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Michael Canfield

suburban correspondent


After three years of using an alternating-day block schedule at Alden High School, the district may return to the semester block schedule the school used previously for the 2014-15 school year.The current scheduling system the high school uses has students taking seven or eight classes throughout the course of the 40-week school year on alternating days, with an A schedule…

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…

Ewell Free Library on Broadway in Alden may soon lose its independence from Erie County, Town Supervisor Harry Milligan said at Monday night’s board meeting. The library is one of the few in the area that is still independent, Milligan said. The town currently provides $25,000 per year to the library. That funding would stop if Erie County takes over the library, he said. …

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…

The Alden Central School District held the first of several community-based committee meetings on Thursday, with more than 30 residents participating in afternoon and evening sessions.The next meeting, scheduled to get under way at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 26, will include tours of the middle and high schools, Interim Superintendent Adam Stoltman said during a meeting of the School…

With two Town Board seats up for re-election, changes could be on the horizon for the Town of Newstead. There are several issues facing the board. Residents who live close to Braun’s Concert Cove are unhappy with the noise emanating from the concerts there, and residents who live near the Akron Airport are concerned with the possible expansion there.The incumbents, James M…

Town of Newstead residents will be able to have their say on a proposal to limit noise from special town events when the Town Board meets on Nov. 11.The 7:15 p.m. public hearing on Local Law 4 – an amendment to the Special Events Law – was approved by council members meeting Monday night. While the law addresses all special events in the town, it was crafted to address r…

An emotional Alden Town Board met Monday night, opening the meeting with a remembrance of recently deceased Councilman William Weber.Weber passed away unexpectedly Oct. 9, leaving the three-member board with two members. A miniature Christmas tree and picture of Weber stood where he usually sat at the board table, in recognition of the Christmas tree farm he owned. A pair …

With more young people using personal smartphones and tablets, officials at Alden schools are looking into providing students with a Wi-Fi network to use them. The school district currently uses a wireless network that is inaccessible to students on their personal devices, said Frank Rizzo, director of instructional and information technology and chief information officer.…

Several Newstead residents complained to the Town Board this week that it has not done enough to silence a noisy concert venue, blaming the racket for a litany of ills.The complaints stem from the live concerts at Braun’s Bar and Grill in Newstead. The bar opened Braun’s Concert Cove behind the bar in 2012, and area residents have been suffering ever since, said Linda Jack…