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What's the best and quickest way without the Skyway to get more than 40,000 vehicles driven by weekday commuters to the Niagara Thruway and downtown? That question loomed large Tuesday as the public looked at preliminary concepts for mitigating traffic without the Skyway. The public scoping meeting in Blasdell was the first of three open houses over two days. The last s…

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Coming soon to the Northland campus: The return of the furnaces. But these will be advanced versions, clean and high-tech, and they're viewed as part of Buffalo's future, not its past. A Northern California company that makes specialized furnaces to melt titanium and titanium alloy is relocating virtually its entire operation – including its corporate headquarters – …

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The lifelong impacts of childhood sexual abuse will be the topic of a public forum from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Child Advocacy Center, 768 Delaware Ave. The event, "Enlighten & Empower: An Evening with Survivors," is sponsored by the Buffalo Survivors Group, formed by five men who have filed lawsuits under the Child Victims Act alleging sexual abuse by Buffalo D…

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The first pieces of the new residential project and urban grocery on Ellicott Street are starting to take shape as Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. moves forward with environmental cleanup of the site and the structural work. The Buffalo-based developer said Tuesday that all of the urban fill soil has been removed from the site at 201 Ellicott St. as part of a state-supervis…

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A Buffalo man who fled the scene of a high-speed, hit-and-run crash that injured another driver pleaded guilty to assault charges Monday afternoon, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Larry Jones, 42, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault charges before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. Jones pleaded guilty to the highest c…

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May 5, 1937 – Jan. 22, 2020 Anthony M. Christiano Sr., of North Buffalo, a retired hardware store owner and a standout high school athlete, died Jan. 22 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, the fifth of seven children, he attended St. Vincent de Paul School and was a 1956 graduate of Bishop Fallon High School, where he…

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The controversial proposal to erect a four-story apartment building with 129 market-rate units on the edge of the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood appears no closer to winning city approval – after critics raised the same objections to a redesigned plan that lowered its height but still exceeded the Green Code. Symphony Management, owned by Timothy LeBoeuf, went back to…

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The public gets a chance this week to weigh in on the removal of the Skyway. Three meetings – each with an open house format – will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, enabling the public to find out what has been done up to now, review proposals and offer ideas. The gatherings – known as public scoping meetings – are an early part of producing an environmental impact sta…

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The daily light show projected onto the Connecting Terminal every night has recently gone dark, but the problem is being corrected, officials said. “The control center for the Connecting Terminal grain elevator light show was damaged in a recent windstorm," said Steve Ranalli, president of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. "We are aware of the issue and working toward…

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Six months before a rare 1924 carousel opens at Canalside, volunteers restoring the horses and the rest of the menagerie can feel the excitement build. "Every once in awhile, lunch especially, someone will say, 'Can you believe this is really happening now?' " said Helen Ronan, who oversees the restoration effort in a makeshift workshop across from the Herschell Carrous…

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A male pedestrian was seriously injured Monday morning when he was struck by a tractor-trailer at Main Street and Transit Road in Clarence, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center via ambulance with serious injuries. The Sheriff's Office said the tractor trailer was traveling northbound on Transit in the Town of …

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A gym teacher who left a Catholic school in South Buffalo in the 1960s after being accused of molesting a boy moved to another parochial school a mile away, according to the plaintiff in a recent lawsuit filed against the Buffalo Diocese. John Maloney of West Seneca said Robert F. “Ollie” Weber left St. Thomas Aquinas parochial school shortly after his parents complaine…

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The Buffalo Common Council will consider paying $4.5 million – one of the largest settlements in recent memory – to a man who was injured in a police shooting after a high-speed car chase through the East Side seven and a half years ago. The incident happened at about 3 a.m. June 26, 2012, in the 300 block of French Street after two officers spotted Wilson Morales, who …

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The new owner of a vacant lot on Linwood Avenue is proceeding with the prior owner's plans for a new three-story apartment building – but now he wants to ezpand the lower unit, so he has his own place to live. That means Joseph Carubba has a scheduled collision with the Buffalo Planning Board first. Carubba bought the quarter-acre site at 295 Linwood from Jesse Hawke…