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If you’re looking for more wildlife at Ellicott Creek Park, a restored shoreline will soon be the spot to head for. Turtles, mink, frogs, ducks, birds and fish are finding their way to a 442-foot stretch of Ellicott Creek where Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s latest shoreline project has started to come together. “Life thrives where the water meets the land,” s…

The prediction was meant as a well-intended joke. Last week, The Buffalo News sent photographer Robert Kirkham and me to Florida's Gulf Coast, the day after Hurricane Irma. An editor called me at home before we left. He said the area is beloved by many longtime Western New Yorkers. He was sure we'd meet plenty of men and women with Buffalo roots, affected by the storm. …

The former Miller's Restaurant on Clinton Street in West Seneca will reopen in several months, the prospective owner of the property said. That's despite the misgivings of next door neighbor Brian Doster, who said at a public hearing Monday that there were problems with loud music on the patio bar, people shouting, lights flashing in his window and unruly behavior by pa…

A 70-year-old woman struck by a pickup truck in Niagara Falls on Tuesday afternoon suffered a broken arm and leg injuries, police said in a news release. The woman, whose name was not released by police, was hit at about 3:45 p.m. on the 1900 block of Forest Avenue, according to Niagara Falls police. She was crossing Forest in the middle of the block when she was hit…

Ashlea Green thought she had found the perfect, four-bedroom apartment for her and her two daughters in the brand-new Monarch 716 complex near the SUNY Buffalo State campus. When she heard the cost – $880 per month – she couldn't believe it, and she said she double-checked to make sure it was correct. One day after Green signed a lease and paid a $400 deposit, sh…

Whether you walk, ride a bike or run, the inaugural "Walk the Falls" event Saturday in Niagara Falls may interest you. Registration for the free event can be done online or beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Niagara Hub, 630 Main St. The 2-mile walk will continue along Main Street to the waterfront and finish at Whirlpool State Park. The organizers said the goal is…

EduKids, the region's largest day care business, plans to open a new location on Main Street in Amherst on the doorstep of the town's only gated community. The day care operator has filed plans with the town to open a location at 6286 Main St., near Stonham Way, on a 1.7-acre parcel on the east side of the driveway that leads into Marrano/Marc Equity's Greythorne luxury…

The saga of a heroin dealer dubbed "a merchant of death" connected to as many as 10 opiate-related deaths in one day came to a conclusion this week in Erie County Court. Dellsean Hamilton, 28, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Judge Sheila A. DiTullio. Hamilton pleaded guilty in March to four felonies — criminal possession of heroin with intent to sell, crimin…

Downtown moviegoers will pay $3 – or nothing at all in some cases – to park in the Augspurger Parking Ramp garage once the former Market Arcade Cinema is redeveloped into a state-of-the-art AMC Theater. Under the five-year parking agreement with the Benchmark Group – the theater's property owner – movie patrons will pay $3 with appropriate validation to park aft…

David Stapleton has been working for many years on a plan to put 92 homes on 14 acres of wooded property in the City of Tonawanda. He got approval earlier this year to purchase the land from the city for $160,000. About 30 residents attended a public hearing Tuesday on the rezoning for the Riverwalk Villas. Most were less concerned about rezoning – and more conc…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, born on this date in 1927, “No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn’t take the first pill that comes along.” . . . BUCKLE UP – The Attica Police Department and Fire Department will host a child safety seat check from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at police headquarters, 43 Exchange St. Parents who cannot …

A child riding a bicycle was struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening at Grant and West Ferry streets, according to Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The incident occurred just after 8 p.m., he said. The child was treated at the scene for minor injuries, DeGeorge said. No charges had been filed against the driver of the vehicle late Tuesday.

A Chautauqua County woman was arrested by troopers on charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to State Police. Tonya Spallino, 39, of Kennedy, was involved in a one-car crash Sunday on Route 62 in the Town of Poland, where her vehicle ended up in a ravine, according to State Police. Spallino was extricated from her car by members of t…

PGA Tour Event: Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Thursday through Sunday. TV: Thursday and Friday, 1-6 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 2:30-6:30 p.m., NBC; and Sunday, noon-1:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 1:30-6 p.m., NBC.Last year: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland came from three shots behind in the final round, closing with…