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Where we live / A town-by-town digest of what's happening in our communities


There's a little-known law in Amherst that requires homeowners to store trash containers indoors, such as in a garage, or behind their properties. In other words, garbage totes can't be stored within view of the street.

But Council Member Steven Sanders said lots of residents do store their totes alongside their homes for the sake of convenience, and with new recycling totes being distributed, the law should bend a little for the residents' convenience.

The Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 3 p.m.

Also this week:

*The Sweet Home Board of Education will hold its May voting meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center at Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road.

*The Eggertsville Community Organization Inc. will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. The program will feature representatives from the University at Buffalo Neighborhood Outreach Group to discuss plans for the improvement of the South Campus.

*Local residents and families are encouraged to participate in this year's Amherst Dusk to Dawn 12-Hour Relay Challenge. This year's event will take place May 18-19 at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village (Amherst Museum), 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. For team packets or information, call 631-7132, Ext. 7521 or visit and enter keyword: relay.



The East Aurora School Board race could get livelier or it may not.

With the sudden withdrawal of candidate Judith A. Malys last week, the district has extended the filing deadline for nominating petitions for board candidates. The new deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday at the district clerk's office in the Main Street School.

With Malys' withdrawal, there currently is a field of five vying for two board seats. Incumbents S. Dennis Holbrook and MaryBeth Covert are seeking re-election. Newcomers Kenneth A. Horton, William F. Kane Jr. and Kimberlee L. Danieu also are running for the two seats, which carry three-year terms. The terms run from July 1 through June 30, 2015.

State education law requires the district to extend its petition filing deadline after a candidate withdraws.

Meanwhile, the League of Women Voters will hold a forum for School Board candidates at 7 p.m. Monday in the library of the Main Street School, 430 Main St. The public is invited to meet the candidates. Written questions will be accepted from the audience.

Also this week:

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

*The Aurora Town Library on Main Street will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday while electrical improvements are done. Upgrades will be made to electrical boxes that serve the entire building, along with replacing wiring and electrical boxes for air-conditioning units.



The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.



The Common Council this week will continue its review of Mayor Byron W. Brown's proposed budget with a series of workshops.

On Tuesday, the mayor introduced a $482.6 million spending plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year that would hold the line on the residential property tax rate, while cutting the commercial property tax rate by 8.5 percent.

The Council held hearings last week where administration officials and department heads answered questions from lawmakers.

This week's workshops, which will be held in Room 1417 in City Hall, are open to the public. The full schedule of workshops is on the city's website.

The Council must adopt a budget by May 22, after which the mayor can veto certain changes. The Council also has the power to override his veto.

Also this week:

*The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority on Monday will accept comments from the public during a forum on the financial plans of the city, school district, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, as well as its own financial plan.

The session, which will not include any presentations, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St.

*The Pinnacle Charter School board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the science room at the school, 115 Ash St.

*The Planning Board will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in Room 901 in City Hall.

*The Council's Finance Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

*The Council's Community Development Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

*The Council's Legislation Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

*The Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 801 of City Hall.

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



Celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 will be front and center all year across Western New York. It highlights a heavy Town Board agenda Monday evening that includes 39 resolutions.

The meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m. in Council Chambers in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

It will be a resolution setting Sunday June 10 as the day for a War of 1812 Cemetery and Flag Day parade and commemoration ceremony to be held by the War of 1812 Cemetery board of trustees and Cheektowaga Patriotic Commission.

In a related item, the board will vote to offer for bid the job to replace the War of 1812 Cemetery fence as part of a War of 1812 Cemetery restoration project to be funded through a matching state parks grant for the historic cemetery on Aero Drive.

Also this week:

*The Planning Board will hold a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting in Council Chambers in Town Hall.;

*A mandatory parent prevention program for parents of students who want to attend this spring's prom in the Cleveland Hill School District will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the middle/high school auditorium, 105 Mapleview Road. The program is designed to keep parents informed about the dangers and consequences of teen drinking and drug use.

*The Cheektowaga-Sloan Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 school budget at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave. There will be a public hearing to discuss the 2012-13 Maryvale School District budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the district's offices, 1050 Maryvale Drive.



With the School Board election and budget vote coming up, two related events are set for this week.

The School Board will hold a public hearing on the $72.5 million budget for 2012-13 at 7 p.m. Monday in the Clarence High School lecture hall, 9625 Main St.

And a School Board candidates forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school lecture hall. The three candidates running for two seats have been invited to participate. Audience members may submit questions in writing. The candidates will make opening statements, answer questions and make closing statements.

School district residents will vote on the budget and board candidates on May 15.

Also this week:

*Habitat for Humanity's ReStore truck will be at the Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to accept donations including building materials, housewares, plumbing fixtures, landscaping materials and equipment.

*The Clarence Historical Society will visit the Clarence Nature Center, 9050 Sheridan Drive, for a program on Tuesday. The center will open at 6 p.m., and the presentation will be at 7 p.m. For more information, call 759-8575 or 741-3780.

*The Clarence Women's Club will hold its 49th annual Scholarship Card and Game Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St. A $5 ticket may be purchased at the door. Funds raised will allow the club to present five $500 scholarships to Clarence High School seniors.

*The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.

*The Ethics Board will meet at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

*The Youth Bureau will present the first of two "Parenting Your Preschooler" sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 10510 Main St. The second session will be May 16. The workshop is free; call 407-2162.

The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, following a 6 p.m. work session.

*A free electronics recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, 8550 Main St.

*The Clarence Hollow Association Walk for Celiac Awareness will step off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Main Street Town Park, 10405 Main St.

*A used bike sale to benefit the Friends of the Clarence Public Library will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the library, 3 Town Place. Donations of bikes in usable condition will be accepted at the library from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.



The School Board will conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 budget at 7 p.m. Monday in the Junior-Senior High School, 3150 Schoolview Road.



The Lake Shore Central School District will hold a budget hearing and forum on Tuesday in the Senior High School auditorium, 959 Beach Road, Angola.

At 6 p.m., Lake Shore voters will meet the four candidates running for two, three-year seats on School Board. The candidates are: David R. Lopez, incumbent Richard A. Vogan, incumbent Jennifer Wackowski and Kenneth West.

The forum will be followed by a 7 p.m. public hearing on the school district's proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year.

The proposed $52.7 million spending package is up 2.87 percent from this year. The tax levy -- the total amount to be raised through property taxes -- is projected to go up 1.88 percent to $15.9 million.

School district officials estimate the tax rate for Evans residents at around $16.78 per $1,000 assessed valuation, up 2 percent.

In addition, the district is seeking approval to spend $823,889 for five full-size Blue Bird school buses, one 30-passenger school bus, two wheelchair school buses, one plow truck and one service truck.

Also this week:

*The Town Board will hold a work session at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road.


Grand Island

Two graduates of Grand Island High School were recently honored as distinguished alumni, one posthumously, in an awards assembly at the school.

Suzanne Tomkins, a 1973 graduate, is a clinical professor of law and director of the Women, Children and Social Justice Clinic at the University at Buffalo Law School, from which she received her law degree. She serves on many local and state boards and committees on family law and domestic violence and has been a domestic violence consultant in Ukraine and Russia through a U.S. State Department program.

The late Elizabeth Ann Robinson Judson, a 1977 graduate, was a ceramic engineer with 10 years of industrial experience. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in ceramic science and mathematics from Alfred University and Georgia Institute of Technology. She had endowed a scholarship at Grand Island High School.

She and her husband, James, died in a plane crash in 2010.

Also this week:

*A public hearing on the school district's proposed $54.1 million budget for 2012-13 will be held at 8 p.m. Monday followed by a Board of Education meeting in the Middle School Little Theater, 1110 Ransom Road.



The Hamburg Central Parent-Teacher-Student Association will sponsor a candidates forum at 7 p.m. Monday in Charlotte Avenue Elementary School, 301 Charlotte Ave. The League of Women Voters will moderate the event.

There are eight candidates running for three School board positions.

Also this week:

*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 p.m. The board will conduct a public hearing on proposed changes to its sign ordinance, which prohibits digital and internally lit signs and signs made of vinyl, plastic or translucent material. Another hearing will be conducted on the requirements for site plan review.

*The village Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

*The village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

*The Blasdell Planning Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.

*The village Environmental Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall.

*The village Traffic Safety Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.



The Lackawanna City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers to discuss a resolution to cancel tax liens against property owned by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The resolution is being submitted to the Council for approval by City Attorney Norman LeBlanc Jr.

Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski also is asking the Council to sign off on his newest appointment, Jonathan Haux, as director of parks and recreation. Haux would succeed longtime parks and recreation director Angelo Iafallo, who retired.



Residents of the Lancaster Central School District will get the chance to offer their thoughts on the district's proposed 2012-13 budget at a public hearing Monday.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school, One Forton Drive.

The district's $91.5 million budget proposal raises spending by 4.47 percent over 2011-12. The tax levy, the amount to be collected in property taxes, would rise by 1.88 percent.

The owners of a home assessed at $150,000 in Lancaster would pay $2,418 in school taxes next year, an increase of $36, or 1.51 percent, over their current school-tax bill.

The budget hearing will be preceded at 6 p.m. by a session during which residents can meet the two candidates seeking the two School Board seats up for election.

Wendy Buchert, 44, is seeking election to a second, three-year term. Newcomer Kimberly Nowak, 47, is running for the seat held by board President David Zalenski, who is not seeking re-election.

Voters will go to the polls May 15.

Also this week:

*The Town Board is meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. A work session at 7 precedes the full board meeting.

*The town's Industrial Development Agency meets at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.

The IDA board will hold a public hearing at 8:30 on Bella Vista Group's request for a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, agreement for its Lancaster Flex Park.

The PILOT would replace the two years remaining on the agreement now in place for the property at 6495 Transit Road, at Genesee Street, in Bowmansville, which has eight tenants.

The IDA board also is expected to vote on a request from the owner of Penora's Pizza for tax breaks related to a $400,000 expansion of the pizzeria at 5055 Broadway in Depew.

*The town's Zoning Board of Appeals is set to meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.


Orchard Park

Town Board members approved the contract with the police Command Officers Association during their regular board meeting last week.

The board already had approved the contract during its Feb. 29 work session, the same day the officers ratified the contract. Board members said it was unusual to approve the contract during a work session, and they wanted to do that during a regular meeting, so they authorized the supervisor to sign the contract last week.

The five-year contract is similar to the agreement reached with patrol officers, in that officers agreed to pay 5 percent of their health insurance premiums. New hires will pay 10 percent. Also like the Police Benevolent Association, the five-year contract calls for no pay increases for the first three years. The PBA contract includes raises of 3.25 percent in 2014 and 3.5 percent in 2015

Also this week:

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

*The town Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building.

*The town Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building. The board will discuss a request for a change-in-use to allow two separate businesses, an eye-care office and dental office, to be located at the site of the former "IHOP" restaurant at Quaker Square.



Voter registration day for the Springville-Griffith Institute will take place between noon and 8 p.m. Thursday in the High School Library Media Center, Colden Elementary School and Collins Center Fire Hall. Voters must register at the location where they are assigned to vote.

Voters registered with the Erie County Board of Elections, or those who have voted in a Springville-Griffith Institute election the past four years, do not have to preregister. In order to register to vote, a person must be a citizen of the United States, 18 or older and a resident within the district for 30 days prior to the vote.

Those with questions can contact the district clerk at 592-3230.


City of Tonawanda

Voters can prepare for the May 15 district budget vote and School Board election with a pair of events this week. The district will host a public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday that will present details of Tonawanda's $29.5 million budget plan for next year. A regular meeting of the Board of Education will follow at 6:30 p.m.

The district's Parent Teacher Student Association will host a special candidates forum Thursday night featuring Brenda S. Boyle, JenniferMysliwy and Sharon R. Stuart, the three people running for two open seats on the board. The forum will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Both events will take place in the library media center at Tonawanda High/Middle School, 600 Fletcher St.


Town of Tonawanda

The upcoming budget vote and school board elections in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District are highlighted with a couple of events this week.

A public hearing on the $147.7 million budget for 2012-13 begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the west cafeteria of Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road.

Then, the Ken-Ton Parent Teacher Student Association Council is hosting a meet-the-candidates night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. The League of Women Voters is hosting the forum, which will feature incumbent Stephen Brooks and challenger Susan Sperrazza.

Also this week:

*Members of the Brighton Volunteer Fire Company will continue door-to-door collections in the fire district through next Sunday, calling on residents who haven't mailed their donations.

*The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. A work session begins at 4 in the conference room.

*Kenmore Rotary is hosting its annual wine tasting fundraiser from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Banchetti's Banquet Facility, 550 N. French Road, Amherst. Tickets are $30 presale and $35 at the door; they're available from members or by calling 874-0516.

*The monthly meeting of the Ken-Ton Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the faculty cafeteria of Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road.

*The town's Small Boat Harbor, at the foot of Sheridan Drive, opens Friday. Season passes are $80 for residents (proof of residency required) and $110 for nonresidents. Weekday rates are $6 a day; weekends and holidays are $10 a day. Discounted senior passes also are available.


West Seneca

West Seneca's planned borrowing of up to $30 million to finance the long-awaited sanitary sewer project will be on the agenda for Monday's Town Board meeting.

The board will consider a bond resolution to pay for improvements to the sanitary sewer facilities in Districts 5, 13 and 20 that will include rehabilitating and constructing sanitary facilities designed to end sewage overflows into area waterways.

Upgrading and rehabilitating several pumping stations, installing slip-lining to sewer mains, increasing system capacity and other repairs also are included in the project.

Along with the bond resolution, the town will consider a resolution declaring that the proposed sewer project will not result in any adverse environmental impacts.

The Town Board is scheduled to entertain numerous other items of business at the meeting, ranging from appointments to various town sub-boards to the creation of a court clerk position.

The meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in West Seneca Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

Also this week:

*The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall. Included on the agenda will be consideration of a request from William Schutt & Associates for a one-year extension to a site plan for the 144-unit Bridgeview Apartment complex on Meyer Road.

*A public hearing on the West Seneca Central School District's proposed $108.2 million budget for the 2012-13 school year will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday in the second-floor board room at West Elementary School, 1397 Orchard Park Road. A meeting of the Board of Education will follow.

*An opening reception for a Native American art show at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center will be held at 7 p.m. Friday for artists and the public at the 2001 Union Road center. The art exhibit by the Native Roots Artist Guild is titled "They Are Creative -- Art of the Haudensaunee." It will open Wednesday at the Burchfield gallery and run through June 3.


Wales / By the numbers

Total population: 3,005



Median: 45
Percent under 5: 5.9
Percent under 18: 21.5
Percent over 65: 14.3


Population by sex:

50.5% female
49.5% male


Population by race:

97.3% white
1.1% Hispanic
0.5% black
0.4% Asian



Total units: 1,295
Percentage vacant: 5.9
Percent owner occupied: 87.9
Percent renter occupied: 12.1



Total: 1,218
Average size: 2.47
Percent with husband-wife: 58.6
Percent with husband-wife and kids under 18: 20.7
Percent with single fathers: 1.6
Percent with single mothers: 4.1