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This is Buffalo Niagara's best opportunity to reverse a half century of decline. But it's entirely possible that the region's big moment could prove to be fleeting. That was readily apparent on Monday, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo visited Niagara Falls for the ribbon cutting on a new DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton and used the occasion to try to rally support for the second…

The Fish Guy of Framingham, Mass., does not want to let Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes off the hook. He wants payment for moving the football player’s tropical fish and aquarium to Buffalo. Joshua Wolfson, aka The Fish Guy, said Spikes owes him $4,045 for taking care of the fish, according to court papers. After waiting more than two years for his money, he o…

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara Inc. will open a drop-in center Thursday at the Lackawanna Public Library. The group hopes that drop-in centers will increase public awareness of literacy services available for those learning to read and decrease the length of time new learners must wait before they begin working with a tutor. At the present time, demand for literac…

The Grand Island School District, in need of substitutes in all job categories, will hold a recruitment fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on  Tuesday, Feb. 28. at Grand Island High School, 1180 Ransom Road. The district is seeking qualified candidates to work in the district office, high school, middle school, three elementary schools, as well as transportation and building a…

The Town of Tonawanda is expanding its recreation offerings, with plans to open a 1.5 mile bike and pedestrian trail this summer that wraps around Lincoln Park. The Lincoln Park trail will run along Decatur Drive to the south, east along Parkhurst Boulevard and then through the park to the north, behind Franklin Elementary and Middle School, and west linking with Parker…

A Lockport woman was arrested Saturday with driving while intoxicated, speeding and consuming alcohol while in a motor vehicle following a traffic stop on Transit Road in the Town of Lockport. Rose A. Opera, 52, was stopped by New York State Troopers for traveling 61 mph in a posted 45 mph speed zone. Opera was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests.  …

NIAGARA FALLS - A speeding car crashed into a moving train on 47th Street at about 3 a.m. Tuesday but no one was injured, according to city police. The train was heading east across 47th Street at Simmons Avenue when the driver, who was heading south on 47th, hit the train, police said. The vehicle was moving at a "high rate of speed" when the crash occurred, accordi…

Hats and attire inspired by the Mad Hatter character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are encouraged at the Feb. 10 gala to benefit the Williamsville Branch Library. The Mad Hatter's Gala begins at 7 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton Street. The event features wine, beer and tea tastings, hors d'oeuvres, live and silent auctions, a theme ba…

NIAGARA FALLS - State police charged a Niagara Falls man with aggravated driving while intoxicated Sunday afternoon on Pine Avenue. A state trooper pulled over a vehicle driven by Robert Magaris Jr., 32, at about 3:10 p.m. because it was missing a license plate, according to State police. Magaris failed field sobriety tests at the scene and registered a blood-alcoh…

Amherst Councilwoman Ramona D. Popowich has decided not to seek a second four-year term on the Town Board. She made the announcement at this month's Amherst Democratic Committee meeting. She and her husband have three adult children and four grandsons who live outside Western New York. "Bill and I want to have the needed time to be a greater part of their lives," Pop…

Paczki, the deep-fried dough orb filled with jam and covered with powdered sugar, will be the main attraction as throngs of hungry celebrants convene next month in Lancaster to mark Annual Paczki Day. The one-day festival is scheduled  from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway. Featuring the Polish Heritage Dancers at 3 …

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite down-and-out lyric from singer and songwriter Warren Zevon, born on this date in 1947, “If California slides into the ocean/ Like the mystics and statistics say it will,/ I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill.” . . . ALL SHOOK UP – Elvis Presley would have turned 82 back on Jan. 8 and, for the Western New York Elvis Appr…

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Niagara Falls police have identified the alleged driver of a vehicle that allegedly struck and severely injured a 19-year-old bicyclist Thursday on Ontario Avenue, before leaving the scene of the accident, police said. Ronald W. Harrison, 61, of Niagara Falls, was charged Monday with a single count of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, a felony, according t…