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  • Srock challenges Godfrey for legislature seat
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:46 AM

    WILSON – Christopher M. Srock, who has run for several local offices, announced Monday that he is running for Niagara County legislator in the 10th District, which represents Wilson, Cambria and a part of Wheatfield.Srock, 33, is a Democrat.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Palace Theatre in Lockport debuts digital projector
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:44 AM

    LOCKPORT – Free showings of a digitally remastered version of “The Sound of Music” will be offered at 4 and 7 p.m.

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  • Former teacher gets probation for sexual messages to student
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:23 AM

    Gerald Wild II, 46, a former social studies teacher at Alden High School, was placed on probation Monday for three years and fined $100 by Alden Village Justice Robert Woods on his guilty plea to endangering the welfare of a child for having sent sexual instant messages to a 16-year-old female student between December 2011 and last June.Wild, who lives in Amherst and turned in his state teacher certificate when he pleaded guilty Jan.

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  • Owner pushed off bike by thief; arrest made
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:27 AM

    A 27-year-old Genesee Street man was arrested on charges of attempted third-degree robbery and harassment shortly after he allegedly tried to steal a bicycle by pushing its owner off the bike to the ground in the 400 block of Hertel Avenue at about 8:40 p.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Williamsville taking hands-off approach to food trucks
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 02:28 AM

    The Village of Williamsville doesn’t appear to have the appetite for a long and contentious debate over food trucks like the food fight currently raging in Amherst over the trendy rolling kitchens.A few weeks after the town became the latest suburb to debate laws for food trucks, village officials Monday grappled with the issue in public for the first time.And while some form of regulation is likely, the village – contrary to the town – may take a more hands-off approach.“I don’t see this as something that needs to shake the

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  • Historical timeline of West Valley Demonstration Project site
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 01:18 AM

    • 1962 – Nuclear Fuel Services Inc., a private corporation, reaches agreement with the federal Atomic Energy Commission and New York State to build a first-of-its-kind commercial nuclear fuel-reprocessing plant on a 3,300-acre site at West Valley in the Cattaraugus County Town of Ashford.• 1966 – Reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel begins at West Valley.

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  • WNY’s most toxic site defies U.S. effort, threatens water
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 01:01 AM

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  • Consultants to outline scenarios for Ken-Ton consolidation
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 11:26 PM

    Eight possible scenarios for the future of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District – ranging from maintaining status quo to a consolidation involving the closure of five elementary schools – will be explained in a series of public meetings beginning this week.The first meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Buffalo Niagara escapes worst of flight delays caused by furloughs
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 08:58 PM

    NEW YORK – Flight delays piled up across the country Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers began taking unpaid days off because of federal budget cuts, providing the most visible impact yet of Congress and the White House’s failure to agree on a long-term deficit-reduction plan.The Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground because there weren’t enough controllers to monitor busy air corridors.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • $3.2 million sprucing-up is on track for Fruit Belt
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 10:52 PM

    New sidewalks, streets, modern lighting and improved landscaping are coming to the Fruit Belt community adjacent to the medical corridor as part of a $3.2 million investment that has two aims: to retain current residents and to attract new ones.The bulk of the money comes from federal highway funds, with the rest a combination of city and federal money.“This is good news for city residents and for the physicians, patients and others who will enjoy the benefits of an improved roadway and other enhancements that add to the quality of life in one of Buffalo’

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  • Workers Memorial Day set May 4 in Frewsburg
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:55 AM

    FREWSBURG – The 13th annual Workers’ Memorial Day, which pays tribute to all the Chautauqua County residents who have been injured or killed on the job, will be held at 11 a.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • GI school leaders call for end to over-testing
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:20 AM

    Grand Island School District leaders and educators are giving the state a mandate of their own: stop over-testing and allow schools to prepare students for the future.To a round of applause from a standing-room-only crowd, the Grand Island School Board unanimously adopted a call upon the state edxucation comissioner, the state Board of Regents and other policy-makers to reduce the use of standardized testing.

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  • 3 arrested in Grant Street mugging
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:25 AM

    A 20-year-old West Ferry Street man and two juveniles, a boy and a girl, were arrested Sunday evening about five hours after a street robbery at Grant Street and Bird Avenue at about 5:48 p.m.

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  • Expansion joint repairs of bridges under way
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 02:44 AM

    A series of projects to repair expansion joints has begun on bridges maintained by the Engineering Division of the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works. Work began Monday on the Lincoln Parkway bridge over Scajaquada Creek in Delaware Park, which leads traffic onto the Scajaquada Expressway.

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  • Taylor won’t pursue bid to keep School Board seat
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 02:41 AM

    East District School Board member Rosalyn L. Taylor said Monday she will not file a legal challenge or mount a write-in campaign for re-election after falling 80 signatures shy last week of the 500 needed to qualify for the May 7 ballot.Taylor’s inability to qualify leaves her East District challenger, Theresa Harris-Tigg, an assistant professor of English at SUNY Buffalo State, as the lone candidate on the ballot for the East District.

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  • Womans who won fair-pay law named for her says fight continues
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 01:19 AM

    The woman whose efforts to establish pay equity between men and women resulted in President Obama’s first piece of legislation – the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act – says the battle is not yet over.“We still have a long way to go.

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  • ‘Opt out’ of 132 Hamburg students revives debate on state assessment
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 11:42 PM

    The Hamburg Central School District was surprised last week when 132 students – including two children of a School Board member – stayed home from school during state testing.The district had heard from a number of parents that they would keep their children home and “opt out” of participating in the assessment.But there were many more, particularly at the Middle School, who didn’t show up for the exam and did not inform the district.“We had a larger number of refusals.

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  • Serial graffiti vandal to do 1,000 hours of clean-up
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 08:40 PM

    A serial graffiti vandal described as “a total loser” was spared prison Monday and instead placed on probation and ordered to spend 1,000 hours cleaning up his and others’ graffiti.Erie County Court Judge Sheila A.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Injured American Bald Eagle recovering at SPCA
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 10:48 PM

    He perched on a log Monday afternoon, looking as regal as ever, while staring toward the window of his outdoor, slatted wooden enclosure.The male American bald eagle – with the trademark white head, yellow beak and feet, and black-brown breast and back – is recuperating at the SPCA Serving Erie County’s Tonawanda shelter after he was found injured in a ditch along Route 394, south of Westfield, a little more than two weeks ago.Not much is known about how the iconic bird ended up in its sad state, but vets are nearly certain he will likely never ret

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  • Democratic CPA is likely to oppose Mychajliw
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 10:57 PM

    Erie County Democrats appear to be settling on a member of the Frontier Central Board of Education as their candidate for county comptroller this year.Lynn M. Szalkowski, a certified public accountant from Lake View, has been talking with Democratic officials about challenging Republican incumbent Stefan I.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Stephanie Miller to speak at NCCC commencement
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:48 AM

    SANBORN – Comedian, political commentator and radio talk show hostess Stephanie Miller will deliver the keynote address May 11 at Niagara County Community College’s commencement exercises. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Lancaster Village Board adopts $7.4 million budget
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:21 AM

    The Lancaster Village Board on Monday adopted a $7.4 million budget for 2013-14 that raises the property tax rate by 1.96 percent from the current year’s budget.The tax levy, or the amount to be collected in taxes, rises by 1.17 percent next year and spending rises by 3.6 percent.The tentative budget introduced last month called for higher spending and larger increases in the tax levy and property tax rate, but village officials on Monday approved a budget that reflected revisions made in recent weeks.“We’re very proud to be under 2 perce

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  • Hamburg rejects rezoning
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 07:23 AM

    Hamburg Town Board members Monday night unanimously turned down a rezoning that would have paved the way for 66 luxury apartment units off Howard Road.Residents who had packed the Town Board chambers applauded after the board voted.“Thank you,” said Cheryl McBride of Heatherwood Drive.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Special tours scheduled at four historic sites
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 02:46 AM

    The Aurora Historical Society is opening the doors at four East Aurora historic sites for special tours beginning this Saturday and running through May 19.Open house-style tours at 2 p.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Program to help feed 800 families Wednesday
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 02:39 AM

    “Americans Feeding Americans” will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday on Busti Avenue between Hudson and Maryland streets.Volunteers from Buffalo Dream Center and other local organizations and churches will be on hand to help feed 800 families.Each family will receive about 60 pounds of food.Along with Dream Center representatives, about 200 people are expected to help distribute food to the families, including volunteers from the Belle Center, PepsiCo, Lays, Tops Friendly Markets, Larkin Center of Commerce and AmeriCorps.

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  • Six grapple for three spots on Depew School Board
    Tuesday - 04/23/2013 - 01:19 AM

    A half dozen candidates filed petitions by Monday’s deadline in the hopes of winning one of three available seats on the Depew School Board.Incumbents John Spencer and Nancy Fumerelle will face challenges from Steven Brady, Patrick Law, Gabrielle Miller and Nicole Simon during next month’s race, according to district clerk Jessica Neischel.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Cat rescued from Cairo becomes celebrity
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 05:46 PM

    A cat rescued from the Cairo streets during the chaos of the Egyptian revolution of 2011 has not only become one of the best-known felines in the region, she was also the catalyst for a deep friendship between her owners and a group of nuns in Williamsville.“Shu Shu has brought so much activity into our lives; we have met so many new people because of her,” said Tim Craig of Buffalo.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Lackawanna School Board adopts budget that holds line on taxes
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 08:46 PM

    Lackawanna voters will be asked to approve a $47.5 million budget for the Lackawanna School District that doesn’t increase their property taxes for the 2013-14 school year.The district’s Board of Education on Monday adopted a proposed budget that amounts to a 4.9 percent increase over the current spending plan of $45.3 million.But a $1.6 million increase in state financial aid, as well as dipping into the district’s surplus fund, enabled budget crafters to avoid a tax hike.“What other district around here is coming across with a ze

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  • Budgets were manipulated to hide landfill costs, Niagara legislators are told
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 09:24 PM

    LOCKPORT – For years, the budgets of the Niagara County Refuse Disposal District have been manipulated to conceal the true cost of operating the district’s only active landfill, county legislators were told Monday.Dawn M.

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  • U.S. sources: Canada terror plot targets train that travels through Falls and Buffalo
    Monday - 04/22/2013 - 11:04 PM

    WASHINGTON – Canadian authorities Monday arrested two men on terrorism-related charges in connection with an al Qaeda-linked plot that, according to U.S. officials, would have involved attacking a train that travels between Toronto to New York via Niagara Falls and Buffalo.“As I understand it, it was a train going from Canada to the U.S.,” Rep.

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