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After several sessions before a court-appointed mediator, battling law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes have made no progress toward patching up their differences, sources on both sides of the case told The Buffalo News. Attorneys for Cellino and Barnes were scheduled to appear in court Monday to give a progress report to State Supreme Court Justice D…

Dew drops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Mud masks and Band-Aids and bulbs without strings. Here are a few of my favorite things: • Blue Sky Wireless Light Bulb. Yeah, I know, leave it to me to get excited about a light bulb. But hear me out. This thing is awesome. It’s not just a light bulb. It’s a dance party wai…

As recoveries go, the rebound from the Great Recession has gone pretty well for the Buffalo Niagara region. Our job growth since the recession ended in 2009 has averaged 0.7 percent a year. That’s not tremendous by any stretch of the imagination, but the prolonged expansion has pushed the number of jobs in the Buffalo Niagara region to an all-time high and driven the …

The following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Feb. 3, 2017. CAMBRIA • 3832 Upper Mountain Road, Sarah L. Galassi; David C. Hodgkinson; Jennifer D. Smith to Eric Roberts; Victoria Wagner, $159,900. GASPORT • 8855 Pearson Road, Chad T. Jamieson; Kathleen N. Jamieson to Floyd …

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Jan. 27, 2017. CAMBRIA • 4152 Lower Mountain Road, Bronze Creek Title Trust 2013-Npl1 /att; Christiana Trust -Tr/att; Rushmore Loan Management Services; Wilmington Savings Fund Society Fsb -Tr/att to Robert Wray, $61,000. LEWISTON •…

The following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending May 19, 2017. AKRON • 15 Madison, Donnal D. Folger to Mary E. Palizay, $140,000. • 36 Front St., Ruth Fiorello to Timothy C. Pietrowski; Jessica Smith, $120,000. ALDEN • 13332 Maple Ridge Road, Constance T. Rutkowski to Scott E.…

The following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Feb. 10, 2017. CAMBRIA • Plank Road, Kathleen I. Bucolo; Charles J. Stephanski; Dorothy F. Stephanski to Jennifer J. Jurczak, $160,000. LEWISTON • 1137 Elliott Drive, Adrienne M. Brynsk; Adrienne Wolf; Adrienne M. Wolf to Pennym…

Jan. 24, 1924 – June 18, 2017 Jay H. Wattles Jr., longtime president and chairman of the board of the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, grew up in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood and had a passion for golf that began when he was a boy, playing with his father on the course in Delaware Park. Mr. Wattles was a low-handicap golfer as an adult and a member of the U.S. Go…

Jason Mendola and his wife, Abbi, became interested in kayaking about a decade ago during a trip to Central America. “We were on an excursion in Guatemala. We were kayaking and wondered, ‘How come we’ve never done this at home?’ When I came back, I did what everybody else does: went to a sporting goods store, bought the cheapest boat imaginable, got out on the B…

While Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority fees charged to ride-hailing companies' customers at Buffalo's airport are new, taxis have been paying for access to the Buffalo airport for years. So have parking lot shuttles, limousines and other ground transportation companies. The taxi company with exclusive rights to pick up fares at Buffalo Niagara International …

Five Star Bank's parent company has added a prominent Buffalo media leader to its board of directors. Donald K. Boswell, 65, the president and CEO of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, was elected at the annual meeting of Financial Institutions  in Warsaw this week. Boswell serves on the board of New Era Cap, and previously served on the board o…

The Kmart store at 2801 W. State St. in Olean is the latest casualty of retail downsizing. The store will close in mid-September, according to its parent company Sears Holdings. The store will begin a liquidation sale Thursday "We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable sto…

The Queen City Pop Up's latest iteration is now open for business. This year's retailers are Baskets by Ms. Regina, which sells themed gift baskets; specialty food retailer Najah Sauces and Ten Thousand Villages, which sells fair-trade housewares, jewelry and accessories from around the world. The temporary local market is located at 403 Main St. across from Lafayette S…

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has reached separate deals with Uber and Lyft, which will allow both ride-hailing services to pick up and drop off passengers traveling to and from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. NFTA officials Friday said an agreement in principle was reached with Uber. Under the agree…

Philip Wilcox, a local labor leader who has been actively involved with energy issues for many years, has been named to the state Public Service Commission. Wilcox, a business representative for Local 97 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, was confirmed this week by the state Senate. He is the only Western New Yorker on the commission and the f…