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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…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council did not pass a local law on Tuesday that would have allowed the city to override the state's 2 percent cap on a tax levy increase. "For a city like ours, to stay under the 2 percent tax cap requires some drastic cuts in services," said Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp. "This budget is all salaries and benefits." The city has had to over…

The teenage bicyclist struck by a motorcycle Monday night in Amherst is not as seriously injured as initially believed and police are not filing charges against the motorcyclist. The 17-year-old girl was hit at about 9:30 p.m. while riding her bike on Main Street by a motorcyclist heading south on North Forest Road, police said. Motorcyclist Justin Clukey, 32, was cross…

A developer is seeking to tear down a ranch-style home that hosts a video business and construct in its place a mixed-use building of retail and apartments on Main Street near Transit Road in East Amherst. The applicant, PB Investors LLC, which traces back to Bliss Construction, would construct an 11,855-square-foot building at 6790 Main St., at Tennyson Terrace, on the…

A judge has upheld a hearing officer's determination that a former high-level administrator in the Williamsville Central School District should be fired for misconduct and other charges, the school district's attorney said. State Supreme Court Judge Timothy J. Walker on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by former Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Kim A. Kirs…

Pro-immigrant lawn signs were set on fire in front of an Allentown home on Tuesday night. The signs were burned in front of a home on the 100 block of Mariner Street shortly after 11:30 p.m., Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in an email. Police are investigating the matter, DeGeorge said. Allentown resident Carmen Rodriguez, who posted photos of t…