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Grand marshal named
 for Pulaski Day parade

Jola Simon, a director of the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier for more than 30 years, has been named grand marshal of the annual Pulaski Day Parade on July 22.

The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Thruway Mall in Cheektowaga and proceed north on Harlem Road to Cheektowaga Town Park.

Simon, a native of Poland, came to the U.S. at the age of 14. He is a graduate of Kensington High School and the University at Buffalo.

For the past 12 years, he has been emcee of the parade with Ken Graber on Time Warner Cable.

He also has co-chaired the parade's annual fundraising banquet for many years with Gruber and association president Brian D. Rusk.


Summer programs available
to promote engineering

The Buffalo area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) will host summer enrichment programs.

BEAM is a program for students who recently graduated from grades seven through 11 that combines hands-on projects with current curriculum to teach math, science, engineering, technology literacy, architecture and robotics.

The programs offered at no cost to students.

Space is available for post seventh-grade students at Daemen College. The program runs from July 7-27.

Space also is available in the one-week girls-only program at Erie Community College, North Campus for post seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders. Dates are July 23-27.

Application deadline is today.

Applications must be accompanied by current report card. For applications or for more information call 645-3066, or email, or log onto or write to BEAM 416 Bonner Hall University at Buffalo , Buffalo, NY 14260.

BEAM is a nonprofit organization consisting of teachers and volunteer representatives from industry, education, government, professional and community groups.

BEAM is open to all students with an emphasis on minorities, females and other under-represented students.


Oishei Foundation gives $100,000 to Crisis Services

Crisis Services was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Oishei Foundation to help fund the new 24-hour Domestic Violence Response hotline in Erie County.

The hotline is a more efficient way for victims of domestic violence to access services 24 hours a day.

By dialing the Domestic Violence Helpline at 862-HELP (4357) or 884-6000 (for shelter), a victim can be linked to any of the domestic violence service providers that best meet their needs. All calls are confidential.

For the past two years, Crisis Services has worked on the project with the Erie County Department of Social Services; Child and Family Services Haven House; Hispanics United of Buffalo; the Family Justice Center of Erie County; the Erie County District Attorney's Office Be SAFE program; and the Erie County Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Unit.