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First period at Bennett High School was interrupted Monday by a rock concert. At least it started out that way. The Nashville-based, Kansas-bred band GOODING rocked the high school’s auditorium for four or five songs before the band’s lead singer and namesake turned teacher and gave the howling crowd of students a lesson on a subject they don’t often hear abou…

West Herr Jaguar's plans to expand its showroom and make additional improvements to the parking and landscaping at its Getzville dealership received the green light from the Amherst Planning Board. The board voted 6-0 at last week's board meeting to approve the the dealership's plans to add 2,020 square feet of showroom space on the north and east sides of its 38,460-sq…

Hamburg Town Board members Monday evening got an update on the proposed $25 million to $30 million sportsplex. But they would not reveal the latest on the public-private venture. "The board has directed him to provide information that he has not provided," Supervisor Steven J. Walters said about the meeting with Marty Starkman, president of Sportstar of Toronto, Ont.…

The next phase in construction on the 37-unit apartment complex in the former St. Paul's School will soon begin, Larry Bicz says. Abatement work will start by the end of the week and construction is expected to take five months. Parish Apartments should open in October or November, Bicz said. Historic tax credits were key to moving the $5 million project forward, …

A deteriorating road bordering a park in Williamsville will be rebuilt thanks to remaining funds from a previous project, village officials said. Rock Street, between Spring Street and Glen Avenue, forms the western boundary of Glen Park and is in poor condition, Mayor Brian J. Kulpa said. The Village Board awarded a contract for improvements to Millherst Construction f…

A Buffalo law firm has billed state taxpayers $2.67 million to defend the Canalside development corporation in a lawsuit filed by a Cheektowaga businessman who says his construction company was unfairly booted off the harborfront rink project in 2013. The lawsuit – delayed six times now – isn’t scheduled to go to trial for at least 18 months. Meanwhile, legal f…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter Jerry Leiber, born on this date in 1933, “Take out the papers and the trash/ Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash/ If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor/ You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more ...” . . . TOUGH TALK – Lee Coppola, award-winning newspaper and television reporter and former dean of the journalism scho…

The Coast Guard rescued two small vessels Monday that were adrift on the Niagara River, headed toward Niagara Falls. A spokesman for the Coast Guard said the Buffalo Station received a call about 7:30 p.m. from a man on Cayuga Island who spotted the vessels, a pair of jet skis and a small aluminum boat that was about 14 feet in length. Both were disabled in the middl…

Amherst's zoning code will be reviewed – and changes may be proposed – to limit the locations of future drug treatment clinics in the town. Monday's directive by the Town Board comes after Catholic Health filed plans to open a clinic that will distribute methadone on Millersport Highway, on the edge of a residential neighborhood. A committee of the town attorney,…

At 15, Leontae Parker is kind, smart and courteous. He likes the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and the Golden State Warriors, and he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. Or maybe a football or basketball player. He's active in his church. And he needs a new kidney. His kidneys were removed in March 2011 after disease attacked them, preventing them from…

Carson Dayka is wise for his 16 years. Those close to the Hamburg High School junior chalk it up to his battle with chronic illness that compromised his ability to eat and breathe. The illness has resulted in more than 20 surgeries, 100 hospitalizations — and the formation of countless friendships. "Carson has never complained in his life," said Nicole Dayka, Cars…

Jackson Buyea was born 16 weeks early in a small hospital outside of Indianapolis while his parents were on a road trip to pick up their two older sons visiting relatives in Kansas. The baby, weighing 1 pound, 12 ounces, was kept alive by a respiratory therapist. “She stood for an hour or an hour and a half with two fingers on Jackson’s chest and a little pump j…

For the second time in recent months, a developer behind a controversial Elmwood Avenue apartment complex has cut the size of the proposed building in an effort to fend off vehement neighborhood criticism and win approval for the project. Chason Affinity Companies on Monday filed an amended proposal for its mixed-use project at the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues, …

A 28-year-old woman – the last person pulled from an apartment house fire in Lackawanna's First Ward early Saturday – remained in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center on Monday night, according to relatives. Claudia Chamo Soliman, who lived with her husband and three young children, is one of seven people who remain hospitalized after the fire, authoriti…

An Albany County Court judge Monday turned down a motion to dismiss a corruption case against State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, on a claim that he was improperly denied a chance to speak before an Albany County grand jury on March 23. In his decision, Judge Peter A. Lynch noted that Ortt had declined to give a statement in advance of questioning in front of the…