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Jamie Billquist was watching TV at his home on Armenian Road in Sherman Wednesday night when  he heard his dogs barking. His wife, Rosemary, had just taken their Labs, Sugar and Stella, out for a walk in the field behind their house after getting home from work. He went outside to see why the dogs were barking and saw an ambulance pull into his driveway. "Jamie, …

Business

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has no plans to drop job creation requirements when awarding county tax breaks. The public deserves to get a bang for its buck, he told a group of real estate brokers and developers this month. "That's the benefit that the community gets, the jobs that are created as a result of the projects," Poloncarz said in an interview with T…

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Desperation fueled RealEats, an organic, whole foods meal delivery company started three years ago. "It was all about my own inability to feed my children really good, healthy food as a busy, working single father," said CEO and founder Dan Wise, a Toronto native who splits his time between Montreal, New York City and the Finger Lakes. "I didn't want to pick up pizza. I…

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County leaders are hoping to finalize a deal by year-end to acquire the former Angola Airport property in the Town of Evans, so they can turn it into a new agribusiness park to attract new employers to the region. Officials want to spur new economic development opportunities in southern Erie County that will create jobs and lure new business investment from companies ce…

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Amy Bueme tends to hear lots of explanations during the holidays about why people have decided to shelve their fitness routines. There are too many family meals to prepare. There is not enough time, what with parties to attend, gifts to buy and kids to manage when they have days off from school. The stress of the holidays makes it too tiring to work out. These …

Town of Tonawanda

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District has been addressing suicide prevention as they heard from the family of a student who committed suicide earlier this year, district officials said. Joseph Smajdor spoke out at a recent Town of Tonawanda board meeting and said he’d like to work with the district to launch a foundation in his grandson’s name to address soc…

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Allentown residents will get a chance to say what the future of Allentown should be. The  Allentown Association is urging residents and business owners to complete an online survey on the association's Facebook page - ttp://bit.ly/VisionforAllentown. The survey is broad-based, looking at the entire neighborhood, not just Allen Street. One of the city's most popula…

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If you're shopping in the City of Buffalo today, you're in luck. Parking at all street meters in the city is free for Black Friday. http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/23/on-thanksgiving-bargains-served-for-many-deep-discount-shoppers/

Two manufacturers from the Buffalo Niagara region won $50,000 each in the FuzeHub Commercialization Competition. The two area winners were Ferric Contrast and NanoHydroChem LLC, both of which are startups from the University at Buffalo. There were a total of five winners in the event, each of which won $50,000. FuzeHub is a not-for-profit organization that assists…

There's no shortage of coffee on the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Coffee, cappuccino and the promise of even more perking are in the works. Here are a few offerings, some of them new or planned, around campus or nearby: Spot Coffee Express cafe planned soon for 500 square feet inside Roswell Park Cancer Institute's main lobby at Elm and Carlton street…

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The City of Tonawanda sits as a nexus between two great bodies of water - the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. Now two recreation projects in the Tonawandas that would improve both trails and docks on the combined waterfronts are being considered for Niagara River Greenway funding. "This would really make a huge difference in the city,"  City of Tonawanda Mayor Ric…

Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda libraries are offering "Books and Barks," a one-on-one reading program for kids ages 5 to 12 with Gus the therapy dog. The program is good for children who are shy about reading to other people, said Dorinda Darden, director of the Town of Tonawanda Libraries. The program started in 2015 with the help of Therapy Dogs International, which provides th…

Looking for a way to walk off that Thanksgiving meal? All state parks will be free to enter on Friday, to encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of "the unparalleled natural beauty right in their backyards," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a news release. Most state parks do not charge an entry fee this time of year. But the standard vehicle entry fee will be waived Fr…

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Here's what the National Weather Service says to expect for the first official weekend of the holiday season: Today Black Friday shoppers will score an unseasonably warm day but should hang on tightly to their bags. It'll be windy. Southwest winds could gust over 30 mph during the early afternoon. Skies will be cloudy at first but clear up and bring an other…

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As Ellicott Development Co. proceeds with its plans for an adaptive reuse of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the firm owned by Carl and William Paladino is hoping for some tax breaks to support the $3.79 million project. Ellicott, which is also constructing a six-story building just to the south, wants to renovate the 1898-era church at 1115 Main St. and convert it into a m…