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Say goodbye to the Sorrento Cheese brand.The Sorrento brand, which has been part of Buffalo’s cheese-making for 66 years, is being eliminated by the French food giant that has owned the local business since the 1990s.In its place, all of Sorrento’s products – from ricotta and mozzarella to snack cheese products – will be rebranded under the Galbani brand, a worldwide brand…

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A fifth gorilla has a Parkside address.A baby, gender still to be determined, was born early Wednesday afternoon at the Buffalo Zoo to Lily, 12, and Koga, 26. The mother, a first-time mom who is showing strong maternal instincts, and the baby appear to be doing great, said Donna Fernandes, zoo president.“She’s such a good mom. It looked like she was kissing her in one of …

The important role that specially trained animals play in the lives of people with disabilities will be highlighted in a People First Forum program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Snyder. Featured at 11 a.m. will be Rich Marino, of Blasdell, an advocacy mentor for People Inc., and his helper dog, Tobey.The presentation al…

Officials with the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association are expected to provide more details about the ground-breaking and opening of their new boathouse at a fundraiser this weekend.The association will hold the fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. today at its temporary boathouse at 301 Ohio St.Officials last spring unveiled plans for a new glass-and-steel 16,000-square-foot bo…

The Common Council will host a meeting to discuss changes in health care laws at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday in Council Chambers at City Hall, 65 Niagara Square.The “ABCs of Health Care” is meant to inform city residents about details of the Affordable Care Act. Representatives from the state Department of Health and health insurance companies will be present.The meeting will …

Orchard Park Garden Club will host “A Salute to the Movies: A Standard Flower Show” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1 Fox Run Lane, Route 20A and California Road, Orchard Park. Open to the public; free admission....Hamburg House and Garden Club will host its 25th annual Tour of Homes and Gardens from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $12, will be available from n…

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Darshawn Morris was a menace and gang member who terrorized his Hagen Street neighborhood, according to residents there who knew him.The fact that the 21-year-old Buffalo man is now also an accused killer, they said, is not surprising.Morris was charged by Buffalo police late Wednesday with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing 13-year-old Lanasha “Nay Nay” Rollerson…

A Buffalo woman who tried to avoid paying the Internal Revenue Service about $25,000 in taxes could wind up being fined more than 10 times that much when she appears for sentencing Jan. 13 before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William M. Skretny, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Thursday.Diane Abram, 61, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $350…

In the Erie County Legislature’s 7th District, three candidates are running against each other in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Thomas J. Mazur of Cheektowaga, the Legislature’s majority leader. As in other contests, this race involves two rival factions of the local Democratic Party, each of which has fielded a candidate to go up against a thi…

Four men were arrested Wednesday night in connection with the recent arson in Houghton Park that left new shelters and park benches charred black.The men, who were between the ages of 17 and 20, were charged with arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department. He said the investigation is on…

It isn’t mid-January, but the images of a solid wall of storm-powered ice that shoved a massive lake freighter into the Michigan Avenue lift bridge, destroying it and causing a huge flood of icy water into homes in South Buffalo, the Old First Ward and the Valley, will be on everyone’s minds Saturday.A program of story, songs and displays called “Ghost Ships and the Flood:…

An 18-year-old Gibson Street man pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a shooting that paralyzed a 15-year-old girl.Damone Lewis shot at Angelica Soto five times – striking her twice – at about 9:50 p.m. Aug. 30, 2012, on Walden and Wood avenues on the East Side.Lewis faces a prison term of up to 25 year…

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LOCKPORT – John R. Freeman Jr. was denounced by Isabella M. Tennant’s father as a “disgusting animal” Thursday, as Freeman was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for killing the 5-year-old girl in her great-grandparents’ Niagara Falls home.Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the sentence, which was the most severe he could order under the terms of a Jul…

The Buffalo & Erie County Central Library and Lafayette Square will become ground zero for Western New York’s visual art community this weekend, as it welcomes a flurry of activity surrounding the third annual Echo Art Fair.The juried fair, founded by Buffalo-booster E. Frits Abell in 2011 to encourage more Western New Yorkers to collect work by regional artists, will incl…