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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday unanimously approved plans by the developer of One Seneca Tower to scale back a couple of new secondary buildings on the site, and introduce smaller spaces for local retailers that architects are calling "pavilions." The seven new, smaller retail spaces will each be about 434 square feet and will line the east plaza edge along Washingt…

Ice skating, swimming, bowling and indoor golf are some of amenities available as the Town of Tonawanda begins its fall recreation schedule. Information and sign ups available at Youth, Parks and Recreation, 299 Decatur Road. The Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome reopens on Oct. 1 and offers both miniature golf, tee stations and putting greens, 175 Brompton Road. Youth h…

A Williamsville street is slated for a makeover with "green infrastructure" improvements, including stormwater retention planters and permeable paving. South Long Street and Village Square Lane will also be paved and parking and sidewalks will be added to both sides of the roads, which border South Long Park. The Village Board  awarded the work to Occhino Corp. for …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, born on this date in 1946, “Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” . . . STITCH IN TIME – The Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild will begin its new season at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter…

It's been nice boating weather, but the Hamburg town boat launch is closed, and some are asking for a refund, town officials said. A pylon and one of the docks floated away last month during a storm. Repairing the old dock will cost about $10,000, plus $10,000 for the pylon, while a new dock would cost about $30,000 without the pylon, Highway Superintendent Tom Best …

The City of Tonawanda Common Council narrowly passed a local law Monday that would allow the city to raise the tax levy if the proposed 2018 budget exceeds the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap. The measure failed last week in a 2-2 tie vote, with Councilman Chuck Gilbert absent. Gilbert's vote helped pass the measure Monday, 3-2. But Gilbert said he'd rescind his yes…

Evans would pay county for its policing manpowerThe Another Voice comment of Sept. 18 titled, “County needs to fund sheriff’s road patrol fairly,” erroneously states if the Town of Evans were to replace the Evans police force with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, “all of Erie County taxpayers will subsidize their police services.” It appears that the write…

Jim Kelly made news Monday by expressing his opinion on the Bills' protest during the national anthem prior to Sunday's victory over the Denver Broncos. Listen to Kelly on his weekly appearance of "The Jim Kelly Show" on 97 Rock here:   http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/25/jerry-hughes-jim-kelly-things-say-us-team-come-talk-us/ http://buffalonews.com/2017…

Drunken-driving arrests dipped 10.8 percent this summer in Erie County. Officials attribute the decline to smarter choices by drivers, tougher penalties against offenders and possibly new ride-hailing options like Uber and Lyft. The number of DWI arrests fell to 532 from July 3 to Sept. 17, compared with 597 during the same period last year, according to the Erie Cou…

The Buffalo office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has reached out to Mayor Willie Rosas of Dunkirk, and the senator's staff members have promised to assist the mayor in the quest to reach his mother. As The Buffalo News reported earlier today, Rosas and his three siblings have been unable to reach their mother, Rosalia, 79, for six days, since Hurricane Maria caused sweep…

Erie County saw a small uptick the homicide rate last year, but the overall crime rate dropped slightly, according a Buffalo News analysis of data released by the FBI on Monday. Both the violent and property crime rates fell last year in Buffalo, according to FBI data. Reports of violent crime increased in Niagara County by 9 percent, where the overall crime rate als…

A Buffalo street gang member faces a mandatory life sentence after a jury found him guilty Monday of conspiracy and murder. The verdict, reached after a trial that focused on the gang's rap music videos, means the jury found Schuele Boys member Roderick Arrington responsible for the revenge killing of Quincy Balance  in August 2012. The jury, which found Arrington …

Buffalo General Medical Center is getting a makeover. The hospital's exterior at 100 High St. will no longer have a brown-and-beige color theme, but will update its colors to off-white with cadet blue panels, according to Kaleida Health. The new look will match Buffalo General's surroundings, including Gates Vascular Institute and Oishei Children's Hospital. Interio…

Mary Howard, a sixth-grade teacher at Grand Island Central School District's Veronica E. Connor Middle School was selected as one of five finalists for the 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year Award. Brockport Schools' fourth-grade teacher Christopher Albrecht was selected the teacher of the year. Howard said her only regret in not coming home with the top award w…