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Jan. 29, 1952 – Jan. 11, 2018 Vincent M. Gaughan Jr. had noticed that something was missing during his first decade of doing business in Russia and the former Soviet republics. There were no golf courses. “He thought this might be an opportunity,” said his younger brother, Kevin Gaughan, an attorney and government downsizing advocate. “He always admired Jack Nicklaus…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor, composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, born on this date in 1980, “The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter.” . . . BIG AND BIGGER – Crafters and artists will offer their wares for three days next weekend in “Shopping With WNY Heroes,” a vendors’ show in Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275,…

A woman with a baby was arrested for allegedly smuggling marijuana and other controlled substances into Attica Correctional Facility while attempting to visit an inmate, according to State Police. Danielle A. Greene, 25, of Rochester, was accompanied on the visit Thursday by her 9-month-old daughter, State Police said. In addition to being arrested for promoting pris…

Crime

A Wyoming County man was arrested by state troopers Friday for driving while his ability was impaired, after troopers allegedly found marijuana in his vehicle, according to State Police. Samuel M. Martin, 41, of the Town of Warsaw, was stopped by troopers on Route 19 in Warsaw for an inadequate headlight, State Police said. State Police said they detected a strong od…

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A 28-year-old Lackawanna man has been taken into custody by Buffalo Police in connection with reports of gunshots fired early on Sunday on Chippewa Street, the Buffalo Police Department said on Twitter on Monday. The gunshots were reported at about 4 a.m. Sunday, according to Buffalo Police. The incident happened in the first block of Chippewa Street, according to Mi…

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Canisius College facilities workers are planning a rally on campus Tuesday afternoon to protest proposed cuts to their retirement benefits. About 60 members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 200 in November voted down a contract offer from the college. It was the second tentative agreement voted down by members in the past several months. The workers…

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Just a few weeks ago, Joel A. Giambra the lobbyist was working the State Capitol’s hallways advocating the legalization of marijuana. Now he works a different Capitol angle as a Republican hopeful for governor, proposing that legalized and tightly regulated marijuana sales represent the best way to address the state’s massive infrastructure and mass transit needs. “I…

An East Side church wants to create another child care option for families in the neighborhood. The Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church is seeking city approval to convert the pastor's office, parlor and two Sunday school classrooms inside the existing church into a day care center for infants through toddlers, with three rooms for children and an office. The proje…

Niagara's Choice Federal Credit Union named Dan Keleher as its new CEO, following the retirement of Al Frosolone, according to the New York Credit Union Association. Keleher previously was executive vice president of Niagara's Choice. Prior to that, he worked for nearly a decade at SEFCU. Frosolone had served for nearly three decades in leadership roles at Niagara Fa…

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The unrepaired water main break at Niagara Falls Boulevard and 47th Street still affects the restrooms in the Angelo A. DelSignore Civic Building in Niagara Falls. So the state Office of Court Administration will move Niagara County Family Court proceedings to Niagara Falls City Court, 1925 Main St., beginning Tuesday. Toilets are working only in the basement of the thr…

Business

Weber's Mustard's bottom line has taken a hit with the loss of BJ's Wholesale Club, its fourth-largest account. The loss of the BJ's account is just the latest illustration of how the retail market has gotten tougher for local food manufacturers. Large national chains such as Whole Foods, Aldi and Price Rite have displaced smaller, local grocers; and big boxes such as W…

State

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presents his eighth state budget plan as governor Tuesday, a fiscal road map that must be able to address a worsening deficit, declining federal funding for state initiatives, rising unemployment in most areas of the state and an ever-hungry appetite for state dollars from education and health care sectors. The governor, who is expected to …

History

This post is the first in an occasional series examining the history of the names of Buffalo’s streets. South Park Avenue is one of Western New York’s major thoroughfares, beginning at the foot of Main Street behind KeyBank Center in downtown Buffalo and ending when it enters the Village of Hamburg and becomes Buffalo Street. For most of its length, South Park carries U…

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Two adjoining houses on Sixth Street in Niagara Falls were demolished last week as part of the city's ongoing battle against zombie houses. Under the state's anti-zombie law, the estimated $75,000 cost will be applied to the stalled foreclosures on the properties, whose mortgages are held by Ocwen Financial, according to Seth Piccirillo, Niagara Falls community developm…

Art

The "big black head" in Martin Luther King Jr. Park is a mistake and has to be replaced with a statue that looks more like the slain civil rights leader, according to Samuel A. Herbert, a community activist who is leading a petition drive. Herbert and three supporters kicked off a petition drive in front of the the 8-foot-tall bronze bust in MLK Park on Monday, King's b…