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WASHINGTON – Buffalo’s public schools and Say Yes to Education are partnering in an effort to dramatically bolster after-school programs at half of the city’s 56 schools this fall, transforming the sessions from mere help on homework to a comprehensive extension of the school day aimed at ensuring each student’s educational success.Say Yes Buffalo announced its involvement…

A 10-year-old boy who suffered a near drowning incident at the The Jewish Community Center on North Forest Road in Getzville late this afternoon was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital for a routine examination afterward. Amherst police and fire crews were called to the community center for the swimming problem about 4 p.m. The name of the boy has not been released.

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BROCTON – The roar of a dirt bike broke the silence at a memorial service Wednesday night for Damon Janes, the 16-year-old Brocton High School football player who died Monday after suffering a head injury during a game last week.Damon’s bike – number 711 – circled the school’s football field and was parked near the 50-yard line. Inside the field, family, close friends and …

Sunday’s 50th anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing was a time for most people to look back.For Marie Mullen – who would have been at the church that day if a little voice hadn’t steered her elsewhere – it was a time to try to reach today’s black youth, who face more threats from one another than from the Ku Klux Klan.Mullen, director of theater worksh…

Three men suing the Boy Scouts of America said the trip they took as children to an idyllic camp on a northern Ontario lake in 1967 turned into a nightmare because of the sexual abuse they said they endured.The men – who lived in Buffalo at the time of the trip and are now in their late 50s – endured “persistent and harrowing acts of sexual abuse” by a Buffalo Scout leader…

ELLICOTTVILLE – As the temperature drops and the leaves start to change color in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, rock ’n’ roll will be heard and classic cars will be seen in the valley Friday through Sunday.Music will flow from the stages of several area establishments, as well as from a temporary outdoor performance area on Monroe Street.Classic cars will t…

ELLICOTTVILLE – As the temperature drops and the leaves start to change color in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, rock ’n’ roll will be heard and classic cars will be seen in the valley Friday through Sunday.Music will flow from the stages of several area establishments, as well as from a temporary outdoor performance area on Monroe Street.Classic cars will t…

Don’t go looking for Luna and Kali for the next few days. The Buffalo Zoo’s popular polar bear cubs are temporarily off exhibit, starting today, so they can be moved to a larger space.Zoo officials say the cubs will need about a week to adjust to their new holding area. After that, they will meet the public from the zoo’s tiger exhibit.The tigers, which are nocturnal, will…

BATAVIA – Officials need a transfusion of cash for the ailing Genesee County Nursing Home and its seven-figure annual operating deficit.County Treasurer Scott D. German has told the Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee that he needs $5.8 million to meet the facility’s expenses in the near future.This is a second loan this year following a $5 million revenue-anticipation …

A 35-year-old Curry Walk man was arrested on first-degree burglary and numerous other charges for allegedly breaking into a Proctor Avenue home and using a crowbar to beat a resident he unexpectedly found in a second-floor flat and then crashing his getaway car at Hempstead Avenue and Suffolk Street and being caught in a foot chase along Langfield Drive about 3:30 a.m. Wed…

OLEAN – Athletic surfaces and the rental of classrooms were the topic of discussion at a meeting Tuesday of the Olean School Board.Board members approved resurfacing of the tennis courts and track around the soccer field at the Olean Intermediate/Middle School at a cost of $280,000. At $237,000, the track will cost the largest part of that. The remaining $43,000 will go on…

A 26-year-old Stevens Avenue man was arrested for allegedly trying to sell drugs while he was drinking out of a tall boy beer bottle in front of a store at East Ferry Street and Ernst Avenue late Tuesday, police said.. Malcolm Young, who initially caught the attention of police officers by his street-side beer drinking was charged with multiple felony counts of criminal po…

An 88-year-old man accused of using a 2½-pound magnet to pummel his roommate to death at an assisted living facility last year has been found by two experts to be mentally competent to stand trial.Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka on Wednesday provided lawyers in the case the reports from a forensic psychologist and a psychiatrist. Clad in orange jail garb, Chester R…

A fundraising goal of $14.2 million for this year was announced Wednesday by officials of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, as they cited a series of successes.The United Way has succeeded at ending a decline in revenues, revamping the charity to attract more donors at supermarket checkouts, removing a pledge processing fee and tackling problems such as the city’s b…

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June 4, 1950   Sept. 7, 2013 Marianne Zipp Hofheins of Williamsville, co-founder of a software company, died Sept. 7 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 63.Born in Tonawanda, she graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1968. She received her bachelor ‘s degree in mathematics from Albany State University in 1973.The former Marianne Zipp began a computer p…