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Jeanne Leccese, who was named the executive director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission in September 2016, resigned from her post at a commission meeting on Tuesday. Leccese left to join the staff at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. The nonprofit is dedicated to protection of the Niagara watershed, which is one of Leccese's passions, said Lou Paonessa, a commission bo…

Buffalo

Kim Meissner was in the central office of Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy about three weeks ago when the secretary told her that six new students from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico had enrolled at the school that day. Eight students from Puerto Rico arrived at the school on Monday, then seven each on Tuesday and Wednesday. The week before that, 20 kids from Puerto Rico…

Amherst

The 30,000 motorists who travel daily on Maple Road in Amherst should notice a much smoother ride along a previously bumpy one-mile stretch. Work to repave Maple between North Forest and Hopkins roads is finished after five weeks of obstructed traffic, said Charlie Sickler, Erie County's deputy commissioner of highways. Only simple manhole adjustments are left to do n…

Amherst

After nearly two years of uncertainty, Weinberg Campus agreed Wednesday to sell the majority of its main nursing home and senior care complex in Amherst to Post Acute Partners, the operators of Elderwood. The two companies earlier in the day signed a formal sale agreement. Post Acute will take over and continue to operate the Weinberg facilities at 2700 North Forest Roa…

Plans for an apartment complex on North French Road in Amherst can move forward now that a judge has ruled in a case that pitted two government boards against each other. The Amherst Town Board in March rejected a request to rezone 4400 N. French Road, mainly due to concerns that the location is within the town’s flood plain. The Green Organization had planned to co…

Crime

The 17-year-old Buffalo girl accused of murdering her step-grandfather had been planning to kill him for weeks because he was physically abusing her, according to the mother of her co-defendant. Johanna Jirdon told The Buffalo News that her son, Romaine Jirdon, 19, told her that his girlfriend, Alexandria Heath, came up with the idea to kill Thomas D. Heath, but that sh…

Town of Tonawanda

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society recognized 8-year-old  village resident Luca Sanfilippo on Monday with its monthly Good Neighbor Award for his efforts to light up his neighborhood with a smile and a free glass of lemonade. Luca's mother, Nicole Lamantia, said her son told her in September he wanted to open up a stand and hand out free lemonade just to make peop…

Registration is open for the Amherst Skating Club's 10-week "Learn to Skate" program. Sessions begin Jan. 9 at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, with classes geared toward ages three and older, regardless of level of experience. Professional coaches work with students to learn basic skating skills, refine skills they already have or learn more advanced sk…

Local News

After the hoopla of Black Friday, local businesses want shoppers to stop in and the City of Tonawanda will be making it easy to shop local on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Where else can you shop for a snake, browse for antique books, stop for a drink, meet a favorite pro wrestler and then watch some boxing? ExoticCreations, a reptile and amphibian shop, opened i…

Buffalo

Rayquelle W. Davis was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison and three years of post-release supervision for robbing two tourists at gunpoint in Niagara Falls State Park last year. "You're awfully young," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Davis, 18, of Newburg Avenue, Buffalo. "I hope you use this time to redirect your life." Davis was armed with…

Crime

Five months after Dana Papaj suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was struck by a hit-and-run motorist on Grand Island, she will be home for Thanksgiving dinner. It will only be for a few hours. She's still recuperating at a nursing facility and not well enough to come home permanently. The meal will be low-key – just immediate family. But she'll be home. …

Buffalo

Norstar Development wants to start work next spring on the second phase of its redevelopment of the low-income Shoreline or Waterfront apartment complex, after it got the final go-ahead from a key city agency Monday. Company officials still have to finalize a package of state financing for the $45 million project, before demolition can begin on the old structures. But …

Erie County

Erie County lawmakers again heard about the devastating toll of the opioid epidemic as nearly a dozen parents and siblings Tuesday shared their painful stories about their deceased sons and brothers. "Two years ago was normal," Julie Welsted, a mother, said at a public hearing. "I had my whole family." Then in December 2015, she lost her first-born son, Christopher, …

Erie County

Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang said the Village has had great success with the rehab work done by the Buffalo, Erie, Niagara, Land Improvement Corporation, also known as the Land Bank. The  village board has decided to allow the Land Bank to consider the purchase of an abandoned property at 206 Warren Ave. in the next Erie County foreclosure auction. The Land Bank purch…