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Barbara O'Brien


Residents living near the Pfohl Brothers dump are skeptical of a state report that says chemicals in their soil do not pose a health threat."You haven't got all the data," Tony Lobdell of 77 Pfohl Road told representatives of the state Health Department. "This is a little presumptuous."Results of 13 soil samples taken from homes next to the landfill and pathways around Ae…

A National Junior Honor Society Chapter in Lackawanna will have to get organized without a paid adviser.The Lackawanna School Board decided Wednesday not to fund the adviser's position until there are members in the club."Let them do the groundwork for free," Board member Stephen Bokan said of teachers who would be advisers.Bokan, with the support of Board President Helen…

Although there was a lot of fine tuning Wednesday night, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra failed to convince Erie County leaders that it should be given extra money.Management and musicians still have not come to terms, and Erie County will not contribute money until they do, legislators said. A special meeting of the Legislature to bail out the Philharmonic was recessed…

Teachers in the Maryvale School District will work extra days and pay part of their health insurance in exchange for salary increases totaling 28.3 percent over the next four years."We think we have what's called a win-win situation," Assistant Superintendent Robert A. Tauriello told the School Board Monday night.The board ratified the four-year contract at its meeting Mon…

Imagine a city where drug dealers, gamblers and prostitutes struggle to make a living and where public housing is the safest place to live.To hear Reuben Greenberg talk about it, Charleston, S.C., is that place, and Mobile, Ala., is on the way.Greenberg has been police chief of Charleston since 1982, presiding over a striking decrease in crime in that city.Reading crime s…

Imagine a city where drug dealers, gamblers and prostitutes struggle to make a living and where public housing is the safest place to live.To hear Reuben Greenberg talk about it, Charleston, S.C., is that place, and Mobile, Ala., is on the way.Greenberg has been police chief of Charleston since 1982, presiding over a striking decrease in crime in that city.Reading crime s…

Jon Brown would have liked to be meeting with other Boy Scout Explorers at Walden Fire District 2 Thursday night.But instead of joining other teen-agers in the clubroom, he was upstairs listening to fire commissioners tell him why he couldn't join the firefighting post sponsored by the fire district."We're not talking about distance, we're talking about boundaries, bounda…

Candidates for city comptroller both claimed experience as their strongest qualification during a debate at Canisius College Wednesday night."It's extremely important to have somebody who knows the governmental operation, who is a seasoned veteran, if you will, of government," said Joel Giambra, the former Niagara District Council member who has been interim comptroller s…

American schools have not changed much in the past 90 years, but they must if students are to compete in the global economy, a New York State regent said Tuesday night."Tinkering with the status quo is not enough," Walter Cooper, a Rochester regent, told the dinner meeting of the Western New York School Board Institute in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Depew."For all the cha…

War in the Persian Gulf is becoming more imminent as peace overtures to Iraq fail, Kuwait's ambassador to the United States said Monday."The possibility of military confrontation, my friends, is becoming more possible and more imminent than we wish it to be," Sheik Saud Nasir al-Sabah told about 400 people gathered in Slee Hall on the North Campus of the University at Buf…

Amy Williams' awakening in the animal rights movement came about a year ago, when she was confronting the dissection of a rat in her high-school biology class.Although violently opposed to it, she eventually dissected the rat after she was told she was in danger of failing the course. Amy wants to become a veterinarian, and she said she believes in the dissection of anima…

Reconstruction of Como Park Boulevard is still a hot topic in Cheektowaga and Lancaster, even though construction has begun.Nearly 100 residents from both towns grilled county officials on the $2.7 million project Thursday night at a meeting of the Depew-Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association in the Bellevue Fire Hall.Those along the route question the need for four lanes, and…

Eastgate Plaza took a step toward completion Wednesday night, to the dismay of neighbors of the site on Transit Road near Greiner Road."The residents of Clarence don't want it," one woman told the Town Board as it was preparing to vote."Nobody wants it," added another resident.Town Board members approved rezoning 19 more acres for the $35 million plaza. A smaller version o…

The national president of the Sierra Club stands behind a Buffalo member who has been accused of a conflict of interest because of his job with an agency that promotes resettlement of the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls.President Susan Merrow said James E. Carr, who was named director of planning for the Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency in January 1989, had…

With the state already running a $246 million deficit in the first six months of the current fiscal year, State Comptroller Edward V. Regan warned here Tuesday that next year it could be $2 billion to $3 billion.The downturn in the economy, coupled with the Persian Gulf crisis, has caused a decline in state revenues in the current budget, which could carry into next year…