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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 …

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Steve and Nancy Siegel pose the question: What do empty nesters do when they’ve already downsized from the ’burbs, moved into a loft apartment in downtown Buffalo, and enjoyed carefree rental living for 13 years? Of course, buy another house, they say, albeit one with about 1,350 square feet of manageable living space and a small city lot to maintain. Part of the app…

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Alexis, Audriana and Abigail Kagels decided last year they wanted to explore more of what life has to offer. Their mother, Andrea, started looking for a gym where the girls – now ages 8, 6 and 4, respectively – could start gymnastics without the early pressure that can come with the sport. “We also dance and I couldn’t do something that was so time-consuming that you co…

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For years, when our daughter was younger, I enjoyed leaving out a large jigsaw puzzle for people to work on. Sometimes I would set it up on the library table in the living room. Other times, I would bring out the card table and place it by the front window. Family members and friends couldn’t resist taking a seat – trying this piece, then that piece – and often five min…

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Last week I attended the Tropical Plants Industry Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It isn’t just for Southern gardeners. The vendors and exhibitors are mostly wholesalers (just a few retailers) including 6,000 attendees from 45 states and 34 countries. They influence and sell to stores all over the United States where most people buy plants and plant-related products. I lu…

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener Program will hold two “Communities in Bloom” gardening classes – one on Feb. 17 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave., and another Feb. 24 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office (located in the Print Shop Building on the Roycroft campus), 21 S. Grove St., East Aurora. Registration begins at 8:30…

YOUNG ADULT Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke; Clarion Books, 432 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This hilarious and unexpectedly poignant debut novel comes from a writer who works in the film industry, its whimsical narrative in the voice of 17-year-old Jane Sinner, interspersing journal entries and conversations (including many with an imaginary therapist) and …

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Mark and Eileen Buckley have lived in their Village of Kenmore home since 1998. In an email, Eileen Buckley, senior reporter at WBFO, explained how she and Mark, an electrician, have remodeled the home while remaining true to its Dutch Colonial style: Here's what she wrote for our Home of the Week online feature: “2018 will mark the 20th year in our beloved Village o…

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NEW YORK CITY — An SUV pulls to the curb in lower Manhattan, and out steps Fern Mallis. She knows what’s next: Photographers gather and ask her to pose. Mallis obliges. She tucks her hands into the pockets of her leather coat. She is wearing three necklaces – a leather tassel, a small red enamel heart, and Venus of Hohle Fels figurine of a woman – all made by friends. Mall…

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The Buffalo Winter Sectional Tournament continues with pairs games at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 20, in Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. It concludes with a Swiss teams game at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. For more info, click this link. The Bridge Center of Buffalo and the Airport Bridge Club are closed today, Saturday, Jan. 20, for the …

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Marina Mukandala found yoga after graduating in 2002 from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and going into the work force. “I was under a tremendous amount of stress making that transition into the real world and developing a lot of anxiety,” the Black Rock native said. Mukandala and her husband, Magezi, moved back to her home region a decade ago. She went to work as…