Mary Catalfamo

Catherine Herrick

Some pockets of Buffalo are buzzing thanks to urban redevelopment of an unexpected kind. The recently implemented Green Code has officially legalized what used to be an underground practice in the city of Buffalo: urban beekeeping. Residents have found an array of uses for it, from gardening and education to revitalization of neglected urban landmarks.

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What was once the side of a long-vacant building on Buffalo’s East Side is now a finished canvas for a bright public art project called the Welcome Wall. The side of 751 Fillmore Avenue displays a mural intertwining the word “welcome” in 13 different languages—from German and Polish to Vietnamese and Farsi.

WBFO file photo

An initiative that has promoted pedal power throughout the area is celebrating its one year anniversary in Buffalo.

A new app is helping people find the graves of President Millard Fillmore, former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, singer Rick James, and other prominent figures from Western New York’s past.

Photo from Erie County Executive Twitter feed

Rising water levels continue to be an issue from Thursday's heavy rains. The level of Tonawanda Creek in Batavia was rising Friday morning.

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Labatt USA is celebrating its tenth anniversary of being headquartered in Buffalo. In honor of the milestone, Mayor Byron Brown declared July 12, 2017 Labatt Blue Day and declared this weekend Labatt Blue Weekend.

American Red Cross

Summer vacation has contributed to a shortage of blood donations. The Red Cross recently reported that it is  61,000 units short of  the blood donations required nationally, prompting the organization to issue an emergency call for eligible donors.

A political newcomer plans to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins in the 2018 election.

A security review company that released a study ranking Buffalo as the most dangerous city in the nation for online dating has revised its numbers after inquiries were made. The revision improved Buffalo's overall ranking, although it  remains in the bottom 25% of cities when it comes to online dating safety.

As ride-hailing prepares to make its local debut Thursday, Erie County’s top prosecutor said he’s confident the service will help reduce drunken driving.

Ally Spongr

The first day or summer and longest day of the year is being filled with public performances of live music in the second annual Make Music Western New York.

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An annual celebration of African-American culture and history will be held this weekend at Martin Luther King Park.

Niagara University

A public art project is aiming to restore vibrancy to empty buildings in downtown Niagara Falls. More than 100 silhouettes of Niagara University students and others cut out of black paper are lining the windows of vacant structures at Third and Main Streets.

One of the summer’s biggest festivals is celebrating its 60th year this weekend.

A local law designed to better protect nursing home residents passed unanimously in the Erie County Legislature on Thursday.

Savarino Companies

A section of downtown Batavia will receive a $17.6 million facelift as a developer begins construction of a multi-use complex on long-vacant property.

Allentown Association

Sidewalks and crosswalks throughout Allentown are being painted with rainbows. As the first part of an ongoing initiative to support the LGBTQ community in Buffalo, the “Rainbows on Allen” project aims to provide permanent symbols of acceptance that last beyond Buffalo’s Pride Week.

Niagara Quality Improvement Project

The transition a child makes from kindergarten to elementary school is not always an easy one. Undetected developmental issues, missed registration dates and poor communication between school administrators are just a few of the obstacles that face children and their families.