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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.


Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski has not signed off on the sale of land on lower Ridge Road to the Yemenite Benevolent Association, despite two successive votes in support by the City Council.Votes of 4 to 1 were cast at Council meetings on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. At both sessions, heated debate broke out among representatives of the Yemenites and of the Second Baptist Church; each g…

Erie County

After practicing Thursday afternoon, the Lackawanna High School football team hit the showers just before 5 p.m., then headed for the cafeteria. Dinner was served at 5:15. The speaker started around 5:30.Seniors huddled at one table for eight; the underclassmen filled three more tables. Their banter filled the air last week along with the smell of barbecued chicken served …

Lifestyles

Not everyone can be a disaster specialist, but Julie Rapp of the American Red Cross is cool with chaos. Working out of the Red Cross headquarters in the Clement House mansion on Delaware Avenue, Rapp and volunteers respond to fires, flooding, blizzards – any sudden event or natural catastrophe that displaces people. Rapp’s job is to help restore order, give direction - and…

Buffalo

A man in his 30s was fatally shot at about 11 a.m. Friday on a lower porch at 113 Deerfield Ave., two blocks away from Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo police said.Homicide detectives on the scene declined to comment, but portions of the house’s lower front porch were clearly blood-stained. Authorities said the man died at the scene. His name has not been released.A nei…

Buffalo

Isaiah Lopez would cry and cry without his favorite blanket and pillow, his mother said Tuesday morning as she watched her family’s home on Sherwood Street burning fast. Isaiah, who turns 6 today, didn’t have much to celebrate after a fire left the family of eight homeless.“He won’t go to sleep without them,” said Regina Bowden, holding a tissue in one hand. “He’s had the …

Lifestyles

Rosanne Higgins works as a biological anthropologist and canine-care entrepreneur. Her day job as proprietor of Puppy Playpen – a family-owned day care for dogs – takes up to 60 hours each week. And as an active participant in the University at Buffalo’s Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project, Higgins helped research and chronicle asylum life in the 19th century.That job l…

Buffalo

About 100 construction workers at Canalside started before dawn Thursday to make sure the labyrinth of canals were ready for the arrival of a convoy of trucks that would pour enough cement to create a 42,000-square-foot slab of concrete.When topped with ice, the total surface will equal the size of 2½ National Hockey League rinks.And about two months from now, the surface …

Education

The standing-room only audience of Yemenite parents, businessmen and community leaders who attended a City Council meeting in Lackawanna last week were clearly on a mission.At issue was the sale of six long-vacant parcels of land that bordered Al-Rasheed Academy at 109 Ridge Road. Traffic snarls at the Islamic elementary school were creating safety concerns for parents who…

Buffalo

The Edward M. Cotter fireboat was the leader of the pack, spouting hundreds of gallons of water as it led a parade of vessels along the Buffalo River to Canalside on Friday afternoon for the start of the three-day Buffalo Maritime Festival.The DeWitt Clinton followed, captained by David Starkweather of Albion. The employee of the Thruway Authority’s New York State Canal Co…

Local News

Brian Milbrand moonlights as a video jockey motivated by the vivid dreams that rock his nights. As resident video designer at Torn Space Theater, Milbrand’s dreams have translated into some eye-opening stagescapes.It’s difficult to imagine this 36-year-old as a genetic scientist, but that’s the original career path Milbrand chose. Today his full-time job as technical manag…

This morning’s stubborn cloud cover will slowly diminish from north to south throughout the day, but don’t expect clear skies until this evening, said David Thomas, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Some counties along the Southern Tier – Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua – may not clear out at all,” said Thomas, who predicted a colder than usual Saturd…

ASHFORD – A 16-year-old passenger was thrown from an Amish buggy Wednesday morning after it was rear-ended by a vehicle on Connoisarauley Road in the Town of Ashford, reported the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.The accident occurred at 6:15 a.m. when a vehicle driven by Kyle Harris, 36, of Cattaraugus struck the buggy, deputies said.The buggy passenger was transported…

The rain showers that stung morning drivers in Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties will end by midmorning, according to David Thomas, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga. And don’t expect this morning’s balmy temperatures to hang around either, said Thomas. The 72 degrees reported at 7 a.m. will give way gradually to temperatures…

WELLSVILLE – A 39-year-old man who claimed to own the patent on electronic cigarettes was charged with impersonating a police officer and attempting to extort money from an e-cigarette merchant, Wellsville police reported today.William J. Plank was arrested Tuesday morning after police said he attempted to extort money from Nick Louvros, owner and operator of N3 Vapor on N…

Squeak out one last day of nice, warm weather with partly sunny skies and no chance of showers today, reported the National Weather Service. High temperatures should reach the upper 70s and break into the 80s with some humidity creeping in as the day progresses.“We’ve got moisture working into the area so we’ll have some humidity but it’s not going be unbearable.” meteorol…