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Members of the union representing Erie County Sheriff’s deputies this week ratified a new seven-year agreement that is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced Wednesday.The new contract with the Erie County Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association was approved 93-35 following a membership vote Tuesday. It marks the third successful contract…

Reversing its position, an Amherst Walmart decided to allow the local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind to hold its annual hot dog sale at the store after all – but the chapter declined the offer.The chapter has held its hot dog sales at the Walmart for more than 10 years without any problems at the new store on Sheridan Drive near Bailey Avenue and the old s…

Buffalo

The recently closed St. Margaret’s School in North Buffalo will be turned into 20 to 25 market-rate apartments, with work expected to begin in 2014.Iskalo Development said it is completing negotiations with the Buffalo Diocese to acquire and develop the three-story school building at 1391 Hertel Ave., on the south side of the street between North Park and Saranac avenues. …

Buffalo

Mayor Byron W. Brown, who rarely faces a public situation where he is not in control, found himself between two men Wednesday who want his job, forced to defend his record on crime, education and jobs. Bernard A. Tolbert, a retired FBI special agent in charge in Buffalo, and Republican Sergio R. Rodriguez debated Brown for the first time during this year’s mayoral campaign…

Buffalo

April 24, 1931 – Aug. 14, 2013Augustine “Chick” Cicatello, a well-known barber whose shop on the Elmwood strip was a fixture for more than 50 years, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 82. Born on the city’s Lower West Side, Mr. Cicatello worked construction for a time before a head injury suffered in a construction accident put him out of work. That acc…

Lancaster

Aug. 8, 1920 – Aug. 10, 2013John L. “Jack” Beilman, of Lancaster, an award-winning engineer who led teams that developed experimental airplanes, died Friday in GreenFields Continuing Care Community, Lancaster, after a short illness. He was 93.Born in Buffalo, he moved with his family to Lancaster in 1933, where he attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and St. Mary’s High S…

Wales resident Bernice Bodekor Possinger received an early birthday gift Tuesday during a meeting of the Wales Town Board – a proclamation honoring her on her 100th birthday.Supervisor Rickey Venditti presented the spry centenarian with a framed certificate acknowledging her achievement.Bodekor was born Aug. 16, 1913. She and her husband, Florian, moved to their town home …

Buffalo

By most accounts, John C. Smith died in June while awaiting sentencing on a drug and weapons conviction.Or did he?Federal prosecutors are raising questions about Smith’s death and recently asked the judge in the high-profile drug case for more time to investigate and possibly exhume his body.Smith, the alleged ring leader of a cocaine operation that had ties to City Hall a…

It appears likely the State Education Department will kick back the Buffalo school district’s plan to transfer roughly 2,200 students from struggling city schools into schools in good standing with the state.Parent leader Samuel Radford III said he spoke to state education officials, who agree that city parents deserve input into the plan.“We have reason to believe, based …

Amherst

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show’ just gained new meaning for patrons of AMC Maple Ridge 8 in Amherst. Comfortable, plush, red leather recliner seats have been installed in the theater.AMC is making its screening rooms feel more like living rooms with the big seats and an expanded menu to compete with the urge to stay home and watch a movie on Netflix or another movie-on…

A strike by five workers at Al Cohen’s Bakery is in its 10th week.The workers, represented by Local 36G of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union, began their walkout June 6. The Al Cohen facility at 1132 Broadway in Buffalo makes frozen dough products that are shipped to end users including supermarkets and pizzerias.A major stickin…

A small ammonia leak was reported Wednesday morning at a Town of Tonawanda chemical plant.The source of the leak was FMC Corp. on Sawyer Avenue, although the odor was reported by someone at the Goodyear Dunlop plant on Sheridan Drive, according to Lt. Nicholas A. Bado, a spokesman for the town police department. The report came in shortly after 10 a.m.Though firefighters r…

Hamburg

One might wonder how Nik Wallenda can top walking along a wire over Niagara Falls and then the Grand Canyon.But the only human known to accomplish both feats has a few more ideas before he hangs up his tightrope for good – walking between two New York City skyscrapers and then over a live volcano. And don’t forget the Erie County Fair.That’s right, even as Wallenda makes p…

The deadline is Aug. 30 for block clubs and other organizations to order trees through Re-Tree WNY to replace those in public areas that were lost in the Oct. 12, 2006, surprise snowstorm. Four hundred trees are available.Organizations should visit www.re-treewny.org and click on the “Calendar” section for the link to request trees. Trees and supplies are available at no c…

A Millicent Avenue man has been arrested for at least the fourth time for public lewdness, Buffalo police announced Tuesday.Gerard Schuh, 25, was taken into custody after a woman reported that he had followed her in a car from Women and Children’s Hospital while she was walking her dog and then exposed himself.Schuh was convicted of public lewdness last October for exposin…