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Where We Live: Aurora/East Aurora

Aurora/East Aurora

The nonjury criminal trial of Beth Lynne Hoskins on 74 animal cruelty charges is expected to wrap up Thursday and Friday, beginning each day at 9:30 a.m.

Aurora Town Justice Douglas Marky is expected to conduct a hearing Thursday on Hoskins’ latest motion to dismiss the case because she alleges that one of the assistant prosecutors has been romantically involved with an SPCA employee involved in the investigation who is helping foster some of Hoskins’ horses that are still under the agency’s care.

Marky also is expected to allow the prosecution to call two rebuttal witnesses, including a veterinarian. Then, on Friday, closing arguments are expected in the trial.

Also this week:

• The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 571 Main Street.

• The East Aurora Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall.

• The Aurora Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Southside Municipal Center auditorium, 300 Gleed Avenue.

• The first East Aurora Music Fest will debut Saturday from 1 p.m. to midnight. Four venues will feature 20 bands – from New Orleans-style zydeco to Dixieland jazz to “Busted Stuff,” a singing guitar-violin duo with a Led Zeppelin-style sound.

Beer, hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold at Healthy Zone ice rink on Riley. Bands will play there and at the Riley Street Station, Wallenwein’s Hotel on Oakwood Avenue and the Brother’s Pub on Main Street.

Proceeds from the $10 wrist band tickets go to the Aurora Ice Association and Peoples & Places, which arranges outings for developmentally disabled adults. For more information check