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Julian Chinana was surprised by the image. As both a teacher and photographer, he was on a veterans panel last Thursday at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum, where the panelists were all asked to explain a few photos involving their work that flashed behind them, on a screen. At first, Chinana's images stemmed from his artistic efforts, expressions both of pain…

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TM Montante Development is bringing its second project in the redevelopment of the former Millard Fillmore Hospital site at Gates Circle to the city for formal review – a plan to turn a former medical office building a block away from the circle into residential and retail space. The Tonawanda-based developer wants to convert the vacant 50,100-square-foot building at 12…

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This was not some casual exit. This was a force of nature. Jim Wells opened a back door Thursday for his class at the Bennett Park Montessori School 32 in Buffalo, and the children, hollering with joy, ran out into a sprawling recess area as if shot from a cannon. They were as happy in that instant as if they were at Disney World, because in a way what had just happened…

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Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York finally found its new home. More than a month after the nonprofit agency sold its longtime Main Street headquarters near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to a health care organization, Belmont has acquired the former offices of construction contractor LPCiminelli near the Tri-Main Center. Belmont paid $5.445 million fo…

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Motorists should use caution during the Friday morning commute because of the potential for black ice, the National Weather Service warned. "Untreated roads that were previously wet may be icy and slick in spots early this morning," forecasters at the weather service's office in Cheektowaga posted on Twitter. There will be scattered lake-effect snow showers around th…

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A museum dedicated to preserving the history of Buffalo’s Old First Ward unveiled a new exhibit through November to salute the area’s grain scooping legends. “Waterfront Memories & More Museum,” at 41 Hamburg St., is located along the Buffalo River at Mutual Riverfront Park. The museum's monthlong exhibit will feature a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 …

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If water from the Niagara River contained as much lead as Michigan’s Flint River, this area would be in an uproar over the threat to residents here, especially to children. But the lead levels in Buffalo’s older rental housing, while also deserving of a skull and crossbones sticker, don't arouse nearly as much passion. A public campaign aims to change that. And while Mic…

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A significant chunk of downtown real estate – totaling 1.8 acres of land – is going up for auction, as the owner of Simon Electric Co. seeks to cash in on rising property values in the city's core. Bert Simon hired CBRE-Buffalo to list his commercial real estate portfolio in the central business district. That includes seven buildings with about 80,500 square feet of sp…

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After the success of its first tool challenge video, home improvement retailer Lowe's is filming three more segments to promote tools – once again using Buffalo's Northland Central advanced-manufacturing hub as its unmentioned backdrop. The North Carolina-based company used the construction site at 683 Northland Ave. – home of the new Workforce Training Center and Buffa…

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Organizers of the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot say that spots are filling up fast and registration is expected to close out next week. Around 1,250 spots are available for the 124th annual race, the YMCA announced Wednesday morning. The 8K run/walk will close out registration once it reaches its capacity of 14,000 participants; the race is capped for safety reaso…

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A 23-year-old Buffalo man who worked as a dog day care attendant admitted to beating a dog to death in State Supreme Court Wednesday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Jarrod Dillman pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony. Prosecutors allege that on Aug. 3 D…

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The City of Buffalo is expecting a surplus of about $1 million to close the books on the 2018-19 budget year, thanks to New York State advancing $7.5 million of $17 million in Seneca Nation casino funds owed the city. But though the anticipated advance lets the city turn a potential deficit into a surplus, the turnaround may not be enough to reverse a recent downgrade i…

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David A. Rivera was re-elected to a fourth term on the Common Council to represent the Niagara District, one of the city’s most diverse districts. Majority Leader Rivera, 61, easily defeated longtime business owner and Republican Mark T. Supples, 60, and Green Party candidate Charley Tarr. The Council remains an all-male body after Tuesday's elections, but now it has…

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Interim Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams can drop the "interim" from her title now. She easily defeated Republican Ross Kostecky, 32, to become the first woman and the first African American to hold the post, with The Buffalo News declaring her the winner. Miller-Williams, 63, was appointed in April on an interim basis by the Common Council after Mark J.F.…

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The Suneel’s Light Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave. This year's event, titled Night for Hope, will include food and cocktails and music by the Speedy Parker Blues Band. There will be auction items from the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, as well as packages from restaurants, shops and companies. Al…