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What does the sunset sound like? What does the wind look like? A crowd of about a thousand made their way along a traffic-free and food truck-lined Elmwood Avenue on Friday afternoon to find out the answers to these and other imponderable questions as the Burchfield Penney Art Center prepared to unveil its permanent outdoor installation known as “The Front Yard.”At about 6…

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What does the sunset sound like? What does the wind look like? A crowd of about a thousand made their way along a traffic-free and food truck-lined Elmwood Avenue on Friday afternoon to find out the answers to these and other imponderable questions as the Burchfield Penney Art Center prepared to unveil its permanent outdoor installation known as “The Front Yard.”At about 6…

A 22-year-old Cornwall Avenue man was arrested on drug and obstruction charges when he allegedly tried run from police officers who had stopped to question him about an earlier incident at about 3:15 a.m. Friday in the first block of Grant Street.Parris Parker was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance when police reported finding crack cocaine in his c…

A 25-year-old Normal Avenue woman was arrested on a drug charge when police stopped to question her at about 1:30 a.m. Friday at Albany and Barton streets.Ebony Gadley was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance when officers reported finding her carrying a crack pipe in her purse.

Buffalo has been named a Bronze Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.The award recognizes the city’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Census data showed Buffalo ranked 14th in the nation for total number of bicycle commuters. …

State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, has announced that he will co-sponsor a measure to waive the fee for the state’s new “veteran” driver’s licenses.A new state law provides the special licenses for men and women who have served in the armed forces. There is no fee for them when they renew their licenses, but if they want a new license before the old one expires, there’s …

A talk on the history of Buffalo’s Little Harlem Hotel, a nightclub at 496 Michigan Ave. established to showcase aspiring stars, will be offered at noon Monday in the Central Library.Alison Fraser, a University at Buffalo doctoral candidate, will discuss her research based on the collection of rare holdings housed in the Central Library’s Grosvenor Room. The event, which i…

If you’re going to send a text, it’s probably a good idea to know who is going to be on the receiving end of your message.Two alleged Dunkirk heroin dealers now sitting in the Erie County Holding Center learned that lesson Thursday afternoon.Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said his narcotics detectives, under the command of Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, arrested Ri…

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May 27, 1930 – Oct. 17, 2013Sister Barbara Ciarico, former president of Trocaire College, died Thursday at the Mercy Center Health Care Unit. She was 83.The former Barbara Jean Ciarico entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1948 and made her perpetual profession on March 30, 1954. Sister Barbara was born and educated in Albion. She attended St. Joseph School in Albion an…

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June 17, 1942 – Oct. 16, 2013The Rev. Roderick M. Brown, founding pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Buffalo and a spiritual leader for many African-American Catholics, died unexpectedly Wednesday in Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. He was 71.The Chicago native served as a priest in the Buffalo diocese for 14 years, and he coordinated the consolidation of several ce…

LOCKPORT – Jonathan D. Bersani, 21, of Koons Avenue, Buffalo, was sentenced Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to three years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision for a pair of cocaine felonies.Bersani, a former Town of Niagara resident, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degr…

A two alarm fire on Keystone Street on the East Side early Friday heavily damaged three vacant houses, firefighters said,The blaze started at 173 Keystone and spread to 175 and 171 Keystone, between Doat Street and Walden Avenue, causing a total of $90,000 in damages. No injuries were reported and a cause remains under investigation.

An exit ramp from the inbound Skyway (Route 5) will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance work, the state Department of Transportation reported Thursday.The ramp leading to the northbound Niagara Thruway (I-190) and to Pearl Street will be barricaded and the Skyway will be reduced to one lane in the vicinity of the ramp, transportation officials s…

Open house programs will be held at five Buffalo firehouses as part of the city’s observance of National Fire Prevention Month, according to Mayor Byron W. Brown and Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.This year’s national theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”Free smoke detectors, coloring books and fire safety information will be distributed.Visitors also will get a behind-th…

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The steam-powered Coast Guard ship chugged out of Buffalo to its station on Lake Erie between Sturgeon Point and Point Abino, where it was to anchor as a floating lighthouse for the Great Lakes shipping.Light Vessel 82’s mission was to warn ships coming and going from the Buffalo Harbor of the treacherous rocky shoals beneath the lake’s northern shore.But in the fall of 19…