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NORTH TONAWANDA – For a third year, the city will pick a home in need of an “extensive sprucing up” in Project HOPE – Helping Others Paint Exteriors.The city is collecting applications through July 20, and the chosen house will be pressure-washed, primed and painted Aug. 17, with a rain date of Aug. 24.“It has always been my passion to help people and to make a d…

The American Osteopathic Association has granted a five-year accreditation to the Family Medicine Residency Program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The approval was granted following an inspection that included an on-site visit and a review of the program’s curriculum, policies and procedures.Osteopathic postdoctoral training programs such as Memorial’s are r…

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YOUNGSTOWN – The Porter on the Lake Park Summerfest returns June 29 after a one-year hiatus.The family event is slated for 2 to 10 p.m. at the park on Dietz Road, off Route 18.The festival will feature food, beer and wine vendors, as well as local music provided by WhaTheFolk, the Second Amendment, the Lakeside Blues Band and the JB Aaron Band and Trouble. Pony rides, fa…

Kelvin W. Robinson of Niagara Falls, who admitted stabbing his wife to death in 2004, won his appeal Friday, on his third try.A four-judge panel in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that incomplete questioning by the judge who took Robinson’s guilty plea means that the plea was invalid and the case should be reopened. He stays behind bars in…

A West Seneca contractor can sue the company that owns the Seneca Nation’s Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston for unpaid bills, an appellate court ruled Friday.The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester unanimously upheld a March 2012 decision by State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto that Sue/Perior Concrete and Paving may pursue its c…

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NIAGARA FALLS – The visitors were as impressed as the politicians Friday, as some $5 million worth of improvements in Niagara Falls State Park officially opened.The work improves access to Luna Island, which separates the American Falls from the Bridal Veil Falls; the Three Sisters Islands in the waterway itself; and the passage to the Cave of the Winds.“It’s beautif…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – An employee handbook that contains all policies regarding working for the Town of Niagara is in the works.At a work session Thursday, the Town Board agreed to authorize Town Attorney Michael Risman to develop a handbook that would be given to all current employees and new hires.According to the discussion, the handbook would contain the town’s policie…

LOCKPORT – Gooding Co., Lockport’s oldest industrial firm, won a 15-year tax break from the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency on Thursday, despite the opposition of two members who said an established firm like Gooding doesn’t need the town’s help.The Davison Road company, a printing plant that specializes in inserts for prescription drugs, plans to ad…

PORTER – Longtime Town of Porter Justice David J. Truesdale, a lifelong resident of the Town of Porter who will complete his 32nd year as justice, has announced that he will seek re-election to a ninth term.Truesdale is a 1966 graduate of Lewiston-Porter Central High School. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in elementary and early education in 1970.Upon gra…

LOCKPORT – The organizers of the Lockport Community Garden at Washburn and South streets will offer free flowers and flower pots to neighborhood children from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The garden, laid out this spring after city approval, was made available to local church members and residents of Lockport’s poorer neighborhoods to grow flowers and fresh vegetables for…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Lawmakers in North Tonawanda urged the Assembly to back a bill toughening residency restrictions on all levels of sex offenders.“Time is of the essence,” Mayor Robert G. Ortt said Wednesday, noting that the state concludes its legislative session next Friday.Ortt said North Tonawanda’s representative in the Assembly, Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore,…

LOCKPORT – Monthly briefings on the city schools’ ongoing capital improvement projects will now be available on the district’s website, www.lockportschools.org.Voters have approved three major projects over the last five years that are in various stages of construction. Deborah A. Coder, superintendent for finance and management services, and Thomas W. Fiegl, chairma…

LOCKPORT – Frank Rylowicz didn’t hold back Thursday in State Supreme Court when he confronted the man who murdered his daughter.“You’re nothing more than an egotistical, barbaric terrorist who should be shot by a firing squad,” Rylowicz told Brian C. Lowry, who killed Heather M. Rylowicz, his live-in girlfriend, in North Tonawanda last November.Lowry, 32, was sen…

After more than three years of waiting, the Western New York communities that host the Seneca Nation of Indians’ three casinos will get the money they’ve been owed.Niagara Falls, the Salamanca area and the City of Buffalo will receive a total of $140 million that had been held up because of a dispute between the Seneca Nation and the state.Under a deal announced Thursd…

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LOCKPORT – The president of Buffalo Police Officer Patricia Parete’s Lockport High School graduating class angrily denounced city officials Thursday for refusing to rename a park in her memory.Joseph DiPasquale, who had suggested the idea, accused city leaders of refusing to honor Parete because she was “an out lesbian.”Mayor Michael W. Tucker firmly denied the acc…