Officials still aren’t talking

Officials from the Niagara County Health Department, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and Norstar Development Corp. remained mum Monday on the status of the HOPE VI project in Niagara Falls.

While officials from the Health Department and the development company said last week they would issue a joint statement on the future of the development site, county Director of Environmental Health James Devald said Monday his department was not yet prepared to release the information as promised.

Two weeks ago, the health department issued a letter urging the project’s developer to temporarily cease construction pending additional soil testing on site.

Devald said he hoped to be able to provide updated information on the status of the project today.


Griffin to be honored

The Rev. David G. Griffin, pastor of St. Leo’s Church, will be honored at a Mass and retirement dinner on Sept. 4 by the Council of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. at St. Leo’s Church, 2748 Military Road, followed by a sit-down dinner in the church dining hall.

Griffin has served as spiritual director for the council for eight years. St. Leo’s has merged with Prince of Peace parish to become St. Vincent DePaul.

The cost of the dinner is $15 per person. Reservations are requested by Aug. 20. Make checks payable to Council of Catholic Women and mailed to Mary Sue Robies, 5985 Heritage Road, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14305.

For more information, call 754-1164.

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