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Deidre Williams has covered city schools for The Buffalo News since 2013.

The yellow farmhouse house on Potomac Avenue that once belonged to one of Buffalo’s most prominent residents will stay put and get renovated after the Common Council designated it a city landmark. But seven new townhomes may be going up on the property where the garage is located, after developers were given the green light last month to demolish it. "The house won…

The first phase of a new residential development where Central Park Plaza once stood has cleared another hurdle on its way through the approval process. The city's Zoning Board of Appeals granted variances that allow the project developers - now dubbed Highland Park Village  - to avoid putting up a six-foot fence to screen the parking area on the northern side of Chal…

Buffalo Works – a week of job fairs sponsored by the city and a variety of partners  – starts Monday as follows: • 5 to 7 p.m. Monday: Community Workforce Outreach focused on jobs in the Northland Corridor; Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave.; for more  information, email casnydmr@gmail.com. • 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday: Diversity job fair hosted by Mayo…

Imagine sitting in a City Hall meeting knowing the two-hour maximum on your parking meter is about to expire soon. Currently, one option is to leave the meeting, move the car to a different parking spot and then start the meter-paying process all over again. The other option is to stay in the meeting and hope a meter reader doesn’t ticket your car. But beginning ne…

Get an oil change or tuneup – and live entertainment and a glass of wine – all in the same building. Charles Anderson, who owns the building that contains Viktor Garage auto repair at 63 Military Road, is converting the back of the 13,000-square-foot site into a music studio to host live bands with ticketed admission. About 5,000 square feet already have been tur…

There will be substantial additions – ranging from a new "community kitchen" to a mini police station – to look forward to at the Broadway Market once this Easter season is over. It’s all part of an effort to solve a problem that has long vexed the city: How to transform the market’s 90,000 square feet of retail space into more of a year-round attraction, rather t…

The room at the end of a hall in East High School looks like any classroom for kids. Green, yellow, blue and red triangular banners make the light blue walls appear even brighter. Blue cutout letters spell WELCOME and inspirational posters are affixed to the windows: "Set your goal and focus on it." "You begin to achieve when you begin to believe." "If you’re not afraid…

It is going to cost twice as much for adult teams to play on Buffalo’s fields and diamonds this summer, and that is not going over well with some of the players. "In the middle of the night without warning, the city doubled the fees," said Mike D’Amico, who runs the adult softball, kickball, soccer and coed touch football leagues. "We’re disappointed the city never …

A full slate of events to celebrate Earth Day, which is April 22, will take place in Buffalo throughout April and May, according to Mayor Byron W. Brown, who released the following schedule of activities: Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: D'You Green at D'Youville College's CCKurt Dining Hall, 329 Porter Ave. Keynote speaker is college President Lorrie Clemo. For mo…

The first phase of a new residential development where Central Park Plaza once stood is moving onto the next stage of the approval process, while a presentation about expanding Tapestry Charter School was postponed. On Monday, the Buffalo Planning Board reviewed the proposal for the new housing project at the former Central Park Plaza, dubbed Highland Park Village. Deve…

Bulk trash collection for Buffalo residents began Monday in the Ellicott District and will continue throughout the spring in other parts of the city. There will be another round of collections in late summer and fall. In addition, discarded tires can be dropped off at 197 Broadway from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 22; May 27; July 29; and Sept. 9 For bulk trash, disc…

A Buffalo councilman earlier this week lashed out at Catholic school families during a debate over City Honors admission policies, setting off a backlash against himself. Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. of the Masten District ended up apologizing Thursday for his earlier comments. "I am Godly sorry," Wingo said in a written apology. "... in my passion for my constituency and ou…

Complaints about ambulance response times have frustrated Buffalo residents and officials for years. But over that past six months, ambulance provider American Medical Response has improved response times for emergency calls by more than two minutes, officials announced Tuesday. The company is now meeting contract terms requiring an ambulance to arrive in less than nin…

The Buffalo Bisons can celebrate Opening Day and a three-year lease extension all in one week. The Common Council on Tuesday is set to approve the lease agreement for Coca-Cola Field, where the Bisons open their season on Thursday.  The agreement is based essentially on the same terms as the one-year extensions that the city has put in place annually since 2008, said …

NORTH TONAWANDA – The North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation is bringing Buffalo Natural Spring Fest to the Riviera Theatre Performing Arts Center on Saturday. Athletes from the United States and Canada will strut their stuff on the stage, as spectators are entertained with theatrical lighting, energetic music and Broadway-style ambiance. With the emphasis on t…