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    The Buffalo Bridge Center is offering “Introduction to Bridge Basics: A 3-Part Course,” 10 weekly sessions on Thursdays at 2 and 6:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 6. For more info, call 716-280-6114.

      The Buffalo Bridge Center is offering “Introduction to Bridge Basics: A 3-Part Course,” 10 weekly sessions on Thursdays at 2 and 6:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 6. For more info, call 716-280-6114.

        The Buffalo Fall Sectional Tournament continues in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst, with pairs games at 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 17, and Swiss teams at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

          Arrangements are complete for this year’s Buffalo Regional Tournament. It will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Buffalo Marriott Hotel, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. For more info, click this link.

            Separate games for players with fewer than 500 points have been added to the schedule for morning sessions at the Buffalo Fall Sectional Tournament on Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17. The tournament will run from Sept. 16 to 18 in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. …

            In honor of National Espresso Day, here's a look at the history of the espresso machine and how it came to be. The first steam-powered coffee machine was patented by Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy, in 1884.

            There’s nothing like the festive spread of beloved holiday meals to heighten the season’s celebratory gatherings. If you’re looking to enhance this year’s menu, try increasing the amount of plant-based foods. Adding plant foods, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains, is a great way to make a meal healthier.

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            A greater-than-expected demand for aid has forced the Connecticut General Assembly to considering how to cover the extra cost of promised bonuses for thousands of frontline workers who remained on the job the during the coronavirus pandemic. Connecticut lawmakers were meeting Monday in a special session to revamp the distribution formula for the $30 million Connecticut Premium Pay Program for private sector workers. A proposal also would earmark an additional $76.6 million. The move comes after officials predicted planned bonuses of up to $1,000 for eligible workers would end up being only $233, given the large number of claimants.

            Days after flocking to stores on Black Friday, consumers are turning online for Cyber Monday to score more discounts on gifts and other items that have ballooned in price because of high inflation. Adobe Analytics, which tracks transactions for top online retailers, forecasts Cyber Monday will remain the year’s biggest online shopping day and rake in up to $11.6 billion in sales. Some analysts expect the amount of items consumers purchase could remain unchanged - or even fall - compared to prior years. And profit margins are expected to be tight for retailers offering deeper discounts to attract budget-conscious consumers and clear out their bloated inventories.

            The Supreme Court is making a fuller reopening to the public following more than two and a half years of closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning Dec. 1, the high court will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the Supreme Court’s website. The high court closed to the public in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. In October, the high court began allowing the public to attend arguments in the courtroom again on the approximately six days a month the court hears arguments, but the court building remained closed to visitors at other times.

            The Supreme Court says in a letter to Congress that there is “nothing to suggest” that Justice Samuel Alito violated ethics standards following a report that a 2014 decision he wrote was leaked in advance of its announcement. Monday's letter was in response to an inquiry from lawmakers following a New York Times report earlier this month. That report said that a former anti-abortion leader was told in advance the outcome of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case involving health care coverage of contraception. In a 5-4 decision, Alito wrote that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care legislation.

            It is common for families to include their pets in the holiday celebrations by giving them a taste of their favorite dishes. However, there are some traditional holiday foods that can be quite harmful to your pet.

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