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NORTH TONAWANDA – The Niagara River Yacht Club is seeking $197,200 in Niagara River Greenway funds to improve the shoreline on the Yacht Club’s property at 346 River Road, and received approval and sponsorship from the North Tonawanda City Council on Tuesday to move forward in the grant process.The project focuses on stabilizing 300 feet of shoreline and would remove the e…

Two women and two men were arrested Tuesday in Albion following a five-month investigation into the sale and distribution of prescription narcotic pills by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and Albion Police.Arrested during a raid on North Main Street were Theresa S. Nichols, 51, and her sons David Nichols, 28, and Joshua Nichols, 26. Also arrested during th…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Mayor Paul A. Dyster on Tuesday proposed a city budget for next year that calls for no layoffs of city employees and virtually no change to residential and business tax rates.Dyster outlined a spending plan that raises the residential property tax rate by 0.03 percent, while the business tax rate would fall by about 0.01 percent, which he described as “esse…

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An acclaimed first novel for young adults about living in a polluted, industrial wasteland was shaped by the inaction of Town of Tonawanda and other government officials regarding environmental health problems.Corina Vacco, now of Berkeley, Calif., was inspired to write “My Chemical Mountain,” published the DelaCorte Press imprint of Random House Children’s Books, during …

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WASHINGTON – New online insurance marketplaces created by President Obama’s health care law got off to a bumpy start Tuesday, as a rush of consumers and a host of technical glitches slowed enrollment on the first day uninsured Americans could sign up for coverage.Several states running their own marketplaces, including Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, were force…

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“Today’s the Day” was spread across the top of the newspaper ad in yellow letters 1½ inches high.“You don’t have to wonder if you can afford a quality health plan,” it said.In reality, many New York State residents had to wonder a little longer before they could check out their health insurance options on the New York State of Health website. The site received more than 2 …

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LITTLE VALLEY – Chelsey D. Cloud, 25, of Great Valley, pleaded guilty Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny on her indictment for a Town of Great Valley incident late last November. She faces sentencing Dec. 2.In other court action:• Bryant Galmer, 26, of Olean, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with two counts each of c…

Education

Colleges and universities are facing many challenges in an arena that is expected to undergo significant change under President Obama’s proposed reforms for higher education.In an interview conducted before Hilbert College revealed Tuesday that it will be looking into the possibility of some type of merger with St. Bonaventure University, Hilbert President Cynthia Zane tal…

Crime

LOCKPORT – Carmen Crapsi admitted Tuesday in Niagara County Court that he left the scene of a fatal crash that killed a 34-year-old South Buffalo woman, Lorelei Walker, on June 29 as she walked along Lewiston Road in the Town of Lewiston.Crapsi, 23, of Onondaga Street, Lewiston, a Lewiston-Porter High School graduate, was surrounded by family when he went into court Tuesda…

Creation of a new bike path in North Buffalo took a step forward Tuesday. The Common Council agreed to allow the city to acquire a small sliver of property and sign a lease agreement for a former rail bed. The actions help the project move to a design stage.The Council action accommodates a trail from Kenmore Avenue south to the LaSalle Metro Rail Station and improves an …

A group of parents fed up with the recent drama and upheaval in the Hamburg Central School district is organizing a community meeting Thursday.A notice of the meeting appears on the Facebook page of Hamburg Education Information, started by parents who, according to the page, want to gather and distribute “important factual information to the community, as well as support …

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After an 88-hour wait, a city-owned lift bridge finally opened Tuesday morning and a large Canadian freighter was able to pass through and deliver tons of grain. “It happens,” said Jim Siddall, vice president of operations for Lower Lakes Towing, which owns the freighter. But waits at bridges “are pretty rare to be that long,” he said.The Robert S. Pierson and its load of …

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The federal government shut down Tuesday – and it had an immediate impact on people in the Buffalo Niagara region.Workers felt the pain because, as one official put it, our area has an “unusually large” footprint with many federal offices.Up to 1,000 local workers found themselves either out of work or working without pay because of the budget fight in Washington, while th…

Business

M&T Bank Corp. and First Niagara Financial Group remain the heavyweights among banks in the Buffalo Niagara market as measured by their share of deposits, according to the latest figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.The FDIC annually provides a one-day snapshot of banks’ deposit market share for metro areas around the country, including the Buffalo Niagara regio…

A burglary suspect reportedly filmed by the surveillance camera system of a local car wash service was being sought Tuesday by Orchard Park Police detectives. The suspect stole a credit card during a burglary late in August and was found to have used it at a car wash on Walden Avenue about 9:30 a.m. Aug. 30. Police reported the suspect was filmed operating a white four-doo…