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TOWN OF NIAGARA – Volunteers are being sought to help wrap gifts in the Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation’s booth inside the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.The booth is open during all mall hours, including holiday hours.All proceeds from the fundraiser will support programs and services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities in Niagara Count…

NIAGARA FALLS – Individuals looking for a free job-training opportunity are invited to learn about the Isaiah 61 Project next week.An informational session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.The program offers construction training as it renovates run-down homes in the city.More than 75 percent of the graduates of the program h…

National Fuel Gas Co.’s fourth-quarter profits dipped by 2 percent as the Amherst energy company set aside money to potentially cover a settlement in the company’s ongoing rate case in New York, partially offsetting what otherwise was a 46 percent surge in the earnings from its operations.While the company’s reported earnings were lower, the drop was caused entirely by the…

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The debate over tax breaks for a new Delaware North Companies headquarters in downtown Buffalo has reached the Governor’s office.Gov. Cuomo is joining the effort to calm the turbulence surrounding efforts to secure tax breaks for a new building that would house Delaware North Companies.Cuomo placed a call to CEO Jeremy Jacobs Sr. to assure him that his administration will …

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Early one spring afternoon in 2007, Scott Behrend came home from work to find a harrowing scene playing out in his Cheektowaga neighborhood.Two black teenagers had been handcuffed in the middle of the street and were being led by police officers to a waiting cruiser. Neighbors had flowed out of their houses to watch the public procession of the teens, who had been accused …

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Early one spring afternoon in 2007, Scott Behrend came home from work to find a harrowing scene playing out in his Cheektowaga neighborhood.Two black teenagers had been handcuffed in the middle of the street and were being led by police officers to a waiting cruiser. Neighbors had flowed out of their houses to watch the public procession of the teens, who had been accused …

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Snow was on the ground this morning in some parts of the Southern Tier, but don’t worry about breaking out the shovels just yet.An inch was reported in Olean, and six-tenths of an inch in Whitesville – south of Wellsville in Allegany County, according to meteorologist Dan Kelly of the National Weather Service in Buffalo. There could be some isolated higher amounts, he adde…

Sen. Charles Schumer is advocating for a planned Genesee County business park as an ideal spot for chip fabrication plants.Schumer sent a letter to the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association praising the planned park, known as STAMP, as well as other upstate New York sites. Western New York-based representatives of STAMP made a presentation on Thursda…

Teachers and high school students from 13 counties in Western and Central New York will conduct scientific research in bioinformatics during the next three years under a $1.1 million project supported by a National Science Foundation grant to the University at Buffalo.Stephen Koury and his colleagues at UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences received the grant to …

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, an expert on religious freedom issues, will speak about endangered Christian communities in the Middle East at 7 p.m. today in Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St.Prodromou, is vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and an assistant professor in the department of international relatio…

Folk singer and peace activist Pete Seeger will perform at the Western New York Peace Center’s 46th annual dinner, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.Speakers include the Rev. James Giles of Buffalo Peacemakers and peace activist Rae Kramer. Tickets are $50, $25 for students and low-income. For reservations, call 332-3904 or …

About 1,000 people are expected to attend the fourth annual Water Gala sponsored by the local nonprofit group Let Them LOL at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The evening includes auctions, a jazz band, a deejay and dancing. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $65 and are available at www.ltlol.com. Proceeds help the agency develop freshwater wel…

Western New York Hosta Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Town of Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Award-winning leading hosta breeder Olga Petryszyn of Valparaiso, Ind., will present “My Hosta Journey.”...East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Monday in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., East Aurora, for a Christmas arrangement demon…

One day after being re-elected to the Boston Town Board, the Republican team of Supervisor Martin Ballowe and Councilmen Jeffrey Genzel and Jay Boardway kept their promise of no increase in taxes.The 2014 $4.9 million budget, which was passed Wednesday, will see a slight decrease in the tax rate for the fourth year in a row.“I’d like to thank my family and the Town of Bost…