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Buffalo’s Main Street is tangled in construction, heavy machinery and high expectations. The pedestrian mall is being removed; curbs, pavement and sidewalks are being torn up. Main Street is undoing its 30-plus-year run of having no traffic.But once the dust settles from the slabs of new concrete on a restructured 600 block in the fall and car traffic returns, will the str…

NIAGARA FALLS – The city’s chief building inspector said Friday he doesn’t think Covanta Niagara’s energy-from-waste incinerator has caused a recent rat infestation in a nearby neighborhood.Dennis F. Virtuoso, who also is a Niagara County legislator, said he thinks the source of the problem is the reconstruction of nearby Buffalo Avenue.However, Covanta business manager Ke…

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After 17 years, Paula Huber will sell the last powdered angel creams, glazed fry cakes and chocolate frosted rings from her Kenmore Avenue location Sunday.Paula’s Donuts will close at 308 Kenmore Ave. at 5 p.m. Sunday before reopening its new, larger location at 2319 Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda Wednesday.“It’s bittersweet,” Huber said. “I hate to leave, but we’…

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General Motors’ Town of Tonawanda engine plant has experienced highs like new engine lines and expansions, and lows like layoffs, industry downturns and even doubts about its future.But unlike many other U.S. auto plants, GM’s Tonawanda plant has survived, and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The milestone comes at a buoyant time for the plant, with two new e…

National Grid has paid a $25,000 fine to settle an ethics case involving rounds of golf and meals it gave to state employees.The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics said National Grid between 2002 and 2010 gave gifts, including meals and rounds of golf totaling more than $7,000, to employees of the Department of Public Service, the administrative arm of the Public Serv…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsThe Kenan Center in Lockport elected Eric W. Connor president of its board of governors. Connor is a certified financial planner at Connor Wealth Management. Other officers: First vice president, Jayne Walker Lloyd, Seneca Gaming Corp.; second vice president, Mark Jaekle, AstraZeneca LP; treasurer, Julie Coy, State Farm Insurance; and secretary, Wend…

Members of United Steelworkers of America Local 135 at the Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America plant in the Town of Tonawanda have voted on a tentative contract, but the results will not be released until next week.The Tonawanda site is one of six Goodyear plants voting on the deal. Local 135, which represents about 950 hourly workers, has decided wait until workers at the…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsThe department of orthopaedics at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences appointed Dr. Leslie J. Bisson its inaugural June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD professor and chair. Bisson, associate professor in the department, also serves as medical director/team orthopaedic surgeon for the Buffalo Sabres, team physician and or…

The number of private-sector jobs in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area rose by 1.8 percent in July from a year ago, led by growth in the leisure, hospitality, educational and health services sectors, according to new data from the state Labor Department.The state reported Thursday that private-sector employment rose by 8,200 jobs to 465,100. That’s the fourth-mos…

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The global manufacturing conglomerate that has owned the former Buffalo Forge property for more than 20 years has signed on to the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program seeking to prep the vacant property for sale and redevelopment as “shovel-ready.”Howden North America is hoping that participation in the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s program will help it m…

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A fire that broke out Thursday afternoon in the men’s department of the Target store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst is being investigated as an arson by Amherst police.The blaze was quickly extinguished, an Amherst fire official said, but it caused at least $1 million and possibly as much as $5 million in damage to the building’s contents.“One million is probably a…

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Elf on the Shelf is giving away free Elf on the Shelf resource kits to the first 5,000 teachers who register for the Elf on the Shelf resource center, which provides teachers with free lesson plans. Qualifying teachers must teach kindergarten through 5th grade at a public or private school. Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas book with an accompanying toy Elf who scouts boys …

The Chautauqua Institution is offering a weeklong series of lectures on health care reform and innovation that begins Monday. The "Health Care: Reform and Innovation" lectures fill the ninth and final week of the 2013 Chautauqua season and mark the beginning of a three-year institution effort focusing on health care. In addition to the to the institution’s standa…

NIAGARA FALLS – A waste incinerator’s plans to haul in New York City garbage by train drew a crowded house in City Hall on Wednesday night.More than 100 people packed Council Chambers for the nearly two-hour meeting about plans at Covanta Energy, a facility that burns waste, producing steam, electricity as well as pollutants that are emitted into the air.The company, locat…

WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency Wednesday granted property and sales tax breaks for a new Niagara River jet boat service and an 11-room Niagara Falls hotel.The IDA board’s votes in favor of the requests for Niagara Jet Adventures and 452 Third Street LLC were unanimous.Niagara Jet, whose majority owner is Michael J. Fox, the owner of Niagara F…