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Special meeting called on Williams and Oladele

Buffalo School Board President Louis J. Petrucci has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday to discuss contractual issues.

Petrucci was not available to comment on Saturday, but it is believed the meeting will deal with several items, including the financial package for Deputy Superintendent Folasade Oladele. Oladele received a $215,000 buyout in June as part of a separation agreement, which is about four times more than her contract stipulated. The board likely will consider a much less expensive package.

The board also is expected to discuss movement on the termination of Superintendent James A. Williams. Three board members -- John B. Licata, Ralph R. Hernandez and Christopher L. Jacobs -- on Friday filed a resolution calling for a vote to begin proceedings to terminate the superintendent's contract.

The board meets in Room 801 of City Hall.



Bridge, stretch of Route 19 to bear name of fallen hero

SCIO -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a bill that will rename a stretch of Route 19 and the bridge that crosses over Interstate 86 in honor of Cpl. Jason Dunham, the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who sacrificed his life to save two other Marines from a hand-grenade in Iraq in April 2004.

Route 19 in the Town of Amity will be renamed "Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Highway," and the bridge, the Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Bridge."

State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, initiated the legislation. Dunham was from the Town of Scio, where his parents still live.



Hoskins visits horses she is accused of mistreating

More than a year after she was charged with mistreating her horses, Beth Lynn Hoskins was allowed Saturday to visit 33 of the animals being cared for by the SPCA and housed at private horse farms in Western New York.

Hoskins and her 7-year-old daughter Alex started out their visitations Saturday morning at a farm near her East Aurora home where nine of the horses are being kept.

"It's really heartbreaking that they're this close," Hoskins said.

An SPCA peace officer filmed their visit at the private home, but media was barred from witnessing the reunion.

Hoskins also was expected to visit horses in Hamburg, Gasport and Cowlesville.

Justice Joseph R. Glownia ordered attorneys to work out the visitation schedule after learning that SPCA officials did not notify Hoskins for about 60 days after her 21-year-old mare Ariel became lame in mid-March.

Forty of her 73 horses seized last year have been returned to her. The SPCA continues to care for the rest.



Section of Armor-Duells focus of work on drainage

A section of Armor-Duells Road in Orchard Park will be closed Tuesday.

Orchard Park Highway Superintendent Fred Piasecki said crews will be working on drainage pipe, and the road will be closed from Murphy Road to Powers Road from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.