Wave of First-day Demand Causes Early Closing of Chef’s On the Go

Oct. 18, 2019

Julie Vacanti, second from left, of Williamsville won the free lifetime supply of spaghetti parm at the opening of Chef's on the Go in Williamsville Thursday. Scott Mariglia who was the first in line at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday is greeted by mother-in-law Patricia Firth, of Grand Island who made him a special Chef's chef jacket for the occasion. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
Scott Mariglia, who was the first in line at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, is greeted by mother-in-law Patricia Firth of Grand Island who made him a special Chef’s chef jacket for the occasion.

A crush of first-day customers beyond expectation surprised the owners of the new Chef’s On the Go Thursday at Williamsville Place on Sheridan Drive.

They were forced to close their doors with many orders still outstanding for such dishes as their familiar spaghetti parmesan – shutting down about two and a half hours before the 9 p.m. regular closing.

At 6:29 p.m., Chef’s On the Go sent out this tweet:


Due to the overwhelming demand we have no choice but to suspend sales for the rest of today! The support has been incredible and with hundreds of orders to fill we have to pause orders for the day. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience & we hope you’ll come back tomorrow!

The Williamsville Place operation is a pilot for what Louis and Mary Beth Billittier, longtime owners of Chef’s Restaurant on Seneca Street, hope will be a template for Chef’s On the Go locations throughout the nation.
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St. Francis of Assisi Church is Having Their Famous Jewelry Sale

Oct. 18, 2019

St. Francis of Assisi Church is having a gently used jewelry and accessory sale on Saturday, November 16 at 70 Adam Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150.

The $3.00 admission includes coffee and a bagel (or other breakfast treat) and admission to the sale.

Doors open at 9:00 AM, and the sale ends at noon.

Some vintage pieces, costume jewelry, purses, hats, and scarves will be available.  The public is invited to attend.

Proceeds will benefit St. Francis of Assisi Parish and Early Childhood Center.  Children under 12 are admitted free.

Go to www.stfrancistonawanda.org /upcoming-events.html for more information.

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Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings Has Died

Oct. 17, 2019


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The Life-Changing Magic of Impeaching Trump

Oct. 17, 2019

Donald Trump makes a face as he speaks into a microphone.

Satire from The Borowitz Report

Over the past five years, millions of Americans have ascended to a higher plane of fulfillment by tidying up their homes. By talking to our possessions, one by one, and asking if they spark joy, we have achieved a kind of contentment we never dreamed possible.

Now it’s time to tidy up a residence that belongs to all of us: the White House.

At first, this seems like a daunting task. After all, the White House has a hundred and thirty-two rooms. There is much culling to be done.

But there’s no reason to despair. Many useless things have already been hauled away. Reince Priebus, John Kelly, Steve Bannon, Kirstjen Nielsen, Michael Flynn, John Bolton, Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders—none of them sparked joy. And now they are all gone. And Anthony Scaramucci, who sparked joy as briefly as those paisley pants you immediately regretted buying at H&M—he is gone, too.

Clearly, though, more culling remains to be done.

We must look at Donald Trump and ask ourselves, “Does this spark joy?” And, although the answer to that question might be somewhat different in Russia, North Korea, and Turkey, the answer here is a resounding no.

Remember how, once you tidied up your dwelling, you discovered hidden treasures buried under all of those needless possessions? Well, once that garish orange thing that sparks no joy has been removed from the Oval Office, you’ll be amazed what you’ll find underneath. Things you forgot you even had, like democracy.

In the video you can view by clicking HERE, from last weekend’s New Yorker Festival, I speak about the happiness we can attain by decluttering the country of Trump. Much like Marie Kondo, the authors of the United States Constitution gave us a unique tool for improving our surroundings: impeachment. And the Twenty-fifth Amendment is pretty good, too.

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Satire from Andy Borowitz

Trump Sends New Threatening Letter To Erdogan

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Catholic Health Looks to ‘right-size’ Workforce With Buyouts

Oct. 17, 2019

Catholic Health, the region’s second-largest hospital system, is planning to shrink its workforce as it tries to cut costs in the face of declining revenues.

The system announced it has offered buyouts to an undisclosed number of its nonclinical employees.

This comes less than a week after Kaleida Health informed one of its largest unions that it is planning to shift inpatient services from DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst.

Both networks say they are responding to reduced reimbursement rates from payers and changing models for delivering health care that are buffeting providers here and nationwide.
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Why Cancer Rates Are Higher in Areas Near East Side-Cheektowaga Border

Oct. 17, 2019

A person walks with a shopping cart in the rain on Doat Street on the Cheektowaga/Buffalo border Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  The state Department of Health announced a series of public meetings to discuss regional cancer studies.                (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
A person walks with a shopping cart in the rain on Doat Street on the Cheektowaga/Buffalo border Wednesday, October 16, 2019. The state Department of Health announced a series of public meetings to discuss regional cancer studies.

Residents living along the border of Buffalo’s East Side and Cheektowaga develop five types of cancer at unusually high rates, a result of widespread tobacco use and obesity in the area, according to a report released Tuesday by the New York State Department of Health.

Esophageal cancer rates on the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border exceed the rates in comparable communities by 71%, state health officials said.

The incidence of kidney cancer also skewed higher than expected, by 69%, as did rates of prostate cancer (49%), colorectal cancer (40%) and lung cancer (25%).
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Amherst Police Seek Witnesses to Hit-and-run Accident

Oct. 17, 2019

Amherst police were seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run accident Monday that left a victim in serious condition at Erie County Medical Center.

Police said the 21-year-old man suffered serious head and shoulder injuries as a result of the accident that occurred at about 7 p.m. in the 2300 block of Wehrle Drive in the town.

Anyone who may have seen or has information about the accident is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department at 689-1311.

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Citigroup to Buy CrossPoint Building From Uniland for $52 Million

Oct. 16, 2019

The Citigroup offices  on Crosspoint Parkway in Amherst. (News file photo)
The Citigroup offices on Crosspoint Parkway in Amherst.

Citigroup has agreed to pay more than $52 million for the building housing its operations center in Getzville from Uniland Development Co.

Citigroup Technology, a division of New York City-based Citi, has agreed to buy its 158,000-square-foot building at 580 Crosspoint Parkway from Uniland, along with about 9 acres of adjacent land, according to the bank and Amherst Industrial Development Agency documents.

The building, which houses parts of Citi’s Global Transaction Services group and other functions, was built in 2008 on 2.2 acres, but Uniland later built a second building for Citi’s expanding operations. The bank also has agreed to extend its lease with Uniland on that 107,000-square-foot building at 540 Crosspoint Parkway.
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$2 Million Expansion of Amherst’s Audubon Library Planned

Oct. 16, 2019

Town, county and state officials Wednesday revealed plans for an estimated $2 million expansion of the Amherst Public Library’s Audubon branch.

The proposed 5,000-square-foot addition to the library at 350 John James Audubon Parkway would feature a larger, dedicated children’s area and an expanded community room.

Officials at various levels of government have worked for years to secure funding for the project. State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, and Assemblywoman Karen McMahon, D-Amherst, helped win a $319,000 state grant the town will match.
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