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The City of Tonawanda will welcome residents and visitors alike for a variety of events from informational neighborhood tours to festivals. Coming up: Veterans Park Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 in Veteran's Park with food, activities, a basket raffle and a pumpkin patch. Comprehensive Plan Tours, two hour walking tours of four city neighborhoods to …

Residents on Fareway Lane and Carter Creek started raising red flags about the paving on their streets over a week ago, complaining about tire ruts, holes, footprints and other rough patches as well as dangerous low spots in the paving material. They complained that the paving material was also being tracked into their driveways and yards. "You could literally scoop thi…

The new home for Williamsville East High School athletics includes about 260,000 square feet of artificial turf for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball and football. A grand opening ceremony, including a ribbon-cutting and brief remarks from school officials, begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the school at 151 Paradise Road, Amherst. Overflow parking will be …

Given the focus on policing here and nationally, you’d think departments wanting to stay out of the cross hairs would fall all over themselves to respond when the New York Civil Liberties Union tried to find out how open and transparent they are. You’d be wrong. And if the NYCLU had to go to court to get basic information – as it did with the Buffalo Police Departm…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor and comedian Bill Murray, born on this date in 1950, “The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30 percent of their ice cream.”  . . RECOVERY MODE – Pet owners affected by Hurricane Irma will benefit as Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency, holds a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to…

It took 13 years, but the 250-plus administrators for the Buffalo Public Schools finally have a new contract that includes raises. But, for the first time, it also requires contributions toward their health insurance. The deal also came with some caution for the cash-strapped school district. The Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday approved, 8-0, a three-year de…

A new office for a physician practice at 564 Niagara St. is now seeing patients – and it represents some big changes. The $6 million, 40,000-square-foot building that houses the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network is one of the largest projects on the city's lower West Side in recent years. Physicians and other health care providers in the group w…

A free after-school program that introduced soccer to thousands of Buffalo kids over the years is getting a big boost from a big donor. Soccer for Success was awarded $650,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, bringing total contributions to $1.4 million and allowing the program to not only keep running but expand to new locations and serve more kids. It's wel…

Platter's Chocolate will celebrate National Sponge Candy Day with a three-day festival on Thursday through Saturday at the Wurlitzer Building, 908 Niagara Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda. The Sponge Candy Fest will begin Thursday with all day sampling and candy-making demonstrations at the factory, and a magic show from 7 to 8 p.m. On Friday there will be a beer and c…

ALBANY — Indictments against six defendants in the Buffalo Billion case have been amended, for the second time, after defense lawyers sought to get the corruption case dismissed. The previously amended indictment against the six individuals is being changed “to provide further clarification of the government’s theory in its case,’’ Acting U.S. Attorney Joon K…

Universal prekindergarten spots are still available in the Amherst Central Schools' program for the 2017-18 school year, district officials said. Pre-K is provided at Amherst Community Church Child Care Center, 77 Washington Highway; Amherst Nursery School, 350 Saratoga Road; and Windermere Elementary School, 291 Windermere Blvd. Transportation is available only to th…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council did not pass a local law on Tuesday that would have allowed the city to override the state's 2 percent cap on a tax levy increase. "For a city like ours, to stay under the 2 percent tax cap requires some drastic cuts in services," said Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp. "This budget is all salaries and benefits." The city has had to over…