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North Buffalo residents, take heart. The new Sinatra's Restaurant is coming soon. Developer Nick Sinatra, whose brother Michael owns and operates the popular eatery at 938 Kenmore Ave., is creating the restaurant's new home inside a three-story building under construction in the Village of Kenmore. The new mixed-use building – located across Kenmore Avenue from th…

Things have changed since the first time Tracy Hurley and her family attended the FARE Food Allergies walk six years ago. “One out of every 13 kids has food allergies, so more people are touched by it directly now. Maybe a nephew or a niece, or brother, sister or a classmate has it, so I think people are understanding it more. The millennials have grown up with it now…

Betty Fecteau has always valued the importance of taking care of her eyes. "You only have one set," said Fecteau, 85, a retired accounting and purchasing specialist who lives in West Seneca. She and her husband, Bill, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker with diabetes, have made regular eye exams a part of their health and wellness regimen for decades. During a biannu…

Rocco Termini hopes the directors of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency like beer. A lot. Termini is seeking help from the ECIDA to support his conversion of an old industrial building on Chandler Street into the new home of Thin Man Brewery and a business incubator. The developer, through his Signature Development Buffalo LLC, has applied for sales and mo…

YMCA Buffalo Niagara leaders and local elected officials broke ground Friday for the new $17 million Lockport Family YMCA at 5833 Snyder Drive in the Town of Lockport. The new 52,000-square-foot building, targeted to open in October 2018, will include a full-size gymnasium, an indoor running track, a six-lane swimming pool, two exercise studios, a steam room, a childre…

Normally, when a grant arrives from Washington, local politicians decide how to use the money. This time, residents of Niagara Falls get a chance to weigh in. During August, residents will have the opportunity to cast a ballot on their favorites from a list of 10 park improvement projects. "I think it's great. Shared decision-making has always been shown to be the…

For years, the words of Buffalo poets Alberto Cappas, Juan Gonzalez and Olga Mendell spoke out from a blue-and-purple tiled wall in the Metro Rail's Allen/ Medical Campus Station. "Buffalo gives me wings," one of the poems began. Another: "Who would have guessed it a home so far from home here in Buffalo" The tile mosaic, first installed in the 1980s, was packed …

Rep. Brian Higgins wants U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt to strengthen the agency's stance on harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The South Buffalo congressman, in a letter this week, urged Pruitt to immediately bolster the Great Lakes' Harmful Algal Bloom Coordinator's resources to reduce the ongoing threat to public health, the environment an…

You've probably seen them, those red bikes around Buffalo. They are locked up in neat rows with bright yellow locks. They are Reddy Bikes, sponsored by Independent Health and ready to roll, thanks to a local system called Reddy Bikeshare. They called to me. "But you have a bike!" my friends said. True. Over the years, though, I've had bikes stolen. I got flat…

The same type of amusement ride that malfunctioned and caused a death at the Ohio State Fair had been slated to come to the Erie County Fair, but the James E. Strates Shows probably won't bring it here. Strates operated the ride, the Fire Ball, at the Nassau Coliseum but voluntarily shut it down after learning of the accident Wednesday, said John Strates, director of op…

Moog Inc. is feeling more confident about its current fiscal year. The Elma-based maker of motion control equipment raised its guidance for its full-year earnings by 25 cents per share, to $3.75. Moog cited a stronger operational performance by the company and a reduced tax rate. The company also raised its forecast for its full-year sales by $10 million, to $2.5 bil…

Nov. 30, 1933 – July 26, 2017 Gino Bertozzi of Lewiston had fond memories of his family’s farm, Boschetto. It was outside Eglio, a tiny village in the northern part of the Italian province of Tuscany, where he was born. His parents had returned there in the early 1930s to raise sheep, cattle, grapes and chestnuts after living for a few years in Hamilton, Ont. …

The last C-130 Hercules transport aircraft left the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Wednesday, according to an announcement from the base. The giant transport planes had been stationed at Niagara Falls for 47 years, but the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve is now an Air Refueling Wing, flying KC-135 Stratotankers that can be used to refuel other planes in m…

Starbucks said it will close all 379 of its Teavana stores, a roster that includes locations at the Walden Galleria and Boulevard Mall. All of the stores will close over the coming year, with the majority closing by next spring, Starbucks said. The company said many of the Teavana stores, which are mainly based in malls, "have been persistently underperforming." "Fol…

One by one, 27,650 terra cotta panels have been filling in the exterior of the University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school. Workers were installing the bottom band of the panels along Main Street this week and expect to finish the terra cotta installation by late August. The latest count from general contractor LPCiminelli is that roughly 24,000 panels have …

The Westin Buffalo, the luxury hotel operated by Delaware North, has equipped all 116 of its rooms with Amazon Echo devices. The voice-activated devices use Volara software, which is integrated into existing hotel software and specifically designed to serve hospitality customers. The software allows guests to ask the device questions that would normally be answered by h…