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Developer Douglas Jemal and city officials wasted no time in putting their unique financing plan for Cars Sharing Main Street into action after Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown formally unveiled it in his State of the City address. Brown announced plans in his speech for a $38 million Accelerator Buffalo Fund to help pay key infrastructure improvements in downtown Buffalo. …

Cheektowaga

Three former Maryvale School District students have accused their music teacher of sexually abusing them decades ago, according to Child Victims Act lawsuits against the district. Stanley Bratt, a Maryvale East Elementary School teacher who died in 1980, according to the school district, is accused of abusing a 9- to 12-year-old boy from 1968-1971, a 9- to 10-year-old s…

Colleges

When the Buffalo Sabres play in Las Vegas on Friday, nine members of the Maryan family plan to be there. They’re coming from across the country — Alaska and Texas and Louisiana and more — for a blended holiday that’ll be equal parts family reunion, hockey weekend and memorial tribute. Marty Maryan, youngest of six in a Town of Tonawanda clan, died at 60 almost a year ag…

Buffalo

It's been a mild winter by Western New York standards, but the region was reminded Thursday that spring does not start in February. Bizzard-like conditions to the south and biting winds throughout the area led to one of the only weather events of the season. High winds led to a jump in Lake Erie water levels, school closings, tough driving conditions, and even moments o…

Local News

Grand Island got all the attention this week for its maybe-we-think-probably Amazon mega-development. But Amherst might be ready to welcome the global online retailer, too. Not with a massive warehouse and distribution center, mind you, but with streetlight recharging stations for Amazon delivery drones. The Town of Amherst might buy its network of street lights f…

Buffalo

Family and friends raised $100,000 to name an armored carousel horse on behalf of a civic advocate who played a key role in buying the carousel slated to open this summer at Canalside. Robert Kresse was a trustee with the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation in June 2015 when the philanthropy opted to buy the 1924 historic carousel from a Massachusetts family and donate it to t…

Buffalo

The framed image hangs near the door of Montez Thalman’s apartment in a retirement community in Arizona. It still causes people to stop in admiration, a kind of magic that after more than 60 years has yet to lose its power. Neighbors routinely pause to study a photograph that shows Thalman, as she is today, holding a black-and-white photo. It portrays Elvis Presley on h…

Hamburg

Route 5 has been closed in Hamburg between Big Tree Road and LaSalle Avenue because of water on the road. "We just closed Route 5 because of the waves crashing up and over," said Sean Crotty, Hamburg's emergency services coordinator. That's a 0.9 mile section of the road in front of St. Francis High School, near Hoak's Restaurant, that frequently is closed because of…

Buffalo

As a late February storm rolls across upstate New York, Rochester seems poised in the coming weeks to succeed Buffalo as both this winter's Golden Snowball champion as New York's snowiest large city, and as the snowiest large city in the nation. Yet Pat DeCoursey, oracle of the Golden Snowball – meaning he keeps a handle on these statistics pretty much out of passion an…

Education

Thursday was the first snow day this school year in the Frontier Central School District, and Superintendent Richard Hughes had some fun calling it. In a spoof of Blanco Brown's "The Git Up" song, Hughes told his students in a video "You don't have to Git Up." In addition to notifying parents about the closing with telephone calls, text messages and emails, he tweete…

Erie County

Local, state and federal health officials are bracing for an outbreak of the coronavirus. There are still no confirmed cases in New York State and very limited evidence the disease is spreading anywhere in the United States. But the rate of new, confirmed infections globally is making the likelihood of disease containment within the United States increasingly remote,…

Obituaries

April 10, 1931 – Feb. 17, 2020 For years, Nick Mogavero, longtime director of health education and physical education for the Buffalo schools, was known as the coach who cut basketball all-star Bob Lanier from the Bennett High School team in 1963. It wasn’t until 1990, though, that he told his side of the story. Prompted by the sudden death of a college basketball…

Local News

The Town of Amherst is considering buying its street lights from National Grid and converting them to energy-efficient LED lights. Representatives from the architecture and engineering firm Wendel provided an analysis of the project to Amherst officials at a work session preceding Monday's Town Board meeting. Amherst has 9,413 streetlights and replacing them with new…

Buffalo

Developers Karl Frizlen and Michael Masters are ready to start work on their proposed renovation of the Barcalo Manufacturing Plant, after they won $1 million in sales and mortgage recording tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday to help finance the $34.7 million project. Frizlen and Masters are proposing to convert the historic forme…