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South buffalo

Meeting to focus on snow emergencies

The South Buffalo Coalition of Block Clubs will discuss ways to improve early response to snow emergencies in the wake of the November storm when it meets with public officials at 7 p.m. Monday in Tosh Collins Senior Center, 35 Cazenovia St.

Block club leaders would like to have traffic bans and parking bans declared four hours in advance of major snowstorms. They also would like to find ways to move cars off the streets, reroute Skyway traffic away from their neighborhoods and provide for adequate hospital staff coverage.

“While there is a great deal that went right in the working partnership between neighbors and public services,” says coalition president Linda Friedenberg, “there still remain joint improvements that can lessen the impact of a major snow event.”

JUDGESHIPS

Ceremonial Courtroom sees two sworn in, two to come

Erie County Courthouse’s Ceremonial Courtroom has seen the installation of two new judges, with two more scheduled next week.

County Elections Commissioner Dennis E. Ward was sworn in Monday as a State Supreme Court justice, and Buffalo City Court Judge Barbara R. Johnson-Lee was sworn in Tuesday.

Upcoming swearing-in ceremonies include State Supreme Court Justice E. Jeanette Ogden, a former Buffalo City Court judge, at noon Monday, and State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek, at 12:15 p.m. next Friday.

VILLA MARIA COLLEGE

Learning-disabled students to be helped by new program

Villa Maria College will offer a new program designed to help students with learning disabilities succeed at the college level.

The college plans to roll out the “Achieve Program for Students with Learning Differences” next fall.

For a separate fee, the program will provide enhanced services, including one-on-one support from tutors and advisers and specialized career and internship support. The initiative will be directed by Melissa Zgliczynski, head of the Office of Students with Disabilities. She also will supervise a staff of professional tutors.

Students may apply to the program now.

REFUGEE SERVICES

Dirschberger named to helm of Journey’s End

Al Dirschberger has been named the new executive director for Journey’s End Refugee Services and will begin his new role on Jan. 20.

He will take over from Jeff Ogilvie, the agency’s employment services coordinator, who has served as interim executive director since the departure in May of Molly Short Carr for a position with RSC Africa.

Dirschberger is a graduate of Medaille College and earned master’s and doctorate degrees in social work from the State University at Buffalo. He is coming to Journey’s End after 28 years with Gateway Longview, a child and family services agency. He had been vice president at Gateway since 2002.

Journey’s End provides refugees coming to Buffalo with job training, housing help and other assistance.

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