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Student engineers from the University at Buffalo will soon help troubleshoot a solar mystery on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Why did parking lot lights powered by wind and sun stop working? Four years ago, the nonprofit organization that coordinates infrastructure and other services on the Medical Campus installed new lights in one of its parking lots on…

There will be two job fairs to staff seasonal positions within Canalside Management Group. CMG was recently appointed manager of Canalside. The company will also seek small, women- and minority-owned businesses to partner with on the waterfront. Open positions include cashiers, line cooks, bartenders, bar backs, concession cashiers and bar pourers. Staffers will work e…

Allentown sidewalks, benches and and bike racks will get their own logo when the city completes the $7.5 million redesign and overhaul of the neighborhood streetscape. New street furniture, bicycle racks, garbage receptacles – and even concrete in some key intersections crossing Allen – will contain the Allentown Association logo. "What will be unique about a…

Greg Liberto isn’t a psychologist – but as a sports performance coach, he’s still able to put the Buffalo Bills and Sabres players on a metaphorical couch to try to sum up their playoff droughts. “Once you have a professional team that believes in itself, even if they don’t have a much talent as other teams, that belief can take you further,” Liberto said as…

Who says kids don't read comic books anymore? Pulp 716, an independent comics shop in Lockport, has signed a lease to open a second location on Webster Street in North Tonawanda. "We love the 'Main Street, America' feel of Webster Street," said Jay Bérent, who owns the store with wife Amy. "With the historical Riviera Theatre, all the small shops and families walkin…

The first phase of a new residential development where Central Park Plaza once stood has cleared another hurdle on its way through the approval process. The city's Zoning Board of Appeals granted variances that allow the project developers - now dubbed Highland Park Village  - to avoid putting up a six-foot fence to screen the parking area on the northern side of Chal…

A plan to construct up to 80 homes on a sprawling piece of vacant land in East Amherst came under fire from neighbors but cleared the first hurdle Thursday night at the town Planning Board. The board voted 5-1 to recommend rezoning 49 acres of the 57-acre property on New Road near Millersport Highway, from suburban agricultural to residential, to make way for by Natale …

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services vaulted into the No. 1 position in Western New York home sales after the Pittsburgh-based firm purchased RealtyUSA last year. That followed its earlier acquisition of Rochester's Nothnagle Realtors, which brought the firm into New York only a year earlier. Merle Whitehead had built RealtyUSA into the biggest independent brokerage acros…

By Jashonda Williams – Contributing Writer Although the health of our environment impacts us all, not everyone is concerned about it. There’s still lot of work to be done spreading awareness and importance of a sustainable environment. Earth Week – which has taken place this week and culminates with Earth Day on Saturday – has been a tradition at the Universi…

EmergenceTek Group, a software development company, has opened its national headquarters in Lafayette Square's Brisbane Building. Founded in 2012, the company has 30 employees. It has vowed to create 40 new high-tech jobs over the next five years in exchange for $500,000 in tax credits through the Empire State Development Corp. The company offers business solutions s…

National Fuel Gas Co.'s delivery rates will rise by 2 percent in May after state regulators on Thursday granted the Amherst natural gas utility its first rate increase in nine years. The  $5.9 million rate hike approved by the state Public Service Commission was 86 percent less than National Fuel had requested last year and more than $3 million less than a state admini…

Heading into this week, Justin Jacobs was a dissident shareholder arguing for a shakeup at Ecology & Environment. At lunchtime on Thursday, Jacobs was heading into his first board meeting at the environmental services company's Lancaster headquarters as one of two new directors backed by the activist Connecticut investment firm where Jacobs is a managing partner. …

Hiring cooled a bit in the Buffalo Niagara region during March, but it remained fairly robust by local standards. The region added 5,100 jobs during March, buoyed by a flurry of hiring by local health care and social assistance firms, as well as temporary help agencies, the state Labor Department said Thursday. The region added jobs at a 0.9 percent annual pace durin…

By the time you read this, Julie Molloy already will be settled in Paris, beginning one of the more unusual worker enrichment and training initiatives in the Buffalo Niagara region. Molloy, a designer at Buffalo branding and strategy agency Block Club, is spending the next six weeks in Paris. It's not a vacation. She'll be working from her temporary home away from ho…