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Resolution seeks movement on termination of Williams

Three Buffalo Board of Education members have filed a resolution calling for a vote to begin proceedings to terminate Superintendent James A. Williams' contract.

John B. Licata, Ralph R. Hernandez and Christopher L. Jacobs on Friday filed a resolution calling for the board to vote to invoke the "no fault" termination clause of Williams' contract. The resolution indicated the vote could take place at a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, or at a later date.

As of late Friday, board President Louis J. Petrucci had not called a meeting for Tuesday.

Licata also filed a separate resolution, with no co-sponsors, to invoke a different clause of Williams' contract that would terminate the superintendent for cause, meaning he has failed to meet his contractual obligations to the district.

The board in June met to consider invoking the no-fault termination clause in Williams' contract. After meeting behind closed doors for nearly an hour, then-President Hernandez announced that the board had decided not to pursue terminating the superintendent's contract.

Licata on Friday said he did not support the June effort to oust the superintendent, because Licata had concerns about legal issues regarding a termination, but said those issues have since been resolved.


International span shows colors for 84th birthday

The Peace Bridge will be illuminated in rotating color schemes on Sunday in commemoration of the international crossing's 84th anniversary.

The lighting will include red and white displays, as well as red, white and blue color schemes to honor both Canada and the United States.

The light show will begin at 9 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m.

"For roughly 84 years the Peace Bridge has stood as a symbol of harmony and friendship between the world's two greatest democracies," said Anthony Annunziata, the Peace Bridge Authority's chairman. "The authority remains committed to preserving and maintaining a safe and reliable border crossing for many years to come."

The Peace Bridge was officially dedicated on Aug. 7, 1927.


Buffalo Creek Native Festival today, Sunday at Canalside

The Buffalo Creek Native Festival will be held today and Sunday in the city's Canalside district.

The free event features historically authentic, hands-on experiences meant to immerse visitors in the culture of the Seneca and other Haudenosaunee people, who lived on the Buffalo Creek Reservation at the waterfront site prior to the 1840s.

The festival offers food, visual and performing arts, games, activities and demonstrations of traditional customs, many of which are still practiced today by local Native people.

At noon today, Seneca performers will re-enact historic events that took place on the reservation, beginning with a journey down the Buffalo River to Canalside.

Visit for details.