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A new Canadian "vaping" store may be coming to the northern end of Elmwood Village. David Kompson and Joel D. Rudewicz are seeking Common Council approval to convert a vacant 660-square-foot former retail store at 1068 Elmwood Avenue, owned by Kompson, into an electronic cigarette shop called Vape Retail Store. According to the application to the city, the store would se…

One less used-car lot, one more gas station. Malik Imran, owner of 3223 Bailey Ave., wants to convert the former used-car sales lot in the city's South District into a new gas station. In his application for a special-use permit from the Common Council, he cited the need to meet a community need,  while also creating jobs and "business opportunity." He plans to remo…

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A Buffalo man is accused of holding a woman's head underwater in a toilet during an attack early Monday, according to a police report. Gary D. Sullivan, 41, was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at an apartment on Weyand Avenue, off Seneca Street, according to a report. Sullivan is also accused of slapping, punching and choking the victim, the report states. He …

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Lancaster police have identified the motorist killed Nov. 15 in a head-on collision as Julie Rybarczyk-Smith, 55, a town resident. Rybarczyk-Smith was driving east on Broadway near Woodlawn Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. when a pickup heading west driven by Ryan T. McGuire, 23, of Buffalo, crossed over into oncoming traffic, Detective Capt. William J. Karn Jr. said. Ry…

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A $33.4 million spending plan for the Town of Lancaster was approved by the Town Board with one official sounding off about runaway spending. "We're still a growing town and our revenues are coming in healthy, but I am concerned," said Council Member Ronald Ruffino. "The bottom line is our spending has increased 7.3 percent over two years." Tax rates for non-village…

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The Buffalo Planning Board gave its backing Monday to the planned redevelopment of the former Ascension Church at North Street and Linwood Avenue, despite the rejection of the very same proposal by the city Preservation Board last week. Board members acknowledged the ruling by the other agency but noted that they are bound by the city's Green Code, not the Preservation Bo…

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Construction is expected to begin next spring on a new five-story mixed-use apartment building at the corner of Hertel and Parkside avenues in North Buffalo, after the city Planning Board gave its stamp of approval Monday night. John and Ruth Ann Daly, owners of O'Dalaigh Real Estate, want to build a 34-unit apartment complex with underground parking on the site of a lo…

A decision on whether to allow a proposed Delta Sonic that would replace Menne Nursery on Niagara Falls Boulevard was delayed until next month. The Amherst Town Board agreed to hold off on making a decision on a zoning change until its Dec. 11 meeting. The Planning Board last month voted, 5-1, to recommend rezoning the 10-acre property between Niagara Falls Boulevard…

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November has settled into its pattern. For the third time in about a week, a storm system with a trailing cold front today will bring a roller coaster of temperatures and conditions to the Buffalo Niagara region. Here's what to expect: Today:  The main weather-maker will be the wind ahead of an approaching cold front. Southwesterly winds could gust as high as …

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For the first time in two years, the Amherst Town Board on Monday held an up-or-down vote on a key element of the massive Westwood mixed-use project: a statement detailing the development's likely environmental effects. The Town Board voted to accept the report, known as a final generic environmental impact statement, which was prepared by a consultant hired by the tow…

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The Town of Tonawanda's commitment to being a green, energy-conscious community could add up to some green in town coffers, as well. The town completed a series of actions -- including a discount solar installation plan, solar code training and the purchase of an electric vehicle and electric charging station for town use -- in order to be designated a Clean Energy Comm…

Buffalo

The Holiday Market on Bidwell opens for the first time this season Saturday, according to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. Shoppers can find the holiday market inside St. John's Grace Episcopal Church at 51 Colonial Circle, near its regular outdoor market at Elmwood and Bidwell Parkway. It opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue operation for eight consecutive …

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A Buffalo man had one of his fingertips ripped off Sunday night after a driver tried to hit him and then drove off with the pedestrian hanging onto the vehicle's hood, according to a police report. The 28-year-old told police the driver tried hitting him on Fargo Avenue between Vermont and Connecticut streets shortly before 10:30 p.m., according to the report. The vi…

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Long before Buffalo ever had charter schools, it had BUILD Academy. The school on the city's East Side was once the pride of the African-American community and a symbol in its fight for quality education. It infused black culture and heritage into its curriculum and pioneered a model that gave the community a say in running the school. So when news came that the St…

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Next month's scheduled commissioning ceremony of the new USS Little Rock LCS 9 has been the hottest ticket in Buffalo. On Monday, the commissioning committee ended registration for the Dec. 16 event at Canalside. No more tickets are left. “We have seen an overwhelming request for tickets and capacity for this event at Canalside has been reached.” said Maurice L…