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A Cheektowaga drainage ditch that during wet weather becomes a conduit for untreated sewage into Scajaquada Creek was the setting Monday as elected officials urged the state to act quickly to approve the town’s 10-year plan for reducing such pollution.Meanwhile, several miles to the west, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to launch plans to create a publicly acce…

Things will be getting back to normal this week, at least when it comes to the weather.Rain early in the week and cooler temperatures in the days afterward are expected to return conditions to what you’d normally expect this time of year, Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said Monday morning.The light spritz of precipitation that…

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The grass at Buffalo’s Front Park still was wet with dew Thursday morning when more than 2,000 local Muslims unfurled prayer rugs and spread blankets to celebrate the holy day of Eid al-Adha.Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, it commemorates the life of the Prophet Ibraheem (also known as Abraham) and the obedient spirit of him and his son Ismail (Ishmael). Ibrahee…

Preliminary site work for a new National Grid substation in West Seneca was interrupted Friday morning when a contractor hit a pocket of suspected methane gas deep underground.“The incident today had absolutely no impact on operations whatsoever,” said Stephen F. Brady, a spokesman for the utility.A contractor was doing test borings on the site, at 885 Indian Church Ro…

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Grab some earplugs and rest your vocal cords.Guinness World Records is coming to The Ralph on Sunday. At stake – the world record for loudest stadium.“We got the official word. It’s all good,” said Brandon “Grippy” Campbell, who led a fundraising effort to bring a Guinness representative to the stadium.“Done, done,” Campbell said.His gofundme campaign raise…

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Once upon a time, kindergarten classes were held in the basement of the Darwin D. Martin House.While the Martins used the basement for entertaining, Isabelle Martin and other women in their Jewett Parkway neighborhood educated children in the basement.The basement was designed to mirror the primary living space on the first floor, down to the rich woodwork and pigment-wash…

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Born elsewhere around the globe, 30 people exchanged their green cards for naturalization certificates Monday in Buffalo, signifying U.S. citizenship.Representing 16 countries, from Bhutan to Yemen, they stood, raised their right hands and spoke as a group in taking the oath of allegiance.“We’re all immigrants,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio said, noting hi…

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You can stow those umbrellas, but keep a sweater handy.Drier, warmer weather is expected in the wake of the soggy weekend, when a daily rainfall record was set Saturday outside the National Weather Service offices at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The 1.85 inches broke the previous record of 1.63 inches, set in 1878, according to Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with …

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A Town of Tonawanda man was killed as a gunman targeted two people walking along a street late Sunday in the town’s Sheridan Parkside area.Anthony L. Stallworth, 34, who lived in the neighborhood, was shot at about 11:30 p.m. on Blackmore Street, just east of Burnett Place, town police said.“It appears two individuals walking together were the intended targets,” Capt…

After confessing four years ago that he had helped himself to church collections, a former church usher was sentenced to six months in jail. But that sentence apparently didn’t lead to repentance, according to local police.The same man now is suspected of recently raiding offertory boxes in at least two suburban churches.John E. Wheeler, 53, whose last known address was …

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Hot, medium or mild? Downright vintage.Sweet and sour or barbecue? So yesterday.“Craft” is the concept of the 2015 National Buffalo Wing Festival.Plans for this year’s festival, which runs Sept. 5 and 6 at Coca-Cola Field, were announced at lunchtime Wednesday in Niagara Square, where several speakers addressed a patient, growing crowd lining up for free samples.Drew…

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A vacant house that represented the dominance of a crack cocaine-dealing family for a decade or more was reduced to a pile of debris in less than 30 minutes Tuesday morning.The house at 41 Deshler St. was the first of six houses to be razed, courtesy of assets seized from the Anderson family’s drug enterprise.It’s the first time that assets seized by federal authoritie…

A man hopped from the cab of a moving dump truck after speeding through Hamburg neighborhoods Sunday morning at more than 70 miles per hour, with officers from several law enforcement agencies in pursuit, police said Monday.As the pursuit continued on foot, nearby residents received a Code Red notification about the police search, which ended peacefully with the suspect’…

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A “shame campaign” intended to prod banks into quicker resolutions on foreclosed homes was launched Friday in Buffalo’s Old First Ward.Elected officials and community activists gathered outside 20 Sidway St., which has been vacant since its owner died in 2007. Foreclosure proceedings were initiated in 2010, then the judgment was vacated and the process started all ov…

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Mercy Flight is building a helicopter hangar in Springville and it will cost between $400,000 and $500,000. But the new hangar will save at least 10 minutes for critically ill or injured patients destined for Buffalo hospitals.That time represents how long it would currently take for a helicopter to arrive in Springville from its Cheektowaga base, adjacent to Buffalo Niaga…