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Sept. 7, 1952 – Jan. 14, 2019 Dennis M. Kessel, of Buffalo, board president of the Western New York Independent Living Inc. Family of Agencies for 31 years, died unexpectedly Jan. 14. He was 66. Born in Buffalo, a twin and a trilateral amputee, he used two artificial legs and was one of the first Variety Club Telethon celebrity children in the 1960s. After attendi…

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Applications for Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants – named for Garden Walk Buffalo’s late co-founder – are due by Feb. 28, with funding awards announced in early spring. Apply online, or call 247-5004 to have an application mailed to you. Since 2005, the initiative has helped fund more than 100 garden beautification projects across Buffalo's West Side, totaling mor…

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“Remembering Dr. King: Told by the Youth,” originally scheduled for Monday's national holiday but postponed because of the weather, will  take place at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion, 1100 Jefferson Ave. The program will give high school students a chance to express what Martin Luther King Jr. means to them. It will include orig…

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The Niagara Falls Democratic Committee this week asked prospective candidates for mayor and City Council to send in resumes by Feb. 1 if they are interested in seeking the party's endorsement. Lisa A. Vitello, the city clerk and party chairwoman, said letters of intent and resumes may be mailed to the committee at 4859 Terrace Drive, Niagara Falls NY 14305 or emailed to…

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It's not often that buying a $1.3 million home is considered downsizing. But it is when you're moving out of a $2 million mansion. Edward J. Militello and his wife, Susan, sold their home on Rocky Point in Clarence for $2 million – a little over two years after buying the residence for $975,000, according to records filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. Eddie…

Crime

A Bemus Point woman was arrested after deputies went to a home in the Town of Ellery at about 4 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a complaint about a child left alone, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported. Sheila R. Anderson, 38, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies said they determined that the child, who was under 2 years old, had been…

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Watch your step, Western New York. Rising temperatures and rain Wednesday morning made for slick conditions on the roads, sidewalks and parking lots, while icy conditions caused some schools to close in the Southern Tier, and power outages complicated commutes in North Buffalo and Amherst. The National Weather Service advised Wednesday morning that the "biggest conce…

Health and Fitness

Brittney Gigante used to eat a bagel or breakfast sandwich in the morning and grab takeout most days for lunch and dinner. “I didn’t know how to order healthy options, nor did I want to; I was totally out of shape,” said Gigante, 25, who weighed 155 pounds after graduating from Daemen College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Gigante began …

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the man with the biggest signature on the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock, born on this date in 1737, “A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life.” • • • DOUBLE OOPS! – Retired Air Force pilot Ronald Franco talks about his experiences in the space simulation habitat at the Johnson Space Center in Hous…

Buffalo

A  tenant at the Commodore Perry Homes is suing the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, claiming mold in her apartment is making her and her son sick. Cheryl Donohue and her son, Curtis, 17,  have suffered respiratory problems and viral infections because of mold that Donohue said she has repeatedly asked the BMHA to remove from the apartment she's lived in since 2011,…

Weather

There were some reports of icing from freezing rain across parts of Western New York, but by late morning temperatures had sufficiently warmed above freezing –  into the upper 30s. The National Weather Service lifted its winter weather advisory about 10 a.m. for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Chautauqua counties. The advisory remained in place for Wyoming and Ca…

Crime

A Town of French Creek woman who allegedly struggled with deputies shortly after midnight Sunday was charged with resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported. Officers said they stopped a vehicle driven by Julie M. Knowles, 47, on Route 426 in the Town of French Creek because it matched the description of a vehicle ass…

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A Chautauqua County man was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Aaron J. Clark, 31, of Brocton, was located by sheriff's deputies at a residence in Dunkirk, the Sheriff's Office said. At the time of Clark's arrest, troopers said, he was allege…

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West Seneca Police are investigating the deaths of a 60-year-old man and his 31-year-old stepdaughter whose bodies were found Tuesday evening in a duplex residence at 92 French Lea Road, between Union and Borden roads. West Seneca police Wednesday morning identified the two as Gregory A. Grimmer and Jennifer A. Villa but said no further details were available about the …