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1. The Village of Williamsville, having fought off a proposal to downsize the Village Board a couple of years ago, is wasting no time in making sure that the five-member body remains at full strength. After Brian Geary, a trustee since 2005, resigned his seat Friday, Mayor Brian Kulpa called a special meeting for 6:30 tonight in Village Hall, 5565 Main St., to appoint his replacement. It’s Chris Duquin. A former Erie County Legislature staffer who now operates Steven’s Driving School, he founded the Village of Williamsville Citizen Study Group, which challenged the downsizing proposition.
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2. Red Lobster has decided to give its finny friends a break. On the seafood restaurant chain’s new menu, scheduled to debut today, only three-quarters of the dishes involve fish, down from 92 percent on the old bill of fare. Joining the salmon and shrimp for the first time will be pork chops. The chain also is trying to boost its appeal to bargain-conscious guests by increasing the number of lower-cost entrees.
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3. If you know someone who’s an accountant, you probably shouldn’t bother them today. They’re probably busy doing computations for all their clients who didn’t file their income taxes on time last April and submitted Form 4868 instead. Today the six-month extension is over. It runs out at midnight.
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4. The latest album from folk-blues singer Maria Muldaur – her 40th – sounds like it could be her oldest. “… First Came Memphis Minnie,” a tribute to the pioneering female blues singer, is full of classic songs from the 1920s to the 1940s. Muldaur is likely to sprinkle a few like “Tricks Ain’t Walkin’ ” and “Me and My Chauffeur Blues” onto her song list when she and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band play the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
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5. The groaning that accompanies the introduction of new municipal budgets is hitting a crescendo this week as the deadlines arrive to make them public. Complaints are expected to be loudest in Niagara Falls, where Mayor Paul A. Dyster, right, two weeks ago postponed the announcement of a “disaster budget.” The extra time was needed, he said, to find other places to make cutbacks in the face of a huge deficit caused by the holdup of revenue sharing funds from the Seneca Niagara Casino. He’s scheduled to introduce the trimmed-down plan today.
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6. Amherst town officials got no complaints last week about holding the line on tax increases when they held their first hearing on next year’s budget. What made people unhappy, instead, were cutbacks on youth services and a squeeze on the Police Department, which would get no extra officers and no new police cruisers under the spending plan. A second hearing will be held as part of the regular Town Board meeting at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 5583 Main St. The meeting will be blogged live on www.buffalonews.com.
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7. Those people marching from the Rath County Office Building to the Central Library in downtown Buffalo this morning are kicking off “Engendering Gardens,” a weeklong Gender Week program sponsored by the Gender Institute at the University at Buffalo. It will be followed by speakers, entertainment and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library, followed at 4 by a welcoming reception in the UB Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst.