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Amherst

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.

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

• A meeting of the town’s Information Technology Advisory Committee begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St..

• 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.