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Amherst for years was known as the town that rarely said no to development. The town saw explosive growth in office parks, hotels and housing subdivisions in recent decades, particularly in the years after the opening of the University at Buffalo North Campus, and during and after Jack Sharpe's tenure as town supervisor from 1976 to 1990. But this year, the Town Boar…

Less than a year since the two sides worked out a new contract to end a 12-year impasse, the Buffalo Public Schools and its teachers union are back at it — this time over what time kids have to go to class and what they do when they are there. The district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, as part of the teachers contract settled last year, agreed to tack on an ad…

Lake Shore Central School District will continue to have a school resource officer for the next three years, thanks to a collaboration between the Seneca Nation of Indians, Town of Evans and the district. Each will commit $53,489 per year for three years, a total of $160,467 each year, to cover salary, benefits and expenses of the Evans town police officer. For the p…

Niagara Falls police have identified the go-kart driver killed in Saturday's crash on Buffalo Avenue as Mark M. Miles, 34. Miles, of Niagara Falls, died at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after he crashed with the driver of a Chevrolet Volt at about 2:45 p.m. on the 1900 block of Buffalo Avenue, police said. Miles' go-kart was heading west on Buffalo Avenue whe…

Feb. 28, 1934 – July 23, 2017 Rev. Robert J. McArtney, the last Catholic chaplain to serve at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna before it closed in 1999, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 83. Father McArtney was assigned as chaplain at OLV in 1987 after serving for 11 years as pastor of St. Francis Cabrini Church in Collins Center. From 1983 to 1987, h…

Jan. 9, 1922 – July 15, 2017 Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Knox, whose husband was a nephew of F.W. Woolworth Co. founder Seymour H. Knox, died July 15 in Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Calif. She was 95. Born Elizabeth Wissel in Forest Hills, Queens, the youngest of four children, she attended Hunter College in New York City and worked as a model for R.H. Mac…

A flood warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday for the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Niagara and Orleans counties, the National Weather Service said. The weather service also urged people to stay out of the water along the shore because of hazardous currents and waves that could be "life-threatening." The weather service called it a "high swim risk" and warned people …

The Citizen Science Community Resources project to collect soil samples to measure emissions from the Tonawanda Coke plant is ongoing and will offer training sessions for new volunteers who want to join CSCR in the field. Tonawanda Coke was ordered by a federal judge in March 2014 to fund the $711,000 study, Those who would like to participate must attend a 90-mi…

One candidate for contested elections in Amherst has raised more money than all the other candidates combined. Erin Baker, a Republican candidate for Town Board, amassed $64,735, according to campaign reports filed last week with the state Board of Elections. She reported $56,800 on-hand after spending $7,935. The next closest candidate is Marjory Jaeger, the town cl…

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will celebrate its accomplishments and chart its course for the future at its annual fundraising event next month aboard the USS Little Rock. The event is scheduled to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 31. "With over two dozen remediation projects completed or active this year, nearly 20 tons of litter removed, and over 2,000 active volunteers…

The annual community building campaign between local police and their neighborhoods – National Night Out – will be celebrated from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1, in Lincoln Park Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd. in the Town of Tonawanda. The Night Out event is hosted by the Town of Tonawanda Youth Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department. Nati…

Julie Gajewski, former assistant principal for K-5 in the Hamburg Central School District, will serve as principal at St. Gregory the Great School in Amherst, the school announced. While working in Hamburg, Gajewski developed and implemented a positive behavior program, and coordinated the Peer Helper and Student Safety Patrol. Before Hamburg, Gajewski served as pri…

At one point during this busy concert season, Lancaster's Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra performed 12 shows in 12 days, said longtime music teacher Ken Kowalski. The orchestra, an extra-curricular organization for Lancaster middle and high school students, is heading for one of its biggest performances of the summer. "Seniors Send-Off" will bid farewell to band m…

Four Williamsville properties are under consideration for local landmark status, including a warehouse that village officials want to remake as a brewery. The village's Historic Preservation Commission has recommended the designation for the building at 34-42 W. Spring St., which is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food …

A new project under construction in Lancaster will feature a rare dual-branded hotel operation, with two different Hilton brands side-by-side under the same roof when it opens next year. The four-story facility under development by Emerald Hospitality Associates Inc. will include both a Home2 Suites and a Tru by Hilton, with a total of 165 rooms. Dubbed the Home2 …