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Barbara O'Brien


Michael J. Bartlett, the executive director of the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency, died Tuesday after being stricken at home. Bartlett, 71, had headed the IDA since 1994. "It just crushed us," said Hamburg village Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. "He was just a great guy." Bartlett, a Canisius College graduate, worked on hundreds of projects to attract and retain …

Education

How do you control school spending? Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's solution is to limit reimbursements to school districts for money they spent on certain programs the previous year, a prospect he says could save state taxpayers millions. School district officials and some lawmakers see something else: another move by the governor to pass more education costs to property tax…

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Looking for a career in law enforcement? The Department of Homeland Security is inviting college students and recent graduates to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Women in Law Enforcement webinar from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28. While the session emphasizes opportunities for women, all are invited to take part. The webinar will feature a panel of …

Buffalo

Being lifelong friends takes on new meaning when you get into your 90s, and you've lived a few blocks away from each other your entire lives. It means you put up with their ribbing and banter, you don't have any secrets – and you count each day with them as a blessing. And now three South Buffalo gals, Jean Ormond, Evelyn Kruse and Jean Conlon, are even closer. They …

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West Seneca residents are mounting a challenge to the Town Board's plan to borrow up to $5.1 million more for the library/community center building. "They need to stick to the original project, as it was scheduled out to be," said Dan Warren, who headed up a petition drive. Petitions requesting a public referendum be held on the town's plan to issue additional bonds …

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If you're thinking of running for a seat on your local school board, a workshop is coming that will let you know what the job entails and give you some perspectives on campaigns. The Erie County Association of School Boards will present the seminar for prospective school board candidates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 3 in Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca.…

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Fallout from texting, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media is to blame for several fights and altercations at Frontier Central High School, administrators told the School Board Tuesday night. And some parents are to blame for spreading misinformation over social media, School Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. "I have to ask the parents, instead of spr…

Education

A member of the citizens' advisory committee formed to interview candidates for the post of West Seneca Schools superintendent objected to the School Board's decision to send just one name to the committee. The board said last week that interim superintendent Matthew Bystrak is the best choice to head the district permanently. Brandon Najm, president of the West Sene…

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The Town of Yates has changed its law to put more restrictions on where wind turbines can be erected as part of its continuing battle to keep the Lighthouse Wind project out of town. The amendments prohibit wind energy conversion systems from being built within three miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline and within a half mile to one mile from other parts of the town in O…

Crime

In addition to exposing himself to female employees, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein also told several employees he would kill them and their families, according to a lawsuit filed Sunday by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Schneiderman charges Weinstein, who attended the University at Buffalo in the 1970s, his brother, Robert Weinstein, and the Weins…

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The Town of Hamburg is looking into buying the 17-acre Willow Bend Club on Taylor Road. The nonprofit swim, tennis and social club is dissolving and needs to sell its property, said Martin Denecke, director of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services. He said the club also needs to pay outstanding debts of $70,000. "It needs work, but it's a very beautiful piece of prop…

Education

The high school Class of 2017 continued to push graduation rates upward, both in the Buffalo region and across New York State. Roughly half the high schools in the area saw graduation rates rise from the previous year, including Grand Island, Williamsville East, Eden, Sweet Home, Maryvale and Cleveland Hill, according to new figures released Wednesday. Buffalo held s…

Education

The high school Class of 2017 continued to push graduation rates upward, both in the Buffalo region and across New York State. Roughly half the high schools in the area saw graduation rates rise from the previous year, including Grand Island, Williamsville East, Eden, Sweet Home, Maryvale and Cleveland Hill, according to new figures released Wednesday. Buffalo held s…

Education

The West Seneca School Board has decided that interim superintendent Matthew Bystrak is the "best choice" to head the district permanently. In a letter to the community posted on the district website, board members said they had "unanimously determined" that Bystrak was the best choice after a thorough review of applications. But the board also asked an advisory comm…

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The fracas over who will run Hamburg's Buildings and Grounds Department – and for how much – has been settled: Highway Superintendent Ted Casey will continue for the foreseeable future, and he'll receive the $2,500 stipend. The Town Board also made a promise to Casey: "We will take a good look at the demands of the operation during this calendar year and give a good fai…