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The brisk business along Hertel Avenue has brought more than crowds and traffic. The onslaught of Day-Glo orange parking tickets makes the North Buffalo commercial strip among the most-ticketed stretches in the city. Last year, Buffalo's parking enforcement officers wrote 1,441 parking tickets between Sterling Avenue and Admiral Road, and they issued 1,275 between Sterl…

One man is suspected of robbing three banks and trying to rob a fourth over the last eight days in Buffalo. Buffalo police posted an image of the suspect on the department's Facebook page on Tuesday morning and asked the public for information to help identify him. All four crimes have happened since Sept. 11, police said. The robber last struck an M&T bank branc…

The Rosanna Elizabeth Visual and Performing Arts Center has been a labor of love – and frustration – for Rachel Heckl. But it's become a source of irritation for her neighbors. For more than three years, Heckl and a team of partners have planned, designed and sought financing for the West Side arts facility that they want to locate in a former church, at Richmond…

Taxpayers in Hamburg Central and Frontier Central school districts can pay school taxes at three M&T Bank branches in Hamburg. Payments by check, bank check or money order will be accepted at M&T branches located at 23 Lake Ave., 5771 Camp Road and 6000 South Park Ave. Residents also may continue to pay their taxes in person at the town clerk’s office in To…

Dan Syracuse and Tim Herzog have been throwing beer-tasting gatherings every fall in Western New York for the last 28 years. Let's just say that the co-owner of Pizza Plant and leader of Flying Bison Brewing Company have had lots of company in recent years. They are among the old guard of a regional craft movement that got its start three decades ago – with the ope…

More than five years after an arsonist's fire ravaged an old stone church in North Buffalo, the surviving bell tower has gained new life in its residential neighborhood – as the centerpiece of a new apartment building. The novice developers behind Bell Tower Lofts are preparing to open their 26-unit complex at 375 Colvin Ave. next month, starting a fresh chapter at th…

People can trade guns for gift cards in Niagara Falls on Thursday. The state Attorney General's Office and Niagara Falls police will hold a gun buyback event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Falls police headquarters, 520 Hyde Park Blvd. Working and nonfunctional firearms will be accepted – no questions asked, according to authorities. Guns must be brought t…

West Seneca has a new finance director. The Town Board created the position Monday night, and appointed Megan Wnek to the position. The position is "budget neutral," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said, because the town will no longer need to contract with outside accounting firm Drescher & Malecki for $140,000. Wnek will be paid $70,000 a year. Her salary and the c…

Five times this century, the mercury has soared to 80 degrees in Buffalo on game day. The sixth is forecast this Sunday when the second-place Buffalo Bills host the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. at New Era Field in Orchard Park. The National Weather Service calls for sunny skies and a high of 85 degrees. The weather service forecast shows a kickoff temperature of 8…

The only people behind the judge's bench in the new $6.8 million Clarence Public Safety Building this past week were a couple of construction workers who were building a brand-new bench. The lobby is empty and the judges' chambers are still unfurnished offices. But it's another story on the other side of the building. New York State Police have begun moving into thei…

A parent taking care of a special-needs child with a life-threatening illness or disability is hard work, and that work that can go unnoticed or sometimes misunderstood. That is why researchers at Palliative Care Buffalo in Cheektowaga created "The Photographs of Meaning Program." They asked parents and caregivers to use photography and social media to tell others about…

A Niagara Falls man was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center following a collision between two motorcyclists Monday night on the LaSalle Expressway in Niagara Falls, state police said. The two motorcycles collided at about 9:10 p.m., police said. Deevine Colon, 28, was heading west on a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle when he hit the rear end of a 2008 BMW 760L…