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Thomas Beauford Jr., president and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, has been named co-chair of the Buffalo Together fund.

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Candles in the SUN handed out groceries while Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue was temporarily closed.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal seeks the best way to impact community residents.

The National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York is working on new programs designed to bring people together.

They are among 85 black-led organizations to receive grants from the Buffalo Together Community Response Fund, established after the May 14 massacre at the Tops store.

The Buffalo Together Fund’s mission is to meet long-term community needs. But fund executives also felt it was important to “get the money out as quickly as possible” and support organizations working on the front lines since the attack, said Trina Burruss, chief operating officer of United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

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Resurgence in the Park brings a summer of family fun to Delaware Park! The new beer oasis features a bar near the golf pro’s shop, outdoor seating on the lodge’s veranda, as well as a designated section with benches overlooking the Delaware Park. Check it out >>

Sponsored by Resurgence Brewing Co.


Lawyers for top shooters have more time to weigh the psychiatric defense: Defense attorneys have been given 90 days to notify the court whether they plan to pursue a psychiatric defense for the white supremacist accused of the May 14 mass shooting at Tops Markets. An Erie County judge also denied the defense team’s request to delay the prosecution for a year. Read more

Warning: a high-tech solution can put an end to Tonawanda’s notorious low bridge problem: It happened at least 64 times. Semi-trucks continue to crash into the CSX railroad bridge over Young Street in the town of Tonawanda. The authorities tried everything to try to warn the truckers. Now they say they’ve finally found a solution: laser beams. Read more

Two local retailers identified by the state as selling unlicensed cannabis: Four Green Vision Wellness and CannaGlam2022 stores on Abbott Road in Lackawanna were among 52 stores in the state that received cease and desist letters. Read more

The Erie County Sheriff is hiring a new team of detectives to deter major violent incidents: The key for Sheriff John Garcia, a Republican, is knowing what priorities the sheriff’s office has that align with the priorities of Democratic county lawmakers and the county administration. He is having some success. On Thursday, he was given the go-ahead to create a six-member detective unit to find and deter locals determined to commit high-profile incidents of violence. Read more

Authorities want to know why a Buffalo Fire Academy graduate’s vehicle caught fire: Buffalo police investigate a car accident and fire involving a man who graduated hours earlier from the Buffalo Fire Academy. Before dawn on July 1, firefighters rushed to the 600 block of Elk Street for a car fire that followed an accident there. Read more

Fugitive ex-owner turns himself in to face criminal charges and lead paint violations

Angel Elliott Dalfin, a former Buffalo rental housing operator, skipped civil hearings in state court over lead paint allegations, but he went to federal court on Tuesday to face criminal charges.

At its peak, Dalfin owned or controlled more than 150 single and two-family homes in the east end of the city, rented primarily to low-income people of color. At least 63 of the homes were cited for lead paint hazards and 29 children living in 22 of the homes were poisoned with lead, according to the state attorney general’s office.

After receiving initial quotes, Dalfin and an associated group of businesses and people rented the homes to families anyway without making any of the legally required lead repairs, the office said.

“They only addressed the issue after a child had already been poisoned by lead, and by then it was too late,” state Attorney General Letitia James said when asked. she announced the state trial in September 2020.


magic in the trees

The new Treehouse Cafe at Blueberry Treehouse Farm in West Falls glows at dusk, Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

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For Blueberry Treehouse Farm, the region’s first treetop café, the sky is the limit: The gem of the tourist destination of West Falls has been revealed, mostly out of sight. The region’s first treetop cafe, a 3,000 square foot man-made lodging terrace – featuring a mezzanine that rises 15 feet above – has been unveiled in a pre-opening trial of Thursday. Read more

Related: Check out Derek Gee’s photos of this “must-see magical space in the woods.”

Breuben Sandwich at Big Ditch Brewing

Big Ditch Brewing Co.’s Breuben is corned beef cured in Excavator Rye Brown Ale, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and homemade Thousand Islands dressing.

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New Owners of Jersey Street Fire Station Plan Apartments: “We just love the old-school type of building, and it has some history,” said Justin Custer of WNY’s Milestone Development. “We would just like it not to be vacant and turn it into something nice.” Read more


GOP congressional primary candidates challenge the state’s new gun law: Carl Paladino and Nicholas Langworthy are both competing in a heavily Republican district where gun rights are considered sacrosanct, and both are now figuring to elevate Second Amendment issues to the top of their campaigns. Read more

Hochul and Delgado win the Working Families line: Candidates previously endorsed by the party — Jumaane D. Williams for governor and Ana María Archila for lieutenant governor — declined their nominations on Wednesday following their defeats as candidates in the Democratic contest. Read more


Bills Questions: What should Bills expect from Greg Rousseau in Year 2? : At 6-foot-6, Rousseau weighed 266 pounds last season as a rookie. The Bills defensive end decided he would bulk up this offseason. Read more


Matthew Savoie is the headliner of the Sabers’ three first-round picks in the NHL Draft: The Sabers selected Winnipeg ice center Matthew Savoie 9th overall, Swedish center Noah Ostlund 16th overall and prolific Czech scorer Jiri Kulich 28th overall in the first round. Read more

Inside the NHL: The Sabers continue to push for speed and skill taking three crosses in the first round: Those seasons where the Buffalo Sabers failed to score will quickly become a distant memory. The pipeline fills with speed and skill right from the start, writes Mike Harrington. Read more


A young deer who got his leg caught in a fence on Thursday is likely prancing around West Seneca, harboring a vivid image of police officers. Watch this body cam video as city officers came to the rescue of the frightened fawn.

Our balmy summer days inspire many to walk, jog, bike, swim, or engage in other outdoor activities. If you’re among them and have huffed and puffed a little more than you wanted, you might want to check them out. summer wellness tips local expert shares with WKBW’s Taylor Epps.

A stately home built two centuries ago in Newfane continues to attract lovers of architecture and history. Buffalo Spree Contributor Nancy Mingus takes us inside the Van Horn Manora structure listed on the National Register and owned by the Newfane Historical Society.

What is your remains preferred? Mine must be a cold pizza – a delight that is included on the WYRK list of the five favorite leftover foods of Western New Yorkers. Dave Fields says the station compiled the list based on feedback received from listeners on social media.

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