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Biking to the campus may have just gotten a boost.Two local organizations stated on Friday they will collaborate on efforts to encourage people in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to think about changing the ways they get to work each day.GObike Buffalo and the medical campus will be a part of the effort, according to a release.Under a new collaboration between the two g…

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As the evening grew late, Richard Doyle was running out of options.The NFTA bus terminal, for the moment an oasis of flourescent-lit warmth and bustle in the January chill, would close in a couple of hours.City Mission was one possibility. Doyle, who said he is 61 but looks older, had stayed there before. But this evening, as 11 p.m. drew on and the temperature outdoors di…

Crowding around the radio at break of day?That’s so 1980s.Nowadays, students and parents find out about school closings, cancellations, dismissals and delays in much more up-to-date ways:Online, and through social media.There are also automated calls to the phones of school district families – and emails, too.“Social media closes the circle of communication,” said Bret Apt…

Crime

Grant Ledyard saw a lot of bloody lips and broken teeth during his playing days in the National Hockey League.But for the former Buffalo Sabre, a smack in the face between two children in his front yard left a lasting impression.A child swung a plastic golf club and struck an 11-year-old girl, splitting her lip and knocking out a front tooth, during a children’s birthday p…

Weather

It wasn’t much, but it counted.Buffalo notched its first measurable snowfall of the season Friday, weather experts at the National Weather Service said.“We just measured a 10th of an inch,” Steve Welch, meteorologist, said Friday night.That makes it official. Welch said the minimum amount of snow that needs to fall to be considered measurable is a 10th of an inch, which is…

Erie County

Somebody on food stamps moves. Or, they make more – or less – money at a job. Or maybe they have a new child, or one that moved away.Imagine questions like those – being asked over the phone, 600 to 800 times a day.That’s what happens in a new call center, on the third floor of the Rath Building, where county workers field questions from some of the thousands of recipients…

Business

They wanted cute shoes, or shovels.They needed gifts and gourmet items.For every shopper who took to the neighborhoods and shopping districts of the Buffalo region on Saturday, there was a goal – and a story.Small businesses – on the day dubbed “Small Business Saturday,” now in its sixth year – had ringing up and wrapping to do.But shoppers, many of them in light spirits o…

Local News

They are lessons that continue.Lessons about how to get ready, and when, and why.Lessons of time – and how some of the things it brings can only be dealt with, never erased.Lessons of grief, as families remember loved ones who were taken so suddenly, in such startling ways.“It’s kind of hard not to think about it,” said James N. Abate Jr. of Hamburg, whose only child, Dona…

Erie County

If you are poor in this region, chances are you live near others who are like you.Especially in Buffalo.Two of every three poor people in Erie County live in neighborhoods where many others also live below the poverty line, a Buffalo News analysis of census data shows.That leaves Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz – fresh from his successful re-election campaign, duri…

Buffalo

Higher pay is around the corner for staffers at the Lexington Co-op.Hourly pay for beginning employees will climb by more than $2 an hour, from $9 to a new level of $11.24, said Tim Bartlett, the general manager of the Lexington Co-op.“I just can’t overstate the value of our staff, to the work that we do,” said Bartlett, who has managed the co-op for 17 years.The Lexington…

Higher pay is around the corner for staffers at the Lexington Co-op.Hourly pay for beginning employees will climb by more than $2 an hour, from $9 to a new level of $11.24, said Tim Bartlett, the general manager of the Lexington Co-op.“I just can’t overstate the value of our staff, to the work that we do,” said Bartlett, who has managed the co-op for 17 years.The Lexington…

Buffalo

Even though Alicia Zielinski sometimes works 50 hours a week at her fast-food job, she still struggles making ends meet.On Tuesday, the 21-year-old West Seneca resident joined others at a City Hall rally pressing for better pay and working conditions in lower-paying jobs – from fast food to health care.Fast-food workers have become a focal point of the push for higher wage…

Buffalo

Western New Yorkers had to deal with strong winds on Friday for the second time in two weeks.The gusts were not as strong as last Thursday.But the high winds were being blamed in Buffalo for the toppling of a light pole at Coca-Cola Field, which fell over onto Oak Street and caused some destruction in its wake.The winds are likely over, at least for now, a meteorologist at…

Erie County

Brenda M. Freedman was the winner in a hotly contested race for a seat on the Erie County Family Court.The Republican Freedman, an Amherst resident, had a 4 percentage point lead over Democrat Kelly A. Brinkworth, with 98 percent of the vote tallied. More than 5,000 votes separated the candidates.Freedman declared victory late Tuesday.“I thought the entire time I was an un…

Local News

It was a day of wind-scrubbed weather – that ended with mostly gray skies and drizzle.Some even had hail.“We had hail here,” said Angie Beltran, 50, a longtime South Buffalo resident who works at Mazurek’s Bakery on South Park Avenue.“That was before 12 o’clock,” Beltran said.Gusts of wind hit high notes in Western New York largely earlier in the day on Thursday, according…