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Parents who load the kids in the car to cool off at Woodlawn Beach State Park after a long day of work and folks looking to enjoy a beer or margarita as the sun sets at the beach may have a surprise when they get to the Hamburg gate this summer.They’re going to have to pay for admission. For the last few years, it had been free after 5 p.m.The Town of Hamburg, which oper…

The 14-year-old Waterfront School student charged with killing 16-year-old Kelmyne J. Jones Jr. two weekends ago was suspended from school for five days based on allegations that he carried a handgun onto a school bus in April, Buffalo school district administrators say.Myles D. Taylor III was allowed to return to school after student witnesses refused to testify against h…

LOCKPORT – U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer threw his weight behind the effort to help homeowners on Lockport’s Water Street, releasing a letter Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency urging the move.Michael Basile, the EPA’s local spokesman, said a remedial action plan that may include relocating the six families on the street will be released in about three wee…

Add metal pots and pans, and plastic lawn furniture to the list of recyclables now accepted in Cheektowaga, where wheeled recycling totes are expected to debut next spring.Town officials announced this week that Republic Services, the private company paid an estimated $3 million annually by the town to collect recyclables, has expanded the types of materials it accepts.“…

Plans for a new gymnasium at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, a sore point for neighbors who live behind the project site, will move ahead after a key approval Tuesday night by Amherst leaders.The $3 million project was green-lighted by the town’s Historic Preservation Commission, whose members said a garage that needs to be demolished for the new gym to be built was…

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Village Board approved a resolution Monday to seek funding to buy a 1993 ladder-pump firetruck from the Falconer Fire Department for $150,000.Mayor Nick Piccolo said the village will seek grants, loans and other funding opportunities to try to purchase the vehicle. Fire Chief Jeff Griewisch said a committee had researched several varieties…

LAKE GEORGE – A retired Buffalo News reporter is recovering in Glens Falls Hospital after he nearly drowned while swimming Monday afternoon off the eastern shore of Lake George at Huletts Landing. George Gates, 81, told The News Tuesday evening that he was unable to find his footing on rocks while trying to reach a ladder on a dock, started to slip and slide and “it se…

A University at Buffalo spin-off company whose software helps university admissions officers sort and analyze data from thousands of applicants has moved out of UB’s Technology Incubator into nearby offices in Amherst.Academic Software Plus and its 30 employees moved into office space on John James Audubon Parkway while taking the name of Liaison International, a softwar…

It’s not often that you find bicycle builders, furniture makers, craft beer brewers and other artisans plying their skills under one roof. The News' Brian Meyer visits The Foundry on Northampton Street where he talked with sculptor Sarah Fonzi. brightcove.createExperiences();

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It’s not often that you find bicycle builders, sculptors, craft beer brewers, furniture makers and other artisans plying their skills under one roof.The Foundry bills itself as an artisans’ incubator, learning community and oasis for do-it-yourselfers.The building at 298 Northampton St. near Jefferson Avenue was once a laundry. The artisans who have set up shop there a…

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John Courtney is already feeling the pain of rising gas prices.In a little more than a week, pump prices locally have jumped by 9 cents a gallon, squeezing the budgets of drivers like Courtney, who says the $20 he budgets each week for gas isn’t taking him as far.Analysts say that upward trend is likely to continue for at least the next few weeks, possibly adding as much…

Unlikely law enforcement bedfellows joined forces Monday evening to nab two armed robbers fleeing the scene of an East Side pharmacy holdup in a stolen taxi, authorities said Tuesday. Police officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in Buffalo for a training program, assisted local police in a Hollywood-style car chase through downtown Buffalo that culmi…

Two residents' groups are expected to pack Amherst Town Hall tonight in opposition of two separate development projects. Neighbors who live behind Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart have applied for a historic designation of the 1930s campus. As noted in today's story, they aren't happy about plans for a gym overlooking their homes. The second group -- like…

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Bernard A. Tolbert put the best face possible on his latest fundraising effort Tuesday, but new reports to the state Board of Elections show that overcoming incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown’s huge financial advantage poses a daunting challenge.Brown enters the final eight weeks before the Democratic primary with more than $1.3 million on hand, while Tolbert can count on on…

Christopher Nixon Cox, a grandson of the late president, will join Town Supervisor Mary F. Holtz and Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, consul general of Poland, as honorary grand marshals for Sunday’s Pulaski Day Parade in Cheektowaga.The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Thruway Mall, heads west on Walden Avenue and then north on Harlem Road to Cheektowaga Town Park. The annual eve…