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Jane Kwiatkowski

Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich is a staff reporter at The Buffalo News. A print journalism graduate of SUNY Buffalo State, she is also a licensed attorney.


Buffalo

It's not unusual for a school district to allow a student who does not live in the district to enroll there. Some districts make accommodations for such a move. One downstate district charges more than $20,000 a year for the opportunity and dozens of families do so. It's also not unheard of to learn that some families are deceptive about their place of residence to get …

Local News

A new development in East Aurora is proving that once a bank, always a bank. And maybe a little bit more. The Bank at 649 Main St., the village's first bank when it opened in 1923, is returning to grandeur after a $1 million restoration by East Aurora developer Todd Stine, who will transform the bank’s four vaults, mezzanine and signature skylight into an event cente…

Buffalo

Sal Buscaglia will turn 66 on Valentine’s Day, but the retired coach has another reason to celebrate. He is alive. Thursday’s celebration at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo was as much a tribute to the medical care given Buscaglia as it was his way of thanking everyone responsible for saving his life. Buscaglia, a Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame member and longtime …

Construction and Growth

The East Aurora sinkhole of November 2017 still haunts restaurateur Michael DiJoseph, who nearly lost his business to a 16-foot crater created when a culvert under Main Street collapsed. Mikey Dee’s Café & Catering was closed for 35 days, and a food truck was damaged after a portion of DiJoseph’s parking lot gave way during heavy rains and flooding. A nervous DiJ…

Lancaster

The long-awaited replacement of waterlines – some dating back to 1929 – did nothing to alleviate the low water pressure experienced by residents in a Lancaster neighborhood, or the nagging concern over safety and quality of life issues. “Lancaster wants to continue moving up and up, to be a place in Erie County where people want to put down roots, but we don’t have adeq…

Amherst

July 4, 1939 – Feb. 2, 2020 Harold H. Izard, a former New York State assemblyman and Sweet Home High School biology teacher, had a passion for science, politics and life. The father of 14 children dove from a waterfall near his country home at age 70. At age 75, Mr. Izard made sure to ride the Superman – Ride of Steel coaster at Darien Lake just to feel the wind agai…

Cheektowaga

Staff and volunteers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation will gather from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, in Depew to lead participants in a winter boot camp. The schedule of events begin at 12:30 p.m. when Erie County park rangers plan winter wildlife survival hikes. At 1 p.m., DEC forest rangers demonstr…

Health and Fitness

The state Health Department has not found any cases of coronavirus in New York, according to a statement the agency released this week. Of samples from 20 New Yorkers sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing, 12 have come back negative and the remaining eight are pending. In a news release, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said: "While the …

Health and Fitness

Area school administrators routinely get text alerts on their phones, warning them of impending storms, police responses and the occasional power outage. This year, Maryvale school officials started receiving a different kind of alert about a different kind of emergency. “Vaping detected, upstairs boys’ lav.” The automated alerts are an indication of just how seri…

Construction and Growth

It's common for people to be unhappy when someone comes along and wants to build houses on previously undeveloped land. James Ostroff isn't just complaining. He's putting his money where his mouth is to stop a planned $10 million, 25-house subdivision near his home in the hamlet of Bowmansville in Lancaster. But if he's going to succeed, he's going to need a lot more mo…

Lancaster

A public meeting in the Village of Lancaster will discuss the two new roundabouts planned as part of the downtown renaissance. The roundabout project aims to ease traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety by changing the conventional signal intersections at Pleasant and Central avenues, and at Aurora Street and Central. Officials hope to complete the design phase…

Business

Not all the development activity is going on in Buffalo. There are plenty of new projects in the suburbs that could have a big impact on the region in the coming years. The biggest – and most long-term projects – would create big retail, office and residential complexes in spaces that now are struggling as suburban malls. Others would expand manufacturing capabilities a…

Buffalo

A man was hospitalized after he was shot in the back of the neck just after 5 p.m. Saturday near Herkimer Street and West Delavan Avenue, reported Northwest District police. Detectives reported the man was taken to Erie County Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, said Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman. Anyone with information is asked to call th…

Buffalo

There's a new neighbor on one of North Buffalo's most storied streets, and already people are questioning whether it's going to be a good fit. The street is Tillinghast Place and the addition is a stone mansion, which looks like a majestic tribute to good workmanship and sophistication, according to some nearby residents, who called it a huge plus for the Parkside commu…

Buffalo

An Ohio Street restaurant will mark the anniversary of the infamous “Tewksbury Incident” at 1 p.m. Saturday. Local historian Gene Overdorf will lead the event at the Tewksbury Lodge, 249 Ohio St., with a recounting of the memorable night in January 1959 when the lake freighter Michael K. Tewksbury knocked down the Michigan Avenue bridge, destroyed businesses and created…