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“Shea’s Shopping Soiree” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 21, with more than 55 local artisans and vendors providing jewelry, purses, mugs, ornaments, wreaths and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and are available at Shea’s box office, 650 Main St., or through www.ticketmaster.com. All proceeds benefit Shea’s restoration and education programs. …

Dr. Alan Lockwood, emeritus professor of neurology at the University at Buffalo and an expert on the health impacts of coal burning, will speak in a forum sponsored by the Clean Air Coalition at 6 p.m. today in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. It is free and open to the public.His talk follows the release last week of the state Department of He…

A U.S. Chess Federation Open Tournament for youths and adults will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the upper level of Main Place Mall on Main Street.It is sponsored by Buffalo’s Archangel 8 Chess Academy, Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr., the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers and the city’s Willie “Hutch” Jones Educational and Sports P…

All 14,000 entries in the 118th running of the YMCA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day are sold out, officials of YMCA Buffalo Niagara announced Monday. The race, the oldest continuous foot race in North America, is limited to 14,000 participants in order to meet the fire code regulations in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, where the post-race party and awards ceremony …

Newstead residents gave their town leaders an earful Monday night about a proposed amendment that would set a limit on noise and times for special events.The issue drew numerous residents who have complained about concerts at Braun’s Concert Cove. The venue has been a point of contention for nearby residents since the concerts began last year.The public hearing, which last…

Sheets of ice caused a multiple-car crash on the Youngmann Expressway near the interchange with the Niagara Thruway in the Town of Tonwanda at about 11 p.m. Monday and a one-car crash on the median along the Niagara Thruway near Niagara Street in Buffalo about the same time.Town of Tonawanda police and State Police assigned to the Thruway reported no serious injuries in ei…

Amherst

A judge has rejected two lawsuits against the controversial Hyatt Place Hotel on Main Street in Snyder, paving the way for work on the six-story hotel to proceed.In a written ruling issued Friday, State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski upheld the decisions made earlier this year by two Amherst boards allowing Iskalo Development Corp. to build the $15 million, 137-ro…

Buffalo

All 14,000 entries in the 118th running of the YMCA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day are sold out, YMCA Buffalo Niagara announced Monday. The race, the oldest continuous foot race in North America, is limited to 14,000 participants in order to meet the fire code regulations in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, where the post-race party and awards ceremony take place. L…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Public Schools’ top administrator in charge of school turnaround plans has been forced to resign a day after state officials told district leaders about serious problems in instruction, leadership and Central Office support at three underachieving schools.A team from the state Education Department visited Bennett and Lafayette high schools and Martin Luther Kin…

ClarenceThe Hollow Bistro & Brew at 10641 Main Street in Clarence wants customers to “Feed the Need to Read” with a special event Wednesday.A portion of proceeds from lunch and dinner that day will be donated to First Book-WNY, a literacy group that aims to provide books to disadvantaged children.“We’re hoping for a good turnout,” Hollow Bistro general manager Katie Yu.For…

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Sixty-nine years after he distinguished himself in the hedgerows of northern France with the Army’s 13th Infantry Regiment of the 8th Infantry Division, William T. “Bill” Vaughan Sr. will receive France’s highest decoration – the Legion of Honor. Consul Pascal Soares of the French consulate in Buffalo will present the award in a ceremony Saturday in Northgate Healthcare Fa…

Buffalo

Frank Lloyd Wright’s artfully rendered, two-story filling station, once designed for Buffalo, has been brought to life as an exhibit inside the downtown Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum’s new atrium. The gas station Wright dreamed up in 1928 looks like no other – and now it’s ready for public view. The base is a salmon-colored poured concrete building and include…

Canisius College Public Safety officials would not comment this evening on reports of alleged telephone death threats made to Joey James, interim head coach of South Dakota University’s basketball team.James’ squad is playing the Golden Griffins tonight in Buffalo.Saturday in Olean, St. Bonaventure ruined James’s coaching debut, beating his team 68-46.

Parents in Hamburg Central School District have scheduled a third community meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. This meeting will be held in St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, 6895 Boston Cross Road near the Boston Hotel.Parents plan to give updates from previous meetings, and discuss ways to address turmoil in the school district, through strategies such as a letter writin…