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Although half a dozen Grand Island residents voiced strong opposition to the project, the Niagara River Greenway Commission decided Tuesday that a planned eight-mile trail connecting two state parks is consistent with the goals of the Greenway plan.“This project is part of our master plan,” commission Chairman Gregory Stevens said. “It’s not our place to design the details…

The search for a possible missing surfer off Hamburg Beach was called off after several hours Tuesday night, and officials said the report of a missing person apparently was unfounded.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Hamburg police and fire crews ended the search just before 10:30 p.m.Officials speculate that the person who called in the report ab…

Buffalo

Sept. 9, 1920 – Sept. 15, 2013James E. Coleman Sr., of Buffalo, a retired steelworker who was installed as honorary chief of a village in Ghana, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 93.Born in Linden, Ala., he served with the Army in Europe in World War II and came to Buffalo after the war. He retired from the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna in 1982 and …

Several women’s groups are organizing a rally Thursday in support of embattled Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown.“We said, ‘You know what, let’s just do a rally and show Dr. Brown that there’s still support for her in the community, and that support has not wavered,’” said Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, founder of We Are Women Warriors. “She’s just be…

Amherst

During a career that has spanned decades, Williamsville hairstylist Gino Martelli has acquired a reputation for a number of things.One of them is his cooking. Martelli, the News Cook of the Month, has spent decades honing his style, Italian specialties served with flair. Guests at his table have enjoyed memorable dishes like giant lobsters roasted over wood embers in the f…

Business

In between sautéing chicken wings with his Some Kind of Wonderful spice, John Ellison took to the microphone to croon his megahit of the same title.Ellison, a singer/songwriter-turned-seasoning maker, was the highlight of Will Poultry Co.’s annual food show Tuesday in Hearthstone Manor, Depew.He was one of 70 vendors at the event for food service customers.“It’s an opportu…

Neighbors to a planned rental apartment complex for senior citizens on Youngs Road in Amherst voiced their opposition to the project Tuesday night.Traffic, drainage and proximity concerns topped the list of issues more than 20 impassioned speakers brought to the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals during its regular monthly meeting.“We’re talking about privacy,” said Treebrooke…

A proposal for Orchard Park developer Krog Corp. to take over as the preferred developer of the former Trico Products building in Buffalo and potentially convert it into an extended-stay hotel was met with positive reactions from members of a key economic development panel overseeing redevelopment efforts at the vast onetime factory.“I think the news is positive,” said Bre…

The driver of an SUV apparently suffered from a medical condition that caused him to crash into a one-story brick house on Ward Court near Dorrance Avenue about 3 p.m. today. The driver was treated for minor injuries. No one was home at the time of the crash which left the SUV against the front of the house. An investigation of the crash is continuing. Police did not relea…

Erie County

Thousands of dollars is missing from a Depew youth hockey club, officials of the club say. In addition, officials of the Depew Saints Hockey Club say they believe the same person responsible for the thefts has been soliciting money on behalf of the organization without its knowledge.Law enforcement authorities are investigating a former officer of the club, but police agen…

Buffalo

Melanie Shorey knew the challenge she faced in rehabbing the house on Whitney Place that she bought three years ago at public auction for $3,000. It had been a hangout for drug addicts; their used syringes littered an adjoining alley.“The first few months I was living there, people were still doing drugs in the back alley,” recalled Shorey, who is 27 and works for an energ…

Church World Service, an international charitable service agency, is sponsoring the 30th annual Ken-Ton Crop Walk to raise funds for the hungry poor at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with registration at 1 p.m., beginning at Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road, Kenmore.The route takes a short walk down Delaware Avenue with proceeds benefiting local church food pantries and …

The Hamburg Central School Board will conduct a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the Union auditorium at Union Pleasant Elementary School, 150 Pleasant Ave. It is anticipated that the board will adjourn into executive session at 6 p.m. and return to regular session at 7 p.m.The agenda is to be placed on the school district website Wednesday.

Erie County

Top Erie County sheriff's officials today unveiled their spanking-new $1.2 million reception housing area, designed to streamline the whole assessment process for new inmates in the Erie County Holding Center.The sheriff's Jail Management Division turned an old basketball court and weight room on the second floor into a one-stop reception area, where inmates can be screene…

With beer geeks and beer goddesses, a “brewbash” and beer film screening, there should be enough at Buffalo Beer Week to keep the attention of the greatest beer enthusiast while sparking interest in the beer novice.Buffalo Beer Week, which actually lasts 10 days, starts Friday and runs through Sept. 29, and will feature events at bars, pubs, restaurants and breweries in Er…