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


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A plan to bring a helicopter touring business to the riverfront and downtown Buffalo has been grounded. Mike Campbell, owner of FlyBuffaloNY, wanted to operate the company from a heliport that would have been built at 20 Buffalo River Place, just off Ohio Street not far from Silo City. The 5.9-acre vacant parcel is jointly owned by Ellicott and Benderson development …

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Breaking down barriers and building relationships. Most people are used to dealing with cops when there's a crisis or emergency situation. But on Wednesday, "Coffee with a Cop" day was an opportunity for neighbors and residents to hang out and chat with police officers over a free cup of coffee and donuts. "Coffee with a Cop" is a national law enforcement program …

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When his two challengers snared a combined 31 percent of the vote in Mayor Byron W. Brown's home turf in the Masten District on primary day, it reflected  a long-simmering perception by some that big chunks of the East Side – away from downtown and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – have been neglected in the city's revitalization push. Both city Comptroller M…

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Lights out On Monday afternoon, there was a recommendation to the Common Council to adopt a resolution asking Albany for authorization to proceed with a one-year pilot program to install red-light cameras in the city. The pilot program would allow city lawmakers to gather data to help determine if it would even be worth using the technology in Buffalo. But by Tues…

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More than $15,000 has been collected in the Buffalo region for the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund. The on-going donation drive runs until Friday, Oct. 6, at least. Special donation boxes are available at Buffalo City Hall, 35 Erie County buildings, Erie Community College, the Belle Center at 104 Maryland St. and Lackawanna's St. Anthony's Church, 306 Ingham …

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Two sides of the red-light traffic debate There’s been a lot of back and forth for a very long time on whether or not the city should install red-light cameras as a way to cut down on speeding and accidents in neighborhoods and to reduce crashes at intersections. Mayor Byron Brown proposed them in 2007, only to run into repeated opposition from the Common Council. …

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The U.S. flag in front of Buffalo's City Hall was lowered to half-staff at noon Monday in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night. And the dome atop City Hall will remain dark Monday evening. "The shooting in Las Vegas is heartbreaking," said Mayor Byron W. Brown in a written statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends …

Thirteen people were in need of help Saturday after a morning fire in an apartment building at 4091 Richcrest Drive in Hamburg. A spokesman for the American Red Cross of Western New York said volunteers provided emergency assistance to 11 adults and two children who were displaced by the fire. Jay Bonafede, regional communications officer for the Red Cross, said the vol…

Roebling Avenue Block Club and City of Buffalo to host a free community shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 14 at the corner of Roebling Avenue and East Delavan Street. Acceptable materials include confidential and personal documents containing information like account or Social Security numbers, bank or medical statements or tax documents. Western New York C…

The revaluation process that Buffalo started in 2010 is almost complete. To explain the process and answer questions, the city’s Department of Assessment and Taxation has partnered with the Common Council to host information sessions throughout the city to address public concerns about taxes going up. Meetings are as follows: Niagara – 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at L…

A Niagara Street block party will be held on Sunday to collect donations in support of the people of Puerto Rico, who have been devastated by Hurricane Maria. The benefit – Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund – will be held in the 500 block of Niagara Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be music by DJ Joel, and participants are encouraged to wear red to …

Experience the beauty and grandeur of nature at Capturing Nature 2 at Genesee County Park and Forest on Oct. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about nature photography and explore the state's first county forest with a naturalist guide. The cost is $5 per person and $10 for families. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 585-344-1122 to reserve a spot. For more in…

The City of Buffalo will likely settle a $600,000 wrongful-death lawsuit against a Buffalo police officer who shot and killed a robbery suspect in 2009. Common Council's claims committee approved the settlement Friday. It was better to settle the lawsuit with the parents of Matthew Connors than to risk going to trial and possibly having to pay out millions of dollars, s…

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Murals murals and more murals It seems like public art murals are popping up everywhere around Buffalo. A new one that honors The Tragically Hip is the newest one on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo. The mural shows frontman Gord Downie and is located on the side of the Hertel Liquor Library building. In May 2016 it was announced that Downie had been diagnosed with te…

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Growth opportunity A week dedicated to minority- and women-owned businesses in Buffalo continues today with a contest. The PITCH: A collaborative MWBE Business Plan Competition will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science. And on Friday, the last day of the weeklong celebration, SUNY Buffalo State's Small Business Development Center will host Big…