Arrests for DWI in Blasdell more than doubled last year, as the village was able to put more enforcement patrols on the road.
Lt. Joseph Gramaglia said there were 41 drunk driving arrests in 2013, including four felony arrests, compared to a total of 18 arrests, including five felonies, in 2012. Village police had 23 alcohol-related arrests in 2011.
“The hope is that the message will get through that if you drink and drive, you will be stopped and arrested,” Gramaglia said. “Aside from the cost associated with a DWI, the motorist’s primary concern before you drive drunk should be with injuring or killing someone else on the roadways.”
In the town, registration is being accepted for the winter session of the Youth Basketball Skill Development Program for boys and girls ages 6 to 8, held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays at Big Tree Elementary School. Contact the Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., call 646-5145 or visit the website at www.townofhamburgny.com.
Also, the Frontier School Board will hear a budget presentation for the 2014-15 school year when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a regular business session at the Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave., Hamburg. The presentation and discussion are considered to be the first part of the process.
The board first will meet in an executive session at 4:30 p.m. The board then will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in a budget work session that was re-scheduled from the Jan. 7 blizzard day.
The district said it split the two board meetings just for January on regular business and budget work session. No decision has been made for future months.
Also this week:
• The Hamburg 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 Architectural Review Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.
• The town Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.
• The Hamburg Education Information group will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hub, 4999 McKinley Parkway, behind the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg.