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Where we live; A town-by-town digest of what's happening in our communities


The Williamsville School Board will have three candidates running for three open seats on the board this year.

Unlike the tough competition for Williamsville School Board seats in previous years, many school officials this year were wondering if they'd have to resort to write-in candidates to have enough people to fill the three upcoming vacancies.

It appears that won't be a problem.

Board President Michael Littman is running for re-election to the board. He is the only incumbent seeking to retain his seat.

The other two candidates include Toni Vazquez, who previously ran unsuccessfully for the Erie County Legislature 6th District and the school board. She is a co-owner and manager of a Buffalo medical practice. The other candidate is Jay Smith, a general manager for Rural/Metro.

A candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. It will be preceded by a school meeting and budget hearing at 6 p.m. in the District Office board room, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.

Also this week:

*At 7 p.m. tonight, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert, based on works chosen by longtime patron Bill Podlewski. Pieces will include "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copeland, Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony No. 6" and others. The concert will be held in Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway.

*The Amherst High School Varsity Baseball team will dedicate its home game to Coaches vs. Cancer at 5 p.m. May 7. The game will be played against Maryvale at Amherst's Westmoreland Field. There will be a 5 0/5 0 raffle and food and products on sale, and $2 donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.



The Town Board last week approved a five-year police services contract with the Village of East Aurora that the town feels ensures a more equitable split in paying for police coverage.

The town's approval mirrors that of the village board's approval earlier this month. Under the agreement, which contains a one-year renewal clause, the town will pay 49 percent of the costs while the village pays the remaining 51 percent.

Meanwhile, town officials announced that they expect to move into their Gleed Avenue building as their new town hall by the end of this year. The Gleed Town Hall is undergoing renovations, although town meetings have been held there for several months. Construction work is set to begin Tuesday at Gleed and be completed by the end of August.

Until then, town offices remain based at the former chapel on the Roycroft Campus at 5 S. Grove St., on the corner of Main Street. The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation has purchased that property and has been renting it to the town for a nominal amount until town offices are relocated.

The new town hall location "will put an end to what has probably been a 20-year project," Supervisor Jolene M. Jeffe said.

In other town news, the town accepted a revised baseball diamond project that totals $42,000 for a portion of the Gleed Avenue athletic fields. Additional funds are being donated for upgraded benches, fencing and diamond dirt.

The town authorized a concession stand to be run by the Arsenal Soccer League at the soccer fields at Knox Farm State Park. The stand will sell coffee, bottled water, doughnuts, baked goods, juices and sports drinks.

Also this week:

*The East Aurora School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the library of the Main Street School, 430 Main St.



Mayor Byron W. Brown will officially unveil his proposed 2012-13 city budget on Tuesday.

The Common Council will receive Brown's proposed spending plan when it meets at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Brown administration officials and department heads will participate in budget hearings before the Council starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Chambers. Hearings will continue through Friday.

During the following week, the Council will hold workshops on the spending plan in Room 1417 of City Hall.

An official schedule of hearings and workshops will be available on

The Council must pass a budget, which goes into effect July 1, by May 22.

Also this week:

*The Council will hold its premeeting caucus at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 1417 of City Hall.

*The Board of Ethics will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Room 1317 in City Hall.

*The Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 901 of City Hall.



Discussion about how to best deal with vacant or dilapidated housing stock in the town will be among the subjects of a Tuesday evening work session of the Town Board.

The Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Council Office Conference Room in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

Also up for possible discussion, according to Council Member Angela M. Wozniak, will be a local law for limiting terms for elected town officials, including Town Board members and the supervisor. Wozniak said she plans to bring up limiting elected officials to two, four-year terms, for discussion at the work session.

Also this week:

*The town Conservation Advisory Council will hold a 6 p.m. meeting Thursday in the Council Office Conference Room.

*A "meet and greet" opportunity for single senior travelers to find a travel partner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the conference room of the Senior Citizens Center, 3349 Broadway. The event is hosted by the Cheektowaga Seniors Club Board of Officers;

*A Sunday Social, catered by Nowak's with music by Tony Krew & Co., will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Cheektowaga Seniors Club at the Senior Citizens Center.

The start of May will also be a busy week for schools in the town of Cheektowaga.

A $39.1 million proposed budget for the Cheektowaga Central School District's 2012-13 academic year will be the subject of a budget hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Board of Education room in the high school at 3600 Union Road. The budget is slated to increase by 0.88 percent, according to district figures. Voting on the budget and a position on the School Board is scheduled for noon to 9 p.m. May 15 in the chorus room in the high school.
*The Depew School District will hold a public hearing on the proposed $7.4 million budget for 2012-13 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Depew High School auditorium, 5201 S. Transit Road. A community meeting for the Cleveland Hill School District will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the 105 Mapleview Road campus.

*The Cleveland Hill Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 105 Mapleview Road.

*An induction to the National Junior Honor Society for students in the Cleveland Hill High School will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium, 105 Mapleview Road. The ceremony will be followed by a brief reception in the cafeteria.



Town officials and Towne Mini are hashing out how the auto dealership's proposed standalone location on Main Street would best fit into the property.

One issue involves access to Westwood Road, east of the property. While nothing is finalized, Towne has presented the idea of two curb cuts along the property's eastern edge, allowing access to Westwood. But some Town Board members last week expressed concern that the two access points along Westwood would generate more traffic in the adjoining neighborhood. Discussions will continue between Town and Planning Board members.

Also this week:

*The Town Board holds a work session at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

*The Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, following a 6:30 p.m. work session. Frank Giumpa is seeking development plan approval for a new insurance office building at 10060 Main St. The 1,280-square-foot building would be built next to a building Giumpa has rented for his Allstate office for several years.

Also, Affordable Senior Housing Opportunities of New York will request amended concept plan approval for its proposed complex on Roll Road.

*Wednesday is the registration deadline for the Youth Bureau's Young Artists Program, for children in grades three to five. The five-session program will be taught by Colleen McCarriagher, a New York state-certified art teacher. The program will be 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays starting May 8, at 10510 Main St. The cost is $25 per child. Call 407-2162.

*The Friends of the Clarence Public Library's book sale will be Thursday through Saturday at the library. The first night of the sale, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, is open only to members of the Friends of the Library; those not registered can do so at the door. The sale is open to everyone 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Also Saturday, a bag sale will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.



Two public hearings will be held Wednesday during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Evans Town Board.

The first public hearing will be at 7:20 p.m. to consider issuing a special-use permit for operating a commercial dog kennel at 1759 Sturgeon Point Road.

The second will be at 7:30 p.m. to consider miscellaneous revisions to town code having to do with streets, sidewalks and property maintenance.

The changes include: Not putting garbage at the curb for pickup until 6 p.m. the night before scheduled pickup; constructing town streets at least 60 feet wide; and having minimum yard setbacks for towers, structures and parking, loading and stacking areas.

The board meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road. An agenda meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Also this week:

*The Lake Shore Board of Education will have a work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the W. T. Hoag Educational Center, 42 Sunset Blvd.


Grand Island

Hundreds of Grand Island students made music part of their lives thanks to the efforts of the late William and Marion Pinkow. Now there's a petition drive to name the Grand Island High School auditorium in honor of the Pinkows. William, who initiated the music program in the Grand Island schools in the 1950s, and his wife were retired music teachers. They also were involved in a number of choral, band and orchestral organizations here and in Florida.

To sign the petition, stop by IsledeGrande, 1869 Whitehaven Road, or email Reg Schopp to add your name at rms@

Loraine Ingrasci, retired business and finance director for the Grand Island School District, is being honored with an Outstanding Service Award from the state Association of School Business Officials.

The $1,500 award includes $500 for the recipient and $1,000 for a scholarship presented in the recipient's name to a deserving high school student.

That award and others will be presented at the organization's annual conference in June in Albany.

Also this week:

*The Grand Island school and town boards will hold a joint meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Town Hall Courtroom, 2255 Baseline Road.

Among the agenda items will be updates on plans for a new school district transportation center and the district's $53.1 million budget for 2012-13.

*The Town Board will also meet in executive session Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. to interview candidates for the position of dog control officer.

*The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York is gearing up for opening day.

The local chapter of the national organization will hold a general meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Theodore's Red Hots, 1752 Grand Island Blvd. All are welcome to attend.

The Miracle League is a baseball league for young athletes with disabilities.

Opening Day for the league will take place at Miracle League Field, 1715 Bedell Road, May 20.



The Town of Hamburg's Planning Board is changing its meeting and work session schedule. Instead of having a work session on the first Wednesday of the month and a regular meeting the third Wednesday of the month, each meeting will have a work session section and a meeting section.

Chairman Peter Reszka said that will allow new projects to be presented to the board sooner. New projects are presented at work sessions, and if a project is submitted after the cutoff date -- the third Monday of the previous month -- it must wait another month before being presented to the board.

"It's caused a problem that is starting to make us not business-friendly," Reszka said.

Under the new system, new projects that miss the cutoff for the first meeting of the month would be able to be presented at the second meeting of the month. The new system will start July 1, he said.

Also this week:

*The Farmers' Market will open for the season Saturday in the village municipal parking lot. The market, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, runs from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 3.

*The town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

Among the projects the town Planning Board is to discuss at its work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall is the Willow Woods 49-lot subdivision planned for Taylor Road and a proposed apartment complex on the north side of Lake Avenue east of South Park Avenue.

*The village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.



The Zoning Board of Appeals will once again consider a request for a variance from the Lackawanna Islamic Mosque, which wants to create a Muslim cemetery on South Street in the city's First Ward.

City zoning laws require at least 20 acres for a cemetery, and the mosque has less than 10 acres of property for its proposed cemetery.

The Zoning Board tabled the request at its previous meeting after questions surfaced about whether the soil was contaminated with toxins from a former industrial site. Zoning Board members said they wanted assurances from the state Department of Environmental Conservation before considering the variance any further.

The issue is on the board's agenda again at 6 p.m. Thursday in the City Council chambers in City Hall.

Also this week:

The Lackawanna Democratic Party has set a deadline of Thursday for interested members of the party to send a certified letter declaring their interest in filling the post of 2nd Ward Council member.

The seat has been vacant since former 2nd Ward Councilman Geoffrey M. Szymanski was sworn in as mayor on Jan. 1. The council has been deadlocked on appointing a replacement, after a committee recommended Annette Iafallo and Rebecca Darch for the post.



The president of the Lancaster School Board is not running for re-election to his post, citing increasing work responsibilities.

David Zalenski is finishing his first, three-year term on the School Board and has served as president since last July.

He said he would like to run for another term on the School Board, but work demands prevent him from devoting the time to the position that it deserves.

"I have some personal things, from a business perspective, that are taking up a lot of my time," said Zalenski, who is sales manager at a printing facility.

The seat held by board member Wendy Buchert also is up for election next month, and only two people are seeking the two positions. The terms begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2015.

Buchert is running for a second term on the School Board.

The newcomer is Kim Nowak, 47, a lifelong resident of the Town of Lancaster, who is a regulatory technician with Rich Products who has two sons attending Lancaster schools.

Also this week:

*The Lancaster Industrial Development Agency is holding a work session at noon Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., to discuss the agency's standards for deciding whether a project merits IDA tax breaks. The meeting was called at the request of IDA Chairman Dino J. Fudoli.

*The Lancaster-Depew Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is distributing lawn signs with an anti-underage drinking message to residents and businesses in the community.

Beginning Monday, people who wish to display one of the free signs can call Lisa Johnson at 683-4444, ext. 206, to arrange pickup or delivery. People will be asked to display the lawn signs through July 15.

*The Town Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

*The Village Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

*The Lancaster Central Teachers Association will hold a its Charity Hockey Event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Holiday Twin Rinks, 3465 Broadway, Cheektowaga. Doors open at noon.

Association members will take on the Western New York Media All-Stars, a team that includes former Buffalo Sabre Andrew Peters.

Tickets are available through the Lancaster Youth Bureau, 200 Oxford Ave, or at the door, while Lancaster students can buy them at their schools.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $2 for youths younger than 18 and enter the buyer in a raffle for numerous prizes donated by local businesses.

Proceeds benefit the youth bureau and the Lancaster Food Pantry.


Orchard Park

The Eggert Road Elementary PTO will sponsor a Meet the Candidates Night on at 6 p.m. Tuesday followed by coffee with the candidates in the Administration Building, 3330 Baker Road. School Board President Alfred McClymonds and Elizabeth D. Quinlan are unopposed for two seats on the School Board.

A public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 budget will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a regular School Board meeting.

Also this week:

*The Town Conservation Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

*The village Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building.

*The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the supervisor's conference room followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the courtroom in the Municipal Building.


Southern Erie County

The Boston Town Board will conduct a work session to review the agenda at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.

Also this week:

*The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.

*The Concord Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 86 Franklin St.

*The Elma Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road.

*The Marilla Conservation Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to continue studying upgrades for the town's comprehensive plan and how it applies to farmland protection.

*The next two Wales Town Board work sessions planned for 7 p.m. May 22 and June 26 will be held in the South Wales Court House on Emery Road. The change is due to a schedule conflict with the Community Center.


City of Tonawanda

The Common Council will meet on Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St.

The meeting starts with an informal session at 6 p.m. followed by the formal session at 7 p.m.

The council is scheduled to consider a resolution to grant all Tonawanda Housing Authority employees a 2 1/2 percent raise, retroactive to April 1, 2011. The raises would be subject to the approval of the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

Also this week:

*The School Board will hold a workshop session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tonawanda High School, 100 Hinds St., for an update on the progress of the district capital project.

The district won approval from residents in September for its capital project, which will rebuild Clint Small Stadium, renovate the athletic fields on the Tonawanda High/Middle School campus and remodel a wing in the building to improve art, music, locker and exercise rooms.

Some other areas at the facility will be revamped as well. The roofs on Mullen and Riverview elementary schools also will be replaced.


Town of Tonawanda

Uniformed members of the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department will be going door to door starting Monday collecting for their annual fund drive.

Return envelopes were mailed out earlier this year and firefighters will stop only at homes that have not responded.

In 2011, the volunteers answered 1,461 calls for help, with more than 1,000 for medical emergencies.

Also this week:

*The Kenmore Village Board will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. Work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor's office.

*Kenmore Rotary's biannual Shred-It fundraiser is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. Bring your old papers and Rotarians will help you get rid of them. The suggested donation is $10 per standard 8 1/2 -by-11 inch box of paper. The limit is six boxes per person.


West Seneca

A celebration of partnerships between West Seneca schools and the community will be the subject of Wednesday evening's second-annual Community Recognition Night in the East High School auditorium, 4760 Seneca St.

The 5:45 p.m. event will begin with awards presentations for businesses, community service organizations, public safety agencies and individual community leaders.

Student musical groups from East Senior and West Senior will perform and a reception with light refreshments prepared and served by students in the advanced food program will follow the awards program.

Also this week:

*Town Board members will be briefed on an energy audit by representatives from the John W. Danforth Co. at a pre-regular meeting work session at 6 p.m. Monday at the West Seneca Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. The work session will be followed by a 7 p.m. regular meeting.

*West Senior High School, 3330 Seneca St., will hold a Sports Booster Chicken Barbecue at 3 p.m. Friday.


Town of Lancaster / By the numbers

Total population: 41,604


Median: 41.7
Percentunder 5: 5.1
Percentunder 18: 22.8
Percent over 65: 14.4


Population by sex:

51.6% female
48.4% male


Population by race:

97% white
1.4% Hispanic
1% black
0.6% Asian



Total units: 17,290
Percentage vacant: 4.2
Percent owner occupied: 77.1
Percent renter occupied: 22.9



Total: 16,559
Average size: 2.47
Percent with husband-wife: 54.5
Percent with husband-wife and kids under 18: 23.9
Percent with single fathers: 1.8
Percent with single mothers: 4.4

Source: 2010 Census