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Edward Cavan was reelected to the Erie 1 BOCES School Board for his eighth term, and longtime Cheektowaga School Board Member Renee Wilson also was elected in a vote of member districts Tuesday. Wilson will fill the position held by Judith Katz, who is retiring from the board after serving on it for 40 years. “Words cannot express our gratitude for Mrs. Katz’s unwave…

The Teacher's Desk has been awarded a total of $12,500 by First Niagara Foundation and KeyBank Foundation so the store on Northampton Street can expand its literacy program. The Teacher's Desk - where teachers of students in need shop free of charge for schools supplies, reading materials and classroom resources - will use the funds to acquire and distribute more than 2…

Buffalo

The newest affordable housing complex in the city is now open for residents, as sponsor Regan Development Corp. completed its $17.3 million makeover of the former Buffalo Milk Co. building on the West Side into new residential units. The Westchester County developer, who acquired the aging industrial facility at 885 Niagara St. in June 2016 for $140,000, converted the 7…

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A gunman robbed a Riverside 7-Eleven early Friday morning, according to a Buffalo police report. The robber hopped over the counter at the convenience store at Ontario and Skillen streets at 4:23 a.m. and pointed what appeared to be a black handgun at an employee's head, demanding money from the register. The robber swiped more than 40 packs of cigarettes and fled no…

Buffalo

A Buffalo woman told police a man slashed three of the tires on her parked car earlier this week after she said she accidentally cut him off in the Tops parking lot on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo. The incident happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. The woman told police the SUV driver watched her walk into the store and then damaged the tires while a man and two child…

Buffalo

A taxi driver crashed into another vehicle when a fare tried robbing him at gunpoint early Friday morning just north of Delaware Park, according to a Buffalo police report. The attempted robbery happened on Middlesex Road between Delaware Avenue and Lincoln Parkway. The taxi driver told police he picked up two men at about 1:45 a.m. at the Utica Street Station at Main a…

Columns

Andrew Krzesinski cannot make it to a dinner Saturday honoring Bob Scott for his impending retirement, a dinner so big the organizers had to move it from the gymnasium at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute to the downtown Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Yet Krzesinski, 42, already said what he needed to say to Scott. He caught up with him at an event a few months ago …

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A Hilbert College freshman who is accused of making threats to fellow students was arrested by Town of Hamburg Police this week. Breandan Mantz, 19, of Newark, N.Y., was arraigned Friday in Hamburg Town Court on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and one charge of menacing, all misdemeanors. Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman set bail at $…

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The developer that plans to transform Amherst's Northtown Plaza into a regional shopping and entertainment destination has started removing asbestos from the aging, largely vacant retail buildings that remain on the site. Massachusetts-based WS Development wants to start demolition on the old buildings and construction on the new buildings in the next 60 days, with a ho…

Business

With CannonDesign looking into the possibility of leaving Grand Island, the Grand Island Town Board is starting to make a wish list for the site. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray stressed that Cannon isn’t moving at this point, but he said he did reach out to the company after a recent news report suggested the company is looking at real estate in Buffalo. The bo…

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Racing fans must wait two more weeks to hear those engines roar, said Timothy R. Packman president of Lancaster Speedway. "Queen City Clash," originally scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, was pushed to May 5, said Packman, adding that unseasonable weather was the factor. "We can't get in there with the snow cover," said Packman. "And it's cold." More than $500,000 wor…

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Work can now proceed on a $15.5 million Hampton by Hilton hotel planned for Amherst's Northtown Center. The town's Planning Board Thursday approved the project's site plan and found it would not harm the environment. The Planning Board tabled its review last month to give Uniland Development Co. time to submit a revised site plan. The project had received a mixed rea…

Buffalo

In February, a state agency ranked the Erie County jails among the worst-run in New York. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard told county lawmakers Thursday that the ranking says more about the state Commission of Correction than it does about the lockups he oversees. "I ask that this body remain open-minded to the possibility -- at least the possibility -- that the state is b…

Amherst

The financially troubled CCS Oncology, once one of the region's largest private cancer practices, will shut down operations next week. CCS Oncology and CCS Medical, its non-oncology branch, began mailing notices of the closing to about 1,000 patients on Thursday, two weeks after the practice filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. That figure includes patients activ…