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Parents of children in Catholic Central School can expect "reasonable tuition increases every year," the superintendent of Catholic education for the Buffalo Catholic Diocese said Thursday night.Ronald J. Cook praised the organization of the school at the first annual meeting of its School Board in the basement of the Father Bissonette Campus at 21 Davidson Ave. While…

More than 40 non-union Cheektowaga employees, including members of the Town Board, will receive 5 percent raises and some middle managers will receive up to 18 percent more in their next paychecks.The raises, approved by the Town Board Monday night, are retroactive to Jan. 1.Only Councilman Richard B. Solecki opposed the increases for the non-union employees, although…

It's been four days since a 50-year-old water main broke, flooding a portion of Union Road and surrounding areas in Cheektowaga.Residents on Evergreen Place are wondering how much more time will pass before they learn the extent of damage to their homes and who will pay for repairs."I don't wish it on anybody, but it could have spared me," said Reuben Harris of 226 Ev…

As it celebrated its 10th anniversary Thursday, the Buffalo Friends of Olmsted Parks looked back a decade, when only a handful of people knew who Frederick Law Olmsted was.Today, Olmsted's name is almost a household word. Often called the father of landscape architecture, Olmsted also laid out New York City's Central Park and was the 19th century's leading urban desig…

Works in Metro Rail stations received some high marks, while the light show planned for Lafayette Square was called a disaster at a discussion of public art in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery late Tuesday."To me, the best public art will enliven a space because of complete integration of the art work with its surroundings," said Douglas Schultz, director of the Albright…

It started with a few vocal fans late Sunday afternoon and grew into a respectable homecoming outside Prior Aviation for the downcast Buffalo Bills."They did a great job. We're here to welcome them," said Pam Biesik of Buffalo.She, her husband, Rick, and 18-month-old son Ryan joined more than 300 fans on Wehrle Drive at North Airport Drive to welcome home the Buffalo …

The new year holds the hope of life for Diane Curran. This is the year she hopes a stranger will save her life.The former Buffalo resident is waiting for a heart and lung transplant at her parent's home in Connecticut.A year ago, life was promising for Ms. Curran, 35, who lived in Buffalo 20 years. She was a substitute teacher and worked for the Safety First Program, …

The idea of moving fume-spewing tractor-trailers away from Busti Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods got a sympathetic ear Wednesday night from West Side residents.But the residents stopped short of endorsing a proposal for a $200 million trade center complex near the Peace Bridge."I think there are a lot of unanswered questions," said West Side resident Elizabeth Ma…

A felony assault charge against an Amherst physician accused of hitting an abortion protester with a baseball bat was reduced to a misdemeanor Tuesday night by Amherst Town Justice Sherwood Bestry.Dr. Barnett Slepian, 42, is accused of striking Ronald Breymeier with a baseball bat Dec. 5. Breymeier, 48, of Dean Road, Depew, had gathered with others protesting against …

The next stop may be Cincinnati for the Buffalo Bills, but it will be a television set Sunday for most of their fans.With Riverfront Stadium sold out for Sunday's American Football Conference championship game, most Buffalo fans have seen the Bills play in person for the last time this season.The constant roar of fans last Sunday gave way Monday to the steady ring of …

Erie County Public Works Commissioner John C. Loffredo has approved a controversial curb cut that will allow the extension of Essjay Road to Evans Street in Williamsville for the Centerpointe development.Cutting of the curb on Evans Street, which is a county road, has been vigorously opposed by village officials and residents who contend it would adversely affect the …

As their mothers wrapped the gaily colored "geles" around their heads, 30 young African-American women symbolically passed from adolescence to womanhood Wednesday night in the Buffalo Museum of Science."We're going home tonight," said mistress of ceremonies Cynthia Wajeeah Jefferson. "For too long, we've taken womanhood for granted."The ceremony, which was part of the…

Lancaster Village Mayor Ronald L. Hadsall gave his full support to the village building inspector Tuesday night in a dispute over a resident's claims that the inspector's private contracting business constitutes a conflict of interest.Building Inspector Angelo A. Daluisio had been criticized at the board's Dec. 12 meeting by Michael J. Beilman for installing counter t…

"Will you accept a collect call from Vicky?"Those are among the happiest words George Bartok of Hamburg has ever heard.With that question Wednesday evening, he knew his daughter, Vicky Bartokvich, was safe in London and had not been aboard Pan Am Flight 103 that crashed in Scotland."I can't imagine what my family must have been going through thinking that I was on tha…

The problem, to several Buffalo Board of Education members, is an excessive use of outside legal firms by the district.The solution Wednesday evening was not to pay a legal bill."I am sick and tired of seeing these extravagant legal fees," Park District Board Member James W. Comerford said.At issue is the payment of $31,398 to Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods and Goodyea…