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Anne Spisiak is excited about the Cantalician Center for Learning's plan to transform a long, barren concrete courtyard into an accessible playground for kids with disabilities. The secure and largely covered space that is envisioned would provide new opportunities for the needy children of the Cantalician Center to play and grow in safety. Spisiak, the agency's exec…

Buffalo

More than 400 workers at the Erie County Department of Social Services will move to the suburbs from downtown Buffalo – two years after a botched deal to move them from the offices they've been in for more than 27 years. About 436 employees who provide child protection and support, foster care and adoption services will relocate from the former Hens & Kelly departme…

Buffalo

The Central Library is one of 230 libraries in the state receiving Education Department grants totaling $24 million for construction and renovation projects. "New York’s libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading to meet the increasing needs of the children, families and adults they serve every day," said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. "These f…

A 52,800-square-foot industrial manufacturing and warehouse property in the Town of Tonawanda has been acquired by a local investor group for $1.175 million. An entity called 310 GI Blvd. bought the facility at 310 Grand Island Blvd. from Donald J. Matre, the owner, president and CEO of Pallet Services, which formerly occupied the complex along with Matre's Ertam Enterp…

Cheektowaga

On the one-year anniversary of a hit-and-run accident that killed a Depew native who was in town visiting from Fort Myers, Fla., the Cheektowaga Police Department is asking the public for help in solving the case. Police recounted that on Aug. 8, 2017, at approximately 4:52 a.m., 55-year-old Robert Prigl was walking from his family’s house in Depew to the Buffalo Niagar…

Cheektowaga

The 16-year-old Cheektowaga girl struck by a vehicle Monday while riding her bicycle has died, Cheektowaga police said Wednesday. Sherilann Lorenz, who would have been a junior at Cleveland Hill High School in the fall, died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, police said. She had been in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after she was hit while riding her bicycle…

Amherst

A 16-year-old Cheektowaga girl is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center after she was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle across Union Road on Monday afternoon, Cheektowaga police said. The teen, identified by police as Sherilann Lorenz, was struck at about 2:15 p.m. as she crossed west over Union near the on-ramp to the Kensington Expressway, jus…

Courts

Stephanie Ruffins and Beth Henderson were fired in 2014 by Stellar Dental Care after complaining to their manager they were groped, bullied and humiliated by a male dental assistant at the Cheektowaga office, an Appellate Division panel of judges ruled. Henderson testified before an administrative law judge that the co-worker grabbed her breasts while she was training R…

Cheektowaga

You can help scientists identify species of plants and insects at Reinstein Woods during BioBlitz weekend in August. The 24-hour event will run from 4 p.m. Aug. 24, when the focus will be on plants and insects, through 4 p.m. Aug. 25, when trees and birds will be documented. Experts from the state Department of Environmental Conservation will be asked to aid voluntee…

Amherst

You don't need to visit a wildlife refuge to get a look at black bears, coyotes and deer. These days, Erie County's suburbs are where the wild things are. Early summer's Great Black Bear Hunt highlighted just how much nature and civilization overlap. And the decision by Amherst police to shoot an injured bear stirred up strong emotions. It's part of the larger con…

Cheektowaga

A hovercraft is perhaps the last thing you'd expect to see for sale on the lawn outside a municipal building. But Cheektowaga Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner did just that on Tuesday when he hung a "For Sale" sign on the town's hovercraft, the same way privately-owned vehicles have been bought and sold for generations. "We've exercised every option," said Wegner. …

Business

A $3 million warehouse project in Cheektowaga for a growing Chicago-based building materials supplier and distributor is getting more than $320,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Wednesday approved $323,250 in property, sales and mortgage recording incentives for Column Development, which wants to build a 45,000-square-foot …

Buffalo

A Cheektowaga man who fled a traffic stop in downtown Buffalo early Monday morning and crashed into a tree faces weapons possession and other charges, police said. Just after midnight, a police officer spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed near William and Oak streets. The driver, identified as Justin Samuel, 27, pulled over but drove away before the stop …

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Good fences don’t always make good neighbors. Just ask the residents of Walden Heights, a hidden gem bordered by an attractive wrought iron fence residents put up along the eastern edge of Buffalo. On one side is an upscale enclave that offers homeowners an attractive slice of suburbia in the city. On the other side is Cheektowaga – or, more precisely, the town’s unkemp…