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Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich

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.


A repeat shoplifter was arrested Wednesday after police reported he tried to take $15 in merchandise from the 7-Eleven at 782 Elmwood Ave. The incident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. after the suspect entered the store and was observed slipping store items into a black bag, police said. The clerk confronted the individual and a struggle ensued, police said. The suspec…

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Matt Shaw will be high atop the 14-story Electric Tower when the clock strikes midnight on Sunday. His goal will be to light the sky for eight continuous minutes with a fireworks display that will signal the arrival of 2018. Joseph J. Montesano also will be on the tower's roof at 12. He will pull the lever that starts the giant ball on its 73-second descent along …

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A 23-year-old Cheektowaga man faces robbery charges after police said he took $250 at gunpoint from a pedestrian at Ridgewood Road and South Park Wednesday night, South District police reported. The robbery occurred around 8:30 p.m. when the pedestrian was called over to the car and robbed of $250 by the driver who brandished a small black handgun, police said. The thie…

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Lackawanna lawmakers have yet to decide who will fill the First Ward City Council seat vacated by Abdulsalam Noman. Mohamed Albanna won the seat in the general election in November, but was barred from taking it by a  State Supreme Court Justice Tracey Bannister. Her ruling was handed down just 10 days before he was scheduled to be sworn Saturday  in the Lackawanna Seni…

Buffalo

A $200,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation will allow Baker-Victory Services to relocate the main entrance of its service hub at 790 Ridge Road, according to Msgr. Paul Burgard, president of Our Lady of Victory Institutions. The new entryway on the west side of the building will allow better access to dental clinic patients and youth participating in vocational…

Cheektowaga

Diane Benczkowski looked at her Christmas tree, brushing aside tinsel to retrieve an ornament wrapped with green yarn. The small wreath her daughter, Kelly, made in 1992 displayed the photo of a chubby-cheeked smiling girl. "This one is a favorite," said Benczkowski, as she scrutinized her daughter's photo. "Kelly was a happy child, always having fun with her sisters." …

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Mohamed Albanna is legally barred from assuming a seat on the Lackawanna City Council, according to a ruling issued Wednesday by Supreme Court Judge Tracey A. Bannister. The ruling capped a court battle between Albanna — who won a general election race in the First Ward against John Ingram — and Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski. The City Council must now appoint a council me…

Cheektowaga

Six-year-old Emetrious Harless meant everything to his mother, Angel Harless, and she wanted to ensure his Christmas was brimming with happiness and toys. So she reached out to the Blue Mittens Project, which raises funds to help needy families during the holiday season. On Monday, Emetrious and his mother were scheduled to go on toy shopping spree at Target with Cheekt…

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Two men were charged with assault in a scuffle that broke out early Sunday in front of a burger bar on West Chippewa Street, police reported. The incident began inside the Soho Burger Bar at 64 W. Chippewa around 2:30 a.m. when one of the men refused to leave and slapped a Soho employee, police said. A fight ensued and escalated to the street, where three additional …

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A 60-year-old woman walked into a Chinese restaurant on Broadway near Mohr Street late Friday and told workers her male companion was armed and would shoot them if they did not give them money, police reported. Workers at the Golden Duck, 1265 Broadway, told police the incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. but was thwarted when they confronted the alleged gunman, who s…

Cheektowaga

Emma Voit, a petite 12th-grader at Maryvale High School, sat attentively in the auditorium Friday afternoon as actor William Fichtner fielded questions from the cast and crew of the school's annual musical production. Voit, cast in a lead role in the school's production of "The Little Mermaid," listened to Fichtner as he described film after film of his successful caree…

Cheektowaga

Maryvale High School will honor alumnus and Hollywood actor William E. Fichtner at 2 p.m. Friday by dedicating its auditorium to him, said Joseph D'Angelo, superintendent of Maryvale Union Free School District. Fichtner, a 1974 Maryvale graduate, will also be inducted as a distinguished alumni, D'Angelo said. Fichtner will be joined by friends, members of his family and…

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Theresa Adamec, assistant principal at Lancaster High School, was recently selected as secondary assistant principal of the year by two state education associations. The School Administrators of New York State and the National Association of Secondary School Principals recognized Adamec for her role in facilitating the school's 60 clubs and activities. Adamec was an …

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A rally in support of First Ward Councilman-elect Mohamed Albanna is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday in front of Lackawanna City Hall. Albanna was elected Nov. 7 to fill the council seat, but Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski is attempting to block him from taking office because Albanna was convicted of a felony 11 years ago. "The purpose of the rally is to exercise our…

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A public forum to discuss proposed changes to three main bus routes serving Lackawanna will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Baker Hall School, 777 Ridge Road. The forum, sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, will deal with proposals that would affect Metro service on the South Park (16), Hamburg (36) and Lackawanna (42) routes. One concern is…