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


Yogurt parfaits, fresh juices, salads, grab-and-go dinner options and healthy snacks. All of the above and more are likely to pop up in a "healthy" vending machine in coming months inside the Thomas R. Beecher Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. If the idea takes off, the organization that runs the campus hopes many more will follow across the 120-…

It's a lunchtime rotation at the food kiosk inside the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus' Innovation Center – with some popular options on the list. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. staff has been retooling the kiosk offerings after a longtime vendor left. Three spots are finalized. Two more to go. So far, Julie Blackman's Farmers & Artisans of Snyder is th…

Startup Grind's Buffalo chapter will bring in the founder of Elite Daily, a millennial content platform, for a fireside chat about entrepreneurship in August. Gerard Adams, known as the "millennial mentor," an investor and philanthropist, is the featured speaker during Startup Grind's Aug. 23 event in the Innovation Center at 640 Ellicott St. on the Buffalo Niagara Medi…

The second annual The Pitch business plan competition is accepting applications through Sept. 1 for growth companies and small community businesses. The competition provides an opportunity for area minority- and women-owned enterprises to compete for funding. To be eligible, a business must be minority- or women-owned and located in Erie County. The business must not…

A $2.5 million National Library of Medicine grant will help University at Buffalo's medical school train a new cadre of research leaders in the field of biomedical informatics. The National Institutes of Health, through its Library of Medicine, awarded the five-year grant to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The grant will allow UB to train 15 do…

Food, music and fun are on tap for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus' first-ever summer block party on Wednesday. The alcohol-free, family friendly event runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kaminski Park & Gardens on Carlton and Elm streets outside Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Live music, children's activities, health and wellness information and community organiza…

The aging, rusted and faded powder blue Hamburg water tower looms prominently on the edge of the New York State Thruway. You can't miss it, perched along Howard Road, poking up above the tree line. In fact, neighbors say their grandsons call it "the spaceship." That's one way to see it. Others, however, say the tower is distinctly hamburger shaped. Fitting, since Ham…

Recent street parking changes on Linwood Avenue have opened more parking after 6 p.m., helping to alleviate a parking crunch for residents after they arrive home from work. "After 4 p.m., it offers a greater chance that they can find a spot instead of circling the block over and over," said Dr. Steve Niemiec, president of Linwood Preservation District & Friends Asso…

Scott Propeack's world is art – but it just expanded to health care. Propeack is a 19-year fixture at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, serving as chief curator and associate director. These days, he's also the art center's interim co-director. Across town, he is also volunteering as curator at the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, which will open this fall on th…

Newly commissioned artwork will start defining the character inside the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in September as the new hospital prepares for its opening later this fall. A diverse blend of art and photographs will start making their way next month to the hospital, which is slated to open in November on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Volunteers are worki…

The American College of Surgeons has recognized Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo's trauma center as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. “We have an extraordinary pediatric trauma team here at WCHOB and their commitment to the injured child shone through during our review,” Dr. Kathryn D. Bass, the hospital's director of trauma, said in a statement announc…

For years, the words of Buffalo poets Alberto Cappas, Juan Gonzalez and Olga Mendell spoke out from a blue-and-purple tiled wall in the Metro Rail's Allen/ Medical Campus Station. "Buffalo gives me wings," one of the poems began. Another: "Who would have guessed it a home so far from home here in Buffalo" The tile mosaic, first installed in the 1980s, was packed …

One by one, 27,650 terra cotta panels have been filling in the exterior of the University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school. Workers were installing the bottom band of the panels along Main Street this week and expect to finish the terra cotta installation by late August. The latest count from general contractor LPCiminelli is that roughly 24,000 panels have …

A music journal has taken up residence on top of the baby grand piano in Roswell Park Cancer Institute's main lobby. The “Why I Play” book, begun in May, has 22 heartfelt entries from volunteers who perform in the institute's lobby each week. Many have written about what draws them to share music with patients, their families and visitors. "My husband was a …

Fresh produce from area farmers will continue at Kaminski Park & Gardens on the Roswell Park campus through September. The Wednesday farmers' market will continue during August, despite an earlier announcement that it would suspend it for that month and take a reprieve until September. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the park on the Roswel…