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After a welcome, an invocation, a declaration of purpose, a roll-call procession of representatives from 30-odd member organizations carrying identifying placards, the singing of “This Little Light of Mine,” the introduction of guests and the reading of the rules, the annual public meeting of VOICE-Buffalo got down to the issues Thursday evening.The issues are what unites …

Additional revenues posted to West Seneca’s tentative 2014 budget have reduced the projected tax rate increase from 11 cents to just a penny.A slightly revised spending plan was reviewed Thursday night at the Senior Center, during the first of two public hearings scheduled before the Nov. 20 deadline for adoption. The second hearing will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the same…

Areas of the Southern Tier from the Chautauqua Ridge south saw some snow accumulation overnight Wednesday and into Thursday.One spotter in Frewsburg reported 3 inches of snow by Thursday morning. Additional accumulation was expected in those areas and others farther south and west.“The west-northwest wind is blowing the snow south of Buffalo,” said David Thomas, National …

More than two-dozen artworks from the collection of HSBC Bank, many from major American artists dating back to the mid-20th century, will go on sale today in Dana Tillou Fine Arts, 417 Franklin St.For several months, the bank has been divesting its collection of several hundred original artworks and prints that once hung in its offices in the former HSBC Tower, now One Sen…

LAKEWOOD – The Chautauqua Lake Association has received $16,000 from two organizations for ongoing efforts as “stewards of the lake,” the association announced Thursday.The association accepted a $10,000 grant from the Lenna Foundation, which helped fund the association’s annual lake maintenance program this year. Additional funds of $6,000 were presented to the associatio…

A Buffalo-area psychiatrist whose medical license was suspended for attempting to enlist two patients to help him find sex partners has now had his license revoked.An administrative review board for professional medical conduct, at the request of the state Health Department, overturned the suspension penalty for Dr. Dham Gupta, and revoked his license effective Wednesdsay.…

An employee of a Cheektowaga nursing facility has been accused of falsifying a patient’s records to conceal her failure to provide care, according to the State Attorney General’s Office.Alissa DiBello, 20, of Lancaster, a certified nursing assistant at Elderwood Health Care at Maplewood, was arraigned Wednesday on two felony counts of falsifying business records. She plead…

Three candidates, including a pair of incumbents, are vying for two seats on the Eden Town Board for the next four years.Four-term incumbent Mary Lou Pew, who has the endorsement of the town’s Democratic, Conservative and Working Families parties, is looking to retain her seat, along with two-term incumbent Richard S. Ventry, who is backed by the town’s Republican and Cons…

Evans Bancorp reported a 15 percent increase in its third-quarter net income, to $2.4 million, adding to its strong year of results.The Hamburg-based parent of Evans Bank said it benefited from a mix of higher net interest income, lower non-interest expense and increased fee income.Its net interest income from loans and deposits rose 3.3 percent from a year ago, to $7.2 mi…

Buffalo

Oct. 3, 1933 – Oct. 22, 2013Andrew C. Graziano, of Cheektowaga, longtime operator of a South Buffalo barbershop, died Tuesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, after a lengthy illness. He was 80.Born in Buffalo, Mr. Graziano served with the Army in Germany during the 1950s. He ran Try It Barber Shop on Abbott Road from 1960 until his retirement from barbering in…

The ability to override the 2 percent tax-cap levy was exercised by the Eden Town Board on Wednesday following a public hearing.After resident Eugene Winter questioned why the board decided to override the levy, board members explained that this is a fall-back option in the event they need to raise taxes by more than 2 percent.“It’s just a matter of practicality,” Councilm…

Erie County

Some scarecrows greet shoppers at store entrances. Others smile from stakes on people’s lawns – or sit slightly slumped over on bales of straw or in wheelbarrows.Scarecrows can be scary, but more often than not they pack plenty of personality into their humanlike frames. While some are store-bought, others are stuffed, dressed and adorned by hand – their faces fashioned to…

In court Thursday for the sentencing of her one-time teacher, a 14-year-old girl recounted how she once liked and admired William Kuhn.“He was a fantastic teacher who challenged band students,” the student said of the former Kenmore Middle School teacher and band director.But Kuhn broke the law and violated the trust of students, their parents and the community when he sen…

Amherst

Voters in Amherst got to know their candidates for elective office at a forum Thursday, and with the exception of a few political jabs, the event remained civil, as incumbents touted their records and challengers stated their platforms.The League of Women Voters hosted the forum at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, where more than 75 people heard a three-minute pitch…

Buffalo

Those without cars in the North Buffalo and Grant-Amherst areas have a new option to get around with the expansion of Buffalo CarShare.The nonprofit organization announced Thursday that it has added its 17th vehicle to its fleet of gas, hybrid and full-electric cars. The vehicles are available for $8 an hour.The additional vehicle will occupy the space long reserved for Au…