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Grand IslandEleanor Payne, the Veronica E. Middle School vice principal credited with saving a 10-year-old student’s life by performing CPR, is being honored for her heroic deed.The Buffalo Niagara Division of the American Heart Association will present Payne with a Heartsaver Hero Award Monday. Three others, William Brodie, Margaret Cammarano and Barbara Nolan, who assist…

Lifestyles

Lauren Gauthier and Benjamin P. Chapman were married at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in Heartland Health Care Center, Normal, Ill. The Rev. Elyse Nelson-Winger of Illinois Wesleyan University heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are James Gauthier and Lynn Gauthier of the Town of Tonawanda. The bridegroom’s parents are Edward and the late Margaret Chapman of Normal, Ill. The b…

The theater makeover that has come to Maple Ridge 8 in Amherst has changed the way patrons will see movies there, and some new factors might surprise a first-time viewer. Here are some tips to smooth the experience.• Buy your tickets online if possible. The number of seats in the theaters has been drastically reduced, and the shows sell out. If you are able to get tickets …

Buffalo

The idea is appealing: Give Buffalo its first public beach.The advisability may be another matter.In fact, opening Gallagher Beach off Route 5 in South Buffalo for public swimming is “probably impractical,” in the words of a report prepared for the Erie County Health Department.The problem is pollution.Gallagher Beach is part of the city’s outer harbor, which the federal g…

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Stephanie L. Nalbone and Matthew M. Schultz were married at 4 p.m. Oct. 5 in Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel, Lancaster, where a reception was held following the ceremony. Barry Lillis of Niagara Falls heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are William and Diane Nalbone of Wheatfield. The bridegroom’s parents are Anthony and Susan Schultz of North Tonawanda. The bride…

ClarenceThe Clarence Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” event at 7 p.m. Monday in the Clarence Town Hall Auditorium, One Town Place.Candidates running for office for County and Town office have been invited to participate. James Bennett, Clarence Chamber’s Chairman of Government Affairs, will moderate.Refreshments will be served compliments of the Claren…

Aurora, East AuroraA public hearing for the proposed Town of Aurora budget, with a tax decrease for some residents, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Southside Municipal Center. It features savings in staff costs, such as the tax receiver duties becoming part of the town clerk’s job. Aurora also retired about $60,000 in water bond debt, which helped the budget to drop from …

West SenecaThe tentative town budget for 2014, under which the property tax rate would increase by 11 cents, will get its first public airing this week, during a hearing Thursday in the Senior Citizen Center, 4620 Center.That hearing begins at 6 p.m., as does a second scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12.The tentative $34.89 million spending plan, in which overall spending is up…

Lifestyles

Alyssa D. Tyran and Carlos M. Paulino were married at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in St. Andrew Church, Kenmore. Guests gathered for a reception at Holiday Inn, Amherst. Uncle of the bride, the Rev. Matthew J. Zirnheld, and friend of the bride, Monsignor John Madsen, heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are David and Michelle Tyran of Buffalo. Mother of the groom is Esperan…

Business

When it snowed in Flagstaff, Ariz., recently, thousands of people woke up and turned up their electric heating, and Arizona Public Service saw electricity demand reach a morning peak. To meet the demand, the company used the previous afternoon’s sunshine.In a closely watched new solar project called Solana, the energy is gathered in a 3-square-mile patch of desert bulldoze…

Town of TonawandaThe Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce and the Kenmore Merchants Association will hold a “Meet the Candidates Night” on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Square Catering, 2878 Delaware Avenue.Candidates in November’s general election from the Village of Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda and the 3rd and 4th Legislative Districts will each give a brief presentat…

Crime

NIAGARA FALLS – As tourists flock here in the spring and summer, wily thieves are often not far behind.After looking over crime statistics from this past tourist season, the Niagara Falls Police Department is coming up with plans to make the downtown area safer next year.Overall, police say, the numbers are good, with the number of vehicle break-ins down by 8 percent compa…

Buffalo

The emporium built by auctioneer Kelly Schultz on Main Street in Clarence holds a flea market, antique shop – and hundreds of pumpkins depending on the season. Spend some time with this businessman, and it becomes clear that antiques are his passion.At age 61, Schultz traces his interest to time spent prowling Allen Street’s antique stores as a young boy. At age 15 when hi…

Lifestyles

Kaitlyn E. Shank and Sean M. Schindler were married at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 in Avanti Mansion, Blasdell, where a reception was held following the ceremony. The Rev. David Zastrow heard the couple’s vows. The bride’s parents are Ronald and Sandy Shank of Williamsville. The bridegroom’s parents are Susan C. Schindler of Depew and the late Thomas R. Schindler. The bride is a grad…

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LOS ANGELES – He was riding in his aunt’s sedan, a kid in elementary school, watching senior citizens walk in and out of the Lynwood, Calif., retirement home where his mother worked. Then she emerged in scrubs.That’s it.David Fuentes holds on tightly to that simple memory: his mother at work. It’s easier than recalling many other parts of his childhood – “a blur,” as he ca…