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One sign Buffalo is in festive spirits is the quick ticket sales for Hotel Henry's Jazzy Christmas - featuring the Ladies First Jazz Big Band and the Buffalo Dolls - which has sold out in advance. After a busy weekend, the pace unexpectedly slows down this week, but there's still ample opportunity to go dashing through the snow to a Buffalo event. 1. John Morris Russ…

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May Jen, the area’s longest-serving Chinese restaurant, will reopen after the completion of post-fire renovations. The restaurant, at 47 Kenmore Ave., has been closed since a January blaze. “We are in the process of redesigning and getting all the permits to get us back going again,” said owner Susan Leong. “But it’s a very slow process, so we don’t expect to reopen …

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Most Buffalo-area residents experience a little bit of end-of-summer denial this time of year. Despite our best efforts, there is no stopping autumn. The Bills and the Sabres are back and the temperatures are falling. Patio weather has wound down and we’re heading inside to sit elbow-to-elbow at our favorite pubs. The Jake, located on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, is one …

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In search of Italian-American cuisine worth celebrating, I have encountered miles of pallid pasta and oceans of weak tomato sauce. There have been bright spots, certainly, places with plenty of dishes to recommend. But of the 20-something red sauce purveyors whose Southern Italian dishes I've had the privilege to evaluate, none ran the table. Then I went to Sinatra's. …

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After years of criss-crossing Western New York with its trucks, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs opened a place to call its own on June 13. Brothers Paul and Frank Tripi have turned a former automobile repair shop at 707 Kenmore Ave. into their first restaurant. The counter-service place serves up the custom hot dogs that Frank has been known for, with several new food items -…

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The 13th annual Colvin Cleaners Gowns for Prom program distributed a record 877 gowns and nearly 1,000 pieces of handmade jewelry to high school students from throughout Western New York over three days this past week at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. Young women selected from several thousand new and gently used gowns to wear to their own proms. Dresses were fitted by a profe…

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The Kenmore Village Board this week adopted a $13.86 million budget that Mayor Patrick Mang said will keep taxes down by holding down salaries of elected officials and department budgets. Mang said his salary and those of trustees have remained the same for the past 31 years. He said department budgets have had little to no increases in the past 17 years. He said the vi…

Citizen Science Community Resources, which has been sampling soil around the Tonawanda Coke plant, will offer a citizen science project on Thursday where individuals will be taught how to sample their own soil for hazardous chemicals. "We provide the tools necessary for folks to advocate for themselves," said Jackie James Creedon, a founding activist of CSCR. Creedon…

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As of now, every season is prom season in Western New York. Colvin Cleaners warehouse owner Paul Billoni announced Tuesday that Gowns for Prom has expanded and will collect both coats and gowns year-round at about 50 sites including, for the first time, at all six Erie County Department of Motor Vehicle offices. Billoni said the organization already has 2,000 new…

High Schools

Michael Maurer completed a clean sweep through high school as the Section VI individual medley champion. The Hamburg senior won his fourth consecutive title in the 200 IM, leading throughout and pulling away at the end to finish with a time of 1:57.10, on Friday at the Section VI boys swimming championships at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena Pool. The Canisi…

Business

Three apartment complexes in Tonawanda, Kenmore and West Seneca have new owners after the completion of sales totaling nearly $3.9 million. Gregory A. Suffoletto's Standard Property Management paid $1.71 million through Parker Heights LLC to acquire the Parker Heights Apartments, located at 2652-2684 Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, according to Erie County Cler…

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2016-17 underclassmen Section VI champions 200 individual medley – Michael Maurer (Hamburg), 100 butterfly – Michael Clough (Williamsville East), 500 freestyle – Liam O’Connell (Hamburg), 100 backstroke – Maurer (Hamburg). 2016-17 Section VI team champions Class A – Orchard Park, Class B – East Aurora, Class C – Panama. Key dates Section VI Class Championshi…

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Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

Erie County

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society has provided gifts of fresh pine boughs to senior residents living at the Kenmore Housing Authority. The Greens for Seniors initiative was started by the society to provide a token gift to the more than 200 residents of the senior apartments that will serve as a reminder that they are fondly thought of during the holiday season, a…