The Akron School Board has a couple of meetings scheduled for Wednesday.

A special meeting begins at 5 p.m. in room H-190 at 47 Bloomingdale Ave., followed by a regular business meeting at 7 in the same location.

Also this week:

• The Newstead Town Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road.


The ninth annual 5K Race for Scholarships, sponsored by the Alden Community Scholarship Foundation, will be held Friday evening.

There’s a 5K run, a 5K walk and a Kids Fun Run, which has lengths that vary by age group. Online registration for the 5K events ends Thursday; registration for the Kids Fun Run will be accepted from 4-4:45 p.m. the day of the event at the Alden High School Campus.

An awards ceremony and party for participants in the 5K events will be held immediately afterward in Town Park. Additional activities are planned for the children.

Visit or for more information and to register for the 5K race and walk.

Also this week:

• A work session of the Town Board begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 3311 Wende Road.

• The Alden Farmers Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Alden Village Plaza on Broadway/Route 20. A master gardener will be present, and soil testing will be performed; bring samples.


Nearly 47 years after joining the Amherst Police Department, Michael Torrillo is calling it a career.

Torrillo, who joined the force Sept. 8, 1968, is retiring Friday.

He began his career as a patrolman before being assigned in 1972 to the department’s newly-formed Traffic Unit, where he served as a motorcycle officer and accident investigator. In 1979, Torrillo was promoted to detective, and, in 1992, to detective sergeant.

Much of his career was focused on the youth in the town. He has been involved with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and crime prevention programs, and Amherst Youth Court.

He also investigated several high-profile homicides and missing persons cases.

Also this week:

• The Williamsville School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office board room, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.

• The 76th annual Memorial Day ceremonies at Williamsville Cemetery, 5402 Main St., begin at 11 a.m. Monday. Local officials will gather alongside members of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, and Amherst Township Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to recognize and salute veterans.

• Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive, is holding a basement garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There’s also a chicken chowder and baked goods sales, as well as face-painting for the kids. The event is free and open to the public.

Half of the proceeds will help defray medical expenses for Jacob Murphy, a Sweet Home High School student who was badly injured when struck by a car while riding his bicycle last August. Jacob received treatment in Pittsburgh and is now home, but still requires much help.

Aurora/East Aurora

The Hubbard Film Society will feature “The Other Son,” the story of an Israeli preparing to join the Army, as its monthly movie for June.

Made by French filmmakers, it tells the story of a Palestinian child switched at birth and raised by Israelis.

It will be shown at 4 p.m. June 8, in Parkdale Auditorium, 141 Girard Avenue.

The society is a division of the Roycroft Campus Corporation. Tickets are $8, and a discussion will be held after the movie.

Also this week:

• The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.


Crime-watch training, sponsored by the Board of Block Clubs and the Common Council, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St.

Workshops will be held on preventing theft, Internet safety, emergency preparedness, safety tips for senior citizens and racial profiling.

To register, call the Board of Block Clubs at 851-6500.

Also this week:

• The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. will meet at noon Tuesday in the fifth-floor conference room at 95 Perry St.

• The Council has a regular meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at City Hall.

• A meeting of the Buffalo Sewer Authority begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 1038 of City Hall.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 901 of City Hall.

The agenda includes a plan to covert a two-family residence at 798 Abbott Road into a dog day care center, and a proposal from Ellicott Development to convert a warehouse at 41 Columbia St., in the Cobblestone District, into a distillery with offices.


You can thank the bad guys for the town’s newest crime-fighting weapons.

Last week, the Town Board approved the purchase of a license plate reader and a Throwbot XT Tactical Robot, both of which will be paid for through asset forfeiture money related to criminal investigations.

The car-mounted plate reader, which costs approximately $21,000, reads the plates of moving and parked vehicles, then lets police know if the vehicle was stolen or its registration suspended, or if the registered owner is wanted on an arrest warrant. Town police already have some license plate readers in use.

The robot, which resembles a dumbbell, is a portable, remote-controlled device that can provide video surveillance in potentially hostile environments. It costs approximately $13,700.

Also this week:

• A Town Board work session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Office Conference Room at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• An informational session about associate and bachelor degree programs at Empire State College will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Niagara Frontier Center in the AppleTree Business Park, 2875 Union Road. For more information, call 686-7850.


Two public hearings are scheduled for Wednesday’s meeting of the Town Board.

The first is on the town’s proposed purchase of approximately 170 acres of vacant land, zoned agricultural, between Kraus and Herr roads at a price not to exceed $2.5 million. The intended use is recreational.

The second is on an open space design overlay for the proposed 150-lot Northwoods subdivision on the north side of Greiner Road and east of Shimerville Road.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall, One Town Place; a work session begins at 6.

Also this week:

• The Clarence Hollow Association is sponsoring a Memorial Day celebration Monday in Town Park, 10405 Main St. The park is the destination of the American Legion Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. at Clarence High School, 9625 Main St., and concludes at noon with a ceremony.

A Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue will begin at noon in the park’s large pavilion. There also will be children’s activities and an auction.

• C.J. Maurer of CJ Maurer Marketing will speak on “Persuasion Through Predisposition” in a Clarence Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Clarence Public Library, Three Town Place. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

• Clarence High School is hosting its Fine Arts Show from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Dr. Thomas Coseo Art Gallery and Clarence High Front Foyer.


The Village Preservation Party of Depew is looking to recruit new members.

The Preservation Party is a coalition of concerned village residents, business owners and public officials. A meeting is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in Ellicott Manor, 16 Ellicott Place.

For more information, contact the party at or check them on Facebook.

Also this week:

•The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St.


A meeting of the Elma Conservation Board begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road.

Also this week:

Elma’s Multiple Dwelling Code Committee meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

• Pet Connection, a Marilla-based special care animal shelter, is holding a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6115 Broadway, Lancaster.

Erie County

A free rabies clinic will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in Orchard Park.

The clinic is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. at Erie Community College’s South Campus, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., building 7.

Dogs, cats and ferrets can get immunized at the clinics, which are sponsored by the county’s Health Department, in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and the SPCA Serving Erie County.

Also this week:

• Bennett Beach in Evans is open, but operating on a weekends-only schedule until June 14. Gates will be open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the gate is locked at 7:30. Swimming is permitted only when a lifeguard is on duty. For more information, visit or call 858-7037.

Grand Island

The Grand Island Relay for Life, an almost 12-hour schedule of events to benefit the American Cancer Society, begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in Veterans Park, 1715 Bedell Road.

Numerous bands and dance groups will perform, and there will be a basket raffle. “Spike Out Cancer,” a volleyball tournament, begins at 1 p.m.

A luminaria ceremony, in memory of those who lost their lives to the disease, will be held at 10 p.m.

Also this week:

• A Town Board workshop meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.

• Michael Welch, a retired teacher and administrator for Buffalo Public Schools, will talk about how he beat cancer at 6 p.m. Wednesday, during a dinner meeting of the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women Inc. The meeting is in Elldens Grill and Banquet Facility at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Road. For information and reservations, call Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230.


Vietnam veteran Joseph Ruszala of Hamburg has been named to this year’s class of the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall Of Fame.

“Joe is a role model and I am proud to nominate him for this honor because of the many contributions he has made and continues to make in the community,” said State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo.

While Ruszala was a young 25th Infantry Division soldier in Vietnam, there was one night when he wondered if he would make it home alive, and if he did, what his life would become. Following his retirement from a local company, he began volunteering with veteran service organizations, and with each veteran he was able to assist his motivation to help increased.

He volunteers at the Department of Veteran Affairs, Buffalo Vet Center, where he attends numerous outreach events and serves as a mentor for veterans.

After Vietnam, Ruszala found much comfort from his pets and wanted to get veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder paired up with supportive animals.

He and others partnered with the Niagara County SPCA and created a program called “Dog Tags Niagara,” which was launched on Veterans Day 2013. Veterans and staff work with each other to emotionally heal wounded animals that, in turn, provide healing for the veterans.

Also this week:

• The Hamburg Village Board will conduct its year-end meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Hamburg School Board will meet in executive session Tuesday and Wednesday to conduct a hearing on official misconduct charges filed against Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci.

• A meeting of the Village of Hamburg’s Planning Commission begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

• The Hamburg Farmers Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the village municipal parking lot, with entrances on Main and Union streets.


A ceremony honoring those who died while serving our country begins at 10 a.m. today at Veterans Stadium on South Park Avenue.

Col. John B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, is the host, along with Lackawanna Post 63 and Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, and Marine Corps League Detachment 216.

Entertainment will be provided by Lake Effect Harmony Chorus and Nickel City Road Show.

The ceremony will conclude with the celebration of Mass at Weber Post 898 at 2909 South Park Ave. For more information, contact the Lackawanna Recreation Department at 827-6455.

Also this week:

• Nominations are due Friday for the Lackawanna Youth Board’s 20th annual Youth Recognition Awards Program.

Awards will be given to youth and adult volunteers as individuals or as a group. Categories are: youth/individual, youth/group and adult (for service to youth).

Nomination forms are available at: youth bureau, Room 309, and mayor’s office, Room 301, in City Hall, 714 Ridge Road; online at; or by calling the youth bureau at 827-6475. They’re to be returned to the youth bureau office. E-mail or

Award winners will be notified in writing following the Youth Board’s June 5 meeting. Recipients will be honored June 28 at the Lackawanna Festival at Veterans Stadium.


There were some tense moments during the School Board elections last week, when the district announced late Tuesday that it would not count votes for last-minute, write-in candidate Beverly Shamblin until the next morning.

In the end, Shamblin, with 747 votes, wasn’t among the three who won seats.

When observers and district officials left the polls Tuesday night, it also was uncertain whether incumbent Marie MacKay, the current president, won a fifth term. Incumbent Patrick Uhteg, who finished first with 1,595 votes, was assured of victory, followed by newcomer Michael Sage, with 1,497.

MacKay, with 1,323 votes, finished third to retain her seat. Another newcomer, Susan Malyszka, a virtual unknown in school circles, garnered 953 votes.

Shamblin and Uhteg were endorsed by the teachers’ union.

Members of Lancaster Parents for Quality Education, which backed Shamblin, were clearly disappointed since the current board is viewed as pro-administration and typically votes 7 to 0 on issues. But the group intends to push forward for next May’s board race.

“There needs to be room for other opinions on the board, and to hear the concerns of the parents,” said Heidi Indelicato, of the parents group, who distributed information to voters Tuesday outside the high school.

Shamblin, a 62-year-old retired Depew and Buffalo teacher, said she’ll be on the ballot the next time around and vowed to regularly attend board meetings. “Common Core just wasn’t implemented correctly,” said Shamblin, who was Uhteg’s business teacher at Depew. “Not everyone is meant to be a brain surgeon.”

Shamblin sees room for improved communication between the board and public. “I’m not going away. My voice will be heard one way or another,” she said.

Superintendent Michael Vallely noted on election night that it was the first time in his eight years with the district that there was a write-in candidate.

Also this week:

• The Town of Lancaster Youth Bureau is accepting registrations for its special Regents examination preparation sessions, June 2-17, for integrated algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trig, biology, chemistry, global history & geography II, U.S. history and government, and physics.

There number of openings is limited, so students are urged to register as soon as possible at the youth bureau, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact 683-4444.

Orchard Park

Three Orchard Park High School students were among 17,000 students and advisors from around the world who attended the International Career Development Conference and Competition in Atlanta, earlier this month.

Sydney Wawrzyniak, a senior, and juniors Hannah Rauch and Kyle Turton are members of the school’s chapter of Distributive Education Clubs of America. They competed in various business-related contests, including restaurant management and human resources.

They first participated in regional competition in January and the state competition in March. Only 200 students are chosen to compete in each category at the international level.

Wawrzyniak and Rauch placed in the top 20 in the human resources category, qualifying them to compete in finals.

Wawrzyniak won first place in that category. A DECA member for three years, she plans to become an accountant after attending Georgetown University, where she will major in business administration.

Also this week:

• The Memorial Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday at the library, 4570 South Buffalo St., and heads to Veteran’s Park.

• Orchard Park Public Library’s Tuesday Speaker Series, scheduled for 7 p.m. at 4570 South Buffalo St., will feature the “Secret Life of WNY Bee Keepers” with Fran Hogenkamp and John Spagnoli.

Southern Erie County

A bicycle is the grand prize in Saturday’s annual bicycle rodeo sponsored by the Eden Police Group and Newell-Faulkner Post 880, American Legion.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event begins at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall’s parking lot, 2795 E. Church St. Children must be 13 or younger to participate, and must wear a helmet.

Additional prizes will be given in three age categories: 5 and younger, 6 to 9 and 10 to 13.

Also this week:

Boston’s Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.

• The Springville-Griffith Institute School Board has set a meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library at the high school, 290 N. Buffalo St. It will be held in lieu of the board/administrator retreat.

• An Evans Town Board work session begins at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road.

• Seniors at Springville-Griffith Institute High School will beautify the community during Friday’s “Griffins Day of Giving.” Nearly 90 students will visit parks and other sites with teachers and staff. In case of rain, the event will be held June 2.

Colden Community Farmer’s Market is held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Bread of Life Outreach Center, 8745 Supervisor Ave.

City of Tonawanda

A regular meeting of the Tonawanda School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tonawanda High/Middle School, 600 Fletcher St.

Town of Tonawanda

Kenmore is a finalist for a major national award recognizing community-improvement initiatives.

The village is competing with 24 other municipalities for designation as an All-America City, which is presented annually by the National Civic League. It is considered the nation’s oldest and most prestigious community award, dating from the late 1940s.

A local delegation of 16 people, led by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, wants to attend the last round of presentations and judging in Denver next month but say they have no funding to do so.

“If we don’t go, we can’t win the award,” said Melissa Foster, president of the society.

Donations are being accepted online at As of Friday, the group had raised $1,410 toward its goal of $13,000.

The village’s application was based on the work of three civic ventures: the KVIS, the Citizen Science Community Resources/Clean Air Coalition of Western New York and the Ken-Ton Closet.

Also this week:

• The Environmental Quality Review Board meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the town building department, 525 Belmont Ave., to discuss a grant application for rain gardens and a multi-use path at Lincoln Park.

• The third annual Brian Dugan Memorial Scholarship 5K Road Race, named in memory of the Kenmore West English teacher who died in September 2010 after he was hit by a car while jogging in the town, begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Lincoln Park. There’s also a one-mile walk and a post-race party. Sign up online for $27.50 at All proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for Kenmore West students.

West Seneca

Kindergarten registration is under way in the West Seneca School District for children who will reach age 5 by Dec. 1.

Registration can be done online by visiting and clicking on “Central Registration” to begin the process. Otherwise, call 677-3137 to schedule an appointment at the Central Registration office, which is in room 219 at West Elementary School, 1397 Orchard Park Road.

A prekindergarten program is available for children who will reach age 4 by Dec. 1.

For online registration, visit and click on “Universal Pre-K” to begin. Parents also may call 377-3604 to schedule an appointment for Universal Prekindergarten Registration at Potters Road Elementary School, 675 Potters Road.

Also this week:

• A meeting of the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

• Main Place Marketplace, featuring dozens of farmers and food producers, is open 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday adjacent to Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. In case of wet weather, the market will be moved to the parking lot in front of the ice rink behind Town Hall.