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Harold McNeil

Harold McNeil is a native of Brooklyn. He previously worked as a reporter for the former WEBR 970 AM public radio station and later for the Niagara Gazette, a Gannett-owned newspaper. He has been a staff reporter for The Buffalo News since 1989.


A busload of proud administrators, faculty and parents from the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will journey next Thursday to Albany to receive a coveted Steuben Glass trophy symbolizing their collective commitment to quality.The Ken-Ton district was one of four entities, including two businesses and a government agency, to win the state's first annual Excelsior …

The Tonawanda City Council next week will amend its policy on the use of city vehicles after a city-owned car was destroyed in a two-car collision when two department heads drove it to Buffalo on a personal errand last week.City Attorney Joseph J. Cassata Jr. will reword the section of the policy that covers personal use of such vehicles, based on input culled from council…

A North Tonawanda teen-ager was arraigned in Niagara County Court Tuesday on two counts of manslaughter in the stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend last Oct. 21.Kelly J. Taylor, 17, surrendered to North Tonawanda police Monday after failing to appear in Niagara County Court last week to be arraigned on the charges handed up by a grand jury two weeks ago, Assistant Dis…

The Town of Tonawanda will launch a voluntary pilot program for to grass composting in designated neighborhoods beginning Monday and continuing through July 3.Residents in the pilot area this week will find green flyers from Highway Department Superintendent John G. Hedges in their recycling containers that ask them to begin placing grass clippings in clear plastic bags t…

Megan Johnson is a pretty little girl, with a winning smile, bright brown eyes and just enough fighting spirit, perhaps, to beat the long odds against her.The 2-year old Kenmore girl was diagnosed last November with a rare form of childhood cancer called primitive neuroectodermal tumor, or PNET of the lung."There's not many children Megan's age that get it," her mother…

Tonawanda City Council President David W. McKay Tuesday said he is continuing to meet with city union officials in an attempt to avoid possible layoffs that would take effect Sept. 1.McKay met last Thursday with officials representing the city's Police, Fire, Parks and Public Works departments in an attempt to solicit benefits and wage concessions.The Council is seeking to…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board Monday created a $150,000 contingency fund before finally adopting a $75,219,182 budget proposal for 1992-93.The $150,000 was taken from the district's projected $4 million reserve fund. The funds will go into a contingency account to be used in case the board later decides to restore some of the cuts in personnel it approved duri…

More than 100 parents whose children attend the city campus of Kolbe Catholic Elementary School met Friday with the school's board of directors and Buffalo diocesan officials to protest plans to close the school and merge classes with those on Kolbe's campus in Cheektowaga.Diocesan officials announced Thursday that classes in the school at St. John Kanty Church at Broadway…

Residents and teachers Thursday urged the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board not to make cuts in the district's middle school gifted and talented program at a public hearing on the proposed 1992-93 district budget.More than 250 residents and Ken-Ton staff filled the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, most to sound off about aspects of the projected $75,0…

Elaine LaDolce protested her innocence in the 1989 beating death of Chester R. Stawiasz, claiming she was the victim of a sweetheart deal for her former boyfriend and his son, as she was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison."The Garlands said I hit Chester many times with that drum stick yet there was no skin, hair or blood on it," she …

A Niagara County judge today sentenced Elaine LaDolce to the maximum 25 years to life in prison on her second-degree murder conviction in the Nov. 7, 1989, beating death of Chester R. Stawiasz.Ms. LaDolce, 49, will be 74 years old when she is eligible for parole under the sentence handed down by Judge Aldo L. DiFlorio. Ms. LaDolce, handcuffed and dressed in prison garb, …

The Grand Island School Board Monday adopted a $25,238,224 budget for the 1992-93 school year that would raise the tax rate by less than one percent.The budget will go before district voters June 3.The proposed tax rate increase would add less than a penny to the current tax rate of $21.75 per $1,000. Once the town tax assessment is completed, it is likely there will be a…

Residents of a Town of Tonawanda neighborhood are claiming victory in the first round of their battle to block completion of a 154-foot cellular telephone tower at 860 Niagara Falls Blvd.State Supreme Court Justice Irving Fudeman last week ruled that the town Zoning Board of Appeals has jurisdiction to consider residents' opposition. The town building inspector had already…

Janitors, teacher aides and other employees of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Schools are launching a campaign amid plans to cut $284,000 in non-teaching jobs from next year's proposed budget.Leaders of the Ken-Ton School Employees Association Tuesday described their 650 members as the district's "invisible work force."Because of this, they contend, they are particularly vu…

Kenmore homeowners face a 4.8 percent tax rate increase under an $8.8 million budget approved by the Village Board Tuesday.The 1992-93 spending plan is 7 percent more than the current budget.It raises the tax rate for homeowners to $13.87 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 64 cents. Under the plan, a typical homeowner with a property assessed at $50,000 can e…