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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…

Registration is open for the Amherst Skating Club's 10-week "Learn to Skate" program. Sessions begin Jan. 9 at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, with classes geared toward ages three and older, regardless of level of experience. Professional coaches work with students to learn basic skating skills, refine skills they already have or learn more advanced sk…

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After the hoopla of Black Friday, local businesses want shoppers to stop in and the City of Tonawanda will be making it easy to shop local on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Where else can you shop for a snake, browse for antique books, stop for a drink, meet a favorite pro wrestler and then watch some boxing? ExoticCreations, a reptile and amphibian shop, opened i…

Business

Another coffee vendor with a local flavor will perk its roasted beans on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus soon. Golden Cup Coffee Co. will be the exclusive coffee offered in the cafe of University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building when it opens in January to students, the university confirmed. The university also serves Golden …

Business

KeyBank is moving its Newfane branch — just one tenth of a mile up Main Street. Key plans to relocate the branch to 2700 Main St. from 2743 Main St. on Jan. 22, said Matthew Pitts, a Key spokesman. No jobs will be cut as a result of the change. Key is moving into what was a Bank of America branch until it closed in 2016. Before that, the building was a Fl…

Buffalo

Rayquelle W. Davis was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison and three years of post-release supervision for robbing two tourists at gunpoint in Niagara Falls State Park last year. "You're awfully young," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Davis, 18, of Newburg Avenue, Buffalo. "I hope you use this time to redirect your life." Davis was armed with…

Health and Fitness

Workouts aren’t just for weekends and times of year when you have time to hit the gym or log some miles. Workouts – even mini-ones – are something you should do throughout the week. “A ‘daily defender’ is someone who engages in physical activity every day in order to defend against chronic health conditions and musculoskeletal injuries,” said Dr. Bruce …

Crime

Five months after Dana Papaj suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was struck by a hit-and-run motorist on Grand Island, she will be home for Thanksgiving dinner. It will only be for a few hours. She's still recuperating at a nursing facility and not well enough to come home permanently. The meal will be low key -- just immediate family. But she'll be home. A…

Buffalo

Norstar Development wants to start work next spring on the second phase of its redevelopment of the low-income Shoreline or Waterfront apartment complex, after it got the final go-ahead from a key city agency Monday. Company officials still have to finalize a package of state financing for the $45 million project, before demolition can begin on the old structures. But …

Erie County

Erie County lawmakers again heard about the devastating toll of the opioid epidemic as nearly a dozen parents and siblings Tuesday shared their painful stories about their deceased sons and brothers. "Two years ago was normal," Julie Welsted, a mother, said at a public hearing. "I had my whole family." Then in December 2015, she lost her first-born son, Christopher, …

Crime

Michael J. Hill, who served 28 years in prison for manslaughter, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to charges of invading a Niagara Falls home and stabbing the resident. Hill, now held on $150,000 bail, was indicted for first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary. Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Hill on Oct. 1 enter…

Erie County

Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang said the Village has had great success with the rehab work done by the Buffalo, Erie, Niagara, Land Improvement Corporation, also known as the Land Bank. The  village board has decided to allow the Land Bank to consider the purchase of an abandoned property at 206 Warren Ave. in the next Erie County foreclosure auction. The Land Bank purch…

Crime

A former Town of Lockport resident faces up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to two felonies stemming from a confrontation with State Police. Corey Bilby, 29, now of Route 275, Friendship, was living on Dysinger Road in Lockport May 22, when he resisted arrest after troopers investigated an incident at an apartment house. Trooper Shaun Fallon f…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man with a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DWI Wednesday morning in Cheektowaga, according to the State Police. Jerry Williams, 39, was pulled over for speeding at 2:14 a.m. on the Kensington Expressway, police said. Williams showed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody. He refused to submit to a breath …