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City Hallways (Aug. 11) Celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture

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!” ("Always United").

The parade is scheduled for Aug. 19. It starts at 1 p.m. in front of City Hall and continues north on Niagara Street. There will also be a series of activities that weekend to honor Buffalo's Hispanic heritage and to increase awareness of Latin America's diverse culture.

The city’s Department of Public Works has started placing flags along Niagara Street – also known as Avenida San Juan.

For more information and a full list of activities, go to

Say it ain't so!

Did you hear three stores at HarborCenter are closing?

One of them is Fowler’s Chocolates.

Woe is me!!!

Guess I’ll just have to drive up to University Heights’ Parkside Candy to drown my sorrows and to check out its new sign.

Feeling happier already.

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