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Joseph Popiolkowski

Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.


Patrick "Rick" O'Sullivan prefers to work behind the scenes at Buffalo's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. But next month he'll be thrust front and center with a very prominent role.The South Buffalo resident was recently elected by the United Irish American Association of Erie County's executive committee to lead the green and gold pageantry as grand marshal."It ne…

What watering hole can a light-drinking foursome escape from for $20 including tip? Try what we jokingly call Pete's "Thrilltop."My sister, Amanda, her boyfriend Nick, my wife Pam and I strolled in to Pete's Hilltop on a recent Friday night to the sounds of Rod Stewart's "Maggie Mae." We saddled up to the L-shaped bar and ordered our first round -- a gin and tonic,…

With the Erie County Legislature and county executive turning the page on their fight over next year's budget, the effects of funding cuts to libraries is coming into focus.Library officials Wednesday announced a winter schedule that reflects their strategy of holding steady hours of operation and services at major locations and trimming from smaller branches."This…

Three lads from Britain have gotten their annual dose of the woes that Buffalo sports fans have come to expect.Nick Manning, his father, John, and Greg Zalka of London, joined by their friend Brad Clayden of Toronto, watched the Bills improve to 3-10 for the season in a rain-soaked National Football League victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. It was a conte…

The lake-effect storm that blasted the Southtowns and eastern suburbs last week was caused by cold winds sweeping across the warmer waters of Lake Erie.Warm? Tell that to the 1,000 people who raised nearly $150,000 for Special Olympics athletes by taking a dip Saturday in the 44-degree lake."To be a tropical boy and jump into really cold water, it's just a mental…

Activists concerned about plans for Buffalo's harbor development braved freezing temperatures and wind Saturday to rally growing support for their alternative vision."If you're tough enough to be here today, you're tough enough to get the waterfront you deserve," Canal Side Community Alliance member Sam Magavern told the hearty bunch assembled on the Commercial S…

A popular new video on YouTube is showing Buffalo in its best light and making Buffalo hearts far and wide swell with civic pride.The city skyline bathed in golden morning sunlight, a sunset over Lake Erie and hypnotic time-lapse video of clouds billowing behind City Hall and the Central Terminal are shown in vivid color on the video-sharing Web site.The six-minute v…

Tucked among the Buffalo State College students flinging footballs and Frisbees on a gorgeous fall Saturday were 20 art conservation students smelting iron ore in a Medieval-style furnace made of clay, straw and sand.Every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. they fed the knee-high furnace with charcoal and iron ore in a complex mix of chemistry and artistry to m…

Apologies to rock band ZZ Top (and women everywhere), but in "Heartbreaker," every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man.Using his dashing good looks and elaborate plots, ultimate charmer Alex Lippi (Romain Duris) is hired by concerned friends and family to convince women they're dating Mr. Wrong. How? "Seduction."Alex and his resourceful team of two set out to brea…

The girls swim team at West Seneca West High School traded countless 25-yard laps in the pool Saturday for three one-mile laps on land to fight a silent killer and honor a fallen teammate.The three-mile walk was the latest effort to benefit the Amanda Hansen Foundation, created in memory of the student and swimmer who died in January 2009 from carbon monoxide poiso…

Artpark's summer season of concerts and musicals here has wrapped up. Gone are the hordes of Doobie Brothers fans and folks itching to see Sally Struthers sing Elvis songs.But there's still plenty of reasons to visit this village perched next to the Niagara Gorge.Juicy fruit will abound this weekend at the Niagara County Peach Festival in Academy Park. And should y…

Letter carriers already walk many miles delivering mail each day along their routes. What's one more to make a point?A group of about 40 carriers and their families marched down Abbott Road in South Buffalo on Monday as part of the AFL-CIO Council's annual Labor Day Parade to protest a Postal Service proposal to eliminate Saturday home delivery."Right now it's look…

Some of the storied family names of Buffalo's gilded past may be lost to history, but their legacy lives on in the stretch of head-turning mansions on Delaware Avenue.Take, for example, what's now the Oracle Charter School, which was built in 1903 for lawyer and lumber businessman Charles Goodyear and his wife, Ella.It's an opulent home built during the city's heyd…