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The Amherst Conservative Committee has endorsed a slate of Democrats for November’s elections.Chairman William L. Kindel announced that the committee is supporting Council Member Mark A. Manna for supervisor against incumbent Republican Barry A. Weinstein.The Conservatives also support Democrats Patricia S. Dunne and Ramona D. Popowich for Town Board, and Kara A. Buscagl…

Canisius College has received a $10,000 grant from Honeywell’s Buffalo Research Laboratory to help it host the annual Western New York Chapter of the International Chemistry Olympiad.The Chemistry Olympiad, sponsored in the U.S. by the American Chemical Society, promotes interest and achievement in high school chemistry with local, national and international competitions…

The annual Taste of Diversity Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29 on Grant Street, between Lafayette and Auburn avenues. The festival will showcase a variety of foods, clothing, jewelry and more, as well as musicians and dancers representing the cultural heritage of Buffalo’s West Side.For more information, go to www.tasteofdiversity.org.

The 2013 Twilight Tour of Mansions will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. June 21. The tour begins at Canisius High School and allows a glimpse inside homes of Buffalo’s Golden Age in the Delaware-West Ferry neighborhood. Tickets are $30 per person.A VIP package, which includes a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at the Garret Club, costs $65. For reservations and additional in…

The Brown administration will wait to seek Common Council approval on a tentative 15-year contract for city firefighters until the control board has a chance to review it. Council members had expected that it would take up the contract when it meets today, but the administration will not seek lawmakers’ approval until after the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority meets Ju…

Holmes Elementary School and Kenmore Middle School would close under an option most favored by a focus group of residents who met over the weekend to review a consolidation study for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.But school officials emphasized that the group’s input is just one part of the process.“There is nothing that’s etched in stone,” School B…

About three dozen people, all clad in hooded sweatshirts, marched down Bailey Avenue on Monday afternoon, holding signs and chanting on the day jury selection began for the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed teenager Trayvon Martin last year.Drivers showed approval by honking their horns at the marchers' signs, which bore slogans suc…

Erie County Democrats are heading toward election season in disarray once again after an anti-headquarters faction of town chairmen complained to state party leaders that Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner failed to convene endorsement meetings for County Legislature candidates.The result, they say, is a free-for-all of primary contests from challengers recognizing the opening cre…

Clarence High School was the scene Monday of yet another rowdy meeting on the district’s controversial budget, with yelling, finger-pointing and even a few tears.But with school officials warning that Clarence is “on the brink of educational insolvency,” there was also a finality and a sense that this divided town has taken all the fighting it can handle.People from …

The John R. Oishei foundation gave Buffalo CarShare a $100,000 challenge grant to help double CarShare’s fleet of automobiles. The nonprofit organization launched its “Get There” campaign Monday and hopes to raise $300,000 by 2015 to expand from 15 to 30 vehicles. The new campaign aims to bring cars to neighborhoods that need the services the most – like the lower …

Area shopping malls have been busy adding new attractions.H&M, a Sweden-headquartered retailer known for its trendy yet affordable clothing, will open at noon Thursday in Boulevard Mall. The 22,000-square-foot store will occupy part of the former Abercrombie & Fitch site in the corridor between Macy’s and the mall’s food court. It will have its own exterior entrance on…

Banker-turned-developer Paul Kolkmeyer and two partners have acquired the Dun Building in downtown Buffalo from Michael Joseph’s Clover Management as an investment.Kolkmeyer and Greg Suffoletto of Priam Enterprises, together with a third anonymous partner, paid $1.325 million for the 10-story edifice, acting through 110 Pearl LLC, according to brokers Robert Roller and A…

Deputies with the Erie County sheriff’s Marine Unit have arrested a 32-year-old man for boating while intoxicated after he was stopped for going too fast near Gallagher Beach on Sunday night.The deputies spotted a personal watercraft going faster than the permitted 5 mph within 100 feet of shore at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. After they detected a strong alcoholic odor and c…

An East Aurora man faces drunken driving charges after Erie County sheriff’s officials said he was speeding while drunk early Sunday on Grand Island.Max Nelson, 29, was swerving and speeding on East River Road at 3:20 a.m., officials said. A breath test measured his blood-alcohol content at 0.17 percent, officials said, more than twice the legal limit.Nelson was convicte…

The African American Cultural Center will host its third annual Afternoon Tea Social from 2 to 4 p.m. June 30.A string quartet from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform, as well as local opera singer Theresa Humes-Jordan.Also featured will be finger sandwiches, treats, a ticket auction and a fancy hat contest. Donations are $30 for adults and $15 for children be…