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Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said Monday that he believes the town can pay its estimated $189,000 share of a new sidewalk on Krueger Road without imposing special district taxes in the neighborhood. The remainder of the projected $945,000 project would be paid for through an approved state grant. The sidewalk would be built at the scene of the hit-and-ru…

The Walden Galleria will hold a security lock down drill at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The drill is aimed at preparing employees for possible emergencies. It's performed by mall security and the Cheektowaga Police Department. The mall performs such drills quarterly. They're held during regular mall hours to simulate a more realistic environment. The drills make sure th…

Weeks before Michael Brady died in March from an opiate overdose, he went to a local hospital emergency department seeking help for withdrawal symptoms. But the staff told the 25-year-old Lancaster man his condition was not severe enough to be admitted. It was the third time time he had been taken to the emergency department but then sent home. "The first time I brou…

Amherst's townwide reassessment of properties resulted in new tentative values for all 44,000 parcels, from the smallest home to the largest commercial property. Assessments are important because they partly determine how much a property owner pays in taxes. Click on a parcel to see how the value of every property changed. The Buffalo News acquired assessments on April …

The Erie County Sheriff's Marine Patrol and many other law enforcement agencies will be targeting boaters, kayakers and other water vessel operators who are impaired by alcohol or drug use as part of a national water safety program called Operation Dry Water. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said the goal of the program, in effect June 30 through July 2, is to enhance enforcem…

The tiny hamlet of Lawtons with a population of about 95 has struggled for years over its water supply which comes from a shallow, nearly century-old well. Lawtons faced two options, either undertake a $1 million upgrade to its current water supply or buy water from the Seneca Nation. On Monday, the Seneca Nation and the Town of North Collins, in which Lawtons is lo…

It was a scene that some members of the Amherst Planning Board had trouble processing. Neighbors of a planned development on Sweet Home Road had spent months criticizing the project. But at this month's board meeting, a handful of residents told the board the modifications made by developer Robert A. Savarino to address their concerns had changed their minds about the p…

A 48-year-old woman has died after being hit by a vehicle Sunday night in the parking lot of Tops Markets in East Aurora, police said. The woman was struck just before 10 p.m. outside the store on Grey Street and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she later died, according to East Aurora police. Authorities have not released her name. Investigators said t…

A Buffalo nonprofit agency that runs health clinics has bought a long-vacant former supermarket in Blasdell and converted it into its fourth Buffalo Niagara location. Neighborhood Health Center, formerly the Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center on Lawn Avenue, paid $1.1 million to buy the 34,898-square-foot retail store at 4233 Lake Ave. Formerly a Super Duper…

A retiring Williamsville middle school principal said goodbye to students and staff and endorsed his successor while lip-synching Stevie Wonder in a video posted on YouTube. Fran McGreevy went out from Casey Middle School wearing sunglasses and sitting behind a piano in a music video with teachers and staff dancing to "Faith," a song from the soundtrack of the 2016 anim…

Three men fishing on Chautauqua Lake were saved Sunday morning when their boat overturned during a storm, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. High winds and waves shortly after 11 a.m. caused the 14-foot boat to overturn in about 18 feet of water near the Interstate-86 overlook area, the Sheriff's Office said. The three men rescued were identified as Nichola…

A West Seneca apartment building has changed hands, after a family living in both Depew and West Seneca purchased the Harlem Road property from its Elma owner. Vincent Croglio of Depew, through Keenaco Inc., and LNC Properties of West Seneca, registered to the home of Nicholas D. and Laura A. Croglio, paid $1.4 million to buy the complex at 875-899 Harlem from David Mor…

For many Western New York families, the school year has ended and the weather – at least some days – has improved to the point that outdoor activities are welcome. Below are the top 10 outdoor fitness activities that adults – and in some cases kids – can enjoy in the region this week. A bonus: They're all free. MONDAY Splish Splash Summer Bash: 11:30 a.…

The hearing to remove Carl P. Paladino from the Buffalo School Board continues in Albany this afternoon for a third day, and it is expected that Paladino's legal team will start calling its witnesses to testify. Originally, all of the board members seeking Paladino's removal were slated to testify. But over the weekend the School Board's attorney decided he would not ca…