Recycling totes are on their way to your curb.
Town officials announced that the recycling totes will start being delivered Thursday. It will take approximately 5 weeks for totes to be delivered to all of the Town of Amherst residents.
Recycling totes will be delivered most days of the week between 7 a.m. and dusk. There will be a slight delay in the delivery of the larger 95-gallon recycling totes. Residents who have requested the larger size will initially receive a 65-gallon tote. A swap will take place later.
From the start of the roll-out there will be a two-month grace period during which time residents may also use the existing blue recycling bins. After that time, residents may keep the recycling bins for their own internal recycling use. Old recycling bins put out after the grace period will be picked up along with all other recyclables.
Also this week:
*Williamsville will celebrate Earth Day/Arbor Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Noll Nature Center in Glen Park, Williamsville. The free event will feature children's activities, music, crafts, demonstration of a dual stream recycling truck, sapling give-aways, wildlife from Messinger Woods and more.
Preliminary reviews at the village level also are moving along on the proposed new fire hall for Center Street. A committee involved in the environmental review of the location is finalizing the state's long-form environmental review.
Village Administrator Bryan Gazda noted that the preliminary version of traffic assessments done at the Center Street fire hall site have now been finalized. West said he wanted to ensure that pedestrian traffic be assessed, adding that he felt it is probably one of the biggest concerns.
The village last week also signed off on the annual fireworks agreement with town officials for sponsoring the Independence Day fireworks celebration July 3 in Hamlin Park.
Also this week:
*A new nature sanctuary in East Aurora is officially opening at 1 p.m. today off South Street, just in time for Earth Day.
Village officials are opening the site with a ribbon-cutting. The sanctuary, including land taken over by the village bordering the creek, has been a long time in coming. The area is intended to be for passive recreation and will be open to the public.
"It's a work in progress," Trustee Randy West said this week.
In addition, new signs at the sanctuary site are being erected by the village.
The sanctuary also may soon be featured as a spot noted along the Scenic Byway Trail, village officials indicated, as they brainstormed ideas of various sites to be noted along the trail.
*The Town Board is expected to vote Monday on a proposed police services contract with the village that would span five years. The board meets at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of 300 Gleed Ave. Village officials approved the contract earlier this week.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday afternoon on a proposal to make the Trico Products building a local landmark.
The hearing by the Common Council's Legislation Committee will be held at 2 p.m. in Council Chambers.
Earlier this year, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus said it was planning to demolish the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The city's Preservation Board voted March 22 to endorse the designation.
Local landmark status would allow the board to have more input into what happens with the property.
Also this week:
*The Council's Civil Service Committee will meet at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.
*The Council's Finance Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.
*The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. will meet at noon Tuesday in the Erie County Industrial Development Agency offices at 143 Genesee St.
*The Council's Community Development Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.
Stop the Violence Coalition will celebrate its fourth annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at Creekside Manor, 2669 Union Road
The theme of this year's banquet is "MENTORS: Mentoring, Educating, Nurturing to Overcome Real Life Situations." The keynote speaker will be Erie County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues.
Thirteen people at the banquet will be honored "for their impact on this lives of youth in our community," including Arthur O. Eve Sr., who will be the distinguished honoree. Three Buffalo high school students will also be awarded for winning posters based on the MENTORS theme.
Murray "Six" Holman, the newly elected chairman of the coalition, will address the gathering as well. Other activities include a silent auction featuring decorated cakes from local bakers, raffles and door prizes, awards presentations and dancing.
Tickets are $50 per person, or tables can be purchased. For more information, call 882-7882.
Also this week:
*The Cheektowaga Senior Citizens Center, 3349 Broadway, will hold a free seminar, "Advances in Memory Enhancement," at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the center's conference room. Staff from Elderwood Health Care at Maplewood will hold some memory enhancement exercises for those who attend to "increase short-term memory." Anyone interested is asked to sign up at the center in advance.
*The Senior Center will also hold a new member coffee hour at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the center's conference room. Those who attend can learn about the activities, programs and services offered by the center.
*The Maryvale School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at 1050 Maryvale Drive.
*Cheektowaga High School will hold an induction to the National Honor Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium, 3600 Union Road.
*In the Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District, the John F. Kennedy Middle School will hold a talent show sponsored by "Friends of Rachel" at 7 p.m. Friday at the middle school, 305 Cayuga Creek Road.
The Clarence Senior Center's basket raffle and barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4600 Thompson Road.
Admission to the event, where dozens of baskets will be raffled, is free. Raffle tickets will be sold until 1:45 p.m., with the drawings to begin at 2 p.m. Ticketholders need not be present to win.
Presale prices for the food -- chicken and pulled pork, provided by locally owned Adventures in Heat -- are $8.50 presale and $9.50 for walk-in. Call 633-5138 for details.
In other community news, the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company recently mixed fire safety and pizza for a special program. Harris Hill firefighters surprised three Pesci's Pizza and Wings customers who had ordered deliveries.
If the customers could demonstrate working smoke detectors, their order was free, compliments of Pesci's. If the detectors were not in working order, they had to pay for their order, but received a free smoke/carbon monoxide detector. The fire company also gave away free fire extinguishers to two households.
Also this week:
*The Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the fire hall, 8630 Main St. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for ages 3 to 10. Admission is free for children 2 and younger.
*D'Youville College and the Brothers of Mercy community will hold an information session for nurses who hold a two-year college degree and would like to pursue of a bachelor of science in nursing degree, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the college's satellite campus, at 4520 Ransom Road. For more information, call 829-7701.
*The town Youth Bureau and Youth Board will present "Keeping Your Child Safe in the Cyber World" at 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall. State Troopers John Campanella and Joe DePlato will discuss Internet safety issues. The program is for adults only. Call 407-2162 for details.
*The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, following a 6 p.m. work session.
The Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce will host a brief meet and greet at 5 p.m. Monday in its offices at 70 N. Main St., Angola, before organizing a car pool for those interested in attending a small business workshop at D'Youville College.
The New York State Small Business Outreach Workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. at the college on Porter Avenue, where a team of representatives from several state agencies will detail New York's rules and programs intended to help small businesses. Topics include: how to start a business; how to obtain and file tax forms; and first steps in hiring employees.
To reserve a seat in the car pool, or to volunteer to drive, leave a message with the Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce at 549-3221.
Also this week:
*The Town Board will hold a work session at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road.
*An Evans Planning Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
*The Lake Shore Central School District Jazz Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Middle School Auditorium, 8855 Erie Road.
The reassessment of homes and businesses has begun on Grand Island.
In an effort to keep everyone informed, the contractor chosen to perform the assessments will hold a series of meetings for residents.
The appraising firm will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the courtroom in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.
The firm will spend the next year conducting exterior inspections of all 8,912 parcels on the island. It also will conduct interior inspections if permitted by the property owner.
Contractors will use the inspections along with analysis of sales and property value trends to place a value on each parcel.
Once completed, the town will change its property equalization rate from 46.5 percent of a home's value to 100 percent.
Reservations are required to attend the meeting and can be made by calling 712-5550.
Also this week:
*The Town Board will meet for a workshop at 9 a.m. Monday to hear a proposal from a company hoping to offer a wellness program to town employees.
*The School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Middle School Small Theater, 1100 Ransom Road.
*The One Island, One Team coalition will host a meeting Tuesday to address underage drinking.
A panel including Supervisor Mary Cooke, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, teachers, students and alcohol prevention and treatment experts will meet to discuss ways to raise awareness about underage drinking and how to prevent alcohol from being consumed by those under 21.
Luke Moretti, a Grand Island resident and reporter for Channel 4 News, will moderate.
The meeting will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the courtroom at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.
The event is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration secured through the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
*Grand Island Moose Lodge No. 180 will host a benefit dinner for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
There will be a pig roast, basket raffle, karaoke and live music by the band Route 66. Tickets are $25 apiece and available at the Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd., or by calling 775-5522.
New street signs have been erected in the central business district in the Village of Hamburg. The signs feature a capital "H" with a green vine through it.
The 22 signs "distinguish" the village, Trustee Paul Gaughan said. The signs were part of the original Route 62/Main Street reconstruction plan.
The fourth annual Hamburg Music Festival starts with a student music showcase from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Theater. Bands will be appearing at 19 venues in and around the village starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
A $10 wristband provides unlimited admission to all venues where the bands will be performing, and transportation to and from the venues on the "Music Bus." Proceeds from the wristbands will fund various programs for students and the community.
The field is crowded for the Hamburg Central School Board, with eight candidates seeking the three seats.
They are Sally Stephenson, Ginger I. Taylor, Laura Heeter, Tracy O'Connor Robillard, John E. Maurer, and incumbents Joan G. Calkins, Patricia Brunner-Collins and Robert P. Madden. The top two vote-getters will win three-year terms beginning in July. The next highest vote-getter will take office immediately upon election and serve to June 30, 2013.
Hamburg Superintendent Steven A. Achramovitch will discuss the state of the school district and the 2012-13 budget before the Hamburg Rotary Club at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the West End Inn, 340 Union St.
Also this week:
*The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 1 in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the courtroom.
*The village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.
The School Board will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 202 of the District Administration Building, 245 South Shore Blvd.
The board's regular business meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Martin Road Elementary School Auditorium, 135 Martin Road.
Also this week:
*All school board candidate nominating petitions are due in the office of the district clerk by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
*The city's Planning and Development Board will meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a development plan review for a new building project by Ridge Road Development Group at 990 Ridge Road.
The town's Youth Bureau is getting a new passenger van after all.
The town will spend $20,565 to buy a new 2012 Chevrolet Express 12-seat van from a dealership in East Rochester, after debating the matter extensively at last Monday's Town Board meeting and the preceding work session.
The Town Board voted last Monday to pay up to $21,000 to the Hazelton Auto Mall after withdrawing a resolution that would have seen the town buy the van for $24,015 from Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew.
The board changed its mind after Council Member John Abraham Jr. raised questions at the work session about the increased price of the van, initially expected to cost $18,677.
Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli said the increased cost stemmed from changes, some suggested by a Joe Basil employee, made to the specifications included in the original request for bids.
Fudoli said he wanted to buy the van from a local dealer, but he conceded it was a mistake not to send the contract out to bid again with the added-on features.
During the public comment section of the full board meeting, resident Mike Fronczak asked why the original request for bids specified a Chevrolet van. Fudoli said he took responsibility for this mistake.
The Youth Bureau has two vans, one that seats eight and one that seats 12, and its 12-seater has been out of service since February, said Executive Director John Trojanowsky.
The vans are used to ferry teenage volunteers and mentors, participants in a summer theater program and young people fulfilling community-service requirements, he said.
The town's Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry and Senior Center also share the vans, and Trojanowsky said he hopes the new van will be delivered by the beginning of summer.
Also this week:
*The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.
Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center will hold its first "Walk for Wildlife" fundraising event Saturday at Como Park Lake in Lancaster.
Registration starts at 11 a.m. in Shelter 14 and the two-mile walk begins at noon.
It costs $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and the price includes a T-shirt.
The event also features a theme-basket auction, 5 0/5 0 raffle and Messinger Woods merchandise for sale. To register call Angela Banaszak at 655-6883 or visit www.messingerwoods.org/events.htm.
There will be one new face on the School Board.
Board President Alfred McClymonds and Elizabeth D. Quinlan are running for two seats next month.
Incumbent Carla Marrazzo has decided not to seek re-election. McClymonds and Marrazzo were first elected in 2006, and both have served two terms.
The Eggert Road Elementary PTO will sponsor a Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night at 6 p.m. May 1 in the Administration Building, 3330 Baker Road. The candidates will introduce themselves and address the audience. There will be a chance for informal conversations with the candidates following the program.
A School Board meeting and budget hearing will follow at 7 p.m.
B Is for Books bookstore, 6562 E. Quaker St., will participate in national World Book Night Monday, a quest to give away half a million books in one day. Some volunteers will be picking up books from the East Quaker Street store and going into the community in order to share them in locations such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, ballparks, hockey rinks and restaurants.
Also this week:
*The Village Board will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.
>Southern Erie County
The Wales Town Board will meet in a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the South Wales Community Center, Emery Road. The change in venue is due to the use of the Wales Center Community Center for voting in Tuesday's Republican primary.
CRA Engineering will discuss the results of testing done on ambient noise levels next to the site of the proposed compressor station on Reiter Road. The test will be used to monitor National Fuel to make sure the utility is adhering to a special use permit with the town regarding noise levels.
Draft codes regarding nuisance noise, signs and solicitation will be presented by Councilman Gerald Klinck.
Also this week:
*The Boston Planning Board will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.
*The Eden Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor conference room in Town Hall, 2795 East Church St.
*The Eden Conservation Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the supervisor's office in Town Hall.
*The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.
*The Elma Public Library will host a dedication ceremony and open house for the Zenath T. Heintz Community Room and the Friends of the Library Children's room at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the library, 1860 Bowen Road.
*The Marilla Town Board will meet in a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road.
Town Attorney Joel Kurtzhalts will discuss the 1984 code regarding rezoned property that automatically reverts back without further board action to the original zone if not built on within a year. Jason Engel from Cardinal Design is scheduled to talk about Farmland Protection and flag lots.
>Town of Tonawanda
Even though money is tight in the Village of Kenmore, annual street maintenance will continue with four repaving projects announced last week by Mayor Patrick Mang.
Work will be done on Nassau Avenue, between Delaware Road and Colvin Boulevard; Stillwell Avenue, between Colvin and Irving Terrace; Tremaine Avenue, from Wilber Avenue to Military Road; and Rowley Avenue, between Kenmore and McKinley avenues.
Mang announced the work in his annual budget address Tuesday, during which he noted that the only increase in village spending was to meet escalating gasoline prices.
"Despite budgetary constraints, this government continues its commitment to improve our infrastructure. We have invested over $17 million in street construction since 1990," he said.
The village also hopes to use community development money to repair sidewalks on Washington and Kinsey avenues, Mang said.
Also this week:
*The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the second-floor conference room.
*The Kenmore Planning Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the mayor's office at the municipal building.
*A meeting of the Ken-Ton Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the faculty cafeteria at Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road.
*The second annual Big Kenmore Cleanup, sponsored by Kenmore Village Improvement Society, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers are needed to clean public spaces, and a recycling drop off will be open during those hours in front of the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Ave.
One of the nation's "Best Communities for Music Education," the West Seneca Central School District, will hold its District Jazz Festival at 7 p.m. Friday at West Senior High School, 3330 Seneca St.
The festival will feature James Burton, trombonist and director of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.
Earlier this week, for the second year in a row, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation -- a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing active participation in music -- named West Seneca Central to its 13th annual list of "Best Communities for Music Education." The foundation acknowledges schools and districts across the United States "for their commitment to and support of music education," district officials said, based on funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, support and facilities.
Also this week:
*Potters Road Elementary School, 675 Potters Road, will hold a "Buy One, Get One Free" Book Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The event will also include free ice cream sundaes at 4 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. visit by furry friends from the Buffalo Zoomobile.
*The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. Four of the six items on the agenda are variance requests from residents seeking to erect 6-foot high fences.
Village of Hamburg / By the numbers
Total population: 9,409
Percent under 5: 5.2
Percent under 18: 23.9
Percent over 65: 17.1
Population by sex:
Population by race:
Total units: 4,175
Percentage vacant: 5.7
Percentowner occupied: 71.7
Percent renter occupied: 28.3
Average size: 2.36
Percent with husband-wife: 49.8
Percent with husband-wife
Percent with single fathers: 1.7
Percent with single mothers: 6.1
Source: 2010 Census