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The cost to transport nearly 29,000 children to and from school each day will go up for the Buffalo Public Schools under a new five-year contract worth nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. The school district is ready to strike a new deal with its transportation provider, First Student Inc., after the industry giant came in with a low bid of $244.3 million for five ye…

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Oct. 12, 1943 – Dec. 28, 2019 Warren T.D. Barbour, an innovative archaeologist who was the first African American to earn a doctorate in his field in the United States, died Dec. 28 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 76. A faculty member at the University at Buffalo for 37 years, he was a specialist in Meso-American archaeology and was part of gro…

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Douglas E. Haak Jr., who served as acting Lockport police chief for a few weeks last fall, said Friday he will retire from the department as of Jan. 30 to take a job monitoring the Lockport City School District's new facial recognition security system. "It's an easy fit for me," said Haak, a captain who has been a Lockport police officer for more than 24 years. He has e…

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Slow down, or get ready to pay up. A crackdown scheduled to begin Monday will rely on school-zone cameras to catch motorists who speed on streets around schools in Buffalo. The city’s new school zone camera enforcement system will go live in 14 school zones, officials announced Friday. “The way we chose these was based predominately on two metrics: one was acciden…

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A new year also marked the start of a new era for security efforts in Lockport's public schools. The district announced on its website Thursday that it has activated its $1.4 million facial recognition system in all schools. The Lockport Board of Education has yet to approve policy changes the State Education Department requested in late November. The Education Depar…

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Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District residents next month are set to vote on a planned $75 million capital project that addresses student safety. District officials have proposed construction and renovation work at Ken-Ton's five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, including the addition of 16 elementary classrooms. Highlights include ne…

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Nearly three dozen elementary school students of modest means have a brighter athletic and academic future, in part because a Buffalo native wasn’t quite sure what career path to take after she graduated a decade ago with a sociology degree from Vassar College. “I thought perhaps a lawyer or maybe a teacher. I wasn't really familiar with the idea of having a career in t…

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Albion village police in a news release late Thursday said that social media posts related to the possibility of violence at a school campus in the area appear to be without any merit. The posts, on social media sites that were not identified by police, focused on worries about potential violence Friday at the Albion Central School Campus, Albion police stated. The s…

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Oct. 3, 1943 – Dec. 20, 2019 Dr. Robert B. Joynt, a much-honored professor and administrator in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, died Dec. 20 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 76. Born in Utica, he was a 1965 graduate of Utica College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemis…

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At first, Marleen O'Connor worried when her son signed up for band at Hutchinson-Central Technical High School. With a central auditory processing disorder, he cannot process more than three commands at a time. But as a freshman two years ago he thrived in the band, coming out of his shell, making friends and playing the saxophone at a jazz performance on Hertel Avenue,…

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As Tywanda Cross approached the end of her pregnancy, she expressed feelings familiar to many first-time mothers. “I was concerned about going through labor and delivery,” she said. “It was my first child. I was kind of nervous but ready to get the baby out.” Thanks to the guiding words and actions of two doulas from an innovative organization called Durham's Baby Ca…

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Nov. 11, 1936 – Dec. 19, 2019 Robert E. Nesslin, of South Buffalo, a retired Medaille College professor and marketing expert, died Dec. 19 in Seneca Manor Nursing Home, West Seneca. He was 83. Born in Kenmore, he was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, where he was an honor student and district representative for the Catholic Youth Conference. He ea…

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Fosdick Field is back on track. The Buffalo Board of Education has agreed to have the school district take ownership of the 4 acres of grassy land adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and pay off the debt on the property so it can be turned into a multimillion dollar athletic field. “We are committed to seeing this through, absent any major, unknown issue t…

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The challenge was laid out Thursday for John Venne, even before the school day had really started. He is a social studies teacher at Burgard High School, where his daily responsibilities include overseeing a morning homeroom filled with teens. One of his students, while waiting to go to class, described how his mother and father were embroiled in an argument the night b…

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The Tigers of Lewis J. Bennett School of Innovative Technology are set to begin their inaugural season in January. They’ve been practicing hard after school. And they’ve compiled a roster with 45 of the high school’s newest star competitors: video gamers. “It’s way more fun playing with a team than playing by yourself,” said senior Jordan Graves. Bennett, as we…