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East Aurora High School To Get Roof Repairs

EAST AURORA, NY (WGRZ) -- Voters in East Aurora have approved the Board of Education's plan that will help repair the roof of East Aurora High School.

The Board has agreed to use the Repair Reserve Funds and Building State Aide funds to cover the cost of the roof repairs. This means there will be no tax impact on the community.

Voters cast their ballots on Tuesday resulting in 236 votes to repair the roof, and 18 opposing votes.

Repairs are set to begin this summer.

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.

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".

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.

Annunciation School to Host Open House

Annunciation School to Host Open House

Annunciation School, offering academic programs for students in Pre-K3 through Grade 8, will hold its annual open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 3, at the school, located at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma.

The public is invited to stop in for refreshments, a tour of the school, and an opportunity to meet students, alumni, teachers, the pastor and the school principal. Annunciation currently serves the Alden, Alexander, Attica, Cheektowaga, Depew, East Aurora, Iroquois, Lancaster, Orchard Park and West Seneca school districts, and busing is available within a 15-mile radius.

M&T Bank Supports Local Animal Shelter

M&T Bank Supports Local Animal Shelter

M&T Bank showed its community spirit in a big way on Friday, January 14, presenting a check for $1,000 to Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Marilyn Heim, vice president and branch manager of M&T Bank’s East Aurora branch, presented the check from M&T’s Charitable Foundation to Julie Garvey, president of Pet Connection Programs Inc.