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Extensive renovations throughout the Lancaster Central School District have closed the building this summer, said Superintendent Michael J. Vallely. The construction of a black box theater and art gallery, both expected to be complete by the opening of school in September is only a part of the improvements going on throughout district schools. The black box rehearsal…

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When the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was considering a new fundraising concept in 2017, it bounced the idea off of people in Western New York philanthropic circles: How about high school students? "We were kind of told we were crazy," said Michael Crisona, executive director of the society's Western New York chapter. "We were told no student in …

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A Georgia company paid $7 million for a 13-acre property near the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus where it plans to build 200 units of student housing. Landmark Properties of Athens, Ga., one of the nation's largest student housing developers, on Thursday completed its purchase of 1185 Sweet Home Road, between Rensch and Maple roads, from Excellus Health Plans In…

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A memorial service for former Sweet Home lacrosse and football coach John Faller will be held at 8 p.m. July 26. The gathering will take place on the turf complex's football and lacrosse field at the high school, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Friends and colleagues will talk about Faller, who died Saturday at 70, and the ceremony will conclude with a moment of silen…

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A state conservation and preservation grant will allow the Niagara County Community College library to better preserve old maps of the county and a collection of rare books on Tuscarora Indian history. The $8,482 grant to the Henrietta G. Lewis Library, announced Tuesday, will enable the library to buy flat storage cases with acid-free paper, making a collection of old …

Buffalo

It was the summer of 2015 and Kriner Cash was at home on Martha’s Vineyard when he got an email from an old friend and colleague: MaryEllen Elia. Elia was just a couple weeks into her role as state education commissioner and reached out to Cash for help turning around New York’s struggling school districts. That led to an eventual dinner between the two. “What is …

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Suspended students would no longer be among those whose photos would be programmed into the Lockport City School District's facial recognition security system, according to a policy change the Board of Education will consider Aug. 7. The district's plan to use a facial recognition system with digital cameras at each entrance to all school buildings has been controversia…

For the second time in two years, a top cabinet member in the Buffalo Public Schools is leaving for a job as a school superintendent downstate. Eric J. Rosser, associate superintendent for student support services, was appointed as the superintendent of the Poughkeepsie City School District, a school system of 4,100 students located in the Hudson Valley. The appointment…

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State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, the former Sweet Home teacher who would go on to become New York’s top educator four years ago during a turbulent time for public schools, dropped a big surprise Monday when she announced she will resign in August. Elia, 70, made the announcement at a Board of Regents meeting in Albany, after submitting her letter of resignat…

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A kindergartner who was sexually assaulted at North Tonawanda's Drake Elementary School and on a school bus will receive a settlement of more than $65,000. The boy was twice victimized by incidents of oral sexual contact by another pupil in early 2016, in the school "during kindergarten rest time" and on a bus ride home, according to court documents. The boy's mother…

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Adrienne Sayers expects to lose her $103,000-a-year job as a Niagara Falls schoolteacher because school district officials believe she violated a policy that requires employees to live in the City of Niagara Falls. The Spanish teacher learned in January that private detectives hired by the district had been watching, following and taking surveillance videos of her for m…

Obituaries

Oct. 15, 1941 - July 11, 2019 Dr. Rocco C. Venuto, a kidney specialist who last month marked 50 years of service to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, died in his sleep Thursday in his Williamsville home. He was 77. Besides serving as a professor at UB, where he was the longtime chief of nephrology, Dr. Venuto also was…

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The more than 60 libraries at State University of New York campuses have united under one software system. Libraries at the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State and other SUNY schools will share catalogs, information and resources, with officials saying the consolidation will lower costs and help the institutions operate more efficiently. The schools previously ope…

Amherst

Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall first heard of the UB James Joyce Collection in Dublin while planning for the centenary celebration of “Ulysses” the epic novel by Joyce that takes places on June 16, 1904. Since then, Mulhall has dreamed of visiting Capen Hall at the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst to tour the exhibit. The Joyce Collection, part of the univ…