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Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson is a suburban reporter for The Buffalo News. She covers Lancaster and Depew.


The Hamburg Central School Board Tuesday night adopted a $36.82 million budget for 1996-97, increasing spending by $2.41 million and raising the projected tax rate for Hamburg property owners by 2.94 percent.Superintendent Donald A. Ogilvie said that despite the school district's $14.9 million capital improvement project, the budget also held the line on expenses."A 2.9 pe…

Eden Central School District spending would increase 4.26 percent for 1996-97 under the second draft budget proposal presented Wednesday evening.A big-ticket item in the budget is an estimated $125,000 to $150,000 in renovations planned for the Grover L. Priess Elementary School to accommodate its addition of second-graders next year. The school presently is used for kinde…

Town of Eden residents who live in the Hamburg Central School District would see an average 12.8 percent increase in their school taxes next year, while the tax rate for Hamburg property owners would rise nearly 3 percent under the district's $36.82 million proposed budget.The dramatic jump in the district's estimated tax rates that affects Eden is due to recent changes in…

Town of Eden residents who live in the Hamburg Central School District would see an average 12.8 percent increase in their school taxes next year, while the tax rate for Hamburg property owners would rise nearly 3 percent under the district's $36.82 million proposed budget.The dramatic jump in the district's estimated tax rates that affects Eden is due to recent changes in…

Even before it is ordered, the Village of Hamburg's $120,000 street sweeper is the center of public debate.Oliver Place resident Charles Hastings Jr. complained to the Village Board Monday night about the item budgeted for the upcoming 1996-97 fiscal year, questioning whether the new machine will be used on streets lacking curbs."I don't think it's fair that I pay for a se…

Even before it is ordered, the Village of Hamburg's $120,000 street sweeper is the center of public debate.Oliver Place resident Charles Hastings Jr. complained to the Village Board Monday night about the item budgeted for the upcoming 1996-97 fiscal year, questioning whether the new machine will be used on streets lacking curbs."I don't think it's fair that I pay for a se…

The Eden Town Board Wednesday night unanimously approved adding disciplinary rules to its town drug and alcohol policy.The disciplinary action, mandated by the federal government, would primarily affect the 10 full-time and two of three part-time Highway Department employees."I'd appreciate we get it passed. We may need to use it, though hopefully not," Highway Superintend…

Lower garbage and recycling rates will contribute to an overall tax decrease for Village of Orchard Park residents for 1996-97 as part of a $1.73 million budget adopted Monday night by the Village Board.The board unanimously approved the spending plan that takes effect June 1 and would translate into a $59 average total tax decrease for village residents based on the avera…

The Village of Hamburg, long known for its beautiful, tree-lined streets, is setting out to rejuvenate its troubled tree population.By dedicating $10,000 to plant trees throughout the village in 1996-97, village officials are poised to begin a long-range plan to replace trees lost to disease or storm damage."Years ago, people said they moved to the village because they lik…

The Frontier Central School District's 370 teachers will receive annual raises that likely will average between 3 percent and 3.4 percent for each of the next six years, beginning July 1.The nine-member School Board late Tuesday unanimously approved the six-year contract -- the first of its length for the district -- after meeting in executive session. The board's ratifica…

Taxpayers in the Frontier Central School District would face a projected 5.37 percent increase in their school tax rate for the 1996-97 school year under the budget proposal presented Tuesday night by the administration.The tentative budget totals $44.8 million, a $1.5 million increase in spending. It would maintain instructional programs without any cuts and calls for hir…

Plans for a nearly 90-unit facility to house elderly residents at the site of the old Masonic Temple Lodge in the Village of Hamburg received the go-ahead Monday night.The Hamburg Village Board approved the project by ElderWood Affiliates Inc. to add two wings -- one on each side of the temple at 76 Buffalo St. -- and preserve much of the lodge to develop it into an assist…

Thirty-four Eden junior-senior high students Friday morning walked out of class to protest a controversial scheduling change that will feature 86-minute classes four times a day, beginning in September.The walk-out, which began at 8:30 a.m. on the last day of school before spring vacation, targeted the Eden Central School Board's approval March 20 of a "semestering" schedu…

Thirty-four Eden junior-senior high students Friday morning walked out of class to protest a controversial scheduling change that will feature 86-minute classes four times a day, beginning in September.The walk-out, which began at 8:30 a.m. on the last day of school before spring vacation, targeted the Eden Central School Board's approval March 20 of a "semestering" schedu…

The YMCA Of Greater Buffalo is considering a major expansion of the agency's South Towns Family Branch facility in Orchard Park that is targeted to include a large indoor swimming pool.The project, in the planning stages for three years and reportedly slated to cost more than $1 million, would provide a major boost to the South Towns area's needs for additional recreationa…