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Where We Live: Orchard Park

Orchard Park

All homeowners in New York who receive the Basic STAR property tax exemption must re-register with the state Tax Department in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

After this year, homeowners will not need to re-register every year. The re-registration is an effort to cut down on inappropriate or fraudulent exemptions for school taxes.

Letters have been mailed to property owners explaining the process, which can be completed on the Tax Department’s web site,

Senior citizens who receive enhanced STAR do not have to re-register, but they must continue to apply annually or participate in the income verification program.

Coming up at Orchard Park High School, the Erie Cattaraugus Teacher Center will be showing the movie “Bully” for free at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the auditorium.

The film, which is rated PG-13, takes an intimate look inside the lives of bullied students as they face daily harassment. This will be a 45-minute version of the film, followed by a description of the state Dignity for All Students Act and an opportunity for questions and answers from the audience.

Also this week:

• The town Conservation Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

• The village Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center.

• The Town Board will hold 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 board room.