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The man who built his first pizzeria in Batavia and built that into more than two-dozen restaurants that would bear his name, has died.
Anthony Pontillo passed away yesterday. He was 87.
Mr. Pontillo had been in ill health for the past several weeks.
Pontillo stated his first pizzeria in 1947. Eventually there would be 28 restaurants all individually owned, mostly by family. Calling hours will be tomorrow at the Gilmartin Funeral Home.



Anthony Pontillo  


The 6th annual Valentines for Our Troops labeled a big success.
Boxes filled with personal care items for our troops overseas were collected yesterday at the American Legion in LeRoy.
Those items were donated by local families and organizations.
There is still time to add the military address of your serviceman and woman deployed away from home. Contact the American Legion in LeRoy or Martha Bailey at WBTA.


A Seneca Falls couple was hauled off to jail for allegedly creating a disturbance at the Holiday Inn on Park Road early this morning.
Police said 30-year-old Mathew Cardinale threatened to start a fight with patrons in the bar and then refused to leave.
A half-hour later, Cardinale’s girlfriend, 31-year-old Nicole Hagadorn caused a raucous in the lobby of the hotel.
Both were locked up on $500 bail.


A Batavia man has been jailed without bail for allegedly hitting his girlfriend in the head and then violating an order of protection.
40-year-old James Hancock of Lewiston Road is charged with harassment and criminal contempt.


A Batavia man has been jailed for allegedly creating a fracas at Batavia Downs Casino.
47-year-old Charles Blatt of East Main Street has been charged with harassment and disorderly conduct. He has been jailed in lieu of $1,500 bail.
Police say Blatt became abusive with Downs security Saturday night and at one point, tipped over a security desk.


Today is President’s Day, a federal Holiday.
All government offices and schools are closed today.
There will be no mail delivery.
The stock Market will be closed today.


Another apparent prisoner suicide has taken place at the Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo.  Officials say the unidentified 26-year-old Cheektowaga man died Saturday afternoon after apparently hanging himself in his cell.  The man was reportedly being held on forgery and drug charges.  It is the fifth hanging at the facility since 2007. 


Governor David Paterson will return to his hometown of Hempstead next weekend to officially launch his campaign for his first full term.  Governor Paterson will formally enter the race from the campus of Hofstra University on Saturday. Paterson will barnstorm the state and hold similar events in Rochester and Buffalo. 

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