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Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and its neighbors continue to clash. The latest issue involves Thanksgiving. Sacred Heart – the all-girls school located at 3860 Main St. – requested a special meeting of the Amherst Planning Board next week. The school is seeking approval of a parking plan for the new gymnasium being built, so construction can stay on schedule. But neig…

Small Business Saturday, an idea conceived by American Express to get shoppers out to local businesses the Saturday after Black Friday nationwide, is coming to Alden for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 30.Residents are being encouraged to shop local on that day, and the Town Board presented a proclamation to that effect at Monday night’s board meeting.“Small businesses ar…

The Maryvale School District is facing more expenses than anticipated this year, but administrators are taking measures to make sure it will not dramatically affect next school year’s budget, they told Board of Education members last week.Stephen Lunden, assistant superintendent for administrative services, attributed the expenses to a higher than anticipated number of spe…

At the conclusion of the Lake Shore School Board meeting Tuesday, attorney Phillip Brothman removed an old “Evans Journal” newspaper from Sept. 19, 1969. At the top left corner was a picture of a young Brothman, along with a headline stating that the board had named his as the district’s attorney. When the current board reconvenes on Dec. 3, Brothman will not be sitting at…

The Tonawanda City School District is hoping the second time will be the charm, as another referendum vote on the sale of the Central School building will be held Tuesday in the Tonawanda High School Wellness Gym from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.The district is hoping to sell the Central building and adjacent parking lot at 203 Broad St. to Hunt and Associates for $165,000. The Centr…

A moratorium on installing lighted signs may be on the horizon in the Town of Boston, as the town board expects to schedule a public hearing at a future meeting when it meets on Dec. 4.Councilman Jeffrey Genzel said the board has received complaints from some residents about an electric-lighted business sign that he said was recently installed.This, Genzel said, has led to…

NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Falls Water Board is considering a smaller increase in water and sewer rates for next year than was initially on the table.Changes to the proposed 2014 budget have reduced the rate spike to 2.6 percent from the initial 3.5 percent increase proposed last month.Mary Jean Buddenhagen, financial services director, said about $103,000 has been cut si…

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A tractor-trailer carrying carpets caught fire around noon Friday on the I-190 near the Clinton-Bailey exit.The fire appeared to have started in the cab. Buffalo firefighters initially brought the flames under control, but the fire flared up again, going through the roof of the tractor-trailer.Three fire trucks were parked on the Thruway, near an overpass, while another on…

The Cleveland Hill School District knows it has a higher than recommended fund balance, but Superintendent Jon MacSwan said Wednesday that it has been in a prudent position to keep the district in sound financial shape.District administrators began their budget season this week with a public forum about its fund balance and political realities prior to a Board of Education…

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The cold is coming. Quickly.The weather will see a dramatic temperature shift this weekend, with a winterlike blast due to hit this afternoon.“It’s true Arctic air,” said meteorologist Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service.The City of Buffalo could see one to two inches of snow this afternoon, as temperatures start the day in the 30s before dropping.Most of the week…

Former Superintendent Lynn Fusco left the district at the end of June, leaving a void on the Alden Central School District Board of Education filled with Interim Superintendent Adam Stoltman. Hiring Stoltman has allowed the board to conduct a thorough search for a new superintendent, said Board President Paul Hutschenreuter at Thursday night’s board meeting in Alden high S…

Depew Middle School administrators and teachers have been working for the past three months on a plan to address a large gap in math assessment scores between students with disabilities and other students.Principal Joseph D’Amato on Tuesday night told the Depew Board of Education that state Education Department officials informed the school in August that a 100-point dispa…

A Buffalo man whose driver’s license has been suspended or revoked 18 times over the last 10 years gave police a novel excuse when he was pulled over in April.He told officers he was planning to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles the next day to clear up his license, prosecutors said.Damario James, 31, of Van Gorder Street, was charged with first-degree aggravated unli…

A Buffalo man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the shotgun slaying of a teenager who was waiting outside his pregnant girlfriend’s West Side apartment last year to take her shopping for a baby stroller.Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk gave the maximum sentence to Demario Smith, 25, for killing Shaquille R. Woods, 19, at Massachusetts and Shields av…

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Call it chicken soup for the soul on Thanksgiving week.Celebrity chef Rachael Ray on Monday will set the tone for Thanksgiving with a “Thanks for Giving” show and sharing the story of NFTA bus driver Darnell Barton.He is the guy who recently stopped his bus and stopped a woman who was preparing to jump from the Elmwood Avenue overpass into speeding traffic below on the Sca…