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O.J. Simpson was invited to the Mulligan's Reunion Party Sunday afternoon at Templeton Landing Restaurant near Erie Basin Marina. "He couldn't make it," said Michael Militello, looking tanned and toned as he greeted guests to the VIP party in the restaurant's rooftop club. "His parole officer declined," Militello said. "He's with his children and they are planning a …

Buffalo

Three people instrumental in the push to restore the Humboldt Park community by covering part of the Kensington Expressway to reunite divided neighborhoods will be honored at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Adam's Mark Hotel. The late Clarke E. Eaton, a Hamlin Park resident who helped establish the vision, and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and former state…

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Move over, ranch dressing. Blue cheese is the wing dip king on Monday. Drew Cerza has revealed the plans for his first National Blue Cheese Dressing Day. Cerza acted after Frank's RedHot outraged Buffalonians in March with a tweet claiming ranch was the best wing dipping sauce and after he discovered blue cheese didn't have a day. https://buffalonews.com/2018/06/04/b…

Erie County

Baby Blue had lost considerable weight by the time Dr. Helen E. Sweeney examined the anorexic koi in her West Seneca office. The fish had not eaten in weeks, yet it unleashed a flurry of tail flaps as the veterinarian approached its tank. Sweeney, unfazed, trained her eyes on the pale blue fish. As she reached into the tank with one hand, its tail began to redden, a sig…

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"Take what you need, bring what you can. Above all, be blessed." That's the message to anyone who might need a little food to tide them over from the Blessing Box in Orchard Park. The bad thing about being hungry in an upscale community like Orchard Park – besides being hungry – is that no one thinks hard times have hit the suburbs. But Michele Pellette knew there…

Clarence

In the late 1930s, Stephan H. Lewy and other Jewish kids were once locked in a Berlin synagogue by Nazi soldiers who cut a gas line, leaving the children to die and suffocate. An older boy helped save them. Fearing for his life, Lewy embarked on a nearly 4,000-mile journey in 1939 after obtaining safe passage on a Kindertransport to France, and eventually a visa to the …

Buffalo

Just months after it was founded, GFY General Services & Cleaning got nearly $400,000 in largely no-bid work from the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority in 2017, according to BMHA records. Owner Brandi A. Clark says the company was hired to clean and repair public housing apartments because it does a good job for a good price. But a Buffalo News investigation fo…

Buffalo

The high school Class of 2013 was the first in Buffalo to benefit from Say Yes to Education, the nonprofit that promises graduates free tuition at state colleges and universities. Four years later, more than a quarter of those who enrolled in college that first year had earned either a bachelor’s or associate degree. That's up from previous classes. Similarly, that s…

Hamburg

Hamburg's Burgerfest this year will have lots of sizzle, relish and buns – and offer a chance for everyone to have a say on the look of Hamburg's water tower. Four finalists will reveal their designs for how the town's blue water tower on Howard Road should be painted like a hamburger.  The unveiling at the July 21 festival will occur at 11:45 a.m. in front of the main …

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Sean Kelley first noticed the disturbance to the pastoral land behind his Orchard Park home in mid-June. "We woke up to bulldozers, literally, after Father's Day, that Monday," said the Ferndale Drive resident. He started a petition the next weekend after he found out football fields were planned for the 36-acre parcel. Ferndale residents and others use the land f…

The Hamburg Central School District has been recognized as one of the most innovative districts in the country for its efforts to train every district employee in how to recognize mental health issues. District Administration magazine recognized Hamburg as one of 45 Districts of Distinction. The designation honors school districts that are using new ideas to solve chall…

Akron Central School District is one among 16 districts, schools and programs to receive grants from the Smart Schools Bond Act. Akron will use the $112,760 to continue purchasing Chromebook devices for students. This is the third year of the four-year program. The district also is buying cases for the devices, Google licenses and spare power cords. A total of $12 mi…

Buffalo

Samuel Mascorella looked like anyone else in the crowd when he climbed off the train. This was 98 years ago, after he arrived in Syracuse for the dedication of a World War I monument that may have as much intimate meaning as any memorial to that war in this nation. The Rev. J.J. Ganey, a Catholic chaplain who served alongside Mascorella, peppered him with gentle but ins…

Amherst

A house fire Friday in Amherst caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, according to Amherst Fire Control. The fire at White Pine Court was reported at 12:14 p.m. by a resident to Amherst Fire Control. By the time crews from the Swormville Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene, flames were shooting from the roof of the house, according to Amherst Fire Control. …