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Sept. 18, 1928 - Dec. 30, 2019 The story of Verna M. Mattimore is the story of a beautiful life well-lived, said her daughter, Patricia Lewis. It was a life of devotion to her family and her Catholic faith. And Mrs. Mattimore spent a lifetime being prepared: Putting out her clothes the night before. Setting the dining room table two weeks before Thanksgiving. Pack…

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It sounds like a 1970s sitcom: Two kids whose fathers work together grow up and get the exact same job their fathers once had. Except in this version, not only were the two families close, one of them babysat the other. And in real life, Karen Hoak inspects bridges for a contractor that has contracts with New York, while Shawn Connolly is a partner of Jensen, Marks, …

Obituaries

Nov. 10, 1921 – Dec. 10, 2019 Peter J. Murrett Jr., an attorney who practiced corporate, banking and real estate law for nearly 70 years, died Dec. 10 in his Buffalo home. He was 98. Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kenmore, attended seminary for a year and graduated in 1939 from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He completed his coursework in his senior year at Ca…

Courts

A State Supreme Court justice has ordered the Town of Hamburg to return the highway superintendent's vehicle while the judge considers the dispute. Justice Dennis E. Ward granted a temporary restraining order Friday at the request of Highway Superintendent Ted Casey. "In the event the Town of Hamburg Police Department has taken possession of the Highway Department Fo…

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A Code Blue was declared for Saturday night in Buffalo and southern Erie County, with warming centers open overnight and during the day Saturday and Sunday. Two overnight shelters will be open tonight from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in Buffalo: Harbor House, 241 Genesee St. and Holy Cross, 412 Niagara St. The Rural Outreach Center, 765 Olean Road, East Aurora, also will be open f…

Hamburg

Hamburg Councilman Mike Petrie is calling for the town to reinstate buildings and grounds crew chief Raymond Pawlowski, who was fired for a second time last year after he was charged with theft of equipment. Prosecutors dropped the charges against Pawlowski Tuesday, saying new information had come to light. Pawlowski said the equipment was not stolen, and it was being s…

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Hamburg Highway Superintendent Ted Casey says he has the authority to drive his town-issued Ford Expedition home. The Town Board ordered him to turn in the black SUV by Friday because he violated town policy by driving it to a movie in Orchard Park last month. It's yet another controversy surrounding the elected official ending his second year in office. Casey sai…

Courts

A retired Town of Hamburg police captain pleaded guilty Tuesday before Hamburg Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman on two counts of second-degree harassment, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Gorman sentenced 42-year-old Christopher Monaco to a conditional discharge on the violations, which requires him to continue with counseling until he is discharged…

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office has dropped charges against a former Hamburg buildings and grounds employee accused of stealing town equipment. Raymond Pawlowski, 61, had been charged in September 2018, with two misdemeanors for theft and criminal possession of stolen property. Supervisor James M. Shaw said at the time employees from Pawlowski's department re…

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A 66-year-old Blasdell woman died after being struck by a vehicle Friday evening on Lake Avenue, Town of Hamburg police said Saturday. Patrol officers and EMS personnel responded to a report of a struck pedestrian and found Marguerite Oneil unresponsive on the side of the roadway, east of South Park Avenue, at about 5:30 p.m. They attempted lifesaving measures at the…

Business

The owner of the proposed asphalt plant on Camp Road in Hamburg has an alternative site – but is not yet telling town officials where it is. Company representatives indicated to members of the Town Board and Planning Board Wednesday that they have an alternative site for the asphalt plant, Town Supervisor James M. Shaw said. "They weren't going to divulge the identit…

Obituaries

Sept. 14, 1922 – Nov. 25, 2019 Barbara J. Burke, of Hamburg, former clerk for the Eden Town Court, died Nov. 25 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a struggle with cancer. She was 97. Born Barbara A. Jones in Buffalo, she was one of three children, including a twin brother. She graduated from Lafayette High School in 1940 and served in the Navy as a WAVE doing cle…

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A 65-unit Hamburg apartment complex has been acquired by a Los Angeles investment firm for $4.9 million, in one of the largest commercial real estate deals in recent weeks. Summit Equity Investments, of Studio City, Calif., purchased the Holiday Meadows Apartments at 121-125 Holiday Lane in Hamburg from Michael Lorigo's Holiday Meadows LLC. The 56,650-square-foot com…

The Rotary Club of Hamburg hopes to assist up to 400 Southtowns children in need of warm winter clothes this year. The Warm the Children initiative has helped children from 140 families, who are wearing new jackets, boots, sweaters, snow pants, mittens and hats. The East Hill Foundation awarded $10,000 for the initiative – but donations, large and small, are still ac…

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There may be some movement on the asphalt plant dilemma in Hamburg. Representatives from AL Asphalt Corp. are to meet with members of the Town Board and Planning Board Wednesday evening on a possible settlement. It would involve moving the asphalt plant and rezoning part of the Camp Road property where it has been proposed. AL Asphalt Corp. wants to open the plant…