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Barbara O'Brien


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"Welcome to Potholeville," says the sign on a bad stretch of Lakeview Road in Hamburg. It could be a sign in virtually every Western New York community. That's because cracks that were just bumps in the road a few weeks ago have opened into craters on city streets, county highways and state byways. "It is a safety hazard," said Hamburg Highway Superintendent Ted C…

April has been designated the month of the Military Child, and in recognition of that, RPM Raceway is offering a special discount for the children of members of the military. Children between 6 and 18 who present a valid military identification at RPM Raceway at Walden Galleria will receive a 50 percent discount off one race. The discount also will be given at the RPM l…

Erie County

Here's a camp for kids and their parents: Erie County Fair Camp. Children 8 to 10 years old, with a parent, get to sleep overnight at the fair in the "hay loft" in the Agriculture Discovery Center, and gain firsthand experience in raising, caring for and showing livestock. There are two two-and-a-half-day sessions, one each week of the fair, Aug. 10-12 and 17-19. …

Hamburg's town attorney and former supervisor Steven J. Walters is joining Colby Development as partner and chief legal officer. Robert Marcus, CFO and vice president of the real estate development company headquartered in Buffalo, announced the appointment Tuesday. He said Walters will focus on site plan reviews, use permits, area and use variances and zoning is…

Orchard Park Central School District officials are hopeful the state budget, due to be passed by the end of this week, will increase school aid. The district would have seen a drop of $237,000 in state aid under the governor's proposal, Jeffrey Petrus, assistant superintendent for business, told School Board members Tuesday. The tax levy will stay under the tax cap o…

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Even the state Department of Transportation admits it will be confusing at first navigating around the Skyway when it is under construction for the next two summers, but a spokeswoman said the DOT said has come up with a reasonable and effective plan. But Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, is calling on the DOT to do more during the $29 million rehabilitation of the deck. …

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Catholics in Western New York have had less than a month to digest the re-emergence of the priest sexual abuse scandal, and less than a week to come to terms with the list of names released by the Buffalo Catholic Diocese of priests accused of misconduct. And it's not easy. Some are resolute: "I'd never leave the church and certainly not over an issue like this," sai…

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On the eve of the holiest week in the Catholic church, Bishop Richard J. Malone has issued a video about the priest abuse scandal in the Buffalo Diocese. In it, he apologizes for the "tremendous pain" caused to the victims, whom he asks to come forward to the police and the diocese.  He said victims can call the diocese's victims' assistance line at (716) 895-3010. T…

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An altercation caught on video is prompting Town of Hamburg officials to think of bringing constables to town court to keep the peace. The incident occurred about 10:25 a.m. March 15 in the lobby of Hamburg Town Hall outside the courtroom, where court officers were on duty. The video shows several people sitting and standing, someone walking through the metal detecto…

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Southtowns commuters had a relatively easy winter driving into Buffalo over the Skyway. The summer may be a different story. That's when parts of the Skyway will be closed for a $29 million bridge rehab that will take two summers to complete. It might not be that bad for the bulk of motorists who drive into the city every morning and go home every afternoon, but i…

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Frontier Central School District hopes to add more than 15 staff positions costing more than $1 million and increase BOCES services by nearly $1 million in next year's budget. "For the third year in a row, we're talking about restoring positions, instead of cutting positions," said Carolyn Robertson, assistant superintendent for business. Robertson told the School Bo…

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Katie and James Guziec had second, third and even fourth thoughts about buying their dream home on old Eden Evans Center Road six years ago. They loved the nearly 2.5 acres and well-kept 1920s house, but the vacant house across the street gave them pause. "We almost didn't buy this house because of that property across the street," Katie Guziec said. The long …

Hamburg

Hamburg Town Board members will not buy the 17-acre Willow Bend Swim, Tennis and Social Club on Taylor Road. The nonprofit club is dissolving and was hoping the town could acquire it, including its debt of about $80,000, for the amount of the debt. But the Town Board voted Monday, 4-1, to pass. Town Supervisor James M. Shaw said he thinks the property will cost too m…

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West Seneca School Board members plan to appoint Matthew Bystrak as the permanent superintendent at their next meeting. The board announced last month in a letter to the community signed by all board members that Bystrak, who is the interim superintendent, was the best choice for the job. But the board still wanted to hear from a citizens advisory committee what it thou…

Hamburg

St. Francis Park is leasing studio suite apartments for seniors in the former Immaculate Conception Convent on South Park Avenue in Hamburg. Catholic Health System bought the convent from the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph for $8 million in January. More than 40 members of the Franciscan Sisters still live at the former convent, leaving 32 units available to rent, sai…