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Zara opened at Walden Galleria last week in a huge, double-level space near Dick’s Sporting Goods. When the news was first announced that the Spanish fast-fashion retailer was coming, people lost their dang minds. The store is known for its constantly changing inventory of cutting-edge clothing and accessories for men, women, kids and babies at affordable prices. Whi…

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Four renowned writers – including Jesmyn Ward, the first woman to win two National Book Awards, and George Saunders, the acclaimed author of "Lincoln in the Bardo" – will be in Buffalo as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center's 2018-2019 BABEL series. "Ten years ago, when we started, people weren't sure that we could sustain a literary series that focused on such serious…

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  Extra-point games will be offered at all games next week at Bridge Club Meridian, the Bridge Center of Buffalo and the Airport Bridge Club. The Airport Club has no extra fee. *  *  * Bridge Club Meridian has moved from its longtime venue at the Zion Church in the Town of Tonawanda to facilities at 209 S. Youngs Road, Amherst. Games are held every Monday at 10:3…

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Bulbs have been on my mind all week. Last Friday I was in Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, where about 5 million tulips and other bulbs provide breathtaking plantings over a 70-acre park. This year’s theme: The Romance of Flowers. Five indoor pavilions provide education on tulip history and science as well as exciting plant introductions. If you love flowers, this …

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This house in the Linwood neighborhood has been many things – private home, hair salon, dental offices, nursery school – but its bones have remained strong and its personality intriguing. So much so that current resident Erin St. John Kelly refers to the house not as an “it” but as a “she.” “I think of this house as my old lady friend,” said Kelly, who moved to Buffa…

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Have you heard the term “keeping room”? If you checked out our latest Home of the Week on BuffaloNews.com, you saw one. There is a keeping room in the East Aurora home of Arno and Susan Tapani. Photos of the interior and exterior of their house appear on our weekly online feature. We won’t mind if you call it a sitting area or even a small family room. But this extensio…

YOUNG ADULT Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert; Hyperion, 368 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of William C. Morris Award-finalist "Conviction," has written a poignant, unforgettable novel, told through the eyes of 18-year-old Danny Cheng, the son of Chinese immigrants and a gifted artist. Danny and his friends Henry Wong and Regina…

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If you exercise regularly and are diagnosed with cancer, chances are that you'll live longer as a result. If you don't exercise and are diagnosed with cancer, chances are you'll live longer if you start – or die sooner otherwise. A researcher shared these findings – culled from a long-term observational study of nearly 6,000 patients at Roswell Park Comprehensive Can…

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Western New York Hosta Society will hold its spring meeting at 2 p.m. April 22 at the East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Photographer Jim Charlier will present “Garden Photos: Grow Your Know-How.” Pick up some tips and techniques for improving your garden photo skills. All welcome; free admission. Refreshments. Hamburg House and Garden Club will hold …

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Few have written more eloquently about abuses of authority than Junot Díaz. He took it on in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," a withering critique of American imperialism embedded in a story of aspiration and brutality. He faced it down from many directions in his short story collections "Drown," from 1996, and "This Is How Your Lo…

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Arno and Susan Tapani bought their home in East Aurora in 2001. They worked with Patricia Bailey of Bailey & Harris Architects to renovate and enlarge it while preserving the home’s historical architectural design. The couple raised three daughters - now ages 16, 18 and 21 - in this five-bedroom, five-bath home. Arno Tapani is a manufacturing engineer at Hamburg-bas…

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The Lackawanna Public Library – just four years shy of turning 100 – was the last Carnegie Library built of more than 1,650 libraries constructed in the United States by the Carnegie Foundation. And like some grande dames, the Colonial Revival building is due for a facelift. Thanks to more than $1.56 million in New York State library construction funding, Lackawanna'…