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

Officials from eight Erie County municipalities announced Thursday their support for state legislation that would create a tax credit for homeowners that incur costs due to the emerald ash borer. A bill sponsored by State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, would provide a tax credit to property owners who have to treat or remove an ash tree due to an infestation of the emeral…

The Memorial Day weekend includes four free community bike rides organized by Slow Roll Buffalo. A "Friday Night Pedal Party" ride leaves at 7 p.m. from Soho Burger Bar, 64 W. Chippewa St. The 13.1-mile ride in honor of Sunday's Buffalo Marathon is slightly faster and longer than a Slow Roll Monday ride. Bicyclists leave at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the inaugural Tot…

Casey Middle School in the Williamsville Central School District has a new principal. Peter Dobmeier, assistant principal at Casey for the last 6½ years, takes over in July from Francis McGreevy, who is retiring after 18 years in the the district. The School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dobmeier to the $112,000-a-year post overseeing one of the dis…

An estate sale drew thousands of antique-hunters and curiosity-seekers over three days in late April to a privately owned castle on an island in Ellicott Creek in Williamsville. It also caused headaches for the neighbors on Oakgrove Drive, near the castle. Grass along the public right-of-way was torn up by vehicles, visitors parked in front of fire hydrants, and res…

Non-hearing appeals to Amherst's Board of Assessment Review must be received at the Assessor's Office in Town Hall, or to the Board of Assessment Review, by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to challenge property assessments, also known as “Grievance Day,” is May 23 in most communities, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Tentative assessment…

A proposed parkland swap that would allow the Town of Amherst to pursue development of a hotel at the Northtown Center is in the hands of state lawmakers. Bills were introduced last week in the Assembly and State Senate that would remove the parkland designation from 3 acres at the town-owned ice rink complex on Amherst Manor Road and transfer it to a 26.6-acre parcel…

Can Amherst Town Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein stay? Or should he go? Weinstein has made no secret of the fact that he's interested in staying on the Town Board, but there's a question about whether he's even eligible to run for a council seat due to term limits imposed by town law. Now, Weinstein has hinted that he may propose amending the law, to clear up any c…

Dozens of individuals who serve on boards and committees in Amherst are at risk of being removed from their posts for not filing annual financial disclosure forms, as required by a local law. The law requires approximately 302 town officials who are elected and appointed, paid or unpaid, to file an annual financial disclosure statement with the town clerk's office by Ap…

News from an editor's perspective will be the topic of a lecture Sunday in Williamsville led by James Dao, Op-Ed editor for The New York Times. Dao, a graduate of Williamsville South High School, oversees the daily Op-Ed page, the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times international edition and the Sunday Review. Over a 24-year career at The Times, Dao has covered Congre…

Guzman, the Buffalo Zoo's 16-year-old American alligator, is retiring next week to sunny Florida. His departure is due to an upcoming $3 million renovation of the Zoo's Reptile and Amphibian Center, officials said Thursday. Guzman's exhibit in the reptile house will be replaced by one for Komodo dragons. Construction is expected to begin this summer. The 270-pound G…

Earth Day was celebrated worldwide on April 22, but not in Williamsville. Instead, the village is combining Earth Day and Arbor Day activities Saturday, May 20 at the Spring Street overlook of Glen Park, near the Williamsville Water Mill. From 9 a.m. until noon, free bare-root tree saplings will be handed out, along with tree planting advice, children's activities, n…

One issue has emerged early as a priority as the Town of Lancaster and villages of Lancaster and Depew set out to develop a joint comprehensive plan – traffic. "We have a lot of it in Lancaster and not necessarily the fastest routes to get people where they need to be," Councilman John Abraham Jr. said. Public input on traffic and other issues is welcome during an …

Trees. Utility poles. Mailboxes. All have been struck by errant motorists – sometimes repeatedly – in recent years on an S-curve of Bowen Road in the Town of Lancaster, according to residents. Several residents of the 3700 block of Bowen, between William Street and Broadway, told the Town Board on Monday they're concerned for pedestrians heading to nearby Como La…