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A judge Monday rejected a $50,000 bail request for the man accused of fatally stabbing a Hamburg Toys R Us assistant manager this summer.Bernard T. Grucza pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder at his arraignment.State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang said Grucza should continue to be held without bail on the murder charge.Grucza is charged with fatally stabbing…

HamburgThe opening stages in the search for a new superintendent in the Hamburg Central School District will get under way when the district’s consultant meets with focus groups this week to obtain their ideas on the qualities they would like to see in a new chief officer. The consultant, Vincent J. Coppola, also plans to start preparing a brochure that would be sent out t…

We’ll start learning the election winners from last week’s close suburban races Tuesday.That’s when the Erie County Board of Elections will count and reveal results of the absentee ballots from across the county, which should tell the winner in the handful of close races still hanging in the balance.They include the supervisor’s races in Hamburg and Orchard Park, the conte…

Three local governments in Erie and Chautauqua counties will receive state grants for collaborative water projects, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday. The funding includes $400,000 for the consolidation of West Seneca water districts and their transfer to the Erie County Water Authority; $360,000 to the City of Dunkirk to form the Chadwick Bay Regional Water System; …

Two hundred parents, community members and staffers cheered Wednesday night at the suggestion that Sally A. Stephenson be removed from the Hamburg Central School Board.They decided to circulate petitions supporting the resignation of Stephenson, her daughter, Holly A. Balaya, and Catherine Schrauth Forcucci for alleged repeated violations of district policies and the code …

Education

When freshman Michael Gehrke ordered a fish sandwich for lunch Wednesday in the cafeteria of Frontier High School, he didn’t bank on all the attention it would attract. After all, fish is not a favorite food among most teenagers.“I’ll give you part of my cheeseburger,” offered best friend Kevin Crosta.“Be a man,” urged another classmate.“Just shove it in your mouth,” said …

A new majority emerged on the Hamburg Central School Board Tuesday night as the board voted to take a step toward hiring a new attorney and to defend the former board president and superintendent in a legal proceeding.The action came near the end of a wide-ranging, sometimes testy, four-hour long meeting that also included approval of discussions with the Buffalo City Scho…

The former owner of a Hamburg bar and restaurant must pay the state almost $73,000 in sales tax that he failed to pay for more than two years.State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski on Tuesday ordered Luke Mumbach, 50, of Eden, to pay the state the $72,592 in sales tax payments that he missed between June 2009 and Aug. 31, 2011, when he operated the Buffalo Street Gr…

Bernard T. “Bernie” Grucza, the accused killer of the Hamburg Toys R Us assistant manager, will be arraigned Monday on murder charges before State Supreme Courst Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.Grucza, 38, a regional loss prevention manager for the toy store chain, was indicted last month by an Erie County grand jury and is being held without bail at the Erie County Holding Cent…

Sheets of ice caused a multiple-car crash on the Youngmann Expressway near the interchange with the Niagara Thruway in the Town of Tonwanda at about 11 p.m. Monday and a one-car crash on the median along the Niagara Thruway near Niagara Street in Buffalo about the same time.Town of Tonawanda police and State Police assigned to the Thruway reported no serious injuries in ei…

Parents in Hamburg Central School District have scheduled a third community meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. This meeting will be held in St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, 6895 Boston Cross Road near the Boston Hotel.Parents plan to give updates from previous meetings, and discuss ways to address turmoil in the school district, through strategies such as a letter writin…

HamburgThis year’s Rock the Roundabout in Hamburg will again be held in the municipal parking lot.Village Board members considered a request from the organizing committee to close Buffalo Street for the New Year’s Eve celebration, which would involve obtaining a grant from New York State.“I’d rather keep it in the parking lot,” Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said at last week’s…

As many as 300 new jobs and $100 million in investment will be coming to the Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg to support expanded production across the border in Ontario, The Buffalo News has learned.Sources with intimate knowledge of the Ford expansion confirmed the move, although Kristina Adamski, a Ford spokeswoman, would not.While final details are yet to be worked out, …

A Conventual Franciscan friar who was vice principal at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs and later principal at Cardinal O’Hara in the Town of Tonawanda is accused of molesting a student while he was a teacher at a high school in Baltimore in the 1970s, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has revealed.The Rev. Michael Kolodziej, 69, has been suspended from the priesthood …

Western New York Hosta Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Town of Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Award-winning leading hosta breeder Olga Petryszyn of Valparaiso, Ind., will present “My Hosta Journey.”...East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora, for a Christmas arrangement demon…