Our network

Parked Cars Hit By Municipal Plows: No Compensation

Various local governments around Western New York may be hearing from people who are upset if their parked cars are struck by municipal snow plows.

Recently we have received several messages to our 2 On Your Side Tipline because people are upset that their claims for hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damages are denied.

It turns out the communities are backed up by the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. Section 1103 basically grants immunity to plow operators and local governments unless it can be proven they acted with reckless conduct. Amherst Town Attorney E. Thomas Jones points out that DPW snowplows are regarded to be hazardous vehicles much like police cars or fire trucks and snow removal is deemed to be a public emergency situation.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

Southtowns Hit With Morning Lake Effect

EAST AURORA, N.Y. -- The Southtowns woke to a blast of lake effect snow on Friday, just in time for the morning commute. By 9 a.m., East Aurora had been socked with 7.5" of new snow, while West Seneca, just slightly to the north, had received only 3.3".

Annunciation Students Enjoy Trip to Armor Elementary for Andy Parker’s Weather Machine

Annunciation Students Enjoy Trip to Armor Elementary for Andy Parker’s Weather Machine

Third- through sixth-grade students from Annunciation School in Elma traveled to Armor Elementary School in Hamburg today to experience Andy Parker’s Weather Machine in action. Both schools had competed in a competition for the show by donating food to the Food Bank of WNY during the holiday season.

While Armor took first place in the competition, they were impressed with the effort put forth by the students at Annunciation, who collected and donated 906 pounds of food to the Food Bank. Armor then extended an invitation to the students from Annunciation, who were very pleased to accept!

East Aurora High School Presents Seussical the Musical February 11-13

East Aurora High School Presents Seussical the Musical February 11-13

EAST AURORA, N.Y. -- East Aurora High School presents Seussical the Musical at the East Aurora High School Auditorium, 1003 Center Street, East Aurora, NY on February 11-13.  This is the musical’s premiere in East Aurora and, directed by Chris Cummins, is guaranteed to be a unique and fun show.  The orchestra will be conducted by Paula O’Connor, chorus directed by Paul Blackwell, and choreography by Mike Lambert.

Seussical the Musical is based on a collection of Dr. Seuss' best known works, following Horton the Elephant and his efforts to protect his friend Jojo and Who-ville against all harm. Other beloved Seuss characters include the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, the Lorax, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and the narrator, the Cat in the Hat.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

Vote on East Aurora School Roof Project is Tuesday

Vote on East Aurora School Roof Project is Tuesday

by Jeremy Morlock

East Aurora School District residents will vote Tues., Jan. 25 on whether to approve a plan to install new roofs over portions of the High School building on Center Street, replacing leaky structures. Though the construction costs are expected to be $90,000, district officials said that the use of reserve funds and state aid will mean that the project has no direct tax impact.

Russ is Chosen as Acting Superintendent for East Aurora Schools

Russ is Chosen as Acting Superintendent for East Aurora Schools

by Jeremy Morlock

The East Aurora School Board voted 6-0 on Wed., Jan. 12 to named Brian Russ as acting superintendent effective Feb. 19. Russ, who has been serving as the district’s chief information officer, will take over for Superintendent James Bodziak, who has accepted a post at the Frontier Central School District.

Asked about his goals as acting superintendent, Russ told the Advertiser that preparing the 2011-2012 school budget would be a priority. “We’re going to be facing some pretty serious issues” in light of the state’s financial situation and expected changes in school aid, Russ noted.

Pet Connection Announces February Community Events

Pet Connection Announces February Community Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, has several community events planned during the month of February. Thanks to fundraising events like these and a group of dedicated volunteers, the shelter has been helping animals find great homes in Western New York since 1984.

On Friday, February 4, Pet Connection volunteers and puppies will be at M&T Bank in East Aurora. Volunteers and pups will also be at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on three Saturdays, February 5, 19 and 26.