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The Hotel Niagara may be about to go the way of the old United Office Building and Buffalo’s Lafayette Hotel. Which is to say, heading up.Several developers showed up last week to assess the condition of the historic but vacant hotel that sits on prime real estate, hardly a stone’s throw from one of the world’s most famous natural wonders. Temporary home to celebriti…

My daughter and son-in law call it their “tin castle.” It’s a 40-foot house trailer, sitting on blocks and overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Built in the 1970s, this aluminum beauty is equipped with two bedrooms, a full bath with the original turquoise tub and toilet and a kitchen with turquoise appliances. They have decorated their riverfront vacation cottage in …

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Allen Street Hardware Cafe is back in the dancing business.More than six months after the city ordered the backroom dance floor at the popular bar shut down, the Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday approved a license allowing dancing to resume.The improvements made by owner Charles N. Goldman to the dance area – addressing the safety and neighborhood concerns that led its …

To some, Ed Sanders is one of the living experts on the subject of Charles Manson and his family and their slaughter of actress Sharon Tate and her friends. (Sanders’ biography of Tate came out in the spring.) To others less attuned to bestsellerdom, he is a legendary poet and counter-cultural presence – a former Yippie, member of the Fugs and the editor of the magazin…

A Niagara Street man was stabbed by a man he was arguing with about money in the 2100 block of Niagara at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Buffalo police.The injured man, 55, was taken by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of what police described as apparently non-life-threatening injuries, according to Buffalo police.The unidentified attacker…

Students and staff from Amherst Middle School are taking part in a service learning project with Carly’s Club for Kids and Cancer Research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute for the new school year.Amherst Middle School Principal John Griesmer presented information on the school’s service learning projects during a School Board meeting on Tuesday.In August, students …

NIAGARA FALLS – Nearly 100 people packed City Council Chambers on Tuesday night to vent their anger about plans for a citywide reassessment of property tax values.The Council also learned more about plans for a reassessment of city properties from Assessor James Bird, Robert Wright of the state Office of Real Property Tax Service, and F. Cindy Baire, vice president of th…

The Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Ring 44 will induct six into its Hall of Fame during the organization’s 20th annual dinner ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell. Tony DeMarco, 1955 welterweight champion, will be the special guest.The inductees are Dave Moretti, Kelly Swanson and Billy Tompkins; and in the Heroes Group Dummy Burns, Pete …

Many commercial centers in Amherst are outdated and need to be rethought, a consultant told town officials Tuesday.Lee D. Einsweiler of Code Studio, based in Austin, Texas, said the old commercial centers – including the one at Harlem Road and Main Street in Snyder and Northtown Plaza at Sheridan Drive and Niagara Falls Boulevard – no longer fit into nearby neighborhoo…

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By Matt GrytaNEWS STAFF REPORTERA two-alarm fire Tuesday night at a vacant 2½-story frame building at 188 Grant St. caused $140,000 in damage to the building and two adjacent buildings that were occupied.Just before 11 p.m., Division Fire Chief Peter Kertzie ordered emergency demolition to the heavily damaged building. Kertzie noted that there were initial concerns that t…

Lawmakers looking to increase diversity among Lackawanna police officers are studying a proposal to change the minimum education requirement for applicants to a high school diploma. The current standard is 60 hours of college credit.The proposal mirrors one recently enacted in Buffalo.“Obviously, our police force lacks diversity,” City Council Member Joseph L. Jerge of…

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Town of Tonawanda police lodged several charges against a woman who they say fired a gun Sunday afternoon in a mobile home park during a dispute between members of two families.Angela Baughman, 36, of Ritchie Avenue, faces first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, prohibited use of a weapon and third-degree criminal mischief charges,…

A crowded fight scene, including two men waving guns, led to a serious baseball-bat assault that left one person unconscious in the Black Rock neighborhood early Tuesday morning, Northwest District police reported.Police officers responded to the fight call at 12:20 a.m. at the corner of Thompson and Hamilton streets, just north of Amherst Street, where they had to dispers…