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You go to your favorite grocery store hungry, spend way more than usual, then come home to find, as you start putting things away, that you already have many of the items you just bought. Worse, your significant other asks how you just spent $200 and didn’t manage to grab enough items to put together even one complete, healthy meal for the family. Allyson Odachowsk…

Connors Hot Dogs used to be a stand with a few picnic tables on the sandy gravel. The Evans institution is starting its 74th season with its familiar grilled Wardynski hot dogs, locally grown potatoes and hand-cut pickles, but there's something new, too. There's a 16-foot addition across the front of the building that enlarged the area where orders are taken. Condim…

Grand Island bridge tolls are not just taking money from pocketbooks and time spent idling in traffic but could also be taking a toll on people's health. The group WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal took a new tack on Thursday – with an educational summit to talk about how idling traffic at toll barriers affects toxicity in the air. The group is pushing for …

After sidestepping press inquiries and making a last-minute changes to its agenda, the Erie County Water Authority board Thursday morning unanimously appointed its former chairman, Earl L. Jann Jr., as executive director at a salary of more than $145,000. No mention of the appointment was listed on the board's draft agenda sent to reporters late Wednesday afternoon. …

The Tonawanda Housing Authority doesn't have a website, but its employees used office computers for online shopping and to browse porn sites. That was one of the findings – along with unfair treatment of tenants, high vacancy rates and missed opportunities to receive revenue – of a critical audit of the City of Tonawanda authority that was released Thursday by state…

A 42-year-old man who killed his mother during an argument in her South Buffalo home was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison. Froilan Torres, of Rochester, was visiting Gloria Rivera, 57, on Oct. 9. Family members said Torres and his fiancee planned to move back to Buffalo and live near Rivera's home at 1704 South Park Ave. An argument started when Rivera told Torr…

Buffalo police identified the body of the man pulled from the Niagara River on Tuesday morning as Tyler Harrington, 48. Harrington, of West Utica Street, had been reported missing and was last seen May 8. His body was recovered near Unity Island. Police have said they did not suspect foul play. Harrington was described as a talented musician and artist by The Buffalo…

The motorcyclist killed Wednesday night ran a stop sign and was ejected from the bike when he collided with an SUV, Buffalo police said Thursday. The crash happened at 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of Roesch and Condon avenues near Riverside Park. Police have not identified the 25-year-old Buffalo motorcyclist, who authorities said died at the scene. He was heading n…

Bail was revoked Thursday morning for a motorist accused of running down and severely injuring three pedestrians on Richmond Avenue in the first hour of the new year. Abdikadir M. Jaffar, 31, has been free on $100,000 bail following his arrest at the scene of the New Year's Eve crash on charges of drunken driving. However, an Erie County grand jury recently indicted Jaf…

Demolition has begun at the site of the $60 million Northland Corridor project, marking the physical start of the transformation of the 35-acre site into a light industrial business hub that will include a state-of-the-art workforce training center. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. wants to convert 100,000-square-feet of space at 683 Northland Ave. into the new state-…

At 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, in the middle of the commute to the Southtowns, the Thruway Authority described the situation on the westbound I-90 in a tweet: "Delays exist." For drivers stuck in the bottleneck, that was an understatement. Emergency road repairs on the Thruway triggered a 6-mile traffic backup during the evening commute. The Thruway Authority said no mo…

Hamburg's community playground officially opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. The $500,000 playground, located between Prospect and Highland avenues in the Village of Hamburg, replaces a 25-year-old wooden playground that had come to the end of its natural life. [Photo gallery of building the playground] The new playground includes five sli…

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns will host a kickball fundraiser between teens and community leaders at 6:30 p.m. June 2 in the Kohler Recreation Center, 291 Kohler St., Tonawanda. The deadline to register is Friday, May 26. The fee for city officials and community leaders is $25 to play against City of Tonawanda teens. You can also sponsor a teen for $25. …

Buffalo has long taken pride in its parks, but a national nonprofit group ranks the Queen City's system as near the middle among cities nationwide. The Trust for Public Land puts Buffalo's parks at No. 58 among the 100 biggest cities in terms of its "ParkScore," which looks at park acreage, public access, investment and amenities, the group said. The organization, wh…