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A home health care aide suspected of taking money and forging checks belonging to her clients was arrested Monday on multiple felony charges, State Police reported. Bridgid M. Buseman, 29, of the City of Tonawanda, was taken to the State Police station in Lockport and charged with first-degree possession of a forged instrument, fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree…

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Several leading men in the region will take center stage this weekend when the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center hosts its annual Men’s Conference. The free event, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 555 Ellicott St., looks to bring men together as part of a conversation about “Men Leading by Example.” “The conference will take a hard look at the…

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The Massachusetts Avenue Project will host a Sip & CSA Day this weekend for those curious about the Community Supported Agriculture model and local food offerings. MAP will host the free event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at its headquarters, 387 Massachusetts Ave., with help from Community Beer Works, which will provide complimentary beer to guests who can talk to farme…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center's plans for a satellite service site in Amherst are moving closer to fruition. Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has submitted plans to construct a three-story, 40,000-square-foot medical office building on Park Club Lane near Main Street and the Interstate 90 and 290 interchange. The Amherst Town Board on Monday held a hearing on t…

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The current flu season appears to be on the decline in Erie County and across New York State, according to the state Department of Health's online weekly flu tracker. For the week ending Feb. 15, 484 new cases of flu were reported. That's down considerably from the previous week ending Feb. 8, in which 635 cases of influenza were reported. There were 645 new cases of th…

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Small business owner Susan Morreale began to change her diet during treatment for breast cancer 13 years ago. Sally Gower took the same route a decade ago, after she left a 30-year career as a pharmaceutical sales rep. “I always felt that people were more apt to go to a medicine or to take a pill than to make lifestyle changes to improve their health,” Gower said. …

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A co-owner of numerous top-rated nursing homes is buying an East Aurora nursing home that is among the region's worst, along with five other Absolut nursing facilities, in a deal that seeks to take them out of bankruptcy. Edward Farbenblum, a Long Island businessman who owns just over 50% interest in the McGuire Group’s highly rated nursing homes in the Buffalo area, sa…

Buffalo

March 14, 1938 – Feb. 13, 2020 Dr. Ronald G. Basalyga, longtime chief of gastroenterology at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, died Feb. 13 in his Hamburg home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81. Born in Buffalo, an only child, he was valedictorian of the class of 1956 at Lackawanna High School. While studying at Canisius College, he presented a paper on…

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Nutrition advice, shared simply and underlined regularly, can help establish healthier ways of eating that last a lifetime. That’s the idea behind Nutrition Simply Said, a new program that offers free nutrition classes at food pantries run by Catholic Charities of Buffalo. “We see and hear stories daily of people not having enough food to eat. They're not really know…

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ALBANY – Officials from Erie County, New York City and elsewhere are pushing back on an additional Medicaid cost-shifting plan that they say could be even worse than what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently proposed in his new budget. The latest fight is over millions of dollars counties receive each year from the federal government for additional Medicaid services and costs …

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A Brooklyn man who was apprehended at the Peace Bridge and held at the Erie County Holding Center for criminal charges in Pennsylvania before the charges were dropped is under voluntary quarantine at the Erie County Health Department as a "medium risk" for exposure to the coronavirus. A health department spokesman said the department was not commenting on the dispositio…

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Dedra Robinson grew up in the Commodore Perry public housing complex, was 13 when her mom died, and pregnant when she graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School. She had a job at Burger King by then, but it didn’t take long before work as a nurse’s aide seemed a better way forward. Kittrella Whitlock left Buffalo after graduating from the same school, lande…

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Michelle Cloen doesn’t mind the 40-mile round-trip drive to work – especially on days licensed massage therapist Theresa Gantz stops by to address the aches and pains of her and her co-workers. “This was a big factor of why I said yes to the job,” Cloen, of West Seneca, cracked during her latest turn in the massage chair at Pine Pharmaceuticals in the Town of Tonawanda.…

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the near future, due to its dire financial situation stemming from a slew of sexual abuse lawsuits. But if the diocese takes that step, Catholic Health – one of the region's largest health care systems – would not be impacted, Catholic Health leaders say. "Catholic Health institutions have …