1. Help is here today for Buffalo-area homeowners who already are in foreclosure or on the edge of foreclosure. Mortgage foreclosure prevention specialists from the state Department of Financial Services will be on hand to provide information and answer questions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the department's Mobile Command Center, parked at Belmont Housing Services, 1195 Main St. Homeowners also may file complaints using the department's website, www.dfs.ny.gov, or by calling the toll-free foreclosure hotline at (800) 269-0990.
2. The first of eight hearings this week on the Buffalo Green Code -- the first comprehensive revamping of the City Code governing development in nearly half a century -- takes place at 6 p.m. in Lafayette High School, 370 Lafayette Ave. The hearings, which will run for 2 1/2 hours, continue at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Riverside High School and South Park High School.
3. The new Buffalo Neighborhood Enhancement Team gets its first assignment today. A group of building inspectors who will focus specifically on absentee landlords with neglected properties, the team starts work on inspections and code enforcement in the Central Park area, where the city already has spent $2.1 million demolishing more than 100 vacant and unsalvageable buildings. "The city is not going to lose focus on what has to be done in the Central Park community," Mayor Byron Brown says.
4. Political newcomer Rebecca Darch takes her seat as freshly appointed 2nd Ward Council Member at tonight's Lackawanna City Council meeting. Darch, who's 25, works as a supervisor at a Buffalo nonprofit agency and has lived in the 2nd Ward for about five years. She wants to get rid of abandoned buildings, create more playgrounds and fix the ward's flood insurance problems. Named to fill the post previously held by Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski, she will have to run for election this fall against a field of opponents that's sure to include political veteran Annette Iafallo, a former School Board member who was backed for the post by the 2nd Ward Democratic Committee.
5. The Swan Library, 4 N. Main St., Albion, one of the two biggest public libraries in Orleans County, closes today. The books and other materials will be moved to the community's new $3.1 million library building, the Hoag Library, which will open in about a month at 134 S. Main St. The Hoag Library is scheduled to open July 7.
6. June in Buffalo, the annual festival and conference dedicated to contemporary composers, opens today on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. Sponsored by the department of music and the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, it features a full schedule of seminars, lectures, workshops and open rehearsals, along with afternoon and evening concerts that are open to the public. Playing the first one at 4 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall is the UB Percussion Ensemble, performing works by four June in Buffalo participants. Featured at 7:30 p.m. in Baird Recital Hall is Roberto Fabbriciani, the innovative Italian-born flutist playing works by Cavallone, Ferneyhough and Nono.
7. Broadway has the Tony Awards. Buffalo's theater community has the Arties. The 22nd annual presentation of the Artie Awards, sponsored by Artvoice and honoring the best of the past theater season, takes place this evening in the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Doors open at 7, with Jimmy Janowski providing red carpet commentary and show tunes by jazz singer Peggy Farrell. The main program starts at 8 and includes scenes and songs from five nominated musicals -- "Oliver!," "Avenue Q," "42nd Street," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Floyd Collins." Donation is $10 and benefits Benedict House.