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Hamburg

Hamburg Town Board members are poised to approve a $48.75 million budget that raises taxes 2.5%. The proposed 2020 budget would increase spending by 1.5% – and includes nearly $150,000 in additions the board made to Supervisor James M. Shaw's tentative budget. "Spending is up a little bit because we didn't cut as deeply into the summer help in Buildings and Grounds,"…

Business

Judith Landa, a former investor in the Emerald South and Emerald North nursing homes, is suing County Executive Mark Poloncarz for slander and libel. Since last year, Poloncarz has railed against the ownership of the two area nursing homes, where patients have suffered harm or died, and has been an outspoken critic of Landa and her husband, Benjamin. He later said he…

Cheektowaga

Matthew Giordano, who served as the vice president for academic affairs at Villa Maria College from 2012 to 2018, was installed as the college's fourth president during ceremonies Nov. 15 in the college auditorium on Pine Ridge Road in Cheektowaga. Giordano supervised the launch of three programs: flexible business, game design and computer software development, each de…

Buffalo

If he wasn't busy enough with rehabbing downtown's Buffalo Grand Hotel, now Canadian developer Harry Stinson wants to spend his dough redeveloping the old Wonder Bread Factory on the city's East Side. Stinson, the Hamilton-based developer who owns the former Adam's Mark Hotel, is buying the vacant Fougeron Street factory that once produced the legendary bread with the i…

Buffalo

Ben Obletz says there's a demand for high-end luxury living in Buffalo, and he's aiming to prove it with his newest apartments. But first he has to finish renting them. His company, First Amherst Development, opened its new Nineteen North apartment building in downtown Buffalo a few months ago, with 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments located a block from the northwes…

City of Tonawanda

A couple has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice in the Dec. 28, 2018, fatal drug overdose of an employee in the City of Tonawanda, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said the charge against Kevin Toth, 29, of the City of Tonawanda, and Samantha Yeates, 27, of Depew, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Assistant U.S. A…

Catholic Charities' Women, Infants and Children nutrition program recently relocated three of its Erie County offices – in Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Lackawanna – with a fourth at the Jamestown office in Chautauqua County. The new Erie County locations are the Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave., Rooms 311-312; the Caritas Medical Arts Bldg., 2625 Harlem Road, Ste. …

Business

Narcan is a lifesaving overdose rescue drug – but only if you have it when you need it. To ensure that more area businesses, restaurants, bars and other gathering places have emergency overdose kits available, Erie County created – and is now distributing – 500 red boxes that each include two free doses of the Narcan nasal spray. The wall-mountable boxes are similar …

Amherst

A Williamsville man and his son were arrested Friday at the Peace Bridge after attempting to smuggle marijuana into the U.S., according to federal prosecutors. Kenneth Francis Munroe, 60, and his son, Kenneth Philip Munroe, 30, had about 250 grams of marijuana with them, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremiah E. Lenihan. They were charged with entry of goods by m…

Buffalo

Developer Jake Schneider is hoping to make some sweet music with his newest apartment venture. Three months after buying the Community Music School in the Elmwood Village, Schneider is fine-tuning plans to convert the three-story building into the Musical Suites. The developer wants to renovate the 14,000-square-foot structure at 415 Elmwood Ave., while constructing …

Buffalo

The 38th News Neediest Fund is off to a quick start. The fund, which raised $150,000 last year, has already raised $43,000 even before the drive officially began, according to Buffalo News Publisher Warren T. Colville, who was part of a festive kickoff celebration Thursday morning in the lobby of The Buffalo News' downtown office. "The generosity of people in this co…

Obituaries

June 1, 1940 – Nov. 4, 2019 Sandra “Sandee” Sheldon, the first woman to serve on the Erie Community College Board of Trustees, had a passion for details on a grand scale. According to her son Alan, she considered her greatest achievement to be the 1984 Buffalo Philharmonic Ball, which she oversaw as chairman. Under the theme, “Dancin’ Downtown,” it was an extravag…

Local News

An anti-abortion organization that provides basic medical care and counseling to pregnant women in Rochester is expanding into the Buffalo area and merging with three previously independent crisis pregnancy centers here. CompassCare has a goal of reducing the number of abortions performed in the Buffalo area by 50% over the next five years. The Christian organization ha…

Amherst

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has refused to change its mind on the damages a former Amherst woman can seek because a doctor declared her husband dead when he was still alive. In August, the Appellate Division barred Tammy A. Cleveland from seeking punitive damages from Kaleida Health. The widow's attorney, Charles F. Burkwit, asked the court to reconsid…