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Western New York's burgeoning medical campus and busy hospital systems offer an upbeat image of the region. But there's another side to the story of the region's health, and it isn't so positive. Cattaraugus, Niagara and Chautauqua rank among the five unhealthiest of New York state's 62 counties, according to an annual ranking of health outcomes by the nonprofit Robe…

Get your sweet tooth ready. Yotality Frozen Yogurt and Custard will give away free yogurt, custard and gelato Monday to celebrate five years in business. Customers can fill their cup with four ounces of frozen dessert and toppings for free Monday from open until close at all locations. Store hours vary. The offering includes new flavors such as Crème Brulee gelato; Cho…

Frank Budwey, owner of Budwey's Market, was born to be a grocer. His grandmother started the family's first grocery store in 1925. More than four decades later, just as his widowed mother was about to give up on the failing business, Frank took the helm and turned the ship around. He was just 23 years old and fresh out of the Army, but was mentored by another grocer. Ov…

Officials gathered on a gravel-and-grass-covered patch of land at Canalside on Wednesday to mark a major milestone: the beginning of construction on a $27 million project to move the region's children's museum to the waterfront. "This project is going to be game-changing for our region," said David McNamara, chairman of the Explore & More capital campaign. http:/…

A transplant surgeon-turned-developer is seeking the final approvals he needs to move forward with an 18-unit, upscale apartment complex in East Amherst. Dr. Fadi Dagher plans to put up a two-story, multifamily building at 9150 Transit Road, just north of the Transit Valley Country Club and next to Grover's Bar & Grill. All but two would be two-bedroom units, rangin…

The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate rose to 5.9 percent in February as a wave of retirements among the Baby Boomers left fewer local workers holding jobs, the state Labor Department reported Tuesday. Even with the modest increase in joblessness, the local unemployment rate remained below 6 percent during February for just the third time in the last 15 years. "These…

Sears has shuttered its stores in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. The company had announced in December that the closings of the stores and their related auto centers would take place by mid-April, and the stores have conducted liquidation sales since January. The closings leave large holes in the two shopping centers that the ma…

The Buffalo City Mission won approval Monday from the Buffalo Planning Board for its $15.1 million proposal to construct a new four-story complex in downtown Buffalo to house its growing operations. The nonprofit, together with McGuire Development Group, plans to erect a new 74,138-square-foot facility on its current parking lot at 90 E. Tupper St. and then demolish i…

The remaining commercial building of the former Shea's Seneca Theatre will get a new lease on life. The Buffalo Planning Board Monday night approved developer Jake Schneider's $9 million adaptive-reuse proposal to renovate the two-story building at 2178 Seneca St. into a mixed-use facility. Plans call for 21 apartments, a new 136-seat black-box theatre for Second Gen…

Two weeks after signalling their readiness to approve a major project on Jefferson Avenue, the Buffalo Planning Board formalized its support Monday for People Inc. and two development partners to construct a pair of new apartment buildings just north of the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion. The social services nonprofit is working with Nick Sinatra and…

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a proposal by the owners of the Tri-Main Center on Main Street in Buffalo to finish their $4.5 million redevelopment of the nearby former Phoenix Frontier building into a mixed-use project. Plans by Tri-Main Development LLC call for renovating the three-story building at 45 Jewett Parkway, at the corner of Halbert Street, wi…

Is it an E.B. Green house or isn't it? That's the question that keeps haunting a demolition request by the nonprofit Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. organization to tear down a small portion of the former Osmose Holdings complex on the northern edge of the Medical Campus. Some preservationists believe a brick home connected in a web of buildings on the site was d…

The Buffalo Preservation Board has given its approval for demolishing a deteriorating Allentown building as long as its façade is kept intact. Owner May Wong had sought to demolish the two-story, red-brick building at 15 Allen St., but the board's approval last week hinged on leaving the front wall standing to remain part of a streetscape that preservationists are vig…

Three buildings in the city's Fruit Belt neighborhood have cleared the initial hurdle to become part of a proposed High Street Historic District. The High Street deli, a run-down Civil-War era former doctor's office and home and a Baptist church that dates to about 1875 would make up their own local historic district. The buildings are on a short block between Maple a…