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

Alden

Sample a variety of restaurant menu items from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the 14th annual Taste of Alden in Alden Town Park. The event will kick off the Alden Heritage and Reunion Carnival, which starts at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday.

Some of the foods being offered are: roast beef, Italian sausage, tacos, pizza, pulled pork, pie, chicken wings, crab cakes, coconut shrimp, brownies, baked goods, corn on the cob, cheese cake and gelato.

Presale food ticket books will be available during business hours through Tuesday at: Alden Advertiser, Alden Pharmacy, Alden Village Hall, Alden Village Market, Carbone's Pizzeria, Geoffano's, John & Mary's Alden, Kodiak Jack's, MaGavin's, Tops Markets in Alden, Alden Chamber of Commerce office and the Alden Farmers Market.

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Amherst

Williamsville South High School is losing a popular principal who will assume the top leadership position with the Silver Creek Central School District.

Daniel Ljiljanich, principal at South High for the past three and a half years, has again been promoted, this time to superintendent of the Chautauqua County school district. Prior to being named principal at Williamsville South in late 2008, the former social studies teacher served as assistant principal at the school.

His resignation will be effective June 30.

Superintendent Scott Martzloff said the principal position will be advertised soon and a search committee convened later in the summer.

The district expects to have a new principal in place at the 970-student high school sometime next fall. In the meantime, an interim principal for Williamsville South should be appointed in early July.

Also this week:

*The Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday 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.

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

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Aurora

The Taste of East Aurora, a new culinary event, is serious about getting started early.

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will announce the inaugural event in a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday at Tops Market, 65 Grey St.

The event -- also being billed as "Take a Bite out of EA" -- will be held Sept. 15. The event will feature more than 25 East Aurora restaurants and food vendors presenting tastings of their menu items.

The official tasting will take place on a closed two-block section of Main Street, between Olean and Riley streets, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also this week:

*Summer unofficially arrives in East Aurora next weekend with the Roycroft Summer Arts & Crafts Festival, beginning Saturday at the Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave.

More than 75 juried artisans will have their work on display and for sale during the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Music will be performed by Creek Bend and Doug Yeomans, and Lo Blu Flame.

*The animal cruelty trial of Beth Lynne Hoskins continues in Aurora Town Court at 1:15 p.m. Monday and again at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. The courtroom is on the second floor of Village Hall, Main and Paine streets.

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

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Buffalo

The School Board will hold its finance and executive affairs committee meetings starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 801 of City Hall.

Also this week:

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

*The Common 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 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 Ethics will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Room 1317 in City Hall.

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Cheektowaga

The Town Board will tackle an ambitious agenda at a regular meeting Monday evening at Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway, that will include accepting plans for a new hotel, improving the town's wireless communications system and scheduling a late-summer festival.

The meeting is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m. in Council Chambers of Town Hall.

Board members will weigh a request from Magna Airport LLC for the construction of a six-story, 153-room hotel along the east side of Burgess Boulevard. A previous site plan had expired. The town's Planning Board recommended reapproval of the plan at a meeting Thursday.

The board also will consider replacing a radio communications tower at 500 Losson Road to provide Cheektowaga with improved wireless systems between the town's main campus, the facilities department at 500 Losson and Southline Fire Department at 1049 French Road. The cost of the project, which would be provided by Saia Communications Inc., is $16,494.

Also on the agenda are resolutions providing for a 10-year extension for the town to lease parkland for the Diamond Hawk Golf Course; a tree inventory project in town with the state Department of Environmental Conservation; and scheduling a German-American Festival at Cheektowaga Town Park on Sept. 1-2.

Also this week:

*A revote on the 2012-13 proposed school budget and a transportation initiative for the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday in John F. Kennedy High School, 305 Cayuga Creek Road. A School Board meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library. JFK's Class of 2012 graduation ceremony will be held Friday.

*The Depew School Board will hold a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting in the Middle School, 5201 South Transit Road. The board may consider a replacement for longtime football coach Dan McGrath who recently decided not to return for the 2012 season. Justin Young will be sworn in as the newest board member to a three-year term.

*Depew students will attend their junior/senior prom at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Avanti Mansion, 4409 South Park Ave. The Depew High School Class of 2012 graduation will then be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the high school auditorium, 5201 South Transit Road.

*The last full day of classes before the Depew School District's summer recess is Tuesday, followed by three days of Regents exams. Friday is a Superintendent's Conference Day.

*The Cleveland Hill School Board will hold a 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting in the district's offices, 105 Mapleview Road. The district's high school graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Friday.

*The Cheektowaga Traffic Safety Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

*Members of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

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Clarence

The Clarence Hollow Association has chosen a prominent stone building known as Spoor's Hotel for its first "Extreme Makeover: Hollow Edition."

The property, at Main Street and Salt Road, is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the county and town. Jean O'Connell, the association's president, said it was chosen for the makeover because it is "very historic, owner-occupied, very visually important to the appearance of the Hollow, and the owners have been attempting to make improvements as financing allows."

The owners, Ron and Jennifer Nowicki, are "matching the Hollow's funds to get us started," O'Connell said. The makeover will be Aug. 4. Donations of labor, supplies and funds are being sought, and volunteers who show up that day will be provided refreshments.

William Spoor opened the property for business amid the War of 1812, and it was a stop on the stagecoach mail route until 1870. Over the years, it also was known as the West Shore House and Stone Hotel, and it was designated as a local historic landmark.

The town's Historic Preservation Commission says that, according to local lore, Presidents James Monroe, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland stayed there.

Also this week:

*The Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for WBBZ-TV on Monday at Eastern Hills Mall. The event is from 6 to 7 p.m., with the ribbon-cutting at 6. Call 929-9079 for more information.

*The Chamber will hold an after-hours blender from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday on "Helping Your Business Get Started" in Falletta's Restaurant, 8255 Clarence Center Road. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a presentation by David Schuster, a Clarence Industrial Development Agency board member. Contact the Chamber office at 631-3888.

*The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, following a 6:30 work session. AVR Builders is seeking development plan approval for a 20-unit patio home project at the corner of Harris Hill and Roll roads.

*The IDA will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday in Town Hall.

*The Clarence Hollow Association will present a free concert by Backbeat '64, a Beatles tribute band, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the lawn of the Asa Ransom House, 10529 Main St. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. The rain date is June 28.

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Grand Island

Islanders are getting revved up for the Father's Day Lawn Mower Races and Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Grand Island Relay for Life, will be held at 3957 West River Parkway between Long Road and Sunset Drive.

The U.S.A. Band will perform and there will be face painting and other children's activities. Races begin at noon.

For more information, visit www.gilawnmowerraces.webs.com.

Also this week:

*The Town Board will meet Monday in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, for a workshop meeting at 7:30 p.m. and for its regular meeting at 8 p.m. It will meet for another workshop in Town Hall at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

*More than 100 child entrepreneurs will fill the Town Commons Saturday, alongside 20 Grand Island businesses for the Chamber of Commerce's Island Happenings Business Expo.

Island businesses will introduce themselves to the community, while KidBiz entrepreneurs will put the program's lessons to the test as they sell new, used and handmade items to the public.

The event will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 773-3651 or visit www.gichamber.org.

*The Chamber of Commerce board of directors will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road. The public is invited to attend.

*The School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Middle School Little Theater, 1100 Ransom Road.

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Hamburg

O'Brien's Farm Fresh Meats & Smokehouse on Main Street in the Village of Hamburg has replaced its fake brick facade with a thin brick veneer.

Owners of the business had erected a resin brick facade on the second story last year, but village officials ordered it removed because it had not been approved.

Patrick and Yvette O'Brien renovated the existing building and built a second story over the smokehouse, which sells natural, locally produced food. Part of the facade on the second story was to have been thin brick, but a sturdy polypropylene resin that resembles brick was put up instead.

When it was discovered that brick was not used, the village Architectural Review Committee, charged with upholding architectural standards, recommended it be removed, and the Village Board agreed.

Also this week:

*The Village Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m.

*The town Planning Board will conduct a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

*The Frontier School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave., Hamburg. A code of conduct hearing begins at 7 p.m., followed by the board's regular business meeting.

*A concert in the park will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park at Lake and Union streets. The concert will be held in the Union-Pleasant Elementary School if it rains.

*The town Recreation Department is holding a logo contest for the recently renamed Eighteen Mile Creek Golf Course, formerly called the Town of Hamburg Golf Course.

*The town changed the name of the course earlier this year and chose the name because a tributary to the creek winds through the course, which has 18 holes.

*The contest is open to the public and provides an opportunity for young graphic designers to build their resume. All submissions are due by July 1. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 646-5145.

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Lackawanna

The City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers in City Hall, 714 Ridge Road to discuss funding for new city garbage totes and for repairs to a bridge on Ridge Road near Rosary Avenue.

The state Department of Transportation has issued a second "yellow structural safety flag" for the small bridge that runs over railroad tracks near Rosary Avenue, informing city officials of "advanced deterioration" of beams at the span's west abutment.

A deck replacement for the bridge is estimated to cost $1.5 million. The city also is considering putting in place a garbage tote program to cut down on rodent problems.

Also this week:

*The Lackawanna Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. Thursday in Veterans Stadium on South Park Avenue. The festival runs through Sunday and includes amusement rides, a midway, live entertainment and fireworks at 10 p.m. on Saturday.

*2nd Ward Councilwoman Rebecca Darch will host a 2nd Ward block club meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the parish hall of Queen of Angels Parish, 144 Warsaw St.

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Lancaster

The Hull Family Home & Farmstead's Heritage Arts Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster.

There will be demonstrations of heritage crafts, including spinning, weaving, knitting and crocheting, felting, blacksmithing, sheep shearing, woodworking, quilting and soap making.

Admission is $5 for adults, and $2 for students and children 10 to 18.

There also will be musical acts, craft items and refreshments for purchase, farm animals to see and tours of the historic circa-1810 Hull family home.

Also this week:

*The Town Board will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. The meeting is preceded by a board work session at 7.

*The town's Municipal Review Committee, made up of the Town Board and the Planning Board, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall. The meeting is being held to for a review of the town's tree planting program and a review of the a site plan for a proposed Noco Express on Walden Avenue.

*The Village of Lancaster's Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

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Orchard Park

The town Recreation Department tested the Quaker Splash inflatable water equipment this week, and staff members are being trained to erect it and operate it. The equipment, which is at Green Lake, will be open for the summer June 25, weather permitting.

The cost is $5 per person per day, and family season passes are available for $25. Participants must be Level 3 swimmers and wear the town-provided life jacket.

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 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 p.m. in the courtroom.

*The village Zoning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Center.

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Southern Erie County

The dream of a new clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club of Holland will move one step closer to reality with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled to take place at 7:45 a.m. Monday at the new club site.

Club officials said fundraising efforts are continuing, but they have generated sufficient resources for the work to begin. On Monday, the excavation for the foundation will begin, said David Fay, a member of the club's board of directors and its Capital Campaign Committee. The gymnasium building, a pre-engineered steel structure, is currently being manufactured, and is scheduled to arrive in mid-July.

The club has operated out of a small former church building on Route 16 in Holland for almost 40 years, and space has become a problem. In April 2009, the club purchased a site on Vermont Street in the village with the intention of building a facility that would include a small addition to the existing building and a new gymnasium. The estimated cost for the facility is $1.3 million.

Also this week:

*The Marilla Historical Society, Town, and the Eastern Re-enactors Association will sponsor the Marilla Civil War Days battle re-enactments on Saturday and Sunday in Marilla Park, Three Rod Road.

The battles will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The free event will include a Ladies Tea on Saturday afternoon and a 19th century period dance Saturday evening with music by City Fiddle.

*The Boston Conservation Advisory Council will meet at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.

*The Boston Town Board will review its agenda at 5:30 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

*The Eden Economic Development Committee will meet in the second floor conference room at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 2795 E. Church St.

*The Elma Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road.

*The Elma Town Board will meet in a work session followed by a board meeting during the summer months of June, July and August. The first work session of the summer will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

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City of Tonawanda

The Common Council will meet on Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. The informal sesion that includes agenda review starts at 6 p.m. with a formal meeting to follow at 7.

The Council is expected to affirm the current boundary lines within the city as set by the Council in 2003.

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Town of Tonawanda

A shared services agreement for the new transportation director of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island school districts was approved last week by the Ken-Ton School Board.

The districts will evenly split the costs for Jack Burns, Grand Island's longtime transportation supervisor. Ken-Ton's transportation director, John O'Connor, is retiring.

Under the 11-month agreement, which runs Aug. 1 through June 30, 2013, Burns will remain an employee of the Grand Island Central School District.

Burns will receive a salary of $109,376.67; with other costs, his total compensation is $151,985. Each district will assume 50 percent of the salary, benefits, employer payroll taxes and pension contributions -- $75,992.50.

According to the agreement, which was part of the consensus agenda at Tuesday's School Board meeting, Burns will work in only one district on any given day.

If he's required to travel between districts, he will be reimbursed for mileage if he has to use his personal vehicle. Expenses related to his attendance at conferences or workshops also will be split between the two districts.

Also this week:

*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 second-floor conference room.

*The Kenmore Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor's office.

*Kenmore Farmers' Market opens Saturday for the 2012 season on the Municipal Green, Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, through Oct. 27.

*"Dog Days of Kenmore," sponsored by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, begin at dusk Saturday in Mang Park, where a dog-themed movie will be shown outside. Guests should bring a blanket or a chair; popcorn and dog treats will be provided.

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West Seneca

Community Days and high school graduations in West Seneca will highlight this week's events around town.

The Community Days celebration will be held Friday and Saturday in Veteran's Memorial Park near Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

On Friday, the festival, which includes music, rides and entertainment, begins at 6 p.m.

Then, Saturday, the event starts at 2 p.m. with a parade from West Seneca East Senior High School and Main and Seneca streets. The parade will proceed down Main Street and north on Union Road to Legion Parkway and then into Veteran's Memorial Park.

There also will be music, rides and entertainment on Saturday with a fireworks show at dusk.

Also this week:

*West Senior High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the University at Buffalo Center for Performing Arts. East's graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at UB's Center for the Arts.

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Town of Collins / By the numbers

Total population: 6,601

AGE:

Median: 40.1
Percent under 5: 3.5
Percent under 18: 13.6
Percent over 65: 10.5

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Population by sex

69.9% male
30.4% female

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Population by race

75.9% Hispanic
17.1% black
6.9% Hispanic
0.2% Asian

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HOUSING:

Total units: 1,889
Percentage vacant: 12.9
Percent owner occupied: 77.2
Percent renter occupied: 22.8

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HOUSEHOLDS:

Total: 1,645
Average size: 2.4
Percent with husband-wife: 50.7
Percent with husband-wife and kids under 18: 17.6
Percent with single fathers: 2.8
Percent with single mothers: 5.4

Source: 2010 Census