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Mark Sommer

I have worked at the Buffalo News as an enterprise reporter, and as arts editor, for the past 17 years.


Developers, activists and municipalities were recognized Thursday at the Partners for a Livable Western New York Livable Community awards gala at Lafayette Hotel. Larkin Square was honored for urban innovation, followed by Canalside, 500 Seneca Street, Lafayette Hotel, Remington Lofts and Riverworks. Justbike's Justin Booth won in the citizen activist category, follo…

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The name of Playboy magazine and the Playboy clubs once owned by the late Hugh Hefner had a Buffalo connection. It's explained inside the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum, where a white, 1947 Playboy roadster is displayed with information panels that include a photo of the dashing car in front of the then-named Albright Art Gallery. Hefner planned to name h…

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The Buffalo Billion has helped fund big-ticket projects in Western New York, but it also fueled the rebirth of a key small business in the heart of University Heights: Parkside Candy. A $125,000 matching grant from the Buffalo Billion's Better Buffalo Fund was used to restore the iconic candy store and ice cream parlor  to its former 1927 art deco glory. Work at …

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The longtime leader of the Erie County Fair announced his retirement Monday. Friday will be the last day on the job for Dennis "Denny" Lang, who was appointed CEO and fair manager in 1999. Current Assistant Fair Manager and Manager of Agriculture Jessica Underberg will succeed Lang on Sunday. A release by the Erie County Agricultural Society announcing the 69-year-ol…

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has been awarded a $24,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund to renovate the Rumsey soccer field at Delaware Park. “This funding will allow us to re-grade the field, amend the soil profile, and reestablish the turf to create a safe, level playing surface for the thousands of youth that use the field each season.” s…

A horse-drawn Jell-O wagon from between 1902 and 1904 will be unveiled Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum. The wagon, made for the Jell-O company in Leroy, was discovered by Danielle Colby of  the History Channel's "American Pickers" show in an Ouachita Parish, La., family barn. James and Mary Ann Sandoro, the not-for-profit museum's f…

A woman was charged Saturday morning with harassing a neighbor, something the victim said has been going on almost daily for two years. The complainant told police that Anita White, 58, of 274 Delaware Ave., regularly trespasses on her property at 247 Georgia St. and threatens to harm her with profanity-laced rants. White was arrested after accosting the victim at 11…

A Buffalo man was arrested Sunday on several charges after allegedly beating a woman in front of two children, ages 9 and 3. Jonathan Rivera, 21, of 80 Edson St., was accused of striking the victim repeatedly, bruising her face, neck and body, and also shoving, choking and dragging her into their home. Police responded to the domestic abuse at 9:30 p.m.

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State Police were reconstructing what happened in Pembroke at around 8:40 p.m. Saturday, when a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the westbound lanes of the Thruway. The New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit was on the scene and is investigating. No information has been released about the victim or the driver. http://buffalonews.com/2017/09/23/thruw…

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A 24-year-old man is believed to have been the victim of an overnight drive-by shooting near East Lovejoy and Ideal streets Sunday. The man was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center.  An investigation is underway into the shooting, which occurred just before 3:30 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIP-CALL Line at …

A marker to commemorate Gold Star families was unveiled Sunday at Buffalo Naval Park across from The USS Sullivans. The marker honors families whose loved ones died serving in the military and was erected on National American Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day. "There's no better place in Western New York to have it than the Naval Park's Memorial Garden,  because ever…

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A storeroom in the EXPO Market, an array of five restaurants located at the Market Arcade complex at 617 Main St., suffered minor damage Sunday after a single-alarm fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. The manager for Mercato and the catering chef for Osteria were on the premises and notified the Buffalo Fire Department after first hearing the fire alarm and then seeing…

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The Buffalo Heritage Carousel will give an update on its progress to bring a solar-powered carousel to Canalside at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 in Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Featured panelists will be Kevin Connors, principal architect at Eco_Logic Studios; Martha Bohm, University at Buffalo assistant professor of architecture; and Megan Hahin, education di…

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An audit found "significant overbilling" by Verizon for telephone voice and data services provided to Erie County government. The audit concluded Verizon overbilled the county by approximately $900,000. A portion of the amount has already been refunded to Erie County, with the remainder to follow, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. About one-quarter o…

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For nearly half a century, no one has seen the vintage bicycles and rare bike memorabilia that Jim and Mary Ann Sandoro collected. That includes the 1886 Columbia high-wheel bicycle the couple bought for $325 in 1970 at a flea market outside of Cleveland. Since then, the couple kept acquiring vintage bicycles made between the 1860s and 1920s, especially models connec…