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NIAGARA FALLS – A new Hampton Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard that has been in the planning stages for a couple of years is scheduled to open the third week in January.Construction on the four-story, 79-room hotel, located at 6500 Niagara Falls Blvd., began in May, said Ramesh Patel, the local hotelier who is developing the project under the name Falls Hotel LLC.Patel, of…

Lewiston Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St., Lewiston. Following the business meeting, Joe Manuel, master gardener with the Erie County Cooperative Extension, will discuss the advantages of organic gardening. New members and guests are welcome. For information, call 297-5925....Hamburg House and Garden Club will mee…

Rumors about possible disciplinary action against a principal brought teachers and parents to a Hamburg Central School Board special meeting Thursday night, but no action was taken.Wearing “Team Boston Valley” T-shirts, about a dozen teachers and staff from Boston Valley Elementary School stood in support of their principal as second-grade teacher Melissa Quinones spok…

Ford Motor Co. is investing $682 million (U.S.) in its Oakville, Ont., assembly plant, a decision expected to benefit its stamping plant on Route 5 in the Town of Hamburg.The Hamburg plant has close ties with the Oakville site, stamping metal body parts for the Ford Edge and Flex and the Lincoln MKX and MKT assembled at the plant outside of Toronto.Ford says the new inve…

William W. Wilson, the brother of a fugitive accused of orchestrating a multi-million dollar fraud, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to 18 months of probation.By all accounts, Wilson, a 23-year-old student at Ohio State University, was a minor player in the investment scheme that federal prosecutors claim was operated by his brother and c…

A company that operates several local golf clubs in the area is accused of stealing tips from its workers.Texas-based Century Golf Partners, which does business as Arnold Palmer Golf Management, operates the Fox Valley Club in Lancaster, the Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg and the Tan Tara Golf Club in North Tonawanda. A class-action lawsuit filed against the company in …

The search for a possible missing surfer off Hamburg Beach was called off after several hours Tuesday night, and officials said the report of a missing person apparently was unfounded.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Hamburg police and fire crews ended the search just before 10:30 p.m.Officials speculate that the person who called in the report …

The Hamburg Central School Board will conduct a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the Union auditorium at Union Pleasant Elementary School, 150 Pleasant Ave. It is anticipated that the board will adjourn into executive session at 6 p.m. and return to regular session at 7 p.m.The agenda is to be placed on the school district website Wednesday.

HamburgPostal customers looking for the Hamburg Mail and More Contract Postal Unit (CPU) will find it inside the Fancy That store in One Staub Square building, 1 Buffalo St. Customers will continue to have access to stamps and shipping services at the store from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.Also this week:• The Hamburg Villag…

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Buffalo Creek CasinoMichigan Avenue at Perry Street, BuffaloOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a yearPatrons must be 21 or overNumber of games: 808 slot machines, 18 table gamesGaming space: 47,000 square feet Restaurants: Buffalo Savors Grill (cafeteria-style), BC Cafe (quick dining), Stixx Sports BarParking spaces: 725 spaces in the ramp, which is now free but may eventually …

Now that Mayor Byron W. Brown has won the Democratic primary in Buffalo, attention turns outside the city, where suburban politicians are battling to run 25 towns in a world of development, tax caps and state mandates.In Amherst, the well-financed incumbent running on low taxes faces a challenge from a board member riding a populist wave over a hotel development.In Hamburg…

A Blasdell man was accused of vehicular assault and drug charges after a chain-reaction accident late Thursday in a construction zone on the eastbound Thruway in West Seneca, according to state police.Robert Frost, 38, of Angola, was behind the wheel of sports utility vehicle stopped behind a tractor trailer driven by Samuel Fixico, 27, of Sanborn while merging into the co…

A national Muslim organization has encouraged Walmart to rehire the Hamburg store employee who was recently fired after he posted derogatory comments about Muslims.The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote a letter this week to Walmart executive William S. Simon expressing hope that the retail giant will accept an apology from the employee, Terry Earsing, “and if p…

Gibraltar Steel has acquired a new line of solar-powered ventilation products in a $5 million deal that expands the offerings of its new construction and remodeling product lines.The Hamburg-based building materials manufacturer said it acquired the product line from a Nevada-based supplier that it did not identify. The product line had $4 million in sales last year.Compan…