Last Concert in the Park This Tuesday

This is the last Tuesday concert in the park.  Pro Bono will be playing contemporary smooth jazz in Glenn Park from 6 to 8.  Should be a great way to end the series.

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Tuesdays in the Park 2015

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Music on Main FINALE August 27th Line up…

This is it.  The last Music on Main for this summer.  Don’t miss out on the wonderful performances.
Starts @  6pm
Speedy Parker @ Sorrentinos
Jordon & Vicky @ The Irishman
The Rig @  The Glen Park Tavern
Ryan Kaminski @ Elderwood
Jon Lehning Trio @ Parings Wine Bar
CJ & Len @ Brioso
Joe Webber @ Moor Pat
Mary Beth King @ Milos
Brendan Heirdlein @ D’Avolio
Bruce Shaffstall @ Cabernet Café
K GUN @ Rock Street
(by Village Artisans, Shabby Chic Boutique and Elderwood Village)

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New Bandshell to Turn Bassett Park Into Performance Space

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A $450,000 project is getting underway at Bassett Park in Amherst.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday for a new bandshell for the park at Youngs and Klein roads.

The park’s bandshell for years has played host to a weekly summer concert series, drawing more than 2,000 people this year, said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town’s Youth & Recreation Department.

But, she said, the existing bandshell – in place since 1974 – has deteriorated beyond repair.

“The new structure will feature a roof that extends out over the stage area to provide shelter for musicians from the rain and will cut down on glare from the sun,” Pouli said.

“Now that we’re putting a roof over it we really want to turn that more into a performance space,” Pouli said. “It just opens up for us a new avenue of entertainment. We’re really hoping to add to the program so we can offer things to all ages.”

The project was budgeted as part of the town’s capital-improvement program and has been under discussion for a couple of years.

The town awarded the contract to the Spicer Group of Buffalo, which should complete the project by November.
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Sedita Being Rated For Judgeship

Frank A. Sedita said he has had discussions with family and friends about his “career path.”
Frank A. Sedita said he has had discussions with family and friends about his “career path.”

Any rating could be a moot point

The Erie County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will evaluate District Attorney Frank A. Sedita’s qualifications to become a judge, even though a cross-endorsement by the major parties of Sedita and another candidate for two State Supreme Court seats would give voters no choice, regardless of how he’s rated.

Sedita will not be present at the committee session and has yet to announce he is a candidate for the court seat this November. But the Judiciary Committee has the right to determine ratings for announced and unannounced candidates, according to attorney Shari Jo Reich, committee chairwoman.

Judicial ratings range from “outstanding,” “well qualified” or “qualified” to “not recommended.” Typically, “outstanding” is reserved for sitting judges or individuals with quasi-judicial experience.

Sedita, a Democrat in his second four-year term as district attorney, ran unopposed for re-election in 2012 after he was cross-endorsed by the county’s Democratic and Republican parties.
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Endorsed Means Endorsed Candidates


Dear ADC Members and Friends:

First, we are going to have the ADC HQ open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow to make calls for our Endorsed Candidates for the Primary. Do stop in and make some calls.
Second, I have received a dozen calls from people all over the state that they have received an e-mail from me with an attachment to be opened. IT IS NOT ME.  DO NOT OPEN THE E-Mail.  I think my g-mail account may have been hacked.

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France Lauds 2 Americans in Train Attack

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554 passengers on a high speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris owe their lives to two brave American soldiers. A 26 year-old man of Moroccan origin was a taken into custody.  The French police were told that man look suspicious as he entered the bathroom.

The Americans who intervened included U.S. serviceman, airman Spencer Stone of Lajes Air Base, Azores, who was wounded and was expected to be treated at a specialist hospital for people with hand injuries in the northern French city of Lille.

Among the other passengers who helped stop the attacker were Stone’s friends: National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and another American, student Anthony Sadler. Skarlatos had returned last month from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and the three were on holiday together in Europe.

The three Americans watched this man leave the bathroom heavily armed. He started shooting into the crowd. The two Americans took him to the ground and subdued him.

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New County Court Judge To Be Lacks Bar Association Rating

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The 2015 election cycle has been not much of anything so far. And it may continue to be such.

Ray Walter is reportedly still a candidate for Erie County Executive. If anyone has seen any positions papers, press releases, etc. please share them with the rest of us.

There are still a couple county legislative seats that are being hotly contested and there are several town primaries, particularly in Cheektowaga where everyone seems to be running for everything, with old loyalties not necessarily being honored. The only significant campaign activity so far this year is with the judicial races.

There will be two new Supreme Court judges elected in the 8th Judicial District plus a new Family Court Judge and two Erie County Court Judges. The news at the moment on these races concerns the ratings of the Erie County Bar Association.

There are only two candidates for the two Erie County Court seats, which means that the two candidates have been in effect already elected. Incumbent Sheila DiTullio and assistant district attorney James Bargnesi are the two. So here is the story: while Judge DiTullio has the Bar Association’s “Outstanding” rating, Mr. Bargnesi does not have a rating from the Association.
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Driver Will Not Face Charges in Delaware Park Tragedy

The Police accident investigation unit on the scene of May 30 fatality in Delaware Park. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
The Police accident investigation unit on the scene of May 30 fatality in Delaware Park.

The driver involved in the May 30th accident that killed 3-year-old Maksym Sugorovskiy and critically injured his 5-year-old sister in Delaware Park will not face criminal charges.

Christian P. Myers, 28, told Buffalo police he fell asleep at the wheel and that was what caused the accident shortly before noon that day.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said that Myers did not engage in any reckless driving, as defined by law, obeyed all traffic control devices and did not violate the speed limit.
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The Snail Race Being Run By Assemblyman Ray Walter

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ALBANY—Ray Walter, a Republican assemblyman from Amherst, announced that he will take on Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz in November.

Walter, who was first elected in 2011, is not his party’s first choice: Republicans had previously hoped that either County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw or County Clerk Chris Jacobs would oppose Poloncarz’s bid for a second term. Both said that they will not seek to serve as county executive.

While the county’s Democrats have a nearly two-to-one enrollment advantage, Republicans have won three of the past four county executive races. Poloncarz, however, is generally perceived as a front-runner; according to the Buffalo News, internal polls taken by both parties show the incumbent with a large lead.

Walter will not need to relinquish his Assembly seat to run.


I’ve asked Mr. Walter why he is running such a flat, boring race for Erie County Executive. He said he is waiting for the right time to start pulling out his major guns.

In another time the race he is running would be a tip off that a candidate had been promised a bigger, better job.


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Roycroft Campus Gives Its Art Festival Another Go

Rain dampened the Roycroft Summer Festival earlier this summer, so organizers have planned another weekend of festivities.

One of the wettest Junes in recent memory put something of a damper on East Aurora’s Roycroft Summer Festival, so organizers are giving it another shot this week.

The Roycroft Campus Art Show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the campus grounds (21 S. Grove St., East Aurora), will feature 35 artists and artisans working in glass, wood, metal and paint. (The event is distinct from another summer show, also held in June by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association.)

In addition to artist booths lining the campus, the festival will feature glass-blowing demonstrations by Vicki Schneider on the porch of the Roycroft Power House (39 Grove St.) and an exhibition of hand-made furniture by resident Roycroft artisan Jim Cordes. Call 655-0261 or visit
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