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They are safe now. The hurricane has passed. The floodwaters have receded. The Martinez children – Izak, 16, Aubrie, 15, and Emmaleigh, 8 – are in Buffalo, more than 1,600 miles from their home in Rockport, Texas that they were forced to flee as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward their little seaside city. After the eyewall of the hurricane made landfall on the nig…

A City of Tonawanda man was chased Wednesday night by a Wheatfield man he sold drugs to after the buyer realized he got ripped off, according to police. Michael E. Schlifke, 26, is accused of selling Suboxone strips to Kristopher T. Fedeson, 41. After the transaction, according to City of Tonawanda police, Fedeson realized the strips had been altered and were empty.…

A Muslim community center will open in Buffalo's University District by the end of the year on two conditions. The center must be open for the entire community to use. And a temporary permit to operate the center will be valid for only one year. When that expires, a community meeting will be held to get feedback from residents, said University Council Member Rasheed N.…

Hit the gym today. Go for a run. Talk a walk. Do something! If not for yourself, for your community, which ranked sixth from the bottom out of nearly 200 regions across the U.S. in an exercise survey released this week. “There’s lots of challenging work to do,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. “Over ti…

A City of Tonawanda man has been charged with burglarizing two homes in the city earlier this week. Garrett M. Shugg, 29, of Cleveland Avenue, was arrested Wednesday night at his home after authorities executed a search warrant and found items taken in the burglaries, City of Tonawanda police said. The first burglary was reported Monday at a home on Clarence Hard…

Hamburg's Hometown Heroes banner project is accepting applications for its seventh season. The project honors veterans by placing a photo of them in uniform on a banner that is attached to a utility pole along Main and Buffalo streets between April 1 and Veterans Day. After Veterans Day, the banners are given to the soldier’s family as a keepsake. Families also are …

West Seneca Town Board members said its plans to pass a local law allowing the town to override the tax cap doesn't meant the town will exceed the cap. "We pass it every single year," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said. The board scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 on the law that would allow the town to override the cap. Last year the board scheduled a public…

For four months, the residents of leafy Zimmerman Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda haven't seen a certain visitor who became well-known for his weekly visits. Wednesday, for the first time since a fluke floor hockey injury knocked him off his lunchtime routine, John Pawlowski returned to his favorite spot under his favorite shade tree to eat his lunch. That's right…

The City of Tonawanda will welcome residents and visitors alike for a variety of events from informational neighborhood tours to festivals. Coming up: Veterans Park Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 in Veteran's Park with food, activities, a basket raffle and a pumpkin patch. Comprehensive Plan Tours, two hour walking tours of four city neighborhoods to …

Grand Island neighbors banded together in protest this past week, parking their cars up and down Fareway Lane to stop a road contractor from returning to repair its repaving of the street. "You can't skateboard, you can't ride a bike ... it's gritty and rough," Fareway Lane resident Don Keller said of the road's surface. "We want (the town) to do something." Alan Jan…

The new home for Williamsville East High School athletics includes about 260,000 square feet of artificial turf for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, softball and football. A grand opening ceremony, including a ribbon-cutting and brief remarks from school officials, begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the school at 151 Paradise Road, Amherst. Overflow parking will be …

Given the focus on policing here and nationally, you’d think departments wanting to stay out of the cross hairs would fall all over themselves to respond when the New York Civil Liberties Union tried to find out how open and transparent they are. You’d be wrong. And if the NYCLU had to go to court to get basic information – as it did with the Buffalo Police Departm…

A free after-school program that introduced soccer to thousands of Buffalo kids over the years is getting a big boost from a big donor. Soccer for Success was awarded $650,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, bringing total contributions to $1.4 million and allowing the program to not only keep running but expand to new locations and serve more kids. It's wel…

Universal prekindergarten spots are still available in the Amherst Central Schools' program for the 2017-18 school year, district officials said. Pre-K is provided at Amherst Community Church Child Care Center, 77 Washington Highway; Amherst Nursery School, 350 Saratoga Road; and Windermere Elementary School, 291 Windermere Blvd. Transportation is available only to th…