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Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis objects to calling the city's new "Blue and Greenways Intermodal Hub" a million dollar bathroom. "It's a lot more than that," said Davis. The city will cut the ribbon on Aug. 5 on the rest stop and plaza it spent $1.14 million to build, designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century carriage house with concrete sidewalks that resemble a bicycle…

A National Grid line worker was hospitalized Wednesday after he was shocked while doing work on Glenwood Court in Cheektowaga, officials said. Cheektowaga police said the man was part of a crew installing a utility pole. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center, police said. A National Grid spokesman said a worker was injured "in the course of performing his job," …

Join me. That's the message Kevin Gaughan sent this week to leaders of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and to David Colligan, a former chairman. Gaughan has been pitching a $42 million plan with golf legend Jack Nicklaus to create two Nicklaus-designed golf courses in South Park and Delaware Park. The plan also calls for restoring Frederick Law Olmsted's arb…

A burglar made a hard landing in his escape from a window at Grand Island home Wednesday afternoon, Erie County Sheriff's deputies reported. He landed "face-first in a row of cacti plants," deputies said. While investigating the report of a suspicious vehicle on Harvey Road with two males inside at about 1:30 p.m., authorities found signs someone had entered a house,…

June 11, 1909 – July 17, 2017 Nora K. Barnes, a longtime employee of the former Western Savings Bank, died July 17 in St. Ann’s Community, Rochester, where she had been a resident for several years. She was 108. Born in Trout Creek, Ont., near North Bay, the former Nora Kelly was the daughter of Irish immigrants and came to Buffalo with her family when she was 3.…

Aug. 12, 1965 – July 24, 2017 Dr. Anthony J. Bianchi Jr., of Williamsville, a chiropractor for more than 20 years, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 51. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Maryvale High School, where he played varsity baseball, football and hockey. He attended the Unive…

About 120 golfers, many of them veterans, are expected to play Saturday at Concord Crest Golf Course in East Concord in the third annual Stars & Stripes classic annual golf tournament to benefit area veterans groups. Proceeds from the tournament will go to Dog Tags New York, Patriot Guard Riders and the Capt. John J. Levulis Memorial Foundation. Proceeds also will p…

The developer of the Dockside Village apartment complex in East Amherst is planning an expansion onto Transit Road. Rane Property Management plans to construct two buildings at 10800 Transit Road, just north of the Dockside Parkway entrance into the development. The first building would have offices or retail on the first floor and eight fully furnished, extended-sta…

A "zombie home" in the Village of Williamsville that has been a nuisance to neighbors will be demolished, the Village Board decided this week. The home at 96 S. Long St., south of the Lehigh Memorial Trail, has been the subject of numerous complaints from residents about rats and the tattered tarp covering the roof, said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. A "zombie home" is a vac…

WASHINGTON -- EMILY's List, a political group that promotes women in politics, announced Thursday that it will target Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, in the November 2018 election. “Women voters are furious at his shameful lack of courage and leadership – especially when it comes to protecting the safety and well-being of their families," said Stephanie S…

Erie County wants to spend $50,000 to assist human trafficking victims forced into sexual slavery and controlled through addiction to opioid drugs. The International Institute of Buffalo was the only non-health organization to be recommended for one of three county grants to help residents break the fatal grip of the opioid epidemic. "We really want to start these pr…

The National Labor Relations Board issued a summary judgment last week ordering the Elderwood at Grand Island nursing home to bargain with the collective bargaining unit 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, which employees joined in October 2016. The NLRB stated that Elderwood of Grand Island has "engaged in unfair labor practices" by refusing to recognize the barg…

Field & Fork Network has kicked off the fourth season of its Double Up Food Bucks program, designed to increase access to fresh, healthy foods for low-income consumers by matching federal food assistance benefits dollar-for-dollar, up to $20 per day. The new season will include more than 90 sites across 11 Western New York counties and will include the cities of Buf…

FMC Corp. plans to begin cleanup work along a shallow tributary stream in Middleport next year as part of the removal of arsenic-laden soil in the village. Twenty-six properties will be affected along the stream west of Main Street and south of the Erie Canal, according to John-Paul Rossi, FMC remediation project manager. In the 20th century, FMC discharged industrial …

A 63-acre parcel on Lake Ontario that includes both wetlands and mature forest will be permanently protected from development under an arrangement between the owners and the Western New York Land Conservancy. Thomas and Susan Carestia, who have lived on the property on Lower Lake Road in Somerset since 2001, signed a perpetual conservation easement for the land. Th…

Vanessa Glushefsky – the Democratic candidate for county comptroller – tops the list of endorsements from the Western New York Area Labor Federation, one of the region’s top union organizations. Democrat Bernard Tolbert also received the group’s nod for sheriff. In the County Legislature, the federation backs Democrats April Baskin in District 2, Peter Savage…