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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.

  Every school district in Erie County has declared that school Tuesday would be closed due to an approaching winter storm. The Niagara Falls School District will also be closed. The Erie County school districts that will be closed are: Alden Central School District Amherst Central School District Buffalo Public Schools Cheektowaga Central School D…

A check of flights arriving and departing from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport showed a rash of cancellations late Monday evening, but that was due to worsening conditions elsewhere, officials said. “I just spoke to the airfield superintendent and our runways are fine, in totally good shape," NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said just before 8 p.m. "So we…

The Village of Williamsville is at a “crossroads,” said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa, who sees a series of challenges to the village’s longevity. Kulpa is expected to outline those challenges during a State of the Village address at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St. The major issue confronting the square-mile village is its aging sanit…

John C. Starkey welcomes recent immigrants to Lafayette High School, where he is principal. Stephanie Cole Adams organizes fun, free and healthy activities at Massachusetts Avenue Park. And Buffalo Police Officers Jeanan Sharpe and Joe Szafranski visit community centers and schools to read, shoot hoops and talk with youth. For this work and other efforts on the c…

Amherst has been named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to planting and caring for trees. Amherst fulfilled the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Amherst is one of more than 3,400 …

The work of more than 300 students will be featured starting Monday in the Williamsville Central School District's annual art show. The show continues through March 18 at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. https://twitter.com/WCSD_K12/status/839209063556780032/photo/1  

One question frequently posed to Williamsville Central Superintendent Scott Martzloff since Amherst reassessed every property: Does the reassessment increase the total money the school district receives? No, Martzloff said. "It's like taking a pie," he said. "The size doesn't change. The pieces of the pie are just split up differently among all our residents from t…

Amherst officials want to see more solar panels on rooftops across the town. The town has launched a "solarize campaign" to provide residents and businesses with more affordable solar energy and solar panels. "This model helps customers choose a solar installation company and offers competitive, transparent pricing," said Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein. "Historically,…

The second Monday in October will continue to be observed as Columbus Day in the Williamsville Central School District. A proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day on the district calendar was rejected by a wide margin Tuesday night by the School Board. Board President Toni L. Vazquez, who initiated the proposal in October, cast the sole vote in favo…

Up to 10 percent of Amherst's 44,000 property owners were expected to challenge their new assessments in the townwide re-evaluation underway now. But two weeks after receiving their new assessments in letters from the town, only 1.7 percent of owners have initiated challenges, Town Assessor David C. Marrano said. There are 642 informal review appointments scheduled a…

The 4800 block of Main Street in Snyder is losing its charm as a busy street lined with single- and multifamily homes, according to nearby residents. So a plan to replace the floral shop in a two-family home at 4865 Main with a weight loss center drew opposition Monday night during a public hearing on rezoning the parcel from multifamily residential to general business.…

A trustee of the Williamsville Village Board resigned Friday, following his guilty plea in mid-February to a driving while intoxicated charge. Christopher J. Duquin submitted his resignation late Friday afternoon, said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. He appointed Deborah L. Rogers to serve the remaining months of the seat's term. Duquin admitted Feb. 14 in Clarence Town Co…

When Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein was a member of the Erie County Legislature, he received a letter from the town informing him that his home had a new assessed value. "They sent me a notice that my assessment was reduced to $18,000," he said. "I got frantic. I went in and I told them, 'You can't do this to me.' They looked it up and said it was a typo, it's re…

Amherst's Northtown Center is the venue beginning Friday for the New York State Amateur Hockey Association State Championships. Teams from across the state will be competing for titles and the opportunity to play in the USA Hockey National Championships, said Eric W. Guzdek, the center's general manager. "This is the first of three consecutive weekends in March that…