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A tactile art installation featuring work by Tonawanda painter Larry Allen opens Friday in Allentown’s Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) during the neighborhood’s First Fridays Gallery Walk. Friday’s opening, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m., will feature music from local duo Dos Tipos, who will perform an evening of Puerto Rican and Cuban folk tunes called “Songs fro…

A 25-year-old homeless man, found sleeping in his car at the University at Buffalo’s South Campus, was charged with robbing a woman last week, university police reported.The robbery occurred at about 6 a.m. last Wednesday, as the woman was walking along Bailey Avenue on her way to work. Police said a man approached her and, claiming he had a knife, threatened to kill her…

Buffalo’s “Cars Sharing Main Street” project is proceeding, with construction to bring two-way traffic to the 500 block, between Chippewa and Mohawk streets, scheduled to begin in the fall.Mayor Byron W. Brown, standing with the Main Street construction and passing trains as his backdrop, announced Tuesday that the city awarded Mark Cerrone Inc. the $15.7 million con…

Ellen Dick is a 20-year-old sculpting major at the University of Washington who likes working with wood and wood materials.Tuesday, she had the opportunity to transfer those skills to a different kind of project: building a house for a low-income family on Buffalo’s East Side.“It’s really important to find a way to break out of your shell,” said Dick, who was among…

The Franklin Club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns has received a grant for $5,155 from Ronald McDonald House to purchase a security system and eight cameras, which will be installed this month.The cameras will be used to deter graffiti and vandalism, and offer parking lot security.

Plans for new apartments along the Buffalo River were approved by the city Planning Board on Tuesday, though a crucial approval from the Preservation Board is still necessary. Developer Samuel J. Savarino plans to invest $18 million to “deconstruct” the historically significant Erie Freight House on Ohio Street and in its place build Buffalo River Lofts, one- and two-b…

Think of it as a community car. You rent the vehicle by the hour, picking it up and returning it at designated spots. No car loans. No costly repair bills. And participants are helping the environment.It’s called Buffalo CarShare, a nonprofit group that is launching an ambitious plan to grow the program. Executive Director Creighton Randall talked with The Buffalo News…

A 47-year-old Stockbridge Avenue man was arrested on assault and other charges about 2 a.m. today for allegedly punching a 15-year-old neighbor boy as they argued in the victim’s home in the 400 block of the street several hours earlier. Lee Pope was also charged with child endangerment and harassment on the complaint of the victim’s mother.

Cheektowaga police officers on foot patrol arrested a man who had a loaded, stolen handgun in his waistband, town police reported Tuesday.Officers Scott Leising and Mike Smith were participating in a traffic checkpoint Sunday evening at Pine Ridge Road and Walden Avenue when they stopped a SUV for a broken brake light and other, unspecified violations of vehicle and traffi…

Adell Ziegler denies setting fire to Phoenix, the Jack Russell terrier that touched so many hearts, but that didn’t stop a judge from sending him to prison for two years.State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia referred to the community’s outrage over the puppy’s plight – he suffered burns over 50 percent of his body – before sentencing Ziegler to the max…

The Rev. Darius Pridgen thought his True Bethel Baptist Church had landed a great deal for a prominent East Side property over the weekend, but his hopes were dashed late Monday when the seller rejected the church’s high bid for the former Sattler’s Department store property.True Bethel on Saturday had emerged as the apparent winner in the public auction for the former…

A 25-year-old Town of Tonawanda woman who thought she was in North Buffalo while driving south in a damaged vehicle on Route 219 in Orchard Park, a 29-year-old Buffalo man who told officers he was “buzzed” after driving repeatedly in circles in a parking lot on Abbott Road, and a 20-year-old Depew man who drove onto the exit ramp of Route 219 were all charged with driv…

Michael Campbell, a Buffalo native and University at Buffalo graduate, was the helicopter pilot who safely landed a charter tourist helicopter in the Hudson River in New York City about noon Sunday, saving himself and four Swedish vacationers.Campbell deployed pontoons when the chopper lost power near 79th Street, near the New York City Marina. The helicopter had a hard la…

Fire of undetermined origin caused an estimated $150,000 damage Monday afternoon to a four-story brick building at 106 Elmwood Avenue. and $50,000 damage to its contents, according to the Fire Department.The Red Cross is helping two adult residents of the building with living conditions.The Fire Department was called to the scene of the smoky fire at 5:05 p.m. and crews we…

Buffalo’s outdoor pools opened Monday for the summer, and are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days per week.Splash pads are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days per week. Pools and splash pads are located at: • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Best Street, wading pool, closed Sunday. • Masten Park, at Best and Orange streets, pool closed Saturda…