Anne Neville, The Buffalo News
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Anne Neville

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Anne Neville is a native of Albany, N.Y. She has a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where she was a Kiplinger Fellow.

NIAGARA FALLS – At 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, as light streamed through the church's tall, arched windows, the service began. The topic was science. Although that focus might be unusual for some churches, no one batted an eye at the venerable First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara, which prides itself on welcoming people of any religion or even no religion.…

Outside the arched windows of the Discover Niagara Shuttle, the sights passed by – the Rainbow Bridge, the quaint shops of Lewiston, the Power Vista, a living quilt stitched together by glimpses of the green water of the Niagara River. Inside the shuttle were people from all over the world. They gazed at the passing scene, studied the fold-out maps that outlined ea…

One of the subtle pleasures of a drive through rural Niagara County is passing the farm fields planted with emerald crops, row after symmetrical row stretching out to the edges of the field. But a different kind of visual pleasure, not to mention growing advantage, is offered in one field at Singer Farm Naturals, a 35-acre organic farm on Lake Road in Appleton that is f…

"The Gig Economy and the American Dream" will be the topic of a talk by Professor Louis Hyman of Cornell University starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. The talk will be free and open to the public. Hyman, who directs the Institute for Workplace Studies at Cornell, will discuss how the gig economy, in which workers a…

Three men who live in the Hamlin Park neighborhood returned home to find a man inside their apartment with cologne and two watches belonging to one of them stuffed in his pockets, police said. The three confronted and held Lee Walker, 47, of no permanent address, until police arrived. The men told police that Walker might have entered through an unlocked front door. …

A North Buffalo man was accused of breaking into his ex-wife's home near LaSalle Park and striking her boyfriend in the face, then continuing his rampage outside by damaging the window and mirror of a parked car. Police said Miguel A. Febles, 33, of Lawn Avenue, broke into his ex-wife's home shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday and attacked a man he found there. Febles th…

An essay contest asking students in grades six through 12 to imagine the future of the Central Terminal is being sponsored by retired teacher and longtime journalist Eva M. Doyle. The contest asks students to share their suggestions for what should be done with the long-vacant terminal, including the question of what should happen to the people who live in the surroundi…

Buffalo police are seeking an intruder who spray-painted "I hate you" and an obscenity on the living room walls of a man's house before stealing a piece of music-production equipment valued at $1,500. The 42-year-old man, who lives in the Bailey-Walden avenues area, reported that the break-in and theft took place sometime between noon and 6 p.m. Saturday. The thie…

A brazen thief who used a tool stolen from a homeowner's locked backyard shed made off with cameras and a television from an East Side home Saturday, police said. The resident called police at 7 a.m. Saturday to report that an intruder had first broken the lock off her backyard shed and stolen hedge clippers, then used the tool to pry open a rear kitchen window to get i…

A City of Tonawanda man who was seen driving with no lights on at 2:30 a.m. Sunday on Main Street in the city faces felony charges of driving while intoxicated and driving without a license, which police said had been revoked due to a previous DWI conviction. Trevor J. Mullins, 38, of Patton Road, had his license revoked after he was convicted of DWI in Cheektowaga in …

A West Seneca man was ticketed after he turned left in front of an oncoming vehicle in the Town of Hanover Sunday morning, causing a crash that injured the other driver, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported. Deputies were called to the intersection of Route 5 and 20 and Alleghany Road shortly before 8:45 a.m. They found that Patrick White, 69, had turned l…

A man from Vancouver, Wash., who was acting as his group's "designated driver" was charged with DWI after a traffic stop in the City of Tonawanda around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police said. Christian R. Leal, 22,  told Tonawanda police he had "only two beers" in Buffalo before getting behind the wheel as the group's designated driver.  He was pulled over on Main Street …

A City of Tonawanda man faces a felony count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person after police said he failed to call 911 when he found a 24-year-old woman unconscious and barely breathing in a Grove Street apartment Friday evening after an apparent drug overdose. Tonawanda police said Juan C. Reyes, 53,  who said he lives at the Grove Street apartment …

None of the eight Ewing children, who lie with their young mother in a plot in Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, lived to age 10 before losing their lives to a toxic mix of poverty, greed and callous indifference. Yet their deaths, along with those of seven other children and two adults in a fire that ripped through a condemned former hotel, changed the city in which t…

Jim Bissell was driving down a quiet residential street in Sanborn when a dramatic shape in a small grove of trees caught his eye. There, nestled among a copse of basswood and shagbark hickory, was a white oak with two 90-degree bends in its trunk, turning it horizontal, then vertical again. Unlike the residents of the house in whose yard the tree stands and the n…