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The University at Buffalo enrolled 4,045 first-year students this fall, the university's largest ever freshman class. The larger freshman class is part of a strategy that began in 2015 to grow overall university enrollment by 2,000 students. University officials said they were getting closer to that goal. http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/16/finding-fewer-local-students…

A City of Tonawanda man has been charged with burglarizing two homes in the city earlier this week. Garrett M. Shugg, 29, of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Wednesday night at his home after authorities executed a search warrant and found items taken in the burglaries, City of Tonawanda police said. The first burglary was reported Monday at a home on Clarence Hard…

A group of modern youngsters in T-shirts, shorts and sneakers stared at the wide-brimmed straw hat that boys wore to school in the 1890s, chuckled a little at the ruffled, flowered cotton bonnet that girls wore, and murmured at the challenge of fastening up the high-buttoned leather shoes they all would have worn. Their amused reactions to volunteer Karen Sherwood's sto…

A game room in Lockport has added an escape room. Casual Dragon Games has added "Dr. Gorzinski's Lab", a live-action game in which players are given an hour to solve puzzles, find the cure for a terrorist toxin and escape the room. The game room, at 136 Walnut St., sells board games, card games and role-playing games, as well as miniatures games, in which players sim…

A tip about neglected dogs locked inside a trailer in the hamlet of Frewsburg led to the arrest Wednesday of Thomas C. Wallace, 26, on charges of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals and failure to provide proper sustenance to the animals, state police said. Responding to a tip about neglected dogs locked in a trailer, troopers found the trailer had no electr…

Staff at Women & Children's Hospital will hold a mock move on Friday to prepare for the November opening of the new Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The exercise, one of several practice runs for the move,  will include patient actors and key move personnel to prepare for the complex task of ensuring patient safety on move day. S…

Hamburg's Hometown Heroes banner project is accepting applications for its seventh season. The project honors veterans by placing a photo of them in uniform on a banner that is attached to a utility pole along Main and Buffalo streets between April 1 and Veterans Day. After Veterans Day, the banners are given to the soldier’s family as a keepsake. Families also are …

West Seneca Town Board members said its plans to pass a local law allowing the town to override the tax cap doesn't meant the town will exceed the cap. "We pass it every single year," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said. The board scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 on the law that would allow the town to override the cap. Last year the board scheduled a public…

The City of Tonawanda will welcome residents and visitors alike for a variety of events from informational neighborhood tours to festivals. Coming up: Veterans Park Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 in Veteran's Park with food, activities, a basket raffle and a pumpkin patch. Comprehensive Plan Tours, two hour walking tours of four city neighborhoods to …

Residents on Fareway Lane and Carter Creek started raising red flags about the paving on their streets more than a week ago, complaining about tire ruts, holes, footprints and other rough patches as well as dangerous low spots in the paving material. They complained that the paving material was also being tracked into their driveways and yards. "You could literally scoo…

The new home for Williamsville East High School athletics includes about 260,000 square feet of artificial turf for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball and football. A grand opening ceremony, including a ribbon-cutting and brief remarks from school officials, begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the school at 151 Paradise Road, Amherst. Overflow parking will be …

Given the focus on policing here and nationally, you’d think departments wanting to stay out of the cross hairs would fall all over themselves to respond when the New York Civil Liberties Union tried to find out how open and transparent they are. You’d be wrong. And if the NYCLU had to go to court to get basic information – as it did with the Buffalo Police Departm…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor and comedian Bill Murray, born on this date in 1950, “The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30 percent of their ice cream.”  . . RECOVERY MODE – Pet owners affected by Hurricane Irma will benefit as Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency, holds a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to…

It took 13 years, but the 250-plus administrators for the Buffalo Public Schools finally have a new contract that includes raises. But, for the first time, it also requires contributions toward their health insurance. The deal also came with some caution for the cash-strapped school district. The Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday approved, 8-0, a three-year de…