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Partnership expands outreach through minority business program

BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — The Buffalo Niagara Partnership wants to help minority-owned businesses grow, and create a pathway for them to become Partnership board members.

Those goals are the driving forces behind the Partnership’s new Minority Business Initiative, which has kicked off with five participating companies.

“I hope they’re going to get more customers, that they’re going to tap into networks they haven’t had access to and make it easier for them to do that,” said Dottie Gallagher, the Partnership’s president and CEO.

The five businesses will receive two years of sponsored membership in the Partnership, including one year of enrollment in Executive Exchange, a peer-to-peer program that allows CEOs to share ideas with each other.

Read more here.

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March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, local program aims to help those living with disease

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Western New York has one of the highest prevalence rates of Multiple Sclerosis in the nation. March is MS awareness month, a great time to highlight a local resource that could help many people.

Doctor Gretchen Hawley, a physical therapist & Multiple Sclerosis Specialist in Batavia, joined us on Wakeup! She shared more on how she’s helping those with MS keep moving, with her program.

Just over three years ago, Hawley started a small business where she helps people with Multiple Sclerosis learn exercises and symptom management tools. The goal is to help them feel stronger and stay independent, from the comfort of their own home.

She shares her favorite MS-specific exercises based on research and neuroplasticity. She also includes monthly guest speakers with MS experts from around the world, yoga classes, and accountability.

For more information on “The MSing Link,” head here.

Gabrielle Mediak is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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In one week, Buffalo gas prices rise by 46 cents

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gas prices are soaring, and it’s not just here. The national average has surpassed $4 per gallon, according to AAA.

U.S. average: $4.07 ($2.77 in 2021)NYS average: $4.26 ($2.83 in 2021)

Buffalo’s average is a little lower, but not far off. Prices here went up an average of 46 cents since last week.

NY’s average gas price jumps past $4 overnight

Here are the average prices across upstate New York:

Batavia – $4.23 (up 48 cents from last week)Buffalo – $4.21 (up 46 cents from last week)Ithaca – $4.22 (up 41 cents from last week)Rochester – $4.24 (up 45 cents from last week)Rome – $4.22 (up 44 cents from last week)Syracuse – $4.24 (up 49 cents from last week)Watertown – $4.25 (up 46 cents from last week)

Citing oilprice.com, AAA says “The United States has confirmed that it is in talks with European allies to potentially sanction Russian crude oil in response to Moscow’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine – that sent oil prices over $130. This morning, oil prices are more than $124 per barrel – in August, oil prices were $30 per barrel. At one point during the pandemic they were below zero, in negative territory.”

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JCPenney hosts ‘Suit Up’ event for Buff State students

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buff State is partnering with JCPenney to offer students a great selection of dress apparel for their future careers.

The JCPenney store at Walden Galleria’s hosted a “Suit Up” event Sunday. Buff State career development staff were there to help students with fitting and fashion choices. The event helped students figure out what to wear in their preferred professional setting.

JCPenney is also generously offering these students up to 60% off of select items during the event.

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Intoxicated Chautauqua County man arrested after leaving crash site

ELLINGTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Sunday afternoon who had reportedly fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Ellington.

Victor Spinler, 37, was arrested just before 5 p.m. Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated, a felony, as well as driving while intoxicated per se, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and Vehicle Traffic Law violations of uninspected motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle and unsafe lane change.

Deputies said when they arrived to the scene on W. Main Street, they found Spinler had left the scene. Shortly thereafter, he was reportedly found operating the vehicle in an intoxicated state and was identified by deputies.

Spinler was taken to Chautauqua County Jail pending CAP arraignment on the charges. He will report to the Town of Ellington Court at a later date.

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team sice 2021. See more of his work here.

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Buffalo’s Irish community to host fundraiser for Ukraine to offer support

BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo’s Irish community is stepping up to help Ukrainians affected by the war against Russia. The Buffalo Irish Center is uniting with the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center to host a fundraiser next month.

“They’re people in a terrible situation who need help, and not just from their own citizens, but they need the help of the world,” said Buffalo Irish Center member Charles McMahon.

“I think it’s important that diverse ethnic groups, who have historical backgrounds that include military actions, band together and realize that we do have the ability to make a change,” said Mary Heneghan, the Buffalo Irish Center chair.

Organizers said they felt it was important for them to stand with Ukraine and show their support through their actions.

“No one deserves what they’re going through,” Heneghan said. “It’s a horrendous situation and anything we can do to alleviate some of that suffering is something we all, as Americans — whether we’re Irish American, Polish American or German American — I hope we all stand together and do.”

“We hope, eventually, peace in Ukraine and the rest of the world, but right now, just to relieve some of the suffering wherever we can,” McMahon said.

Emil Bandriwsky, the president of the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, said this support does make a difference.

“The fact that they are going out of their way to help us in this time of troubles, which, they had a time of troubles themselves, it’s phenomenal,” he said. “It’s heartwarming, there’s no question about it.”

The Buffalo Irish Center is hoping this will create a domino effect and other cultural groups will step up too.

“Historically, we all know that if we stand together, we’re stronger. So the basis support for Ukraine needs to be a worldwide base, and there’s no reason why it can’t start here in Buffalo,” Heneghan said. “I think the seed has been planted and the idea will grow from here.”

Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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The City of Tonawanda celebrates seventh annual ‘Green Beer Sunday’

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Many people enjoyed the warm weather Sunday afternoon for the seventh annual Green Beer Sunday in the City of Tonawanda.

The city hosts a parade that anyone can enter, but officials say they like to keep it small and to the point. The event has become so popular over the past few years that the city had to build a new pavilion for the festivities.

“It’s a great day — it’s one of the nicest ones we’ve had weather-wise and temperature-wise,” said Mike Saltarelli, chairman of Green Beer Sunday. “So if the wind died down, I’d bet you there would be twice as many people here.”

The event was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the best dressed and the best float received prizes.

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Tonawandas USBC holds “Strike Out Breast Cancer” bowling tournament

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Western New Yorkers packed Manor Lanes to raise money for breast cancer research Sunday morning at Tonawandas USBC’s 13th Bowl for the Cure event.

The organization teamed up with Roswell Park and the Susan G. Komen foundation for the tournament, with all proceeds going toward breast cancer research. The event also included basket raffles to raise additional money for the cure.

“We’ve got a great bowling community in Western New York,” said Joe Bellanti, a chairperson for Bowl for the Cure. “Every year, it gets a little bit bigger, a little bit better. We have more baskets and things this year than ever.”

Bellanti said he was impressed by the amount of bowlers that showed up, especially after last year’s event was canceled.

“We did not have the tournament last year because of COVID, but the amount of bowlers that showed up today is pretty impressive,” he said. “And it’s nice to see a packed house”

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team sice 2021. See more of his work here.

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Buffalo Home Show vendors battle supply chain issues

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Home Show is back after the pandemic forced last year’s event to be canceled. But COVID-19 did more than just prevent hundreds of vendors from meeting with clients. It’s made getting supplies difficult. Contractors can hardly keep up with demand.

There are a few reasons for this. Doug Mohr, owner of Stockmohr, said Buffalo’s housing market plays a big role.

“I think the housing shortage is causing a lot of people to remodel their existing home, whereas maybe people would just move and avoid the remodel,” he said.

House Crafters salesman Randy Hazem said people are also spending more time at home.

“A lot of people are working from home now and they get to looking at their kitchen, bathroom, and the bad paint job, bad floors, so they’re remodeling,” said Hazem.

Vendors say, ultimately, clients have been understanding and patient.

The Buffalo Home Show will also run March 11-13 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Abby Fridmann is an anchor and reporter who joined the News 4 team in November 2020. See more of her work here.

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New South Buffalo restaurant whips up tacos with unusual ingredients — like mac & cheese and Flaming Hot Cheetos

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – When Dominick and Azrael Buster lost their restaurant jobs at the start of the pandemic, it was an opportunity in disguise.

“It just felt like everything was broken,” Azrael said. “So the way that we found some normalcy in everything was to create a new routine. If we couldn’t work for someone else, then we had to work for ourselves.”

So the couple decided to cook. At first, they were cooking out of their home, making to-go dinners. Then, they were cooking at a corner store in South Buffalo. In December of 2021, they opened D.A. Taste at 141 Abbott Rd. in South Buffalo, formerly Jacobi’s.

D.A. Taste creates specialty tacos like the Flaming Hot Cheetos taco, the stinger taco, Buffalo pizza tacos, lobster and shrimp tacos and many more. For more information visit their Facebook page at this link.

Angelica Morrison is an award-winning reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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