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Kriner Cash, superintendent of the Buffalo city schools, spent a lot of time Saturday contemplating what he'll say tonight from the stage at Kleinhans Music Hall, the same stage where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed Buffalo only a little more than 50 years ago. Cash will be particularly conscious of the young adults and children in the audience from throughout…

Local unions are joining together to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday evening. The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, along with the Service Employees International Union (1199 SEIU) and the Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO will host the event from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of 1199 SEIU, 2421 Main St. Organizers…

The Rev. Craig D. Pridgen, senior pastor at True Bethel Baptist Church, Niagara Falls, and a senior business and planning analyst at M&T Bank, has been elected to the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors. A graduate of Medaille College and Berean Baptist College, Pastor Pridgen has extensive management experience in estate collections, risk man…

The Erie Canal Discovery Center and Niagara History Center are seeking nominees for the 13th annual “Key to the Locks” award. The award recognizes a Niagara County resident who exemplifies community spirit or promotes the heritage or preservation of the historic Erie Canal. Nomination forms are available at the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport, or onli…

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Applications are now being accepted for participation in the 19th Annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Organizers of the neighborhood festival are looking for artists, craftspeople, musicians, dancers, community groups and food vendors to join the party, held every year on the weekend before Labor Day weekend. This year's festival will be Aug. 25 and 26. Deadl…

Two students from the Kenton Career Technical Center advanced to a national automotive technology competition, after winning a local event on Saturday. The two-person team of Kyle Huttenmaier and Alex Prims won the 2018 Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association's Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition, held at an Erie Community College facility in Orchard Park. …

The Pendleton Town Board will recognize and thank the volunteers who helped plant and maintain the Canal Trailheads at its meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in Town Hall, 6570 Campbell Blvd. Sandy and Mike Guzzetti, organizers of the Canal Adopt a Trail program, will give a presentation on their efforts this past year and will be recruiting volunteers for the new year. T…

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Chuck Butterfield was on his way to work at a deli wholesale warehouse early Friday morning when he could see flashing lights and an accident with a red Taurus, just like his son Jacob's car, on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg. He told himself it might be someone else's car, since there are "so many red Tauruses. I thought it was his car, but was hoping it wasn't," he…

A Niagara Avenue home was burglarized twice in a 24-hour period, Niagara Falls police said, each time while the homeowner and his son were sleeping in a nearby room. A $30,000 gold Rolex President watch and $10,000 worth of other jewelry was stolen in one of the break-ins. Police initially responded to the home Friday morning after the resident found that someone had re…

American Red Cross volunteers will continue to operate a shelter at Winchester Elementary School, at 650 Harlem Road in Buffalo, until 9 a.m. on Sunday. Area residents affected by the recent flooding and winter storm are welcome to stay at the shelter or stop by. Volunteers are providing food, water, comfort and support. One person spent Friday night at the shelter. …

A Crescent Avenue man said he was robbed while he was on the Delaware Park Ring Road at about 7:15 a.m. Friday morning. Buffalo Police said the thief held what appeared to be a handgun and demanded his property. Police said the thief then struck the victim in the head with the same object and fled.

Two masked men robbed a 7-11 store at 281 Parkside Ave. early Saturday, Buffalo Police said. The two men walked into the store at 12:30 a.m. and demanded an employee place money from both of the store's cash registers into a backpack, Buffalo Police said. A second person was held at gunpoint and ordered not to move. Both thiefs appeared to be armed with guns. After t…

An armed masked man robbed a 7-11 at 584 Ontario St. in Riverside on Friday morning, Buffalo Police said. Police said the man entered the store at 5:20 a.m., displayed a black handgun, and demanded cash from employees. The suspect took about $100, placed the money in a bag and fled on foot.  

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In a way, the Hotel Niagara as it appeared in its heyday still exists. Talk to Deb Sticht, or Paul Verciglio, or Carolyn Mancuso, and they can close their eyes and take you through it as it was, step by step. Follow their memories, push through the revolving door, and you are greeted by a doorman named John, a slender, genial guy in white gloves and a long red coat. To …

A Parkside resident reported $2,300 worth of property stolen from his locked vehicle. The resident of the 300 block of Parkside Avenue reported the theft occurred sometime between late Friday night and early Saturday morning. The front passenger window was smashed, and a HP computer and a laptop bag were taken, Buffalo Police said.