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A long and winding road After being shuttered for almost 10 years, things are looking up and moving along for the quaint brick building at the corner of Hertel and Delaware avenues. The 5,592-square-foot former home of the North Park Branch Library was built in 1928 and was once a vibrant community cornerstone. But it was closed and its collection moved in April 2008…

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Bravo Zulu The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park honored one of its own last weekend with a new exhibit featuring Col. Patrick J. Cunningham. Col. Cunningham, who died in March, spent 30 years in the Army and then became executive director of the Naval & Military Park from 1993 until his death from a respiratory illness attributed partly to his ex…

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Need a little help here Earlier this summer, City Hallways did a tour of soul food restaurants up and down Bailey Avenue. The Bailey Avenue Cafe and Bake Shoppe was one of the businesses featured. Its cornmeal-fried haddock is a crowd favorite. But the restaurant has been shuttered since earlier this month because of a car accident that caused serious structural d…

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Ghost town...or maybe not It was pretty much the same old story at the Broadway Market during a lunch visit there earlier this week. It was dead as a doornail. That’s no surprise considering it’s not Easter – the busiest time of the year for the 129-year-old market. But maybe it’s not fair to judge the legendary landmark on a weekday alone. It seems the we…

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After the rain Into each life a little rain must fall, as the saying goes. But on Tuesday, a whole lot of cats and dogs came raining down on Buffalo. There were reports of heavy downpours and downed trees across the area. The National Weather Service even issued a tornado watch for all of Western New York. With all the wild and crazy weather, how nice it was to …

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Not your regular mural A new public art mural went up over the weekend in North Buffalo across the street from one that went up earlier this summer. “Magic Buffalo” already was unveiled this past June on the Joe’s Deli building at the corner of Hertel Avenue and Colvin Boulevard. The new mural — entitled “Buffalo” — is located on a building across th…

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Lighten up a bit Did you catch the debate Thursday night with the three candidates running for Buffalo mayor on Primary Day Sept. 12? If you didn't arrive early, you probably couldn't get a seat in the Burchfield Penney Art Center where the debate was being held. The program started at 7 p.m., and for anyone who got there at 7:02 - like me - there already were sig…

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 A lasting legacy The Police Athletic Club’s Tennis Camp celebrated the memory of Natalie Lewis Wednesday during its award ceremony at the Delaware Park McMillan Tennis Courts. The camp was renamed “Love to Serve” in honor of Ms. Lewis, a noted local athlete who died in a hot-air balloon accident in Virginia in 2014 at age 24. Ms. Lewis was an intern in May…

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Serving up love The tennis camp where Natalie Lewis once coached youngsters will be renamed “Love to Serve” in her honor today. Ms. Lewis died in a hot-air balloon accident in Virginia in 2014. The 24-year-old was a noted local athlete who set records for Nardin Academy and continued to excel as a scholar-athlete in the University of Richmond’s swimming prog…

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Happenings on Hertel Did you hear Hertel Avenue is getting 27 new, custom-made corrals to be installed along the busy business district? Each of the black, iron corrals will hold one garbage tote and one recycling tote? One of them was unveiled yesterday, and they look pretty cool. While I was checking out the new corrals, I noticed a couple of new businesses al…

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Celebremos la herencia y la cultura hispana! The Puerto Rican flag was hoisted Thursday afternoon in Niagara Square to kick off the 15th annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of Western New York. It's the largest Puerto Rican and Hispanic parade in the state, Mayor Byron Brown said during the flag-raising ceremony. This year’s theme: “Unidos Siempre!” ("…

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Party on the block The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus was rocking on Wednesday for the first-ever BNMC Summer Block Party sponsored by Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University at Buffalo and Kaleida Health. The family-friendly activity brought together nearby neighbors, employees who work on the Medical Campus and their families. There was food, activities for ki…

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Putting up a fight What’s red and yellow and represents the number 8888? It’s the fighting peacock flag flying outside City Hall. The banner marks the anniversary of Aug. 8, 1988 – the day protesters in Burma demonstrated and marched to demand democracy and freedom in that country but were met with a brutal crackdown by the military regime. Thousands repo…

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The results are in Does your neighborhood have a wish list? Does your block need street lighting improvements? Could your community center use a van? Imagine having a direct vote in how the city spends your tax dollars. That’s a loose description of how participatory budgeting works. Basically, ideas for projects come from community stakeholders and then a…

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Blast from the past Seeing this old A&P sign took me back down memory lane. For much of the 20th century, A&P was the largest retail grocer in the country. The eight-story concrete block building located on Swan Street in Larkinville was once the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. warehouse. The grocery chain opened its Buffalo division and regional head…