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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

When South Union Road is restriped this year, should it go on a "road diet?" That's the question before officials from the Town of Amherst, Village of Williamsville and state Department of Transportation as the state considers downsizing the busy stretch of South Union, from Wehrle Drive north to Main Street, from four lanes to three. The DOT at a public meeting in N…

Amherst

People in Amherst are getting good workouts for good causes – and so is the Police Department. Sponsored walk, run and bike events are getting more popular in the town, growing to 39 last year, according to the Town Clerk's Office. But that growth has presented a problem for town officials. Many of the events have enough participants, or are routed through enough bus…

Amherst

Petitions are due by 5 p.m. today for candidates seeking one of three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education. The three incumbents – Shawn Lemay, Toni Vazquez and Mark Mecca – are all seeking re-election. Eric Borenstein and Robert Campo have also filed petitions. Ballot positions will be drawn at 6 p.m. Tuesday prior to a special meeting when the board will vote…

Local News

Kickoff the start of Western New York's outdoor bicycling season with a party Saturday to celebrate the upcoming SkyRide. The fifth annual SkyRide on May 20 will have an expanded route, including the 100-foot-high Skyway, Kensington Expressway, Route 198 along Scajaquada Creek and Niagara Street. A post-ride festival at LaSalle Park will follow. “Through this experie…

Local News

The Williamsville Central School District's proposed budget for 2018-19 maintains current academic and extracurricular programming, and also makes some additions. The budget has $475,000 worth of new "program support items," including an instructional coaching position, enhancements of academic intervention services, changes to enhance administrative makeup at the eleme…

Amherst

Applications are due May 1 for the Amherst Police Department's Youth Police Academy, an internship program for high school students beginning July 9. Students will be introduced to the various functions of the Amherst Police Department and learn the minimum qualifications, training requirements and daily responsibilities of other county, state and federal law enforcemen…

Amherst

Williamsville trustees on Monday proposed a $3.76 million budget for the new fiscal year that would reduce the general fund tax rate to $3.88, a drop of 30 cents per $1,000 from last year. "The decrease is due, in part, to the reassessment completed by the Town of Amherst in 2017, which becomes effective in the village's 2018-19 fiscal year," said Mayor Dan DeLano. T…

Local News

Many middle school students enjoy the pop songs of Bruno Mars, LMFAO and Justin Bieber. Their teachers? Not so much. Except at Casey Middle School in Amherst. A group of Casey teachers led by Harry O'Malley under the name Teachers Beat Cancer late last month posted on their website a trio of videos in which they lip sync and dance to megahits by those artists. …

Town of Tonawanda

Perhaps U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer had Monday night's NCAA men's basketball national championship on his mind Tuesday morning during a visit to the Town of Tonawanda. While introducing Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger, the Democratic senator from New York took note of their height difference. "He's taller than me," said Schumer. "Don't hold that against me," replie…

Amherst

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village's collection on Thursday during a reception celebrating Amherst's bicentennial. The museum and grounds, featuring 35 acres, four historic gardens, 10 major exhibits, a preserved historic village and a working farmstead, will open at 5 p.m. Guided tours of the collections building and historic villag…

Local News

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer had a simple message Tuesday for NRG Energy: "Keep the water flowing." Schumer, the Senate minority leader, was in the Town of Tonawanda to call for an extension of the agreement between NRG and several industries to pump millions of gallons of Niagara River water daily from intakes at the Huntley Generating Station. The agreement involve…

Golf

NEWS STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

and Joseph PopiolkowskiMon, Apr 2, 2018

Nine-year-old Lily Zhang of Williamsville finished fifth among 10 golfers in her age group in the national Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Sunday at Augusta National in Georgia, site of this week’s Masters. Eighty youngsters competed, 10 in each of four age groups for boys and for girls. Zhang, a fourth-grader at Forest Elementary School, finished with 18 points.…

Local News

The third annual Earth Day Clean Up of the Tonawanda Rails to Trails will be held April 21. Several hundred volunteers will be picking up debris and planting tree seedlings and wildflower seeds along the trail, Lincoln Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers are asked to meet at Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd., at 8:30 a.m. to receive assignments. Volunteers …

The Williamsville Central School District has balanced its preliminary budget of $190.5 million for the 2018-19 school year. But there's hope among district officials that more state aid will flow to the district from the state budget being negotiated this week in Albany. The district is anticipating an increase of $1.6 million in state aid. Discussion at a budget work …

Local News

The Village of Williamsville has hired a consultant to conduct a market study for a proposed natural foods co-op in the village. The Village Board on Monday agreed to hire G2G Research Group, a California-based business specializing in "site location analysis." A group of village residents under the name Village Cooperative Market of Williamsville over the last year has…