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Where we live for the week of April 18


The Newstead Fire Company will hold an open house on Sunday at the fire hall, 5691 Cummings Road as part of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s RecruitNY weekend.

This week:

• The Newstead Town Board meets for a work session at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road.

• The Akron School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school, 47 Bloomingdale Ave.


Alden Meals on Wheels is holding a Family Day Event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Alden High School, 13190 Park St. Admission is $1. Children 2 and under are free. Terry Buchwald will perform. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels.

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 3311 Wende Road.

• The School board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library, 13190 Park St.


The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in chambers at Town Hall, 5568 Main St., Williamsville. Work session is at 4.

This Week:

• The Sweet Home School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. 

• The Amherst School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office conference room, 55 Kings Highway, Amherst.

• Autism Services will hold its fourth annual Tea, a fundraiser for those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Classics V Conference and Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Aurora/East Aurora

The Aurora Historical Society hosts its monthly meeting April 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Aurora Senior Center at Oakwood Avenue and King Street. There will be a 7 p.m. showing of a documentary about the 1918 flu epidemic followed by a discussion moderated by William Dillon, associate professor in the department of obstetrics at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine.

This week:

• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 571 Main St.

• The Town Board work session is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Southside Municipal Center, Gleed Avenue.


Jazz groups from John F. Kennedy, Cheektowaga Central and Cleveland Hill high schools will perform Saturday at JFK High School as part of the fourth annual Jazz@JFK Festival.

Hosted by the high school’s jazz ensemble, the festival’s guest artist this year is baritone saxophonist Bruce Johnstone, director of jazz studies at SUNY Fredonia.

Johnstone will work with the jazz groups from the three high schools in clinics on Friday and Saturday before finishing with Saturday night’s concert at 7, which also features a performance by the JFK Alumni Jazz Ensemble. The concert is in the Greenhauer Auditorium, 305 Cayuga Creek Road.

Elsewhere, the application deadline for the Jackie Schmid Memorial Scholarship is May 1. The Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to remember Jackie Schmid, a well-known and beloved community servant in Cheektowaga. Six scholarships of $1,500 each will be available this year for one student from each school district in Cheektowaga.

Eligible applicants must be high school seniors who live in the Town of Cheektowaga who demonstrate a record of community service, an academic average above an 85, and Polish heritage within three generations. Applicants are also required to submit an essay. For more information and to view the scholarship application, please visit

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Maryvale School Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the Samuel R. Bennett building on the main campus, 1050 Maryvale Drive, to discuss the BOCES administrative budget vote and election.

• The Cleveland Hill School Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday to adopt its 2016-17 budget at 105 Mapleview Road.

• The Cheektowaga Central School Board meets at 7 p.m. to adopt its 2016-2017 budget Tuesday at 3600 Union Road.

• The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Irma Czubaj board room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, 166 Halstead Ave., Sloan.


Four items will be on the agenda when the Town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, One Town Place off Goodrich Road, following a work session at 6:30.

This week:

• Brush pickup will begin Monday with a general sweep throughout the town. Zoned pickups will begin in May and continue on Thursdays and Fridays through November.

• The Clarence Women’s Club will host its 53rd annual Card and Game Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Clarence Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St. Admission is $5 and includes snacks, dessert, beverages and an entry in the door prize raffle. Tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds help provide scholarships for Clarence High School students.


The School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the High School, 5201 S. Transit Road.

This week:

• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St.

Grand Island

The Grand Island School Board is expected to approve the proposed $61.02 million budget for 2016-17 when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school, 1100 Ransom Road. The spending plan represents an increase of 5.1 percent.

This week:

• Deadline for candidates for two seats on the Grand Island School Board to file their nominating petitions with the district clerk is 4 p.m. Monday.

• Health screenings, free massages and free healthy snacks are among the attractions as the Grand Island Central School District Health and Wellness Council holds a Health and Wellness Family Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the High School.

• The Grand Island Historical Society will host a Spring Tea at 1 p.m. next Sunday at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park. Former Grand Island resident Susan Long will present a program entitled “Quilting in American History.” Refreshments will include tea or coffee, sandwiches, cookies, scones and cakes. Cost is $25. For reservations, call 773-3817.


Three local businesses have been recognized by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, including Ramsdell Dry Cleaning, the longest standing chamber member with 60 years.

Robert Brunner, owner of J.P. Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, won for community involvement due to his extensive work within the community and with J.P.’s Foundation that has helped raise more than $350,000 for autism. Staub Machine took home the innovation award for its efficient and streamlined manufacturing processes. The Hamburg Fairgrounds won the impact award for its contributions and attractions to the local area and local economy.

This week:

• The Hamburg Village Board meets in a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday and in regular session at 7 in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Frontier Central School Board expects to adopt its 2016-17 budget when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Cloverbank Elementary School, 2761 Cloverbank Road. Executive session begins at 6, followed by regular meeting at 7.

• The impact of climate change on health will be discussed by Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, University at Buffalo Department of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine professor emeritus, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hilbert College’s Swan Auditorium, 5200 South Park Ave.

• The Hamburg Central School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building, 5305 Abbott Road.

• The Blasdell Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.


Dr. Gale R. Burstein, Erie County health commissioner will address the growing concern over heroin and opioid addiction during an educational forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lackawanna Senior Center, 230 Martin Road, announced Marcia Cullens, recreation and parks director.

This week:

• City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 714 Ridge Road. Regular meeting follows at 7 p.m.

• The 2nd Ward Block Club meets at 6 p.m. at Queen of Angels Parish Center, 144 Warsaw St. Firefighter Scott Balcarczyk will lead a seminar on home safety.


The Village Board adopted a 2016-17 budget carrying a $10.12 tax rate, which represents a 0.14% increase over last year.  A home assessed at $100,000 will see its tax bill increase by approximately $1.40.

The new budget also stays beneath the tax cap limit to comply with the tax cap legislation.

This week:

• The Town Board meets in a joint meeting with the Planning Board at 6:15 p.m. Monday to review the site plan for JAGG Electrical and Controls. The board meets in a work session at 6:30, followed by its 7 p.m. regular session in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

• The School Board expects to adopt its new budget when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the High School, 1 Forton Drive.

• The Village Board meets in a work session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

Orchard Park

The Chamber of Commerce announced its plans for the 25th Annual Golf Outing on June 6 at the Orchard Park Country Club.

The event, in scramble format, includes a barbecue lunch on the patio before the 1 p.m. shotgun start. For $225 golfers also get an entry gift, fantasy golf cards, snacks, drinks and dinner and award reception. Promotional opportunities available for businesses. For information, call 662-3366 or visit

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a work session at the supervisor’s office before the 7 p.m. meeting in the court/board room, Municipal Center.

Southern Erie County

Participants in a fundraising walk can help the Eden Central School District buy technology and educational programs to help autistic children.

The third annual Eden Autism Awareness Walk will start with a check-in at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the Newell-Faulkner American Legion Post 880 at 2912 Legion Drive. Donations and pledge forms will be accepted at the check-in table.

A mile to mile-and-a-half walk will begin at 11 a.m. and wind from Legion Drive to Main Street, Hillbrook Drive, Sonnybrook Drive and East Pleasant Avenue before returning to Main Street and Legion Drive.

This week:

• The Springville Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building at 65 Franklin St.

• The Springville-Griffith School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school’s library at 290 N. Buffalo St.

• The Holland School Board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the junior/senior high school conference room, 103 Canada St.

• The North Collins School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the junior-senior high school’s library at 2045 School St.

• The Eden School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the junior-senior high school’s cafeteria at 3150 Schoolview Road.

• The Evans Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Hall at 8787 Erie Road.

• The Lake Shore Central School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Shore High School, 959 Beach Road, Angola.

• World-renowned saxophone player Dave Schiavone will perform with the Lake Shore elementary, middle school and high school jazz ensembles as part of the district’s annual jazz concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Shore High School auditorium.

• The Boston Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.

City of Tonawanda

Nominations for the Tonawanda High School’s Distinguished Alumni Award are accepted now through May 15.

Over the past 15 years, 36 graduates have been recognized for their professional and personal achievements following graduation.

Forms and information are available at

This week:

• The Common Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. An informal session begins at 6.

Town of Tonawanda

A cleanup of litter along the new Tonawanda Rails-to-Trails path will be held Saturday, in conjunction with Earth Day.

Construction of the new trail that runs through the town atop a former railroad bed started in 2015 and is expected to be completed in late spring. The trail will be maintained by the town’s Youth, Parks and Recreation Department.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd., at 8:30 a.m. to receive assignments for the “rain or shine” cleanup. Sign up online at Call 831-1001 or email for more information.

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 4:30 in the second-floor conference room.

• The Kenmore Village Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. and in a regular meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.

• The history of Tonawanda’s Linde Air Products Site during the early atomic energy program, and its involvement in processing uranium for the Manhattan Project, is the topic of a free presentation Tuesday by Stephen Bousquet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The meeting of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society begins at 7:15 p.m. at the museum, 100 Knoche Road.

West Seneca

The Town of West Seneca and Save the Michaels of the World are coming together with local leaders and experts in the field of addiction to host Addiction in Our Zip Code: a free, educational presentation and forum focused on the Western New York prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

The forum is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St. Doors open at 6 p.m.

This week:

• The School Board meets at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Potters Road building, 675 Potters Road.