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Where we live: Amherst


Students at Willow Ridge Elementary in the Sweet Home School District have been studying what it means to show respect for everyone and everything everywhere, according to the school’s principal, Robert Polino.

So last Wednesday, to show their dedication and respect to the Western New York community the students took part in a Walk-a-thon to raise funds for Women & Children’s Hospital. The Walk-a-thon took place on school grounds and was followed by the singing of the school song.

All proceeds from the funds they raised will benefit the Oishei Foundation Mosiac, where self-portraits by children will be incorporated into the lobby of the new Women & Children’s Hospital, Polino said.

This Week:

• The Amherst Town Board is expected to again take up the topic of reintroducing the concept of a Youngs Road Extension into the town’s Comprehensive Master Plan when the board hold its regular business meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in chambers at Town Hall, 5568 Main St., Williamsville. The board voted to table the matter following a public hearing on the proposal at its April 18 meeting. A work session at 4 p.m. will precede Monday’s regular meeting.

• The Amherst School Board will hold a hearing on the district’s proposed 2016-17 budget at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office conference room, 55 Kings Highway, Amherst.

• The Sweet Home School Board will hold its required annual budget heating at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the Vergils Community Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road in Amherst. Immediately following the hearing, the Board will conduct their monthly study session.

Following the study session,the Board will hold a special voting meeting to vote on a personnel matter.

The ‘Meet the Candidates Night’ that was originally scheduled for Tuesdayhas been moved to Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Board of Education Candidates will have the opportunity to meet the public and answer any questions at that time.

• The Williamsville School Board will hold a special meeting and public hearing on the district’s 2016-17 proposed $183 million budget at 6 p.m. Thursday in the district office boardroom, 105 Casey Road. Immediately following the special board session, the Williamsville PTSA Council will sponsor a “Meet the Candidates” forum at 7 p.m. Five candidates are vying for three open seats on the school board in the May 17 school board election.