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Joseph Popiolkowski

Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.


The Williamsville Central School District reached a new contract with principals that calls for 2.75 percent pay increases in each of the deal's four years. The Board of Education and Williamsville Administrators' Association Tuesday agreed to the contract, which is effective July 1 and ends June 30, 2022. The amount that principals and assistant principals contribute t…

A plan to replace one of two bridges that carries John James Audubon Parkway over Ellicott Creek near the University at Buffalo will be the subject of a public meeting May 30. The concrete box beam bridge that carries southbound traffic was flagged by the state Department of Transportation because inspectors noted deterioration of the concrete and fascia in spots. Th…

Tired of all those single-use plastic bags piling up? Learn how to make a reusable bag from a T-shirt on June 2 when the Town of Amherst holds its Earth Day celebration at the Williamsville Farmers Market. The event from 9 a.m. until noon will be held at the market in the Amherst Town Hall parking lot. The event is hosted by the Amherst Conservation Advisory Council …

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South Union Road in the Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville will be reduced from four lanes to three, Village Mayor Dan DeLano said Wednesday. DeLano said the state Department of Transportation informed him it will proceed with its original plan to restripe South Union with one 12-foot wide travel lane in each direction, a 14-foot wide two-way center turn lane …

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A brawl last month at the Chuck E. Cheese's on Harlem Road in Amherst has the Town Board taking a closer look at the company's request for renewal of its game room license. The board on Wednesday delayed a decision on the renewal so town officials can ask the facility's management to appear before the board. Council members said they had concerns about safety and securi…

Amherst

Amherst will try to use eminent domain to take over a former gas station property in Eggertsville that town officials for two decades have blasted as an unwelcome eyesore. The Town Board on Wednesday agreed to start eminent domain proceedings for the former Red Apple gas station at Kenmore Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard owned by United Refining Co. The board also ap…

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The towns of Amherst and Tonawanda now have a roadmap for addressing the future of Niagara Falls Boulevard. The towns are about five months into an 18-month project to scrutinize the busy retail and residential corridor that forms their shared border. "The two towns have felt that we need to lead the discussion," said Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa. "We have ultimate…

Education

The Williamsville teachers' union on Tuesday maintained its perfect record since 2015 of electing its endorsed candidates to the Board of Education. The union-backed slate of incumbents Shawn Lemay and Mark Mecca and newcomer Eric Borenstein were the top vote-getters in a field of seven candidates. Six-year incumbent Toni Vazquez, who received the union's endorsement in…

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A 1907 railroad building in Williamsville needs about $60,000 worth of work to return it to occupancy, according to an engineer's report. The report by the Flynn Battaglia firm faults the current owner, Natale Development, for failing to adequately secure the Lehigh Valley Railroad Section House. "While we are confident the Section House remains viable structurally a…

Amherst

Williamsville residents would be allowed to raise up to six chickens on their property under a proposed law being considered by the Village Board. Residents seeking to build a chicken coop would be subject to 14 conditions, including approval of a special-use permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition, coops must be at least 15 feet from any property line and…

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Frequent visitors to Amherst State Park and town officials alike describe the 80 acres of public open space as a "hidden gem." Now, the park nestled among dense neighborhoods between Main Street and Sheridan Drive is getting some attention. Construction of a stone dust trail connecting both sides of the park is nearly complete. Work to restore a historic stone stairc…

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Williamsville School Board member Toni Vazquez was in the good graces of the district’s teachers’ union three years ago. She had been the lone member to support the union’s call for an independent investigation into employee complaints of Superintendent Scott Martzloff and was the only incumbent in 2015 to receive the union’s endorsement in her re-election bid. But i…

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Amherst’s annual spring pickup of large unmanageable piles of logs, brush and tree stumps will begin the week of May 21. Residents are asked by the town Highway Department to have the brush at streetside on their regular refuse pickup day, although it may not be picked up that day depending on the volume. "We can reassure you that it will get picked up," the departme…

Online registration ends Wednesday for the second annual Run for Kindness 5K, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in Delaware Park. The run is held in memory of Maksym Sugorovskiy, the 3-year-old boy killed in May 2015 when a car veered off Route 198 and struck him on the park's ring road. http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/05/run-kindness-celebrates-maksym-sugorovskiys-life…