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Parents who load the kids in the car to cool off at Woodlawn Beach State Park after a long day of work and folks looking to enjoy a beer or margarita as the sun sets at the beach may have a surprise when they get to the Hamburg gate this summer.They’re going to have to pay for admission. For the last few years, it had been free after 5 p.m.The Town of Hamburg, which operat…

An appeal Monday night from Buffalo Sabre Patrick Kaleta didn’t change the minds of Hamburg Town Board members.The board voted, 2-1, to change a zoning code allowing an Orchard Park business to move to the former Walmart at McKinley Parkway and Big Tree Road. Kaleta and his family members and the foundation they created want to buy the former big-box store and convert it i…

A cat rescue organization that cares for about 40 stray mother cats and kittens is urgently seeking a new place for the animals to live after being asked to move out of the Lake Street building in Hamburg that it has occupied for about three years.Robin Pagano, one of the founders and current shelter director of Precious Paws Rescue, said the group has been asked to move b…

Crime

Toys R Us, the scene of a Town of Hamburg killing more than two weeks ago, has offered a $25,000 reward in the case that has left police still unsure whether the slaying could have been a botched robbery or a targeted attack.Town of Hamburg police, in conjunction with Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers and Toys R Us, announced the reward for information leading to…

The newly downsized Frontier School Board is facing a double-whammy – hiring an interim superintendent and vetting how it wants to search for a new superintendent to replace James C. Bodziak, who suddenly announced last week that he would retire as the leader of the 5,100-student district – all during budget trouble and controversial staff cuts.It also comes at a time when…

HamburgThe Frontier School District, now launching a search for a new superintendent following the announcement this week by James C. Bodziak that he will retire in September, has triggered some special board meetings.The School board plans to meet at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in an executive session to address a personnel matter and a contractual matter. Both those items were ind…

The house at 113 Buffalo St. in Hamburg will be used for training by Hamburg volunteer firefighters starting at 2 p.m. this afternoon.The house is adjacent to the Village Veterinary Clinic, and is slated for demolition to allow for the expansion of the clinic.The owners of the house, Dr. Andrew and Laura Reyda, said in a statement: “Having local firefighters train in the h…

A scary accident in the third race involving four horses turned a night of entertainment into a solemn event at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night.Raceway General Manager Jim Mango confirmed that a horse named My American Tallia broke stride, causing an accident that sent bodies of drivers flying and horses landing awkwardly on the track.Two drivers, Ray Fisher Jr., aboard Al…

Food and Drink

Red Top, with its char-grilled hot dogs and a great view of the lake across from its outdoor tables, has become a Southtowns tradition for generations of families.In fact, Red Top is celebrating its 67th season this year, so the great-grandparents of youngsters who are chowing down on its perfectly grilled Wardynski’s dogs could have had that same experience back in 1946.Y…

Erie County

Summer often means the same sorts of things.Pools and hot dogs. Beach walks and ice cream. Fourth of July fireworks and – gosh, is it Labor Day already?Exactly.Nothing wrong with that stuff. In fact, we love it.But sometimes we find ourselves craving a few new elements, among all our usual summer pastimes.With that, we offer this tipsheet.It’s a short list of a handful of …

Community members told the Hamburg Central School Board this week they have had enough of bad behavior.“I’m just annoyed as a taxpayer to see the silly and nasty problems you’ve had as a board, and you’ve got to solve them,” Brian Leach told the board during its reorganization meeting Tuesday.“I don’t care how we got here,” parent Edward Piazza added. “With strong leadersh…

Just 2½ years after taking the helm of the Frontier Central School District, one of the area’s largest suburban school systems, Superintendent James C. Bodziak has decided to step down.Bodziak – in the middle of his contract originally set to expire in February 2016 – announced his resignation at Tuesday night’s meeting of the School Board and said he will retire.His annou…

The festival whose name evokes the town that hosts it, as well as one of America’s favorite foods, will be held July 20 this year.Burgerfest will feature live music from noon to 11:30 p.m. along Main and Buffalo streets and in the municipal parking lot in Hamburg.Headliners on the main stage will include Hit ’N Run at 7:30 p.m. They’ll be preceded by Half a Heard, noon to …

HamburgHamburg village officials said the village will vigorously enforce parking restrictions along Union Street during Burgerfest.Parking is allowed on one side of the street. Fire Chief Tim Moses said it is impossible to drive a fire truck down the street if there is parking on both sides, and the Village Board agreed emergency access should be maintained. Burgerfest wi…

It’s hard to imagine a more volatile time than the last two weeks in the Hamburg Central School District:• The superintendent abruptly resigned, then the School Board put him on administrative leave.• The board ended a civil lawsuit over a secret recording in which the district tried to unmask an anonymous blogger.• The organizer of a private summer school canceled the ses…