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Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson is a suburban reporter for The Buffalo News. She covers Lancaster and Depew.


Art

Colorful paintings of the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood to the east of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are making a statement in a common walkway on the campus. Tucked on the eastern end of a hallway between Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center is the newly installed Community Artists Gallery, giving many patients and …

Business

The newly opened $270 million John R. Oishei Children's Hospital was a page turner in the latest chapter of the burgeoning downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. So was the December opening of the University at Buffalo's $375 million new home for its Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The completion of the new projects mark a turning point for the 1…

Buffalo

After Amherst native Matthew K. Enstice wrapped up stints in the entertainment industry that took him to Broadway Pictures in Los Angeles and "Saturday Night Live" in New York City, his career dramatically swerved back to Buffalo. He landed at the helm of the nonprofit organization overseeing the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Now, 17 years later, Enstice finds himself…

Local News

The Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center, a hot spot on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, soon will be full. The 128,000-square-foot center at 640 Ellicott St. has seen consistent growth as a hub on campus for startup companies and entrepreneurs. Its last remaining chunk of available space on its third floor – with sweeping views of the campus through tall…

Art

It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko. The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding. But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming. Like clockwork ever…

Local News

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…

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You've smoked for years. You know you should quit. Your doctor, relatives and friends have begged you to, to no avail. But what if a robot zipping around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus read you the riot act? Maybe the robot could also pick up discarded cigarette butts and squirt water at people if they give it a hard time. That's what Matthew K. Enstice, head …

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Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies and volunteer firefighters rescued two duck hunters whose kayak overturned Saturday morning in Mud Creek in Lockport. Another duck hunter called 911 at 10:20 a.m. to report his friends had fallen into the creek when their kayak was turned sideways by the current, hit ice and overturned. Neither of the men, identified as Ryan Chamberlain…

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Winter is back. The  spring-like weather that warmed Buffalo mid-week quickly spun into a 43-degree temperature drop in a span of 13 hours Friday, catapulting Western New York right back into winter. The local temperature reached a high of 60 degrees by 10:46 a.m. Friday but fell to 17 by midnight. Ice jams and freezing rain are over, but the cold is here to stay …

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The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school opened its doors Monday to students on the first day of classes in their new digs. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also visited the new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. to talk with students about the historical significance of the day. Teaching, research and clinical work got…

Buffalo

Like many of her nursing colleagues, Pat Paolucci loves wearing her colorful print scrubs while tending to young  patients at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. Pediatric patients especially love to see Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus, other favorite characters and seasonal-themed prints that the nurses wear. The designs calm, cheer and sometimes become a talking point. The …

Local News

The brisk cold didn't keep about 40 expats away from the 120-acre Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday. The nonprofit organization overseeing the campus hosted a “Home for the Holidays”event and tour led by BNMC President and CEO Matthew K. Enstice. The tour was aimed at Western New York natives now living in other places with the hoping that some might consider mov…

Bills

Arc Building Partners has been named the construction manager overseeing significant renovations to sideline and end zone clubs, along with other premium areas of New Era Field, home to the Buffalo Bills. The project, privately funded by Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, includes the first-ever renovation of the sideline clubs and major upgrades to premium area…

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Freshwater anglers who bought fishing licenses in 2017 may be asked to participate in a statewide survey designed to learn more about their angling behaviors, preferences and thoughts on fisheries management issues. The state Department of Environmental Conservation last conducted such a survey in 2007. It is designed to help fisheries managers better understand where a…

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Genesee County Park & Forest is shaping up to be a winter wonderland paradise for hikers. Secrets of the wild this winter will be the highlight of naturalist-guided hikes, combined with snowshoe opportunities. Naturalist-guided hikes include a Jan. 13 hike about animal tracks and another on Feb. 3 about whistle pigs and other squirrels. Hikes are scheduled from 1…