NIAGARA FALLS - Danielle N. DePalma, secretary of the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee, announced Tuesday she will run for one of three City Council seats available in this fall's election. DePalma said she intends to resign her party position to make her first run for elective office, seeking the Democratic and Working Families nominations. DePalma, 33, is a h…

The  president of the West Seneca Youth Baseball Association who stole  close to $50,000 from the organization was sentenced Tuesday to spend weekends in jail for the next three months. Kevin Chodkowski, 46, of West Seneca already has repaid $49,350 to the baseball club, the full amount that investigators could confirm that he stole. He pleaded guilty to attempted gra…

I like to try and explore a bit whenever I'm in an unfamiliar city. I still have a lot of exploring to do in my new surroundings down here. They call this area The Triangle - referring to three neighboring cities, each home to a major university. Raleigh, home of NC State University, Durham, home of Duke University, and Chapel Hill, home of University of North Carolina, ar…

CTG stock jumped by 8 percent on Tuesday after new CEO Bud Crumlish indicated the Buffalo information technology company may be poised to stop a four-year skid in sales after posting better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. Continued softness in its health care solutions business caused CTG's fourth-quarter profits to fall by more than half and its revenues to drop…

Artpark's Tuesdays in the Park concert series has begun to fill out its summer schedule. Kicking off the weekly series will be the Texas blues-rock trio ZZ Top on June 6. Also formally announced will be the popular Pink Floyd tribute show Brit Floyd on July 18, Blondie and Garbage's Rage and Rapture Tour on July 25 and progressive Brit-rockers Jethro Tull with Ian Ander…

Get ready to have the "Best Time Ever" when Kidz Bop returns to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for a show at 3 p.m. July 22. It's a pavilion only performance - meaning no lawn seats will be sold which is good for the kids. Best of all,   every paid concert ticket includes free same-day admission to the theme park in celebration of Darien Lake's 25th season. …

The Canisius Golden Griffins could finish anywhere from second to seventh in the Metro Atlantic Atheltic Conferece as the league enters its final week of regular-season play. The Griffs' final two games are at home - at 7 p.m. Friday against Fairfield and at 2 p.m. Sunday against St. Peter's. Niagara plays St. Peter's at 7 Friday and Fairfield at 2 Sunday. Here's a b…

For years, Sandy Siradis helped stock the market at the Buffalo Greek Fest. The market made Greek oils, spices, candies and other products not usually found at retail available three days a year, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's festival of culture, music, dance and food. Fellow Greeks were used to driving to Toronto to re-stock, Siradis said. "The non-Gre…

New from Thin Man Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) is releasing two new beers on Feb. 24. Oat No You Didn’t is a double IPA with oats. At 9.2 percent ABV, the beer features Chinook, Mosaic and Cascade hops, yielding notes of grapefruit, pine and oranges. The second beer is another strong one - a 9 percent ABV Belgian brown ale called Hyperballad. Look for notes of …

On the day that protesters were outside the closed Amherst office of Rep. Chris Collins, the Republican congressman was shown in a one-on-one interview with Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin. At one point during the interview conducted last week at a Clarence diner, Collins appeared to surprise or even stun Levin with a comment on the mainstream media. After Levin asked i…

Decision day is approaching for the Buffalo Bills and Tyrod Taylor. The team has until March 11 to decide whether it will exercise Taylor's contract option, which would trigger nearly $31 million in guaranteed money being paid out. With less than three weeks until that deadline, reports can be expected with increased frequency. One of those came Tuesday morning from …

A guest from Ireland The Tewksbury Lodge (249 Ohio St.) will host an event and discussion on“The History of Brewing Beer” from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. The event is free and reservations are encouraged (call 840-2866). A limited food menu will be available. The discussion will be led by Ian Hamilton, head brewer of Sullivan’s Brewing Company in Kilkenny, Ireland). Ham…

Before they were even finished digging the Hamburg Canal, in 1849, the standing, fetid water in the half-dug ditch was blamed in part for a growing cholera crisis in what we now call the First Ward and Canalside areas. Originally conceived to help divert traffic away from the busy Erie Canal, soon the railroads were doing a good enough job of making the Hamburg Cana…

Here are some highlights from the Buffalo Evening News of Feb. 21, 1917: * President Woodrow Wilson has so far been tip-toeing around World War I. He was slated to appear before Congress to ask for more protection for "American seamen and ships against the German submarine menace." Meaning, he wants to fight Germany without actually declaring war. * Citizens were beg…

When Kim Krytus was 16 years old, she learned about the devastating famine that was crippling Ethiopia and how many children were dying of starvation. From that moment on, Krytus dreamed of traveling the world so she could help as many people as she could. But that dream was put on hold once she graduated from Depew High School. “I grew up in Depew and graduat…