Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich, The Buffalo News
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Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich

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A print journalism graduate of Buffalo State College, I also studied nursing at Trocaire College in South Buffalo. I am a licensed attorney at law admitted to practice in New York State. But it is the newspaper that I am most passionate about.

They have become as familiar on America's roads as rumble strips. The roadside memorials create somber landscapes along suburban highways and urban streets. Spontaneous displays dedicated to the memory of a loved one lost through accident or homicide, the memorials often feature stuffed animals, floral bouquets, solar lights, candles and crosses, and personal messages t…

Myadah Kalia, 22, of Syracuse had her eyes on Zambia, where she will travel with the Peace Corps in two weeks to jump-start her career in public health. Matthew Glosek, 21, of Buffalo hopes to work as a neurosurgeon, so next year he will begin studies for his master's degree in anatomical sciences. Shabir Mustehsan, 22, formerly of Amherst, graduated in December wit…

Buffalo police responded to a call at the Peace Bridge early Saturday and arrested four men from Utica on stolen vehicle charges. Arrested were: Moulid M. Somow, 22; Joseph A. Lumbrazo, 17; Ali Muya, 30; and David. T Upendo, 22. They were detained by Customs and Border Protection officers for attempting to cross the border in a stolen Volkswagon Jetta, police said. …

Child endangerment charges were lodged against the mother of a toddler who police said took her child to a Franklin Street bar Friday night. Anne K. Callan, 38, of Columbus Parkway, was charged after her 20-month-old son attempted to run into the street near the Tudor Lounge, police said. The boy was saved by a stranger, police said, adding that the mother was not aw…

Two men trying to solicit money faced disorderly conduct charges Saturday after police said they were obstructing traffic at Goodell Street near Michigan Avenue. Patrick Evancho and Aaron Pahute were arrested shortly after 3 p.m., police said. Evancho was holding up a sign that read "Down on my Luck," and Pahute held a sign with "Homeless. Need Help" at the time of the …

Axe suffered through puppyhood tied up outside a home in the Carolinas. Even after this black Labrador retriever was rescued, he still couldn't find a home that wanted him. An energetic pup with soulful eyes, Axe bounced from house to house but always wound up back at the shelter, returned by owners who could not keep up with his rambunctious spirit. Last Friday, Axe…

Lackawanna residents face a full slate of candidates this election season with open City Council seats in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Wards and a City Court judgeship up for grabs. The Lackawanna Democratic Party Committee Chairman David Iafallo said the committee recently endorsed the following: First Ward council member: Mohamed Albanna, a 47-year residen…

No charges have been lodged against the driver in the death of a 23-year-old University at Buffalo student who was killed last week as she crossed an accident-prone intersection in Amherst, police said. Angel McKnight-Miller, 23, was crossing Sweet Home Road near Chestnut Ridge Road early Thursday when she was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by Rocco A. Strangio, …

The town of Lancaster and the villages of Lancaster and Depew are looking to residents for help in guiding future growth as officials work on updating the three municipalities' master plan. An informational session for the public will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so residents can review maps and rela…

Five streets in southwest Cheektowaga will receive new sidewalks thanks to a community development block grant designed to improve the quality of life for low-to-moderate income areas. The town will replace 52,900 square feet of sidewalk on Griswold, Pleasant and Shanley streets and on Meadowbrook and Willowlawn parkways, said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. The cost is …

Leaders in the Lackawanna Muslim community Thursday announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a suspicious fire last month in an apartment house that sent seven people to the hospital. The predawn fire on April 22 routed four families of immigrants from a four-unit building at 97 Ingham St. On Thursday, c…

There are lots of ways to run afoul of the law. But by holding an illegal yard sale? Residents in the villages of North Collins and Blasdell must obtain a $2 permit before holding yard sales or face potential fines of up to $250. They could also wind up in jail for 15 days, said Jan Hutchinson, clerk and treasurer in North Collins. A survey of 20 municipalities…

A thermal imaging camera helped Lackawanna firefighters recently find and rescue a 28-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son from a fire in their Ingham Avenue apartment, said Lackawanna Fire Chief Ralph Galanti. Now, thanks to a donation from Hazmat Environmental Group, a Lackawanna-based company, the Lackawanna Fire Department will be getting two more thermal cameras. …

Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner recently unveiled the newest – and snazziest – truck in his fleet. Painted blue and white with multicolored, interconnected puzzle pieces across its side, the new highway department truck is intended to draw attention to autism awareness. The puzzle ribbon was adopted in 1999 as the universal sign of autism awareness…