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Niagara Ceramics, the dinnerware manufacturer that was created after the closing of Buffalo China nine years ago, is shutting down, throwing 110 workers out of their jobs.The company announced the shutdown of its sprawling factory at 75 Hayes Place on Monday in a filing with the state Labor Department.Company officials, in the filing, cited “economic” reasons for the closi…

The Seneca Nation of Indians has formed the Seneca Commission for Economic Development to promote job growth and other economic initiatives both on and off Seneca territory.The new commission is a governmental arm of the nation. The chairman will be Seneca businessman Ross John Sr. Brad John will be secretary/treasurer. Other Senecas on the board are Sue John-Blacksnake, S…

CAMBRIA• Shawnee Road, Sheri L. Thorne; Eric P. Thorne to Jacquelyn D. Delorenzo; David W.J. Delorenzo, $345,000.HARTLAND• Gill Road, Jennifer Millar; Aaron Berner; Jennifer Berner to Danielle E. Lorenz, $104,200.• Quaker Road, Joseph Fink; Donna Eick; Elsa M. Fink to Brereton Acres, $81,159.LEWISTON Highest price: $243,000 Average price: $155,250 Median price: $152,000 Nu…

AKRON• 48 Hoag, Janice Bridger; Richard A. Bridger to Lee D. Salmon; Jennifer A. Salmon, $130,000.• 91 Cedar St., Audrey Taylor; Audrey M. Taylor to Steven D. Drier, $121,500.ALDEN• 118 Summer Hill Lane, Jung J. Hong; Chung I. Hong to John J. Ruffino; Carolyn S. Ruffino, $370,000.• 1461 Sandridge Road, Samuel J. Russo; Mary P. Russo to Richard Tringali, $270,000.• 11776 Bv…

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute appointed Dr. Anthony L. Picone medical director. Picone, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been at the cancer institute since April, 2009. Picone is also an attending physician at Kaleida Health Care System; a surgeon at Erie County Medical Center; and is on active staff at Sisters Hospital.Niagara County Community College named Eunice Bellinger …

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Take a free, guided walk at Ellicott Creek Park in Tonawanda Saturday as part of the "Be Active Erie County!" series sponsored by the Erie County Department of Health and Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Register at the park's casino, 1 Ellicott Creek Drive in Tonawanda, at 9 a.m. There will also be free blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) scree…

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To lower the cost of college, more parents are suggesting that their kids skip dorm life, and perhaps even the campus altogether.According to a new study from Fidelity, 54 percent of parents expect their children to take online courses for credit. Half of parents say they’re considering having their child live at home and commute.The number of students taking online course…

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The package says “heart healthy,” “reduces cholesterol” or “maintains digestive health.” So you toss it in your cart thinking that you’re doing something good for yourself. But are you really? Food makers have tried to sneak in unsubstantiated claims, notes ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports.Dannon used to say that its DanActive yogurt …

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One of the joys of late summer and early fall is spending deck time with family and friends. That is, of course, unless your outdoor structure has become a debris-laden, splintering eyesore.A wood deck can last a lifetime, providing it’s well maintained. If you want to keep yours – or get yours – in good shape, follow tips our research team gleaned from highly rated deck p…

By Gregory Karp / Chicago Tribune

Mon, Sep 9, 2013

Grocery-shopping savings advice has become ubiquitous in recent years, but not all tips are created equal.Some strategies and tactics can save you a lot of money, while others add more hassle to your life than money to your pocket.The average four-person household spends more than $9,000 a year on food, about $5,500 of which is food at home, meaning not dining out, accordi…

Q: If I buy a Smart TV (TV with an Internet connection, apps and streaming) does that mean I don’t need a Blu-ray with Internet connectivity?And if this is correct, what is the advantage of Smart TV over a Blu-ray with Internet? Shouldn’t I just get the Smart Blu-ray and save money on the TV?A. It would be best to answer your questions in reverse order, so first I will add…

I’ve had health care coverage throughout my working life. The most I’ve had to contend with has been the increasing amount of co-payments. And even then, they’ve been affordable.But having insurance hasn’t kept me from understanding the plight of people whose employers didn’t offer coverage. I’ve witnessed and tried to console folks worried that a health crisis could bankr…

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Accusations about Yelp Inc.’s business practices and authenticity of reviews have angered scores of small-business owners.They also have left some consumers feeling confused about what they can and can’t trust on the popular site, which features 42 million reviews on bars, restaurants, orthodontists, body shops, gyms, nail salons, hotels and much more.Although Yelp is the …

Many job applications ask for your Social Security number and date of birth.You don’t have to give that information when you apply. You don’t have to give it until after you’ve been interviewed and received a conditional job offer.Because it might eventually save time in background checking, many employers ask on applications for personal information that employment law at…

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Mon, Sep 9, 2013

If you’re like many of Consumer Reports’ readers, you’re buying prescription glasses from your eye doctor’s office or an independent shop, and you’re happy with the results.But you’re probably paying much more than you would if you comparison shopped at different types of eyewear stores, including discounters such as Costco and online retailers. Doing just that, Consumer R…