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Clarence

The community is coming together tonight to show love and support for the family of a 4-year-old Clarence boy who is battling a malignant and aggressive brain tumor.

Benjamin Sauer was diagnosed in January with Stage IV Glioblastoma and he has undergone a series of treatments in recent weeks to try to stop the growth of the tumor. His mother, Mindy Sauer, has chronicled the heartbreaking experience of caring for her sick child in a blog at the website www.blue4ben.com.

Tonight from 4 to 8 p.m., a benefit will be held for Ben in The Chapel at Crosspoint, 2435 Hopkins Road, Getzville. Tickets are $25 at the door. The event was originally scheduled to be at the church’s apex building but is now in the main building because of the interest in the fundraiser.

The event is called Blue 4 Ben in honor of the little boy’s favorite color.

Also this week:

• The Clarence Chamber of Commerce a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Monday with Richard Tobe, Deputy County Executive and Maria Whyte, Commissioner of the Department or Environment and Planning. They will explain Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz “Initiatives for a Smart Economy”. The presentation will be held in the Clarence Public Library, Three Town Place.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, One Town Place, to consider a variance requested to install a generator outside a residence at 5315 Mallard Roost less than 8 feet from the property line. The proposal calls for trees to be planted around it.

• The Ethics Board meets at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

• The Clarence Town Board has a special meeting with Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Kathleen Hallock Conference Room in Town Hall prior to its work session at 6 p.m. The board’s public meeting begins at 7:30 in the Town Hall auditorium.

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Board Conference Room.

• The public is welcome to join Garden Friends of Clarence as they meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Clarence Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St., for a lecture on “Women and Gardens of Forest Lawn” by Sandy Starks, the cemetery’s interpretive program director.