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Michael Canfield

suburban correspondent


A public hearing on proposed changes to Newstead’s wind turbine law drew no comments from the handful of residents on hand at Monday evening’s Town Board meeting.Supervisor David L. Cummings said he was “surprised” by the low turnout at the meeting.“I thought we’d have a lot more people here tonight,” he said.Board members had prepared for more public interest in the propo…

A public hearing on proposed amendments to the Town of Newstead’s zoning law aimed at making the town friendly to agribusiness drew both comments for and against the changes Monday evening.The proposed amendments would permit agribusiness and agritourism business to operate in residential-agricultural zoned areas of the town through a permanent special-use permit. The chan…

Alden Town Park is getting a new LED scoreboard soon, after the Town Board on Monday approved a resolution allowing Alden Junior Football and Cheerleading to construct the new board. The resolution allows the group to purchase and construct the scoreboard, using Kraus Brothers Inc. to assist with building the new board. The youth sports group will also be using volunteers …

A petition asking for a traffic study at the intersection of Main, North Millgrove and Barnum roads in Newstead will be passed on to the state Department of Transportation this week in hopes that a traffic light will be installed at the intersection.The petition, started by Brenda Schlager, owner of Bubbaloo’s Ice Cream Paradise, which sits at the intersection, gained over…

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Despite a first place finish at the SkillsUSA State Championships in Syracuse in the spring, Royalton Hartland High School incoming senior Amber Villella was excited just to be invited to the national championship in Louisville last month.Villella, however, turned out to be the best student in the nation in her category of the competition, bringing home a gold medal in the…

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PENDLETON – When Michael and Kelly Monde purchased their house on Beach Ridge Road last summer, it was everything the couple wanted in a home. Set back from the road with ample tree coverage in the front, the home offered privacy previously unattainable when they had lived in the Town of Tonawanda. It also offered the space and amenities needed for their growing family, wh…

A week after 77 percent of district voters approved the Alternative Veterans’ Real Property Tax and Gold Star Parent exemptions, the Tonawanda City School Board unanimously passed the measures.The board voted at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening in the Tonawanda High School library. Board member Diane Misner was excused from the meeting. The community vote on…

Voters in the Depew Union-Free School District approved the Board of Education’s proposed budget of $41.2 million Tuesday evening.Voters also approved the purchase of one 66-passenger school bus, two 29-seat school busses and one 29-seat bus with three wheelchair seats with $269,000 from the district’s vehicle purchase reserve fund. A non-binding resolution on the Veterans…

The Tonawanda City School budget, which featured a slight increase in overall spending and a 1.28 percent bump in the tax levy, was passed by voters Tuesday evening.The school board presented a budget of just over $31 million in April, a 1.23 percent increase over this year’s budget. The budget passed, 396 to 163.Despite the increase, some residents said the need to pay fo…

National Fuel Gas wants to put a nearly 22,000 horsepower compressor in the Town of Pendleton, but town residents say the compressor would affect their health, property values and quality of life. The plan, part of National Fuel’s Northern Access 2016 Project, would allow the gas company to pump natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania to eastern Canada. The 16…

Despite a budget shortfall of more than $530,000, the Depew Board of Education was able to pass a proposed budget Tuesday evening that avoided reductions in staff or programs.The board closed the gap through reductions in contributions to the New York State Retirement System, costs for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services and overtime. The board also was able to r…

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…