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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…

Plans for an apartment complex on North French Road in Amherst can move forward now that a judge has ruled in a case that pitted two government boards against each other. The Amherst Town Board in March rejected a request to rezone 4400 N. French Road, mainly due to concerns that the location is within the town’s flood plain. The Green Organization had planned to co…

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Call it White Friday at Holiday Valley. The Ellicottville ski resort announced Wednesday that it will open slopes for the first time this season at 9 a.m. Friday. Snowmaking operations, and cold weather, worked together to help the resort make snow over 80 acres at the resort over the last two weeks. Grooming crews have since "frosted the cake" and spread the snow…

Business

A one-acre lot across the Niagara River from Goat Island has become the first acquisition under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to buy vacant properties in Niagara Falls and open them to redevelopment. USA Niagara Development Corp. intends to seek proposals from developers and does not plan to hold onto the lot at 305 Buffalo Ave. for more than two years. USA Niagara, th…

Crime

The 17-year-old Buffalo girl accused of murdering her step-grandfather had been planning to kill him for weeks because he was physically abusing her, according to the mother of her co-defendant. Johanna Jirdon told The Buffalo News on Wednesday her son, Romaine Jirdon, 19, told her that his girlfriend Alexandria Heath came up with the idea to kill Thomas Heath but now s…

Erie County Board of Elections officials have declared incumbent Timothy B. Howard the official winner of the election for sheriff following a count of outstanding absentee ballots. Board spokesman Mario Alaimo said the absentee ballot count that caused Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert to delay an official concession resulted in a net increase of about 300 vote…

Town of Tonawanda

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society recognized 8-year-old  village resident Luca Sanfilippo on Monday with its monthly Good Neighbor Award for his efforts to light up his neighborhood with a smile and a free glass of lemonade. Luca's mother, Nicole Lamantia, said her son told her in September he wanted to open up a stand and hand out free lemonade just to make peop…

Business

If you think your apartment rent is gobbling up a lot of your income in Buffalo, you aren't just crying foul. According to a unique new report by Apartment List, an online national rental marketplace, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Buffalo - $890 per month - is roughly equivalent to what you'd spend on 14.3 Thanksgiving dinners. The firm's new Turkey …

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The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission in Niagara Falls will deliver about 1,800 Thanksgiving meals to needy Niagara Falls residents and migrant farm workers in Niagara County. Wednesday is the final day to sign up for a turkey dinner by calling 253-1463 until 5 p.m. This is the seventh year for the church's "Feed the Falls" effort, funded by partnering churches and priva…

Registration is open for the Amherst Skating Club's 10-week "Learn to Skate" program. Sessions begin Jan. 9 at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, with classes geared toward ages three and older, regardless of level of experience. Professional coaches work with students to learn basic skating skills, refine skills they already have or learn more advanced sk…

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After the hoopla of Black Friday, local businesses want shoppers to stop in and the City of Tonawanda will be making it easy to shop local on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Where else can you shop for a snake, browse for antique books, stop for a drink, meet a favorite pro wrestler and then watch some boxing? ExoticCreations, a reptile and amphibian shop, opened i…

Business

Another coffee vendor with a local flavor will perk its roasted beans on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus soon. Golden Cup Coffee Co. will be the exclusive coffee offered in the cafe of University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building when it opens in January to students, the university confirmed. The university also serves Golden …

Business

KeyBank is moving its Newfane branch — just one tenth of a mile up Main Street. Key plans to relocate the branch to 2700 Main St. from 2743 Main St. on Jan. 22, said Matthew Pitts, a Key spokesman. No jobs will be cut as a result of the change. Key is moving into what was a Bank of America branch until it closed in 2016. Before that, the building was a Fl…

Buffalo

Rayquelle W. Davis was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison and three years of post-release supervision for robbing two tourists at gunpoint in Niagara Falls State Park last year. "You're awfully young," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Davis, 18, of Newburg Avenue, Buffalo. "I hope you use this time to redirect your life." Davis was armed with…

Health and Fitness

Workouts aren’t just for weekends and times of year when you have time to hit the gym or log some miles. Workouts – even mini-ones – are something you should do throughout the week. “A ‘daily defender’ is someone who engages in physical activity every day in order to defend against chronic health conditions and musculoskeletal injuries,” said Dr. Bruce …