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More than 70 Western New York restaurants already have signed up for Local Restaurant Week’s fall edition, which runs Oct. 21-27.Now’s the time to get your reservations in for a chance to try $20.13 specials in new places, old favorites worth a revisit, and restaurants that have changed their tune recently.Oliver’s reservation book fills up fast. The Lodge, which aims to r…

Creation of a new bike path in North Buffalo took a step forward Tuesday. The Common Council agreed to allow the city to acquire a small sliver of property and sign a lease agreement for a former rail bed. The actions help the project move to a design stage.The Council action accommodates a trail from Kenmore Avenue south to the LaSalle Metro Rail Station and improves an …

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After an 88-hour wait, a city-owned lift bridge finally opened Tuesday morning and a large Canadian freighter was able to pass through and deliver tons of grain. “It happens,” said Jim Siddall, vice president of operations for Lower Lakes Towing, which owns the freighter. But waits at bridges “are pretty rare to be that long,” he said.The Robert S. Pierson and its load of …

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The federal government shut down Tuesday – and it had an immediate impact on people in the Buffalo Niagara region.Workers felt the pain because, as one official put it, our area has an “unusually large” footprint with many federal offices.Up to 1,000 local workers found themselves either out of work or working without pay because of the budget fight in Washington, while th…

A Buffalo man, previously convicted in four knifepoint robberies, was found guilty Monday in a fifth one and could face life in prison.After deliberating less than an hour, a State Supreme Court jury convicted Shawn Sivertson, 52, of first-degree robbery for the Nov. 4 holdup of a 7-Eleven store at 3211 Main St., near Winspear Street, in Buffalo’s University Heights neighb…

Will Poultry Co., the venerable Buffalo wholesale food distributor whose roots date back from before the Depression, is changing owners.The business has been sold to a group of local investors and expects to continue its operations virtually unchanged.“The transition is going to be as seamless as possible,” said Donald E. Will, the company’s CEO and owner. “It’s going to k…

Jericho Road Ministries and Jericho Road Family Practice have announced a merger to become the Jericho Road Community Health Center with offices on Genesee Street and on Barton Street in Buffalo.This merger provides a more stable financial foundation and will allow the combined organizations to offer more comprehensive medical and nonmedical services to patients, especiall…

Lorey Schultz has returned to the second floor of City Hall and her job as deputy director of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Communications Department.Schultz was gone for about a week, while she prepared to take a $115,000 job as chief of public relations working for School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown and the Buffalo Public Schools. Schultz had a signed contract with the super…

A promotional video that celebrates Buffalo’s unique geography and historic assets has its first public preview at 7 p.m. today in Larkin Square.The 12-minute “Buffalo: America’s Best Designed City,” by filmmaker John Paget, uses vivid imagery, including aerial photography, and testimony from Buffalo civic leaders to tell of Buffalo’s location on the water, the radial sys…

Some call it a powder keg of booze and bad behavior that, every few years in the University Heights district, seems ready to explode.Others say recent problems of drinking and destruction around the University at Buffalo’s South Campus are just a matter of kids being kids.Whatever the case, the situation came to a head Monday night when a dozens of community stakeholders a…

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The news that its building was going to be demolished to make way for new apartment buildings created an opportunity for radio station WUFO-AM. It was time to head downtown.Not having much choice doesn’t make the move any less exciting, according to the station’s operations manager, Sheila L. Brown. She talked about the move at a “Farewell to LaSalle” block party at the st…

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The news that its building was going to be demolished to make way for new apartment buildings created an opportunity for radio station WUFO-AM. It was time to head downtown.Not having much choice doesn’t make the move any less exciting, according to the station’s operations manager, Sheila L. Brown. She talked about the move at a “Farewell to LaSalle” block party at the st…

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A malfunctioning lift bridge that prevented a large Canadian freighter from delivering its grain shipment was back in operation today. The city was able to repair the bridge, which was experiencing problems in its electronic operating system, and open it this morning. The Robert S. Pierson, a Canadian freighter nearly as long as two football fields, sat motionless against…

Buffalo police have identified the city’s latest homicide victim as 31 year old Jamari Grimes, 31, of Buffalo, who was shot to death Saturday morning in the 200 block of West Delavan Avenue.The fatal shooting occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Northwest District officers responding to a call of shots fired on West Delavan found Grimes dead, on a step. Witnesses ha…

Buffalo police are investigating the theft of a touring bike with saddle bags and camping equipment that was taken from the front entrance of a Delaware Avenue pharmacy.The victim, who’s from Florida, told Central District police that his titanium bike, which also had a tent attached, was taken from the front entrance to Walgreens, on Delaware Avenue, shortly before 11 a.…