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Court documents that have been kept secret in the legal fight between law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes will soon be unsealed, State Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes stated Monday afternoon. Ruling on a request made by The Buffalo News, the New York Daily News and the New York Post, Chimes said she now agrees that the complaint filed last month…

Another former First Niagara Bank branch is off the market. Financial Trust Federal Credit Union paid $525,000 for an ex-First Niagara branch at 6520 Webster Road in Orchard Park, near the intersection with North Buffalo Road, according to county records. It was among 22 First Niagara and KeyBank branches in Western New York that closed late last year, after Key fi…

Several months after a dispute over payments led to a suspension of activity, workers have resumed cleanup of the former AM&A's Department Store in downtown Buffalo, in preparation for converting the complex into a Wyndham hotel by early next year. The New York City-based owners of the mammoth building brought in a local construction veteran to take over the redevel…

Two different companies have voluntarily recalled chicken products this week. California-based Overhill Farms has recalled 54,630 after learning some customers have found pieces of bone in its chicken bites. The chicken was packaged in Yummy Spoonfuls children's frozen meals as well as organic chicken products sold under the Overhill Farms brand. Maxi Canada, headqua…

Five start-ups will compete for a $20,000 top prize at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the University at Buffalo's Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo, at Hotel Henry in Buffalo. The companies – GapGrid, NanoHydroChem, Rachel's Remedy, HigherMe and WeDidIt – will pitch for five minutes each and have an additional five minutes to answer questions. Also, 16 presenters …

The Walden Galleria will hold a security lock down drill at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The drill is aimed at preparing employees for possible emergencies. It's performed by mall security and the Cheektowaga Police Department. The mall performs such drills quarterly. They're held during regular mall hours to simulate a more realistic environment. The drills make sure th…

It was a scene that some members of the Amherst Planning Board had trouble processing. Neighbors of a planned development on Sweet Home Road had spent months criticizing the project. But at this month's board meeting, a handful of residents told the board the modifications made by developer Robert A. Savarino to address their concerns had changed their minds about the p…

A Buffalo nonprofit agency that runs health clinics has bought a long-vacant former supermarket in Blasdell and converted it into its fourth Buffalo Niagara location. Neighborhood Health Center, formerly the Northwest Buffalo Community Health Care Center on Lawn Avenue, paid $1.1 million to buy the 34,898-square-foot retail store at 4233 Lake Ave. Formerly a Super Duper…

A West Seneca apartment building has changed hands, after a family living in both Depew and West Seneca purchased the Harlem Road property from its Elma owner. Vincent Croglio of Depew, through Keenaco Inc., and LNC Properties of West Seneca, registered to the home of Nicholas D. and Laura A. Croglio, paid $1.4 million to buy the complex at 875-899 Harlem from David Mor…

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 …

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…

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 •…