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Street lights will be installed next year along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where five pedestrians have been struck and killed since 2013. The nearly $1 million project between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda calls for new lights along the 3.3 miles from the I-290 north to the border with Niagara County to improve pedestrian safety and driver visibility. …

When James Helminiak of Buffalo first scratched off his winning lottery ticket, he thought something had to be wrong. Instead, everything was just fine – to the tune of $1 million. Helminiak, 52, was introduced Friday as the New York Lottery's latest local big winner. He won the top prize on the New York Poker ticket, which Helminiak has played since 2005. Helmi…

A household hazardous waste drop-off will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Tonawanda Public Works Garage, 758 Erie Ave. Organized by the Niagara County Refuse Disposal District, it's a chance to safely dispose of paint, automotive fluids, pesticides, fertilizers, driveway sealer, pool chemicals and household cleaners. Also Saturday, an electronics…

Four Niagara Falls elementary schools will get air conditioning if at least 60 percent of voters approve a $55 million package of school building projects in a Dec. 12 referendum. The Board of Education unanimously approved the plan Thursday. Superintendent Mark R. Laurrie said a supermajority is needed at the polls because bonding for the up-front cost of the project …

The titanium screws inserted in Amber Simone Baker Chinn’s skull when she was 6 months old are still in her head. And they probably will be for the rest of her life. But that hasn't stopped the singer/songwriter from performing on TV or wanting to give back to the hospital that made an imperfect baby look "fine." Baker Chinn was born with a rare condition with…

When it comes to weight gain, we are about to enter the danger zone. Halloween is the first obstacle in these parts when it comes to greater eating and drinking temptations. Coupled with temperatures that are about to sink, and you have a combination that's enough to make the health-conscious scream. "It sounds like an oxymoron but we can approach this time of year w…

More than 100 apartment units in three Tonawanda complexes were acquired this week for more than $4.62 million, as a longtime owner unloaded the properties. Richard J. Williams, through three entities, sold the Williamsburg Village Apartments, Colonial Village Apartments and Englewood Avenue Apartments to limited-liability companies managed by John J. Edwards, but owned…

The  Metro Rail expansion into the former DL&W terminal appears back on track after Congress last week restored money that the Trump administration had canceled for a federal grant initiative. Now Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins are starting a process they hope will produce a key transportation and commercial center in the old Delaware, Lackawanna an…

Ryan Gurnett landed a string of data entry and customer service jobs after college, and the hot flashes, queasy stomach and extreme fatigue he struggled with since high school intensified. Pain came and went in various parts of his body. He started to fall asleep on drives to and from work. By the time he hit 30, it wasn’t a matter of if he would have to stop working,…

FAMILY Halloween showing. Of the classic silent film, “Phantom of the Opera,” 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27), with live organ music, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Organist and Choirmaster Garrett Martin will accompany the film with an improvised score. Guests are invited to wear Halloween costumes to this family-friendly event. Free. Healthy Minds E…

A plan to build a $50 million multi-use arena at Spaulding Park Commerce Center has  emerged as a contentious issue in the City of Tonawanda mayoral race, with both candidates arguing about the validity of the plan. Mayor Rick Davis says the arena project is dead. His Republican opponent,  Third Ward Councilman Tim Toth, says it's still a viable idea. Toth said Ri…

EduKids, the region's largest day care business, has won approval to build a new, $2.5 million day-care center on Main Street in Amherst just outside the town's only gated community. EduKids plans to move its center now located at 235 College Parkway to a building it would own at 6286 Main St., near Stonham Way, on a 1.7-acre parcel along the driveway that leads into Ma…

A fire at a vacant house at 212 Watson Street early Friday spread to an adjacent house at 208 Watson, fire officials said. The blaze was reported just before 1 a.m. No one was injured and the fire caused $60,000 in damage to 212 Watson and $10,000 to 208 Watson, which was also believed to be vacant. The cause of the fire was under investigation.   &…

A celebration of the rich history of Corpus Christi Church will take place  Oct. 29 as the community gathers to mark the 110th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone. A Mass celebrated in English and Polish will begin the day at 11 a.m. It will be followed with a talk by historian Martin Ederer, who will describe the laying of the cornerstone. A short film will…

A child custody dispute resulted in the arrest of a Buffalo man for driving while intoxicated Thursday, police said. Buffalo police were called to a Hertel Avenue address where they encountered a woman who told them that she did not want to release a child in her custody for visitation purposes. She said she feared the individual to whom she was supposed to turn the chi…

A Buffalo man faces up to seven years in prison following his guilty plea on a bank robbery charge Thursday in Erie County Court. Harry Charnock, 60, pleaded guilty to robbery in the Third Degree before before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi. According to prosecutors, about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 23,  Charnock robbed the Bank of America at 495 Elmwood Ave. P…