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> Amherst

Town residents will have three sizes to choose from when the blue, green-lidded recycling totes begin getting distributed late this month. As previously reported, the default size is the 65-gallon size.

However, residents will also have the option of having their 65-gallon recycling tote swapped out for either a larger 95-gallon tote (the same size as a standard trash tote) or a smaller 35-gallon tote.

Not sure which size your household needs? The Amherst Highway Department has all three sizes on display at their main office building, 1042 North Forest Road. Anyone interested can view the totes from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Highways Superintendent Robert Anderson said the totes should be distributed between late April and late May to all Amherst residents outside of the Village of Williamsville.

Anyone interested in requesting a tote other than the 65-gallon size is asked to call call 631-5990 ext. 5924 or email Residents should state their address and which size tote they would like.

Also this week:

The Williamsville School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the District Office board room, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst. The district's $164.3 million budget for 2012-13 will be up for a board adoption vote.

Also, three seats are up for election on the Williamsville School Board in May. Information packets for qualified candidates are available at the District Office, 105 Casey Road, during regular business hours. Details and some required materials also are available on the district's website at

Prospective candidates must file their completed packets and petitions by 5 p.m. April 16. For more information, contact District Clerk Mitzie Serafin at 626-8092.

Buffalo Transportation/Pierce Arrow Museum founder James T. Sandoro will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Williamsville Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St., as part of the village's free "Voices and Viewpoints" series.

Among the topics he will discuss is Buffalo's historic role in the automobile industry, the latest Frank Lloyd Wright project, the expansion of the transportation museum, and the "Great Race 2012" vintage car rally that will be making a pit stop in Buffalo.

> Aurora

East Aurora High School student Michael Lorka is on the map of Distributive Education Clubs in New York State.

Michael, a junior who is the son of East Aurora School Board Member Kathann Lorka, was elected president of the New York State Chapter of DECA at a state convention held in Rochester.

He was elected with 2,000 DECA members present and will be inducted as a state officer at the international DECA conference in Salt Lake City this month. Lorka has been a DECA member for five years.

He had to apply, be interviewed by peers and teachers, submit a portfolio presentation and complete a test and essay, as part of the process leading to a state office within the New York state chapter of DECA.

DECA is an international organization that prepares high school and college students for leadership in marketing, finance, hospitality and management careers.

Also this week:

The High School/Middle School choral pops concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the High School on Center Street.

A new collection bin for used textiles will be added to the Parkdale Elementary School parking lot, beginning Monday. The red bin, to be placed next to the green and yellow paper recycling bin, will benefit Hearts for the Homeless mobile soup kitchen. It is for clean, dry textiles, scraps, mismatched, torn, stained articles, sheets, towels, etc. Recycled textiles are used to make filling material for car insulation, roofing felts and furniture padding, among other things.

The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in a work session at Village Hall, Main and Paine streets.

The East Aurora School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday to further discuss a preliminary budget. The board meets in the library of the Middle School, 430 Main St.

> Buffalo

The Common Council's Taxi Cab & Livery Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday in Room 1417 of City Hall.

The ad hoc committee typically meets about twice a year. The meeting's tentative agenda includes discussions on inspections and licensing issues.

The city regulates cabs across Erie County, and holds the power to increase fares.

The committee is chaired by North Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr. Representatives of the city's Division of Licenses and the Police Department have been invited.

Also this week:

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

The Council will meet in regular session at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

The Buffalo Sewer Authority will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 1038 of City Hall.

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency's Loan Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 920 of City Hall.

> Clarence

The Erie County project that will add a traffic light at Greiner and Shimerville roads will cost $870,000, a county official said.

The project, which includes adding left-turn lanes, curbing, drainage, new striping and installation of the signal, is expected to be completed by July 28, said Charles Sickler, the county's director of engineering.

Federal funds will cover 80 percent of the cost of the county project. The town will maintain the signal once it is installed. The county has authority over the intersection because Greiner and Shimerville are county roads.

Also this week:

The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, following a 6:30 p.m. work session. The board is expected to consider a request to initiate a draft environmental impact statement for the Northwoods open space design subdivision on the north side of Greiner, east of Shimerville.

The Clarence Central School District is seeking applicants for principal of the Clarence Center Elementary School. The current principal, Neil T. Burns Jr., is retiring at the end of the school year. The application deadline is April 11, and a new principal is expected to start about July 1.

Paula's Donuts on its Facebook page says it plans to open its new location at 8560 Main St., in mid-April.

The Clarence Hollow Association will concentrate its beautification efforts this summer at the intersection of Ransom Road and Main Street. "The thought is that if we can make an impact in one area, which is highly visible, it will be much more noticeable, and then from there we can expand on either side," said Jean O'Connell, the group's president.

The group once again plans to offer free concerts this summer on the lawn of the Asa Ransom House, with one concert each planned for June, July and August.

The Town Board has scheduled a special work session for 8:30 a.m. April 18 at Town Hall to talk about repairs to the Clarence Public Library. The discussion was postponed from a previous date.

> Cheektowaga

Four public hearings will begin Monday evening's regular Town Board meeting.

Public input will be sought for curb installation projects along both North Willowlawn Parkway and Claude Drive as well as a planned demolition at 1122 Walden Ave. and whether to grant a special use permit for a new Tim Hortons restaurant and cafe at 440 Pine Ridge Heritage Blvd.

The meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. in council chambers at Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

Included on the agenda will be bid awards to Niagara Grass of Niagara Falls and Mowcon Enterprises LLC of West Seneca for mowing the three Galleria detention basins and the Pfohl Bros. landfill respectively. Niagara Grass will receive $5,596 for its work and Mowcon, $2,848. Both companies were bidding against each other for each of the two jobs.

In another item, the town is expected to approve a request by the Erie County Division of Sewage Management to be lead agency for environmental review in the matter of aligning a proposed 12,534 foot sanitary sewer in the right-of-way of Losson Road as part of the Aurora North Pump Station Elimination Project.

Also this week:

A meeting of the town's Conservation Advisory Council will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the council office conference room of Cheektowaga Town Hall.

The Cheektowaga School Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in its board room, 3600 Union Road.

A community budget forum that will provide taxpayers a look at a state budget update and the revenues of the Cleveland Hill Union Free School District will be held at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. The forum will be followed by a 7 p.m. meeting of the board of education at 105 Mapleview Road.

Meanwhile, in the Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District this week:

The Board of Education will hold a 6:30 p.m. Monday work session in the board's room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.

Generations will come together at the Cheektowaga Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when elementary students from Theodore Roosevelt School will join senior citizens for "Kids, Cookies & Songs," a morning activity of cookie decorating, eating and silly songs.

> Grand Island

Two men of the cloth have challenged one another to a duel on Grand Island today. But their true intention is to make beautiful music together.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, will host a "Dueling Clerics Organ Recital" at 7 p.m. Together, the Rev. Earle King and the Right Rev. William Franklin, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, will perform classical music selections by Bach, Soler and Dupre.

The recital is free and open to the public, but the church will pass the hat to raise donations for the Journey to Adulthood program, a group that assists adults and parents in mentoring teenagers.

For more information, call 773-3335 or

Also this week:

The Town Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday for a workshop followed by a regular meeting at 8 p.m. The meetings will be held at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

The Grand Island Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the River Lea Historic Farmhouse in Beaver Island State Park. The subject is "Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Symbols." The public is invited to attend the free, educational program.

The School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Middle School Little Theater, 1100 Ransom Road. The board is expected to adopt the budget for the 2012-13 school year.

The Grand Island Central School District is holding a lottery for enrollment in the 2012-13 Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.

Applications are available either on line at or by calling Sue Carter at 773-8818. Appointments, required to register your child, can be made by calling 773-8800. Deadline for applications is May 25. Results of the lottery will be announced at 2 p.m. June 5 in the High School auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road. A child must be age 4 on or before Dec. 1 and an Island resident to be eligible. Half-day classes are offered mornings and afternoons at Sidway Elementary School and mornings only at Care-A-Lot Child Care Center.

The Easter Bunny will be visiting Grand Island on Friday.

The "Island Bunny" will be at the Town Hall grounds and gazebo from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There also will be two separate egg hunts: one for children under age 3 and one for children from age 3 to 8.

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to snap photos of their little ones meeting the bunny. Each child also should bring a basket or bag in which to collect eggs.

> Hamburg

The town Recreation Department is registering children for a spring break program, April 9-13.

Activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily at the Hub, 4999 McKinley Parkway. Registration at the Town of Hamburg Recreation Office, 2982 Lakeview Road, is required for participation. Registration fee is $8 per day for residents and $10 per day for nonresidents. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 646-5145.

Also this week:

Anyone up for creative writing, learning Italian for travelers, or learning about the lore of the Celtic goddess? How about learning Spanish for the elementary school years? Or if you need a prep course on GED preparation?

The Frontier School District's community education spring classes may be just right for you. Classes for adults and children begin the week of April 16.

Brochures are now available at local libraries and at the Community Education office, located in the Frontier Community Learning Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd. The brochure also is available online at

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. It is recommended to call the community education office for exact registration dates at 646-9412.

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

The town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m Tuesday in Conference Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

The town Planning Board will conduct a work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 7B in Town Hall.

The village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m Thursday in Village Hall.

The Frontier School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave.

> Lackawanna

Official results from a vote Tuesday on a proposed school renovation project in the Lackawanna City School District were as follows: 821 voted in favor and 122 voted against the project.

The unofficial tally late Tuesday was 762 in favor and 122 opposed.

The final vote means the district will move forward with a $6.65 million project to renovate Truman Elementary School at 15 Inner Drive.

State funds will pay for the renovations, which include replacing a deteriorated canopy in front of the school, resurfacing and reconfiguring the parking lot, repairing cracked concrete foundations at the corners of the building and replacing the outdated electrical distribution system.

In other city news, ChildPro & Monarch Little Learners Academy, which provides early care and education to children with special needs and their families, was named 2011 Business of the Year by the Lackawanna Area Chamber of Commerce at the chamber's annual meeting Wednesday. The Rev. Mark E. Blue, pastor of Second Baptist Church, was named 2011 Chamber Member of the Year, and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, a Lackawanna native, was honored as 2011 Citizen of the Year.

Also this week:

Lackawanna parents requesting transportation for their children to any nonpublic or charter schools for the 2012-13 school year must do so in writing immediately.

Letters should contain the child's name, address, school and grade level as of September 2012, with a parent's home number and signature. Send requests to Lackawanna City School District, Transportation Department, 245 South Shore Blvd., Lackawanna, N.Y. 14218.

"Remembering the Lackawanna Melting Pot: Italians and Their Neighbors in 1930," a display of family history and diversity in Lackawanna, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the hall of St. Anthony Church, 306 Ingham Ave. The display is coordinated by John Andreozzi, author of "The Italians of Lackawanna."

> Lancaster

The Lancaster Public Library is on track to reopen Monday, following two weeks of renovation work that included the installation of new carpeting and electrical and data lines.

The town, which owns the building at 5466 Broadway, paid $36,000 to replace carpeting installed in 1993 and another $18,000 for the electrical and data wiring, town officials said.

Library employees late last week were putting furniture back in place and returning books and other materials to their shelves, said Terrence D. McCracken, general crew chief in the town's Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

Some of the wiring was installed at the request of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library administrators, and this work added to the cost of the project, officials said at the March 19 Town Board work session.

At the board's request, McCracken and Lancaster Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli plan to ask library officials to cover some of the cost of this additional work. That meeting hasn't happened yet, McCracken said late last week.

Also this week:

The Town Board will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

The board is expected to vote on an agreement to share assessing services with the Town of Clarence.

Clarence Assessor Christine Fusco would split her time between the towns, with Lancaster paying $65,000 annually to Clarence for her services.

Fudoli said the agreement would save the town $41,000 per year compared to the cost of salary and benefits for a full-time assessor.

The board meeting is preceded at 6:30 by a joint meeting of the Town Board and Planning Board to review the environmental impact of the residential Greenfield Terrace project at 5979 Broadway. A Town Board work session begins at 7.

> Orchard Park

Regent Co.'s request to rezone land for the construction of three buildings for student housing next to Erie Community College South Campus is the subject of a public hearing at Wednesday's Town Board meeting. Regent wants to rezone 4.6 acres from B-2 to R-4 with a CR district designation. The Conservation Board also will discuss the plan Tuesday.

Also this week:

The town Historic Preservation Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

The School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in administration building, 3330 Baker Road.

The town Conservation Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center.

The village Planning Board will meet 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center.

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

> Southern Erie County

The Boston Town Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.

Also this week:

The Elma Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road. On the agenda will be a request for a business use permit for a restaurant-tavern in the North Star Restaurant, Seneca and North Star roads.

The Marilla Conservation Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road.

On the agenda will be an ongoing project to finish 50 signs for the town's agricultural conservation protection program.

Chairman James Hopper said letters will go out to 13 property owners who have put 688 acres in the program since its inception to see where on their land and how many signs they need. The signs are to let the public know the land is protected agriculturally and cannot be developed.

> City of Tonawanda

The City Council will meet on Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St.

The informal meeting begins at 6 p.m. with an agenda review, followed by the formal session at 7 p.m.

The council is scheduled to discuss an agreement of accommodate Canal Fest July 15 to 22. The agreement calls for Canal Fest organizers to reimburse the city for $14,000 to offset expenses it incurs.

Also this week

The School Board will hold a meeting Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., at Tonawanda High School, 100 Hinds St.

> Town of Tonawanda

The outcome of Tuesday's public vote on two money-saving propositions in the Ken-Ton School District may impact the 2012-13 budget that the School Board will vote on this week.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave.; Herbert Hoover School, 249 Thorncliff Road; and Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road.

One proposition, which would save approximately $400,000, calls for modifying the distance requirements for student busing. Elementary school students would have to walk up to a half-mile, and the distance would be extended from 1.2 to 1.5 miles for middle school students and from 1.5 to 1.8 miles for high schoolers.

The second proposition is about selling the former Green Acres Elementary School, and a fraction of the adjacent land, "not for less than $850,000." Operating expenses have been exceeding rental revenues.

Also this week:

The Kenmore Village Board meets 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.

The Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board has called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road, to adopt a preliminary budget.

Wednesday is the deadline to register for a training program geared toward preparing children for the Ken-Ton YMCA Youth Triathlon. The program, open to children ages 6 to 13, runs April 11 to May 30; the triathlon is June 2. Cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 874-5051.

> West Seneca

A community meeting to inform the public about the health and safety concerns about "K2" synthetic marijuana will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Seneca Hose Fire Company, 2801 Seneca St.

West Seneca West Middle School Principal Brian Graham, in a letter to the community inviting them to the informational meeting, said use of synthetic marijuana by students is of concern to school officials.

"In the past few months, we have intervened in a number of serious situations involving synthetic marijuana use by children in our community," Graham wrote. "In some of these situations, we have had to send the children to the hospital for medical intervention."

Graham added that school officials feel strongly that "our students' needs are best met when an open line of communication exists between school and community."

This week, the substance, which can have serious health effects when used, was officially made illegal in New York.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at 677-3507.