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For visual art fans, the arrival of fall usually brings with it a strong urge to return to the cozy surroundings of Western New York’s dozens of long-established galleries and museums after a long summer of offbeat outdoor projects and installations.But thanks to “My Future Ex,” an ambitious new exhibition organized by Tra Bouscaren and Sandra Q. Firmin of the University a…

Niagara Ceramics, the dinnerware manufacturer that was created after the closing of Buffalo China nine years ago, is shutting down, throwing 110 workers out of their jobs.The company announced the shutdown of its sprawling factory at 75 Hayes Place on Monday in a filing with the state Labor Department.Company officials, in the filing, cited “economic” reasons for the closi…

Lonnice Willis, 28, of West Seneca, has been identified as the woman stabbed Sunday afternoon outside a house on the 600 block of Virginia Street, police said.Nedra S. Jones, 29, of Buffalo, has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal attack, according to Buffalo homicide detectives.The women were familiar with each other, detectives said.Police believe Willis …

The list includes a prominent pastor’s wife, as well as notable developers and movers and shakers. But nearly one in four individual donors to Mayor Byron W. Brown’s campaign over the last year are his employees. A Buffalo News analysis of campaign finance records over the last year found that conservatively, 24 percent of Brown’s individual donors are people who work in h…

Buffalo police homicide detectives arrested a woman Sunday night in connection with a fatal stabbing Sunday afternoon in the 600 block of Virginia Street.Police did not identify the victim and described the person charged in the incident in the city’s near East Side, east of Ellicott Street, only as a woman in her late 20’s.The victim was taken to nearby Buffalo General Me…

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The plan was to interrupt the flow of supplies and destroy radio communications equipment so that the Germans would fall into disarray as Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.As is often the case in the chaos of war, the plan failed, and it cost 19-year-old Leonard S. Gaj, a paratrooper, his freedom.Gaj, a member of the 82nd Airborne Divisio…

Buffalo firefighters battled a blaze early this morning that caused $10,000 damage to a vacant two-and-a-half-story restaurant at 1646-1650 Genesee St. on the city’s East Side. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Fire companies arrived at the scene to find heavy fire on one side of the building, requiring an additional two engines and a ladder company to be c…

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The third annual Echo Art Fair got off to a subdued but jovial start on Saturday as art fans made their way through the drizzle and into the art-filled second floor of the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library on Lafayette Square.Exhibitors and visitors alike were abuzz about the fair’s comfortable new location in an area of the library that once housed books and computers…

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Nov. 23, 1983 – Sept. 6, 2013 James Richard Finan, a Buffalo actor who frequently appeared in Buffalo United Artists and American Repertory Theatre productions, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon. He was 29.Mr. Finan, born in Amherst, was a lifelong devotee of theater.He appeared in productions throughout his high school years at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute where he …

The suspicious early morning fire on Aug. 25 that began in a parked car and heavily damaged a Vermont Street home has devastated an elderly widow, friends say.Anne Misso, 86, who cares for a disabled son who is now in his early 60s and lives on Social Security, did not carry fire insurance on her home, which needs a new roof and major repairs.She is now living with her son…

May 10, 1929 – Sept. 3, 2013Joanne R. Fuhrmann, a retired Buffalo and East Aurora teacher, died of cancer Tuesday in Palm City, Fla. She was 84.Mrs. Fuhrmann was born Joanne Kopp in South Buffalo. She graduated from Buffalo public schools, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College and a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo.After a stint in the Air…

If there is one figure in the latest Siena College poll that explains incumbent Byron W. Brown’s commanding lead in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor, it may very well be the 78 percent of respondents who say Buffalo is on the right track.Just about all the poll’s other statistics – Brown’s 70 percent favorable rating, the 63 percent who approve of his job performance…

One of the most contentious local matches in Tuesday’s Democratic primary races is the battle for the 2nd District Erie County Legislature seat pitting a veteran lawmaker against a first-time candidate for political office.In recent days, Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant has taken a newly registered political action committee to task for smearing her in an effort to…

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Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian F. Notaro of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Buffalo, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a gathering at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, St. Petersburg. Mr. Notaro and Rosalie P. Crage were married Aug. 28, 1948, in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is retired owner of Notaro Roofing Company. They have five children, six grandchildr…

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Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Zelak of Buffalo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a private dinner. Mr. Zelak and Carol A. Haskins were married Aug. 31, 1963, in Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, Lackawanna. He is a retired controls technician for Bethlehem Steel and Arcellsor Mittel after 44 years of service. She is a retired senior customer service representative fo…