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    Prayers go to the family.

    Outside of the tragic circumstances, there apparently is no blame to be assigned.

    However, it does not seem quite appropriate for the VOL, or "Special Events" to be associated with beer tents and beer tent-like behavior. Such an attraction is not a necessary element to the celebration of freedom, country, and family theme that the Fourth of July suggests.

    Picnics, patriotism, and parades, not power-drinking and punches. Keep the booze for the private parties, and the imbibed off the streets please. IMHO.






    Security guard dies after breaking up fight at July 4th event
    By Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich | Published July 5, 2017 | Updated July 5, 2017

    A security guard at a village event in Lancaster became involved in a incident with a patron and another security guard on Monday, then collapsed about 25 minutes to a half an hour later, and died, Lancaster Town Police told The Buffalo News on Wednesday.

    Lancaster Police Capt. William Karn said that based on an autopsy done on Tuesday, there were no signs of trauma on the guard. He died a natural death, Karn told The News.

    The guard's identity was not released by village officials.

    Two sources in Lancaster Village Hall said that a security guard working at the Village of Lancaster Independence Days celebration died after suffering a medical emergency while attempting to break up a fight Monday night inside the event's beer tent.



    The guard, a man, was taken by ambulance to the St. Joseph Campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, confirmed Carrie Sette-Camara, the hospital's public relations manager. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, she said.

    Many of the security personnel working in the beer garden – usually four at each of two entrances – were off-duty Lancaster Town Police officers, said village hall sources.

    In addition, several on-duty town police officers were assigned to patrol the festival grounds.

    "The family involved deserves peace. This is a very tragic event," said Dawn Gaczewski, special events coordinator for the Village of Lancaster, who declined further comment.

    Mayor William C. Schroeder said he has heard rumors that a security officer died but he did not know the person's identity. He was on the five-acre festival site Monday night, but said he was not at the beer tent. He was not notified about the death by town police or a security firm hired to staff the event, Schroeder said.

    "They (the security company) really didn't tell the village a lot about it," Schroeder said.

    The victim was treated at the scene by members of the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps, who established an emergency staging area at 6 W. Main St.

    The beer garden – a fenced-in tented area located at the foot of West Main Street in a parking lot near Cayuga Creek – routinely attracts crowds that number from 2,000 to 2,500 people, said those familiar with its operations. The live performance stage faces the beer garden.

    Independence Days is an annual celebration in the village that this year ran from 6 p.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. Tuesday. Attractions included a midway, art show, performance stage featuring live entertainment, Boys & Girls Club 10K run and beer garden.

    News Staff Reporter Joseph Popiolkowski contributed to this story.
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    DOES THIS STORY...



    Security supervisor suffers medical emergency, dies
    Fourth of July
    by AMY ROBB Editor
    The supervisor of a private security detail hired to work the beer tent at the Village of Lancaster’s Independence Day events suffered a medical emergency while delivering paperwork Monday evening, according to Dawn Gaczewski, events coordinator for the Village of Lancaster and councilwoman for the town.

    The supervisor was transported to St. Joseph Campus of Sisters Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to Carrie Sette-Camara, the hospital’s public relations manager.

    The medical emergency was not related in any way to an incident that happened in the beer tent earlier that day, according to Gaczewski, Lancaster Village Mayor Bill Schroeder and Capt. Marco Laurienzo of the Lancaster Police Department. A security guard was reportedly punched in the face in that incident, and a man was charged with harassment.

    “He had come by to give me a change of schedule for the next day,” Gaczewski said of the security supervisor. “That’s the only reason he was up there. He was just giving me a piece of paper, which was a change in the schedule for the next day in security.

    “It had nothing to do with the event at all. As a matter of fact, he could have had [the medical emergency] in the car on the way to visiting me with the new schedule for the next day, and it just happened later than sooner.”

    “They were unrelated,” added Laurienzo, of the reported fight and the supervisor’s medical emergency.

    The Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps was stationed at a nearby building for the event and they were able to get the victim into the beer tent with the help of Lancaster police.

    “When that incident occurred earlier, they were there to handle that incident, and then when [the supervisor] fell in the beer tent, LVAC was right there, and the Lancaster Police Department helped out with crowd control and made sure LVAC had proper space to get through and make sure they could attend to the patient properly,” said Gaczewski.

    “It was a sad incident that occurred, a tragedy that occurred.”



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    Security guard dies after breaking up fight at July 4th event
    By Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich | Published July 5, 2017 | Updated July 5, 2017

    A security guard at a village event in Lancaster became involved in a incident with a patron and another security guard on Monday, then collapsed about 25 minutes to a half an hour later, and died, Lancaster Town Police told The Buffalo News on Wednesday.

    Lancaster Police Capt. William Karn said that based on an autopsy done on Tuesday, there were no signs of trauma on the guard. He died a natural death, Karn told The News.

    The guard's identity was not released by village officials.

    Two sources in Lancaster Village Hall said that a security guard working at the Village of Lancaster Independence Days celebration died after suffering a medical emergency while attempting to break up a fight Monday night inside the event's beer tent.



    The guard, a man, was taken by ambulance to the St. Joseph Campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, confirmed Carrie Sette-Camara, the hospital's public relations manager. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, she said.

    Many of the security personnel working in the beer garden – usually four at each of two entrances – were off-duty Lancaster Town Police officers, said village hall sources.

    In addition, several on-duty town police officers were assigned to patrol the festival grounds.

    "The family involved deserves peace. This is a very tragic event," said Dawn Gaczewski, special events coordinator for the Village of Lancaster, who declined further comment.

    Mayor William C. Schroeder said he has heard rumors that a security officer died but he did not know the person's identity. He was on the five-acre festival site Monday night, but said he was not at the beer tent. He was not notified about the death by town police or a security firm hired to staff the event, Schroeder said.

    "They (the security company) really didn't tell the village a lot about it," Schroeder said.

    The victim was treated at the scene by members of the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps, who established an emergency staging area at 6 W. Main St.

    The beer garden – a fenced-in tented area located at the foot of West Main Street in a parking lot near Cayuga Creek – routinely attracts crowds that number from 2,000 to 2,500 people, said those familiar with its operations. The live performance stage faces the beer garden.

    Independence Days is an annual celebration in the village that this year ran from 6 p.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. Tuesday. Attractions included a midway, art show, performance stage featuring live entertainment, Boys & Girls Club 10K run and beer garden.

    News Staff Reporter Joseph Popiolkowski contributed to this story.


    Talk about a parallel universe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark blazejewski View Post
    I agree with the "foot traffic" conclusion, IN THEORY. But, based on my observations, and my understanding of the hearsay observations of others, the practical application of that theory is seemingly reduced when the "foot traffic" pattern leads only to the "Special Events" tents and tables, and to store fronts with "CLOSED" signs in their windows. If the "Special Events" are to serve the ancillary purpose of business generation, it would helpful if the businesses stayed open.

    As such, it would seem as though the benefits to village businesses, other than the "Special Events" contractor, are highly limited, and therefore, do not appear to be an equitable exchange for the inconvenience to the residents, the transiting public, and the additional government costs, which necessarily arise out of the "Special Events."
    Agreed. Heard on the radio this morning while interviewing someone about the move of the Italian festival that there were businesses on Hertel that used to have to close during the festival as it interfered with their ability to do normal business. So it sounds like it'd be a case by case situation as to whether an event helped businesses or not
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    ...used to have to close during the festival as it interfered with their ability to do normal business.
    No daylight between us on that issue Sharky.

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    The security guard who suffered a fatal heart attack on July 3 at the Lancaster Village Independence Days Celebration was not on duty when he helped subdue an unruly patron at the event's beer tent, Lancaster Town Police and village officials said.

    The identity of the deceased guard, Robert Gajewski, 58, an employee of the Peace Officer Training Academy, was confirmed by village officials this week. Gajewski, of North Tonawanda, was also an instructor for the training academy.

    "Bob was off duty when it happened," said Dawn Gaczewski, village events coordinator. "He came to the Beer Garden on Saturday to give me a change in schedule for personnel on the Fourth of July."

    Gajewski suffered the fatal attack about 30 minutes after the arrest of a Cheektowaga man on second-degree harassment, according to a Lancaster Town Police report.

    Ryan A. Manuella, 24, was being escorted out of the beer garden when he became violent with on-duty security guard Paul Gerace, 44, and punched Gerace in the side of the head causing bruising and swelling, police said.

    Gajewski "helped the officer because he knew him," said Dennis R. Brennan, who heads the Peace Officer Training Academy at 2180 Elmwood Ave. Brennan, who was not at the scene, said, "He then went over to get some water, but unfortunately he had a heart attack."

    The Buffalo News filed Freedom of Information requests with the Lancaster Police and the Village of Lancaster after they withheld information regarding the identity of Gajewski, the firm that employed him and the individual arrested in the beer garden.

    Gajewski's unexpected death stunned colleagues in the Town of Wheatfield, where he served as town constable. Robin Zastrow, Wheatfield's chief constable, recalled Gajewski as an active participant right up to the day he passed away.

    "On Monday afternoon, he detailed patrol vehicles and prepared equipment for our town's Fourth of July fireworks," said Zastrow. "Bob was assigned to the fireworks detail Tuesday night, but tragically he did not make it."

    In the Village of Lancaster, Gajewski frequently worked as a security guard at special events. "Bob had become a fixture at the Village of Lancaster Fourth of July event, as well as the Taste of Lancaster," said Lancaster Village Mayor Bill Schroeder.

    Related: Robert Gajewski obituary

    Independence Days is an annual celebration in the village that this year ran from July 1-4. Attractions included a midway, art show, performance stage featuring live entertainment, Boys & Girls Club 10K run and the beer garden.

    While Lancaster police officers patrol many of the events, private security is routinely hired to monitor the entertainment venue, a fenced-in tented area located in a parking lot at the foot of West Main Street. This year the entertainment area, which includes the beer tent, was nearly doubled in size to 28,000 square feet to accommodate larger crowds, said Bill Cansdale, public works director for the village.

    "I heard it was crazy crowded," said Cansdale.

    Gaczewski estimated a crowd of 4,000 assembled the night of July 3 to enjoy the music of Nerds Gone Wild, an '80s band with a large following. The large crowd prompted Gaczewski to rethink the number of security personnel hired for next year's event.

    There were six security guards this year. "I would definitely suggest an extra two guards," Gaczewski said.

    Gaczewski, who identified Gajewski as her chief security officer, said the village did not enter into an employment contract with the guards. Each were paid in cash out of proceeds from the beer tent. After all the vendors are paid, the remaining revenue is split 60/40 respectively between the village and the Lancaster Boys & Girls Club, said Gaczewski. The Boys & Girls Club staffs the venue with volunteers, she explained.

    "It's a lot to try and find people to work the events," said Mayor Schroeder. "But we see a significant value to these events."


    MY OBSERVATIONS:



    "... remaining revenue is split 60/40 respectively between the village and the Lancaster Boys & Girls Club Lancaster Boys & Girls Club, said Gaczewski. The Boys & Girls Club staffs the venue with volunteers, she explained."

    (1) Is a beer tent an appropriate fundraiser to benefit young people, under the age of 21?


    (2) "This year the entertainment area, which includes the beer tent, was nearly doubled in size to 28,000 square feet to accommodate larger crowds..."
    ENOUGH ROOM.


    (3)"I heard it was crazy crowded..." ENOUGH BEER AND PEOPLE.

    (4) There were six security guards this year. "I would definitely suggest an extra two guards," Gaczewski said. BUT NOT ENOUGH SECURITY.

    (5) "It's a lot to try and find people to work the events," said Mayor Schroeder. "But we see a significant value to these these events." UGH!



    I HOPE THE MAYOR IS NOT SUGGESTING THAT THE BUCKS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PUBLIC'S SAFETY.
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    Gaczewski, who identified Gajewski as her chief security officer, said the village did not enter into an employment contract with the guards.
    (1) What type of contract existed between the VOL, or the "Special Events" contractor, and the security firm and or the guards?

    (2) If the event that the guards were independent actors, how is it that the decedent was delivering a personnel schedule, in his role as a "chief security officer," and "The Bee" referred to as a "supervisor?"

    (3) If the decedent was a "chief security officer," and he was delivering schedule changes for July 4, he was functioning in his employed role. Doesn't that make him "on duty," since his position was seemingly supervisory?


    Some clarity would be nice.

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    Sure would be nice to have a street with a nice square or something there instead of the concrete pad of a demolished building.... but instead we have silence on the whole project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neubs24 View Post
    Sure would be nice to have a street with a nice square or something there instead of the concrete pad of a demolished building.... but instead we have silence on the whole project.
    Neubs,

    In the village, an appropriate caution: "Watch what you say, and what you think too."

    Talk about expanded "Special Events." Perhaps a new "Special Event:" Hollywood may rent the demolished building as a prop for a remake of "The Battle of Britain." Mayor Schroeder can play Goring.

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    Each were paid in cash out of proceeds from the beer tent.
    I am hesitant to believe the accuracy of this quote.

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    From this week's "Bee Heard:"

    "The village events coordinator and village board should consider eliminating the rides and beer tent. The beer tent is nothing but trouble and has been for years. We don’t need all this in the village. Put on the fireworks and the parade, and that’s it."

    BTW, the message was not left by me, or my wife, or my "little dog Fala." But, it does echo my July 6th sentiments posted on this Thread, to wit:

    "However, it does not seem quite appropriate for the VOL, or "Special Events" to be associated with beer tents and beer tent-like behavior. Such an attraction is not a necessary element to the celebration of freedom, country, and family theme that the Fourth of July suggests."

    Also, in keeping with the theme of this Thread, again, this week's "Bee Heard:"


    "I’d like to know who planned the security for the foot race on July 4 around Depew and Lancaster. It was not planned very well, because I am now trapped in my own neighborhood. Being the caretaker of an elderly resident across town at Lancaster Towers, this is extremely inconvenient for more than one party. Something needs to be done; this was not planned well."

    Perhaps before "Special Events" are expanded, some thought should be given to making the current theme park function more smoothly, or to invent a metaphor, "Before you re-invent the wheel, try Drivers' Ed."

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    From this week's "Bee Heard:"

    "The village events coordinator and village board should consider eliminating the rides and beer tent. The beer tent is nothing but trouble and has been for years. We don’t need all this in the village. Put on the fireworks and the parade, and that’s it."

    BTW, the message was not left by me, or my wife, or my "little dog Fala." But, it does echo my July 6th sentiments posted on this Thread, to wit:

    "However, it does not seem quite appropriate for the VOL, or "Special Events" to be associated with beer tents and beer tent-like behavior. Such an attraction is not a necessary element to the celebration of freedom, country, and family theme that the Fourth of July suggests."

    Also, in keeping with the theme of this Thread, again, this week's "Bee Heard:"


    "I’d like to know who planned the security for the foot race on July 4 around Depew and Lancaster. It was not planned very well, because I am now trapped in my own neighborhood. Being the caretaker of an elderly resident across town at Lancaster Towers, this is extremely inconvenient for more than one party. Something needs to be done; this was not planned well."

    Perhaps before "Special Events" are expanded, some thought should be given to making the current theme park function more smoothly, or to invent a metaphor, "Before you re-invent the wheel, try Drivers' Ed."
    I have been a village resident for just shy of twenty years. My husband and I moved from the town to the village in 1998 when our oldest was a toddler. I have seen many come and go. Most should have gone sooner. There are only two people on the VB who actually care about the taxpayers, Maute and O'Brien. As far as the TB goes, It's a complete joke. Coleman has no business holding that title and has no clue what's best for the taxpayers. Abraham is her teachers pet. He will go with anything the "Supervisor" says. Gaciewejski, if I spelled that right is only in it to empower herself and "Mayor" Schroeder and also line their pockets from proceeds of special events. The only thing Ruffino has done in twenty years is waste tax dollars and grant money on two useless clocks. I CAN"T WAIT until the election so I can finally vote for CHANGE! I met the two republican candidates who BOTH came to my house over the past two months and they DEFINITELY have my vote. I have been a registered democrat my whole life, but there is a reason these guys got endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties. It's about time we have a candidate let alone two, who actually care and have the creds to back it! Enough already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saras2017 View Post
    I have been a village resident for just shy of twenty years. My husband and I moved from the town to the village in 1998 when our oldest was a toddler. I have seen many come and go. Most should have gone sooner. There are only two people on the VB who actually care about the taxpayers, Maute and O'Brien. As far as the TB goes, It's a complete joke. Coleman has no business holding that title and has no clue what's best for the taxpayers. Abraham is her teachers pet. He will go with anything the "Supervisor" says. Gaciewejski, if I spelled that right is only in it to empower herself and "Mayor" Schroeder and also line their pockets from proceeds of special events. The only thing Ruffino has done in twenty years is waste tax dollars and grant money on two useless clocks. I CAN"T WAIT until the election so I can finally vote for CHANGE! I met the two republican candidates who BOTH came to my house over the past two months and they DEFINITELY have my vote. I have been a registered democrat my whole life, but there is a reason these guys got endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties. It's about time we have a candidate let alone two, who actually care and have the creds to back it! Enough already!
    When it appears that the citizen do not have a strong, consistent advocate representing his or her interests in government, it is important that the citizen apply scrutiny to such under-represented governance, and to those seemingly tone-deaf leaders. Such scrutiny can serve to facilitate any perceived needed change, whether at the ballot box, or through the modification of the incumbent(s) behavior.

    Kudos to the citizens who exercise such scrutiny, research, and analysis, and then, express themselves through public communication channels, such as the public participation forum at formal government meetings, through the medium of the press, such as those illustrated above in "The Bee Heard," or here on Speak Up.
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    It's about time we have a candidate let alone two, who actually care and have the creds to back it! Enough already!


    I think that the past offered some very outstanding candidates, who, regrettably, were overlooked, because of apparent voter indifference, lack of true insight, or most recently, a near-collective emotional reaction to a hysterical, seemingly scripted, media-driven narrative.
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    I have been a village resident for just shy of twenty years.
    I have that beat. I have been here for sixty-two years.

    In the old days, the self-interest(s) attendant to one-party rule was masked by a folksy, neighborly responsiveness to the mundane personal needs of the constituents.

    Back then, the political landscape of Lancaster was a rather pleasant feeding stream, nurishing the subtle ambitions of the political fish. Now, that pleasant stream empties into a rather scummy Black Lagoon-like swamp, which serves as a refuge for a variety of political predators.
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