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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. …

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 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 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 …

Rudra Management and Rosewood Hotels has paid $6.5 million to add a Courtyard by Marriott in Amherst to its growing portfolio of hotels, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. The Cheektowaga-based group bought the 108-room hotel at 4100 Sheridan Drive, near the Youngmann Memorial Highway interchange, from DelMonte Hotel Group of Rochester. …

A handwritten letter sat along the edge of the Niagara River in Broderick Park on Thursday morning. Below an American flag and beside a blue pumpkin and bouquets of flowers, the one-page note in blue cursive lettering was fastened to one of the bouquets. It was addressed to Buffalo Police Officer Craig E. Lehner. The author described herself as "a grateful Buffalo…

Two multi-family residential projects on Virginia and Genesee streets received variances Wednesday from the Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing them to proceed despite being larger than what the Green Code allows. The Zoning Board gave its assent to Hispanics United's proposal to build its new La Plaza senior housing community at 253 Virginia St., with 46 units of…

Amherst's supervisor wants to build a community center in Northwest Amherst, but several issues have to be resolved first. The town and Sweet Home Central School District have identified a possible location on Sweet Home Road, just north of Westwind Lane, but the district-owned parcel contains wetlands. Officials are waiting to see if the state will allow a center to bu…

A new boutique hotel is coming to Delaware Avenue. Developer Noel Sutton, who has previously specialized in restoring long-neglected homes and other buildings in Allentown, has acquired a three-story brick-and-masonry building at 1296 Delaware Ave., which he plans to convert into the nine-room Viceroy Hotel, with off-street parking. Sutton paid $415,000 to buy it from J…

The Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday granted a pair of variances to allow construction of a proposed five-story apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, despite opposition by a few neighbors. John and Ruth Ann Daly, through O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build the 32-unit apartment complex on the site of a longtime f…

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian fossil fuel delivery company, has given the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Department an $8,000 grant to purchase an extractor drying cabinet that will be used to remove carcinogens from firefighters' gear. "At one time, wearing a sooty, dirty helmet might have been considered the cool thing to do, almost like a battle scar," said Grand Island Dep…