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They are safe now. The hurricane has passed. The floodwaters have receded. The Martinez children – Izak, 16, Aubrie, 15, and Emmaleigh, 8 – are in Buffalo, more than 1,600 miles from their home in Rockport, Texas that they were forced to flee as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward their little seaside city. After the eyewall of the hurricane made landfall on the nig…

A City of Tonawanda man was chased Wednesday night by a Wheatfield man he sold drugs to after the buyer realized he got ripped off, according to police. Michael E. Schlifke, 26, is accused of selling Suboxone strips to Kristopher T. Fedeson, 41. After the transaction, according to City of Tonawanda police, Fedeson realized the strips had been altered and were empty.…

A Muslim community center will open in Buffalo's University District by the end of the year on two conditions. The center must be open for the entire community to use. And a temporary permit to operate the center will be valid for only one year. When that expires, a community meeting will be held to get feedback from residents, said University Council Member Rasheed N.…

Hit the gym today. Go for a run. Talk a walk. Do something! If not for yourself, for your community, which ranked sixth from the bottom out of nearly 200 regions across the U.S. in an exercise survey released this week. “There’s lots of challenging work to do,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. “Over ti…

Royal Car Wash, has opened it first location in Lancaster and is offering unlimited free washes until Oct. 13. The car wash is located at 6645 Transit Road, between the Cracker Barrel restaurant and Salvatore's Grand Hotel. Royal plans to add another four locations in the Buffalo Niagara market over the next five years. The company opened its first location more t…

The year-long upswing in manufacturing across the Buffalo Niagara region stretched into August, but the pace of that growth cooled. "The numbers for August were not quite as positive as those for July but still indicate expansion overall," said Randy Cragun, the Niagara University economist who compiles the monthly report on local manufacturing activity for the Institut…

The University at Buffalo enrolled 4,045 first-year students this fall, the university's largest ever freshman class. The larger freshman class is part of a strategy that began in 2015 to grow overall university enrollment by 2,000 students. University officials said they were getting closer to that goal. http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/16/finding-fewer-local-students…

A City of Tonawanda man has been charged with burglarizing two homes in the city earlier this week. Garrett M. Shugg, 29, of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Wednesday night at his home after authorities executed a search warrant and found items taken in the burglaries, City of Tonawanda police said. The first burglary was reported Monday at a home on Clarence Hard…

A group of modern youngsters in T-shirts, shorts and sneakers stared at the wide-brimmed straw hat that boys wore to school in the 1890s, chuckled a little at the ruffled, flowered cotton bonnet that girls wore, and murmured at the challenge of fastening up the high-buttoned leather shoes they all would have worn. Their amused reactions to volunteer Karen Sherwood's sto…

A game room in Lockport has added an escape room. Casual Dragon Games has added "Dr. Gorzinski's Lab", a live-action game in which players are given an hour to solve puzzles, find the cure for a terrorist toxin and escape the room. The game room, at 136 Walnut St., sells board games, card games and role-playing games, as well as miniatures games, in which players sim…

A tip about neglected dogs locked inside a trailer in the hamlet of Frewsburg led to the arrest Wednesday of Thomas C. Wallace, 26, on charges of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals and failure to provide proper sustenance to the animals, state police said. Responding to a tip about neglected dogs locked in a trailer, troopers found the trailer had no electr…

Staff at Women & Children's Hospital will hold a mock move on Friday to prepare for the November opening of the new Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The exercise, one of several practice runs for the move,  will include patient actors and key move personnel to prepare for the complex task of ensuring patient safety on move day. S…

Hamburg's Hometown Heroes banner project is accepting applications for its seventh season. The project honors veterans by placing a photo of them in uniform on a banner that is attached to a utility pole along Main and Buffalo streets between April 1 and Veterans Day. After Veterans Day, the banners are given to the soldier’s family as a keepsake. Families also are …

West Seneca Town Board members said its plans to pass a local law allowing the town to override the tax cap doesn't meant the town will exceed the cap. "We pass it every single year," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said. The board scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 on the law that would allow the town to override the cap. Last year the board scheduled a public…

For four months, the residents of leafy Zimmerman Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda haven't seen a certain visitor who became well-known for his weekly visits. Wednesday, for the first time since a fluke floor hockey injury knocked him off his lunchtime routine, John Pawlowski returned to his favorite spot under his favorite shade tree to eat his lunch. That's right…