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Administrators at the Cleveland Hill School District are hoping that a new middle school class schedule focused on math and English language arts will help improve student achievement this year. The new schedule plan was presented to the Board of Education during its meeting Wednesday night.Middle School Principal Andrea Kersten explained that the challenge was to provide …

Women who have been arrested by City of Buffalo police officers but not yet arraigned will continue to be detained at the Erie County Holding Center.A six-month extension agreement was approved, 10-1, Thursday by the County Legislature, with Legislator Thomas A. Loughran, D-Amherst, voting against the extension over concerns that the county would be solely liable for any h…

Opponents of Erie Community College’s plan to expand in Amherst brought their cause to sympathetic city lawmakers this week, urging them to use their influence to get the college to reverse course. The plan will deprive city residents of accessible opportunities to learn skills needed at the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will contribute to sprawl and will impede r…

An open house for a gay newspaper that has found a home in Allentown will take place today.In The Loop has been in print for almost two years, and the growth of the monthly newsletter prompted Executive Editor Michael Rizzo to buy a headquarters for his venture several weeks ago at 224 Allen St.The space houses the office of what has become known as The Loop in Buffalo’s l…

After attending a statewide conference on flood relief Thursday in Albany, Lockport Mayor Michael W. Tucker said the city will play a key role in obtaining reimbursement for Lockport home and business owners who incurred losses in the June 28 flash flood.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that the state Flood Recovery Program will make $2 million available to Niagara Coun…

LEWISTON – Today is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Power Vista, the free visitor center at the Niagara Power Project.The New York Power Authority is marking the occasion by collecting visitors’ signatures on a special greeting card to be buried in a Power Vista time capsule later this year.The Power Authority expects the 7 millionth visitor to come through the …

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The Buffalo School District may be able to find a way to keep Johns Hopkins University as the leader of Lafayette and East high schools.But it would likely cost the district a fortune – as much as $7 million – since the district would lose its federal grant money and still be on the hook for also partnering its two struggling high schools with Erie 1 Board of Cooperative E…

SHERIDAN – The Town of Sheridan continues to show signs of progress. Building Inspector James Crowell reported that there were 14 new building permits issued in June.Crowell gave his report at the regular meeting of the Town Board on Thursday in the community center. He reported last month that five new businesses had located in the township.The building inspector said he …

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A film noir set in Buffalo and featuring Matthew Broderick and Janeane Garofalo will begin filming in the area later this month. “The American Side” is slated to film from July 29 to Aug. 23, according to two sources who did not want to be identified.The Buffalo News learned last year that the indie film will feature iconic Buffalo locations, including the Skyway, a grain …

Buffalo police responded Thursday evening to a shooting on Northumberland Avenue that left a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest, authorities said.Much of Northumberland Avenue, which runs between East Ferry and Scajaquada streets, was cordoned off by police crime-scene tape.No other information was immediately available.

NIAGARA FALLS – The removal of part of the Robert Moses Parkway, from John Daly Boulevard leading into Niagara Falls State Park, moved a step closer Thursday, as the board of Empire State Development approved a $1.5 million allocation to the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to pay for the final design of the removal and reconfiguration of the roa…

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When Lauren Matz entered last Saturday’s national spelling bee, she finally got a chance to avenge her defeat from more than four decades ago.The year was 1972 and Matz – then Lauren Pringle – came oh so close to winning the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. as an eighth-grader at All Saints School in Buffalo.The 13-year-old from Riverside tripped up …

Grown men had tears in their eyes after listening to Tracy Martin talk about his son and the outcome of George Zimmerman’s murder trial, according to those who heard him when Martin was in Buffalo this week to attend a Masonic convention.The father of slain teen Trayvon Martin was honored with a proclamation, and he talked about his son during an emotional gathering as par…

FREWSBURG – All residents of the Town of Carroll are being asked to conserve water until further notice following a break in a water main on Route 62 that cut off a large water storage tank in the northern part of the water district from the rest of the town. Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler urged residents Thursday to cut their water…

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The same day that Buffalo was named one of the country’s Top 10 “Chill Cities” for summer comfort, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the area and warned people to stay out of the sun, avoid unnecessary outdoor activity and check on people who may be without air conditioning.And then there are those whose jobs make you feel hot just to think about: roo…