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1) 103.3. The Edge's Halloween Bash, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in The Cove (4701 Transit Road, Depew). Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Commentary: Hosted by Edge personalities Shredd and Ragan, the first big Halloween bash of the season rolls to Depew, where $2,000 will be doled out for the best costume - plus $500 for best Pennywise the Clown, the haunting Stephen Ki…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to rapper and actor Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Broadus Jr. on this date in 1971, “If you stop at general math, you’re only going to make general math money.” . . . WINNING TICKET – Friedens United Church of Christ, 190 Vandervoort St., North Tonawanda, will open its Fall/Holiday Theme Basket Auction at 10 a.m. Saturday, with drawings at 1 p.m…

A proposed Delta Sonic that would replace Menne Nursery on Niagara Falls Boulevard cleared a key hurdle at Thursday's meeting of the Amherst Planning Board. The Planning Board voted, 5-1, to recommend rezoning the 10-acre property between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Old Niagara Falls Boulevard, north of East Robinson Road, from general business to motor service. The …

City of Tonawanda Police on Thursday were seeking a man in connection with an attempted robbery in the city. The incident took place at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Tops Market at 150 Niagara St. in the City of Tonawanda, according to police. According to police, the man demanded that a supermarket employee open a cash register, but fled when the employee refused. …

Attorneys for the Buffalo police officer accused of tripping and injuring a prisoner at Central Booking want a non-jury trial in late November. City Court Judge Joseph A. Fiorella held off on the request, saying it could be discussed when Officer Joseph R. Hassett and his lawyers return Nov. 2 to discuss pending motions. A new charge of making a punishable false writ…

The City of Lockport is offering early bidding for a house scheduled to be sold at the city foreclosure auction — but only from buyers who pledge to fix up 11 South St. and live there for at least three years. Planning and Development Director Brian M. Smith said prospective bidders must call 439-6688, and the city will take the best offer that comes in by noon Nov. 3…

Ivan Perez, who held a machete to his daughters' throats Feb. 3 and then held Niagara Falls police at bay during a one-hour standoff, was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison. "He knows what he did was awful," said defense attorney Christopher A. Privateer. Perez has a history of mental health problems and substance abuse, the attorney said. "He wasn't o…

Christopher M. Wright, who is awaiting sentencing for molesting a 13-year-old Williamsville girl and who was arrested last week on charges of sexually assaulting another girl, now faces charges in connection with a third victim. Wright, 45, of Oakwood Drive, Pendleton, was charged Wednesday with six more counts — two felonies and four misdemeanors — in connection wi…

Rudra Management and Rosewood Hotels has paid $6.5 million to add a Courtyard by Marriott in Amherst to its growing portfolio of hotels, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. The Cheektowaga-based group bought the 108-room hotel at 4100 Sheridan Drive, near the Youngmann Memorial Highway interchange, from DelMonte Hotel Group of Rochester. …

ALBANY – No more elephants in circuses and parades. Legislation that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed Thursday forbids their use in those and other entertainment events. The prohibition does not kick in for two years. “Once again, New York State is proving to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves,’’ said state Sen. Terrence Murphy, a Westchester Co…

A handwritten letter sat along the edge of the Niagara River in Broderick Park on Thursday morning. Below an American flag and beside a blue pumpkin and bouquets of flowers, the one-page note in blue cursive lettering was fastened to one of the bouquets. It was addressed to Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. The author described herself as "a grateful Buffalo…

Two multi-family residential projects on Virginia and Genesee streets received variances Wednesday from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing them to proceed despite being larger than what the Green Code allows. The Zoning Board gave its assent to Hispanics United's proposal to build its new La Plaza senior housing community at 253 Virginia St., with 46 units of…

The Buffalo Niagara job market laid an egg in September. While job growth has slowed to a crawl for most of this year, hiring turned negative in September, with the region losing 3,500 jobs from September 2016 to September 2017, according to new data released Thursday by the state Labor Department. It was the worst job loss for any month over the past 7 1/2 years, da…

Cheyenne N. Buck, who rushed into a Niagara Falls street fight April 14 to punch and stab a woman, was sentenced Thursday to 1 1/3 to four years in prison. It was the most Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III could have given Buck, 22, of Seventh Street for her plea to attempted second-degree assault. Buck told a probation officer in a presentencing interview …

Niagara University has renamed its dining hall in honor of local restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore. The Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons recently underwent an $8 million renovation. Salvatore, who received an honorary doctorate from Niagara last year, made what the university called "a generous gift." The university did not disclose the amount. The dining facility…

Amherst's supervisor wants to build a community center in Northwest Amherst, but several issues have to be resolved first. The town and Sweet Home Central School District have identified a possible location on Sweet Home Road, just north of Westwind Lane, but the district-owned parcel contains wetlands. Officials are waiting to see if the state will allow a center to bu…