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NORTH TONAWANDA – The city’s law barring sex offenders from living within a quarter-mile of a school, park or playground no longer applies to one man – the one trying to have the law invalidated in court.State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto issued late last month a temporary restraining order barring the city from enforcing the buffer zone law against the…

FORESTVILLE – Emotional comments about the possible dissolution of the village were made by several residents at the Forestville Village Board meeting Tuesday.A new committee given the task of looking at advantages and disadvantages of dissolving the village started meeting recently and will convene again Thursday at 6 p.m.One of the committee members, former Village Mayor…

The local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind might have to go without 75 percent of its yearly budget because its annual hot dog sale at an Amherst Walmart was canceled at the 11th hour by the store’s managers, the chapter’s leader said.Walmart had agreed in May to host the sale on Aug. 24 and 25, said Mike Robinson, the Buffalo chapter president of the organi…

Prospect Lawn Cemetery will get help from the Town of Hamburg for another year.The Town Board Monday approved paying $1,000 a month for another year to the cemetery, which has had financial difficulties for about five years. This will be the third year the town is providing assistance to the cemetery on Route 62.While town officials aren’t thrilled with aiding the cemetery…

A man who pistol whipped another person in broad daylight in the heart of downtown Buffalo has pleaded guilty to three felony charges before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III reported Tuesday.Christopher Marshall, 36, of Buffalo, entered guilty pleas to second-degree assault, attempted first-degree assault and …

Crime

Attorney General Eric Holder wants his prosecutors to focus less on low-level drug cases and more on violent, gang-related drug crimes.To hear his top prosecutor in Buffalo talk, that’s been the trend here for several years now.U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said his office has a track record of already doing what Holder suggested – focusing on drug cases that involve…

International travelers who need passports can apply for them at a “Passports on the Move” session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Wednesday at the AAA Travel & Insurance Center, 100 International Drive, Williamsville. The outreach session is sponsored by the Erie County Clerk’s Office and the AAA of Western and Central New York.“I encourage anyone planning their upcoming vaca…

NORTH TONAWANDA – Painters Plus’ owner Jesse Gooch has selected a family in the 3rd Annual Project H.O.P.E., Helping Others Paint Exteriors, contest.Winner Megan Sholtz, 35, a mother of three, will have her home on Linwood Avenue pressure washed, primed and painted by Painter’s Plus crews, who will be assisted by city officials and volunteers at the event planned for Aug. …

Education

The new superintendent of the Niagara Wheatfield School District said the district’s recent financial woes were a “big shock” to the community.But Lynn M. Fusco, in a letter introducing herself to the district, said that the community also knows “what our reality is.”Fusco, the former Alden District superintendent, stepped into the top spot in Niagara Wheatfield in April a…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced the launch of a new television ad campaign to promote New York’s wines.Cuomo premiered the 30-second ad at the Governor’s Cup Wine Tour and Competition awards ceremony. The ad features “rave reviews from wine critics around the country,” according to a release from the governor’s office.At the ceremony, Cuomo also announced Keuka S…

The lighthouse in Buffalo Harbor will be getting a lens for the second time in its long history.The Buffalo Lighthouse Association announced a $120,000 project to remove the classic Fresnel lighthouse lens, which had become increasingly fragile, and replace it with a larger and more historically appropriate lens.The removal and conservation work is slated to begin Aug. 19 …

Local fire departments have until the end of the month to apply for federal grants through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, reports. Grants are given through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help fire departments maintain or increase staffing levels and insure that their communities have adequa…

The annual inspection of New York’s canal system began in Buffalo Tuesday as the Tug Syracuse departed from Erie Canal Harbor for the first leg of the tour between Buffalo and Lockport.The inspection will be conducted during the next two months in two- and three-day segments along the 524 miles of the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca waterways, the State Canal Cor…

A city man was in fair condition late Tuesday at Erie County Medical Center after being stabbed by a Cheektowaga man, Buffalo police said.Anthony Osburn, age unavailable, of the 600 block of Bailey Avenue, was stabbed several times in the upper body and neck, according to South District police who arrested Benjamin Addison, 39, of the 200 block of Cayuga Creek Road, on the…

Daniel Johengen, chef-owner of top-rated Southtowns restaurant Daniels, is retiring after dinner Sept. 14.“It’s just time,” said Johengen, whose Hamburg restaurant has consistently been rated among the best in Western New York. “We’re old and tired. I’m not that old, I’m 58, but we’re tired. It’s been 23 years.”Since 1990, Johengen and his wife, Debbie, have worked togethe…