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When Greg Stennis opened his bar, J.P. Dwyer’s, on Webster Street in 1997, the street was a shell of its former glory. Gone were the days when men and women would ride the Carpenter Line bus to downtown North Tonawanda for a fountain soda at the Sugar Bowl or shop at G.C. Murphy Co. Retail and restaurants had moved to shopping malls and strip plazas. As was the case w…

Buffalo

Start sharpening those ice skates. Layers of ice have been created over the past week so that the Ice at Canalside rink can welcome its first skaters, weather-permitting, on Friday for Thanksgiving weekend. Skaters will also notice something else nearby this year: An imposing steel frame for the new Explore & More Children's Museum rising from the ground. The mus…

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Pay for three of 10 supervisors in Erie County's largest towns will be going up next year. The base for Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick J. Keem will increase from $70,761 to $79,735. Keem also receives a $6,000 stipend for being budget officer. The raise will make him the third highest-paid supervisor in Erie County, while the town ranks eighth in population. Grand…

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July 19, 1930 to Nov. 11, 2017 Laverne Clay, a popular Buffalo actor and director who fostered generations of theater artists in Buffalo's African American community and beyond, died Nov. 1o from complications of congestive heart failure. He was 87. Mr. Clay had an outsized impact on Buffalo's theater community, helping to guide companies like the Paul Robeson Theatr…

Salamanca police are intensifying a search for two infant girls they believe are endangered while in the custody of their mothers. A Police Department spokeswoman said officers are scouring the city and beyond for Melani Ventura, 3 months, and Londyn Richardson, 29 days. They were last seen at 6:30 a.m. on East State Street with their mothers, Selena Ventura and Keshaun…

Columns

Friday, a coalition of private and public agencies in Central New York held an annual National Adoption Day celebration in Syracuse. The Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center was packed with at least 1,000 people as 52 families finalized adoptions with Family Court judges from seven upstate counties. Peter Robinson, a Niagara County court officer, sang "America the Beauti…

Crime

A Lovejoy barber shop across the street from a public school served as the front for a cocaine operation, according to federal prosecutors. The allegations about Barberians Barber Shop on East Lovejoy Street are the result of a Drug Enforcement Administration and Buffalo police investigation into four Buffalo men now charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The…

Weather

As precipitation goes this weekend, Buffalo will get about 10 times more today than Sunday but with a fraction of the drama. That's because today's precipitation will fall as rain. Then, there's a chance for about an inch of snow in the Buffalo metro Sunday. Other areas, especially in the higher terrain of the Boston Hills or along the Chautauqua Ridge, are expected …

Environment

Sky wars are being waged on the Niagara River. On the dark side of Buffalo Niagara’s ecological resurgence is the double-crested cormorant. The once rare black bird is now ubiquitous here. The cormorant is blamed for overfishing waters in the Niagara River and Lake Erie, taking over the nesting grounds of common terns on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, spooking herons an…

Erie County

Residents served by the Erie County Water Authority will see an 1.9 percent increase in their water bill next year. The authority stated that for an average residential water user -- using 17,000 gallons of water a year -- this will work out to an additional 85 cents on their bill per quarter. But, it's a different story for the authority's more than 3,000 commercial…

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A group of residents and business owners in Allentown have an idea for curbing late-night raucous behavior in the neighborhood: No new bars. And when one closes, don't allow another to take its place. Their concerns over large crowds, fights and unruly behavior on late weekend nights were heightened this month after a 37-year-old man was fatally shot outside a bar durin…

Frank L. Ciminelli II, son of construction executive Louis P. Ciminelli, is leaving LPCiminelli to devote himself to a construction management firm he started in August, he announced Friday in an email to colleagues. Kyle W. Tuttle, a senior vice president at LPCiminelli, has been named president of the company and elected to its board, Frank Ciminelli said. The youn…

Crime

Edward Bald heard the first rock shatter the window of a first-floor bedroom of his house on Quincy Street. He reached for the shotgun he keeps on the top bunk of his bed. "I sent a warning shot out the hole they already put in the window," said Bald, 61. "I hit one of them; I didn't know I actually hit him until I saw the blood in my backyard." Bald's shot late F…

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Maria and Jose Agosto and two of their 9-year-old triplet daughters left Puerto Rico after surviving Hurricane Maria, but they arrived in Buffalo with little more than the clothes on their backs. Now as winter sets in, the Agostos and roughly 400 other Puerto Ricans who came here after the hurricane are rebuilding their lives, but they are in need of the most basic esse…

Buffalo

The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York didn't have a prayer at this week's Buffalo Preservation Board meeting. The city agency dealt a blow Thursday to a controversial proposal to convert most of the former Ascension Church in Buffalo into senior housing, voting down the plan that would have brought 28 new apartments to the longtime religious building. The board's…

Health and Fitness

Jennifer Bardrof squeezed in lots of stuff in the spring of 2016, during the weeks she helped move her family from the Florida Gulf Coast back to her native Western New York: The Goofy, a 10K run followed by a half-marathon at Disney World; landing a new job as a substitute teacher; buying a new house. She didn't have time to bother with the flu-like symptoms that dogge…