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A special viewing of the Lifetime movie, “Stage Fright” will take place at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Why Ilio's? Owner Dennis DiPaolo has a cameo in the movie, which is one of six produced in the Buffalo area by director Fred Olen Ray. “Stage Fright” was filmed last year throughout Western New York at the Riviera Theater, Record T…

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January will bring in a new political landscape in Hamburg, with four newly elected Town Board members and a new highway superintendent. And when Democrat Jim Shaw takes over as supervisor, he will be part of a two-member minority on the Town Board, since Republicans captured all three council seats. There were so many seats open this year - the most in recent memory…

Hamburg

Hamburg will have a Democratic supervisor for the first time in 12 years, and newly elected James Shaw will work with a Republican Town Board. Shaw, who has been a municipal attorney for several jurisdictions over his 42-year legal career, beat attorney Dennis Gaughan, 59-41 percent. The big upset of the night came in the highway superintendent's race, where Ted Cas…

Education

File this under "great minds think alike." West Seneca West Elementary fifth-grader Gabriella Wysocki and Mary Lou Dietrich of West Seneca Food Pantry both wanted to help victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Dietrich contacted the five elementary schools in the West Seneca district, as well as St. John Vianney and Queen of Heaven schools to see if they could co…

Politics

Candidates for Erie County Legislature's 10th District traded charges over a controversial campaign flier that says that Michelle Schoeneman "wants to bring free heroin shoot up sites to our community," and gives the impression that it was sent by her campaign. "I never said I wanted heroin shoot up sites, heroin injection sites, anything of that sort," Schoeneman said…

Politics

Democratic Erie County Legislature candidate Michelle Schoeneman on Friday filed a notice of summons against her opponent Legislator Joseph Lorigo, accusing him of defaming her in robo calls and social media and television ads regarding the opioid epidemic. Schoeneman filed the summons in State Supreme Court, indicating Lorigo's campaign falsely alleged Schoeneman "want…

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Brenda Shaw has rehabbed houses for years, including three she rents through Airbnb, the leading home-sharing website. Her family friend, family practitioner Dr. David Johnson, has an Airbnb business, too. The two are now the new owners of SunCliff on the Lake, the former St. Columban Center on Lake Erie in Evans that the Buffalo Catholic Diocese used for decades for…

Six hundred musicians from 56 Western New York school districts will gather at Akron Central High School this weekend for the New York State School Music Association's junior high area all state music festival. The festival takes place over two days, with rehearsals Friday and concerts on Saturday. The string orchestra and two choruses will perform at 1 p.m. and the ban…

West Seneca West High School alumnus Nicholas Jones will be the guest speaker at the school's 27th annual Veterans Day commemoration at 8 a.m. Nov. 9. Jones, a 2007 graduate and special teams coordinator for the school's JV football team, was a Marine Corps sergeant, serving in Cuba, Haiti and Afghanistan. Students will honor veterans through patriotic readings, artw…

Erie County

A family practitioner and the mother of a West Seneca Army sergeant who was killed in Iraq have purchased the St. Columban Center in Evans for $1.4 million to turn it into a lodging and wedding venue. The Diocese of Buffalo announced the sale of the 27,000-square-foot retreat center on the Lake Erie shore Thursday. Dr. David Johnson, who has had a practice in Kenmore…

There is a rematch in the Hamburg highway superintendent race this year, and voters have more choices than usual for Town Board members. Here's a primer on the candidates based on their responses to a questionnaire and financial disclosure reports filed with the state Board of Elections. Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr., 73, incumbent highway superintendent, re…

It looks like this year's race for Hamburg highway superintendent is the most expensive highway superintendent's campaign in Hamburg history. Incumbent Tom Best Sr. has spent $89,357 on his race against Ted Casey, the town's traffic safety coordinator, according to financial disclosure records on the state Board of Elections website. Did Best, a former police captain…

With a week to go before the election, more than $150,000 has been spent on the race for Hamburg supervisor. Dennis Gaughan has raised $78,259 and spent $94,850, according to state campaign finance filings. His opponent, James M. Shaw, has spent $59,962 and raised $61,960. Gaughan has contributed $49,200 to his own campaign, and his wife, Mary Rose, has contribute…

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If Orchard Park can't stop drones in the air, the town is moving to prevent them from taking off. Town Board members Wednesday night are expected to repeal the 2015 code restricting drones from flying around New Era Field and open air events in the town, because Federal Aviation Administration regulations govern airspace. But the board plans to enact a new law preven…

Erie County

Joseph C. Lorigo was unopposed two years ago when he ran for re-election to the Erie County Legislature. His Democratic opponent this year thinks that was a function of the power of the Conservative Party chairman, who happens to be Lorigo's father, Ralph. "He was likely to go unchallenged again had I not sat up and challenged him," said Michelle Schoeneman, 45, a pa…