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Jay Rey

Jay Rey covers education and Buffalo Public Schools for The Buffalo News. He has been a reporter at The News since 1993.


In between math problems and conjugating verbs, some students in area schools are spending class time reading the newspaper.In fact, teachers are using the newspaper as a textbook for instructing students about history, politics, science and world events.The Newspaper In Education program is an effort of The Buffalo News, working with local schools, to make the newspaper a…

Bicyclists should be required to wear helmets, Mike Billoni told a group of county legislators Thursday.And after the Buffalo Bisons general manager, who survived a near-fatal bike accident last year, finished testifying on the benefits of bicycle helmets, the Legislature's Public Safety Committee agreed -- at least in regard to county property.The committee is recommendi…

Better think twice before parking in a loading zone or next to a fire hydrant in Buffalo -- especially if you already have a string of unpaid fines.The city's Parking Enforcement Department is seeking funds to buy a new hand-held computer system with a bar code reader to make it quicker and easier to give parking tickets.Cardinal Tracking gave a demonstration of the comput…

While taking steps to open Grace Manor in Buffalo as the first minority-operated nursing home in Western New York, the Grace Manor Nursing Home Foundation is receiving help from its suburban supporters.The Grace Manor Foundation -- sponsored by Grace Tabernacle Church -- has been getting the support of suburban churches to help raise the final $340,000 needed to finish the…

Just because Euro Disneyland is located outside Paris doesn't change anything: Mickey is still a mouse, Goofy is still a -- whatever -- and Disney is still American.Cheektowaga native Michael Judkiewicz loves his new job as a waiter at the Sequoia Hotel in the new Euro Disneyland complex. But at times he feels it's just like an everyday waiter's job in the United States --…

For Sgt. Dennis Lachut, receiving the Army's highest peacetime medal was the end of a story that the Hamburg native would prefer to put behind him.Lachut, 30, was awarded the Soldiers Medal last month because of what he did in June, when the small commuter plane he was traveling in from Atlanta to Anniston, Ala., crashed on a mountain during its final approach to Annisto…

John J. Albright and Seymour H. Knox Jr., patrons of what is now the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will have another facility named for them -- a room in the Buffalo Convention Center.The center will dedicate the room in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday.The Convention Center is naming its 21 public rooms after nationally famous people with ties to Buffalo. After the selection …

Despite its pleasantly named streets, like Orange, Lemon and Grape, Buffalo's Fruit Belt is portrayed as a tough community filled with drugs and crime. But that's only half the story.The other half is that this community is redeveloping its image and its neighborhoods. With about $5 million in state funding flowing through the city, the Fruit Belt is bringing people back i…

Three 12-year-old boys at Gowanda Elementary School have to deal with more than just homework and taking out the garbage -- they have to cope with cancer.Nathan Steinbaugh, Sean Parsons and Peter Gaylord are sixth-grade classmates. Nathan and Sean have leukemia; Peter has lymphoma.Their circumstances have created a common bond among the boys as each talks of concern for th…

Little precautions can prevent big consequences, and firefighters showed just how today.About 70 onlookers watched this morning as city firefighters set ablaze, and then maintained control of, three fires in a vacant house on Mulberry Street.The blazes were: a Christmas tree fire in the upstairs, a space heater fire downstairs and a cooking fire in the kitchen.In the blaz…

"The Birches," at 149 Middlesex Road, has been selected as the 1993 Decorators Show House.Co-sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News, the program allows local decorators a chance to transform the selected house into a showcase of the latest decorating styles and trends for public viewing."The Birches is a home built in 1929 by the Rammacher family," …

The nation's call for change seems catching: First a new president, maybe next a new national anthem.That's what the founder of a contest to select a new national anthem, Anthem!America, is hoping. And two Western New York finalists in the contest, Allen Sigel of Williamsville and Ron Myers of Collins, are each hoping to become the next Francis Scott Key and have one of t…

He is a dog-control officer and funeral director.And much of the time -- for the past 28 years, in fact -- Edward T. McGrew Jr. is a volunteer firefighter for the East Amherst Fire Company.McGrew, 46, was honored recently by the Greater Buffalo Advertising Club as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for Erie County.A native of Erie County, he has been fighting fires in the c…

You're not going to find this type of calculator on the shelves at Radio Shack. More likely, it would be at the Museum of Science.But it doesn't matter how old a calculator is, a correct answer is a correct answer.And Ruth Schwarzkopf, a senior administrative payroll clerk at Westvaco Corp., has proof of that.She has been using an 1886 version of the calculator, the Compt…