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For hundreds of young women in Western New York, the Gowns for Prom program is all about the dress. Each year, Colvin Cleaners collects thousands of donated dresses and displays and distributes them free to high school girls April 4-6 on the stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center. The dresses chosen by the girls are professionally altered, dry cleaned and delivered …

The Town of Tonawanda and Rotary Club of Kenmore will hold their 34th annual Easter egg hunt for children beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, inside the Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Boulevard. The free indoor event regularly draws about 500 children. Participants must be  Kenmore or Town of Tonawanda residents, aged 2 to 10. "This is a community favorite," said…

Leaders at the City Mission in 2014 unveiled a dream expansion that would have tripled the size of its East Tupper Street headquarters and created room for 184 emergency shelter beds. But after three years of fits and starts, the project didn't get off the ground. Now, the City Mission is pursuing a scaled-back, $15.1 million plan to construct a four-story complex an…

Developers who want to put a "faith-built" apartment community in a former Kenmore church school are seeking $215,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support the  conversion. Developers Lawrence Bicz and Ken Vasile intend to transform the former St. Paul's School at 45 Victoria Blvd. into 37 market-rate apartments. The project, du…

As Sumitomo Rubber USA prepares for the first phase of a major expansion of its Tonawanda tire plant, company officials are asking for sales and property tax breaks to assist the costly project. A subsidiary of the Japanese company has applied to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for an incentive package that includes $245,000 in sales tax breaks on materi…

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz deliberated on whether to show before-and-after photos of Ruth Murray as part of his press conference for a new measures to protect nursing home residents. In the end, he decided he could show the "before" photo -- taken one day before she was attacked -- but not the "after." "Truthfully, they're too shocking to show in public," Polo…

Buffalo police have identified the city's latest homicide victim as Luis Flores, 24. Flores was shot Sunday afternoon in the 1100 block of East Ferry Street, near Bissell Avenue, police said. No one has been charged in the slaying. Flores becomes the 16th homicide victim of the year in Buffalo. Police ask anyone who may have information about the fatal shooting to…

Yemen native Nourah Ali is fluent in English and often helps American newcomers communicate with the world outside their Buffalo community. Almost daily, she serves as an Arabic interpretor for family members, friends and neighbors. She translates verbal conversations for them, deciphers important documents and other written information and helps them navigate government…

A Buffalo man out on bail faces new drug charges following a drug overdose death on Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. Miguel Parrilla, 29, was arrested Wednesday on Grand Island, accused of possessing more than 5 ounces of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and about 100 Xanax pills, the Sheriff's Office said. Investigators also found a scale with …

The owners of the Tri-Main Center on Main Street are getting ready to start the second phase of redeveloping the nearby former Phoenix Frontier building, after successfully completing and leasing out the first part of a $4.5 million project. Tri-Main Development LLC is seeking approval from the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday to renovate a three-story building at 45 Je…

A Buffalo woman was charged with drug possession and a Buffalo man was charged with driving offenses after they were stopped on Main Street in Amherst early Thursday morning. Monique J. Miller, 21, a passenger in the car stopped at 4:16 a.m. in the 3500 block of Main Street, was charged with a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance an…

The City of Tonawanda's $1.25 million Niawanda Park Pavilion along the picturesque Niagara River is a popular spot for private event rentals on weekends, but the city is discussing ways to make the site more profitable, including hiring a private management team. The enclosed waterfront pavilion is booked through 2018 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But it remains un…

The slate of candidates for fall races in the Town of Amherst continues to grow and could feature a rematch between two political foes. A familiar name in town politics for half a century, William L. Kindel, is attempting a return to office with a run for one of two Town Board seats to be vacated. Kindel served five four-year terms as a town councilman during 50 years o…

Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 single-family and patio homes on 57 acres off New Road in East Amherst, according to an application filed with the town Planning Department. The development requires Town Board approval to rezone 49 acres of the site, which near where the Lockport Expressway ends at Millersport Highway and just west of Ransom Oaks and the Glen…