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Our latest "Home of the Week” online feature does not highlight an entire home. Instead, we feature the master closet. It’s January, after all, and many people have resolved to do some organizing around the house – with closets at the top of their list, no doubt. This is no ordinary closet, however. Below you will read about a two-story walk-up master closet at a hom…

Bills

Buffalo Bills fans had a lot to be upset about Saturday night. Somewhat surprisingly, listening to Booger McFarland shouldn’t have been one of them for much of the game. I didn’t have any problems with McFarland’s analysis on ABC affiliate WKBW-TV and ESPN in the first half of the Buffalo Bills’ 22-19 playoff loss to the Houston Texans. That’s a sentence I never t…

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The Bridge Center of Buffalo, 3362 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, begins two new series of lessons next week. “Bridge Basics 2: The Competitive Auction – Overcalls, Doubles and Preempts” for advanced beginners begins at 7 p.m. Monday and continues Mondays through Feb. 10. Cost is $85 including textbook. Instructors are Ruth Nawotniak and John Marvin. For info, call 834-4222 o…

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Jack Armstrong is famous in Western New York as a former Niagara University basketball coach. But in Canada, he's famous across the country as a broadcaster for the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors. And as a singer, too. Armstrong, who still lives in Lewiston and commutes to Toronto, was making an appearance at a Sobeys grocery store one afternoon in December. Sobeys is …

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It was a year in which two local stations changed general managers, streaming changed the way Western New Yorkers watch television, and CBS changed evening news anchors much to the disappointment of fans of Kenmore native Jeff Glor. The change in general managers at WIVB (Channel 4) and WKBW (Channel 7) late in 2019 could turn out to be the most significant news of the …

Bills

“Monday Night Football” analyst Booger McFarland has taken more hits this season than Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson combined. The criticism from some Bills fans came immediately on social media after it was announced that McFarland and play-by-play man Joe Tessitore would call the Bills-Texans playoff game at 4:35 p.m…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills didn’t make the "Monday Night Football" schedule this season, but Saturday afternoon Bills fans will be hearing the "MNF" crew of play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and heavily criticized analyst Booger McFarland call the playoff game against the Houston Texans. The 4:35 p.m. game is being simulcast on ESPN and Disney partner ABC, which means it will be ca…

Bills

Watching the Buffalo Bills backups lose their regular season finale Sunday to the New York Jets, 13-6, was good practice for what I’m doing early this morning: having a tooth pulled – and replaced with an implant. Honest. I’ve been told by the dentist that the surgery isn’t going to be as painful as it was listening at times to CBS play-by-play man Tom McCarthy and a…

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The new decade will begin at the Airport Bridge Club with an extra-point game at noon on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Bridge Center of Buffalo and clubs that play in senior centers will not have games on New Year’s Day. • • • The Airport Bridge Club will offer extra points at no extra charge at all of its games today, Saturday, Dec. 28, and next week. • • • T…

CHILDREN'S Clean Getaway by Nic Stone; Crown Books for Young Readers, 223 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. (Jan. 7 publication) ... In her first novel for middle grade readers, Nic Stone offers a charming, poignant, often funny tale of a black boy and his white grandmother taking a road trip through civil rights history and uncovering some family secrets at the same t…

Bills

Here are some leftover Bills notes after the holiday: Close but no cigar Like the Buffalo Bills in their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots last Saturday, the local rating on WKBW-TV and the NFL Network just fell short of the season high. The game had a combined 49.1 rating on WKBW (36.5) and the NFL Network (12.6), which was 0.3 points behind the season high …

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Eddie Murphy was the funniest I ever saw. This requires some explaining. I'm talking about a specific performing circumstance here — answering questions at a news conference with the national movie media. I've seen an awful lot of comedians perform in my life, under all circumstances. A lot of them were certainly funnier in live concert and club performance than Murp…

History

Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 24, 1969, found us sitting around the Channel 7 newsroom waiting for something to happen. By the 1960s, with declining population, Buffalo was gritty and spunky, but not a particularly bustling news town. Like other industrial cities on the Great Lakes, it was starting to show lots of rust. Decreasing jobs and increasing poverty meant the news …

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The owner of WIVB-TV (Channel 4) and WNLO-TV (CW23) has hired a new general manager, while the new general manager at WKBW-TV (Channel 7) has made some staff cuts before the holidays. Nexstar, the owner of WIVB and WNLO, announced that Brien Kennedy is the new vice president and general manager of the two stations. He replaces Dominic Mancuso, who left in November to be…