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> BUFFALO

Parking permits sought around Medical Campus

Council Member Darius G. Pridgen introduced a measure Tuesday for the city to study and implement a system of neighborhood parking permits around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Pridgen, whose district includes the Fruit Belt neighborhood adjacent to the Medical Campus, said residents have tole him they have had trouble finding parking spots near their homes due to those working at or visiting the campus.

Pridgen's resolution also states the Council will pursue state legislation allowing the neighborhood parking permit system.

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> TRANSPORTATION

State puts 15-ton limit on Old Route 219 bridge

The state Department of Transportation has announced that effective today, the Old Route 219 bridge over Cattaraugus Creek in the towns of Concord and Ashford in Erie and Cattaraugus counties will be posted for a maximum weight limit of 15 tons.

The bridge at South Cascade Drive and Miller Road will remain open but will be restricted to vehicle traffic under that new limit. Vehicles over 15 tons are required to use alternative routes.

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> CHEEKTOWAGA SLOAN

School Board to hold special meeting today

The Cheektowaga Sloan School Board will conduct a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the board room of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave. The board expects to go into executive session to discuss an employee contract.

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> NIAGARA FALLS

Falls to glow in orange in honor of World MS Day

NIAGARA FALLS -- The American and Horseshoe falls will be bathed in orange light for 15 minutes tonight in honor of World Multiple Sclerosis Day.

Susan Ashline, communications manager for the Upstate New York Chapter of the National MS Society, said the orange lights will turn on at 9:30.

Staff and volunteers with the upstate chapter will be dressed in orange as they gather near the Maid of the Mist gift store beside the American Falls to see the special lighting.

Ashline said more than 12,400 people in upstate New York are living with multiple sclerosis, which attacks the central nervous system. The chapter, serving 50 counties, raises money for MS research.

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> COMMUNITY

Hope for Two cancer group gets $37,000 in benefit

More than 300 people attended Hope for Two's third annual benefit recently, allowing the organization to raise $37,000 to provide free support to women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant.

Hope for Two offers information to pregnant women who have received a diagnosis of cancer. It provides peer-to-peer counseling services to them and their families. The organization is based in Buffalo and serves families throughout the U.S. and 17 countries internationally.