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The John R. Oishei foundation gave Buffalo CarShare a $100,000 challenge grant to help double CarShare’s fleet of automobiles. The nonprofit organization launched its “Get There” campaign Monday and hopes to raise $300,000 by 2015 to expand from 15 to 30 vehicles. The new campaign aims to bring cars to neighborhoods that need the services the most – like the lower West Sid…

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Banker-turned-developer Paul Kolkmeyer and two partners have acquired the Dun Building in downtown Buffalo from Michael Joseph’s Clover Management as an investment.Kolkmeyer and Greg Suffoletto of Priam Enterprises, together with a third anonymous partner, paid $1.325 million for the 10-story edifice, acting through 110 Pearl LLC, according to brokers Robert Roller and Ada…

The African American Cultural Center will host its third annual Afternoon Tea Social from 2 to 4 p.m. June 30.A string quartet from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform, as well as local opera singer Theresa Humes-Jordan.Also featured will be finger sandwiches, treats, a ticket auction and a fancy hat contest. Donations are $30 for adults and $15 for children be…

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If Saturday’s rain kept some folks away from the first day of the Allentown Art Festival, Sunday’s blue skies more than made up for it.To get an idea of just how successful the annual art extravaganza was, one needed only to glance down Delaware Avenue during the middle of the afternoon.“Look at that sunshine, and look at that street,” said Mary Myszkiewicz, president of t…

Mark Gaston Pearce came home Sunday to a crowd much more welcoming than the U.S. Senate.The Buffalo labor lawyer-turned-National Labor Relations Board chairman spoke at a downtown dinner, still fresh from a confirmation process that turned partisan last month.“Our agency is under fire,” Pearce said of the Republicans who filibustered his appointment by President Obama. “Se…

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After 152 years of educating young women, Holy Angels Academy in North Buffalo is now officially closed.Students, parents, teachers and alumnae gathered Sunday afternoon at a closing Mass for the Catholic school at nearby St. Rose of Lima Church, where students received sterling silver angel wings. Afterward, there was a reception at the school, which stands at the corner …

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Under a giant cottonwood tree on an unexpectedly wide swath of undeveloped land on Buffalo’s East Side, two pioneers in Buffalo’s small but growing urban farming movement will get married next weekend.The bride, Alex Stevens, and groom, Dan Ash, have started their own farm there – where Gittere Street dead-ends near railroad tracks. The former vacant lot had long been a du…

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American Muslims, and particularly the women among them, are doing “pretty well” despite the challenges they’ve faced in recent decades, a prominent Muslim lawyer and appointee of President Obama said at the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York’s ninth annual banquet Saturday night.But there is more work to be done, she added.Azizah al-Hibri taught law for 20 …

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Surrounded by brightly colored banners and kiosks boasting traditional festival fare, young men with wild, untamed hair strummed, thumped and trumpeted a folksy tune. Along Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue, vendors offered up moderately priced luxury items, including glass wall hangings and a bird feeder shaped like a sunflower. Artists and craftspeople emerged from the woodwork …

Buffalo’s art, music and food scenes are typically well-represented at the city’s numerous summer festivals, and next weekend’s Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Park is no exception. But for the first time, Juneteenth organizers are adding another aspect of Buffalo’s culture – science – after realizing it could help children one day find good jobs without leaving …

FFZ Holdings, a Buffalo-based real estate investor, identified itself as the new owner of the Cargill Pool Grain Elevator on Thursday, one day after anonymously acquiring the structure at auction for $475,000.FFZ Holdings will team up with Savarino Companies, a Buffalo development company, to develop the grain elevator parcel. The companies are involved in several project…

An effort to raise money to hire a private investigator in an attempt to change the official cause of death from accidental to homicide for Kenmore native Amanda L. Wienckowski is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Saturday.The auction, which also will include a drawing for a 46-inch flat-screen television, will be held in Kate’s Bar & Restaurant, 1125 Tonawanda St., near Vulcan Str…

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Sarah Bishop is a big believer in the power of local business.And next week, Bishop and others will have plenty of chances to show about 500 other local business boosters just what community-focused firms have helped accomplish in the Buffalo Niagara region.Those local business advocates will be attending a four-day national conference that begins Tuesday and is organized …

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WASHINGTON – Raising the dispute over the Peace Bridge to its highest level yet, the Canadian government is taking a strong stand against pending New York legislation that could result in the dissolution of the Peace Bridge Authority, saying the measure threatens to stall $50 million in improvements to the bridge’s American plaza that the authority agreed to last year.“At …

Kaleida Health is planning an expansion of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital that includes a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit, according to documents filed with the Town of Amherst’s Planning Department.The hospital system plans three projects encompassing 33,940 square feet of new space, said Eric Gillert, the town’s planning director.The one-story neonatal ICU will b…