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Town of Tonawanda

Finishing touches are being applied to a respite house for the developmentally disabled, scheduled to open this spring, which has received financial and in-kind support from the community.

The seed for Children’s Guild Foundation Mildred M. Seegler Respite House, at 52 Dixon Drive, was planted last August with a gift of $200,000 from the foundation, in memory of its namesake.

Operated by Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, it will provide overnight respite – beginning with weekend service only – for children and families from Buffalo and surrounding areas.

“Community Services has received donations from more than a dozen organizations,” said Dean Stresing, community relations coordinator. “Some of the donations were monetary and others in-kind, but all of them had one purpose: to supply and outfit the home to accommodate the children with developmental disabilities that will be staying there for overnights or afterschool hours.”

Additional grant and cash donations totaled $54,500, some of which was used toward wheelchair accessibility and sensory equipment. In-kind donations included appliances, furniture, toys and landscaping.

Also this week:

• A special meeting of the Ken-Ton School Board is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday in the board room at the administration building, 1500 Colvin Blvd. The agenda includes votes on the budget for Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services and its Board of Education elections.

• Tuesday is the deadline for reservations for the 28th Annual Awareness Banquet of SonRays Ministries, based in the Town of Tonawanda, which offers myriad services to uphold the sanctity of human life. This year’s banquet will be held April 26 at Samuel’s Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence. It includes a dinner, testimonies, music, gift basket sale and live auction. Tickets are $25 per person; for reservations and information call 694-8634 or 564-1903, or visit www.sonraysministries.org.

• A public hearing on the 2013-14 Village of Kenmore budget will be held when the Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor’s first-floor office.

• The Town of Tonawanda Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at the municipal building.