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Imagine: It’s the mid-1930s in Buffalo. You need to get across town, and you don’t have a car — but that’s no big deal. The city’s expansive electric streetcar system would be able to get you nearly anywhere. A map published in 1935 showing all the possible connections bears more of a resemblance to a New York City subway map than the current map of the Metro Rail, whos…

Business

The last-minute Christmas shipping deadlines are here. More people are shopping online this year than ever before – even more than last year, when the underestimated glut of last-minute purchases threw the shipping industry into the lurch and left some gift givers empty handed on the big day. Delivery companies have already begun warning about shipping delays. UPS, w…

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Five North Tonawanda churches and other organizations, working with the help of the North Tonawanda School District, will deliver holiday boxes this week to more than 200 families. Renewal Church on Meadow Drive will be the distribution hub for the Box of Hope program's volunteer deliveries of food and gifts, scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in North Tonawanda. T…

Environment

The Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom is in place for the winter. Crews began installing the 1.7-mile long ice boom on schedule Saturday and finished Sunday, according to Lou Paonessa, a spokesman for the New York Power Authority. The boom is installed when the temperature of Lake Erie reaches 39 degrees, which happened last Thursday. The International Joint Commis…

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour represented the Traffic Safety Committee of the National Sheriff’s Association last month at a program in front of U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington. Voutour joined Elaine L. Chao, secretary of transportation, for the kick-off remarks for the Federal Highway Administration's National Tra…

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The Panera Bread on Transit Road in East Amherst is planning to install a drive-thru window, according to documents filed with the Amherst Building Department. The nationwide seller of baked goods, coffee, sandwiches and soup would add the drive-through to its location at 8200 Transit Road, just north of Maple Road. Bohler Engineering, on behalf of Panera Bread, is s…

Colleges

SANBORN – No one can blame LaTerrance Reed for playing with an edge. The former Canisius High School hoops star has gone from co-New York State Player of the Year, to prep school, to junior college – a trek that has tested his patience in hopes of landing a Division 1 scholarship. It’s been a long journey of 1 a.m. ice baths, crack-of-dawn shootarounds and hearing co…

Crime

A Jamestown man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting his estranged wife last year as she was parking her car at work, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced. Keith Robbins, 37, pleaded guilty in October to one count of first-degree manslaughter. Robbins shot Sharri Robbins on the morning Nov. 10, 2016 in the parking l…

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The resident of about 100 Niagara Falls homes, whose drinking water runs through lead pipes connecting their homes to city water mains, may receive new tap-ins, courtesy of a state grant. Niagara Falls received $567,492 under a state Health Department lead pipe replacement grant program, Niagara County Environmental Health Director Paul R. Dicky said. He estimated that …

Amherst

Before Barry A. Weinstein joined the Amherst Town Board in 2008, its meetings had a reputation as contentious free-for-alls that would carry on until well after midnight. “My patients would come in the office in those days and tell me they were watching the Town Board on TV for entertainment value,” said Weinstein, a retired family physician. At his first meeting as …

NIAGARA FALLS – Two diamond rings that were thought to have been stolen from a woman's 101st Street apartment were later located inside the residence, but the woman's daughter says that $1,200 in cash remains missing. Two nurse's aides who work with the 78-year-old woman – a Parkinson's patient – were interviewed by police, but they denied any knowledge of the missing m…

WILSON – A Brayley Road woman was shoveling snow early Tuesday when she noticed smoke coming from the engine area of her car, parked in her driveway. The ensuing fire caused an undetermined amount of damage to the vehicle. Sheriff's deputies said that the 6:30 a.m. fire was brought under control by members of the South Wilson Fire Company. The victim said that mice chew…

Family

Ice skate, help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, or take a last look at the Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds this week. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Festival of Lights: 5 to 9 p.m. today through Saturday, Erie County…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – Police were kept busy last week investigating three separate instances of bank fraud, including the theft of $4,800 from a South Transit Road man's bank account. That victim contacted police on Tuesday after discovering the money missing from his account. An investigation is ongoing and no further details were available. A Strauss Road woman told p…