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Joseph Popiolkowski

Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.


Local News

The Village of Williamsville had a short window to restore a dozen tall windows. The historic stained glass windows in the village-owned Meeting House, a former church on Main Street, were removed and transported to Chicago for restoration over a five-week period that ended last month, hours before a wedding was to be held there. "I'm shocked about the five-week turn…

Local News

The Town of Amherst wants to kick-start redevelopment of several big-box retail based sites along Niagara Falls Boulevard, including the struggling Boulevard Mall, by building new streets, water and sewer lines on the properties. Town officials this week are finishing an application for a $10 million grant through the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative that woul…

Niagara County

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Tuesday announced it is seeking proposals to expand water-based recreation activities at Artpark, Fort Niagara and Joseph Davis state parks. At Artpark State Park, the state is looking for proposals for a wide range of private investment, including new capital projects like cabin development, zip lines a…

German food, drinks, music and more are on tap Sunday during Sommerfest at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. The event begins at noon and includes entertainment from the German American Musicians Association, the SGTV Edelweiss Buffalo Dancers, the Alphorn Society of Western New York and organ grinder Dan Wilke. Other activities in…

Local News

Main Street in Williamsville will be a construction zone for five months starting June 4, but proprietors along the busy retail thoroughfare want you to know they'll be open for business. "All of the businesses up and down Main Street will be open," said Maria MacPeek, general manager of The Irishman restaurant. "No one's closing their doors during construction. We know…

Amherst

A series of neighborhood forums in Amherst wraps up this week when North Amherst and Swormville residents have their chance to tell town officials what development they want to see in the future. The town Planning Department divided Amherst into 10 neighborhoods – based largely on the town's fire districts – and since April 24, town leaders have been hosting meetings in…

Practice that tree pose, because free weekly yoga classes return to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market on Saturday. HEAL Bflo will offer the class from 10 to 11 a.m. at the open-air market at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat and bottle of water. The Food Bank of Western New York’s “Just Say Yes to Fruits and…

Local News

Household hazardous waste will be accepted from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at no charge during a collection at New Era Field. The items that will be accepted include: up to two gallons or 20 pounds of pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals/cleaners; up to 10 gallons of oil-based paints and spray cans; up to 10 gallons of oil, gasoline, kerosene and anti…

The Western New York Land Conservancy has received a $10,000 grant to conduct a design competition to convert a former rail line in Buffalo into a trail and linear park. The conservancy this week was named as one of 10 recipients nationwide to win a 2018 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grant from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The grants are awarded to nonprofit…

Amherst

The Williamsville Central School District reached a new contract with principals that calls for 2.75 percent pay increases in each of the deal's four years. The Board of Education and Williamsville Administrators' Association Tuesday agreed to the contract, which is effective July 1 and ends June 30, 2022. The amount that principals and assistant principals contribute t…

A plan to replace one of two bridges that carries John James Audubon Parkway over Ellicott Creek near the University at Buffalo will be the subject of a public meeting May 30. The concrete box beam bridge that carries southbound traffic was flagged by the state Department of Transportation because inspectors noted deterioration of the concrete and fascia in spots. Th…

Tired of all those single-use plastic bags piling up? Learn how to make a reusable bag from a T-shirt on June 2 when the Town of Amherst holds its Earth Day celebration at the Williamsville Farmers Market. The event from 9 a.m. until noon will be held at the market in the Amherst Town Hall parking lot. The event is hosted by the Amherst Conservation Advisory Council …

Amherst

South Union Road in the Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville will be reduced from four lanes to three, Village Mayor Dan DeLano said Wednesday. DeLano said the state Department of Transportation informed him it will proceed with its original plan to restripe South Union with one 12-foot wide travel lane in each direction, a 14-foot wide two-way center turn lane …

Amherst

A brawl last month at the Chuck E. Cheese's on Harlem Road in Amherst has the Town Board taking a closer look at the company's request for renewal of its game room license. The board on Wednesday delayed a decision on the renewal so town officials can ask the facility's management to appear before the board. Council members said they had concerns about safety and securi…