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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…

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 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…

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A father and daughter from Allegany County won more than $1 million Monday night on the NBC game show "The Wall." Kirk and Brooke Spangler of Belfast won $1.41 million, which is the most won on the show, hosted by Chris Hardwick. "We've had a lot of ups and downs, and no matter what, which way it came, we came out on top. My heart and soul will always be with you two…

After spending more than two hours in executive session, Hamburg Town Board members had no updates Monday night on who will run the Buildings and Grounds Department -- or for how much money. Hamburg Highway Superintendent Ted Casey said he wants to continue overseeing the Buildings and Grounds Department, and never said he wanted to get out of doing it. The Town Boar…

Amherst

Hamburg's highway superintendent wants to quit leading the Buildings and Grounds Department, and the town is investigating how that might happen. The duties of highway superintendents are laid down in state law, and include taking care of highways and bridges. They are not required to operate another department, but many superintendents have taken on additional work, in…