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Michael Canfield

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Students and staff from Amherst Middle School are taking part in a service learning project with Carly’s Club for Kids and Cancer Research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute for the new school year.Amherst Middle School Principal John Griesmer presented information on the school’s service learning projects during a School Board meeting on Tuesday.In August, students and …

Members of the Sweet Home School Board heard a presentation on gender identity and transgender youth policy on Tuesday evening.And it led to a lengthy discussion on the topic.No action was taken. But the board talked about creating a policy, and whether there was a need. Several board members balked at the idea of a separate policy.School Board Vice President Michael F. Mo…

Tourist homes were back on the agenda for the Grand Island Town Board work session Monday evening, less than a week after a public hearing on the rental properties ran for more than two hours.Nearly 100 residents packed into Town Hall last Tuesday to voice opposition to a proposed amendment that would allow already existing tourist homes to continue to operate, provided th…

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While the public hearing on a controversial trapping law on Grand Island was canceled last week, the topic still came up during Monday evening’s Town Board meeting. Bryce D. Shipman, whose son Josh is at the center of the trapping controversy on the island, expressed his displeasure with the town for canceling the hearing. Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said he pushed…

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The roundabout off of the first exit on Grand Island coming from the south Grand Island Bridge is getting a makeover. In its current state, the roundabout is “unwelcoming,” Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said. “It looks terrible,” he said. When the work is completed, McMurray would like to place a sign, with help from Grand Island High School, in the middle of the roundabou…

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A handful of elected officials and Grand Island residents gathered Sunday afternoon at Fisherman’s Landing to deliver a message to the state asking for removal of the tolls on the Grand Island Bridges.“Mr. Cuomo, tear down these tolls,” Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said during the press conference, to cheers from the crowd. With several people in attendance wearing T-shir…

The Tonawanda City School Board has three open seats available on Tuesday, and for the second time in Superintendent James P. Newton’s 18 years in the district, there are only two candidates.“It has happened before,” he said. “It’s odd.”Depending on how Tuesday plays out in terms of write-in candidates, the board could decide to go with six members, as opposed to the seven…

In an effort to track air pollution on Grand Island, Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray and Assemblyman John D. Ceretto are tentatively scheduled to meet Friday to discuss ways to assess air quality in the town.The meeting stems from a letter that McMurray sent to Ceretto, D-Lewiston, earlier in the week, asking for an air-quality monitoring system for Grand Island. Ceretto sai…

Amherst School Board members received an update on how the high school is using technology in and out of the classroom during Tuesday evening’s board meeting. The update was provided by high school Principal Gregory Pigeon, with assistant principals Nancy Ables and Timothy Wiles. Topics covered during the presentation included how the school is using data to assist teacher…

The Town of Grand Island will take measures to bolster policies on document retention after almost 1,800 files were deleted from a town server at the end of departing Supervisor Mary S. Cooke’s term, current Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said Wednesday.The files were deleted at some point between Dec. 28, 2015, and Jan. 3, according to a town information technology report …

Members of the Sweet Home School Board heard a plan on how the district would charge other entities for use of the newly constructed sports complex Tuesday evening. The presentation was given during the board’s study session by Don Feldmann from the Office of Public and Community Relations. In order to come up with what the district should charge, Feldmann, along with the …

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Mordecai Manuel Noah had a grand vision for Grand Island in 1825. Nearly two centuries ago, the Jewish-American journalist, diplomat and philanthropist viewed the island as a utopia for Jews around the world, purchasing 2,500 acres of land to build his sanctuary, to be called Ararat. For many reasons, Ararat never took off.Still, the current Town of Grand Island, inspired …

No layoffs or program cuts are planned in the Amherst Central Schools budget for 2016-2017, despite a negative tax cap and a reduction in the amount of money to be raised by the tax levy. The district’s total budget comes to about $55.6 million, up roughly $2 million over this year’s $53.6 million budget. The School Board adopted the proposed budget during Tuesday evening’…

A proposed 139-lot subdivision on Tonawanda Creek Road moved closer to breaking ground Thursday evening, after the Amherst Planning Board determined the project would not have a significant negative impact on the environment.The board voted, 5-1, to move the project, dubbed Briar Hollow, forward, with Mary Shapiro voting to delay approval. The subdivision, proposed at 271 …

A motion to appoint an assistant assessor during Monday evening’s Grand Island Town Board meeting led to a larger discussion about how the town spends money on raises for employees.The motion to approve Jackie McGinty as the assistant assessor at a pay increase was approved by the board, but not without dissent from Councilman Michael Madigan, who argued that appointments …