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Just six weeks after plans for Cabela’s Crossing in Cheektowaga were made public, the town’s review process is proceeding at a brisk pace.Monday night, the Town Board approved the site plan, with conditions, for the 88,000-square-foot store – the first in New York State for the nationally known outdoor retailer, and a neighboring four-story, 108-room hotel. Benderson Devel…

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The Holiday Inn Resort & Conference Center on Grand Island has a new name and brand, following its $4 million purchase at auction by a Middle Eastern hospitality firm: Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa.Byblos Hospitality Group of Dubai teamed up with two local partners – downtown Buffalo developer Roger Trettel and Buffalo General Medical Center surgeon Dr. Fadi Dagher – to buy …

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The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Monday approved more than $750,000 in incentives to support the planned redevelopment of the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital.McGuire Development plans to revive the former hospital at 425 Michigan Ave. as Compass East, a medical, technology and workforce facility. The project is valued at $21 million; McGuire Development bo…

In late February, a thief or thieves cracked into Evernote’s digital vault filled with log-ins, passwords and email addresses belonging to 50 million users. It was a shocking cyber attack considering the Redwood City, Calif., company offers online lockers for people to safely store their files.With its reputation on the line, the company quickly developed a security featur…

Every year about this time I get questions from people wondering about the high cost of weddings. Q: Can you explain why people plan on spending (the equivalent of) a down payment on a house or the cost of new car on a single big party when they still have student loans, and then want to go buy a house? I find such thinking insane. Singletary: I get it. Pressure, or people…

In 2012, the Better Business Bureau in the U.S. and Canada reported receiving more than 8,500 complaints about movers, making it the 16th-highest complaint category, according to Consumer Reports Money Adviser.Other problems reported to the BBB about movers include lost, stolen or damaged possessions, and late deliveries.Consumer Reports Money Adviser offers these ways to …

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After serious soul-searching, and the level of planning typically reserved for multinational military invasions, I made a major life decision last month:I cut the cable cord.I did something similar, in the early 2000s, when I dropped my land line. But that had little effect on my day-to-day existence, beyond making it harder for telemarketers to reach me. (Sadly, they’ve n…

As an elementary school teacher, Ruth Hasseler had more than one student who proudly lugged a book to her class, exclaiming they had been “published” by the International Library of Poetry.Sounds very prestigious, doesn’t it?But students who thought their poems had actually been vetted and selected for the honor of publication didn’t realize they were really buying into a …

It’s peak wedding season, and many weddings these days are over-the-top when it comes to how much is spent.Couples take months to plan their big day, and determine how much they will dish out on everything from the caterer and the disc jockey or band to the wedding cake and groom’s cake, to say nothing of extras such as chocolate fountains and photo booths. The average U.S…

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The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences named James M. O’Donnell dean. O’Donnell is associate dean for research in the School of Medicine and assistant vice president for research in the Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University. Since 2009, he has served as associate editor of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeut…

CAMBRIA• Southway Drive, Michael H. Raham; Linda M. Raham to Barbara Kubis, $103,000.HARTLAND• Wheeler Road, Mark S. Harris; Steven M. Nichols; Melvin J. Nichols to Edwin J. Wright Jr.; Joyce A. Wright, $178,650.LEWISTON• Escarpment Drive, James J. Faso Jr. to Gurmail Singh; Gurmit Kaur, $430,000.• Center St., Brian T. Wylke to 436 Center Street Inc., $250,000.• Creek Road…

ALDEN• 3370 Peters Corners Road, Bruce F. Carter to Mary Rydzynski; James Rydzynski, $216,000.• 11518 Gebhard Lane, Michael E. Pieszala to Kelly A. Eggers; Michael E. Eggers, $210,000.• 815 Exchange St., Joseph Phillips; Shirley A. Phillips to Joy Stoldt; Adam J. Stoldt, $161,000.• 1047 Clearvue Drive, James A. Fortin to Daniel Eveland, $120,000.• 1219 Townline Road, Susan…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Sitting among chemical industry giants, once the backbone of the Niagara Falls economy, JBI Inc. is turning plastic waste into energy.The company’s processors take shredded plastic pieces and make fuel more cheaply than at typical refineries. They’re also powered by the fuel they produce.The emissions that are released into the air are similar to a natural …

Chris Johnston, vice chairman of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, has a bone to pick with the state’s Authorities Budget Office – a big one.The state agency last week issued a report that cast the state’s IDAs in a bad light, concluding that the IDAs in Erie County doled out more than $3.7 million in tax breaks to 18 companies during 2008.And for all that tax…

Parking lots, environmental enhancements and façade renovations are all on the docket for consideration by the Buffalo Planning Board at its meeting next week.McGuire Development Group is seeking approval for some exterior changes to its plan for the former Sheehan Memorial Hospital, now called Compass East. The developer wants to move some parking around and add some more…