Bishop Edward U. Kmiec is expected to announce the closings this morning at a news conference in the Catholic Center. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will close 14 elementary schools in June - its most dramatic and controversial effort to staunch enrollment declines and ensure the long-term viability of Catholic education in Western New York. read the rest
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Town officials pulled up to the once-charming farmer's cottage. They barely had time to get out of their car before a neighbor opened her window and called out to them in a hopeful tone: "Are you going to tear it down?" Vacant houses long have been tagged as a city problem. But this scene was in the Town of Cheektowaga. And there are signs that other first-ring suburbs face the beginnings of a problem that has plagued the city for decades. read the rest
January 22 is thought to have been the most depressing day of the year. Find out here. For me, too. Good friend diagnosed with leukemia, another told me he'd accepted a teaching position in Las Vegas and is moving next week.