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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…

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…

Local News

The Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News are seeking proposals for the proceeds from the 2017 Decorators’ Show House, which was held last spring. Qualified 501(3)(c) not-for-profit agencies in Buffalo and Western New York are encouraged to apply. Typically only one agency is selected; proceeds from this year's Show House amounted to $215,000. Decorators’ Sh…

Business

Homebuilder Essex Homes has completed the third phase of its newest luxury patio home project in Clarence, as it prepares to move into the final stage of the development. The developer has added 22 lots to the existing Essex Greens at Waterford project, including five that are currently under contract and under construction. That added another $10 million to the overall…

It’s not exactly Grand Central Terminal, but the newsstand scheduled to open in January will offer a Manhattan touch to a Metro Rail stop opening in Allen-Medical Campus Station. Grab and Go Newsstands Inc. will offer newspapers, coffee, sandwiches, cappucinos, protein shakes and more at a street level stand inside the new station at the base of the $375 million Unive…

Health and Fitness

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. FAMILY Buffalo Living Tour…