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One out of every five students receiving an Excelsior Scholarship — New York's new free tuition program — attends a public college or university in Western New York. The University at Buffalo, the state's largest public university, enrolled 1,576 Excelsior recipients in the program's first year, the highest number in the state. The University at Albany and Binghamto…

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 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 Thursday resulted in the arrest of a Buffalo man for driving while intoxicated, 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…

  SUNY or CUNY campus            Excelsior Scholarship recipients University at Buffalo                                                  1,576 University at Albany                                                   1,044 Binghamton University                                           …

Nearly $1 million worth of street lighting is to be installed next year along a stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where five pedestrians have been struck and killed since 2013. The joint project between the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda calls for new lighting along the 3.3 miles from the I-290 north to the border with Niagara County to improve pedestrian safety and dr…

Hours after police recovered Officer Craig Lehner's body from the Niagara River on Tuesday, Buffalo police dispatchers were given the order to call for him one last time. It's known as the end of watch call. Three dispatchers were on duty, all of them distraught. Susan Forero composed herself to make the call, knowing she would get no response. "Radio to K-9 43…

The candidate debates that Ted Lina’s AP students sponsor and host at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute have ranked as one of the premier campaign events each year for more than three decades. Candidates for Congress, county executive, mayor and other offices answered questions in a packed gymnasium that routinely draws a crowd of local reporters and often proves a …

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…