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Distribution of carts to mark transition in collection

LOCKPORT -- The transition from city collection of trash and recyclables to collection by Modern Disposal Services will begin next week with the distribution of collection carts.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker and Common Council President Richelle J. Pasceri announced jointly Tuesday that residents should expect refuse and recycling carts to be delivered to their homes beginning Monday. Delivery citywide will take about 12 days.

Modern will begin collecting refuse Oct. 10; the last day of city collection will be Oct. 7.

"For the first several weeks, residents and businesses will be able to dispose of additional materials outside of their carts" to provide ample time to adjust to the new system, Pasceri said.

Tucker said, "The privatized, streamlined system of refuse pickup and disposal will save Lockport residents millions of dollars."

Any resident or business that has not received a cart by Oct. 14 is asked to place their refuse at the curb for collection and call the City Refuse and Recycling Hotline at 439-6752.

Instructions for the recycling portion of the program will be distributed along with the new carts.



Westbound Kensington to have lane closures

There will be travel restrictions this week on the westbound Kensington Expressway in Cheektowaga during the installation of a new message board, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Only one lane will be open in the vicinity of Union Road from 9 a.m. until about 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, travel will be restricted to a single lane in that same area from 7 a.m. until about 6 p.m. The on-ramp from Union Road to the westbound Kensington Expressway will be closed to all traffic during that time period.

Several traffic stoppages are anticipated throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m., on the westbound expressway.

Fines are doubled for motorists who speed in a work zone, a DOT spokeswoman noted. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of a driver's license.



Board approves Jaros as assistant principal

The appointment of an assistant principal for Kenmore West High School was approved Tuesday morning during a special meeting of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board.

Michelle Jaros was appointed to a three-year probationary term, which begins Oct. 24 and runs through Oct. 24, 2014. Her starting annual salary will be $87,542.

Since 2007, Jaros has been an assistant principal at Pioneer High School, overseeing grades 11 and 12. Her education includes a law degree from the University at Buffalo and a master's degree in education from Niagara University.

Ken-Ton Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro noted that Jaros also has teaching experience, at a school in the Harlem section of New York City.

Jaros succeeds Dean R. Johnson, who was appointed principal at Kenmore West last month.

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