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AKRON• 11 Chestnut, Jennifer Zaleski to William James Campbell; James W. Campbell, $172,500.ALDEN• 13402 North Road, Geraldine M. Casey; Richard F. Casey to James A. Fortin; Regina C. Fortin, $220,500.AMHERST Highest price: $367,900 Average price: $190,315 Median price: $180,000 Number of Sales: 36• 19 Mission Drive, Russell J. Salvatore to Michael J. Rea, $367,900.• 54 R…

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HSBC Bank USA executives say the bank’s $35 million capital investment in its Buffalo-area facilities reinforces its commitment to the region.HSBC is pouring money into an overhaul of the Atrium office building downtown, next door to the First Niagara Center, and into leased space at its sprawling former mortgage facility on Walden Avenue in Depew.“What we’re talking about…

Moog Inc. has sold Ethox Medical, a Buffalo-based medical devices company, as it considers whether to sell the rest of its medical devices business segment.The Elma-based motion control equipment maker sold Ethox for an undisclosed amount to Dempsey Ventures, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based private equity firm that focuses on health care products. Moog said the sale would gene…

The Great Recession has done many bad things to many people. But perhaps one aftermath that has been beneficial is the increase in multigenerational households. Their numbers expanded from 2007 to 2009 – the recession years – to a record 51.4 million people, according to the Pew Research Center.“Starting right after World War II, the extended family household fell out of f…

Willing to splurge for a tasty frozen treat? Then look no further than Haagen-Dazs. The famed ice cream maker edged out the competition in recent taste tests of vanilla frozen yogurts and butter pecan ice creams that were performed by ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. ShopSmart’s top picks for chocolate and vanilla ice creams have rem…

LOCKPORT – Diversified Manufacturing, which has begun a nearly $5 million expansion of its metal fabricating plant, was approved for assistance from two Niagara County agencies last week.The Niagara County Development Corp., an arm of the county Industrial Development Agency, approved a $400,000, seven-year loan to the company, located on Ohio Street in Lockport.And Empowe…

WHEATFIELD – The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency may vote in August on changes in its policy on local hiring by recipients of tax breaks, and on rules barring undocumented immigrants from working on IDA-assisted projects.However, Stephen F. Brady, chairman of the governance committee of the IDA board, and the agency’s attorney, Mark J. Gabriele, raised concern…

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It’s the first thing budget advisers tell you to cut if you want to save money: take-out coffee.But for many Western New Yorkers, skipping our on-the-go specialty joe is simply not a sacrifice we’re willing to make.“Just like money has different meanings to different people, coffee means different things to everyone who drinks it,” said Amy Jo Lauber of Lauber Financial Pl…

I’ve been changing diapers for two years, seven months and 20 days straight.OK, that’s not true. My husband and I got a roughly month-long respite between the time Chloe started potty training and the time Sloane was born.Still, that’s a lot of dang diapers. And we’ve got another 10 months to go before we can even think about ditching them for good.But do you know what I h…

More than a year after regulators cracked down on Wall Street’s flawed home foreclosure procedures, authorities are stepping up pressure on debt collectors over a flood of lawsuits rife with unsupported allegations against delinquent credit card holders.State and federal regulators are increasingly alarmed that banks and debt collectors appear to be using faulty records in…

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Once used mostly to move luxury cars, leasing has reached record levels, helped by easing credit restrictions and a move downmarket.Leases on Jaguars and BMWs remain plentiful, but the most-leased cars in America are now the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata, according to Experian Automotive, an arm of the consumer credit-rating company.Consumers g…

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Tech companies have made hundreds of gadgets and applications for smartphone-addicted teenagers and young professionals. But now, there’s technology just for grandparents.New online and mobile services to help aging adults live alone in their own homes and ease the burden on their caregivers are cropping up. From in-home sensors that monitor when a senior leaves the house …

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Ryan Mathys spent weeks prospecting.He drove up and down the little avenue in Solana Beach, Calif., taking notes and knocking on doors. He scoured public records. He blanketed the seaside neighborhood in northern San Diego County with inquiries.All the detective work had a dollars-and-cents purpose: to find homes the owners would be willing to sell.Housing prices in many m…

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WASHINGTON – Consumers and companies are starting to act as if the economic expansion is here to stay.Purchases of new homes jumped in May to a five-year high, while business investment plans improved for a third straight month, figures from the Commerce Department showed last week. The last time households were this confident was in January 2008, according to another repo…

Last fall, it looked like the fate of the crumbling Erie Freight House along the Buffalo River could turn into a nasty fight between a local developer and preservationists.Today, it's looking like the Erie Freight House could stand as a shining example of how a developer and local preservationists can work together to make a project better.“It shows what coming together an…