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The favorite techie toys under my tree aren't always the  most expensive; they can be the silliest.    Like the combination USB hub/cup warmer that I still use. Granted, they were on sale for less than any other USB hub ($2.99 in the closeout bin at a large office supply store a couple of years ago); that's how it ended up under the tree.    An…

Three very different proposals have been submitted to build housing on the last remaining site overlooking Buffalo's Erie Basin Marina.    One plan calls for 60 to 70 condos in a high-rise tower on the city-owned land; another calls for 26-units housed in a combination of mid-rise and townhouse structures, priced from $250,000 to nearly $800,000. A third option …

The completion of the sale of Tops Markets from Ahold to Morgan Stanley Private Equity brings the chain back to stand-alone status, something it has not had since it became part of Ahold's network of chains in 1991. Tops' new ownership is pledging to add more stores, invest in existing stores and bring more of a local focus to the operations. The prospect of more Tops stor…

With a voice sometimes dipping into his native New England accent, JohnRatzenberger argued the case for making things, with one's hands.    "If we had to build the twin towers today, it would all be foreign steel," he said.    During a meeting in Buffalo, the actor-turned-manufacturing-advocateargued that communities lose more than paychecks…

   The billboard for the Holimont ski club says "Play Hooky at Holimont"and shows a man in a tie skiing in deep powder. The pitch is clever:The private ski club is open to non-members during the week, so whynot cut out of work and strap on the boards?    Unfortunately, the billboard stands directly across from the Ellicottville schools. &nbs…

With the Thanksgiving weekend fast-approaching, the time has come todown plates of turkey and get serious about holiday shopping.    National retail forecasts indicate the economic pressures of higher fuel prices and mortgage market troubles will put a damper on gift-buying.But locally, shoppers are saying they won't let economic malaise get in theway of their p…

It's a technological twist on the old question: Is there such a thing as a free lunch?    Local Subway shops are sending out coupons via text messages. Sign up, and a message delivered to your cell phone entitles you to a freebie.    Your sign-up also entitles Subway to send you further come-ons, unless you opt out of the system.    The san…

What are you going to do? The price of a gallon of regular gas in the Buffalo region has gone up 75 cents in the last year, and you know it's only going to continue rising in the long run. But you still need to drive. One of the beauties of our region is being able to get around quickly. Some call Buffalo a "20-minute city" because we can drive almost anywher…

  Feeling creative?    Threadless.com allows artists to enter their own ideas and designs to beprinted on T-shirts. The winning designs are then printed and the artist receivesup to $2,000 in cash and prizes.   This site is always fresh and constantly looking for new ideas. If you're not theartistic type, but like expressing yourself, check out th…

If you've been thinking about a new furnace, or figuring that your hot water tank was just about due to burst, there's never been a better time to replace them.    Thanks to rebates available to all National Fuel Gas Co. customers, including thosewho buy their gas from an energy marketing company, rebates of up to $400 are available on the purchase on new furnac…

   Bedsheet "ghosts" won't do any more for Halloween scarefests.    Casper the Friendly Ghost is too tame for fright fans who want something bolder each year to scare the yell out of them.    Haunted houses must be jam packed with highly sophisticated special effects and Disney-like illusions. Both locally and nationally, operators…

  When 17-year-old Anna Kinderman takes a turn too fast or jams the brakes too hard, she apologizes aloud even when no one else is in the car.    "Sorry, Dad," she says, looking up at the camera mounted on the rear-view mirror.    Several United States auto insurers have begun offering in-car cameras or global positioning equipment to h…

WUFO-AM on Wednesday hosted its Minority Business Recognition Day and Job Fair, one of several job fairs held around the region designed to match employers with potential workers. The unemployment figures for the region for August showed the jobless rate for the region was relatively low, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Some who attend job fairs already are employe…

This week's closing of the tiny X-Cel Produce market/deli at 244 Elmwood Ave., in Buffalo, has left more than a few city residents and workers hungry for lunch and the acerbic wit of owner John Darowz.    Darowz, who with his wife, Linda, ran the shop for 25 years, called it quits citing rising operational costs which outpaced revenues, and the stress of the cou…

Buffalo Niagara's home sales in September were down 3 percent from a year ago, according to the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors. While that wasn't positive news for real estate agents, the existing home sales market still is showing more signs of stability than many parts of the country that are enduring steeper dropoffs.With three months of home sales figures stil…