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Ruling expected Friday 
on delayed road project

NIAGARA FALLS – The city will find out Friday if it can move ahead with a delayed road construction project.

State Supreme Court Justice Frank Caruso on Wednesday said he would decide Friday whether to grant a preliminary injunction to prevent work on Lewiston Road.

The injunction was sought by attorneys for Man O'Trees, the West Seneca contractor at odds with the city over project costs and the severity of radioactive materials at the site.

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Benefit planned Saturday
 for high school student

NIAGARA FALLS – The community will come together at 2 p.m. Saturday at Niagara Active Hose Fire Hall, 6010 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara, to benefit a 16-year-old Niagara Falls High School student.

Danni Pierini, daughter of Dan and Lisa Pierini, is currently undergoing an intensive regimen of chemotherapy at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, after which she will undergo surgery to replace a large portion of her left femur. That will be followed by another 16 weeks of chemotherapy.

A clarinetist for the Wolverines high school marching band and a volunteer for several community organizations, Danni has been trying to keep her life as normal as possible while undergoing treatment, even making it into school for the start of the new year.

It was at school that her ordeal began last February. Danni was climbing the stairs to a class when her femur suddenly snapped, sending her to emergency surgery to insert pins into the damaged bone. While checking the progress of the injury in June, doctors discovered a cyst within the femur, which was later determined to be osteosarcoma. She has been in treatment at Roswell Park since.

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Public hearing to be held
 on adopted tentative budget

LOCKPORT – The Town Board, which made a few alterations in the 2013 budget proposal when it first received the document last week, made no further changes before adopting it as the tentative spending plan Wednesday.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said a public hearing is expected to be held Nov. 7 on the nearly $14.4 million budget, which increases the total tax levy by 0.93 percent.

Despite the levy increase, the owner of a $100,000 home in most of the town is expected to see a decrease of $6.42 in his total tax bill. Similar decreases are projected in the Carlisle Gardens and Lincoln Village subdivisions, which have special districts of their own.

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Superintendent resigns 
in wake of DWI arrest

The Warsaw Central School Board Tuesday night accepted the resignation of Superintendent Valerie K. Burke, effective immediately, as a result of belated disclosures of her drunken driving arrest by state troopers on Interstate 490 in Rochester shortly after midnight on May 21, 2011.

Following a 90-minute closed door session by the School Board, Board President Bob Cummins confirmed the board had accepted the superintendent's resignation.