The town again will be looking for a part-time dog control officer to help its full-time one.
The Town Board last week approved the termination of Cathy McGee as its part-time dog catcher. The board did not elaborate on its decision, only noting that the termination was effective Aug. 15.
Supervisor Jolene Jeffe, who said she could not comment on the personnel decision, said the board needs to decide on how it wants to proceed with filling the position, since it mostly is used on an on-call basis and for coverage during vacation time for the full-time dog control officer. There is no established amount of weekly hours for the position.
Also this week:
. The East Aurora Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, Main and Paine streets. The board is expected to consider property maintenance legislation prepared by Village Attorney Robert Pierce. The board also is considering awarding a $20,000 historical resources survey to Wachadlo & Kowsky.
. The Aurora Town Board meets at 6 p.m .Wednesday at the Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave., to hold a public hearing on a plan to abolish the tax receiver position and merge those duties into the Town Clerk's Office. The board plans on voting after the public hearing on the proposal, which would face voters on the November ballot. If approved, it would take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
. The Beth Lynne Hoskins animal cruelty trial resumes at 2 p.m. Thursday in Aurora Town Court, Main and Paine streets. Defense attorney Thomas Eoannou will begin cross-examination of SPCA veterinarian Dr. Jean Feldman.
F. Robert Danni, chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals and former assistant commissioner of buildings, died at home Wednesday at age 72 after a battle with cancer. The Amherst Town Board is expected to name Zoning Board member Matthew Plunkett, a former deputy town attorney, to serve as Zoning Board chairman at Tuesday night's board meeting.
Also this week:
. The board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. There will be no preceding work session.
. Local restaurants and vendors will participate in the first annual beer and bacon tasting event, "BeerBaconBoobs," to support the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York. The event will be held Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. in Island Park, behind Town Hall at 5565 Main St., Williamsville.
Guests may purchase tickets online before the event for $30 or at the door for $35. For more information and links to sponsors' websites, visit www.beerbaconboobs.com or www.bcnwny.org
. The Amherst Center for Senior Services will present the comedy "The Audition" - a live theatre presentation on Friday at 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a coffee bar . There is no cost to attend the event but reservations are required by calling 636-3059.
The event is made possible through the sponsorship of the Amherst Senior Citizen's Foundation, People, Inc., FM Communications and Try-It Distributing.
The Buffalo School Board will hold committee meetings starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 801 of City Hall: the educational support committee, followed by the student achievement committee.
Also this week:
. The Common Council will meet in regular session at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.
. The Buffalo Sewer Authority will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 1038 of City Hall.
. The Zoning Board will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 901 of City Hall.
. The Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 901 of City Hall.
Bruce George, co-creator of Def Poetry Jam, along with Modie Cox and John Wallace, co-founders of "Winning Because I Tried" youth mentoring program, will be on hand for the Rotary Club of Cheektowaga's "Adventures in Storyland" - A Literacy Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Alexander Community Center.
Various activities geared toward literacy will be part of the fair including story readings and children's activities hosted by the Cheektowaga Town Library, writing and storytelling workshops by local authors and the Young Writer's Studio.
There will be refreshments, live entertainment and a book fair at the event.
Further information can be obtained at: www.advanturesinstoryland.com.
Also this week:
. The Cleveland Hill School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room, 105 Mapleview Road.
. The Cheektowaga Conservation Advisory Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the council office conference room.
. The Depew Schools National Honor Society will host a "Back to School Car Wash" at Depew High School, 5201 S. Transit Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
. Students in the Maryvale and Cleveland Hill union free school districts will return to classes on Tuesday morning. Those in Cheektowaga Central and Cheektowaga-Sloan get an extra day of summer vacation and will return to classes on Wednesday while Depew Union Free School District students will start Thursday.
. The Rotary Club of Cheektowaga will host "Adventures in Storyland," a communitywide literacy fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave.
The free event is geared for children from ages 4 to 14 and is being hosted by the club to coincide with International Literacy Day, which is annually held on Sept. 8 to emphasize a global impact on increasing literacy. For more information about the event, email email@example.com or call club President Jayson Czerniak at 896-7619.
. A hot dog roast for incoming Depew kindergarten pupils and their parents will be held from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, 1780 Como Park Blvd.
. Classes resume for all Depew School District students on Thursday.
. The Depew National Honor Society will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Depew High School, 5201 S. Transit Road.
Roots of the Future Montessori will hold a grand opening from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 8970 Main St. Visitors are invited to tour the school and participate in a vegetable exchange; bring your surplus garden vegetables to exchange for others, or you can buy vegetables for a nominal fee. Leftover vegetables and proceeds from any sales will be donated to the City Mission.
The school is opening this fall, serving children ages 3 to 6. For more information, visit www.rootsofthefuture.com.
Also this week:
. The Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Co. Benevolent Association Labor Day Fair continues from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, at 9415 Clarence Center Road. Today's events include a demolition derby at 5 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. Hit N Run will perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Monday, a parade will start at 1 p.m., and a Battle of the Bands will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
. Town offices will be closed Monday for Labor Day.
. Tuesday is the first day of classes for Clarence Central School District students.
. The Town Board will hold a work session at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Town Hall. The agenda includes an update from town engineer Timothy Lavocat on grass cutting, and a review of a 2013 budget request from the Parks Department.
. The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, following a 6:30 p.m. work session. The agenda includes a discussion of multifamily residential housing code recommendations.
.The Clarence Chamber of Commerce will hold a legislative breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at WBBZ-TV studios at Eastern Hills Mall. The cost is $5. Call 631-3888.
School Board member Paul Krull reported at last week's board meeting that a visit to a Staley Road site where the Niagara Sunday Flyers plan to run a program for technology students didn't reveal any noise issues from the model airplanes.
Some Staley Road residents have expressed concern about traffic and safety issues related to the club using the district-owned former baseball field for an aeronautical education program. So some board members and Superintendent Robert Christmann visited the site on Aug. 25 for a flying demonstration.
"Birds were louder than the planes," said Krull, adding that only one plane at a time is being flown.
But Kristin Yiengst, who owns the adjacent property, said the planes come close to her residence and frighten her horses.
In other board matters last week, Denise Dunbar, principal of Sidway Elementary School, said she recently met with representatives of the Genesee Central School District who were interested in the school's Reading Recovery and Early Childhood programs.
And the Grand Island Teachers Association congratulated the board on crafting a budget that not only preserves but adds a couple of faculty positions this school year.
Also this week:
. In honor of Patriot's Day, the American Legion will be exchanging its trademark poppies for donations to benefit disabled and hospitalized veterans.
The bright red artificial flowers are handmade by hospitalized veterans, providing them a therapeutic activity, a sense of self-sufficiency and a modest income.
Patriot's Day is commemorated Sept. 11 in remembrance of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Members of the American Legion Post 1346 of Grand Island will be holding a poppy drive at various points on Grand Island on Friday and Saturday.
. Denise Reichard, a local historic re-enactor, will perform at the Grand Island Historical Society's monthly meeting Thursday. Reichard will present "Remembering the Underground Railroad," a collection of slave stories told from the white, female perspective.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner, followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m., which is free and open to the public. It will take place at the River Lea Historic Farmhouse in Beaver Island State Park. For more information, call 773-5847.
. The Town Board will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for a workshop, then at 8 p.m. for the regular Town Board meeting. Both will take place in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. The meetings were moved from their original Monday time slot in observation of Labo
. An open house for third- through fifth-graders will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Huth Road Elementary School.
. The Grand Island High School Parent Teacher Student Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school library, 1100 Ransom Road.
Town and village recreation departments have extended registration for their National Football League flag football programs. Flag football instruction and league play is available for boys and girls in three age categories.
The town program, for children ages 6 to 8 and ages 12 to 14 by Sept. 1, includes Saturday games starting this Saturday and running through Oct. 20 and one practice per week, as scheduled by the coach.
The Town program will be held at the Hamburg Recreation Center, (Nike Base), 2982 Lakeview Road across the entrance from the Recreation Administration Building. These age groups should register at the Town Recreation Center, by phone at 646-5145, or online at www.townofhamburgny.com.
Participants for the village program, ages 9 to 11 by Sept. 1, should call the Village Recreation office at 649-6170 for more detailed information on their schedule. They will practice and play at Glen Meadows Park. To register, go to the Village of Hamburg Recreation Office at 200 Prospect Ave., or call 649-6170.
Also this week:
. Tuesday is the first day of school for Hamburg Central students. Frontier Central students start Wednesday.
. The Village Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.
. The town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.
. The Planning Board will conduct a work session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall. The board's regular meeting will start at 7 p.m.
. The Frontier School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building at 5120 Orchard Ave.
. The Blasdell Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.
. The Blasdell Farmers' Market will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave.
. The village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.
. The Hamburg Farmer's Market will be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hamburg village parking lot.
. A monthly bottle/can drive to help support Hamburg High School athletics is planned for Saturday. Clean, refundable cans and bottles may be dropped off at the High School, 4111 Legion Drive, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To have bottles/cans picked up or to volunteer, contact Midge Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 648-6430.
A proposed $975,000 bond to pay for playground equipment, a new snowplow truck and demolition of dilapidated buildings is part of the agenda for the next meeting of the City Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Council normally meets the first Monday of the month but because of the Labor Day holiday the September meeting is being held a day later.
The Council also will consider a resolution that would authorize Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski to enter into an agreement, on behalf of the city, with the Research Foundation of the University at Buffalo. Council members will vote as well on two matters rel
The Town Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., a meeting preceded by a Town Board work session at 7 p.m. The meeting was rescheduled to Tuesday from its typical Monday date because of the Labor Day holiday.
Also this week:
. The Municipal Review Commission, made up of the Town Board and the Planning Board, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall. The commission is scheduled to review the site plan for a Kwik Fill at 6439 Transit Road and the environmental review of the site plan for a 40-foot-by-80-foot addition to TurboPro, 1284 Townline Road.
. The town Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.
. The Village of Lancaster Zoning Board of Appeals is set to meet at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.
. The historic Hull Family Home & Farmstead will hold a Revolutionary War re-enactment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 9 at 5976 Genesee St. at Pavement Road. Admission per day during the weekend is $5 for adults, $2 for children and students aged 10-18, and free for children under age 10. Admission includes guided tours of the historic Hull Family Home, built by Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull and undergoing preservation. Soldier and civilian re-enactors encamped at the site illustrate aspects of camp life, and highlight each day at 2 p.m. with a battle between British loyalists led by Mohawk War Chief Joseph Brant and colonial militia Hoisington's Rangers.
This year Orchard Park School District calendars were not mailed to elementary and middle school students in an effort to save money.
The calendars will be distributed to elementary school students during meet and greet days this week or on the first day of school Thursday, if the student did not attend the meet and greet. Middle School students will take home their calendars on the first day of school.
The calendars will be distributed only to the youngest student in each family. If a student does not receive a calendar on the first day of school they will be available in each of the schools' main offices. The calendar is also available on the district website at www.opschools.org.
Also this week:
. The town Conservation Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the basement meeting room of the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.
. The village Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center.
. Large garbage pickup will take place on Wednesday.
. The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the supervisor's conference room in the municipal center followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the courtroom.
. The Friends of the Orchard Park Library will hold its quarterly book sale starting this week at the library, 4570 S. Buffalo St. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for Friends only before opening to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit the library.
Southern Erie County
Erie County Legislator John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park, has raised more than $1,700 for the Angola and North Collins libraries through their first hot dog roast fundraisers.
Mills picked up Angola and North Collins when his district was expanded through redistricting. The roast at the Angola library raised $916 July 27, and the North Collins roast raised $805 July 30.
Mills has organized the fundraisers and donated the proceeds to the libraries in his district, raising about $30,000 over the past six years.
Also this week:
. The Boston Town Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to review the agenda, followed by its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.
. The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
. The Elma Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall. The board is expected to vote on a new code and policy regarding catastrophic water losses and the costs associated with them. The board also will discuss hiring another crossing guard for Girdle Road in front of the Iroquois School Campus due to the retirement of the current guards.
. Friends of the Marilla Library will meet Wednesday at the library, 11637 Bullis Road. The group is accepting used books during the library's regular hours until Sept. 10. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Marilla Community Center, 1810 Two Rod Road.
. The Marilla Conservation Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 1734 Two Rod Road.
City of Tonawanda
The Common Council will meet on Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St.
An informal session will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the formal session at 7 p.m.
Town of Tonawanda
One of the area's newer barbecue restaurants will be opening a second location in the Village of Kenmore.
Smoke on Kenmore will open at 1139 Kenmore Ave. within the next month or so. Last week, the Kenmore Planning Board gave conditional approval to an outdoor dining area and OK'd the proposed sign.
The restaurant will be owned by J.J., Kevin and Mark Richert, who opened Smoke on the Water on Young Street in the City of Tonawanda earlier this year. J.J. and Kevin also operate the neighboring Torches on Kenmore Avenue.
Conditions issued by the Planning Board include closing the outdoor dining area - three picnic tables enclosed by a 6-foot stockade fence behind the building - by 8:30 p.m. nightly and limiting outdoor noise, from loudspeakers transmitting music, at all times to 50 decibels at the rear property line.
The restaurant will offer mainly take-out service, the Richerts' contractor told planners; there will be minimal seating inside the building, which is being converted from its former use as an office building.
Also this week:
. The Kenmore Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor's office.
. The Town Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal building.
. Fall office hours begin Tuesday in the Tonawanda Town Clerk's Office, which will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Passport processing will be handled only until 3:30 p.m. daily and marriage licenses until 4 p.m.
. A free rabies clinic, to immunize dogs, cats and ferrets, will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday by the Erie County Health Department at the SPCA Serving Erie County, 205 Ensminger Road.
. Electronic wastes will be accepted for recycling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at GM Tonawanda Engine Plane 1, on River Road between Sheridan Drive and Edgar Avenue. Computer equipment, cellular telephones, televisions and office equipment are among the items that will be accepted. Participants may be required to verify that materials were generated by households.
The Rotary Club of West Seneca will present its Hero Award to Joseph and Julie Greenan for "their courageous parenting" as part of the Variety Club's "Celebrate America" party Friday at Southgate Plaza, 950 Union Road.
The Greenans, who are the parents to five autistic children, were featured in a recent Buffalo News article. They will receive Paul Harris Fellowships, an honor reserved for people judged to "exemplify the highest ideals of Rotary International" at the 5:30 p.m. event.
Also this week:
. Garbage and recycling totes for the collection of solid wastes and recycling will be the chief discussion item at a 3 p.m. Wednesday work session of the West Seneca Town Board.
The work session will be held in West Seneca Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.
. Students will return to classrooms in the West Seneca Central School District on Tuesday.