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Sept. 22, 2022
$14 million announced for Kleinhans improvements: 'Now it is time to lift up'
Kleinhans Music Hall opened in 1940 through a public/private partnership.
Eighty-two years later, the city of Buffalo, Erie County and New York State have partnered with the private sector to raise about $14 million to begin infrastructure repair work to the historic city-owned building.
It is part of a $21 million capital campaign to restore, maintain and safeguard Kleinhans for future generations, officials say.
“Buffalo is a world-class city, and one of the reasons that we are a world-class city is that we have world-class amenities like Kleinhans Music Hall,” Mayor Byron Brown said.
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ECMC to start bargaining with 1,300 nurses; union hopes talks will 'transform the profession': The high-stakes labor talks at Kaleida Health aren't the only contract negotiations ongoing in Western New York's health care scene. Here's another one about to get rolling: Erie County Medical Center on Thursday will start bargaining with the New York State Nurses Association on a new contract for more than 1,300 registered nurses at the Buffalo medical complex. The current contract will expire Dec. 31. Read more
Plan to pay parents to drive their children to Buffalo schools irks board member: Larry Scott, an at-large board member, targeted First Student, which has partnered with BPS for nearly 40 years, for failing to meet its requirement to provide effective transportation for the district's children. Read more
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Ice cream manufacturer to cut 319 jobs at Dunkirk plant: Citing “economic reasons,” Wells Enterprises will scale back operations at its Dunkirk plant to five production lines beginning in 2023. The Iowa-based company makes popular ice cream brands such as Blue Bunny, Blue Ribbon Classics, Halo Top and Bomb Pops. Read more
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Watch now: Look Inside: Café Postscript: Tucked in behind Bureau, the bespoke men’s clothing store, is an oasis of calm and crepes only steps away from the hum of Elmwood Avenue. Read more
Eminent domain eyed for two derelict Cobblestone District properties: Mayor Byron Brown has begun the process to invoke eminent domain to take control of two deteriorating 19th century Cobblestone District properties on South Park Avenue that have been in and out of Housing Court for years. Read more
Luxury on Elmwood: New high-end condos get ready to open: One of the biggest additions to the Elmwood Village in many years is nearing the finish line, with 41 new condominiums offering residents a prominent new home within footsteps of shopping, food and the city's art museums. Take a look inside one of the units at Eleven-Eleven Elmwood. Read more
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WITH YOUR MORNING COFFEE
• June may seem a long time off, but the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News are gearing up for the 2023 Decorators' Show House. The 22nd Decorators' Show House is St. Patrick's Friary, 102 Seymour St. It will be open for public viewing June 3-24 after a transformation by area decorators. The Junior League recently shared a bit of history, but expect much more coverage in the months to come.
• The delightfully decadent garage rock/power-pop outfit Perilous, a quartet with a penchant for brutal guitar riffs and infectious chorus hooks, recently appeared on the "Gusto Sessions with Jeff Miers" podcast. Included in the setlist was the band’s debut single, “Rock ’n’ Roll Kiss.”
• The apple-picking season has arrived a bit earlier than usual, WKBW’s James Kattato reports. New York State is the second largest apple producer in the country. WYRK’s Brett Alan highlights local orchards that are havens for passionate pickers.
• An artist who created one of Buffalo’s newest eye-grabbing murals talks about the importance of “doing what makes you feel good” in a feature posted by The Creative Independent. Visual artist Bunnie Reiss created a colorful work that graces a building on Hertel Avenue.
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