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By Barbara O'Brien / NEWS STAFF REPORTER

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By Tim O'Shei / News Staff Reporter

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Thu, Aug 1, 2013

Three events that were washed out during a single rainy spell in mid-June will fill River Fest Park on Ohio Street with celebration this evening.At 4 p.m., the Valley Community Association will host a ground-breaking ceremony at the park, 249 Ohio St., for the lodge, a two-story building housing a restaurant and dining area, banquet or meeting space and restrooms, as well …

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WASHINGTON – The Buffalo River got double-barreled good news on Thursday, as the Environmental Protection Agency said it had the money in place to continue its cleanup of the waterway and a House committee restored $150 million in fiscal 2014 Great Lakes funding that a subcommittee had cut last week.In an email to Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, the EPA said it had $23 mi…

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A generation ago, the Buffalo Public Schools system was considered a powerhouse of vocational programs, the envy of all other districts in the region.Even now, on paper, the district’s career and technical education offerings are impressive in number and diversity. More than two dozen four-year career programs – from welding to aquatic ecology – are offered in the di…

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The history of Buffalo is written on its waterways, from the expanse of Lake Erie where world powers once vied for control of nascent America during the War of 1812, to the long stretches of the Erie Canal – some intact, some buried, some en route to restoration – along which mule-drawn barges transported every commodity imaginable to the city in its heyday. A piece o…

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The two-story, blue house on 14th Street that was scheduled for demolition has been given a new start – just like the Buffalo Public Schools students who helped rehab it.Take Allegra Malone, for instance. The 16-year-old Bennett High School junior was having behavioral and attitude problems, and was performing poorly in school.Then she signed up with the Hillside Work-Sc…

In case of a terrorist attack, a chemical fire, or even a street closing, the city now has the capability of alerting people wherever they are. The city unveiled a new alert system Thursday, one that uses phone calls, text messages and emails to notify residents and people who work in the city about emergencies and non-emergencies. Code Red, a system the city purchased for…

If a stretch of Main Street in downtown Buffalo looks a bit more lively than usual this weekend, chalk it up to a kid-friendly arts initiative aimed at turning one city block into a colorful – albeit water-soluble – playground. The second annual ChalkFest Buffalo will give artists of all ages a chance to decorate their own portion of Main between West Huron and West M…

LOCKPORT – Filippo Inglima, the former owner of restaurants in Buffalo and Lewiston who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl, is likely to be deported to Italy after a Niagara County judge refused his request to withdraw his plea.Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas on Thursday said no to the request from Inglima’s lawyer, Andrew C. LoTempio, who was hired after Ingl…

A man was robbed Wednesday night in front of his house on Schuele Avenue at the corner of Scajaquada Street, police said.The man was sitting in his car just before 11 p.m., authorities said, when another man approached the vehicle, displayed the butt of a gun and demanded money.The thief took about $45 from the man and fled toward East Ferry Street, according to police.

A man who assaulted a woman at the Shadow Lounge on Hertel Avenue and later threatened her with a handgun and stole a car was arrested Wednesday evening, Buffalo police said.Daniel Flitt, who has addresses in Buffalo and Tonawanda, is accused of punching a woman in the face, throwing her to the ground and hitting her with a chair on the patio of Shadow Lounge, authorities …

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Johns Hopkins University will get the chance to prove that it can turn Lafayette and East high schools into success stories.The Buffalo School Board voted, 8-1, at a special meeting Wednesday to have Johns Hopkins University serve as the lead supervisor for both schools over the next few years. Erie 1 BOCES, meanwhile, will provide vocational programs to any interested stu…

The Buffalo Infringement Festival, the city’s annual compendium of underground arts activity, kicked off a week ago and is entering its final days.The festival’s last weekend is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest in its eight-year history, with a full slate of theater productions, live music performances, public fire dancing, film screenings and impromptu parades thr…

Omnipresent photographer and street artist Max Collins, whose work has been all but unavoidable on Buffalo’s streetscape these past few years, has trained his lens on an unlikely place: The Buffalo News.His new show, sponsored by The News’ commercial printing division, TBN Direct, features portraits of many employees from editors and writers to pressmen and drivers. Th…

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Last summer, a group of amateur and professional chalk artists descended on the 500 block of Main Street to participate in the first-ever Buffalo Chalk Fest. It was a convivial affair, with artists young and old creating everything from simple hopscotch squares to three-dimensional tributes to Buffalo sports teams.The festival will have its second go this weekend, from noo…

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When Chef Adam Goetz moved from Sample on Allen Street to Craving on Hertel Avenue, everything got bigger. ¶ The former La Dolce Vita space seats more customers, offering 45 spots plus the bar, and a broader patio. Goetz is responsible for the food, while his wife and business partner, Jennifer, handles the rest. They offer lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. ¶ The plat…