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Hilbert College announced Thursday that its freshman class for the fall semester is its largest since 2011. First-time freshman enrollment is up 30 percent from last year, administrators said, the second year in a row that the number of freshmen has increased. "An increase of 30 percent for our incoming freshman class, combined with a 15 percent increase last fall, is a…

Health and Fitness

Lucy Alessi reached a life milestone this summer — and she just turned 10 on Wednesday. The Clarence Center Elementary School fifth-grader and swimmer published her first book, a 47-page look into her yearlong effort to improve her times and forge new friendships on a pair of Western New York swim teams. "BRB I Need to go to Swim Practice: A girl's guide to competiti…

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Steve Cichon has left his part-time job as news director at WECK-AM/FM (AM 1230/FM 102.9 and 100.5 FM) after seven months at the station. The veteran radio broadcaster resigned his latest radio job to take a full-time job as communications director for Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo. Cichon, who replaced John Zach in February, said the high school…

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McKinley High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday after a threatening note was found warning there was a gun inside the Elmwood Avenue school, according a spokeswoman for the Buffalo Public Schools. Elena Cala, special assistant to the superintendent for public relations, said in a statement Buffalo Police were dispatched to McKinley after the note was found at about …

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Is turning in a proposal 16 minutes late really relevant? That’s what Kaleida Health is asking a judge to decide, after filing a lawsuit against Buffalo Public Schools for disqualifying its bid for the district’s multimillion nursing contract, because the proposal was hand-delivered 16 minutes after the deadline. Kaleida – which previously held the contract for 13 ye…

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School districts with high numbers of students boycotting state standardized tests would not be penalized under changes being recommended by the state Education Department. New regulations proposed in May could have forced school districts with high opt-out rates to use a portion of their federal funding to encourage greater participation on the state assessments. In…

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A school district spokeswoman said Friday that authorities were speaking with a person of interest in connection with an incident earlier in the day at Leonardo da Vinci High School, which was evacuated after a female student sprayed mace either in or near a second-floor bathroom in a hallway as students were changing classes. A statement released by Buffalo Public Scho…

Environment

University at Buffalo geology chair Beata Csatho on Saturday will watch years of hard work go up in a blazing trail of fire and smoke. And she couldn’t be happier. NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, dubbed “ICESat-2,” will launch into space aboard a Delta II rocket at 8:46 a.m. Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will take with it a…

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Shawna Bowman has tried several ways to deal with the pain in her arthritic right knee, including cortisone injections, physical therapy and “gel shots” that lubricated her joint. Bowman, 59, a part-time dental office worker from Lockport, suspects she will need a knee replacement at some point – but not now. She shudders at the idea that she might need another in her 7…

Crime

An architect at the University at Buffalo has been charged with six felony counts for allegedly claiming he was at his job when he was working somewhere else, state Inspector General Catherine Leahy-Scott and Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Wednesday. James D. Spratz, 53, of Lancaster, was arraigned in Amherst Town Court on five counts of first-deg…

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The Town of Tonawanda Youth Bureau is seeking student representatives to fill vacancies on its board. The board is made up of students from each of the high schools located in the town and adults from various schools, businesses and groups. The board meets monthly during the school year, takes part in community events and hosts an annual awards dinner. The Youth Bure…

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If you've got a good idea, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District wants to hear it. The district is holding its first Innovation Contest to collect proposals for new programs that benefit Ken-Ton students and align with the goals of its "Ken-Ton Forward" strategic plan. Officials encourage students, parents, teachers, alumni and other stakeholders to participa…

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University at Buffalo fans have another reason to cheer on the school's football team. Price Rite Marketplace said it will donate a bag – or "sack" – of perishable and and nonperishable food items to an Amherst food pantry every time the Bulls defense sacks the opposing team's quarterback this season. Price Rite sponsors the new "Fueling Station" located in the Murch…

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The University at Buffalo attained all-time highs in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of national universities. UB moved up eight spots – to No. 89 – in the national university rankings, which were released Monday as part of the magazine's 2018 edition of "America's Best Colleges." UB was also among the top 50 public universities in the country for the…