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BuffaloThe Common Council will meet in regular session at 2 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers. The Council meeting was moved from Tuesday because of the Christmas holiday. Lawmakers are expected to approve a request to establish an entertainment complex on Ganson Street, known as Buffalo RiverWorks. The Council has been supportive of the project, and the Legislation Committe…

AKRON, Ohio – Vicki Vespoint pulled on her boots and parka and headed into the winter weather in search of ugly Christmas sweaters.You know the kind – the ones so hideous they make babies cry. So disgusting they evoke groans from adults. Threads revolting enough to earn the top prize at the company’s annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. But bah humbug! The Grinch must ha…

Amherst

This is a busy time of year for licensed massage therapist Rachel Minniefield. Holiday stress, she said, drives people to her door, as does the pending expiration of last year’s gift cards.The 35-year-old graduate and instructor at the New York Institute of Massage works at Buffalo Body Work, a business she started at the new YMCA in Amherst. Minniefield recently completed…

West SenecaA new set of stairs planned for Burchfield Nature & Art Center will make access easier from the small parking area closest to the building.Last Monday, the Town Board authorized the purchase and installation of built-in steps from The Vinyl Outlet at a cost of $7,908.“We’re putting the staircase right into that hill,” Town Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan said. Event…

CheektowagaAn Erie, Pa., firm has been awarded the contract to provide recycling totes to the town sometime next year.Rehrig Pacific Co. submitted the sole bid. It will supply 35-, 65- and 95-gallon totes. The contract was awarded during last Monday’s meeting of the Town Board.Earlier this month, Allied Waste Services of North America was awarded a five-year contract, effe…

Aurora/East AuroraTeachers concerned about the emphasis of testing in grades 3 through 8 have organized an informational meeting next month to work on persuading the state that there’s a better way.“We’re hoping to educate the public about what’s going on in our public schools,” said Todd Hathaway, an East Aurora High School teacher and parent of young children. He is the …

The following story appeared in the Buffalo News on Dec. 29, 1983.‘Civilian killed in explosion was trying to warn mother’Alfred J. Arnold, 34, the civilian killed in the Tuesday night explosion that claimed five Buffalo firemen, was a quiet, well-read man who stayed close to home and helped his parents.He had sensed danger and gone to his mother’s room to warn her to leav…

ClarenceWhen the holiday revelry is over, Clarence residents are asked to discard their Christmas trees in their garbage for regular pick up or drop them off at the following locations:• Clarence Center Area, trees can be taken to the Highway Department, 6185 Goodrich Road.• Harris Hill Area, at the corner of Wehrle Drive and Harris Hill Road at Harris Hill Town Park.• Mea…

AmherstAmherst has extended its nearly half-million dollar subsidy to the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village for another year.The town had a contract to provide the non-profit organization on Tonawanda Creek Road – formerly the Amherst Museum – with $475,000 a year for four years ending in 2014.But now, the town has agreed to extend that contract through 2015, because the or…

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Sometimes when I’m watching old movies, I can’t help dwelling on the crucial plot devices that have been lost to, well, devices. The missed phone call, which today rings in our pockets. The wrong turn down a dark road, easily avoided with GPS. The long-lost love, who now lives forever in our Twitter feed.Consider the ending of “Doctor Zhivago,” when a chance sighting of La…

NewsteadThe Newstead Town Board will not be meeting on Monday. The next scheduled meeting is on Monday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. at Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron. A work session will be held prior to the meeting at 7:15 p.m.Also coming up:• On New Year’s Day, newly elected and re-elected officials in the town will take the oath of office at Newstead Town Hall …

Family

When Wednesday has come and gone this week, Christmas 2013 will become a memory.For many, these are memories that will never be forgotten. Like vintage ornaments, they will be retrieved every year.We asked readers to share some of their favorites with each other. Not surprisingly, some will make you laugh, others will have you reaching for the tissues.All are what you migh…

LancasterJust who will succeed outgoing Town Justice Mark Montour, who has been elected to a state judicial post, remains a mystery.The Town Board last week tabled a resolution supported by the board’s Democratic majority to appoint Nicholas LoCicero, the deputy town attorney and town prosecutor. The resolution had even noted that effective Jan. 1, LoCicero had resigned hi…

Buffalo

It was the Buffalo Fire Department’s darkest night: Dec. 27, 1983.Thirty years later, longtime Buffalo-area residents remember that five city firefighters, all members of Ladder 5, lost their lives in a horrific propane tank explosion that leveled a four-story building along North Division Street east of downtown.Many others remember that two civilians, a mother and son wh…

The Depew School District is remaining ahead of the technological curve despite tighter budget constraints.During the Board of Education meeting last week, district Technology Coordinator Maria Sommerfeldt presented an update on progress in several areas, including cyberbullying prevention, Internet security upgrades and the integration of new technologies into classrooms.…