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Where We Live / A town-by-town digest of what's happening in the suburbs

>Amherst

It will be more than a week before it becomes clear which candidate for Amherst highway superintendent has won the Working Families party line on the general election ballot.

Of a total of 18 or 19 total Working Families party ballots cast in the primary, incumbent Republican Superintendent Robert N. Anderson has received at least seven votes, but his challenger, Democrat Kathy R. Kaminski, engaged in a write-in campaign that may have netted her as many or more votes, said Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner Dennis Ward.

Anderson already holds the Republican and Independence party lines, while Kaminski carries the Democratic and Conservative lines. Though Anderson was endorsed by the Working Families Party, Kaminski attempted to pick up that third party line on the ballot through write-ins on Tuesday.

The Board of Elections will need extra time to review the write-in ballots and absentee and affidavit ballots from the low-turnout minor party primary, Ward said.

Also this week:

Monday's Amherst Town Board meeting and work session has been rescheduled for Sept. 26.

Community residents are invited to help install 600 deer shields on the fencing of the Williamsville Cemetery on Saturday afternoon to help prevent the future impalement of deer that attempt to jump the cemetery fence.

Williamsville Cemetery, Animal Allies of WNY and International Chimney Corporation announced that people have donated enough money to purchase 600 of the spike-covering shields. They will be installed along the Glen Avenue Extension side of the cemetery from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the cemetery, located at the intersection of Main and North Long streets.

The Sweet Home School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road.

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>Aurora

Last week's primary decided the Nov. 8 general election early for the Aurora Town Board race among four candidates seeking two council seats.

A victory for incumbent Councilmen Jeffrey T. Harris and James J. Bach -- the top vote-getters -- secured the Republican nod for them and has assured them a return to the Town Board for four-year terms. Both Harris and Bach also carry the Conservative Party line.

Challengers Peter Mercurio, an East Aurora village trustee, and newcomer Dana L. Foster, both lost in the GOP primary. As a result, both are off the ballot and out of the race.

Bach garnered the most votes in the primary with 575, or 43 percent of the vote. Harris secured the second spot, receiving 418 votes, or 31 percent. Harris has served 12 years on the board and will begin a fourth term. Bach, who has served two years, will begin his first, four-year term.

Until the primary outcome, the council race had been the only attention-getter heading into the November election since Supervisor Jolene Jeffe also is assured a second term. Carrying the Conservative Party endorsement, she said she also now carries the GOP line since the Republican-endorsed candidate, former East Aurora Mayor David J. DiPietro, formally dropped out of the race and there was no primary for the seat.

Town Justice Douglas Marky, facing no opposition, also is assured a return to the bench in the general election.

Also this week:

East Aurora Fire Chief Roger Le-Blanc will present the department's plans for a new fire hall to the Aurora Town Board this week for the first time. LeBlanc's presentation will occur during the town's work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 300 Gleed Ave.

The project is before the village and opposition by some residents who live near the preferred site on Whaley Avenue just off of Main Street has sparked talk about whether other locations should be -- or even could be -- identified. The Fire Department has outgrown its current location on Oakwood Avenue and says it has limited options for a suitable site within the village.

Town officials also will hear a proposal for new baseball diamonds in the town, with at least two sketched out for the town's new property at Gleed Avenue.

The Town Board also will hear estimates on work needed to repair or replace the town library's leaky roof on Main Street.

The board also will review the final plans for the upscale Reed Hill Heights subdivision proposed off of Jewett Holmwood Road near Route 20A. The 33 single-family home subdivision would butt up to Commerce Greene and also back up to Cazenovia Creek. Robert Hill is the builder.

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>Buffalo

The Common Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment of a new human resources commissioner Tuesday afternoon.

Lawmakers questioned Patricia P. Folts, of East Amherst, during a hearing on her appointment held Thursday. There was no indication, based on what was said at the hearing, that she wouldn't get the job when the Council votes.

Mayor Byron W. Brown appointed Folts earlier this month to the $91,364-a-year job.

If lawmakers approve her appointment, Folts would replace Karla L. Thomas, who was fired in January.

Folts most recently worked as vice president of human resources at LP Ciminelli.

The Council's regular meeting is at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

Also this week:

The Council will hold its premeeting caucus at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 1417 of City Hall.

The Zoning Board will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 901 of City Hall.

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 209 of City Hall.

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>Cheektowaga

A public hearing in advance of a proposed new law in Cheektowaga that would require landlords in town to be licensed will highlight Monday's Town Board meeting.

The second proposed local law of the year, if passed by board members, will "require owners of residential rental properties to obtain a rental housing business license in order to lease their properties."

Town officials, in drafting the law, suggest that residential rental properties in town "may become a haven for various criminal or disruptive activities that can cause disorder in our community and affect the quality of life for others."

The intent of the new law is to protect the health and safety of residents as well as preserving the quality of life, property values and character of Cheektowaga neighborhoods by curbing criminal activity and disorder on residential rentals, officials said.

The public hearing on the law and the Town Board meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall.

A 7 p.m. Thursday lecture about the history of the chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians on Union Road. The chapel -- completed in 1853 to fulfill a promise made by European immigrants who prayed for safe passage to America -- is one of the oldest in Western New York.

The shrine had long been revered by area German, Polish and Italian immigrants as a place for them to show gratitude for their own safe passage across the ocean. Around the turn of the last century, an area newspaper dubbed the chapel "the second Lourdes" because of its strong following by area faithful.

The Rev. Michael Burzynski, pastor of St. Mary of the Cataract in Niagara Falls, will present the talk at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3329 Broadway. The historical lecture is free and open to the public.

Also this week:

The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.

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>Clarence

The first of four sessions in the "Love and Leadership Parenting Series" will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Town of Clarence Youth Bureau, 10510 Main St. The other three sessions are scheduled for Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.

The program is presented by Carri Ludwig, a certified John Rosemond parenting coach. The cost is $50 per couple or $40 for a single parent. Register by phone at 407-2162.

The School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school lecture hall. The board is scheduled to discuss curriculum projects and a summer school report.

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled.

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency board will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday in Clarence Town Hall.

The third annual Flight 3407 Memorial 5K Race will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Clarence Town Hall Grove, 1 Town Place. A half-mile fun run will start at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Remember Flight 3407 Inc. and will go toward the construction and maintenance of a Flight 3407 memorial site. For details, visit www.3407fundraiser.com.

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>Evans

The final results from Tuesday's Democratic primary for town supervisor show that challenger Howard M. "Hub" Frawley defeated incumbent Francis J. Pordum by 83 votes.

A total of 1,081 votes were cast in the race, with Frawley -- the mayor of Angola -- receiving 582 votes to Pordum's 499 votes, results from the Erie County Board of Elections show.

Frawley received 54 percent of the vote, compared to Pordum's 46 percent.

Councilman Keith E. Dash, who has the Republican nomination for town supervisor, received 55 votes on the Independence Party line, while Pordum, the former assemblyman, got six votes on the Working Families line.

All three will be on the November ballot.

Also this week:

The Lake Shore Central School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior High Media Center Library, 959 Beach Road.

The Town Board has a work session scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road, where it's expected to discuss a timeline for preparing next year's budget.

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>Grand Island

The Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall.

The meeting will feature a public hearing on the final plan for phase one of the New England Estates subdivision. Phase one calls for the development of 36 lots on the northeast side of the island.

The board also will hold a planning workshop at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

An informational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday with residents of Lasalle Avenue and Lasalle Court to discuss the installation or repair of sidewalks on those streets.

Last year, the town used a federal Safe Routes to Schools grant to install sidewalks on East Park Road and Love Road, adjacent to William Kaegebein Elementary School.

The town received a community development block grant to conduct work on sidewalks on Elsie Lane, Lasalle Avenue and Lasalle Court near the school, but plans were tabled after being met with opposition by some residents.

Plans for sidewalks on Elsie Lane were later scrapped. But the town now hopes to implement a plan for a continuous pathway system to the school. It wants to install new sidewalks that would connect existing Lasalle sidewalks to the walkways around the school.

All meetings will take place in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

There was no primary on Grand Island last week, but the campaign has begun nonetheless.

Republican Councilwoman Mary Cooke will again run for town supervisor against the incumbent, Democrat Peter McMahon. She is in the middle of a four-year term on the Town Board and has nothing to lose by running.

Two Democrats, Norman Moorhouse and James R. Sharpe, will challenge two Republican incumbents, Richard Crawford and Gary Roesch, for Town Board seats.

The Nike Base Nature Trail at 3278 Whitehaven Road was renamed the Joanne Pinner Carr Memorial Nature Trail. Carr served on the town's Commission on the Conservation of the Environment from 1971 to 2006 and served as its first chairwoman. She died in 2009 at age 83.

The Niagara River Greenway Commission's workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Beaver Island State Park office, 2136 W. Oakfield Road.

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>Hamburg

Developers of industrial parks in the Town of Hamburg now have the opportunity to create "shovel ready" projects. The Town Board has approved a measure that reduces the time for the approval of individual business.

With the "pre-permitted site" option, the industrial park gains approval from the Town Board. Then, when a company wants to build in the park, it can go straight to the Building Department for building and site permits, dramatically cutting down the time needed for approvals.

There is another time-saving process in the town, this one for taxpayers. Town residents can pay their taxes at M&T Bank branches through Oct. 17. Tax payments can be made in person at the branches at 6000 South Park Ave. and 5771 Camp Road.

Also this week:

Village residents can place large items they want to dispose of at the curb this week for the large trash pickup. They should have their trash at the curb by 7 a.m. on the regular garbage collection day. Large trash includes metals, furniture and construction/demolition debris produced by a homeowner and used in a residence in the village.

The Village Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday, followed by its regular meeting at 7 p.m., in the Village Hall, 100 Main St.

The town Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

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Lackawanna

Construction and repair work on Fire House 3 in Lackawanna is set to begin Monday -- the same day the City Council is scheduled to vote on awarding a contract for the rehabilitation of Fire Houses 1 and 2.

Kirst Construction was the low bidder for the two deteriorated fire houses, which will cost $526,000 to fix.

Patrick Construction was awarded a contract Aug. 25 to fix Fire House 3 at 2990 South Park Ave. and will begin work Monday.

Station 1 is at 55 Ridge Road, and Station 2 is at 1630 Abbott Road. A series of bonds totaling around $5 million is being used to cover the costs of the fire house improvements and the paving of dozens of city roads.

The Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at City Hall, 714 Ridge Road.

The Council also will consider a request from Delta Development of Western New York to make traffic adjustments at the intersection of Ridge Road and Melroy Avenue for senior residents of the Victory Ridge Apartments who have expressed concerns about being able to safely cross Ridge Road for Masses at Our Lady of Victory Basilica.

Tuesday, the proposed closure of the lone post office in Lackawanna will be the subject of a public hearing at 7 p.m. in the Lackawanna Senior Citizens Center, 230 Martin Road.

The U.S. Postal Service announced in July, as part of cost-cutting efforts, that it was studying 3,653 local offices, branches and stations across the country for possible closing, including the post office on Ridge Road in Lackawanna's central business district.

The City Council, Mayor Norman L. Polanski Jr. and Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, all have gone on record opposing any closure in Lackawanna and vowing to fight it.

But recently, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urged radical changes -- such as eliminating Saturday delivery, closing thousands of post offices and laying off 120,000 workers -- to help the postal system avoid financial collapse. Donahoe also proposed closing the Buffalo mail processing center on William Street, which would result in the loss of 700 jobs.

Lackawanna residents also will find out Friday who will appear on the Democratic line in the November election for mayor.

The Erie County Board of Elections expects to be able to tally absentee and military ballots and determine a final winner.

As of the end of primary election night, 2nd Ward Councilman Geoffrey M. Szymanski was leading teacher and political newcomer Dion J. Watkins by a vote count of the narrowest of margins -- 1,468 to 1,467.

More than 140 absentee ballots were still outstanding.

Whoever gets the Democratic line is expected to be the heavy front-runner in the general election because Lackawanna's registered voters are overwhelmingly Democratic.

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>Lancaster

The Village of Lancaster's newest employee will begin tackling the community's rat problem this week.

David Kozlowski, a seasonal worker in the Department of Public Works, on Monday will begin going through the village and issuing warnings to residents who don't set out their garbage in lidded trash containers.

The board planned to hire Kozlowski to help pick up leaves in the village, but officials decided to assign him to rat-control duties after hiring him last week, said Mayor William G. Cansdale Jr.

If Kozlowski issues a second warning to the same address, Cansdale said, Code Enforcement Officer George Pease will visit the property and could cite the owner.

The village also has hired a contractor to set rat poison at various rat-complaint "hot spots," the mayor said. The Village Board last week voted to shift $10,000 from its contingency fund to a new rodent-management fund.

Further, the village by the end of this month will mail out a flier with information on how to make sure rats don't have access to garbage, droppings from bird feeders and other food and water sources.

Also this week:

The Town Board will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., followed by a full board meeting at 8.

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Newstead

The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the request of the Christian Airmen, owners/operators of Akron Airport, for a use variance for its plans to pave a crosswinds runway, add a five-bay hangar and a 2,800-square-foot maintenance hangar.

The hearing is a continuation of one held last fall at which many residents voiced opposition to the plans, citing drainage, noise and safety issues.

The Zoning Board could not act on the use variance until it received an environmental quality review report from the Town Board. In late July, the town issued a conditional negative declaration of the environmental impact of the airport's plans that addressed drainage, noise and safety issues. After a 30-day comment period, the negative declaration is now in effect.

That negative declaration, which passed the Town Board 3-2, was only on the environmental review.

If the board, which meets at the Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, approves the use variance, site plans for the project must still be passed by both the Planning and Town boards.

Also this week:

The Town Board will hold a work session at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road.

The Akron Village Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 21 Main St. A representative of the Northern Erie Sno-Seekers is expected to attend making the annual request for the snowmobile club's use of the bike path.

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>Orchard Park

The 50th annual Quaker Arts Festival, the largest outdoor suburban arts and crafts festival in the Southtowns, continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today on the Orchard Park Middle School campus at the corner of West Quaker Street (Route 20A) and South Lincoln Avenue.

Started by the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church in 1961, the festival was held at the church until 1964. The Orchard Park Jaycees took over sponsorship in 1965.

More than 300 artists and craftsmen show their work at the festival, and compete for more than $10,000 in prize money.

Also this week, Orchard Park Town Board members expect to report back Wednesday on progress on setting up meetings with surrounding towns on the possibility of sharing some or all police services. It's part of a follow-up after the results of a study or operations and data analysis of the Police Department were released earlier this month.

Board members and residents are still reviewing the study completed by the International City/County Mangement Association. The study is available on the town website, orchardparkny.org.

The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the supervisor's conference room in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Also this week:

The town Economic Development Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

The town Public Safety Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center.

The town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center.

The village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center.

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>Town of Tonawanda

The future of the town's waterfront is the subject of a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Noco Pavilion Center in Sheridan Park, 450 Ensminger Road. Subjects will include brownfield cleanups and the waterfront land-use plan.

One focus of the meeting will be the proposed Tonawanda Brownfield Opportunity Area, which represents more than 100 parcels stretching from the Cherry Farm, a remediated former landfill south of the south Grand Island bridges, to the former Spaulding Fibre site in the City of Tonawanda.

Last year, the town was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Department of State. It funded the first in a three-phase process toward developing an area-wide revitalization and cleanup strategy for brownfield, vacant, abandoned and underutilized properties within the defined area. Thursday night, the draft report developed by LaBella Associates -- the town's consultant -- will be presented.

Also next week:

The Kenmore Village Board will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor's office.

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>West Seneca

If you see high school students wearing pajamas to school Monday in West Seneca, you're not dreaming. It's Pajama Day and part of the kickoff to Homecoming Week at West Seneca West Senior High School.

Homecoming week includes several other special events at the West High School building and will culminate Friday and Saturday with the Homecoming Hot Dog Roast at 5 p.m. Friday to be followed by the football game when the Indians host the Jamestown Red Raiders at 7 p.m. The Homecoming Dance will be held Saturday night at West High School.

On the other side of town, West Seneca East High School will host Bennett High at 7 p.m. Friday.

The West Seneca Central School Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6:15 p.m. Monday in the boardroom of West Elementary School. The meeting was rescheduled from Sept. 12.

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Amherst /By the numbers

Total population: 122,366

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AGE:

Median: 40.2
Percent under 5: 4.7
Percent under 18: 19.8
Percent over 65: 17.8

Source: 2010 Census

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HOUSING:

Total units: 51,179
Percentage vacant: 4.5
Percent owner occupied: 71.3
Percent renter occupied: 28.7

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HOUSEHOLDS:

Total: 48,984
Average size: 2.33
Percent with husband-wife: 49.4
Percent with husband-wife and kids under 18: 20.1
Percent with single fathers: 2.1
Percent with single mothers: 4.7

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POPULATION BY SEX

Female: 53%
Male: 47%

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POPULATION BY RACE:

White: 83.8%
Asian: 7.9%
Black: 5.7%
Hispanic: 2.3%