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The Lackawanna City School District paid $477,000 to two service providers without sufficient documentation that the district got what it was paying for, according to the findings of an audit by the state Comptroller's Office. The audit, which reviewed a total of $4.6 million in spending on nine service providers, found the district paid $275,000 for information technol…

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“Upgraded tavern menu” is the great white whale of restaurant concepts. It’s on the lips of every other operator, but the true beast is rarely glimpsed. It’s an obsessive subject because giving customers noticeably better versions of dishes they already want sounds like a high-percentage shot at restaurant success. It’s hard to find because it’s difficult to offer fa…

Business

Global Concepts Charter School will formally break ground May 23 on its "Green Space Initiative" to convert an unused portion of its Ridge Road property behind the school into a natural park with athletic facilities, a playground and educational programming. The 12-year-old Lackawanna charter school previously used its parking lot for a fenced-in playground, alongside f…

Courts

A Lackawanna man was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in prison for an incident in which he used a gun to keep a victim in his apartment and attempted to strangle her, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. James Horace, 44, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to an indeterminate sentence of 2 to 4 years. He had faced …

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Call me shallow, but I travel to eat. Taking a car or plane to eyeball majestic vistas, historic buildings and art museums is nice, but my favorite vehicle for broadening my horizons is a table. So when given the chance to try an ancient and vibrant cuisine, no passport required, I jumped. Despite our area’s sizeable Yemeni population, there haven’t been many succ…

Buffalo

Hundreds gathered in a Lackawanna mosque Monday morning to grieve the death of a 12-year-old boy. Then police, community leaders and city officials took to the streets to plead for information about the people who are to blame for taking his life. In both places, less than 48 hours after Badraldeen Mohamad Elwaseem was shot in the head by a stray bullet while watchin…

Business

A New Hampshire investor has acquired a Family Dollar store in Lackawanna from the North Carolina developer that built it last year. Lexco Inc., controlled by Lucia Moura of Rye, N.H., paid $1.83 million last week to purchase the 8,330-square-foot store at 121 Ridge Road from Durban Group's Lackawanna FDS 715551 LLC. Durban, based in Charlotte, N.C., is a commercial …

Business

A 73-year-old Lackawanna metals machining company that employs about three-dozen workers abruptly shut down and laid off its employees at the end of December with no advance notice – apparently after the lender for its equipment seized its assets. Former employees say Alliance Innovative Manufacturing notified them by phone over the weekend that the machining company wa…

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Pat’s Submarines opened in May 1984, during what we fondly remember as our halcyon high school days. Alas, we didn’t attend Lackawanna schools, which practically sit behind Pat’s on Martin Road around the corner. The nearby schools  explained the $1 containers of sour strawberry candy “belts” for sale by Pat's register. (Our big teased bangs would have been all over tha…

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The most notorious dish offered at Stack Burger in Lackawanna is a punch in the mouth delivered in burger form. The Demon Burger is blackened with an infernal spice mixture, powered by cayenne, black pepper and chile powders, welded into the beef’s surface as it sizzles on the griddle. That it looks like gunpowder is merely a coincidence. Jalapeno and banana peppers …

Courts

An Erie County jury found a Lackawanna man guilty of attacking his pregnant wife, according to the county District Attorney's Office. Ghanem AbuGhanem, 33, was found guilty Monday of strangling and assaulting the victim after an argument in their home on July 18, 2017, prosecutors said. After a six-day trial and an hour of jury deliberations, AbuGhanem was found guil…

Crime

A Lackawanna man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop early Monday morning, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Ryan J. Conners, 37, was charged with DWI and other charges after a traffic stop on Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda just before 3 a.m. Monday. Police said Conners was driving 50 mph in a 30 mph…

Buffalo

A Lackawanna man has been charged with stealing more than $6,000 in items, including medical supplies, from a medical office on Abbott Road in South Buffalo earlier this week. Moises Rodriguez, 30, was arrested Wednesday at the office at 515 Abbott where the alleged theft occurred. He faces two felony charges and a misdemeanor count, according to a Buffalo police report…

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If you’ve ventured inside any date-appropriate South Buffalo bar-restaurant over the past 15 years, then you’re likely familiar with the scenery resplendent inside each. Framed photos of the city’s industrial past intermixed with Irish imagery. Traditional drafts and dinner items interwoven with some mildly adventurous fare on tap and tables. Settled-down Generation Y a…

Business

A 40-unit Lackawanna apartment complex has been acquired by a Lockport investor. John A. Khorrami, through JNJ Apartments, paid $1.97 million to buy the eight-building property at 959, 961, 963, 965 and 967-973 Ridge Road from Buffalo-based Tzetzo Companies, through 959 Ridge Road Associates. The five properties are assessed at $785,060. As part of the deal, Khorrami…