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Karen Robinson

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


Business

Lots of people find their way back to Buffalo. Two years ago, Jessica Mabie, lured by the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, did just that. Since then, Mabie has been living, thinking, talking, walking and doing just about everything tied to the new, $270 million hospital at 818 Ellicott St. As the hospital’s director of strategic planning & implementati…

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The $270 million John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital will open next week on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, capping off years of planning to replace Women & Children’s Hospital on Bryant Street. A marathon one-day move will begin before dawn Nov. 10 to move patients and staff into the 185-bed hospital 1.2 miles away at 818 Ellicott St. The new Children’s…

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Fights. Lines. People, some with cups of beer, crowding a narrow street. An increasing number of bars on Allen Street is drawing bigger crowds, prompting police to ramp up their late-night weekend presence in the neighborhood to address unruly behavior that sometimes turns into loud fights. Bar owners, longtime residents and community leaders say the recent shift is …

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The 12 floors inside the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital opening soon on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus each have distinct themes to highlight their connection to Buffalo – from the Spirit of Buffalo, to City of Good Neighbors, parks and gardens, sports, imagination and more. The $270 million hospital opening Nov. 10 has the following themes that also feat…

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The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is getting in the Halloween spirit with a unique twist on the holiday. Children in costume and families living near the campus are invited to learn about medical research while playing Halloween games from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the University at Buffalo Downtown Gateway building, 77 Goodell St. The free party will featur…

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Data coders and designers from six different countries won a total of $60,000 as the 2017 Topcoder Open global programming and data science competition wrapped up Tuesday on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul presented the awards - $10,000 to each of six winners - in the Innovation Center, where 85 competitors from 29 countries competed in intense…

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The hallways and public spaces inside John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital are coming to life with artwork. About 35 to 40 pieces were installed last week throughout the new hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. “We are all in the thick of it now. Every floor of the hospital has some work in it already,” said Scott Propeack, volunteer curator of art at …

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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 …

Crime

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…

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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, …

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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 …

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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…

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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…