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Two local food chains, Just Pizza and Spot Coffee, are offering something new –  drive-thru locations. Spot Coffee has eight locations and plans to add its first drive-thru lane at 5205 Transit Road in the Eastgate Plaza after getting the go-ahead from the Clarence Town Board for a special-exception use permit on Wednesday. The Spot Coffee drive-thru will be compl…

Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis objects to calling the city's new "Blue and Greenways Intermodal Hub" a million dollar bathroom. "It's a lot more than that," said Davis. The city will cut the ribbon on Aug. 5 on the rest stop and plaza it spent $1.14 million to build, designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century carriage house with concrete sidewalks that resemble a bicycle…

Reddy Bike is offering a promotion through the rest of the biking season, which ends in November. Memberships are half price. The special is in honor of the bikes' one-year anniversary. Online at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com, use the promo code BUFFALOBYBIKE2017, and you will receive a 50 percent discount. Portland, Ore., is also celebrating a one-year anni…

The Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative has been awarded a 30-month, $342,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to form an integrated care network of community-based organizations and Area Agencies on Aging in Western New York. The collaborative is made up of member community-based organizations and aging agencies that provide …

A nonprofit health insurer for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), Essential Plan, and other government-sponsored programs will host a pop-up event focused on summer safety Thursday at its downtown office. The free event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at YourCare Health Plan, 446 Main St., near Lafayette Square. Community organizations that w…

Eight years after rejecting the idea of installing cameras at intersections to catch drivers who run red lights, Buffalo officials are again considering the proposal after a rash of recent hit-and-run accidents, including two fatalities. University Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt is holding a public hearing at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Common Council chambers  to expl…

Whole Foods Market is starting to hire at its Amherst supermarket that is set to open in September. The national chain within the last week posted 27 job openings on its website, ranging from meat and seafood cutter to cashier's assistant. The company has received more than 1,100 applications and will begin interviews next week with the assistance of the state Labor Dep…

Parking is free parking throughout all of the City of Tonawanda, but Common Council is talking about changing that. Council members this week met with representatives from Park Mobile to discuss an app that would allow them to charge fees for parking. If a parking fee were instituted, the first priority would be Niawanda and Veterans parks, councilors agreed. Visi…

The 8th annual Glen Park Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Williamsville, on Glen Avenue, behind Glen Park and the Williamsville Water Mill. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The event includes live street performers and music. Over 140 vendors and artists will display their works at this year’s festival. A pre-festival concert from Seren…

Nora Galley and her classmates at Mount Mercy Academy in South Buffalo have spent a lot of time in Cazenovia Park this summer, where cigarette butts marred the scenery and cigarette smoke polluted the air because people were allowed to light up freely in Buffalo’s public parks. They won't have to worry about that anymore. On Tuesday, Galley and other tobacco…

There's no doubt about it — Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is Lackawanna's favorite son. The mayor said so Tuesday. But more importantly for Poloncarz, he's the son of a steelworker. Roughly 100 people stepped gingerly along a fresh dirt path and found their way into a party tent on Bethlehem Steel property in Lackawanna Tuesday morning. They applauded the…

Power Drives, the hose and tube assembly manufacturer that is consolidating its operations in Larkinville, is getting 100 kilowatts of low-cost hydropower through the state's Recharge New York program. The allocation is tied to the company's pledge to retain 75 jobs and invest more than $5.8 million in its operations. It is not tied to any pledge to create new jobs. …

Two Buffalo men have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident earlier this month when shots were fired into a Monroe Street home where a baby was sleeping, police reported. Charles Boone, 39, and Casey Hester, 21, were charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a ch…

An Erie County Sheriff's deputy came to the rescue of an owl that became entangled in a soccer goal net Tuesday at Veterans Park on Grand Island. At about 11:30 a.m., the sheriff's office reported on its Facebook page, deputies received a call about the stuck owl. Deputy Angela Kopacz responded and freed the tangled-up raptor. "After a brief 'once-over' the De…

The Grand Island School Business Alliance (GISBA) will hold a golf outing to raise money for scholarships, field trips and internships for Grand Island High School students. The GISBA tournament will be held on Aug. 21 at River Oaks Golf Club. Last year the golf outing raised $20,000 to support programs at the school. Registration forms are on the district website at gr…