Anti-abortion Group to Open Expanded Crisis Pregnancy Center in Amherst

Nov. 14, 2019

CompassCare plans to open a crisis pregnancy center in this former medical office at 1230 Eggert Road, Eggertsville. (Google Images)
CompassCare plans to open a crisis pregnancy center in this former medical office at 1230 Eggert Road, Eggertsville.

An anti-abortion organization that provides basic medical care and counseling to pregnant women in Rochester is expanding into the Buffalo area and merging with three previously independent crisis pregnancy centers here.

CompassCare has a goal of reducing the number of abortions performed in the Buffalo area by 50% over the next five years. The Christian organization has hired a regional executive director and has acquired a former medical office in Eggertsville, where it plans to open a center by the end of this month.

“We’re hoping to create an environment and unify community support and services around these women so that they don’t feel abortion is their only way out,” said Jim Harden, CompassCare’s president and CEO.
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D’Avolio and Premier Join Forces

Nov. 14, 2019

Owner Dan Gagliardo gets ready to throw one of his sausage, cheese, mushroom and broccoli pizzas in the oven at D'Avolio';s Kitchen on Main Street in Williamsville. (Robert Kirkham / Buffalo News)
Owner Dan Gagliardo gets ready to throw one of his sausage, cheese, mushroom and broccoli pizzas in the oven at D’Avolio’s Kitchen on Main Street in Williamsville.

D’Avolio Kitchen has opened a space at Premier Gourmet on Maple Road in Amherst.

The restaurant has D’Avolio’s full menu, which includes artisanal pizzas, salads, antipasti and sandwiches. It’s prepared in an open kitchen next to an expanded dining space. Customers can place orders online, in person or via smartphone and will receive a text message when their order is ready.
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Bishop Malone Says Report of Imminent Resignation ‘absolutely false’

Nov. 14, 2019

Bishop Richard J. Malone spoke to members of the media on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
Bishop Richard J. Malone spoke to members of the media on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

Bishop Richard J. Malone told a Vatican reporter this morning that rumors he has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis were “absolutely false,” but said nothing more about a tweet on Wednesday suggesting he will step down imminently from his post as head of the Buffalo Diocese.

Chris Altieri of the Catholic Herald reported on Twitter Thursday morning his brief interaction with Malone outside St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Altieri said in a tweet that he asked the bishop if there was any truth to rumors that he submitted his resignation and that Malone responded: “Absolutely false. Thank you very much, that’s the end of our conversation.”
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Anti-abortion Group to Open Expanded Crisis Pregnancy Center in Amherst

Nov. 14, 2019

CompassCare plans to open a crisis pregnancy center in this former medical office at 1230 Eggert Road, Eggertsville. (Google Images)
CompassCare plans to open a crisis pregnancy center in this former medical office at 1230 Eggert Road, Eggertsville. 

An anti-abortion organization that provides basic medical care and counseling to pregnant women in Rochester is expanding into the Buffalo area and merging with three previously independent crisis pregnancy centers here.

CompassCare has a goal of reducing the number of abortions performed in the Buffalo area by 50% over the next five years. The Christian organization has hired a regional executive director and has acquired a former medical office in Eggertsville, where it plans to open a center by the end of this month.

“We’re hoping to create an environment and unify community support and services around these women so that they don’t feel abortion is their only way out,” said Jim Harden, CompassCare’s president and CEO.
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Williamsville Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute Cocaine

Nov. 14, 2019

A Williamsville man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 25 years in prison, following his conviction on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing 500 grams or more of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said 34-year-old Richard Lucas also was fined $60,000 and will forfeit about $30,000.

Search warrants for Lucas and his co-defendant, Dominic Daniels, were conducted May 15, 2017, according to prosecutors. Surveillance that day showed Daniels leaving a Cheektowaga hotel and entering a vehicle. Daniels was stopped and searched after conducting a narcotics transaction on James Street in Buffalo. The search uncovered 744 grams of cocaine and about $16,000 in cash.
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For Rich Products’ Tech Staff, Cubicles Are Out, ‘neighborhoods’ Are In

Nov. 14, 2019

Yexi Liu joined Rich Products as its chief information officer in July. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Yexi Liu joined Rich Products as its chief information officer in July. 

In Rich Products’ refurbished information services department, few employees have assigned desks. But they have plenty of places to choose from to do their work.

They can sit at workstations equipped with dual monitors. They can take a seat in a comfortable chair, a meeting room or the social area near the kitchen, where sparkling water is on tap. If employees really need to focus, they can head into the “cloud room,” illuminated by cloud-shaped lights, where talking and phone calls aren’t allowed.

The new format is about as far as you can get from the sea of cubicles that used to populate this part of Rich’s corporate offices on Niagara Street. Like some other employers, Rich has embraced a more “flexible” office layout, scrapping the assigned-seating system in favor of a variety of options.
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Visit These Buffalo-area Holiday Markets for Unique Gifts, Fun Shopping

Nov. 14, 2019

Local artisans craft unique gifts that you can find at shopping holiday markets. At left, Erin Patterson and Kitch will be at Yuletide in the Country (Dec. 7-8 at Hamburg Fairgrounds), Adam Kern and My Buffalo Shirts will be at multiple shows including St. Gregory the Great and Yuletide in the Country; and Vickie LaRocque will at St. Gregory the Great Craft Show (Nov. 29-30) and Brickyard Brewing Co. in Lewiston (Dec. 5). (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
Local artisans craft unique gifts that you can find at shopping holiday markets. At left, Erin Patterson and Kitch will be at Yuletide in the Country (Dec. 7-8 at Hamburg Fairgrounds), Adam Kern and My Buffalo Shirts will be at multiple shows including St. Gregory the Great and Yuletide in the Country; and Vickie LaRocque will at St. Gregory the Great Craft Show (Nov. 29-30) and Brickyard Brewing Co. in Lewiston (Dec. 5).

Holiday shopping is stressful for so many reasons: the crowds, the parking, the mall madness. Even once you get inside, it’s not over because then you have to find a unique – or at least – useable gift. Too often, we make the easy choice and get gift cards. But, let’s face it, that’s pretty impersonal.

Out of ideas? We’re here to help. Starting this week nearly right up to Christmas, weekends will be filled with holiday shopping events where you can browse handcrafted items from local artisans often while listening to live music and enjoying a cocktail.

Some are definitely for adults who can shop with mimosa in hand; others are family friendly like Totally Buffalo 716mas Festival with crafts for the kids.
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From Startup to $1.5B: ACV Auctions Becomes Buffalo’s First ‘unicorn’

Nov. 14, 2019

The ACV Auctions office. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
The ACV Auctions office.

Buffalo has its first confirmed unicorn.

Only this one isn’t a horse with a horn on its head. It’s a privately held startup company that has achieved a rare benchmark of being valued by investors at $1 billion or more.

That’s far more common in Silicon Valley, New York City, China and other business or technology hubs, where the herd of unicorns already includes many well-known names. But they’re not found in places like Buffalo – at least not until now, with ACV Auctions.

ACV, the online marketplace for used cars that started as one of the early 43North winners, said Tuesday that its latest round of investment funding valued the company at more than $1.5 billion – at least on paper.
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Richard Stenclik, 88, Built International Staffing and Recruitment Company

Nov. 14, 2019

Richard R. Stenclik, who built an industrial design firm that he founded into an international staffing and recruitment company, died Nov. 9 in his Buffalo home. He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kaisertown and was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, where he learned drafting and tool design.

After attending the University of Buffalo, he worked as a tool designer for various companies, then set up a drafting table at home and started his own drafting and tool design firm, Superior Design Co., in 1957. Before long, he had an office opposite the Chevrolet plant on East Delavan Avenue.

An Amherst resident for many years, Mr. Stenclik was an avid skier, boater and golfer.

He was a member of the Brookfield Country Club, Crag Burn Golf Club and Boca Raton Country Club and Resort.

He was a member of the Buffalo Club and a former member of the Young Presidents Organization Empire Chapter.
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Newt Gingrich on Impeachment Probe: ‘All Of This is Garbage’

Nov 12, 2019

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