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Get on your marks, shoppers. The big day is almost here. Never before has Black Friday been so scattered and segmented. The official kickoff to the holiday shopping season begins on Thanksgiving at some stores, on Friday in others. Some stores open before dinner, some open after dinner, and some don't open on Thanksgiving at all. Some stores will open on Thanksgiving, c…

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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…

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…

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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…

The largest law firm headquartered in Buffalo has gone to court in a dispute with six of its partners, but both sides are working to keep details out of public view. Goldberg Segalla, which has offices from Chicago to Miami, says in court papers that the six partners, all based in New York State, violated the firm's partnership agreement. The papers, filed just days ago…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to self-improvement advocate Dale Carnegie, born on this date in 1888, “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." . . . DECK THE HALLS – Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group will sponsor a Holiday Bazaar and Wreath Sale from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. There will vendors…

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Lynette Lewis, of Buffalo, and her namesake niece did not have to worry about missing Thanksgiving dinner Thursday as the pair occupied parallel parking spaces in separate SUVs in the Target lot off Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. "I met at her house at 9 o'clock this morning and we ate Thanksgiving dinner," said the younger Lynette Lewis. The Lewises were among about …

Town of Evans police were investigating several suspicious fires and vehicle break-ins Thursday morning in the Highland area between Prescott Drive and Schuyler Drive, on the Lake Erie side of Route 5. A vehicle fire on Wayne Drive  at about 5:30 a.m. was extinguished by Highland Hose Volunteer Fire Company  before it spread to a nearby residence. Police …

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A pack of shark girls. Three people dressed as a turkey, gravy boat and fork. A woman dressed as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." A man carrying a canoe. The colorful costumes that are a big part of the annual YMCA Turkey Trot's gaiety were on full display Thursday, as thousands of runners took over Delaware Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. They ran from Tacoma Avenue all…