Libby’s Licensee NTC Marketing Sells Williamsville Offices

NTC Marketing, which imports tropical fruit sold under the Libby’s name, has sold its building in Williamsville following its move to larger office space in Amherst.

NTC on Aug. 10 sold its building at 5680 Main St., near the intersection of North and South Ellicott streets, for $465,000 to RMF Properties LLC, according to county property records.

Michael C. DeRose, an NTC co-owner, said the company had moved into more spacious quarters back in April. The new space at Uniland Development Co.’s Sheridan Meadows Corporate Park, 6400 Sheridan Drive, has 7,500 square feet, DeRose said.
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Merriam-Webster Steps In After Trump Tells America To ‘Heel’

“Heal” is clearly a very difficult word to spell if you’re president of the United States in 2017, but Merriam-Webster is here to help.

Following a so-called “free speech” rally in Boston on Saturday, Donald Trump tried to call for unity on Twitter but instead told America twice that it needs to “heel.”

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Dick Gregory, 84, Dies; Found Humor in the Civil Rights Struggle

 Dick Gregory in 2016. He believed that within a well-delivered joke lies power.

Dick Gregory, the pioneering black satirist who transformed cool humor into a barbed force for civil rights in the 1960s, then veered from his craft for a life devoted to protest and fasting in the name of assorted social causes, health regimens and conspiracy theories, died Saturday in Washington. He was 84.

Mr. Gregory’s son Christian Gregory, who announced his death on social media, said more details would be released in the coming days. Mr. Gregory had been admitted to a hospital on Aug. 12, his son said in an earlier Facebook post.

Early in his career Mr. Gregory insisted in interviews that his first order of business onstage was to get laughs, not to change how white America treated Negroes (the accepted word for African-Americans at the time). “Humor can no more find the solution to race problems than it can cure cancer,” he said. Nonetheless, as the civil rights movement was kicking into high gear, whites who caught his club act or listened to his routines on records came away with a deeper feel for the nation’s shameful racial history.

Mr. Gregory was a breakthrough performer in his appeal to whites — a crossover star, in contrast to veteran black comedians like Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley and Slappy White, whose earthy, pungent humor was mainly confined to black clubs on the so-called chitlin circuit.

Though he clearly seethed over the repression of blacks, he resorted to neither scoldings nor lectures when playing big-time rooms like the hungry i in San Francisco or the Village Gate in New York. Rather, he won audiences over with wry observations about the country’s racial chasm.

In a recent post that was widely circulated on social media, Gregory addressed the current flare-up of tensions in race relations, but he counseled younger activists to appreciate the gains that have come and to be mindful of history.

“Love will always be triumphant over hate,” Gregory wrote. “I have seen progress like most cannot appreciate because they were not there to bear witness. … The reality is far from perfect, but profoundly better than what daily reality was for my generation.”
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Jerry Lewis, Controversial Comic Titan Behind ‘Nutty Professor,’ MDA Telethon, Dead at 91

Jerry Lewis, the brilliant, divisive giant of comedy, died at his Las Vegas home Sunday morning at age 91. The news was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and then confirmed by Lewis’s agent.

In a career that spanned nearly his entire life, Lewis played funnyman to Dean Martin; starred in, wrote and directed the original Nutty Professor; and served as longtime host of TV’s most famous telethon.

Once Hollywood’s most bankable star, Lewis fronted more than 50 movies, from the light Martin-and-Lewis fare of Artists and Models to Martin Scorsese’s darkly funny The King of Comedy.

In recent years, Lewis battled a variety of health problems. A bout with pulmonary fibrosis even pushed him to contemplate suicide, he eventually revealed. Earlier this year, Lewis required hospitalization and rehab for a urinary-tract infection.

In the end, Lewis probably had the best answer to the question, “Who was Jerry Lewis?”

Lewis sad: “I’m an American icon.”
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Will Not Attend This Year’s Kennedy Center Honors

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend this year’s Kennedy Center Honors “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the White House announced Saturday.

“First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

The announcement comes amid unrest following the violent Charlottesville, Virginia, protests last week. During a press conference in New York City Tuesday, President Trump condemned the neo-Nazis and white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville.

“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups,” Trump said before calling the man who rammed a car into counter-protesters and killed a woman a “disgrace” and a horrible “murderer.”

Kennedy Center expressed “respect” for the president’s decision in a statement Saturday:

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“The Administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the Honorees,” Kennedy Center’s chairman, David M. Rubenstein, and President Deborah F. Rutter said. “We are grateful for the gesture.”

Some honorees, including television legend Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade, had reportedly declined to attend the White House in a show of protest against President Trump.

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Joe’s Crab Shack Abruptly Closes More Than 40 Restaurants

Your favorite Joe’s Crab Shack might not be open anymore.

The seafood restaurant chain has abruptly closed at least 41 locations across 19 states since Friday.

The reported closures are in several states including Michigan and Oklahoma and Illinois.

You can see the full list of locations that have closed, according to Consumerist, below. 

RESTAURANT ADDRESS CITY STATE
Joe’s Crab Shack 20 Meadowview Dr Meadowbrook AL
Joe’s Crab Shack 1420 S Azusa Ave City of Industry CA
Joe’s Crab Shack Hazard Center San Diego CA
Joe’s Crab Shack 245 Jefferson St San Francisco CA
Joe’s Crab Shack 1451 N Federal Hwy Ft. Lauderdale FL
Joe’s Crab Shack 12124 S Apopka Vineland Rd Lake Buena Vista FL
Joe’s Crab Shack 4402 N University Dr Lauderhill FL
Joe’s Crab Shack 1590 Pleasant Hill Rd Duluth GA
Joe’s Crab Shack 11965 S Strang Line Rd Olathe KS
Joe’s Crab Shack 51 Ludwig Dr Fairview Heights IL
Joe’s Crab Shack 5626 Northridge Dr Gurnee IL
Joe’s Crab Shack 2000 E Golf Rd Schaumburg IL
Joe’s Crab Shack 8250 Dean Rd Indianapolis IN
Joe’s Crab Shack 2757 E 80th Ave Merrillville IN
Joe’s Crab Shack 7051 Arundel Mills Cir Hanover MD
Joe’s Crab Shack 3020 Lohr Rd Ann Arbor MI
Joe’s Crab Shack 4975 S Baldwin Rd Lake Orion MI
Joe’s Crab Shack 33879 Van Dyke Sterling Heights MI
Joe’s Crab Shack 2704 Snelling Ave Roseville MN
Joe’s Crab Shack 20001 E Jackson Dr Independence MO
Joe’s Crab Shack 5856 Suemandy Dr St. Peters MO
Joe’s Crab Shack 701 N 102nd St Omaha NE
Joe’s Crab Shack 1048 Cedarbridge Ave Brick NJ
Joe’s Crab Shack Monmouth Mall Eatontown NJ
Joe’s Crab Shack 4250 E Sunset Rd Henderson NV
Joe’s Crab Shack 4125 Maple Rd Amherst NY
Joe’s Crab Shack 1700 The Arches Circle Deer Park NY
Joe’s Crab Shack 100 Marketplace Dr Rochester NY
Joe’s Crab Shack 1195 Corporate Drive Westbury NY
Joe’s Crab Shack Palisades Mall West Nyack NY
Joe’s Crab Shack 5940 NW Expressway Oklahoma City OK
Joe’s Crab Shack 7646 E 61st St Tulsa OK
Joe’s Crab Shack 1520 Nolan Ryan Expressway Arlington TX
Joe’s Crab Shack 10250 E Technology Blvd Dallas TX
Joe’s Crab Shack 14901 N Fwy I-45 Houston TX
Joe’s Crab Shack 12400 Gulf Freeway Houston TX
Joe’s Crab Shack 2066 S Stemmons Lewisville TX
Joe’s Crab Shack 711 E Expressway 83 McAllen TX
Joe’s Crab Shack 7277 S Plaza Center Dr West Jordan UT
Joe’s Crab Shack 3239 Silver Lake Village Dr Pearland TX
Joe’s Crab Shack 1974 Power Plant Parkway Hampton VA
Brick House Tavern 5650 W Touhy Ave Niles IL
Brick House Tavern 6300 North Fwy Fort Worth TX

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New Bill Would Require Donald Trump To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

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Jewel Thieves Strike Amherst Store in Hollywood-style Caper

Joel Jaffe, owner of Amherst Jewelry, stands at his counter behind mostly empty display cases. His Transit Road store was burglarized last month. 

Jaffe, whose family opened Jaffe Jewelers in Niagara Falls in 1941 and moved the business to Amherst about 25 years ago, has reopened his store, but there’s not much merchandise to sell. He thought he might have to take months to rebuild his inventory.

But a friend – who is also competitor in the jewelry business – is stepping in.

Jeff Bean, owner of M.A. Laurie Jewelers in Williamsville, has known Jaffe for years and has had a business relationship with him in the past.

“We were just heartbroken when this whole thing happened,” Bean said.

Bean is hosting a “Friends of Amherst Jewelers” event at his Main Street store Aug. 25 and 26. Jaffe will get the proceeds from the sales, which will provide a boost for him to replenish his inventory at the Transit Road store.

“We’re essentially going to give him a store for the day,” Bean said.

Bean reached out and offered the help, Jaffe said. He said he was touched by the gesture.

“I was breathless,” Jaffe said. “I didn’t know what to say.”

The fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26. M.A. Laurie Jewelers is located at 5456 Main.

Amherst police ask anyone who may have any information about the crime to call 689-1311.

When Joel Jaffe marched up to the front door of his Transit Road jewelry store on a Monday morning last month, he noticed part of the lock was missing.

At the nail salon next door, as well as the cosmetics store on the other side of his business, the same thing had happened.

Jaffe, owner of Amherst Jewelers, thought it was a prank. He pried open his front door with a screwdriver he borrowed from a neighbor and went inside. Glancing at his showcases, nothing seemed amiss.

But when he got to the back of the store, he saw signs of trouble – a 5-foot hole in the wall between his shop and the nail salon.

And a 2-foot-square hole had been sawed into his store’s safe.

Its contents – $300,000 worth of diamonds, gold, silver and other expensive pieces of jewelry from the showcases the owner locked up when he closed for the weekend – were gone.
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Trump Says Sun Equally to Blame for Blocking Moon

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Attacking the media for its “very unfair” coverage of Monday’s solar eclipse, Donald J. Trump said on Saturday that the sun was equally to blame for blocking the moon.

“The fake news is covering the eclipse from the sun’s side instead of the moon’s side, but if you look at it from the moon’s side the sun is blocking the moon’s side,” he said. “There are so many sides you can’t count all the sides.”

Additionally, Trump tore into the sun itself, calling it a “showboat” for its role in the solar eclipse.

“The sun thinks the world revolves around it,” Trump said. “Sad.”

Trump said the sun was a “big problem” that his predecessor, Barack Obama, did nothing to solve, but  that situation was about to change.

“It will be handled—we handle everything,” Trump said, adding that a preëmptive military strike on the sun was “very much on the table.”

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