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Remember when kids used to run to the park after school to play football? Or when moms broke up neighborhood baseball games on account of darkness? Or when kids from one block challenged kids from the next to a game of street hockey? What happened? Youth sports have fundamentally changed over the generations – from casual, unstructured play to more organized …

Frontier Central School Board voters are overwhelmingly in favor of the district offering veterans a partial property tax exemption on their school taxes, according to a straw poll conducted by the district. Nearly 80 percent said they would be in favor of an exemption. About 40 percent favored giving veterans exemptions of up to $30,000 on property values, and about 33…

Those who follow the Buffalo School Board are well aware of the politics, infighting and racial tensions that typically underscore its interactions. But the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his elected position offered even some insiders a more raw glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of the board and school district. There were no bounds when airing the bo…

Applications for the $5,000 Jacquie Walker Scholarship offered by the Buffalo branch of the American Association of University Women are due by July 15. The scholarship is open to female residents of the eight counties of Western New York who graduated from a high school in the region. An applicant must have completed two years of college and be a full-time studen…

The five-day hearing to determine whether Carl P. Paladino should be removed from his seat on the Buffalo School Board has now concluded after both attorneys finished giving their closing statements. Both attorneys delivered those final remarks Wednesday morning. Frank W. Miller, who is representing those board members seeking Paladino's removal said the disclosure o…

ALBANY – Carl P. Paladino said that, if he could, he would take back the inflammatory comments he made about President Barack Obama and his wife that cast him in the national spotlight. "I sincerely regret my words," Paladino said. "I regret thinking them and saying them." “I regret the shame I brought on myself and my kids,” Paladino added. “It wasn’t a go…

Attorneys have finished questioning Carl P. Paladino, the last witness to testify in the hearing to determine if he can keep his seat on the Buffalo School Board. Both sides will return Wednesday to deliver their closing arguments in the case. It will then be up to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to decide if he can keep his elected position. Paladino's t…

In what will likely be the last day of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from his seat on the Buffalo School Board, his ally Larry Quinn took the stand and testified that the disclosure of information about teacher contract negotiations was done in the public interest. Quinn also noted that the Artvoice article in which Paladino revealed information given to board …

Day three of the hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board began Monday with School Superintendent Kriner Cash taking the stand and testifying that Paladino's public comments about the teacher contract hurt the district and its future contact negotiations. Last year's contract negotiations are central to the proceedings because the board members …

The legal team representing Carl P. Paladino in the hearing to have him removed from the Buffalo School Board has started calling its own witnesses to testify. After attorneys spent roughly three hours questioning Superintendent Kriner Cash, former state attorney general Dennis Vacco called Patti Pierce as his first witness. Pierce is one of three witnesses Vacco pla…

The rain was a challenge, but hardly a reason to call off the big farewell. Yes, the teachers at Waterfront Elementary School in Buffalo might have to give up on blowing bubbles, which has become a regular part of this rite of June. But even a steady drizzle couldn't stop them from offering "The Waterfront Wave." Friday was the last day of classes for public schools …

May 2, 1949 – June 25, 2017 William J. Mariani, who for nearly a decade steered Erie Community College with an outsized personality and a working man's sensibility, died unexpectedly Sunday in Gates Vascular Institute. He was 67. The cause was a heart-related ailment, said his son, William J. Mariani II. Mr. Mariani of Hamburg served as the eighth president of ECC …

A retiring Williamsville middle school principal said goodbye to students and staff and endorsed his successor while lip-synching Stevie Wonder in a video posted on YouTube. Fran McGreevy went out from Casey Middle School wearing sunglasses and sitting behind a piano in a music video with teachers and staff dancing to "Faith," a song from the soundtrack of the 2016 anim…

The hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board continues in Albany this afternoon for a third day, and it is expected that Paladino's legal team will start calling its witnesses to testify. Originally, all of the board members seeking Paladino's removal were slated to testify. But over the weekend the School Board's attorney decided he would not ca…

The deadline for applying for the $1,000 Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship for aspiring journalists is June 30. The scholarship is sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists with support from The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Newspaper Guild. It is open to African-American high school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who ar…