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At sunrise on a recent morning, several dozen people gathered in an unused unit at Women & Children's Hospital and surveyed the beds, monitors and equipment in five rooms. Cassandra Church, who is overseeing the move in November to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, checked that someone from every department that need…

Want to get a flavor for a prospective career in medicine or health sciences? The Jacobs Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is accepting reservations from educators for Brain Boot Camp sessions for middle-and-high school students. It's an opportunity to learn more about strokes, heart attacks and what medical simulators are all about. To learn more and a…

Plenty of practice is going into planning the big move of Women & Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. There's plenty of cleanup work, too. Like many an old building in Buffalo, the hospital has accumulated years' worth of old paint. Some of it has already begun moving out – for good. The hospital has at least 120 gallons of pain…

At 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, in the middle of the commute to the Southtowns, the Thruway Authority described the situation on the westbound I-90 in a tweet: "Delays exist." For drivers stuck in the bottleneck, that was an understatement. Emergency road repairs on the Thruway triggered a 6-mile traffic backup during the evening commute. The Thruway Authority said no mo…

Hamburg's community playground officially opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. The $500,000 playground, located between Prospect and Highland avenues in the Village of Hamburg, replaces a 25-year-old wooden playground that had come to the end of its natural life. [Photo gallery of building the playground] The new playground includes five sli…

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns will host a kickball fundraiser between teens and community leaders at 6:30 p.m. June 2 in the Kohler Recreation Center, 291 Kohler St., Tonawanda. The deadline to register is Friday, May 26. The fee for city officials and community leaders is $25 to play against City of Tonawanda teens. You can also sponsor a teen for $25. …

Banana Republic fans have about a month left if they want to shop its Walden Galleria store. That location will close at the end of June, the company confirmed Wednesday. "We always evaluate our store fleet to ensure we have the right stores in the right locations to best serve our customers' needs," said Sheikina Liverpool, a spokesperson for Banana Republic. The…

Buffalo has long taken pride in its parks, but a national nonprofit group ranks the Queen City's system as near the middle among cities nationwide. The Trust for Public Land puts Buffalo's parks at No. 58 among the 100 biggest cities in terms of its "ParkScore," which looks at park acreage, public access, investment and amenities, the group said. The organization, wh…

The Memorial Day weekend includes four free community bike rides organized by Slow Roll Buffalo. A "Friday Night Pedal Party" ride leaves at 7 p.m. from Soho Burger Bar, 64 W. Chippewa St. The 13.1-mile ride in honor of Sunday's Buffalo Marathon is slightly faster and longer than a Slow Roll Monday ride. Bicyclists leave at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the inaugural Tot…

Timothy P. Carter, principal of Niagara-Wheatfield High School, has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Wilson Central School District. The Wilson School Board gave Carter a three-year contract at $145,000 a year, starting July 17. He  replaces Michael S. Wendt, who is retiring as superintendent. Carter began his career as an elementary school teacher in …

The 23-year-old man found fatally shot in a field Saturday has been identified as Jonathan R. Grumble of Buffalo, police said. Grumble's body was found at about 8 a.m. near Ashley and Quincy streets. The Erie County Medical Examiner's Office determined he died from a gunshot wound. Grumble is the city's 24th homicide victim so far this year. His funeral is scheduled…

ALBANY – President Donald Trump’s popularity in his home state continues to fall, according to a new poll out this morning. Sixty-five percent of New Yorkers have an unfavorable view of the Republican president, off four points from the last poll a month ago, according to Siena College. The bright spot for the president: New Yorkers have far dimmer views of Congr…

During a 2015 visit to northern California, my fiancée and I had the good fortune to visit Yosemite National Park and land a table for lunch at the back of the Ahwahnee Hotel dining room, where Queen Elizabeth enjoyed a meal in 1983. We also had the good fortune to be waited on by Rick Agnew, who served as wine steward for the queen and her royal party in the same spo…

A chimney pipe caused a fire that damaged a restaurant in Bemus Point on Chautauqua Lake Wednesday night, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Employees and patrons were inside the Ye Hare 'n Hounds Inn on Lakeside Drive when the blaze started in the rear of the building off the kitchen just after 9 p.m., deputies said. No injuries were reported. …

A man wanted in connection with a May 13 stabbing outside the downtown Bus Terminal turned himself in to transit police Wednesday. John Moore Jr., 23, was charged with first degree assault, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Additional details about the incident were not available Wednesday.