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A man walking down Hodge Avenue late Saturday was robbed of $80 by five or six men, according to Buffalo police reports.The victim was walking away from a gas station around 11:40 p.m. when he turned onto Ashland Avenue and the group of men surrounded him. One demanded money and emptied the victim’s wallet of the cash. All the suspects were dressed in khaki cargo shorts …

Shots were fired into a home on Langfield Drive around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a Buffalo police report. A mother told police an unknown person fired two shots through an open back door at the home, narrowly missing her son. The shots left bullet holes in the kitchen walls.The son left the home without providing any details about the suspects, according to the repo…

AmherstThe 25th annual Taste of Williamsville will be held Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. in Island Park, behind Village Hall, 5565 Main St.The festival will include food and drinks from more than 20 local restaurants.Also this week:• The Amherst Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St.…

EvansThe Evans Town Board is holding a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8787 Erie Road.Also this week:• The Southtowns Community Action Organization of WNY Angola Office and the Town of Evans Police Department are holding its 30th Anniversary of National Night Out on Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Centennial Park, Center St in the Village of Angola behind the Angola Po…

Loren Smith is executive director of Buffalo Audubon Society, but birds weren’t always his business.As a child he recalled digging for fossils along the banks of Eighteen Mile Creek. The experience, Smith said, was a big reason the Amherst native became a paleontologist. After attending Calasanctius School, Smith studied geology at the University of Chicago and spent fiv…

Southern Erie CountyThe Town of Elma will hold its 5th annual Elma Night Out on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Elma Village Green Park.This is a family event and there will be free shuttle service with Iroquois School Buses from the Elma Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road.Local fire companies will provide education on their various programs and as well as fire safety information fo…

Orchard ParkThere has been talk for months about the Town of Orchard Park buying the Baker Road school from the Orchard Park Central School District.It appears the talk is continuing.Both the Town Board and the School Board, in separate meetings in the last two weeks, have gone into executive session to talk about the sale of real property. The Town Board work session agen…

LancasterLancaster village officials last week signed off on Mayor Paul Maute submitting a grant application for $200,000 to the state Office of Community Renewal to help continue revitalization efforts for the village.The village is re-applying for additional funding through the New York Main Street grant program, after having received $200,000 in grants dating to 2008. T…

Town of TonawandaTown Republicans have endorsed Russell Riggio Jr. for highway superintendent, Town GOP Chairman Mark Tramont announced.Riggio is a 13-year employee of the Erie County Highway Department as a blacksmith. He also serves as grievance chairman for labor union AFSCME 1095. Democrats in May endorsed incumbent William E. Swanson who was appointed to the job in Ma…

LackawannaA special meeting of the Lackawanna City School District Board of Education will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the superintendent’s conference room 202, 245 South Shore Boulevard, Lackawanna.Also this week:• Lackawanna’s “National Night Out” event, sponsored by the Lackawanna Youth Bureau and Board and the Lackawanna police and fire departments, will begi…

Grand IslandStep right up and help the Miracle League build a handicapped-accessible playground next to Miracle Field.Several Grand Island businesses and organizations will hold a Miracle League Carnival Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Veteran’s Park, 1717 Bedell Road to raise funds for the project.There will be carnival games, food, raffles, skydiving and autographs …

City of TonawandaMayor Ronald J. Pilozzi has appointed William L. Strassburg as chief of police subject to Common Council approval. Strassburg has served as captain in the city’s police department since June 2010 and interim chief since the retirement of John F. Ivancic, according to a statement from Pilozzi.A city resident, Strassburg joined the force in 1990 and was pr…

East AuroraPaul Hagen left East Aurora when he headed to college decades ago, but it was Miss Fisher, his third grade teacher at Parkdale Elementary School, who asked which team he was rooting for in the World Series and inspired the sports writing career that put his picture on a wall in the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. “You can say I’ve been really lucky. I’v…

West SenecaSouthgate Plaza on Union Road is the place, from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, for the town’s celebration of National Night Out.There will be several informational displays and exhibits, with demonstrations performed by members of various organizations.Police and firefighters will be on hand for “show and tell” presentations about their work – the police K-9 unit…

CheektowagaA police K-9 demonstration and presentation by members of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, among other activities, will be held Tuesday night in Cheektowaga Town Park, as part of the 30th annual National Night Out.While organized activities in the park are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., flashlight walks in neighborhoods begin at 9 p.m. Residents townwide are …