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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.


LEWISTON -- More than 100 high school students spent Sunday at Bonds Lake Park discussing such issues as the appropriate habitat of the mayfly nymph and the valuable properties commonly found in wetlands.More than 100 students from 19 states and Nova Scotia came to Western New York for the sixth annual National Envirothon, an environmental competition that teaches studen…

The aroma attracted thousands to Hertel Avenue Wednesday.They strolled aimlessly, shoulder to shoulder, until someone would stop in mid-stride, break away from the pack and head toward a particular pizza stand or eggplant parmigiana vendor.That was the scene on Hertel from Colvin to Delaware avenues as the sixth annual Greater Buffalo Italian Heritage and Food Festival sta…

Orchard Park residents will vote Sept. 1 on a proposition that, if approved, would restore funding for interscholastic sports, full transportation and school equipment.The Orchard Park School Board set the Sept. 1 date Tuesday because it felt many residents would be on vacation in late August.In June, when the $40.3 million budget -- which called for a 4 percent tax increa…

BARRE -- A vocal crowd of more than 200 showed up for Monday's Barre Town Board meeting to hear officials of CID Refuse Service Co. explain their proposal to develop a landfill in the town.CID officials attempted to assure residents that the state strictly regulates landfills, and the company did not plan to bury hazardous wastes. But frequent outbursts from the audience …

An estimated 30,000 people spent their Sunday in the park at "Sunday in the Park."The one-day entertainment festival in Cazenovia Park has been a South Buffalo tradition for 13 years.It's the free entertainment and fireworks that brought the people out for the day, but it's their ties to the South Buffalo community that keep them coming back every year.As the people unfol…

They roam among the in-line skaters and joggers, giving directions and answering questions for people in Delaware Park.During July and August, park users will notice five 17- to 23-year-olds working as park rangers, dressed in uniforms of green shorts and shirts and wearing the classic Smokey Bear, wide-brimmed hats. People often wonder what they are doing."They probably …

Thousands of volunteer firefighters converging on Wheatfield Wednesday didn't see smoke on the horizon -- just four days of sharing ideas and having a good time.The firefighters -- more than 3,000 from 11 counties -- are making a a beeline to a sea of tents behind Town Hall at 2800 Church Road. The event is the 94th Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Convention. Activi…

Thousands of volunteer firefighters converging here Wednesday didn't see smoke on the horizon -- just four days of sharing ideas and having a good time.The firefighters -- more than 3,000 from 11 counties -- are making a beeline to a sea of tents behind Town Hall at 2800 Church Road. The event is the 94th Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Convention. Activities continu…

St. John Baptist Church will open a school this fall, with state approval.At a ceremony Sunday during services in the Goodell Street church, the congregation applauded the charter from the state that recognized St. John Christian Academy as a licensed school.The school will have an Afro-centric approach to education, trying to give young people a sense of ethnic pride and…

St. John Baptist Church will open a school this fall, with state approval.At a ceremony Sunday during services in the Goodell Street church, the congregation applauded the charter from the state that recognized St. John Christian Academy as a licensed school.The school will have an Afro-centric approach to education, trying to give young people a sense of ethnic pride and…

Bishop Edward D. Head was released Sunday morning from Southampton Hospital on Long Island and flew back to Buffalo, where he is expected to resume his duties as leader of the Catholic Diocese later this week, his spokesman said Sunday.Bishop Head was hospitalized for 12 days after he suffered first- and second-degree burns on both hands July 6 when he spilled melted butte…

If any Springville High School football player wears Joe Baker's jersey from now on, he should know about the first varsity game No. 24 played.Baker's first varsity football game came as a sophomore in the 1991 Class B-2 championships at Rich Stadium. His debut was in championship style, and it set the tone for his love of the game."I brought him up from JV to Rich, not …

A flatbed truck carrying four 19,000-pound steel coils crossed the Peace Bridge Monday morning and was immediately pulled over by an inspector and two state troopers.The truck was inspected and the driver was fined $150 for having improper chains holding the coils. The truck was put out of service until it could be fixed or towed."I didn't hear anything on the radio abou…

A Little Valley mother, her teen-age daughter and a friend were killed, and three others were injured when their car crashed after failing to halt at the end of a "T" intersection late Saturday night, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department said.The dead in the accident at routes 322 and 62 were identified as:Donna L. Brown, 35, of Toad Hollow Road, Little Valley, the…

Eighty degrees Saturday, 90 degrees Sunday, 95 degrees Monday and 91 degrees Tuesday.Those were the high temperatures over the past few days at Greater Buffalo International Airport in Cheektowaga, during Western New York's Heat Wave of '93.Get used to it.The National Weather Service said the next six to 10 days will bring the area the kind of hot, humid conditions that ma…