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Planning Board approves site for charter school

The Buffalo Planning Board this week approved plans to locate West Buffalo Charter School in a former apartment building at 113 Lafayette Ave.

The school will have a literacy focus for children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will be operated through a partnership between Gateway Longview and the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center.

The multiphase project at the 34,500-square-foot building will partly open for students up to third grade in September, with the fourth floor to be completed next year, said William Paladino of Ellicott Development.


Library expansion plans to be discussed at meeting

The proposed Hamburg Public Library building expansion will be discussed at a meeting at 7 p.m. today in the library.

Hamburg Library trustees will present the plans to add about 8,000 square feet with a circular addition to the Buffalo Street library.

The cost is estimated to be $2.04 million, and the library would seek state grants. The 46-year-old building is owned by the town.

The Hamburg Library has 160,000 visitors a year, with a circulation of 237,000.


500-plus chefs expected at regional conference

More than 500 chefs from Maine to Washington, D.C., are coming to Conference Center Niagara Falls on Friday through Monday for the American Culinary Federation's Northeast Regional Conference.

The conference will include tours of restaurants and food service operations in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, specialty food workshops and winery tours. High point will be the American Academy of Chefs Academy Dinner on Sunday in the Buffalo Club. Other restaurants to be featured during the conference include Tempo, Sea Bar, Hutch's and the Anchor Bar.

About 40 chefs from Western New York will take part in the conference, and some are competing for awards, including James Roberts, executive chef at Park Country Club of Buffalo, who is a candidate for Chef of the Year.


Gillibrand joins campaign for Municipal Building

A U.S. senator has joined the campaign to obtain historic status for the Ken-Ton Municipal Building.

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday that she has urged the National Park Service to include the building, at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road, on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The art-deco style structure was designed by E.B. Green and built in 1936. It houses offices of the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda.

"Giving the Kenmore-Tonawanda Municipal Building historic status would help maintain and preserve one of Western New York's unique buildings and [boost] local tourism," Gillibrand said.

The effort, launched last spring by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, recently was taken over by the town.