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Last week, state officials rushed to the defense of transgender students. This week, it's students who are immigrants. The offices of the State Education Department and Attorney General sent a letter advising districts about their duty to uphold the rights of immigrant children to attend public school in New York, now that both agencies have begun fielding questions …

LOCKPORT - State police on Sunday charged a Newfane man with stealing a purse in Walmart on Transit Road. Ronnie W. Clines Jr., 45, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, authorities said. The victim told investigators she inadvertently left her purse in a shopping cart and it was gone when she returned to the cart. Store surveillance showed the…

King Condrell's, an old-fashioned soda fountain and chocolate shop in Kenmore for 51 years, has been keeping more under wraps than just its candies. For the past month, the business at 2804 Delaware Ave. has kept its doors shut while it undergoes a major remodeling. On Sunday, March 5, the unwrapping will begin with a celebration from noon to 3 p.m. featuring giveawa…

The Amherst Planning Board won't vote on two large-scale, high-profile projects at its March meeting. A sprawling mixed-used redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club and a 133-home subdivision eyed for the Muir Woods site were tentatively scheduled to be discussed at the Planning Board's March 16 meeting. Whenever the Westwood project or previous plans to de…

Dunn Tire expects to close on its purchase of a new location on Sheridan Drive in Amherst by summer. Dunn Tire is planning to move from its longtime store in the Northtown Plaza, at 3045 Sheridan Drive, to a building about 1 mile east, at 3454 Sheridan Drive, just east of Sweet Home Road, that now houses a Color-Tech Photo Lab. Dunn Tire has been in the Northtown Pl…

The low-income apartment complex in Lackawanna appeared doomed from the start, but on Monday night lawmakers green-lighted a $8.5 million project they hoped would jump-start development on a barren stretch of Ridge Road. In a 3-2 vote and after a lengthy executive session, City Council members approved the 32-apartment project at 264 Ridge, the former site of Friendship…

Here's a list of town, village and school district meetings scheduled in March in Erie County's suburbs: Akron/Newstead The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 20 in Village Hall, 21 Main St. • The Town Board holds its regular meetings at 8 p.m. March 13 and 27 in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road. • The School Board meets at 7 p.m. March 8 and 22 in the…

The Tonawanda Town Board approved Monday night a special use permit for Boss Cars to sell used autos at 797 Sheridan Drive in a C-general business district. The dealership is moving from its current location on Sheridan at Parkside. Under the approved conditions - Boss Cars will only be allowed to sell four used cars in good condition on the lot and will operate from 9 …

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will replace six vehicles, including one that erupted into flames in January The 2015 Ford Explorer police vehicle is one of the six police vehicles which will be upgraded to 2017 models by the town, at a total cost to the town of $134,000 - which is $202,600 minus trade-ins. The Town of Tonawanda Board is also replacing its pa…

The Town of Hamburg has joined Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Depew, the Town of Tonawanda and other municipalities in suspending its winter overnight parking ban. Supervisor Steven Walters conferred with Police Chief Gregory Wickett and Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. on Monday night, and they agreed that it is not needed with the mild weather. The ban was to be lifted Apri…

A more than 50-year-old pedestrian bridge that spans Sheridan Drive near Hoover schools has been closed for seven months, but what will happen to it next remains unknown. The Town of Tonawanda town engineer closed the bridge for safety reasons  July 26, but Town Board members said they are unable to move forward with a plan until they get a report from the state Depart…

Williamsville is spending up to $1.35 million to replace three fire trucks, although the Fire Department's fleet of vehicles is actually being downsized. Two 2003 Ferrara engines will be replaced and the department's heavy-duty rescue truck will be downsized to a medium-size rescue with a F-650 chassis. The purchase  is through department's capital replacement plan. …

Union Road in Williamsville has been looking less green since a project to widen the road was completed and trees weren't replaced, according to village officials. The village is seeking a grant through the state Department of Environmental Conservation to plant trees on the eastern side of Union Road. "We want to do both [sides] but the state won't allow us to plant…

NORTH TONAWANDA - A male pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle Monday night on Erie Avenue, according to authorities. The person was struck at about 10:26 p.m. on the 900 block of Erie Avenue, according to North Tonawanda police. That's between Walck Road and Sherwood Avenue. No further details were immediately available. Police ask anyone who may have i…

A multimillion dollar New York state welcome center for tourists is being planned on Grand Island with a prairie-style design, inspired by the historic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. "I've been telling people 'This is not a rest stop,' " said Grand Island Chamber of Commerce President Eric Fiebelkorn. "Rest stops are nice, but they don't do anything for the communi…