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A century ago, the area now known as Larkinville in Buffalo was a densely packed community, with restaurants, drugstores, movie theaters, a bowling alley, ice cream shops and other businesses, with apartments above. "I think there were 40 restaurants and bars from Van Rensselaer Street to Smith Street," said Howard Zemsky, the businessman-turned-developer-turned-state-o…

The last farmers' markets of the season take place in several locations this week, the second-last Slow Roll Buffalo of the traditional bike season hits the road on Genesee Street, and Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. They are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see …

Volunteer firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers would be eligible for health care benefits under legislation signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday. Volunteer firefighters injured in the line of duty are currently eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through workers' compensation, but under the new legislation firefighters also will be eligible …

Democratic Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr. said he's the best candidate to take on incumbent Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, a member of the Independence Party. "Just because you're registered Independence doesn't mean you're independent," Quinn said. "She always votes with Republicans." But Dixon has had no trouble in the past beating her challenger…

Feb. 3, 1931 – Oct. 19, 2017 Maria Torres, who raised six children and served for decades as a leader of Hispanic Senior Services at Hispanics United of Buffalo, died Thursday. She was 86. In a written tribute, her family and friends called Mrs. Torres dynamic, powerful, strong-willed, encouraging and a model for others in the Puerto Rican community. Mrs. Torres…

Dawn Hochsprung's life was cut short by the killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Now her cousin, Melanie Bunch of Hamburg, wants to make sure Hochsprung's legacy continues to shine. As principal of Sandy Hook, Hochsprung had a passion for literacy. To light a love of reading in the hearts of her students, she would dress up as a book fairy, wearing a l…

The Niagara Parks Police are checking the water below Niagara Falls after an unconfirmed report that someone may have gone over the Falls, a dispatcher said Sunday afternoon. A second Parks Police officer said two tourists believed they saw a white male go over the U.S. side of the Falls. Officers are checking the shoreline, personnel in a helicopter scanned the water f…

A Jamestown man who damaged a woman's apartment and held her face down on a bed as she tried to call 911 faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawful imprisonment, Jamestown police said. Adam R. Lanphear, 44, was arrested as he tried to run out a basement door on East 6th Street, in the building where the incident occurred, according to police. Officers said they respond…

Former national security adviser and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice will speak via webcast at "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway in Amherst. The program, sponsored by World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara and several partners, will delve into China's rapid dev…

When Edward J. Lattuca Sr. was born in Italy in 1920, he was named in honor of his uncle Edward who had died fighting the Germans in World War I Ten years after Lattuca's parents moved the family to America, young Edward found himself in his own little war of sorts on the streets of Buffalo's West Side. The youngster quickly learned how to fight off neighborhood bull…

A 14-year-old girl was reported in critical condition in Women and Children's Hospital late Saturday after being involved in an ATV crash in Clarence, officials said. The girl was a passenger on a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle driven by a 15-year-old boy, who also was injured though not as seriously, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office said i…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins isn't exactly sticking to his guns. After accepting $5,000 in donations from the National Rifle Association between 2006 and 2012, the Democratic lawmaker from Buffalo announced on Facebook earlier this month that he now plans to donate that money to local and national organizations dedicated to fighting for what he called "common sens…

Jamestown residents called police after seeing a car driving around the city with heavy front-end damage and just one working headlight. Police found the car parked in a driving lane of Jones and Gifford Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday. They charged Michael Woodard, 23, of Jamestown, with DWI and aggravated DWI because his blood count was higher than 0.18 percent, city poli…

A Buffalo lawyer is challenging whether a non-profit corporation that finances and develops residence halls on behalf of the University at Buffalo has the right to withhold records about its financial dealings and keep its board meetings private. John N. Lipsitz, a UB Law School alumnus and partner in the firm Lipsitz & Ponterio LLC, has asked a State Supreme Court …

A driver from Fredonia spotted driving the wrong way on Interstate 86 was charged Saturday with felony driving while intoxicated, as well as aggravated DWI because he carried a passenger under 16, Chautauqua County deputies said. James E. Murphy, 47, also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation because he was driving though his license had been revoked, deputi…

The first crash was at Southwestern Boulevard and Transit Road, where a Jeep struck a Honda at a stop sign and injured its driver, police said. The driver of the Jeep drove off but struck some trees at Angle and Michael roads. When he couldn't dislodge the Jeep from the trees around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, he ran. With re4sidents' help, Orchard Park police found him hidin…