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The executive team of Tops Markets – led by chairman and CEO Frank Curci – are the primary shareholders of the privately owned company. Documents made public Wednesday as part of the grocer's bankruptcy filings show the supermarket chain is owned by a complex structure of holding companies, whose ultimate owners are the individual members of the management team that led…

Amherst

Marrano Marc Equity Corp. has kicked off construction on its new $14 million Windstone townhouse project in Amherst, just days after receiving final state approval to begin marketing and sales. The West Seneca-based high-end homebuilder plans to construct 40 new luxury homes in the community located between Sheridan Drive and Main Street, directly connected to Marrano's…

High Schools

Hawks down state-ranked Mercy The last time Cardinal O'Hara faced state-ranked Our Lady of Mercy of Rochester, foul trouble doomed the Hawks in the girls basketball nonleaguer played in the heart of Section V. Things were different Thursday night in Tonawanda. Eight different players scored for Cardinal O'Hara with guard Angel Parker pouring in a team-high 14 to g…

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Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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Chris Malicki is back behind the bench for the combined Monsignor Martin Association team in the Western New York Girls Varsity Hockey Federation. While his coaching duties haven’t changed much, the same can’t be said for the federation. In the league's eighth season, there are no more easy wins, and that's a good thing. "The league is way more competitive than my firs…

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One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

A downstate human resources outsourcing firm with an office in Buffalo has relocated its Western New York Division office to Williamsville because it needed more space to accommodate its growth. The move by Alcott HR of Farmingdale, N.Y., to 1780 Wehrle Drive marks the second relocation in less than six years for the local office of the Farmingdale, N.Y.-based firm, whi…

Obituaries

Aug. 23, 1928 - Dec. 16, 2017 Dr. Joel D. Hittleman, a retired Williamsville dentist who practiced for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 89. He spent the majority of his career, from 1965 to 1990, working as the Director of Dentistry at the West Seneca Development Center, while also working as a professor of d…

High Schools

Penny Joseph's family had a sail boat, but she didn't get to travel through the waves on it too often. Yet, those few experiences on the open water piqued her interest, resulting in her joining the competitive sailing team at Buffalo Seminary. What does the freshman think about the sport after some extended exposure to it? "It's really fun. I like it here," said Jose…

Obituaries

March 30, 1943 – June 26, 2017 Sandra L. Staley, a retired substitute teacher in the Williamsville schools, died Monday in Cary, N.C., of complications from frontotemporal degeneration. She was 74. Born in Ambridge, Pa., the former Sandra Trehar earned a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in Spanish from Clarion, Pa., State College in 1965. She taught Eng…

A Williamsville man who used family members as drug couriers to distribute cocaine was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 10 years supervised release following his conviction on drug charges. Jack Reid III, 49, also was ordered to forfeit $1 million and two properties in Williamsville and Amherst. Beginning in 1990 through April, 2012, Reid used members of his famil…

A Williamsville man took investors' money and promised  to produce, market and distribute cosmetic and healthcare products, federal prosecutors say. But instead of using the money as promised, Logel spent most of the funds on himself, federal investigators said. Robert C. Logel, 53,  was arrested and charged Tuesday in federal court with wire fraud . Logel already…

Education

The reporting continues trickling in. And, the news isn't good. School district by school district across Western New York is discovering varying amounts of lead in their water. At one water fountain in a Fredonia classroom, for instance, a sample showed that there was 2,850 parts per billion of lead. That's nearly 200 times the state's threshold for lead in water…

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Silly us, we mistook Fíero to mean “fire.” Our high school Spanish teacher is no doubt turning in his grave. Loosely translated as “fierce or wild,” we offer a compromise. When the “fierce and wild” winds begin to blow, we recommend heading to Fíero to pretend that Buffalo is a balmy Mediterranean country like Morocco. Key to the Fíero experience is the fabulous stone fi…

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When the Williamsville Wall of Fame inducted 10 new members in November, nine of the honorees attended. On Thursday, the one who couldn't make it that day will make it up. And then some. Reed Birney, better known as the vice president on the Netflix series "House of Cards," will be at his alma mater Williamsville North High to talk about his career. Birney was unable to…