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Hamburg Central School food service workers have their first ever contract with the district.The School Board Wednesday unanimously approved a three-year contract with the 24 food service workers, cooks and cook managers.The cafeteria workers were not represented by a union, and had been working under a wage freeze since 2011, said Debra Lauria, union representative for Se…

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has received an $11 million bequest from the estate of longtime board member and Buffalo arts patron Peggy Pierce Elfvin, possibly the largest single gift in the museum’s history, the gallery announced Wednesday evening.The gallery is expected to officially accept the gift this afternoon during the annual meeting the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy’…

A 58-year-old motorist was charged with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop early Wednesday in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.Joseph Sardo, who lives in the Town of Tonawanda, was pulled over at Delaware and Knoche roads for failure to drive on the right side of the road, deputies said. Sardo was intoxicated, deputies said, a…

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in a drunken-driving, high-speed crash near the downtown entrance to the Kensington Expressway that killed one of his passengers.Wallace Hedgepeth, 20, of Hamlin Road, admitted guilt in the June 23 death of Jireh Williams, 21, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.Williams was thrown from t…

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Darren Brown fought for his life, as his three attackers beat and stabbed him last year in a wooded area near Colvin Avenue in North Buffalo.The 16-year-old was stabbed a total of 54 times during the brutal attack July 5, 2012, on the former railroad tracks. His carotid artery and jugular vein were severed and his lung was punctured.Even though it appeared Brown was done f…

The sale of Jim Ball’s auto dealership to the Basil family raises a question unrelated to cars: what becomes of the name of Jim Ball Stadium in Orchard Park?Ball acquired the naming rights to the stadium on Erie Community College’s South Campus in 2001. It is the home field for the Kats football team, among other ECC sports.Meanwhile, Ball’s dealership on Southwestern Boul…

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Explore & More Children’s Museum’s move to Canalside took a big step forward Wednesday when a state waterfront agency approved its master plan and feasibility study.Plans call for the museum, which would target children up to age 12, to occupy two floors covering nearly 40,000 square feet, with administration on the third floor of a multistory building. There would be eigh…

The state Department of Transportation today announced that due to a large-load vehicle, Route 5 between Ridge Road and Odell Street in Buffalo and Lackawanna will be subject to a 15-minute full traffic stop between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday. Local law enforcement will be on the scene to direct traffic. Motorists are reminded to follow the posted speed limit, and that fines …

A couple allegedly tried to escape late Tuesday through the rear door of an apartment in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood, where a search by Erie County sheriff’s deputies and Buffalo police yielded various drugs packaged for sale.Officers from the narcotics units of both agencies went to a Janice St. address at about 9 p.m. Tuesday with a search warrant signed by state S…

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A dramatic shakeup Wednesday at Erie County’s Child Protective Services is an attempt to ensure that two tragedies of the past 19 months are not repeated and to hold accountable people charged with protecting the welfare of children.Following the beating deaths of two boys under the eye of the county agency that is supposed to protect abused and neglected children, Erie Co…

Five adults and three children were evacuated early this morning when fire ripped through a four unit apartment house on the 100 block of Selkirk off Exchange Street, which runs off Exchange Street, firefighters said,The blaze started at 3 a.m. at 149 Selkirk in an area known as Little Hollywood. The Red Cross was called to provide shelter for the displaced residents.One f…

The Wales Town Board approved a preliminary budget for 2014 at its board meeting Tuesday.While the $1,339,428 total is the same as the tentative budget, the board was able to reduce projected tax rates for the highway and the Wales Center Fire Company.The budget includes a 2 percent across the board salary increase for all employees with the exception of the highway worker…

The Town of Aurora’s preliminary budget for 2014, with a public hearing set for 7 p.m. Oct. 22, proposes a 0.4 percent tax decrease for residents outside the village and a slight 0.7 percent increase for village residents.“We came in well below the tax cap,” said Supervisor Jolene Jeffe, explaining a 3 percent cap had been calculated according to Aurora’s growth.While Jeff…

The Town of Lancaster is looking to unload leaves it collects.The Town Board on Monday gave the green light for its Highway Department to dispose of leaves at Adam’s Nurseries on Genesee Street and Good Earth Organics Corp. on Broadway from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2014.The year-long arrangements will not cost the town anything and the leaves are to be used for composting a…