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LOCKPORT – The ninth annual “Lockport in Bloom” citywide garden walk is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also, a new “Twilight in the Garden” offering will see some of the participating gardens open from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.Maps showing the location of the more than 40 gardens, with those open Saturday night specially marked, will be available …

The Tonawanda City School Board unanimously elected Sharon Stuart as its president and Jennifer Mysliwy as vice president at its reorganization meeting this week. Stuart is an administrative assistant for Dietrich Funeral Homes, and Mysliwy works part time for MusicalFare Theatre.

Lackawanna’s Community Fun Days run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday at 560 Ridge Road, next to Memorial Field.The family-friendly event today includes food and merchant vendors, a performance by a jazz quartet, an arts and crafts sale, and a fitness exhibition.Saturday’s events include a youth parade, obstacle course, dunk tank, bounce house and pony rides, a…

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NORTH TONAWANDA – A crumbling and polluted one-story brick building at the corner of Main and Tremont streets will be coming down to make way for a grand expansion of the historic Riviera Theatre.The strains of “Be Our Guest” from the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ filtered onto the Main Street parking lot at the rear of the theater Thursday as officials and board membe…

The endorsed Democratic candidate for Erie County comptroller has dropped out the race with less than four months remaining before the general election.Lynn M. Szalkowski, a certified public accountant from Lake View, has decided against continuing her campaign for the office, citing health reasons, according to County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner.“Though I am v…

The Town of Wales has entered into negotiations with the Town of Holland to have Holland take over dog control duties from the current Wales provider, the Town of Aurora. Wales Supervisor Rickey Venditti said he has not heard from Holland on its final decision. Venditti said the terms offered by Wales are similar to the ones that Wales had with Aurora, a lump sum plus mil…

NIAGARA FALLS – Democratic voters in the city will have a September primary to choose City Council candidates for November’s general election.Four candidates, including the three incumbents, turned in petitions to run for the three open Council seats by Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline.Any petitions being submitted by mail to the Niagara County Board of Elections had to be…

The City of Niagara Falls has asked a judge to stop the Niagara County SPCA from cutting off dog control services, which the agency announced on Thursday it planned do after contract talks broke off last week.The city is seeking a temporary restraining order against the agency’s move to terminate some services Monday, a move the agency says is necessary after the city ha…

LOCKPORT – David Alfonso may plead guilty Monday in connection with an attempt to kill his girlfriend’s 7-year-old daughter on New Year’s Eve.Or he may turn the offer down because prosecutors won’t agree to a limit on the length of his prison sentence.“I don’t know,” court-appointed defense attorney David C. Douglas said Thursday when asked if Alfonso would t…

LOCKPORT – Erie County Assistant District Attorney James F. Bargnesi was named Thursday as the special prosecutor for the second trial of Kelvin W. Robinson, a Niagara Falls man whose guilty plea to stabbing his wife to death was invalidated on appeal.State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. scheduled a tentative Dec. 9 trial date for Robinson, 56, who is charged…

By Barbara O'Brien / NEWS STAFF REPORTER

Thu, Jul 11, 2013

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo said Thursday that he will revise and resubmit a proposed local law that calls for county workers to reside in Erie County.The meaure was approved in a 6-5 vote by the Legislature in May and subsequently vetoed by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, because of concerns over how the law might affect future appointments of the county exec…

A two-alarm fire that erupted about 4:20 p.m. Thursday at a South Buffalo titanium plant caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, officials said.The fire at the Goldman Titanium plant, 105 Dorothy St., was extinguished with soda ash because titanium does not respond well to water. The fire was created by two flammable fillets that knocked together and created a spark, said …

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The baby barn owls, with faces like feathered marshmallow puffs, seemed ready for more sky. They made looping arcs, swooping up again, and again, to grab the top of their cage.They will be released this weekend, the very last batch of owlets that the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center will ever raise and set free.“It’s a very emotional experience,” said Tanya Lowe, education…

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Since James Bagarozzo and Lawrence Charles were arrested and accused of stealing thousands of dollars in quarters from city parking meters they were supposed to be repairing, City Hall has seen a significant increase in revenue from those meters.In fact, the increased meter revenue – $600,000 – is more than double the amount Bagarozzo and Charles later admitted steali…

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The war of words between the Poloncarz administration and the Erie County Comptroller’s Office escalated this week, with the county executive accusing the comptroller of damaging the reputation of the fiscal watchdog.The administration struck back more than two weeks after the Comptroller’s Office released an inconclusive audit on Department of Social Services protocol…