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Open Government Advisory Board Meeting Thursday Nov. 20th

Nov. 18, 2019

The next meeting of the Open Government Advisory Board will be held on Thursday evening this week.

Topics to be discussed include:

Review of Candidate Forum Which Occurred on October 24th
Making the Public Aware That They Can Submit Agenda Items
Allowing Citizens to Speak at Both Town Board Public Expressions
Open Government Survey for Town Departments
Supervisor Kulpa Invited to Speak Regarding Steps Taken to Solicit
Public Opinion Regarding the Westwood Project

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Amherst Town Hall on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville.

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Pope Understands ‘difficulties and distress’ in Buffalo, Malone Says

Nov. 18, 2019

(Derek Gee/News file photo)

After a week in Rome that found him talking with Pope Francis about the sexual abuse scandal enveloping the Buffalo Diocese and denying a report that he was resigning, Bishop Richard J. Malone on Monday took to social media to restate that he would remain in his position.

Malone, who was part of the New York State bishops’ “ad limina” visit to Rome, also issued a statement that touched on the scandal:

“We each were personally greeted by the Holy Father as we entered and as we left. In a few words spoken privately to me, it was clear that the pope understands the difficulties and distress we here in Buffalo and I, personally, have been experiencing.”
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November 19th is The Day They Open the Absentee Ballots

  • It’s likely votes will be counted in Amherst first. That’s where 48 votes separate Republican Joseph A. Spino Jr. and Democrat Michael R. Szukala for the second seat on the Town Board. Spino leads, 12,838-12,790.

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Charlotte E. Jurek, 85, Leader in Amherst and Williamsville Senior Citizen Programs

Sept. 1, 1934 – Nov. 14, 2019

Charlotte E. Jurek, a leader in senior citizen programs in Amherst and Williamsville, died Nov. 14 in Elderwood at Williamsville. She was 85.

Born Charlotte Elizabeth Klein in Williamsville, she attended SS. Peter and Paul School. After graduating from St. John Neumann High School, she trained as a beautician at Doyle Beauty School in Buffalo.

She married Julius V. “Jerry” Jurek, an Air Force maintenance technician and flight engineer, in 1953 and was stationed with him at Air Force bases for 30 years. She was active with military wives groups, base youth groups, chapel programs and charitable causes.

She became a lifetime trustee on the International Board of the Air Force Sergeants Association and testified several times before congressional committees on legislation affecting military families.

After her husband retired from the Air Force in 1983, the Jureks returned to Williamsville with their three youngest children.

Mrs. Jurek was appointed director of the Williamsville Evergreen Senior Citizen Program in 1984 and served for 20 years. She also was a member of the Town of Amherst Senior Citizen Committee.

She became active in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister and a member of St. Ann’s Sodality, the Rosary Makers and the Bereavement Committee.

She also was a member of the Williamsville Home Bureau and was an election poll inspector.

An avid traveler, she organized many trips for senior citizens to destinations across the U.S. and Canada.

She and her husband also maintained a summer cottage in Harlowe, Ont.

Her husband, who became a vice president and general manager with the private security firm Doyle Group after retiring from the Air Force, died in 2013.

Survivors include two sons, Russell and Thomas; five daughters, Jacqueline Smith, Vickie Lynn Servais, Julianne Jackson, Brenda Wilkerson and Elizabeth Filipiak; a brother, William Klein; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.

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Trump Warns Republicans That If They Vote to Impeach He Will Campaign for Them Like He Did in Louisiana

Nov. 18, 2019

Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Delivering an ominous threat to members of his own party, Donald J. Trump warned congressional Republicans on Monday that if they vote for impeachment he would come to their states and campaign for their reëlection.

In a series of intimidating, early-morning tweets, Trump made it clear that if Republicans wobble on impeachment, “I will hold rallies in your state and support you with everything I’ve got.”

Making it clear that his threat was far from hollow, Trump tweeted an image of a “Keep America Great” banner and warned, “I used these in Louisiana and Kentucky. Don’t think I won’t use them in your state!”

Trump’s threat to campaign enthusiastically for disloyal Republicans had an immediate impact on Monday, as several G.O.P. congresspeople who had previously called the President’s actions toward Ukraine “troubling” revised their assessment to “probably no big deal, now that I think about it.”

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Nov. 17, 2014: The Calm Before the Storm

Nov. 17, 2019

Where were you?  North or South?

Forecasts called for three feet of snow, but double lake-effect blasts would deliver 7 feet in the hardest-hit areas. Plows could not keep up as the storm rolled in Monday night, Nov. 17, 2014. Here John Dowl waits for roadside assistance after going off Route 219 that night. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)  The sun shines in a clear sky and grass pokes through the snow at Grover Cleveland Golf Course in Buffalo on Tuesday, while a lake-effect storm raged a few miles away.
Southtowns area                                         Northtowns area

When dawn broke on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, many Western New Yorkers knew there was a good chance they were about to be dealing with an early-season snowstorm. Media reports dutifully noted the usual preparations, photographed the emptying store shelves and documented the “whatever” attitude of people who have come to alternately cherish and resent the Buffalo area’s snowy reputation.

But not even the most grizzled blizzard veteran could have imagined what the next six days had in store as back-to-back devastating – but discriminating – lake-effect storms paralyzed a portion of the region.

The snow totals would be measured in feet, instead of inches. Schools were closed for weeks instead of days. Roofs collapsed. The Thruway was closed from Rochester to Pennsylvania. Driving was banned in more than a dozen communities. Thirteen people lost their lives.
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Should Courts Keep Secret IDs of Alleged Child Sex Abuse Victims Filing Lawsuits?

Nov. 16, 2019
Should courts keep secret IDs of alleged child sex abuse victims filing lawsuits?
Should courts keep secret IDs of alleged child sex abuse victims filing lawsuits?

Over the past two months, men and women filed 294 Child Victims Acts lawsuits in Western New York, alleging that they were molested as children by priests, teachers, school administrators or others.

In more than two-thirds of those cases – 199 of them – the plaintiffs want their names to be kept secret.

Those requests for anonymity have ignited a legal battle in Buffalo and other parts of the state over the rights of alleged victims to pursue lawsuits under the names of John Doe, Jane Doe or other aliases.

Attorneys for the victims say many are so traumatized and embarrassed that they will not file lawsuits if their real names are on public court documents.
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Former Buffalo Nursing Home Owner Hits Poloncarz With Defamation Suit

Nov. 16, 2019

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stood outside the Emerald South nursing home in August 2018 to decry conditions there and call on the state Department of Health to appoint a receiver to take over operation. Many of those comments are now the basis for a defamation suit against him. (Lou Michel / Buffalo News)
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stood outside the Emerald South nursing home in August 2018 to decry conditions there and call on the state Department of Health to appoint a receiver to take over operation. Many of those comments are now the basis for a defamation suit against him. 

Judith Landa, a former investor in the Emerald South and Emerald North nursing homes, is suing County Executive Mark Poloncarz for slander and libel.

Since last year, Poloncarz has railed against the ownership of the two area nursing homes, where patients have suffered harm or died, and has been an outspoken critic of Landa and her husband, Benjamin.

He later said he would “never be silenced by threats of others” when it came to protecting residents’ safety.
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Trump is a Fool

Nov. 16, 2019

Listen to the Disturbing Audio of Children Being Separated From Their Parents at the Border ...
Children being separated from their parents

Trump has complained this impeachment talk about him has been hard on his family. Trump must have forgotten how much pain he has caused to so many families in our great country.

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Chris Wallace: If You’re ‘Not Moved’ By Yovanovitch, ‘You Don’t Have A Pulse’

Nov. 15, 2019

by Amy Russo

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