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A broad-based human services agency has received $325,000 in private grants to expand its facility in Derby.

Community Concern of Western New York, a not-for-profit established in 1971, will use the funding to build a 3,000-square-foot addition to its facility at 6722 Erie Road, said Executive Director Jerry S. Bartone.

The addition will provide more room for its behavioral health and senior services programs, as well as extra office space for outside providers offering related services.

“The primary objective of this expansion is to make it easier for our service community to attain the quality health and human services they require in one safe and convenient location,” said Linda Potwara, board chairwoman.

The substantial support was provided by the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Patrick P. Lee Foundation and the Margaret Wendt Foundation, Bartone said.

Community Concern also is looking to raise another $20,000 through an upcoming capital campaign, along with $15,000 in in-kind donations, such as office furniture.

To assist in the fundraising, call 947-5025 or send an email to

Also this week:

• The dedication of the Evans “Hometown Hero Wall” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road.

The town partnered with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 5798 of Angola to honor Evans residents who are serving – or have served – in the military by displaying their photo and a short biography in the main hall of the municipal building.

• Caribbean Extravaganza, a calypso, reggae and island music group, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Summer Lawn Concert Series in Angola’s Centennial Park. The concert will be at the William G. Houston Gazebo. The rain location is at the nearby New Angola Theater, 72 N. Main St.

• The Evans Art Guild will hold its summer show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 at the Evans Historical Society, 8351 Erie Road.

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