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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.


Erie County

A vast wasteland from a past generation’s steelmaking would be transformed into a high-tech energy producer under a plan to install 13,000 solar panels on brownfields at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna.The project, called “Steel Sun,” would turn the brownfields into one of the largest solar farms in New York State, city and project officials say.They expect i…

Amherst

When Amr Abbas immigrated to this country from Egypt, the 21-year-old brought with him a green card, suitcase and $100 from his mother. Four years later in 2000, Abbas moved to Buffalo, where he would marry, start a family and eventually operate three sheesha lounges.While the concept of smoking dried fruit leaves mixed with molasses through a hookah may appear foreign to …

Although police arrested a 16-year-old suspect Saturday afternoon in connection with one of at least four recent attacks on women in Allentown, the lower West Side and the Elmwood Village, the violence still has residents on high alert.In Allentown on Wednesday evening, six women walked as a group before heading to the Justin Timberlake concert at First Niagara Center.A co…

While police arrested a 16-year-old suspect Saturday afternoon in connection with one of at least four recent attacks on women in Allentown, the lower West Side and the Elmwood Village, the violence still has residents on high alert.In Allentown Wednesday evening, a group of six women walked together before heading to the Justin Timberlake concert at First Niagara Center.A…

Two women were raped and a third was hit on the head with a beer bottle during three violent attacks on the West Side during the last eight days, according to Buffalo Police Department reports.The most recent attack occurred late Sunday on Ashland Avenue near Bryant Street when a 30-year-old woman was attacked with a beer bottle and beaten by an unknown assailant, police s…

Local News

The billboard poster crafted in 1883 hyped the 27th Erie County Fair with a folk art scene of farm animals, beehives and jockeys with handlebar mustaches.Unveiled Tuesday at downtown’s Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center by representatives of the Erie County Agricultural Society, the poster will be part of the celebration marking the 175th Erie County Fair on Aug. 6-17.The mult…

Rayshawn Bethany was convicted of killing Vernon Hardy Jr. during a drive-by shooting in May 2012, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III reported.Senior County Court Judge Michael D’Amico found Bethany guilty of second-degree murder in the non-jury trial. It was the highest charge for which he could have been convicted,Buffalo police faced a wall of silence in …

Buffalo

What do you buy a 105-year-old woman for her birthday?Carmela Trippi doesn’t want for much – unless you’re talking fresh tripe or lobster. The former political maven who counts Robert Kennedy and Henry Nowak as friends was happy on a sultry Sunday afternoon dressed in cool white and seated near an open door at Friendship House in Ellicott Creek Park.Outside, Ted’s Hot Dog …

Erie County

Many local historians know the story about Town Line – how residents of the hamlet on the Lancaster-Alden town line voted 80 to 45 to secede from the United States in 1861, and how it did not vote to rejoin the Union for another 85 years.A historical marker mounted on a boulder in front of Town Line Lutheran Church in Alden tells that story. It was placed there by the Alde…

Lifestyles

The 2014 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship is expected to draw 1,267 participants when it touches down at Hamburg Fairgrounds next month. As first vice president of the New York State Horseshoe Pitchers Association, Frank Kwiatkowski of Lakeview had a hand in planning the tournament.Pitching with a 30 percent accuracy rate – scoring three ringers every 10 throws – the …

The shooting spree that has rocked the East Side since mid-May resulting in at least three deaths and numerous injuries to innocent bystanders has sent Buffalo Peacemakers into troubled neighborhoods with a message.“Put down the hardware,” said the Rev. James Giles, supervising coordinator of the Peacemakers, a coalition of seven anti-violence groups. “It makes it bad for …

Local News

Not every couple can say they launched a music school the same year they were married, but Henri and Isabel Muhammad did exactly that 15 years ago. Today, about 60 students – some as young as 2 – attend the Muhammad School of Music, which draws young musicians from throughout Western New York and southern Ontario. Located downtown in the Market Arcade building, the school …

A compromise on a controversial new user tax for garbage pickup in the City of Lackawanna paved the way Monday night for Council approval of a $26,250,871 budget for 2014-2015.The compromise was agreed upon after a three-day summit among Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski, Council President Henry Pirowski, Third Ward Councilman Joseph Jerge and officials including City Attorney Anto…

Buffalo

When Robert “BobKat” Nowak took a job as athletic director at the Town Boys Club in Riverside in 1969, his intent was to work for a year maybe two before chasing his dream of becoming a high school fitness instructor.But it didn’t take long for this lanky young man with the tough-love approach to strike a chord with his young charges, and what started as a temporary job ev…

Buffalo

John S. Radice was in eighth grade when he bought his first ukulele for a cool $8. Weighing barely 2 pounds, the small instrument hugely popular in the Hawaiian islands is now gaining a new global generation of fans, according to Radice.Radice is a dedicated musician who leads ukulele jam sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Gloria J. Parks Comm…