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When Greg Stennis opened his bar, J.P. Dwyer’s, on Webster Street in 1997, the street was a shell of its former glory. Gone were the days when men and women would ride the Carpenter Line bus to downtown North Tonawanda for a fountain soda at the Sugar Bowl or shop at G.C. Murphy Co. Retail and restaurants had moved to shopping malls and strip plazas. As was the case w…

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A group of residents and business owners in Allentown have an idea for curbing late-night raucous behavior in the neighborhood: No new bars. And when one closes, don't allow another to take its place. Their concerns over large crowds, fights and unruly behavior on late weekend nights were heightened this month after a 37-year-old man was fatally shot outside a bar durin…

Frank L. Ciminelli II, son of construction executive Louis P. Ciminelli, is leaving LPCiminelli to devote himself to a construction management firm he started in August, he announced Friday in an email to colleagues. Kyle W. Tuttle, a senior vice president at LPCiminelli, has been named president of the company and elected to its board, Frank Ciminelli said. The youn…

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The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York didn't have a prayer at this week's Buffalo Preservation Board meeting. The city agency dealt a blow Thursday to a controversial proposal to convert most of the former Ascension Church in Buffalo into senior housing, voting down the plan that would have brought 28 new apartments to the longtime religious building. The board's…

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Homebuilder Essex Homes has completed the third phase of its newest luxury patio home project in Clarence, as it prepares to move into the final stage of the development. The developer has added 22 lots to the existing Essex Greens at Waterford project, including five that are currently under contract and under construction. That added another $10 million to the overall…

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Pointman announced their most recent hire, Debra Spearing as the vice president of Human Resources. Spearing plans to use her expertise to develop new training initiatives within Pointman’s company.

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Pointman announced Jennifer Hillman has joined the company as the vice president of Marketing. She plans to broaden marketing efforts and expand the marketing team.

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Pointman announced that Charu Kalluri has joined their team as the vice president of product. She will use her experience in engineering and marketing in her new role to streamline product new release goals and timelines.

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Robert Healy, director of veterans services at Niagara University, has been named vice president of the New York State Advisory Council on Military Education. Its goal is to promote and support quality education programs that are available to military-aligned students and Department of Defense civilians stationed in New York state.

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Gastroenterology Associates announced that Dr. Craig Keller has joined the practice. Dr. Keller received his undergraduate degree as well as completed his residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship programs at the University of Buffalo.

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Gastroenterology Associates announced that Dr. Benjamin Schaus has joined the practice. A Canisius College graduate, he received his medical education at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a community-based Osteopathic Gastroenterology fellowship at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA.

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Alanna Burt was named major gifts officer at Niagara University. Burt most recently spent time as a senior annual giving officer with the University at Buffalo. She has also held positions at Ontario College of Art and Design, McMaster and Cornell universities.

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Claire Crean was named major gifts officer at Niagara University. Crean comes to Niagara after 10 years with the March of Dimes in the positions of executive director of market development, division director and community director.

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David Greenman joined Niagara University as its associate vice president of institutional advancement. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College.

It’s not exactly Grand Central Terminal, but the newsstand scheduled to open in January will offer a Manhattan touch to a Metro Rail stop opening in Allen-Medical Campus Station. Grab and Go Newsstands Inc. will offer newspapers, coffee, sandwiches, cappucinos, protein shakes and more at a street level stand inside the new station at the base of the $375 million Unive…

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The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, parent company of Hospice Buffalo, welcomed Roseann McAnulty as chief operations officer. McAnulty’s role will begin with oversight of all non-clinical operations and evolve with time.