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Development ideas are being sought for five sites in downtown Niagara Falls which the state purchased in March from Tuscarora Indian businessman Joseph "Smokin' Joe" Anderson. USA Niagara Development Corp., the local arm of Empire State Development, announced Wednesday it wants ideas from developers by Sept. 13 for mixed-use buildings at 441, 466, 500 and 512 Third St. …

Amherst

A number of communities and organizations are opening air-conditioned cooling centers where area residents can escape the heat Friday and into the weekend. In Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced in a press release that residents on Friday can seek relief at: • Autumnwood Senior Center, 1800 Clinton St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St.,…

Local News

The International Joint Commission announced Wednesday that it plans to choose someone to represent municipalities for the board that controls the rate of water flows out of the lake. The representative would be from somewhere along Lake Ontario's New York State shoreline. A Canadian municipal representative also will be selected for the International Lake Ontario-St. L…

Business

Plans to construct a two-story restaurant at the corner of Sweeney and Main streets in North Tonawanda hinge on the city's application for a $570,000 state Community Development Block Grant. The Common Council on Tuesday approved the request. The money would be applied to a $3.8 million project planned by JFLR Enterprises, owned by James Felton and Louis J. Riggio. M…

Construction and Growth

A plan to convert the former Sacred Heart Catholic school, convent and rectory into 39 apartments for low-income residents was approved Tuesday by the Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals. The property, bordered by 11th Street and South and Cleveland avenues, was acquired about eight years ago by True Bethel Baptist Church of Buffalo. In 2017, its True Community Develo…

Crime

Two men who are serving prison time for a brutal assault on a North Tonawanda man are scheduled for arraignment next week on an indictment charging them with first-degree manslaughter in the wake of the victim's death last December, months after their sentencings. At their sentencings last summer, Michael R. Jungier, 57, was said to be permanently brain-damaged after he…

Education

A state conservation and preservation grant will allow the Niagara County Community College library to better preserve old maps of the county and a collection of rare books on Tuscarora Indian history. The $8,482 grant to the Henrietta G. Lewis Library, announced Tuesday, will enable the library to buy flat storage cases with acid-free paper, making a collection of old …

Buffalo

More than 300 residents in Erie and Niagara counties who do not currently need to buy flood insurance for their properties soon may be required to do so. About 100 local residents, however, won't have to buy flood insurance anymore. Either way, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the keeper of the flood plain maps, won't inform them individually, so it's…

Clarence

July isn't usually prime time for toy drives, but Assemblyman Michael J. Norris is trying to change that with his "Christmas in July" drive to gather toys for patients in John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. Norris, whose district includes Clarence, Newstead and Alden as well as northern and eastern Niagara County, said summer toy donations are generally slow, but the ho…

Local News

Niagara Falls police warned the public of a suspicious individual on a stretch of McKoon Avenue where an unknown individual has been gaining entry to homes only to sit inside while the residents are asleep. The police bulletin, posted on social media Tuesday, said the incidents began in December but increased as of July, with most cases occurring in the 2700 to 2900 blo…

Crime

An 18-year-old faces a felony weapons charge after Niagara Falls police recovered two rifles, one of which had features of an assault weapon. Officers responded just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday to a home on 20th Street, near Independence Avenue, for a domestic situation and a person with a gun, according to a police report. Dequan A.D. Moore, of Cedar Avenue, was charged …

Local News

Two Niagara Falls stores have been fined for selling tobacco products to minors without asking for proof of age, the Niagara County Health Department announced Tuesday. A Family Dollar store at 1628 Main St., a second-time offender, was fined $1,100. The Walmart at 1540 Military Road was fined $750 for a first offense, according to Stacy Price, supervising public hea…

Education

Suspended students would no longer be among those whose photos would be programmed into the Lockport City School District's facial recognition security system, according to a policy change the Board of Education will consider Aug. 7. The district's plan to use a facial recognition system with digital cameras at each entrance to all school buildings has been controversia…

Business

Five not-for-profit organizations will receive free marketing materials from J. Fitzgerald Group, a Lockport advertising agency, during its participation in the 12th annual CreateAthon, kicking off at 8 a.m. Thursday. The materials will be done by 8 a.m. Friday. The beneficiaries will include Lockport CARES, a homeless shelter; Cornerstone Arena, a Lockport ice rink; Th…

Business

A Tampa, Fla., company wants to build a four-story, 63-room hotel on a vacant lot on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, across the street from the entrance ramps to Interstate 190. The hotel would be the region's first Avid Hotel, said Thomas J. DeSantis, city senior planner. In February, Sky Infratech Projects bought the site from AIM Realty of Parsippany, N.J., for $…