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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.


Amherst

Tom the turkey likes to play chicken with traffic. The plucky bird is a common sight at the intersection of Klein and Paradise roads in East Amherst, where he often blocks lanes, pecks at tires and circles cars. While a neighborhood fixture and quirky oddity, his bold behavior has also garnered Tom a reputation as a nuisance. "He'll just walk up right in front of…

A child safety seat inspection will be held Saturday in Amherst at the Delta Sonic on Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road. Child safety seat inspectors from the Erie County Sheriff's Office will provide free checks from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Each inspection includes a free car wash, along with free photos with Santa, face painting and giveaways.

Amherst

Learn about “a day in the life of a police officer” during the Amherst Police Department's 2018 Citizen Police Academy. The program begins Feb. 6 and continues for 14 consecutive weeks through May 8. Classes are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at police headquarters, 500 John James Audubon Parkway. Topics include a tour of headquarters, recruitment and tra…

Amherst

Use of the Amherst town seal in campaign material could be prevented if a proposed law is passed. The issue came up in the days before Election Day when a letter carrying the town seal went out from Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein in which he endorsed Guy R. Marlette, a candidate for the Erie County Legislature's 5th district. Now, the restriction is among a series of…

Buffalo

Feisty. That's how Traci Lynn Martin described Lake Erie in November as she tries to circumnavigate all five Great Lakes and hopefully break a world record in the process. Since March, the nurse from Kansas City, Mo., has paddled thousands of miles on her surf ski, a variation of a kayak, around lakes Huron, Superior and Michigan. Then she met Erie. "People have b…

Any education-related issue may be brought up Saturday morning during a community forum hosted by the Williamsville Central School District. School Board members and Superintendent Scott Martzloff will be on hand from 9 a.m. until noon at the Commons in Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, East Amherst. The forum is described as a "townhall style meetin…

Amherst

Attention Town of Amherst residents, your new supervisor-elect would like to have a conversation with you. Hours after winning the right to lead Erie County's second most populous municipality, Brian J. Kulpa was brimming with ideas and enthusiasm for incorporating residents' input into the town's future. "I want to create real, grassroots-driven planning efforts," h…

Politics

Now that Brian J. Kulpa has been elected Amherst town supervisor, who will take over as mayor of the Village of Williamsville? Kulpa on Wednesday said he plans to submit his resignation in December, and his departure will be Dec. 31. After the New Year, the Village Board's four trustees would select a new mayor -- either from among themselves or another village resi…

Amherst

Amherst voters on Tuesday gave Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa a promotion to town supervisor, as Democrats gained full control of the five-member Town Board. On Jan. 1 Kulpa will go from representing the roughly 5,200 residents of the village to representing the nearly 126,000 residents in the entire town. Kulpa said he felt he was the "underdog" entering the ra…

Hundreds of amateur skaters from the northeast United States and Canada are expected to compete Nov. 18 and 19 during an event in Amherst. The 30th annual Amherst Invitational and Basic Skating Skills Competition is described by the host, Amherst Skating Club, as "one of the premier annual events for amateur skaters." Figure skating events will include solo pattern d…

Amherst

Amherst voters will choose two new council members from among five candidates on Election Day. They will replace Deputy Supervisor Steven D. Sanders, who is barred from running for re-election because of term limits, and Ramona D. Popowich, who decided not to seek a second term. Here's a primer on the candidates based on their responses to a questionnaire: Erin K.…

Amherst

Amherst voters have two distinct choices for the next town supervisor. Most town residents who know Marjory H. Jaeger know her as the town clerk to whom they make their property tax checks out to. Residents who know Brian J. Kulpa know him as mayor of the Village of Williamsville, population 6,000. The winner on Election Day will lead the town for the next four years…