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Cheektowaga beat back a hostile invasion this summer, but the battle will continue. Phase one of a collaborative effort to control the infestation of two invasive plant species along the borders of Stiglmeier Park, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve and the Town of Cheektowaga was completed this summer, thanks to a first-time project involving town and park workers. “Th…

Erie County

The Erie County Health Department is hosting its three free rabies vaccination clinics next month for all dog, cat and ferret owners. All clinics will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Pets must be leashed or in a carrier. Owners are encouraged to bring a copy of their pet's vaccination record, if available, and to avoid using retractable leashes. The clinics will be offered at …

Buffalo

It took Ann Fossler more than 25 years to reveal that she had been repeatedly molested when she was as young as 6 years old. Fossler said she first confided in a counselor in the 1980s that a Buffalo Diocese Catholic priest who was a close family friend sexually abused her for several years and that she kept it secret because she feared her parents, who adored the pries…

Buffalo

The developer who sued the city and a rival over the future of a downtown parking lot slated for a new housing development and urban grocery has agreed to drop the litigation, according to documents filed in State Supreme Court in Erie County. Signature Development Buffalo LLC's Rocco Termini sued the City of Buffalo and Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. in June, in a bid to …

Local News

A New York City-based debt consolidation firm that wants to hire up to 1,500 workers at its Amherst offices will receive an additional $96,000 in tax breaks to support its growth here. Strategic Financial Solutions plans to double the size of its offices at 115 Lawrence Bell Drive, off Youngs Road, in the next phase of its local expansion. The company moved in 2017 i…

Local News

Town of Tonawanda Police Chief Jerome C. Uschold III has informed the town that he intends to retire from his post. Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger confirmed the development at Monday evening's Town Board meeting. Earlier Monday, Uschold called an unscheduled meeting with his top administrators and announced his decision then, a source familiar with the meeting …

Buffalo

Community Music School of Buffalo has sold its longtime Elmwood Village home in advance of its move to the Hamlin Park neighborhood. The organization last week sold the 415 Elmwood Ave. property, near Bryant Street, for $875,000 to a company registered to Schneider Development's Delaware Avenue address. The new owner's plans for the building aren't known. The music s…

Local News

Iskalo Development Co. has completed its purchase of the former Old Editions Book Shop in downtown Buffalo. The company last week closed on its $1.71 million purchase of the complex at 68 E. Huron St., at Oak Street. Iskalo plans to renovate the two buildings – constructed in 1898 and 1950 – for a mix of residential and retail uses. The developer had an agreement sin…

Buffalo

Eric Whitehead credits his fellow firefighters for saving his life when they pulled him from the attic of a burning house in January. "I just knew my brothers were there," Whitehead told The Buffalo News in a February phone interview from the burn unit at Erie County Medical Center, where he recounted how they picked up his 5-foot-11 inch frame and carried him down two-…

Buffalo

Buffalo News readers have asked a number of questions since Wednesday, when the Child Victims Act opened a one-year window for filing civil lawsuits over old allegations of childhood sexual abuse. The questions ranged from why the look-back is only a year long to why steps are not being taken against the Vatican. To answer the questions, The News gathered information…

Erie County

The 180th Erie County Fair was a hit in more ways than one. It was the biggest ever at the turnstiles. The Erie County Agricultural Society, which sponsors the 12-day event, announced late Sunday that this year’s attendance was 1,238,456, breaking the previous mark of 1,220,101, set in 2014. Last year's attendance, previously the second-best, was 1,198,789. The fair …

Buffalo

Officers on patrol stopped a robbery in progress and arrested two suspects about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the first block of Richmond Avenue, Buffalo Police reported. Apprehended after a short chase and charged with first-degree robbery and obstructing governmental administration were Keon Walker and Lester Santiago, no ages or addresses given. Police said the robbery vi…

Local News

The Diocese of Buffalo issued a statement Sunday afternoon defending the actions of Bishop Richard Malone following a protest earlier in the day in front of St. Stanislaus Church and the bishop’s residence. The sign-carrying pickets, who demanded the bishop’s resignation, included Stephen F. Parisi, who recently stepped down as dean of seminarians at Christ the King Sem…

Obituaries

April 30, 1932 – Aug. 17, 2019 Dr. Donald F. Woodworth, a dentist in Clarence for more than 55 years, died Saturday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1950 graduate of Amherst High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and completed his dental d…

Local News

There's no one reason that the City of Tonawanda finds itself in precarious financial position. Blame its shrinking population base. Or the decades-long flight of industry and jobs. There's the lack of land ready for new development. Or blame its status as a city, which requires paid police and fire service, along with rising health insurance costs that aren't offset by…