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Less than a year since the two sides worked out a new contract to end a 12-year impasse, the Buffalo Public Schools and its teachers union are back at it — this time over what time kids have to go to class and what they do when they are there. The district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, as part of the teachers contract settled last year, agreed to tack on an ad…

An Erie County Sheriff's deputy came to the rescue of an owl that became entangled in a soccer goal net Tuesday at Veterans Park on Grand Island. At about 11:30 a.m., the sheriff's office reported on its Facebook page, deputies received a call about the stuck owl. Deputy Angela Kopacz responded and freed the tangled-up raptor. "After a brief 'once-over' the De…

The Grand Island School Business Alliance (GISBA) will hold a golf outing to raise money for scholarships, field trips and internships for Grand Island High School students. The GISBA tournament will be held on Aug. 21 at River Oaks Golf Club. Last year the golf outing raised $20,000 to support programs at the school. Registration forms are on the district website at gr…

A car stopped in the Town of Wethersfield with no windshield, doors or a license plate and with an ax in the roof led to the arrest of the driver on charges of driving while impaired by drugs, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. After  receiving a report about a "suspicious vehicle" on Monday, deputies pulled over a car with many missing parts driven …

The Fantastic Sams hair salon in Amherst's Northtown Plaza is moving up the road to a Niagara Falls Boulevard retail plaza after its owners accepted a buyout of their lease. Michael Baer and his wife, who own four area Fantastic Sams franchises, had a lease that ran through 2023 with WS Development. But the Northtown Plaza's owner has eased out tenants that don't fit wi…

Wegmans is extending its same-day grocery delivery service to Buffalo, starting Aug. 1. The service – a partnership between Instacart and the Rochester-based grocery chain – allows Wegmans customers to complete their grocery shopping online and have their orders delivered to their doors in as little as one hour. Wegmans also is expanding the service to the Roches…

The founder of an acupuncture practice has purchased a pair of medical office buildings on Maple Road in Amherst. Yoon Sung, a licensed acupuncturist, bought the buildings at 1825 and 1829 Maple Road with her mother for $2.1 million through a limited liability company to house her practice and as an investment, according to her husband, Daniel Jung, and real-estate reco…

The Knox Mansion – one of Buffalo's grand mansions from a century ago – is no longer for sale. Two years after putting the Delaware Avenue mansion up for sale as part of a cost-cutting plan to consolidate its Buffalo operations, Computer Task Group has taken the elegant building off the market and plans to keep it as the information technology firm's headquarters, c…

Hazardous blue-green algae appeared this week for the first time this summer in western Lake Erie, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An agency bulletin published late Monday showed that the existing bloom extends from Maumee Bay near Toledo up the lake's western shore into Michigan and then past Cedar Point, Ohio. A second bloom in San…

Computer Task Group's second-quarter profits tumbled by 66 percent as the Buffalo-based information technology company's sales fell by almost 10 percent after one of its big staffing clients cut back. CTG's profits fell to $434,000, or 3 cents per share, from $1.3 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. The earnings were weaker than the 5 cents per share that ana…

The Breast Cancer Network of Western New York will host its first annual Strike Out Breast Cancer Walk & Ballgame Saturday. The event will start with a pre-game party at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of WNY Imaging Group, 144 Genesee St.; it will be followed by a 1-mile awareness walk to Coca-Cola Field, where participants can enjoy the evening’s Buffalo Bisons bas…

Lake Shore Central School District will continue to have a school resource officer for the next three years, thanks to a collaboration between the Seneca Nation of Indians, Town of Evans and the district. Each will commit $53,489 per year for three years, a total of $160,467 each year, to cover salary, benefits and expenses of the Evans town police officer. For the p…

Niagara Falls police have identified the go-kart driver killed in Saturday's crash on Buffalo Avenue as Mark M. Miles, 34. Miles, of Niagara Falls, died at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after he crashed with the driver of a Chevrolet Volt at about 2:45 p.m. on the 1900 block of Buffalo Avenue, police said. Miles' go-kart was heading west on Buffalo Avenue whe…

Feb. 28, 1934 – July 23, 2017 Rev. Robert J. McArtney, the last Catholic chaplain to serve at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna before it closed in 1999, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 83. Father McArtney was assigned as chaplain at OLV in 1987 after serving for 11 years as pastor of St. Francis Cabrini Church in Collins Center. From 1983 to 1987, h…

Jan. 9, 1922 – July 15, 2017 Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Knox, whose husband was a nephew of F.W. Woolworth Co. founder Seymour H. Knox, died July 15 in Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Calif. She was 95. Born Elizabeth Wissel in Forest Hills, Queens, the youngest of four children, she attended Hunter College in New York City and worked as a model for R.H. Mac…