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The Williamsville Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. tonight for a public forum on the development of the school district’s 2014-2015 budget.The meeting is not affected by the closure of Williamsville schools and activities today because of cold temperatures and wind chill.The meeting will be held in the district offices at 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.

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WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Sheriff Department is asking for the public’s help in solving an attempted armed robbery that occurred at 7:37 p.m. Saturday in the Kwik Fill, 3945 Niagara Falls Blvd.The store clerk said the suspect pointed a small handgun at him and demanded money from the register. The man left without taking anything after the clerk said he was unable to…

Two Grand Island residents were charged with driving while intoxicated Monday night following unrelated incidents, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies responding shortly after 7 p.m. to a report of a two-vehicle, property-damage accident on Broadway Road determined that Mark Homa, 52, was intoxicated, authorities reported. A breath test indicated Homa ha…

Two motorists were charged late last weekend with aggravated driving while intoxicated, as State Police and members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Strike Force Unit teamed up on the city’s West Side.Kristina L. Schmitt, 29, of Buffalo, had been pulled over Sunday night on Niagara Street for failure to keep right, troopers said. A breath test indicated a blood-alcohol c…

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So just how cold did it get overnight?Officially, at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga, the temperature went down to 0 degrees.Add the wind chill factor, and it feels like 22 degrees below zero.But that was downright balmy, compared to some of the unofficial readings in the Southern Tier, especially in Chautauqua County. Spotters reported temperatures – no…

The human touchWhat can make you feel better about your chaotic life? Realizing that even Wegmans isn’t perfect. In the bathroom at the Dick Road Wegmans the other day, a boss was instructing an underling on unlocking the cabinets. “We had to replace all the locks because someone lost the keys,” the boss said, adding that the same thing had happened with the shopping carts…

Two members of the City of Tonawanda’s Common Council have withdrawn their request for a special meeting this evening to consider rescinding the city’s agreement with a company that installs red-light cameras.Fourth Ward Alderwoman Jenna N. Koch and Second Ward Alderwoman Jackie A. Smilinich said since making the request they have received a copy of a letter to Mayor Rick …

ALBANY – The Democratic mayor of Buffalo wants Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to back off from his plans to weaken a program that helps restore and redevelop vacant industrial properties in the city.The Democratic mayor of New York City wants Cuomo to join him in addressing “income inequality” in his city by letting him raise taxes on rich people to pay for a full-day prekindergarte…

Town of Tonawanda officials were looking ahead Monday to warmer months when walkers, joggers and bicyclists will finally traverse a long-planned trail along an old, abandoned rail line.The Town Board was briefed Monday on plans for the Tonawanda Rails-to-Trails at their afternoon work session by Town Engineer Jim Jones who said construction on the project led by Erie Count…

Town of Newstead residents living near two recently opened group homes came out in force at Monday night’s board meeting to express their discontent with the homes.Nearly 50 residents packed into Newstead Town Hall for the meeting. A few of residents were there to speak to the board about the Special Events Law the town is working on, but the majority in attendance had con…

The Town of Aurora negotiated “bulk” water service, direct from the county, saving money for 200 Castle Hill-area homes. Now Aurora is looking into deeper townwide savings by transferring all water service to the Erie County Water Authority, said Supervisor James Bach and Councilwoman Jolene Jeffe at the end of the Monday board meeting when the Castle Hill deal was announc…

A proposal to build housing for the mentally ill in the Town of West Seneca took its first official step Monday night, when a request for a height variance was forwarded by the Town Board to the Planning Board.The structure under consideration by DePaul Properties would reach 54 feet in height in one place, with most of the remaining roof peaks topping out at 46 feet. A va…

Police chiefs from throughout Erie County joined Hamburg residents Monday night in criticizing efforts by the Town Board to renegotiate the contract of Police Chief Michael K. Williams.But it was the quavering yet strong voice of his mother who scolded the board for terminating the chief’s contract.“Why are you going after him? Give me one reason why,” said Dolores R. Will…

Lancaster town officials have a message for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: Hold a special election for the vacant seat in the 143rd Assembly District.The town appears to be the first one to take a formal stance on the matter since Democrat Dennis H. Gabryszak recently resigned the seat amidst a swirl of sexual harassment allegations.The Lancaster Town Board last week unanimously ad…

WHEATFIELD – Quasar Energy Group has proposed a 5 million-gallon storage tank at its Liberty Drive plant to store the liquid fertilizer byproduct that its waste-digestion project produces.Monday, the Town Board scheduled a public information meeting for 7 p.m. Feb. 24 on Quasar’s proposal to build the aboveground tank.Quasar also is asking for an open lagoon at the county …