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Barbara O'Brien


Crime

A Hamburg police captain has been suspended after he was arrested following a domestic disturbance at his home last weekend. Capt. Christopher P. Monaco, 42, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, according to court records. The incident occurred about 11:27 p.m. May 11, according to a court complaint filed by Capt. James J. Koch. …

City of Tonawanda

Tonawanda City School District Superintendent Timothy A. Oldenburg has decided to live with the "new normal" that leaves school districts juggling rising costs with the desire to do what's best for kids – while not taxing residents out of their homes. It's what every school must grapple with this time of year, with annual suburban school budget votes taking place Tuesda…

Education

Voters across New York will go to the polls on Tuesday to consider school budget proposals and candidates for their school boards. The following is information on the 37 districts in Erie and Niagara counties. (i) = incumbent Akron Proposed budget: $35.18 million, up 11.31% Proposed tax levy: $9.87 million, up 0.97% Proposition 2: To spend up to $415,000 for …

Hamburg

Hamburg's Palace Theatre, the place to see movies in the village since 1926, is asking for a little help from its friends. The movie house can receive a $300,000 state grant for renovations, but it must pay for $75,000 of the work. So a former employee has started a GoFundMe campaign to  help raise the money. "The theater has so much potential and I would really like…

Hamburg

It's been 20 years in the making, but construction is expected to start within a year on the $6 million project to prevent waves from Lake Erie from crashing over Route 5 in Athol Springs. New York State and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have signed an agreement on the project, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and the Corps. Schumer said it's time to …

Cheektowaga

As West Seneca Police Lt. James Unger was updating reporters Monday afternoon about Sunday morning's fiery crash that killed a 17-year-old from Sloan, he suddenly became overcome with emotion. Unger said he had coached one of the injured passengers in youth hockey, and Unger's 17-year-old son, who is graduating this year, got a car last week, and was out late Saturday. …

Buffalo

Bob Suda went to community college for nearly three semesters before he dropped out and later got three GEDs in three different prisons. So he's familiar with learning, even though he dropped out of high school at 17. Adonte Buster dropped out of high school, too, and picked up his GED at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. Saturday was the first time either man h…

Education

A candidate for West Seneca Central School Board maintains he lives in the district, despite voting in Marilla in November's election. Clifford Borchert, 69, said he owns a house in West Seneca and a farm in Marilla. His eligibility for running for School Board is being questioned by Brendon Najm, who is running for a seat on the West Seneca Town Board in November. N…

Amherst

Joseph Stojek Jr. had dropped out of school, was going from job to job, but not getting anywhere when he joined the Army Reserve. "It gave me purpose. My children and relationship, education and career, now at Channel 4, it all stems from joining the military. I don't know where I would be now," said Stojek, a photojournalist with WIVB-TV since 2017. Stojek had just …

Hamburg

This time the holdup is not a question of money. Plans for a new seawall and buffer to prevent Lake Erie waves from crashing across Route 5 in Athol Springs are finished, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ready to start construction. And, the federal government will provide 100 percent of the funding for the estimated $6 million project. But the corps is waiting …

Hamburg

Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve will be teaching teachers about fossils while working with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for the next five years. The educational partnership will bring science teachers to Penn Dixie in Hamburg to learn from scientists while collecting fossils to bring back to their classrooms. The first group of teach…

Buffalo

It's come a long way from 500 square feet of rented space in the basement of the Main Street School in East Aurora, but the goal of Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum at Canalside, hasn't changed. "It's a great day for play," museum CEO Michelle Urbanczyk said as the new 43,000-square-foot museum took another step toward its official opening …

Education

The Buffalo and Williamsville school boards do it. Ken-Ton does it. North Tonawanda, Niagara Wheatfield and Niagara Falls do, too. Others don't. What is it? A simple wonky government action to help people know what is going on in their school districts: posting meeting agendas online with all the supporting documents that board members receive. That's one of th…

Local News

Carole Miller had been living with multiple sclerosis for 15 years when she walked nearly a mile in the Walk MS fundraiser last year. "It was pretty amazing," said her husband, John. "She walked three-quarters of that mile with her walker." She planned to do it again at this year's walk Saturday at Canalside and was excited when she surpassed her goal of raising $1,0…

Buffalo

Thousands of volunteers will take to the streets the morning of April 30 to sell a special Kids Day edition of The Buffalo News to benefit John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Cradle Beach and the children of Western New York. Presented in conjunction with Tops Markets, Kids Day is now in its 37th year and has raised more than $4.8 million for programs that help youngster…