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Karen Robinson is a suburban reporter for The Buffalo News. She covers Lancaster and Depew.


The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. has hired Sam Marrazzo for a new post in its organization, as chief innovation officer. Marrazzo, who brainstormed the idea to bring the 2017 Topcoder Open programming and data science competition to Buffalo, started in mid-September in his role with BNMC. "It was an opportunity to work with the community, build a brand around …

Orchard Park police charged three Buffalo residents, one of them waiting in a get-away car, in connection with the theft of more than $900 worth of items Friday night from Kohl's Department Store at Quaker Crossing. Police report they arrived at the store about 8:30 p.m. to find Shaquana F. Bush, 30, and Alexis L. Rose, 23, fleeing from the  store to a vehicle pulled u…

Erie County Sheriff's deputies have arrested an Amherst man in connection with a hit-and-run crash that happened Wednesday. A furniture delivery truck reportedly left the scene after it collided with a vehicle at Salt and County roads in Clarence at about 2 p.m.. An adult and two children were in the vehicle that was hit, which rolled over from the impact. The Sherif…

Western New York's extended run on summer will continue through Monday evening, when Mother Nature ushers in some rain. Sunday's shaping up to be a repeat of Saturday, offering another day to enjoy the outdoors. Saturday's high temperature reached 73 degrees, with Sunday promising to be even a bit warmer, with highs in the low 70s forecast along the lake shore and mi…

Ninety top designers, developers and data scientists from 29 countries are arriving in Buffalo to compete in the 2017 Topcoder Open hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus starting this weekend. Think of it like the March Madness of coding. Programmers from places as far as China, India and Nepal will square off in timed competitions to develop algorithms, …

Two levels of a new parking ramp on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will open in late October. The parking ramp, which is still under construction, was slated to open last week, but was not yet needed for University at Buffalo staff, so the opening was pushed back, said Susan Kirkpatrick, a communications consultant for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus …

The call out to musicians of all ages who want to record and submit their rendition of Brahms' Lullaby to welcome babies born at the new Oishei Children's Hospital has been extended. Women & Children's Hospital has extended the hospital lullaby contest to Oct. 15 from its Sept. 15  deadline to gain more entries. Creativity, imagination and all instruments are encou…

The small fleet of three Zipcars on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus may grow. Expansion of the car sharing service, an alternative to car rental in which drivers can use a car by the hour or the day, is under discussion as more workers and students come to campus. "We're in talks with UB. We know students are a great audience for Zipcar," said Susan Kirkpatrick, a…

Some Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus streets well known for their potholes, rippling and deteriorated surfaces have been fixed in the first of a two-phase $500,000 project. Extensive milling and resurfacing work totaling $150,000 was completed during the last week on some of the most problematic areas. Another $350,000 of road work is planned for a second batch of campus…

Brooks Memorial Hospital will build a $67 million, 29-bed hospital in the Town of Pomfret to replace its aging 65-bed Dunkirk facility. It is expected to be called Brooks-TLC Hospital and will open to patients in late 2019 or early 2020, said Mary LaRowe, the hospital's CEO. The announcement Monday that the hospital had chosen a site and filed a "certificate of ne…

The first guest house in South Buffalo opened Monday, a short walk from Mercy Hospital. Grace Guest House – a culmination of a three-year effort – is a nonprofit hospitality house for patients' families who need a place to stay while their loved ones are being cared for at the hospital or other nearby health care facilities. Grace Guest House Inc. was formed in 2…

An unexpected $300,000 donation from KeyBank will help pay for some of the costs of moving Women & Children's Hospital into its new facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The money will help pay for transportation expenses, food, patient comfort kits and rental equipment during a massive move expected to cost Kaleida Health as much as $8 million. In all,…

Michael Casinelli cradled his Martin D 28 guitar in his lap, a cup of coffee by his left foot. Patients and families from Roswell Park Cancer Institute mingled nearby. He played from memory, filling the lobby with the best of Elton John, Ray Charles and Van Morrison. "This is my favorite place to play," said Casinelli, wearing a black leather skull cap, black leather bo…

The new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is slated to open Nov. 10, the tentative date projected by hospital leadership. Women & Children's Hospital disclosed the date to reporters during the simulated patient mock move last week to the $270 million, 12-story hospital at 818 Ellicott St. It also coincides with the partial open…

The third and final phase of outpatient clinics that will move from Women & Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus begins later this week in preparation for an Oct. 2 opening. The next batch of moves is timed to be done so that all outpatient services will be complete before Oishei Children's Hospital opens Nov. 10. The new clinics will join ot…