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A trio of brothers has completed the first of three buildings in a new apartment complex in Hamburg, with plans to bring a total of 45 new housing units to a four-acre site surrounded by woods. The 19,000-square-foot, three-story building was constructed by Best Brothers Development LLC at 4779 South Park Ave., near Southwestern Boulevard, as the first stage of The Wood…

Payless ShoeSource is closing stores in the Northtown Plaza and Lockport. The stores join five others in Erie and Niagara counties that previously were marked for closure. Payless filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April and immediately announced the closing of 400 stores nationwide as part of its reorganization plan. The five store closings announced at t…

Light coming from the psychedelic Ring Nebula left the nebula around 260 B.C., during the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage. It got here, about 2,280 light years away, and the nebula, one of the most famous interstellar clouds of gas and dust, will be part of Penn Dixie's summer astronomy program at 8 p.m. July 29. Telescopes will focus on two visible planets, …

A teacher who was in the midst of the chaos in the Hamburg Central School District has retired, ending the district's three-year effort to fire her. The School Board approved social studies teacher Martha Kavanaugh's retirement during a special meeting Saturday morning. The retirement was effective July 1. Kavanaugh had been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 15, 2…

Two Frank Lloyd Wright historic site-inspired yoga classes the season's first salsa class in Delaware Park (depending on the weather) and a state pickleball tournament in Amherst are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY …

The Village of Hamburg is looking to its West End for growth so the village can avoid future fiscal stress, and it is getting community input on proposals. "It's all about repurposing what we've got," said special projects coordinator Paul Becker. One possibility being studied is consolidating the village Public Works Department on Pleasant Avenue, the Erie County Hi…

Town of Hamburg highway superintendent candidate Ted Casey says orange highway signs erected by his opponent show a "blatant disregard" for the rules of the road. He complained about the signs at a Town Board meeting last month, and he also asked the Federal Highway Administration about them. But Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. said Casey doesn't know what he's t…

Frontier Central Superintendent Bret Apthorpe has been named superintendent at Jamestown Public Schools. Apthorpe, a native of Mayville, will start Sept. 1. He was hired at Frontier three years ago from Fairport Central, where he was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Jamestown and Frontier are similar in size. Apthorpe has overseen about 4,8…

Hamburg, apparently, has no plans to become a sanctuary community, but the nation's immigration debate came to the town this week when the Town Board took up a routine application for a federal grant that would help pay for a new police officer. Included in the application was a clause requiring the town to adhere to the federal statute widely seen as prohibiting sanct…

They squished the doughnut hole, at least for now. Residents opposed to a proposed 45-lot patio home subdivision in Hamburg challenged a rezoning in State Supreme Court - and won. The judge voided the rezoning, putting the subdivision on hold. But the developer plans to appeal the decision. "We were surprised, we couldn't believe it," said Michele Claus of Kast Place…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Frontier Central School Board voters are overwhelmingly in favor of the district offering veterans a partial property tax exemption on their school taxes, according to a straw poll conducted by the district. Nearly 80 percent said they would be in favor of an exemption. About 40 percent favored giving veterans exemptions of up to $30,000 on property values, and about 33…