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The Bridge Center of Buffalo will hold its Second Annual Charity Pro-Am Game and Pot Luck Party at 1 p.m. April 2 with proceeds to benefit Hospice Buffalo. Partnerships chosen by random draw. Preregistration is required. Call 834-4222 or visit BridgeCenterOfBuffalo.com for more information. * * * The Airport Bridge Club will offer extra points at all of its games during …

The Western New York Doulas are a loosely knit, five-member group of women with a total of 20 children. And one on the way. “A lot of people looking to start a family want to know what their options are,” said Jenny Beam, 30, of North Tonawanda, who is expecting her fifth child in June. Beam is among the doulas who will throw a public baby shower next weekend …

April 2, 1938 -- March 24, 2017 On Saturday, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will open for the season. But it won't be the same as it has been, for more than two decades. The man who guided the park from lean years into a major Canalside tourist attraction -- sometimes refusing to accept a paycheck while secretly paying other workers' salaries …

March 26 – Fishing Tackle and Outdoor Show at Clute Park Community Center, East 4 th Street, Route 414, Watkins Glen from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 607-651- 0053 for more info. March 27 – St. Catharines Game and Fish Association monthly meeting at the Port Dalhousie Legion, 57 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, Ont., starting at 7 p.m. Guest speakers will be Greg Amiel and …

Rep. Chris Collins betrayed his district and his state this week with his smarmy and likely unconstitutional proposal to force changes in how New York funds its Medicaid program. He says with a straight face that it was about helping New Yorkers burdened with high property tax rates, but that was a fraud. It was about buying upstate Republican votes for a health care re…

Lyme disease is called “the great imitator,” because its symptoms – which can include severe headaches, joint pain and swelling, fainting spells, heart palpitations and the flu – mimic those of other conditions. It helps explain why medical professionals feared that landscaper Chuk Roll of West Seneca had cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and reactive arthritis …

Entries closed on Friday for the 81st New York State Women’s Championships, which will get underway on April 8 at the Tonawanda Bowling Center. As of early this week, 402 teams have signed up to participate in the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events. Competition is scheduled for April 8-9, 21-23, 28-30, May 5-7 and 19-21. No competition is scheduled Easter weekend a…

Developers who want to put a "faith-built" apartment community in a former Kenmore church school are seeking $215,000 in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support the  conversion. Developers Lawrence Bicz and Ken Vasile intend to transform the former St. Paul's School at 45 Victoria Blvd. into 37 market-rate apartments. The project, du…

One day after the NHL delivered its verdict on Rasmus Ristolainen, the Sabres responded with a verdict of their own. “It’s an overreaction,” goaltender Robin Lehner said Friday. Not surprisingly, Buffalo was disappointed and frustrated to see Ristolainen get a three-game suspension for hitting Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel. “I didn’t expect anything,” R…

Robert Pear, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Jennifer Steinhauer WASHINGTON – House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the health care law from consideration on the House floor Friday afternoon in a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidenc…

Digital devices have become a constant presence in our daily lives, though perhaps a little irksome to some. In that group is Niagara Falls Councilman Kenny Tompkins, who came up with a measure calling for Council members to “refrain from bringing with them activated personal electronic devices of any nature, including cellphones, to any public meetings of this City C…

By James Dean With all of the problems facing our nation today, Congress has decided it needs to attack the federal workforce with arbitrary cuts and loss of rights. Right now, Congress is working on the most extreme union-busting, pension-stealing bills we’ve seen yet. These attacks focus on official time, one of our core union rights that the American Federation …

Wade Phillips is an interesting Twitter follow for those who use the social-media website. Wednesday night, for example, the former Buffalo Bills' head coach and current defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams tweeted out his "disappointment" that his former team sold a gift he gave to late founding owner Ralph Wilson Jr. I am disappointed the Bills sold my per…

Last week at the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, I chatted with an FBI agent who asked if I was glad to cover sports these days and not politics. You bet, I said. Sports fans can get pretty ugly on social media. Imagine the venom if I were writing about the serious stuff. When I talk about the bloated defense budget, I'm merely referring to Marcell Dareus. On health care, I…

WASHINGTON – Pleadings for “states rights” are usually associated with the segregationist presidential candidates George C. Wallace and Strom Thurmond. Now this lame, discredited slogan is being sold by President Trump to justify the savage, disabling financial and staffing cuts in programs that are restoring the Great Lakes. Trump’s budget will undo nearly a…