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A donor has given Nardin Academy a $1 million gift, the largest single donation in the school's history, Nardin announced Monday. The school did not disclose the identify of the donor, who wished to remain anonymous, in a news release. No restrictions were placed on the donation, which means the funds will be used for "board of trustee-approved strategic priorities, …

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Amherst's zombie hotel is coming back to life. Work recently restarted on a building shell near the University at Buffalo North Campus, where two brothers from Ontario want to open an extended stay hotel. Construction had started and stopped – twice – at the hotel property, most recently earlier this year, leaving an unfinished, six-story building looming over Sweet …

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John L. West does not talk much about the time he spent as an U.S. Army paratrooper in the Pacific Theater during World War II, said his oldest son Randolph West. “He’s a fairly taciturn guy,” his son said. “I know very little of what he did, though I know he saw some action. It was the most important event in his life." West is a feisty 95-year-old who until last ye…

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DHD Ventures, the Rochester-based developer that built the Monarch 716 student-housing complex near SUNY Buffalo State, has lost possession of its sprawling 15-month-old property on Forest Avenue. A state Supreme Court justice in Buffalo last week approved a request by the lenders on the project to foreclose on $38.8 million in mortgage debt, authorizing a court-appoint…

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An Amherst woman died of her injuries after she was struck by a car Sunday afternoon as she crossed Maple Road, Amherst Police reported. Police said Susan R. Lowes, 68, suffered multiple injuries when she was struck by a car driven by a 62-year-old Willliamsville woman about 4:30 p.m. as she was walking in front of 2351 Maple Road at Transit Road. She was taken by ambul…

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The southbound South Grand Island Bridge is open again, sooner than expected. The New York State Thruway Authority announced via Twitter shortly before 8 p.m. that all lanes on the South Grand Island bridges are open, northbound and southbound. The southbound bridge was closed Saturday morning for pavement work and was scheduled to be closed until Monday morning.

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A Tonawanda investor is moving forward with his plan to convert a longtime paper-box and jigsaw puzzle manufacturing facility into self-storage space, after acquiring the East Side property. Daniel Blanchard, through 459 Broadway LLC, paid $797,000 last week to acquire the 46,193-square-foot brick-and-stone building from Drescher Paper Box Inc. The sale includes 459, 46…

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A squirrel was responsible for more than 12,500 NYSEG customers in Erie County going without power for approximately two hours Sunday afternoon. The rodent disrupted service at the Lancaster substation, which triggered two other substations going down, according to NYSEG. A spokesperson said the squirrel did not cause the outage by traveling on the power lines, but t…

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Death came suddenly for Arturo Bucci. The 85-year-old retired machinist was in his motorized wheelchair when it toppled more than 12 feet down a creek embankment. The spill left him face down in the water outside an East Aurora nursing home. For Donna Bantle, death came more slowly. Her daughter noticed a large, ugly bedsore on Bantle’s back when she was a resident at A…

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The chief executive of convicted polluter Tonawanda Coke has collected around $40,000 a year from his family’s foundation — for working two hours a week, according to the nonprofit’s annual reports to New York 's Charities Bureau. Paul A. Saffrin of Tonawanda Coke collected $37,500 as a trustee in 2015 and $42,500 the following year, according to the documents. That wor…

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The Cellino & Barnes law firm is racking up record profits this year, even as one of its two owners continues legal efforts to break up the firm. Despite the highly publicized dispute between the two men who run the personal injury business, the Buffalo-based firm is on pace to set multiple “financial records” this year, its chief operations officer, Daryl Ciambella…

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Reports of gunfire one minute and four blocks apart on Austin Street about 11:45 p.m. Friday kept Northwest District police busy and resulted in one arrest. Joise Colon of Niagara Street, whose age was not reported, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon at Austin and Gorton streets after an officer patted him down and found a loaded .22-caliber r…

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Ferry-Fillmore District police arrested a man with a gun while investigating an auto accident on Miller Avenue near Empire Street about 1 a.m. Saturday. Anthony L. Coker, 32, of Crossman Avenue, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after police found a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun in his jacket pocket. He was standing next to a car when police arrived. There …

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The American Red Cross was summoned to aid residents of a home on Buffalo's East Side that was heavily damaged in a Saturday afternoon fire. A neighbor spotted smoke coming from a two-story frame home at 20 Manhart St., between Bailey and Olympic avenues, at 3:22 p.m. Buffalo firefighters confined the blaze to the first floor despite a fire hydrant which generated an…

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Sunday is the final day of the Western New York Railway Historical Society's 37th annual Greater Buffalo Train and Toy Show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Event Center on the Erie County Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. The show features several working model railroad layouts, and about 400 tables of model trains and railroad-related collectibles for sal…