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Catalyst Fitness expects to spend up to $3.5 million to transform the former Dick's Sporting Goods store in Amherst into its newest gym. That's on top of the $3.4 million the company paid for the nearly 56,000-square-foot building at 281 Meyer Road, off Maple Road, on Thursday, public records show. Catalyst's purchase comes 3½ months after the lender took over the prope…

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Amy Schule understands the challenges that can come with kids and summer. More places to drop off and retrieve children, often at less convenient times. Messier homes to clean. More worries about how sons and daughters are spending time while parents are at work. "My husband and I feel like we've had two families: our poor older kids, who we were a mess with, and the…

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Picture what you will what someone in the science, technology, engineering and math fields must be like – and understand that the Western New York STEM Hub looks to break open these fields to all. "For a long time, people thought STEM meant only engineering jobs that required six years of college and $60,000 worth of post-collegiate debt, but more and more people are ac…

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The Niagara County Health Department announced Monday that a rabid bat was found in a house on Old Niagara Road in the City of Lockport. It was the first confirmed case of rabies in the county this year. The Health Department said all animal bites or contact with wild animals should be reported by calling 439-7444 or 439-7430 after hours. "Please contact this offi…

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Take a Zumba class on Sunset Bay Beach, participate in two Slow Roll bike rides this week or launch into four days of "American Ninja Warrior" events at Buffalo RiverWorks. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Towne blood drive: The Towne Automotive group will host a U…

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and others visited Eden Family Growers in the Southtowns this week to debunk fears that it’s best to avoid Romaine lettuce after a Yuma, Ariz., based E.coli outbreak that occurred in the spring. The last shipments of romaine from Yuma took place April 16, and their harvest season is over, the FDA has reported, and it’s e…

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You slogged through the latest Western New York winter sitting around the house, binge-watching TV and using your treadmill as a clothes hanger. Or you did use that treadmill – almost daily – during the mostly indoor months, or tackled the same fitness class or circuit training session routinely, wishing you could expand your exercise horizons and enjoy more time with frie…

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Helen Pilger finally got to use one of her Christmas presents this week, as morning grayness turned to sunshine during a two-hour tour of what some in Buffalo call the Millionaire Mile. More than a dozen mansions and other landmarks – most built in the two decades after the U.S. financial panic of 1893 – flank Medina sandstone sidewalks on this stretch of Delaware Avenu…

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Whole Foods Market gave Rob O'Connor the chance to move back to Western New York after several years away in Providence, R.I., at culinary school. "I missed the food most while I was gone. After I left, there were so many things that kept popping up, restaurants, breweries. It's become a Renaissance," said O'Connor, 29, a North Tonawanda native who worked part-time in t…

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Westermeier Martin Dental Care will this week host a day of free dental care for low-income community members. On Friday, individuals with need can get free examinations, X-rays, teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westermeier Martin's offices at 950 Main Street, East Aurora, and 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. At the 14th annual Dentistr…

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Cheektowaga fitness trainer Shannon L. Hockwater in the coming weeks will offer cardio-strength classes for adults and an adaptive fitness program for those aged 12 to 21. The adult summer group fitness class will run from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. through July on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Academic and Wellness Center on the Damen College, at Main Street and Amherstdale Roa…

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Slow Roll in Buffalo and as part of the Ride for Roswell, Zumba at Sunset Beach, and lots of outdoor classes across the region are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Towne blood drive: The Towne auto dealers plan several blood drives in coming weeks including one from noon…

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Christine Ambrosone lost a husband to Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1996, so she understands the frustrations people harbor toward the fits and starts in cancer treatment advances. She also understands cancer is tough, conniving and irrational. “The more we learn, the more complex we realize cancer is,” said Ambrosone, senior vice president for population sciences and chairw…

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Those who work in the social safety net that serves older adults are familiar with the statistics when it comes to elder abuse. A 2011 study estimated that 260,000 older adults in New York State are victimized each year. The state Office of Child and Family Services released a study in 2016 which estimated that financial exploitation of older state residents costs …

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Cynthia Gromada-Dominske launched an exercise routine late last year after a battle with breast cancer, but a new opportunity to ramp things up came this spring in the form of the Hope Chest Buffalo Dragon Boat Festival. The 55-year-old Grand Island resident will be among 80 fellow breast cancer survivors from the region to participate Saturday in a series of races on t…