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If you searched Buffalo for someone highly qualified to write cold case murder mysteries, you would have a hard time finding an author who fills the bill better than Lissa Marie Redmond. Redmond is a former member of the Buffalo Police Cold Cases Squad who retired in 2015. Now, instead of investigating cold case murder mysteries, she writes about them. Her first myst…

YOUNG ADULT A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi; Philomel, 276 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... From foreign correspondent and award-winning journalist Atia Abawi comes a shattering, heart-rending, page-turner of a novel of the Syrian refugee crisis through the journey of a Syrian teenager named Tareq. With swift, sure strokes, in just a few pages, Abawi p…

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Mark and Gretchen Laskowski bought their East Amherst home in spring 2001. They have a daughter, Zoe, and two dogs, Finn and Tucker. Here is what Gretchen Laskowski wrote for the News’ Home of the Week online feature: “In 1999-2000, my husband Mark and I spent many weekends looking for a new home for our family, mostly in the Southtowns, but nothing was catching our …

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Rose McGowan read from her memoir "Brave" last week in Manhattan's Union Square Barnes and Noble. Her book, among other things, touches upon her troubled childhood as the daughter of Children of God parents and her emancipation from them at 15. Of course, it deals, too, with her subsequent alienation from Hollywood and the abuses she's suffered. After the actress and…

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Lackawanna sixth-graders explore the topics of pollution and responsible water usage at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The educational program "Not a Drop to Drink" will allow middle-school students to build a terrarium and tour greenhouses while they learn how to prevent pollution. On a mini-tour of the gardens, students will explore the ways plants …

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The Bridge Center of Buffalo, the Airport Bridge Club and the Lockport Duplicate Bridge Club take part in the ACBL-wide International Fund Game today, Saturday, Feb. 3. It begins at noon at the Bridge Center and the Airport Club, at 1 p.m. in Lockport. There will be hand analysis booklets and red and black master points for winners at the district level. There will be no e…

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When February arrives, it’s time to make note of some home- and garden-related events that can help you prepare for the warm days ahead. Looking forward to spring? Here are a few ways to get an early start. Happening now: the Great Plant Sale Pre-Order event offered by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. You can see the selection of 36 annuals, perennials and…

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With their 21st century engineering, stylish fabrics and sleek lines, recliners have come a long way. Many, in fact, don’t look like recliners at all. “The latest recliners – even lift recliners – are sculptural highlights, not space hogs,” the American Home Furnishings Alliance tells us. Still, many hear the word “recliner” and recall the behemoth creation in their par…

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Delta Sonic has closed on its $4.88 million purchase of the former Menne Nursery property in Amherst, and Menne has found a new home in Wheatfield. Delta Sonic plans to build a car wash, gas station, oil change building, convenience store and drive-thru restaurant at 3100 Niagara Falls Blvd., just north of East Robinson Road. Delta Sonic this week bought three parcels t…

CHILDREN'S The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis; Scholastic, 233 pages ($16.99) Ages 9 to 13. ... The latest marvelous novel of the African-American experience from acclaimed author Christopher Paul Curtis (winner of Newbery Honors for "The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963" and the Newbery Medal for "Bud, Not Buddy") takes place just before the Civil …

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Kathleen M. Contrino and Ron Winkelman live in a home on 10 acres of land in Newstead. Contrino is an attorney and assistant professor who teaches criminal justice courses at Canisius College. Winkelman is a tire engineer at Sumitomo Rubber USA in the Town of Tonawanda. Here’s what Contrino wrote in an email for our Home of the Week online feature: “Five years ago, m…

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Remember when there was almost an Ikea at Canalside? When that idea went the way of the Bass Pros of the world, many Western New Yorkers thought they'd be trudging across the border to Canada for the foreseeable future to get their fix of Swedish home goods. Well, the world's largest furniture retailer may finally be coming to Western New York — Henrietta, specifical…

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The Bridge Center of Buffalo and the Airport Bridge Club will take part in the ACBL-wide International Fund Game at noon next Saturday, Feb. 3. There will be booklets with hand analysis and red and black master points awarded to winners at the district level. *  *  * The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points at its games at noon today, Saturday, Jan. 27, and at 11 …