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Lisa A. McPartland


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A North Buffalo mainstay continues to serve satisfying Buffalo favorites in a friendly dive-bar atmosphere.Kelly’s Korner, established in 1967 by Bob and Marge Kelly, offers a cozy area for dining, and the cuisine goes a bit beyond the typical bar menu fare.On a Thursday evening, regulars crowded the long bar, reviewing the workday and conversing with the bartender. The ro…

As he perused the meeting agenda during a Maryvale School Board executive session Monday night, Raymond Clancy contemplated the line item, “Adoption of Veterans’ Tax Exemption Resolution.”“You wouldn’t be able to vote if we lost the war,” the Word War II veteran observed. “Thank God that we were able to come out of it – some of us – to live a good, American life.”Clancy, a…

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On many weekdays while driving to work for the past two years, I’ve noticed two older gentlemen making their morning breakfast trek. No matter the weather – sun, rain or snowshowers – the gray-haired fellows would cross in front of our vehicle at Niagara and Hamilton streets, eager to take their seats as regulars at a nearby diner.That eatery is Angie’s Pizza House at 1904…

Although Maryvale’s schools are in good shape, it will cost about $7 million over the next five years to ensure they stay that way.During their meeting Monday night, School Board trustees learned that a building conditions survey, which Assistant Superintendent Stephen Lunden said must be conducted every five years, revealed no large issues. However, Dan Green, project man…

Fifty years after leaving the halls of Cheektowaga Central High School, several members of the Class of 1965 returned to present a gift to the district that prepared them for life.During their meeting Tuesday night, Board of Education members accepted a plaque outlining the history of the district’s formation.The marker, which class representatives hope will be added to th…

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I’ve lived in the Town of Tonawanda for more than two decades, and there’s one end of town I just can’t visit enough. It’s the home of a summertime favorite, Louie’s Original Foot Long Hot Dogs.The restaurant has been a warm-weather staple for the past 64 years, offering the classics you’d expect from a Western New York hot dog stand, along with several specialties to sati…

Add Maryvale to the list of taxpayers who will see a lower-than-anticipated tax increase for the upcoming academic year.Maryvale School District officials announced Monday that the 2015-16 tax rate is below their lowest estimate included in the budget adopted in May. After town assessments were finalized, the tax rate was set at $17.77 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.When…

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Great food, live entertainment and a spectacular view of the Niagara River – one area restaurant has it all when it comes to summertime dining.Founded in 1975, Berrafato’s Old Man River in Tonawanda boasts dozens of different meals and sides to feed a hungry appetite fueled by a vigorous walk along the river or a long day at the office.Plenty of open-air seating greets vis…

School might be the last thing from their minds as summer is finally heating up, but this year’s graduates were the talk of the Cheektowaga Central School Board’s reorganization meeting Tuesday night.Trustees learned that the 173 graduating seniors amassed more than $4 million in scholarships.“The scholarships were phenomenal,” President Renee Wilson said.Trustee Christine…

Maryvale has a new face coming to the District Office.Joseph R. D’Angelo, who has been principal of Maryvale Primary School for the past five years, will take over as district superintendent as of Sept. 1.D’Angelo and a second internal candidate were interviewed by a committee of community stakeholders and the Board of Education last month. The name of the other hopeful wa…

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When it comes to the quick service of quality sandwiches, one Buffalo restaurant is on a roll.Roly Poly near the Buffalo Medical Campus offers hot and cold wraps, soups and salads that are perfect for those who are grabbing a quick bite.The cold rolled wraps are available in 6- and 12-inch versions ($4.75 and $7.45, respectively), and include premium meats, cheeses, market…

The next leader of the Maryvale School District will have to make it through two rounds of questioning from the Board of Education and a committee of community stakeholders.After an hourlong executive session during Monday night’s meeting, the board announced that the volunteer committee will get the first crack at interviewing internal candidates for superintendent.Last m…

Cheektowaga-Sloan voters on Tuesday approved next year’s $33.2 million budget, which officials touted as a lean spending plan that maintains teaching positions, sports, art, music and other student programs. The budget passed, 585-193. Voters also chose two Board of Education members from a field of four candidates, including incumbent Debra Smith with 375 votes and David …

The Cheektowaga Central School District received the green light on its budget for next year, while a new face will join the Board of Education.By a vote of 333-111, district residents on Tuesday approved the adopted $40.1 million spending plan for 2015-16, which is about $830,000 lower than this year’s. In addition to the budget, voters selected two candidates to serve fi…

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The idea was to head deep into Depew to check out a bar at which I’d seen some friends’ bands play a few years ago. The bar, tucked into the corner of Ellicott Place and Hinchey Avenue, was a great venue for live entertainment – complete with a stage. I was looking forward to a return to Ellicott Manor, but when I arrived, something was different.The name and ownership had…