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Dale Anderson has been a Buffalo News staff reporter since 1968. He was the chief rock and pop writer for 20 years and helped establish the weekend entertainment magazine Gusto. Original manager of singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco -- first four years, first five CDs, set up the independent thing. He is also a competitive duplicate bridge player since 2005 and is currently a Ruby Life Master.


OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from singer Kenny Rogers, born on this date in 1938, “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” . . . GET SMART – Brochures are available, starting today, for Frontier Central School District Community Education fall classes for adults and children. Classes, which include Ca…

It's a big week for extra-point games. The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points, half red, at all of its games at noon today, Saturday, Aug. 19, and next Saturday and at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Bridge Center of Buffalo will have extra point games Wednesday through next Saturday. And Bridge Club Meridian will offer extra points at its game at 10:3…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Elayne Boosler, born on this date in 1952, “I know what men want. Men want to be really, really close to someone who will leave them alone.” . . . WELCOME MAT – All differently abled people, their families, caregivers and friends are invited to the monthly social from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the First Christian Church, 9656 Main …

Oct. 1, 1943 – Aug. 14, 2017 Joseph G. “Jerry” Critelli, a retired North Tonawanda teacher, died Monday in the Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Niagara Falls, after a brief illness. He was 73. Born Joseph Gerald Critelli in Niagara Falls, and a graduate of Niagara Falls High School, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Buffa…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and sex symbol Mae West, born on this date in 1893, “When I’m good, I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” . . . KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – Flix in the Park, the free summer movie series in Pine Woods Park, off Schenck and Niagara streets in North Tonawanda, continues Friday with Disney’s 2016 computer-animated “…

July 19, 1949 – Aug. 8, 2017 Diann Zinteck was ready to start a career in the classroom after graduating from SUNY Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree in art education in the early 1970s, but she could not find the teaching position she wanted locally. Rather than move out of town, her interest in photography led her into freelance camera work and a job at Car…

Feb. 11, 1927 – Aug. 11, 2017 When Marion LaVigne graduated from high school in 1944, her daughter Michele says, “the choices for women were to be a teacher or a nurse.” A junior high school and middle school mathematics teacher for 50 years, she firmly believed that every student could master math and inspired some of them to become math teachers. She died …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet Charles Bukowski, born on this date in 1920, “We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us.” . . . PRICE IS RIGHT – A free Family Day and Resource Fair for Niagara County residents will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the New York State Power Authority, 5777 Lewiston Road, Le…

[The latest on this story: DEC investigating source, cause of second sewage plume] Did it happen again, and so soon? The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported Tuesday that it was investigating a discharge – possible, not confirmed – into the Niagara River from the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant. A statement from the DEC on …

Aug. 1, 1943 – Aug. 13, 2017 Judith Grillo, of Cheektowaga, a licensed practical nurse, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital from complications following surgery. She was 74. Born in Buffalo, the former Judith Ann Phillips graduated from Fosdick Masten High School in 1961 with certification as a licensed practical nurse. She worked as a nurse from the time she gradu…

Jan. 15, 1934 – Aug. 11, 2017 Gerald “Jerry” Choinski, of Grand Island, Fla., a retired Buffalo insurance executive, died Friday in The Villages Hospice House, The Villages, Fla., after a lengthy illness. He was 83. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1951 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School and served in the Navy from 1951 to 1954 aboard the USS Lloyd Thomas in t…

Four teens were arrested early Monday in connection with a series of overnight thefts from vehicles in the vicinity of Tuscarora Road and Cayuga Village Park in the Town of Niagara, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour reported. The four were charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. All were arraigned by Niagara Town Justice James Faso, who set bail at $5,000 cas…

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte, born on this date in 1769, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” . . . HUNGRY? – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, hosts a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-thru only, and include homemade coleslaw…

A 30-year-old man was wounded by gunfire Monday evening near Broadway and Strauss Street, according to Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The man, who was not identified by authorities, walked into Buffalo General Medical Center at about 6:15 p.m. and said he had been shot, DeGeorge said. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, accor…

Buffalo Police reported late Monday that they have charged a man and a woman with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the fatal beating of a woman in the 800 block of Niagara Street on Aug. 1. Arrested were Freddie Cortez, 22, and Michelis Romero, 23, Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. They are accused in the fatal attack on Jessica Garcia, …