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Last week, state officials rushed to the defense of transgender students. This week, it's students who are immigrants. The offices of the State Education Department and Attorney General sent a letter advising districts about their duty to uphold the rights of immigrant children to attend public school in New York, now that both agencies have begun fielding questions …

The Tonawanda Town Board approved a special use permit for Boss Cars to conduct used auto sales at 797 Sheridan Drive in a C-general business district. Boss Cars is a tenant of  Donald W. Davis. The dealership is moving from its current location on Sheridan at Parkside. Under the approved conditions - Boss Cars will only be allowed to sell four used cars in good condit…

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will replace six vehicles, including one that erupted into flames in January The 2015 Ford Explorer police vehicle is one of the six police vehicles which will be upgraded to 2017 models by the town, at a total cost to the town of $134,000 - which is $202,600 minus trade-ins. The Town of Tonawanda Board is also replacing its pa…

The Town of Hamburg has joined Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Depew, Town of Tonawanda and other municipalities in suspending its winter overnight parking ban. Supervisor Steven Walters conferred with Police Chief Gregory Wickett and Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. Monday night, and they agreed that it is not needed with the mild weather. The ban was to be lifted April 1. …

A more than 50-year-old pedestrian bridge that spans Sheridan Drive near Hoover School has been closed for seven months, but what happens to it next remains unknown. The Town of Tonawanda town engineer closed the bridge for safety reasons  July 26, but town board members said they are unable to move forward with a plan until they get a report from the state Department …

Williamsville is spending up to $1.35 million to replace three  fire trucks, although the Fire Department's fleet of vehicles is actually being downsized. Two 2003 Ferrara engines will be replaced and the department's heavy-duty rescue truck will be downsized to a medium-size rescue with a F-650 chassis. The purchase  is through department's capital replacement plan. …

Union Road in theWilliamsville has been looking less green since a project to widen the road was completed and trees weren't replaced, according to village officials. The village is seeking a grant through the state Department of Environmental Conservation to plant trees on the eastern side of Union Road within the  village. "We want to do both [sides] but the state…

NORTH TONAWANDA - A male pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle Monday night on Erie Avenue, according to authorities. The person was struck at about 10:30 p.m., according to the Niagara County Fire Wire Twitter account. It happened on Erie between Walck Road and Sherwood Avenue, according to the North Tonawanda Fire Department. No further details were immed…

A multimillion dollar New York state welcome center for tourists is being planned on Grand Island with a prairie-style design, inspired by the historic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. "I've been telling people 'This is not a rest stop,' " said Grand Island Chamber of Commerce President Eric Fiebelkorn. "Rest stops are nice, but they don't do anything for the communi…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to two-time Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling, born on this date in 1901, “I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: ‘Do unto others 25 percent better than you expect them to do unto you.’ … The 25 percent is for error.” . . . OPEN WIDE – Free dental appraisals will be given for children and adul…

A Jamestown man was arrested Monday in connection with the robbery of a Falconer credit union, according to authorities. Kyle R. Senear, 22, was charged in connection with a robbery at the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union on Main Street in the Town of Ellicott, according to Jamestown and Ellicott police. Police said that Senear allegedly walked into the bank a…

A Jamestown man was awaiting arraignment Monday on charges related to the alleged kidnapping of a woman who told police she had been held against her will from Friday to Sunday in the man's apartment, according to authorities. Joshua I. Turybury, 31, of McDaniel Ave., was arrested Monday at his apartment, according to Jamestown police. Police had taken a criminal com…

Hamburg town officials said there is enough money in this year's budget to pay for the increase in minimum wage for part-time workers. The 2017 budget for the Buildings and Grounds Department lists 33 seasonal laborers working at $8 an hour, 40 hours a week for 12 weeks. But the minimum wage is $9.70 per hour. A similar thing occurred in the Recreation Department bu…

More than 150 residents of the McCarley Gardens housing development on Buffalo's East Side will be living in new apartments by 2020. The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave the green light to Michael Chapman, pastor of St. John Baptist Church, and developer Nick Sinatra for a comprehensive renovation of the garden-style apartment community that the church owns…

Hovering over wings and beers at the Swanee House on Ohio Street one night last week, the four friends didn't look all that deplorable. Scott Then and Robert Orlowski, both athletic and articulate at 45, sat kitty-corner to Cheryl Wehling, smiling and fresh-faced and, at 59, quick with a quip. But then there was the matter of Phil Pantano and his T-shirt. The shirt exp…