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Get on your marks, shoppers. The big day is almost here. Never before has Black Friday been so scattered and segmented. The official kickoff to the holiday shopping season begins on Thanksgiving at some stores, on Friday in others. Some stores open before dinner, some open after dinner, and some don't open on Thanksgiving at all. Some stores will open on Thanksgiving, c…

If you are a patient or visitor at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, don't expect to park anymore in the Michigan Avenue/Goodrich  Street parking ramp. The MIGO parking garage at 134 High St., with 2,036 spaces, is returning to employee and student parking, said Kari Root Bonaro, spokeswoman for Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. , the nonprofit organizaton that ove…

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After nearly two years of uncertainty, Weinberg Campus agreed Wednesday to sell the majority of its main nursing home and senior care complex in Amherst to Post Acute Partners, the operators of Elderwood. The two companies earlier in the day signed a formal sale agreement. Post Acute will take over and continue to operate the Weinberg facilities at 2700 North Forest Roa…

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A one-acre lot across the Niagara River from Goat Island has become the first acquisition under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to buy vacant properties in Niagara Falls and open them to redevelopment. USA Niagara Development Corp. intends to seek proposals from developers and does not plan to hold onto the lot at 305 Buffalo Ave. for more than two years. USA Niagara, th…

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If you think your apartment rent is gobbling up a lot of your income in Buffalo, you aren't just crying foul. According to a unique new report by Apartment List, an online national rental marketplace, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Buffalo - $890 per month - is roughly equivalent to what you'd spend on 14.3 Thanksgiving dinners. The firm's new Turkey …

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After the hoopla of Black Friday, local businesses want shoppers to stop in and the City of Tonawanda will be making it easy to shop local on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Where else can you shop for a snake, browse for antique books, stop for a drink, meet a favorite pro wrestler and then watch some boxing? ExoticCreations, a reptile and amphibian shop, opened i…

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Another coffee vendor with a local flavor will perk its roasted beans on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus soon. Golden Cup Coffee Co. will be the exclusive coffee offered in the cafe of University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building when it opens in January to students, the university confirmed. The university also serves Golden …

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KeyBank is moving its Newfane branch — just one tenth of a mile up Main Street. Key plans to relocate the branch to 2700 Main St. from 2743 Main St. on Jan. 22, said Matthew Pitts, a Key spokesman. No jobs will be cut as a result of the change. Key is moving into what was a Bank of America branch until it closed in 2016. Before that, the building was a Fl…

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Norstar Development wants to start work next spring on the second phase of its redevelopment of the low-income Shoreline or Waterfront apartment complex, after it got the final go-ahead from a key city agency Monday. Company officials still have to finalize a package of state financing for the $45 million project, before demolition can begin on the old structures. But …

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Hispanics United will finally get to build its new senior-housing project on Buffalo's West Side. After several months of hearings and revisions, the Buffalo Planning Board backed the nonprofit group's proposal, in conjunction with Acacia Inc., to construct the 46-unit La Plaza Senior Residences on four parcels of vacant residential land on Virginia Street. The prop…

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You've heard it all before. Black Friday isn't what it used to be. The deals aren't as great. People would rather shop online than brave the crowds. Sales start as early as August, dampening shopper enthusiasm. And stores open on Thanksgiving, stealing Friday's thunder. But in Buffalo Niagara, Black Friday has changed in another important way: it's no longer a magnet fo…

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The Welland Canal will close for the season on Dec. 31, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. said. The canal's navigation season began March 20, tying a record set in 2007 for the earliest opening date. Through October, the amount of cargo shipped on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which includes the Welland Canal, was up 34 percent from the same period in 2016. The in…

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Boulevard Mall will hold "sensory-friendly" visits with Santa Claus for children with special needs. It will provide time with Santa in a more calm environment, which is less stressful for children with special needs such as those on the autism spectrum. The special hours will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 3. Photo packages w…

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CSX Transportation has put the brakes on a plan to reduce rail service to General Mills' Buffalo plant, according to two elected officials. CSX this week had planned to cut back its service to the cereal and flour plant to once a day, instead of twice a day. For now, the railroad will maintain its twice-daily service. "We are glad CSX has been so responsive to our ca…