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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…

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…

Business

FORT ERIE , Ont. – A Democratic  fundraiser with close ties to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sees tranquil days ahead for the once bitterly divided Peace Bridge Authority as he takes a leadership position on the bi-national panel. Kenneth A. Manning, an engineer by training and partner in the Phillips Lytle law firm, succeeds Sam Hoyt as vice chairman of the bridge governing …

Buffalo

The Anchor Bar is on board with the official chicken wing recipe for the new USS Little Rock, which makes its grand appearance here next month. Earlier this fall, the ship's crew had a competition to see who could make the best chicken wings and Mineman 1st Class Tyson Wilborn won with his "Pineapple Teriyaki Wings." In honor of the Navy's newest warship being commis…

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Buffalo police and firefighters said a "suspicious package" containing white powder was mailed to the law offices of Cellino and Barnes in Main Place Tower today. Deputy Commissioner Johnathan Eaton said it was not believed to be a harmful substance but the 25th floor was quarantined during the investigation as a precaution. The rest of the building remained open. Ac…

Crime

The Harkness Career and Tech Center was put on "lock out" today following "an unconfirmed threat for the afternoon session," the BOCES school announced on its website. The school, located at 99 Aero drive near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, said Cheektowaga police were investigating. Mid-session classes were being released as planned but afternoon classes…

Buffalo

Marine Sgt. Jo Ann Ortiz was inside Toys R Us in Hamburg when she fulfilled her childhood dream. Armed with a gift card purchased by the Marines' Toys for Tots campaign, the mother of two bought $32,700 worth of holiday presents that will be distributed to children through The Buffalo News Neediest fund. Ortiz, born in San Benito, Texas, did not have much as a chi…

Erie County

Erie County administrators showed off shiny, new Volvo snowplows Friday and urged residents to download the county's disaster preparedness app. County Executive Mark Poloncarz reminded residents that three years ago the county faced its worst November snowstorm in modern history, which resulted in stranded motorists and multiple deaths. "Three years ago today, this c…

Crime

Former St. Gregory the Great science teacher Scott Schaefer was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison Friday morning for sending indecent text messages to a 12-year-old girl. The girl told State Supreme Court Justice John L.  Michalski that after Schaefer's arrest she felt she had betrayed him and considered taking her own life. She started harming herself by cutting her…

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Niagara will host a free two-hour program that will teach people to use Narcan to save a person from an opiod overdose. Those who complete the training, provided by the Erie County Health Department, will be given a free Narcan kit to take home, supplied by the state Department of Health. The program will be held from 6 p.m.…

The revolving door continues at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, which selected as its newest attorney a former interim executive director who previously served as the agency's counsel. Gillian D. Brown will fill a slot that opened when Delia Cadle  moved out of the area earlier this year. The BMHA has yet to negotiate a salary agreement with Brown, accordin…

Education

June 12, 1946 - Nov. 14, 2017 Margaret A. Ryan wore high heels every day of her 32-year career as a teacher, principal and acting superintendent at Alden Central Schools. And when she was principal at Alden Primary School, when everyone in the school brought in 100 items to mark the 100th day of school, she brought 100 pairs of her shoes. "She loved high heels," s…

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A prime parking space at Lackawanna City Hall will be dedicated for use by Purple Heart veterans starting Friday, said Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski. The parking space was unveiled Friday morning during ceremonies at City Hall, 714 Ridge Road. Purple Heart recipient Robert Scahill was honored at the ceremony with a New York State certificate of recognition from Assem…

Business

Bon-Ton will close at least 40 stores through next year, the company said. The company has not yet released a list of locations it plans to shutter, so it's not yet clear whether any of Western New York's eight stores will be affected. The department store has struggled with declining sales and a high debt load. The company lost $135.4 million during the first three …