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Two years of altering the admissions process at City Honors School has done nothing to get more African-American students enrolled in the school. In fact, the disparity has grown a little worse. In a school district where half the students are black, African-Americans comprise just 16.4 percent of the enrollment at City Honors this year, according to figures from the…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is putting a new twist on a storied event, as it presents “CAMfest” from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Conference & Event Center of Niagara Falls. This new, fun and casual fundraiser replaces the formal gala held annually, in order to offer broader appeal, according to organizers. Classy, casual atti…

LEWISTON – A furry, blue half-shell of a woman’s torso awaits final artistic touches and hangs next to one with wild, psychedelic swirls in Shawn’s Gate Art Studio. It competes for attention with another torso shell with a zany Pac-Man motif and a regal black number with a haunting, moonlit tree silhouette. Shop owner Barbara Gray is collecting these creative cont…

The exterior lights are back on at Parkside Candies, where a $230,000 renovation has restored the iconic candy store and ice cream parlor  to its former 1927 art deco glory. Work at the University Heights landmark, at 3208 Main St., began in January. It repaired water damage to the cream-colored dome ceiling, refinished dark walnut wood moldings, added LED lights in c…

Bank on Buffalo is set to open two suburban branches next month, as it builds its presence in the Buffalo Niagara region. The bank plans to open a location at 3049 Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park on Nov. 2, and a branch at 5190 Sheridan Drive in Amherst the week of Nov. 13. Bank on Buffalo is reviving two former First Niagara branches that closed about a year…

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Board of Education will hold its Oct. 10 meeting at the Philip Sheridan Building, putting off for at least one month its plan to move School Board meetings to Kenmore Middle School. Moving the School Board meetings to the high tech room at the former middle school has been held up by construction and material delays, according to school spo…

A 17-year-old Buffalo high school student faces two felony charges after being accused of taking a cell phone video of another student urinating in a school bathroom and posting it on Snapchat. Markel S. Dean, a student at Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington, was arrested Monday after he allegedly took the video of a male student, according to the criminal compla…

Votes don't come cheap. After some 26,000 people voted in the Buffalo primary Sept. 12, it turns out Mayor Byron W. Brown's winning campaign spent about $75 for each vote cast for him in the three-way race. Mark J.F. Schroeder's campaign spent about $47 per vote. And Betty Jean Grant, who was a distant third in the race, spent about $7 for each vote she got. Th…

Michael Casinelli cradled his Martin D 28 guitar in his lap, a cup of coffee by his left foot. Patients and families from Roswell Park Cancer Institute mingled nearby. He played from memory, filling the lobby with the best of Elton John, Ray Charles and Van Morrison. "This is my favorite place to play," said Casinelli, wearing a black leather skull cap, black leather bo…

State Sen. Chris Jacobs' staff will be available in satellite locations across the 60th District next month to talk with constituents. Representatives from Jacobs’ staff will be available between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on the following days and locations: • Oct. 4: Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 S Park Ave. • Oct. 11: Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road. • Oct. 11: T…

A Clarence couple is seeking a conditional permit to operate dog boarding kennel in a residential neighborhood on Salt Road in the Town of Clarence. The Clarence Town Board will discuss at its meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, the request from Gregory and Katherine Schimenti for the temporary conditional permit to operate the kennel at their home at 5540 Salt Road.…

The League of Women Voters' annual candidates forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Union-Pleasant Elementary School auditorium, Union and Center streets in Hamburg. Candidates for Erie County sheriff, comptroller, clerk and Legislature have been invited. Also invited are the candidates for Hamburg town supervisor, highway superintendent, four candidates seeking …

A small child wearing only a diaper walking alone down a Buffalo street on Monday morning was reunited with family. Someone on a passing Metro bus spotted the child at about 10 a.m. on Weston Avenue. The citizen got off the bus and then contacted a police officer who was in a nearby parking lot, the Buffalo Police posted on Facebook. Officers went door to door on Wes…

The new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is slated to open Nov. 10, the tentative date projected by hospital leadership. Women & Children's Hospital disclosed the date to reporters during the simulated patient mock move last week to the $270 million, 12-story hospital at 818 Ellicott St. It also coincides with the partial open…

The third and final phase of outpatient clinics that will move from Women & Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus begins later this week in preparation for an Oct. 2 opening. The next batch of moves is timed to be done so that all outpatient services will be complete before Oishei Children's Hospital opens Nov. 10. The new clinics will join ot…