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

Amherst

Amherst residents have complained to the town clerk about a "deed scam" mailer regarding the deeds to their homes.

Clerk Marjory Jaeger said she's gotten calls from residents about an official-looking notice that urges homeowners to purchase a certified copy of their deed through a company located in New York City, Jaeger said.

"The mailer requests $59.50 to process this request, when in fact you can receive a certified copy through our own Erie County Clerk's office for significantly less, the cost of copying," she said.

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs said most homeowners have an original recorded deed in their possession and that residents should check with the clerk's office for deed-related questions.

Also this week:

*The Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 3 p.m.

*The Williamsville Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office board room, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.

*The Amherst Task Force for Healthy Community-Healthy Youth and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration will hold a community gathering to discuss how to reduce underage drinking from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Amherst Youth Foundation, 5005 Sheridan Drive. RSVP to Kathy Mobarak-Miller at 631-7132, Ext. 7523, or kmobmiller@amherst.ny.us.

*The Government Study Committee, which is tasked with researching ways to improve the effectiveness of town government activities, and the Recycling and Waste Committee, which deals with recycling and trash management/reduction issues, is short on members.

Anyone wishing to join should contact Steven Sanders at 631-7013 or ssanders@amherst.ny.us.

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Aurora

Aurora's baseball diamond project is shaping up to be like a miniature "Field of Dreams" come true.

Facing a $42,000 tab, the project has so far raised $32,000 in donations.

Work is about to begin on the new diamonds at the Gleed athletic fields, which ultimately will create the town's first baseball complex.

"It will be easier for families and will be less expensive for maintenance," said Peggy Cooke, the town's parks and recreation director.

Some of the primary sponsors include the James J. Lilley Foundation, $10,000; Aurora Outfitters, $6,000; McDonald's of East Aurora, $3,000; and the Western New York Amateur Sports Fund, $3,000. Other donations have come through a number of families in the community.

The original owner of the local McDonald's, Joe Andres, told Cooke how valuable sports is to youth, which led to his contribution. His daughter, Nancy Andres, now runs the restaurant.

"He said he played in high school and they typically hire 60 employees, teens to college students, each year," Cooke said, noting that Andres pointed out that kids who have been involved in sports also have a team mentality when they come to work. "It ties so nicely together."

Planned are four T-ball diamonds, one girls' softball diamond and one full-sized hardball diamond. Construction will begin in late July, with the field to be up and running by spring 2013. The town workers and volunteers will be constructing the diamonds for the Town of Aurora Baseball & Softball League.

Also this week:

*The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, Main and Paine streets.

*The Aurora Town Board meets in a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Gleed site, 300 Gleed Ave.

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Buffalo

Plans to turn the former Fairfield Library on Amherst Street into apartments will come before the city's Zoning Board of Appeals at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

David E. Pawlik, a partner in Creative Structures Services of Buffalo, wants to turn the vacant 6,300-square-foot property at 1659 Amherst St. into apartments and office space.

Pawlik is requesting several variances: on the requirement for the number of parking spaces, for changing the use of the property and yard space requirements.

His plans for the property, which he would call Fairfield Commons, would cost an estimated $800,000.

Also this week:

*The board of trustees of the Aloma D. Johnson Fruitbelt Community Charter School will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the school, 833 Michigan Ave.

*The Planning Board will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in Room 901 in City Hall.

*The Common Council's Civil Service Committee will meet at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

*The Council's Finance Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

*The Council's Community Development Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

*The Council's Legislation Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

*The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 209 of City Hall.

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Cheektowaga

The newly struck four-year deal between the town of Cheektowaga and its Employees Association is expected to be approved at a regular meeting of the Cheektowaga Town Board at 6:45 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

The contract, which runs retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010 through the end of 2013, provides for a contractually required minimum staffing level in town to be reduced to 225 from 250.

In addition, the number of residential sanitation routes will be cut from nine to eight and the commercial container routes will be reduced from two to one, allowing for the town to eliminate five full-time positions in sanitation.

Current employees will receive a 2 percent annual wage hike as part of the deal, but wage rates for new hires would be reduced and all union employees will be required to pay toward the cost of their health insurance for the first time.

The Town Board also is expected to accept a site plan for the construction of an exterior dining area at the new Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant at the Walden Galleria, as well as approving an application by the Polish-American Arts Festival Committee to hold the annual festival in Cheektowaga Town Park from July 20-22.

Also this week:

*Wendy's Restaurant, Transit Road near Losson Road in Depew, will donate 10 percent of sales made between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday during Community Night to Depew High School's French and Spanish clubs.

*The National Honor Society induction and awards ceremony at Maryvale High School will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school's auditorium.

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Clarence

A team from Clarence High School will compete this week in the New York State Mock Trial Championship in Albany after winning the Western New York regional competition.

A total of six teams will face off Monday and Tuesday. The teams will argue the fictional case of People of the State of New York v. P.J. Long, involving a defendant charged with second-degree assault in the State Court of Appeals Judge Robert S. Smith will preside over the final round on Tuesday at the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse.

The competition started last December, when more than 300 high school teams across the state began participating in local tournaments.

Also this week:

*The Clarence Chamber of Commerce will host a business round table at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarence Public Library. Guest speaker Sean Macaluso of the Mac Groups will present a "Social Media Overview." The event is open to the public.

*The Town Board will hold a public hearing on its draft Agricultural and Farmland Protection plan during its Wednesday meeting at Town Hall. The board meets at 7:30 p.m. following a 6 p.m. work session.

Also, Affordable Senior Housing Opportunities of New York is scheduled to request two public hearings related to its planned 125-unit senior housing complex off Roll Road. The developer is seeking hearings on a zoning change and a special exception use permit for the project.

*The Clarence Industrial Development Agency is keeping tabs on several potential projects, including the New Buffalo Shirt Factory and Eastern Air Products. David Huck was planning to meet with agency officials about a possible $11 million, 100-unit senior apartment complex on Wehrle Drive, and Scott Roetzer is considering an office park at 10120 County Road. The projects were discussed at last week's IDA meeting.

*And, the Clarence Historical Museum, 10465 Main St., has a display of wedding dresses dating from the early 1900s, including one made from a parachute at the end of World War II. The museum also is displaying about 30 unidentified wedding photos that appear to be from the early 1900s to the 1950s. For more information on the museum, call 759-8575.

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Evans

Evans property owners will get a chance to challenge their assessments Tuesday on Grievance Day.

Hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Records Room of Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road.

Appointments are recommended.

Contact 549-5752 for more information.

Also this week:

*The Lake Shore Central School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center of the high school, 959 Beach Road.

*The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Evans Town Hall.

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Grand Island

Athletes from around the world will descend on Grand Island Saturday for the Am-Can International Judo Challenge.

Amateur competitors from as far away as Brazil, Germany and Spain will go head-to-head at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, for bouts across several division levels. The competition will run all day Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free for spectators. For more information, email info@amcanjudo.org or call 877-3823.

Also this week:

*The Town Board will hold a regular meeting at 8 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

There will be two public hearings at the beginning of the meeting. The first will hear comments about an amendment to the zoning code that would make motor vehicle repair service an allowed use in the M-2 zone. The second will hear comment about a block party planned for Love Road & Alt Boulevard on July 11.

*A progress report on the Grand Island School District's capital project is expected to be delivered by Campus Construction, the project managers, and Cannon Design, the architects, at the Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Middle School Little Theater, 100 Ransom Road. The Parent Teacher Student Association's annual academic awards night is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school. Guest speaker is Alan Elia Jr., vice president of Sevenson Environmental Services. About 450 students with high scholastic averages will be honored.

*The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York will celebrate its opening day at 2 p.m. today at Miracle League Field in Veteran's Park, 1715 Bedell Road.

*It's time again for junior cheerleaders and football players to register for the upcoming season.

Returning Junior Vikings football players ages 6 to 13 and cheerleaders ages 7 to 13 should register at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. New participants should register from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 30 at the Nike Base.

Registrants should bring two copies of their registration forms, including all required medical and shot records. New participants should also bring a copy of their birth certificate.

For forms and more information, visit www.jrvikings.org.

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Hamburg

Hamburg

Woodlawn Beach State Park, operated by the Town of Hamburg, opens for the season Saturday. Season passes to the park are available for $50. The pass is good for free parking and admission daily from Saturday through Labor Day. For more information contact the Town Recreation Department at 646-5145.

Hamburg town officials hope to have inflatable play structures at the beach soon. The Town Board last week approved spending up to $32,000 for the purchase.

Recreation Director Martin Denecke said the town hopes to buy about six play structures to be placed in a fenced-off area. There would be a separate admission fee for the new play area, which would be monitored by recreation employees.

Supervisor Steven J. Walters said it is expected that the admission fee will cover the cost of the equipment and attendants.

Proceeds from a community night at the Buffalo Bisons game June 16 will support Hamburg youth athletics.

The Buffalo Bisons, Town of Hamburg Recreation Foundation and the Hamburg Junior Baseball & Softball League are teaming up for the fundraiser.

The Community Night will take place at 7:05 p.m. June 16 as the Bisons take on the Pawtucket Red Sox. Tickets are $10. From each ticket, $3.50 will be donated to the Town of Hamburg Recreation Foundation or the Hamburg Junior Baseball & Softball League.

Community Night tickets may be purchased through the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department. Contact the Recreation Department at 646-5145 for more information.

Also this week:

*The Village Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

*The village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

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Lancaster

The Lancaster Village Planning Commission on Thursday recommended approval of the site plan for Harper International's proposed expansion at its West Drullard Avenue campus.

But the prospects for the project are uncertain at best because Harper currently doesn't have access to a section of land on which it planned to build parking for about 20 vehicles.

Lancaster Industrial Development Agency officials have said the Harper expansion is worth about $6 million, and town and village leaders want to keep the manufacturer in Lancaster.

Harper now leases space in five buildings on its campus, and plans to move out of three of the buildings into additional space constructed onto the two remaining buildings, which the company would buy.

Harper officials have said they are open to moving, either elsewhere in the area or out of state. The expansion on West Drullard hinges on several conditions:

*Approval of the site plan, which has passed muster with the Planning Commission and now goes to the Village Board.

*Sale of a stub of West Drullard by the Village Board to Harper.

*IDA approval of tax breaks.

Harper hasn't formally applied for the IDA tax breaks because of this latest parking wrinkle.

Company vehicles for years have used the former Link Street to access one of its buildings, said Diana Robbins, Harper's marketing manager.

Harper can't build the desired parking spaces if it doesn't continue to have access to the former Link Street. But the street's owner, John L. Visone, is refusing to sell the property to Harper or grant an easement.

Visone, owner of Visone Construction and an IDA board member, owns the three buildings Harper would vacate as part of the expansion and objects to the project.

Mayor William G. Cansdale Jr. and Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli met last week with Visone in an unsuccessful attempt to resolve the situation, Cansdale said. Visone did not return a message seeking comment.

Harper is hopeful it can reach an agreement with Visone, but the ongoing dispute over Link Street puts the project in jeopardy, Robbins said.

Also this week:

*The Lancaster Town Board meets at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. The full board meeting is preceded by a board work session at 7.

*A memorial to victims of the crash of Flight 3407 will be dedicated at noon Thursday in front of Russell's Steaks, Chops & More restaurant and hotel, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.

Restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore paid for the memorial, which is being installed near a Sept. 11 memorial in his Patriots and Heroes Park.

Donald Parrino designed both memorials, with the Flight 3407 memorial taking the shape of a soaring airplane and phoenix.

The statue is polished steel, stands 16 feet tall and weighs 3,000 pounds, Salvatore said.

Fifty people died in the crash on Feb. 12, 2009, in Clarence.

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Orchard Park

Town employees will be clocking in on a new electronic timekeeping system. The Town Board approved the purchase of $58,000 worth of equipment and software from Kronos Timekeeping and Scheduling. Most of the town's payroll functions are handled manually today, Councilman David Kaczor said.

Board members also recognized Jim Loesch last week for his commitment to excellence while he served on the town Conservation Board from 1981 through 2010. They also approved the location of eye care and dental offices at the site of the former IHOP restaurant at Quaker Crossing.

Also this week:

*The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the supervisor's conference room in the Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

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Southern Erie County

The Boston Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road, for a work session followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

*The Eden Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 2795 East Church St.

*The Elma Town Board will hold one meeting and one work session a month during the summer. The dates are June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15. The work session will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Town Board meeting at 7 p.m.

In other Elma news, Bryan Young hosted a grand opening Thursday of Sylvia's Place, a new senior citizen apartment building at Bowen and Bullis roads. Young appeared before the Planning Board Tuesday regarding some items that were not finished, including fencing and lighting.

During its meeting last week, the Town Board:

*Approved a business permit for Corinne's Cookies to operate a retail store and bakery at 2352 Bowen Road.

*Awarded bids for a 2012 4-by-4 truck with an extension cab to be used by the Water Deparment, and another truck to be used by the Highway Department. DeLacy Ford was awarded both bids. The water department truck will cost $24,537, the highway truck, $18,872.

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City of Tonawanda

A regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library media center at Tonawanda High/Middle School, 600Fletcher St. Among the items on the agenda is a special presentation from students at Riverview Elementary School about the book series, "7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

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Town of Tonawanda

A teacher and a student are the latest people who will be memorialized within the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.

A new sign planned for Kenmore West High School will be dedicated in the memory of Brian C. Dugan, an English teacher who died in September 2010 after he was hit by a car while jogging in the town. The request was made, and will be funded, by the Kenmore Alumni Association and the Kenmore West High School Class of 2011.

The sign will be at Delaware Road and Highland Parkway.

Meanwhile, the auditorium at Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School will be dedicated in honor of Jordyn D'Alimonte, who was a 6-year-old kindergartener when she died unexpectedly in April 2007 after undergoing minor, routine surgery.

That request was made by school personnel and the local Parent Teacher Association.

Last month, the auditorium at Kenmore West High School was renamed "Starr Auditorium" in memory of Jerry "S.J." Starr, a retired teacher who was credited as the originator of musical theater at the school. Following his death last June at the age of 78, former students and proteges began a petition drive in favor of the tribute.

Also this week:

*The Tonawanda Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the conference room.

*The Kenmore Planning Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the mayor's office in the municipal building.

*A ceremony marking the reopening of the Kenmore Branch Library begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at 160 Delaware Road.

*The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors will perform a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Kenmore East High School, Brighton and Fries roads. Call 874-8402 or visit ArmyFieldBand.com/tickets for tickets.

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West Seneca

Creating a new recreation leader position to assist current department director Mary E. Josefiak was easy. The hard part has been for Town Board members to fill the post.

The board will try to accomplish that at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. Josefiak is recommending the board approve promoting current recreation typist Sarah Flattery to the new position at a salary of roughly $32,000.

Board members agreed to create the new position last month but balked at hiring Flattery during a meeting earlier this month.

Josefiak proposes using Flattery's current $12,000 salary and finding $20,000 in "budget alterations" to pay for the new hire in the Department of Recreation, Youth and Senior Services.

Also at the meeting, the board is expected to set June 19 as a bid date for both the masonry restoration and roofing portions of an estimated $1 million project at the town's highway garage. It also will be asked to approve a nearly $2 million low bid by DiPizio Construction for the Dover Greenmeadow Reconstruction project.

Also, the Zoning Board of Appeals will consider seven separate variances concerning decks, driveways and fences on various properties in town when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

In the West Seneca Central schools this week:

*The teacher/student of the year assembly will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in West Seneca East High School, 4760 Seneca St.; and

*The West Seneca West Senior High School Spring Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school, 3330 Seneca St.

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Town of Boston / By the numbers

Total population: 8,023

AGE:

Median: 44.3
Percent under 5: 4.4
Percent under 18: 22.4
Percent over 65: 15.8

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Population by sex

50.2% male
49.8% female

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Population by race

98.4% white
1% Hispanic
0.3% Asian
0.1% black

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HOUSING:

Total units: 3,388
Percentage vacant: 4.9
Percentowner occupied: 82.6
Percent renter occupied: 17.4

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HOUSEHOLDS:

Total: 3,221
Average size: 2.49
Percent with husband-wife: 59.9
Percent with husband-wife and kids under 18: 22.9
Percent with single fathers: 1.9
Percent with single mothers: 4.3

Source: 2010 Census