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Sept. 8, 1938 – Oct. 24, 2016 YOUNGSTOWN – Richard “Dick” Lucas, a retired union plumber and longtime member of the Youngstown Zoning Board of Appeals, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 78. Born in Bellefonte, Pa., he moved to Youngstown with his family in 1946 and lived at first in military housing at Fort Niagara. After graduating from Lewist…

Aug. 5, 1948 – Oct. 6, 2016 Dennis J. Dintino, of Buffalo, president and chief executive officer of a trucking company and of a chain of truck dealerships, died last Thursday in the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., after a battle with cancer. He was 68. Born in the Town of Tonawanda, he was a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and earned a bachelor’s deg…

The poverty rate for families in the Fruit Belt has fallen by half. But that may not be reason to celebrate, because the East Side neighborhood near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has also lost one-third of its population, including those priced out of their homes as the growing Medical Campus drives up property values. “It takes a village to raise a child, and we …

NIAGARA FALLS – If you’re looking for scenic beauty and peerless panoramas, there are two newly burnished spots you might want to check out this summer.And one of them even comes with a workout.Visitors to Niagara Falls State Park are now able to go to Terrapin Point and look out at the Falls.On Saturday, crowds were strolling about at the point, marveling at the onrus…

Eight hundred people in Erie County now face a tougher task getting food on their plates.That’s how many in recent weeks lost their benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, what used to be called food stamps.Those who lost their benefits live in Erie County’s suburbs and rural areas – none in Buffalo – due to a technical way that rules for the foo…

Some are calling it a step toward making the “zombie” problem better.New state legislation, passed in the early hours of Saturday morning, has to do with homes that have become so-called zombie properties – empty houses stuck in sometimes-lengthy foreclosure and prone to falling into disrepair.The legislation, according to state elected officials who led and supporte…

Sex offenders who had been living in controversial group homes on a residential road in West Seneca have moved elsewhere, The Buffalo News learned Saturday.At least one person is currently living in North Collins, said Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns, D-Buffalo, who has been a vocal critic of the group homes at 510 and 526 Leydecker Road. Since December 2014, there were a t…

It was a way for young women to have fun.Through the decades, it meant evenings of relaxation, games and camaraderie.Now, it remains – a testament to the enduring power of friendship, and a connection to a time of youth, long vanished.This is Phi De Si.Started 70 years ago last month by a group of North Tonawanda friends, the group – they call it “the club” – per…

There are a lot of young women – wearing a lot of long, formal gowns – attending proms across Western New York this spring.They are all, of course, beautiful.But it’s a good bet none of those teens has a story connected with her fancy dress equal to that of Jessica Casanova of South Buffalo.Casanova, 17, wore a dress to her prom Thursday night that wasn’t just long…

Politicians called it a crisis.Parents spoke of children who have suffered.Medical experts shared their ideas.All told, a forum held Thursday at Medaille College in Buffalo on the crisis of heroin and opioid abuse in the region and elsewhere included the views of many who approached the situation from a variety of perspectives and experiences.Erie County Executive Mark C. …

The past 20 years have taken Marlies A. Wesolowski a long way.Or, a couple of blocks.Wesolowski, once recognizable as a Buffalo School Board member, for the past 15 years has run a center on the city’s East Side, finding ways to feed, clothe and shelter the city’s poor.Now she wants to transform a closed Buffalo elementary school into a place to further serve the impov…

In Hamburg, a round of seven arrests for drug activity in one day marked new ground for law enforcement.“The number of people involved was unusual,” said Gregory G. Wickett, police chief in the Town of Hamburg, after a news conference late Wednesday on the grounds of Town Hall.“I can’t remember another time we arrested seven people in one day, for selling cocaine,…

The neighborhood advocacy organization PUSH Buffalo and other groups want new Buffalo apartment developments to include units set aside for people with low incomes.In new apartment buildings with 12 or more units, nearly one out of every three units should be reserved for those who earn less than the median household income, they said.The groups want the city to require th…

It’s about some kitchen construction work on Bailey Avenue. But it’s also about something bigger.A grant of $100,000 awarded to Gerard Place will help the organization work on the former parish hall at St. Gerard’s – and a kitchen space to be used for job skill-building.The grant came from the 21st Century Fund, part of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.…

At times it felt like sheer energy.For the man who served as pastor at a Hamburg megachuch for 38 years – and who is now leaving his post – the process of building up the campus and congregation still seems awe-inspiring.“There were times here,” said the Rev. Greg McClain, 65, “when it felt like we were riding a wave.”McClain leaves the Wesleyan Church of Hambu…