Developer Rocco Termini is seeking tax breaks for his fourth real estate development project in a North Buffalo neighborhood, as he works to create a new technology business incubator and beer-bottling facility in a former industrial plant. Termini, through his R&M Leasing LLC, wants to convert the former Linde Air Manufacturing facility at 155 Chandler St. into a m…

West Seneca plans to switch its recycling pickup to every other week. The town of about 45,000 has weekly pickup by Modern Recycling. It went to garbage and recycling totes in 2014. But now the town wants to reduce its carbon footprint, have less wear and tear on roads - and save money. "Change is somewhat difficult," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said. "I think we're …

A "Snow Roll," Kids Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, and special rainbow event at The Ice at Canalside are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see a complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Kids yoga camp: 2:15 p.m., and same time Tuesday. Buffalo Barre, 5843 Transit Roa…

A lodge on Goat Island is not going over well with most elected officials in Niagara Falls. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal for a developer to build a lodge on Goat Island would harm the island's reputation as a place of natural beauty, and also would put other hotels in the Falls at a competitive disadvantage, members of the Niagara Falls City Council and the Niagara C…

The massive Muir Woods property in the northwest corner of Amherst has sat vacant for 17 years under the ownership of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. The developer over the years has proposed millions of square feet of office space, hundreds of apartments and dozens of homes. But nothing has ever happened with the 326-acre site, and the ideas for the property stirred up con…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to retired race car driver Bobby Unser, born on this date in 1934, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” . . . The Winter Tree The winter tree Shorn of leaves, but not of life Standing in stark relief, brown-grey against a dim January sky Alone and still, with her own thoughts, and half-forgotten memories. The winter tree…

The Welland Canal is set to begin its navigation season on March 20, tying a record for the earliest opening date. The March 20 opening will match a record set in 2007 and tied the following year. Last year, the canal's season began on March 21. The season begins each year with a "top hat" ceremony in St. Catharines, Ont.  The canal links Lake Erie and Lake Ontario …

Charles J. Zoerb never set foot in Vietnam, but from his printing presses on Okinawa he helped create weapons to expose North Vietnamese infiltrators and help demoralize the enemy. So, in his case, you could say the pen was mightier than the sword. And Zoerb was well prepared for his role in the Army’s 15th Psychological Operations printing branch. Before he was dr…

A Buffalo man was charged with second-degree burglary after Buffalo police found him hiding in a bedroom closet in the 600 block of Riley Street about 5:40 p.m. Saturday. The suspect, identified as James Gardin, 61, remained in custody in the Erie County Holding Center Sunday. Police said Gardin and possible accomplices broke the glass in a back door of the house and f…

An Amherst man was arrested shortly after he harassed a neighbor at her workplace Saturday evening, Buffalo police said. Deandre A. Eaton, 32, of Travers Circle, is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct. He remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Sunday evening. Police said Eaton confronted the vic…

Sunday was a great day to hit the beach. Yes, we're talking Buffalo in February. But with sunny skies and the temperature rising to 48 degrees, Erin Schroeder and Sandy Marvin trekked down to the sand at Erie Basin Marina to collect driftwood they use to create crafts. "It beats shoveling," Schroeder said. That was a popular sentiment around town on Sunday. Winter…

Hundreds of supporters and an array of Democratic elected officials are slated to join Mayor Byron W. Brown at Erie Community College's City Campus at 5 p.m. Monday, when he officially declares his candidacy for a fourth term. A top source close to the campaign said the mayor will make official what he has promised for weeks, as he attempts to match the late James D. Gr…

An unidentified Buffalo man in his early 20s remains in serious condition in  Erie County Medical Center after Buffalo police rescued him from a burning car shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The victim was a passenger in a car that collided head-on with another car at East Ferry Street and Goodyear Avenue, then careened into a parked car, according to police spokesman Mi…

A brutal assault outside an Allentown pizzeria early Saturday morning is sparking concern as a possible hate crime, after two gay men were called derogatory names by a group of unidentified males and one was abruptly punched in the face. Mike Slater of Buffalo suffered bruising and a cut above his right eye from the attack, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, as…

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Saturday night after her car rear-ended a stopped tour bus with 49 people aboard, police said. No one aboard the Covered Wagon Tours bus was injured in the crash, which occurred about 9:42 p.m. in the 7200 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard. Police said the bus was stopped for a …