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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…

Airline service between Buffalo and Albany ended more than seven years ago, and since then travelers to the state capital have endured  long cross-state trip via the Thruway or Amtrak. That may be about to change. OneJet Airlines says it is weighing the possibility of restoring air service between the two cities in the near future, confirming reports from three sour…

Obituaries

Feb. 22, 1948 – Nov. 17, 2017 Musician Joey Scinta, who started his career playing gigs in Buffalo with his brother and sister and eventually became one of the most popular casino performers in Las Vegas, died Friday afternoon in the city that became his second home. He was 69. Growing up on West Avenue near Auburn on the West Side, Mr. Scinta graduated from Lafaye…

ROYALTON –A Main Street woman contacted police recently to report unwanted telephone calls and harassing voice messages from her uncle. The woman told police that about five years ago, the uncle had inherited over $8 million and paid off her car loan, which he had co-signed. Since then, she told police, he apparently has burned through all the money and recently began…

A handgun was reported stolen from a car parked in the 300 block of Washington Street downtown. The victim told Buffalo police sometime between late 10:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, someone broke the front passenger window of his BMW 5281 and stole the Smith & Wesson Shield .40 caliber pistol.  

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For more than 1,000 willing volunteers across Buffalo on Saturday, “giving thanks” meant going beyond offering a meal-time prayer at the holiday table. It was waking up early and breaking a sweat on a damp, chilly morning to help others in need. At St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, an assembly line of volunteers stuffed thousands of Thanksgiving meal bags with every…

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WASHINGTON — Tax reform could cost Buffalo city schools $12.2 million. It also could radically raise the cost of construction for improvements at the region's colleges, in Buffalo's public housing, and elsewhere throughout the region. And it could force the federal government to make unprecedented cuts in Medicare, border security and a host of other programs. S…

Amherst

Tom the turkey likes to play chicken with traffic. The plucky bird is a common sight at the intersection of Klein and Paradise roads in East Amherst, where he often blocks lanes, pecks at tires and circles cars. While a neighborhood fixture and quirky oddity, his bold behavior has also garnered Tom a reputation as a nuisance. "He'll just walk up right in front of…

A box containing two roofing heaters, valued at $7,000 each, was reported stolen from the construction site at West Buffalo Charter School on Lafayette Avenue. Buffalo police said the theft occurred sometime during the past week at the fenced-in site, where an expansion to add a middle school is under way.  

A fight outside a liquor store on East Delavan Avenue resulted in $3,000 in damage to the business early Saturday, Buffalo police said. Police said two people were involved in the altercation – an unknown suspect and the complainant – outside Ideal Liquor in the 1300 block of East Delavan, east of Bailey Avenue. They damaged three of the store's windows before th…

An East Side resident said he was fired at by men when he found them inside his home early Saturday. The victim told Buffalo police he returned to his residence in the 200 block of Stevens Avenue to find at least three men inside, all wearing masks. The intruders reportedly escaped through a window and shot at the victim. The victim told police he chased the suspec…

Buffalo police were investigating two shootings that occurred early Saturday. A 37-year-old man was shot just before 4 a.m. in the 200 block of Rounds Avenue, near Eggert Road. The victim was hit multiple times in the leg and was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. Earlier, a 20-year-old man was shot at about 3:15 a.m. in the 600 block of Moselle Stre…

A 37-year-old Buffalo man died early Saturday after he lost control of the SUV he was driving in the 900 block of Fillmore Avenue. Buffalo police said the vehicle was traveling north on Fillmore at about 3 a.m. when it left the road and struck a house. The man was declared dead at the scene. Residents of the house were home at the time of the crash, but no occupants …

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Start sharpening those ice skates. Layers of ice have been created over the past week so that the Ice at Canalside rink can welcome its first skaters, weather-permitting, on Friday for Thanksgiving weekend. Skaters will also notice something else nearby this year: An imposing steel frame for the new Explore & More Children's Museum rising from the ground. The mus…

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Pay for three of 10 supervisors in Erie County's largest towns will be going up next year. The base for Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick J. Keem will increase from $70,761 to $79,735. Keem also receives a $6,000 stipend for being budget officer. The raise will make him the third highest-paid supervisor in Erie County, while the town ranks eighth in population. Grand…

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July 19, 1930 to Nov. 11, 2017 Laverne Clay, a popular Buffalo actor and director who fostered generations of theater artists in Buffalo's African American community and beyond, died Nov. 1o from complications of congestive heart failure. He was 87. Mr. Clay had an outsized impact on Buffalo's theater community, helping to guide companies like the Paul Robeson Theatr…