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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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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…

Buffalo

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…

A City of Tonawanda woman faces felony drunk driving charges, after she crashed her vehicle into a pole at Delaware and Delton streets. Following the early morning accident Wednesday, Karli M. Holler, 30 of Gibson Street was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in the first and second degrees, and six other …

A 23-year-old Buffalo man was shot shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo police reported. The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center with what appeared to be serious injuries, police said. No other details were immediately available. Anyone with information  on the shooting is asked to call or text the Confidential TIP-CA…

A Buffalo fentanyl dealer has been sentenced to 33 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. John Walker Jr., 25, previously was convicted of distribution of fentanyl and unlawful possession of a firearm. Walker sold fentanyl to an FBI confidential source five separate times in March and April 2016, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang. The…

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When an arsonist destroyed the Lafayette-Barton Apartments on the West Side of Buffalo in March, all 36 units were damaged, leaving about 90 people, many of them resettled refugees and immigrants, without a home. Two young women decided to take action. Laila Ismail, whose family members were displaced by the fire, set up a gofundme.com account the following night to …

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Construction on the proposed new Emerson School of Hospitality in downtown Buffalo could begin by January, after the city Planning Board gave the $36.8 million project a green light. But first the developers have to sign a lease agreement that's being negotiated with the Buffalo Public Schools. They also want sales and mortgage recording tax breaks, to boot, as the pr…

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Naniette Coleman had a memorable homecoming last weekend at the University at Buffalo. "To say this place made me who I am is an understatement," said Coleman, a 2002 UB graduate who is studying for her Ph.D in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Coleman returns as often as she can. Still, this visit had particular meaning: She came back to serve as …