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It was the busiest shopping day of the year, but Monroe’s Place was dead.“We have Black Friday shoved down our throats since Halloween, but there we were and the store was no busier than any other day,” said Nancy Monroe, who goes by the single name Monroe.So four years ago, the Hamburg store owner organized Green Friday – a call to consumers to patronize the village’s sma…

Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its annual luncheon and friendship floral exchange at noon Thursday in Brierwood Country Club, 5324 Rogers Road, Hamburg.If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send it to Susan Martin, Garden Notes, Features Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. Fax: 849-3445. email: smartin@buffnews.com. All items must…

Hamburgh Holidays will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Santa Claus parade. The parade will feature music, floats and marchers. Masters of ceremonies will announce the names of contingents from reviewing stands in front of Tina’s Italian Kitchen on Main Street and in front of the Buffalo Street Grill on Buffalo Street. The parade will end at the village square, where …

The Hamburg fine dining restaurant Daniels has new owners, who say that they aim to “carry on the Johengen legacy of fine dining.”Daniels closed Sept. 14. The soft opening is Dec. 6.Henry Matuszewski, the former owner of Daffodils, has joined forces with insurance agent and entrepreneur Annette Winder and veteran chef Scott Donhauser, most recently of Butterwood Sweet & Sa…

A former Erie County sheriff’s dispatcher was sentenced Tuesday to one to three years in prison for plowing into two pedestrians as he was driving his pickup truck at a high rate of speed last April in Hamburg after drinking at the Dyngus Day Festival in Buffalo.The April 1 crash left both victims with traumatic brain injuries, a factor that State Supreme Court Justice Joh…

Hamburg Town Board members Monday night called a temporary halt to new digital signs that flash bright colors as their messages change.The six-month moratorium on electronic variable signs will be in effect while the town revises the code governing the signs.“Every sign that comes into the town gets a variance,” planning consultant Drew Reilly told the Town Board during it…

Hamburg town board members Monday night called a temporary halt to new digital signs that flash bright colors as their messages change.The six-month moratorium on electronic variable signs will be in effect while the town revises the code governing the signs.“Every sign that comes into the town gets a variance,” Planning Consultant Drew Reilly told the Town Board during it…

Longtime Village of Blasdell attorney James M. Shaw has told the Village Board that he is retiring after 16 years of providing legal counsel to the village.The board appointed Shaw’s firm, Shaw and Shaw PC of Hamburg, as acting village attorneys until the reorganization meeting on April 7. Shaw’s son, Joseph Shaw Jr. , who is a member of that legal firm, will not serve in …

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Taking your dog to visit swim therapist Mary Beth Glatz is like going to the day spa. Her indoor in-ground pool was custom-built for SandDancer, the canine swim and therapy business she named after her black Labrador retriever. The business is located on Powers Road in Orchard Park.The pool – four feet deep with water heated to 92 degrees – becomes a healing ground for can…

HamburgThis Friday will be Green Friday in the Village of Hamburg, as businesses promote shopping local.A free trolley will transport shoppers throughout the village, where they will encounter various deals, discounts and contests at more than 40 participating village businesses, as well as family entertainment throughout the day at various locations.Local businesses conte…

The rapistClarence M. Justice, 40• Convicted of raping 15-year-old girl in home of Holly A. Balaya, on Feb. 1, 2009. Serving 4-year sentence.• Military veteran.• Former son-in-law of Sally Stephenson.The boardSally Stephenson, 62• Vice president of Hamburg School Board; elected to School Board in May 2012.• Leader of new board majority that put former superintendent on lea…

Education

It begins with the rape of a 15-year-old girl in the home of a prominent member of the community.A judge intercedes on behalf of the rape victim and is later admonished by his superiors for overstepping his authority.After that, secret tapes are made of closed-door school board meetings.A mysterious blogger spouts angry opinions on the Internet.Next, there are accusations …

Hamburg House and Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg. David Clark, from Sieck Wholesale Florist, will present a hands-on program on making a Thanksgiving and Christmas arrangement. A business meeting will follow. The club’s annual Christmas party begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Dove Restaurant, 3002 Abbott Roa…

Hamburg lawyer Daniel J. Chiacchia has filed a petition with the state education commissioner to remove Sally A. Stephenson and Holly A. Balaya from the Hamburg Central School Board.Chiacchia said Stephenson and her daughter, Balaya, had a conflict of interest that they did not disclose before voting last week on seeking a new attorney for the school district and providing…

Business

Ford Motor Co. gave its stamping plant in the Town of Hamburg a $150 million vote of confidence, an investment that will also add 350 jobs to the facility’s work force.The new investment, announced Thursday, will allow the Route 5 plant to install new machinery and equipment and solidify its relationship with a Ford vehicle assembly plant in Oakville, Ont., near Toronto. T…