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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday unanimously approved plans by the developer of One Seneca Tower to scale back a couple of new secondary buildings on the site, and introduce smaller spaces for local retailers that architects are calling "pavilions." The seven new, smaller retail spaces will each be about 434 square feet and will line the east plaza edge along Washingt…

Michael Casinelli cradled his Martin D 28 guitar in his lap, a cup of coffee by his left foot. Patients and families from Roswell Park Cancer Institute mingled nearby. He played from memory, filling the lobby with the best of Elton John, Ray Charles and Van Morrison. "This is my favorite place to play," said Casinelli, wearing a black leather skull cap, black leather bo…

State Sen. Chris Jacobs' staff will be available in satellite locations across the 60th District next month to talk with constituents. Representatives from Jacobs’ staff will be available between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on the following days and locations: • Oct. 4: Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 S Park Ave. • Oct. 11: Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road. • Oct. 11: T…

A Clarence couple is seeking a conditional permit to operate dog boarding kennel in a residential neighborhood on Salt Road in the Town of Clarence. The Clarence Town Board will discuss at its meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, the request from Gregory and Katherine Schimenti for the temporary conditional permit to operate the kennel at their home at 5540 Salt Road.…

The League of Women Voters' annual candidates forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Union-Pleasant Elementary School auditorium, Union and Center streets in Hamburg. Candidates for Erie County sheriff, comptroller, clerk and Legislature have been invited. Also invited are the candidates for Hamburg town supervisor, highway superintendent, four candidates seeking …

A small child wearing only a diaper walking alone down a Buffalo street on Monday morning was reunited with family. Someone on a passing Metro bus spotted the child at about 10 a.m. on Weston Avenue. The citizen got off the bus and then contacted a police officer who was in a nearby parking lot, the Buffalo Police posted on Facebook. Officers went door to door on Wes…

The new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is slated to open Nov. 10, the tentative date projected by hospital leadership. Women & Children's Hospital disclosed the date to reporters during the simulated patient mock move last week to the $270 million, 12-story hospital at 818 Ellicott St. It also coincides with the partial open…

The third and final phase of outpatient clinics that will move from Women & Children's Hospital to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus begins later this week in preparation for an Oct. 2 opening. The next batch of moves is timed to be done so that all outpatient services will be complete before Oishei Children's Hospital opens Nov. 10. The new clinics will join ot…

A 59-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with robbing an Elmwood Avenue bank located next to the apartment building where he lives, according to a police report. Harry Charnock was arrested at his apartment building just after 5 p.m. Sunday, a day after police say he robbed the Bank of America at 495 Elmwood, according to the report. The robbery happened at about 1…

By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer UV radiation from the sun can be detrimental to our health. People who spend a lot of time sun bathing and working outside are at a greater risk of exposure. Exposure to UV light can cause anything from skin cancers to  several eye diseases. Many years ago, the public had no idea about the harmful rays of the sun could ca…

Ice skating, swimming, bowling and indoor golf are some of the amenities available as the Town of Tonawanda begins its fall recreation schedule. Information and registration are available at Youth, Parks and Recreation, 299 Decatur Road. The Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome reopens on Oct. 1 and offers both miniature golf, tee stations and putting greens, 175 Brompton Road…

A Williamsville street is slated for a makeover with "green infrastructure" improvements, including stormwater retention planters and permeable paving. South Long Street and Village Square Lane will also be paved and parking and sidewalks will be added to both sides of the roads, which border South Long Park. The Village Board  awarded the work to Occhino Corp. for …

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, born on this date in 1946, “Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” . . . STITCH IN TIME – The Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild will begin its new season at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter…

It's been nice boating weather, but the Hamburg town boat launch is closed, and some are asking for a refund, town officials said. A pylon and one of the docks floated away last month during a storm. Repairing the old dock will cost about $10,000, plus $10,000 for the pylon, while a new dock would cost about $30,000 without the pylon, Highway Superintendent Tom Best …