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A group of parents fed up with the recent drama and upheaval in the Hamburg Central School district is organizing a community meeting Thursday.A notice of the meeting appears on the Facebook page of Hamburg Education Information, started by parents who, according to the page, want to gather and distribute “important factual information to the community, as well as support …

Crime

A Hamburg man was charged in the robberies of a gas station and a convenience store last month, Town Police announced Tuesday.Joseph Kull, 29, was arrested Monday afternoon after police received “numerous tips” about him, police said in a statment. A search warrant was excuted at his home Monday where investigators found “evidence associated with the robberies,” police sai…

Women & Children’s Hospital has expanded its network of neighborhood OB/GYN centers to three new locations, the hospital announced.They are Lancaster OB/GYN in the TOPS-Rehm Plaza, 6363 Transit Road; Lockport OB/GYN, 475 S. Transit Road; and McKinley OB/GYN, 3860 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.The hospital also operates two centers in Buffalo and one in North Tonawanda.Each cen…

HamburgConstruction is to start in mid-October on the railroad quiet zone on Rogers Road.The Town Board awarded the bid for the work to Louis Del Prince & Sons, Inc. The Cheektowaga firm bid $176,202 to construct “quiet zones” at the railroad crossings on Rogers and Cloverbank roads.Town Engineer Gerard M. Kapsiak said the bid, which was the lowest of two bids, came in und…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Lynch of Hamburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner hosted by their children at Springville Country Club. Mr. Lynch and Gloria Fetcho met while working at The Buffalo Evening News. They were married Sept. 21, 1963, in Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Blasdell. He is a retired public safety dispatcher for the Town of H…

Tumultuous times continue in the Hamburg Central School District, with police being called when a School Board member refused to leave the district office this week.Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci, who was elected to the board in May, visited the district office late Tuesday afternoon. She was attempting to “obtain expenditure reports” from Interim Superintendent …

Crime

After a violent and shocking attack three months ago in a Hamburg toy store, Larry Wells is gone.But the former Toys R Us store manager is not forgotten.The people who loved him most – and others who simply felt bad about his death – will gather tonight to raise money for the family he left behind.The benefit will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. in Matthew Glab Post 1477, Americ…

Hamburg Town Board members will conduct a special meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., to award contracts for the “quiet zone” railroad crossings on Rogers and Cloverbank roads.Devices will be installed to keep traffic in the appropriate lane, prohibiting a vehicle from driving around a lowered crossing gate at the CSX and Norfolk Southern lines. …

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Bobby Becker would hate that you’re reading about him right now.The 26-year-old did not make a big deal out of having epilepsy, and while his friends could always count on him, he didn’t like to be the center of attention.Bobby’s parents, Denise Fenton and Bobby Becker, acknowledge that, but they also know their son would want to help others, and they and their friends hav…

Hamburg Town Board members will conduct a special meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave., to award bids for the “quiet zone” railroad crossings on Rogers and Cloverbank roads.Devices will be installed to keep traffic in the appropriate lane, prohibiting a vehicle from driving around a lowered crossing gate at the CSX and Norfolk Southern lines. Then …

Town of Hamburg police are looking for a person they believe is responsible for three early morning robberies at convenience stores in the past two weeks. No weapon was displayed in any of the robberies, police said.Two of the holdups were reported at the Kwik Fill, 4909 South Park Ave. They involved the same clerk and occurred within two weeks of each other, said Hamburg …

It’s something that hasn’t happened in municipal budget circles for some time: Pension costs have gone down, if ever so slightly. Pension payments required by towns, cities, villages and school districts have risen astronomically in recent years, but Hamburg Supervisor Steven J. Walters filed his proposed 2014 budget Monday, and it includes lower taxes, and a stabilization…

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Dr. Lorna Fitzpatrick, 44, was born in Belfast before her family moved to Ballycastle on the north shore of Ireland. Her father was a physician who moved his family to Buffalo in 1973 to take a job at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.Fitzpatrick, who was a preschooler at the time, can still recall her first crossing of the Peace Bridge.She grew up in Hamburg, and attended Nar…

HamburgVeterans counseling in Hamburg has expanded from one day a month to four days per week.“We knew there was a need for a counselor in the southtowns and unfortunately, we were only able to have one in Hamburg one day a month to start. After the program was up and running, the need was obvious,” Town Clerk Cathy Rybczynski said. “I continued to press state officials f…

New York State is looking to re-stripe a section of South Park Avenue in Hamburg after nearly four dozen accidents over a three-year period. The work would result in four lanes instead of two, with a turning lane in the middle.The two-way, center turn lane would extend from Milestrip Road to Big Tree Road. The reason for the change is to cut down on the number of rear-end …