The local U.S. Post Office will be named after an Army reservist killed in action in Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama has signed the legislation to name the facility at 13127 Broadway after Sgt. Brett E. Gornewicz, who was among three soldiers from the 444th Engineering Company killed when a roadside bomb exploded in November 2012 in Paktia Province. The legislation was sponsored earlier this year by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Chris Collins; the signing was announced last week.
The 27-year-old Alden High School graduate enlisted with the reserves in 2006 and went to Iraq on his first deployment. Earlier in 2012, he was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor after saving a life during a firefight in Afghanistan.
“As we see this legislation come to fruition, we are grateful that as a nation we recognize Brett’s sacrifice,” his parents, Jack and Margaret, said in a statement.
• The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 3311 Wende Road.
• A meeting of the village Planning Board begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 13336 Broadway.
• Akron Community Band is performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Firemen’s Memorial Park on Broadway.
• Buffalo Steel, a steel drum band, performs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Alden Farmers Market, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alden Village Plaza on Broadway/Route 20.