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Two Bishop Timon–St. Jude High School alumni will be honored for their contributions to the arts at its third annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, which was held Saturday.Jay Desiderio, class of 1978, and Chuck Basil, class of 1983, will be joined by Timon and Mount Mercy graduates in celebrating the history of musical productions held at Timon. Actor and director …

Erie County Office for the Disabled is sponsoring a “Diversity Career Fair” in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Central Branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Featured will be a job-seeking skills workshop led by David Scott, director for diversity and inclusion at Roswell Park …

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As the first professional entertainer at the East Aurora nursing home Absolut Care of Aurora Park, Jenny Trometer has been a surprise hit.On an afternoon last week, her fans sat before her in wheelchairs, some smiling and softly singing “Please don’t take my sunshine away” as Trometer played the piano and sun beamed through the Halloween decorations on the window.“I love t…

Amherst

The election campaign for Amherst supervisor has been a lot about taxes, development and a six-story hotel.But in some ways, it’s also about two town candidates who couldn’t be more different.Even Barry A. Weinstein and Mark A. Manna agree on that much.“Absolutely,” said Weinstein, the Republican incumbent.“As different as you get,” said Manna, a Democratic councilmember. …

Erie County sheriff’s deputies have charged a Town of Concord woman with aggravated driving while intoxicated, after accusing her of registering a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent following a two-vehicle crash late Friday afternoon.Deputies said a vehicle driven by Cheryl R. Merlau, 47, of Concord Road, was westbound on Genesee Road in the Town of Concord at about 4:40 …

RIDGEWAY, Ont. – The home of former Fort Erie town councillor Tim Whitfield was destroyed in a two-alarm fire early Saturday, Fort Erie Fire Chief Larry Coplen said.The blaze caused an estimated $300,000 damage to the structure and contents of the two-story home at 3131 Young Ave., Ridgeway. It broke out shortly before 5 a.m. The Whitfield family was not home at the time, …

OAKFIELD – Three Albion men were arrested after a vehicle chase early Friday and charged with burglarizing a barn on Lockport Road in Oakfield, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said. They also may be charged with a theft in a neighbor’s garage.Evan J. Shaffer, 20, Scott R. Miller, 20, and Hayden K. Ettinger, 19, were charged with third-degree burglary and unlawful posse…

LOCKPORT – A Niagara County Court jury will resume deliberations Monday after failing to reach a verdict Friday night in the case of a North Tonawanda man accused of the long-term sexual abuse of a young girl.Bradley K. McNamara, 39, of Division Street, is charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, second-degree criminal sexual act, attempted seco…

Two men armed with a silver revolver stole about $380 in a robbery at a South Park Avenue store late Friday night, South District police reported.The two thieves entered Nadeem’s Grocery and Deli, at 2082 South Park, at about 11:25 p.m. Friday. They flashed the gun and demanded money from the cash register, before fleeing with the money. During the holdup, one of the vic…

Police are hoping that surveillance camera footage from both inside the store and on the street may help them identify the person who took all the $5 bills from the cash register at the Landes and Blackwell Mobil station at Elmwood and Lexington avenues on Friday night.The thief, after fleeing with the $5 bills at about 8:15 p.m., dropped his cell phone and was seen getti…

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Four people were wounded, one critically, in an apparent drive-by shooting early Saturday at a Jefferson Avenue bar and lounge, Buffalo police reported.“It was like 3:45, and we heard like a machine gun – at least 10 shots,” one neighbor said at mid-morning Saturday. “It woke us up. We said, ‘We’re not going out there. We don’t know which way they’re shooting.’ ”The shooti…

IRVING – The recent announcement of the closing of Lake Shore Hospital in Irving has presented many questions about where medical services will take place, including patients facing mental health care emergencies.The emergency room at Lake Shore is just one of two access centers in Chautauqua County where patients who may require an inpatient stay in a mental health unit c…

LOCKPORT – Three Niagara Falls women were arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court, charged with injuring four other women in a knife fight July 10 that apparently was arranged on the Twitter social media website.Pleading not guilty and held in lieu of $2,500 bail each were Angelina E. Wilson, 24, of 23rd Street; Jessica Levick, 28, of Falls Street; and Deasia Mays, 18, of…

The Town of Tonawanda has advanced to step two in a three-step program designed by the state to clean up and revitalize vacant, abandoned, underutilized and environmentally contaminated properties in the town’s industrial core.A $275,400 state grant will be used to further analyze and prioritize sites according to their potential, town officials said this week.“This grant,…