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Michael Canfield

News SUBURBAN Correspondent


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…

Taxpayers in the Tonawanda City School District are looking at a slight increase in taxes for the 2015-16 school year.The Board of Education on Thursday approved a 1.28 percent increase in the proposed tax levy.The levy results in a tax increase of just over $20 for a home valued at $92,000 next year, said Superintendent James P. Newton. With the tax freeze credit, however…

When the neighbors of a recently opened group home for people with developmental disabilities on Rapids Road in Newstead first heard about the facility opening, they were receptive to having the human services agency in the neighborhood.Just over a month later, however, neighbors have changed their position.Problems with cars parking on the side of the road, several emerge…

A potential solution to the increase in tractor-trailer traffic on West Main Street in Alden cannot move forward because the state Department of Transportation lacks the proper signage for the proposed changes.The problem stems from a railroad bridge on Broadway, which measures 12 feet, 8 inches in the right lanes of the four-lane stretch of the road. While the bridge is t…

Town of Newstead residents living near two recently opened group homes came out in force at Monday night’s board meeting to express their discontent with the homes.Nearly 50 residents packed into Newstead Town Hall for the meeting. A few of residents were there to speak to the board about the Special Events Law the town is working on, but the majority in attendance had con…

The Special Events Law the Town Board has been working on for several months should be on its way to a second public hearing sometime in February.The board held a work session after the regular meeting Monday night and decided that the law would be finished at the next meeting, Jan. 27. In the meantime, board members are going to write down their suggestions on the way the…

A local law that would give the Town of Newstead’s code enforcement officer the ability to make an initial determination on what constitutes a home-based business was defeated at Monday night’s board meeting. The law, Local Law No. 6, was defeated by a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Justin Rooney, Richard C. Baran and Donald York casting “no” votes. Supervisor David Cummings an…

More than 40 parents, grandparents, educators and elected officials from the Alden area gathered in Village Hall this week for a presentation by the Alden Substance Abuse Coalition.The coalition was formed to provide residents with solutions and update them on growing drug abuse issues in Alden, said Colleen Babcock, who helped coordinate the event. The coalition – parents…

Frustrations ran high in Newstead Monday night, as residents who live near Braun’s Concert Cove again voiced their displeasure with the board for taking too long with the amendment to the Special Event Law. At the last board meeting, residents asked the board to place a moratorium on issuing special event permits until the amendments were passed. They were back Monday nigh…

Alden residents living in the proposed Zoeller Road and Exchange Street water districts are a step closer to having non-well water after the board approved an agreement to begin designing the districts Monday night. Metzger Civil Engineering, the firm run by Town Engineer Michael Metzger, won the project with a bid of $86,806. The bid was more than $50,000 less than the ne…

Several Newstead residents living near Braun’s Concert Cove urged the Town Board on Monday night to forgo issuing special-event permits until proposed amendments to the Special Events Law are passed. Braun’s has been at the center of controversy in the town over the noise emanating from concerts held there. Residents living near the venue say it’s too loud, while others i…

Small Business Saturday, an idea conceived by American Express to get shoppers out to local businesses the Saturday after Black Friday nationwide, is coming to Alden for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 30.Residents are being encouraged to shop local on that day, and the Town Board presented a proclamation to that effect at Monday night’s board meeting.“Small businesses ar…

Former Superintendent Lynn Fusco left the district at the end of June, leaving a void on the Alden Central School District Board of Education filled with Interim Superintendent Adam Stoltman. Hiring Stoltman has allowed the board to conduct a thorough search for a new superintendent, said Board President Paul Hutschenreuter at Thursday night’s board meeting in Alden high S…