the second phase of improvements to LaSalle Waterfront Park, according to city officials.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster said this week that the local host committee of the Niagara River Greenway Commission has agreed to fund more than $300,000 in park improvements, including security cameras, lighting, landscaping, barbecue grills and "green screen" fencing.

The first phase of park improvements, which included seating, green areas and a new gazebo along the Niagara River, was unveiled last week.



Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper names new executive director

Jill Spisiak Jedlicka has been appointed executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Buffalo and Niagara River watersheds.

Jedlicka has more than 15 years of "extensive experience in environmental protection, policy and clean water advocacy that has contributed to the improvement of our local waterways," Gregory Stevens, chairman of the board of Riverkeeper, said in statement.

Jedlicka has served as Riverkeeper's director of ecological programs for the last nine years and was the federally designated coordinator of the Buffalo River Remedial Action Plan. She also worked for five years with the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.

Jedlicka holds a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and a master's in business administration, both of them from the University at Buffalo.

Riverkeeper also announced the appointment this week of Alexandra McPherson as its director of advancement.



Marker to be unveiled at Nash House Museum

A new historical marker will be unveiled at the Nash House Museum in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The museum was once home to the Rev. Jesse Nash Sr., one of Buffalo's most prominent black leaders during the first half of the 20th century.

Nash helped found the Buffalo Urban League and the local branch of the NAACP. He also was the pastor of nearby Michigan Street Baptist Church from 1892 to 1953. He and his wife, Frances, moved into the home in 1925.

The house, at 36 Nash St., was converted into a museum containing writings and artifacts from his life and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.



Revote scheduled June 19 on budget, proposition

Residents in the Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District, who voted down the district's 2012-13 school budget last week and approved a proposition reducing transportation for students, will be asked to revote on both issues June 19.

The district's School Board received a petition asking for the busing proposition to also be reissued to taxpayers and decided at a special meeting Thursday that the measure will be put back on the ballot at the same time taxpayers revote on the failed budget.