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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.


Obituaries

Sept. 27, 1933 – April 25, 2018 Ellen R. Denecke was a nurturing, mother figure to more than just her own 10 children. As a young mother of three children expecting her fourth in South Buffalo in the 1950s, she took in her husband's two teenage brothers after their mother died. "She used to have to, in her early 20s, go to parent meetings at Timon High School for …

Education

There will be no agenda or set topic Saturday morning when the Williamsville Board of Education meets for a community forum. The town hall style meeting will give parents, residents and staff members a chance to talk about any education-related issues. Board members and Superintendent Scott Martzloff will be on hand to discuss school-related topics and answer questio…

Local News

Elected officials and traffic experts in Amherst and Williamsville agree that South Union Road should be reduced from four lanes to three. Some of the people who live there beg to differ. About a dozen residents attended an information session Monday night during the Village Board's regular meeting, with many expressing concerns about the state Department of Transpor…

Local News

An Amherst woman who celebrated her 106th birthday on April 5 was honored last week by the Town Board. Celestine "Sally" Siemenkowski Szemenciak lived in Sloan for nearly 100 years before moving to Amherst in 2015. In addition to her five children, she has eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Her great-granddaughter, Emily …

Local News

A proposed "road diet" for South Union Road in the Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville will be the subject of a public information session Monday night. The state Department of Transportation has proposed reducing the roadway's four travel lanes down to one lane in the northbound and southbound directions with a two-way center turn lane and shoulder. The projec…

Amherst

The Town of Amherst has its first official Facebook page. The first post on the page launched Monday promotes an upcoming series of 10 neighborhood forums, which begin Tuesday in Eggertsville and continue through May 31 in Swormville. At the forums, residents will have the chance to tell town officials what future development they want to see in their neighborhoods. …

Amherst

Amherst property owners might be going through another reassessment in less than two years. The town last year put a new value on each of its 44,000 properties, but officials are already eyeing 2020 for the next project – a year earlier than anticipated. The goal is to make sure the new assessments match what properties would sell for in the open market so owners are…

An out-of-town developer is again asking the Amherst Town Board to approve plans for a $50 million student housing complex near the University at Buffalo North Campus. The Town Board in July denied Core Campus' request to lift deed restrictions on the property and issue a special-use permit to build the 154-unit complex on North Forest Road. Tenants of the nearby Bryant…

Business

Add one more name to the list of chain stores that sell groceries along a 1.5-mile stretch of the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor in west Amherst. Price Rite Marketplace on Sunday opened its first Amherst store, and fourth store in the Buffalo area, at 4224 Maple Road. Price Rite joins at least nine other chains in the area, including Whole Foods, BJ's Wholesale Clu…

Amherst

When South Union Road is restriped this year, should it go on a "road diet?" That's the question before officials from the Town of Amherst, Village of Williamsville and state Department of Transportation as the state considers downsizing the busy stretch of South Union, from Wehrle Drive north to Main Street, from four lanes to three. The DOT at a public meeting in N…

Amherst

People in Amherst are getting good workouts for good causes – and so is the Police Department. Sponsored walk, run and bike events are getting more popular in the town, growing to 39 last year, according to the Town Clerk's Office. But that growth has presented a problem for town officials. Many of the events have enough participants, or are routed through enough bus…

Amherst

Petitions are due by 5 p.m. today for candidates seeking one of three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education. The three incumbents – Shawn Lemay, Toni Vazquez and Mark Mecca – are all seeking re-election. Eric Borenstein and Robert Campo have also filed petitions. Ballot positions will be drawn at 6 p.m. Tuesday prior to a special meeting when the board will vote…

Local News

Kickoff the start of Western New York's outdoor bicycling season with a party Saturday to celebrate the upcoming SkyRide. The fifth annual SkyRide on May 20 will have an expanded route, including the 100-foot-high Skyway, Kensington Expressway, Route 198 along Scajaquada Creek and Niagara Street. A post-ride festival at LaSalle Park will follow. “Through this experie…

Local News

The Williamsville Central School District's proposed budget for 2018-19 maintains current academic and extracurricular programming, and also makes some additions. The budget has $475,000 worth of new "program support items," including an instructional coaching position, enhancements of academic intervention services, changes to enhance administrative makeup at the eleme…

Amherst

Applications are due May 1 for the Amherst Police Department's Youth Police Academy, an internship program for high school students beginning July 9. Students will be introduced to the various functions of the Amherst Police Department and learn the minimum qualifications, training requirements and daily responsibilities of other county, state and federal law enforcemen…