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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.

The eyesore that for a decade tainted a busy intersection in Cheektowaga is finally being torn down, said Diane Benczkowski, the supervisor. Demolition began Tuesday at the vacant Garden Village Plaza on the southeast corner of Union and French roads, the supervisor said. "I promised the revitalization of this plaza would be one of my top priorities and after cou…

Paperwork filed Tuesday morning with the Town of Cheektowaga confirmed Walden Avenue as the proposed site of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based chain of restaurants with 2,000 locations across the country, said Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. The 4,975-square-foot restaurant would be built on the site of the former Famous Dave's Barbecue at 1753 Walden Ave. It would be the fi…

Julie Gajewski, former assistant principal for K-5 in the Hamburg Central School District, will serve as principal at St. Gregory the Great School in Amherst, the school announced. While working in Hamburg, Gajewski developed and implemented a positive behavior program, and coordinated the Peer Helper and Student Safety Patrol. Before Hamburg, Gajewski served as pri…

At one point during this busy concert season, Lancaster's Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra performed 12 shows in 12 days, said longtime music teacher Ken Kowalski. The orchestra, an extra-curricular organization for Lancaster middle and high school students, is heading for one of its biggest performances of the summer. "Seniors Send-Off" will bid farewell to band m…

The Veggie Van, full of fresh fruit and vegetables, will travel this summer to neighborhoods that lack easy access to produce in Lackawanna and Niagara Falls. Sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the mobile farmers market will stop one day each week through Sept. 13 in Lackawanna and Sept. 14 in Niagara Falls. The produce sold is locally grown, and becau…

A judge has ruled construction can continue at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center to pave the way for the WNY Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca to be moved there. Appellate Court Judge Patrick H. NeMoyer on Thursday stayed a temporary restraining order issued earlier in the week by a lower court that barred Gov. Andrew Cuomo from vetoing a bill that would keep W…

Don't expect to see amusement rides at Lackawanna Festival unfolding this weekend at Veteran's Stadium, 2960 South Park Ave. Instead, the festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with back-to back softball tournaments, continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with a three-on-three basketball tourney and winds down Sunday on bicycles with a 10-mile ride through the Stee…

An addition to the growing Baker-Victory Services campus at 100 Martin Road toasts the charitable effort of a Western New York family and fulfills a need for other families who desire a place to stay. The 3,100-square-foot building that opened this week will be used to accommodate families while their children receive treatment at the Baker-Victory Residential Trea…

New York State has refused Lackawanna's request for help paying for more than $550,000 in costs associated with the four-day inferno at an industrial park on the former Bethlehem Steel property in early November 2016. The rebuff came in the form of a two-paragraph letter to Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski from Terence O'Leary, executive deputy commissioner for the state Div…

A 32-year-old Collins man was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a Gowanda man inside a trailer home in Collins. Anthony Chipman, 46, of Gowanda was found unresponsive around 7:40 p.m. on the floor of the residence, said Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard during a news conference Thursday afternoon. Brandon White, 32, of Col…

The Lancaster Village Board and Lancaster Fire Department Chief James S. Volpe Monday night commended the heroic actions of an off-duty Depew firefighter during a recent fire on Central Avenue. Early on the morning of June 29, firefighter Marc Adamberger reported a structure fire in a building occupied by Happy Tails Doggie Day Care at 36 Central Ave., Volpe told Villag…

YOUNGSTOWN – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a boating safely class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Officers Club in Fort Niagara. By newly adopted state law, anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must complete a safety course to operate a boat in New York State. The class, taught by certified instructors, may lead to a 10 percent discoun…

A burglary suspect wearing a dark hoodie pulled over his head used bolt cutters to cut the iron safety gate over the door of South Buffalo pizzeria during a break-in attempt early Saturday, police said. The attempted burglary that occurred at 2:30 a.m. at Ricota's Pizza, 206 Elk St., was recorded by the shop's surveillance cameras, police said. It happened the…

AMITY – A lost wallet turned over to State Police led to the arrest of a 30-year-old Fillmore man on drug possession charges, State Police reported. Derrick J. Totsline was arrested July 2 on charges of narcotics possession. As it turned out, a good Samaritan found Totsline's wallet, and returned it to the barracks in Amity, said Sgt. Matthew Witkowski. When …