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I am the Discount Diva. I should not be wasting food. Yet I do. A lot. And whether it’s slimy turkey or mealy tomatoes, nothing makes me feel guiltier than putting food in the garbage. Turns out, I’m just a small contributor to a $165 billion food waste problem in this country. Growing food and getting it to your fridge takes 10 percent of the country’s tota…

Leaders at the City Mission in 2014 unveiled a dream expansion that would have tripled the size of its East Tupper Street headquarters and created room for 184 emergency shelter beds. But after three years of fits and starts, the project didn't get off the ground. Now, the City Mission is pursuing a scaled-back, $15.1 million plan to construct a four-story complex an…

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…

Jim Glassman has a wide-ranging curiosity, and he puts his knowledge to work as managing director and head economist for commercial banking at JPMorgan Chase. Glassman moves easily from talking about energy prices to manufacturing to the presidential election. Just about anything can influence the economy, so he keeps tabs on it all. Sometimes he comes face-to-face w…

Tesla Inc. plans to start taking orders in April for the solar roof shingles that it will begin making at its South Buffalo solar panel factory later this year, Elon Musk said Friday. Tesla unveiled four different designs for solar shingles at an event in Hollywood last October, but the electric vehicle maker still has not disclosed pricing details. The roof product is …

Habitat Buffalo wants to encourage more women to play a role in construction. The local nonprofit homebuilding organization wants to engage women to learn construction fields and participate in building homes. Habitat Buffalo has previously built homes with all-female teams. But this spring, it will participate for the first time in the national Habitat for Humanit…

A Miami-based general contractor and construction firm that works closely with national retailers has acquired a former Krispy Kreme store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda that is now occupied by Vitamin Shoppe, one of its clients. Frontier Building Corp. paid $1.62 million to acquire the 0.75-acre property at 1250 Niagara Falls Blvd. from Ronald D.…

As Sumitomo Rubber USA prepares for the first phase of a major expansion of its Tonawanda tire plant, company officials are asking for sales and property tax breaks to assist the costly project. A subsidiary of the Japanese company has applied to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for an incentive package that includes $245,000 in sales tax breaks on materi…

When it comes to technology jobs, the Buffalo Niagara region still is one of the industry’s backwaters. That’s a problem, because employment in the technology sector across the country is booming, growing roughly three times faster than the overall pace of U.S. job growth. Even worse, at a time of such rapid growth nationwide, the Buffalo Niagara region’s techn…

Labor activist Bill Fletcher Jr. will speak at the annual meeting of the Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, at 9 a.m. Saturday at the UAW Region 9 hall in Amherst. Fletcher will focus his remarks on the Trump administration's impact on labor issues and democracy. "We brought him in because we think he is one of the leading voices on these questions," said …

Roswell Park Cancer Institute's director of diversity and inclusion has been honored with a Global Diversity Leadership Award by the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, India. David Scott was recognized for expanding career opportunities for people from underserved groups and for enhancing the culture of inclusion at Roswell Park. In his role at Roswell, Scott is dedic…

The owners of the Tri-Main Center on Main Street are getting ready to start the second phase of redeveloping the nearby former Phoenix Frontier building, after successfully completing and leasing out the first part of a $4.5 million project. Tri-Main Development LLC is seeking approval from the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday to renovate a three-story building at 45 Je…

Gibraltar Industries has promoted Timothy Murphy to replace the retiring Kenneth Smith as chief financial officer of the Hamburg-based building products manufacturer. Murphy, 53, has worked at Gibraltar since 2004 and has been its treasurer since 2013. Before that, he was a senior manager at accounting firm KPMG. He has a bachelor's degree and a master's in business adm…

Patients admitted to Roswell Park Cancer Institute now receive comfort kits to help improve their stay. It's the first time that Roswell has offered such kits to inpatients during the admission process. The kits include a toiletry bag to hold the patient's personal items, ear plugs, earphones for television or computer, a sleep mask, notepad and pens, mints, and natu…

Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 single-family and patio homes on 57 acres off New Road in East Amherst, according to an application filed with the town Planning Department. The development requires Town Board approval to rezone 49 acres of the site, which near where the Lockport Expressway ends at Millersport Highway and just west of Ransom Oaks and the Glen…