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The mayoral candidates threw around figures, debated ideas and avoided the topics they did not want to talk about.The third debate Tuesday for Mayor Byron W. Brown and his challengers, Bernard A. Tolbert and Sergio R. Rodriguez, was the most sharply argued so far as the candidates criticized one another and defended themselves.But did they get their facts right? The Buffal…

A new year means a new transportation company for the Tonawanda City School District, as the Board of Education approved a contract with Transpo on Tuesday night.Transpo representative Robert Kirisits said the district will have a full complement of buses to use, and the routes already have been figured out. Kirisits, a Tonawanda alum, has experience working with the distr…

Buffalo

“I was living in New York City at the time and a friend said, ‘Want to go?’ I was for civil rights and so I got a free ride on the bus from New York City,” Valerie Neiderhoffer recalled late Wednesday afternoon as she waited for the 50th anniversary program to begin in Martin Luther King Park on Buffalo’s East Side.She came because she was there on the Mall for the March o…

ALBANY – The Cuomo administration is keeping its suite at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but it has turned over the suite’s management and tickets to a local business group.Months after coming under criticism for including the suite as part of the $130 million lease agreement Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck to keep the team in Buffalo, the administration has tapped Buffalo Niagara Enterpr…

Buffalo

St. Ann Church will not function as a Catholic worship space any longer, but the Diocese of Buffalo has agreed to explore possibilities other than demolishing the venerable East Side structure.A diocesan committee will begin meeting in September with representatives from Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the area’s primary preservation group, to examine how the massive church …

Amherst

July 14, 1925 – Aug. 25, 2013Sigmund M. Potembski, an Army veteran of World War II and retired television station art director, died Sunday under hospice care in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 88.Born in Buffalo, he was a 1943 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School. During the war, he served with the Army’s 550th Engineer Light Pontoon Company in F…

Amherst

Like it or not, Ellicott Development Co.’s controversial mixed use project on Main Street in Amherst is officially open for business.The six-story building at 5195 Main St. at South Forest Road in Amherst houses a 120-room Wyndham Garden hotel and 33 high-end apartments.On Wednesday, hotel staff were busy readying the hotel for the arrival of its first big VIP booking.“We’…

Buffalo

The evolution of the Buffalo stuffed pepper continues. ¶ Popularized by Andy DiVincenzo of Billy Ogden’s in the late 1980s, the cheese-filled yellow Hungarian has gotten on half the menus in town. Not just Italian places, and not just appetizers, either: I’ve seen “Buffalo stuffed pepper” soups, meatballs, pizzas and pierogies, plus other mutations best forgotten. ¶ Th…

Buffalo

“The Great Chicken Wing Hunt”Screenings: 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday; 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday; and 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through next Thursday.Q&A screenings with director Matt Reynolds: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.Where: Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St.Tickets: $7 to $9.50Information: www.di…

Buffalo

If you grew up enjoying Buffalo chicken wings and spent any time away from Western New York, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced The Hunger. It’s often triggered by some poor innocent soul hearing you were from Buffalo, and just trying to be friendly.“Hey, I know a place around here where you can get Buffalo wings,” they might say. Leaving you grasping for a response …

Buffalo

Osteria 166 New casual Italian place has potential to become a downtown fixture.WHERE: 166 Franklin St. (www.osteriabuffalo.com, 858-3118)HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.PRICE RANGE: Appetizers, $4-$13; sandwiches and pizzas, $7-$14; pastas and entrees, $14-$38.PARKING: Street.WHEELCHAIR …

Buffalo

The evolution of the Buffalo stuffed pepper continues. ¶ Popularized by Andy DiVincenzo of Billy Ogden’s in the late 1980s, the cheese-filled yellow Hungarian has gotten on half the menus in town. Not just Italian places, and not just appetizers, either: I’ve seen “Buffalo stuffed pepper” soups, meatballs, pizzas and pierogies, plus other mutations best forgotten. ¶ Th…

Crime

When volunteers left a small donation center in the Town of Tonawanda on Thursday afternoon, the cupboards were fully stocked with school supplies destined for needy kids.When they returned Tuesday morning, staff at the Ken-Ton Closet discovered one or more back-to-school grinches had gotten into their second-floor rooms in the Parkside Village Community Center via an unlo…

A car plunged into Tonawanda Creek Wednesday afternoon in Amherst, but the two people in the vehicle got out safely before police and volunteer firefighters arrived, authorities said.The car was northbound on Sweet Home Road when the driver failed to turn and headed into the creek at about 1 p.m. Firefighters said neither the driver nor the passenger was harmed. Sweet Home…

The Mansion Group selected two Buffalo firms to market the hotel and conference center to be built in the Richardson Olmsted Complex.Block Club and 19 IDEAS will handle marketing and branding strategy for the hospitality venues at the historic site at the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues in Buffalo.The firms will do market research, including a perception survey, and c…