This year's St. Joseph's Day Anthony M. Castiglia achievement award is going to three brothers. Paul, Michael and Anthony Billoni will receive the recognition from the Italian American Leadership Council at 6 p.m. Monday at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. All have been involved in many local causes for years. Paul Billoni...

The people behind Rachel's Mediterranean, relocated to 235 S. Elmwood Ave., are opening a quick-serve Italian spot in the former Rachel's spot at Chippewa and Delaware. The space, at 235 Delaware Ave., will be called Bruno Italian Grill. The restaurant's setup echoes Rachel's, with an Italian accent. Customers choose pasta, wrap or salad, then cust...

It didn’t take long for the Rachel’s Mediterranean location to fill up at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa. Bruno Italian Grill was apparently waiting in the wings, to swoop in and grab the vacant storefront. The Italian eatery will join numerous other restaurants on “The Chip Strip”, as the district continues to transition from night life party...

April 8, 1933 – Jan. 25, 2018. Frank Cozzarelli had parents who believed education was the key to success. He proved them right. The first in his family to attend college, he became a respected professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Retired since 1996, his presence is still felt. “The chair...

Beginning as a boy, Salvatore Pacella was a hard worker. Born in Pacentro, a medieval village in the mountains of central Italy, he was one of six children and left school in the fourth grade to help support his family by taking firewood to town on a donkey and selling it. “I went back with him this past August, and he showed me where he harnessed...

Former Buffalo Common Council member Michael LoCurto has died. LoCurto’s mother, Joan Feroleto LoCurto announced his death in a Facebook post early Friday morning. “I lost a part of my heart tonight. My precious Michael LoCurto has passed,” Feroleto LoCurto stated.  LoCurto was serving as the deputy commissioner in the Erie County Department of Env...

Salvatore A. Valvo was a career officer with the Buffalo Police Department whose work as McGruff the Crime Dog sent home an important message to hundreds of  schoolchildren throughout the city. "He was one of the first McGruffs," said Gina Rath, his daughter. "He'd go to the schools dressed up like McGruff telling kids how to stay safe. He genuinel...

“Italian Christmas Concert in Buffalo,” a traditional Italian Christmas concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Micheal Castaldo and friends, will take place on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00p.m. at Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, Alden, NY 14004. Castaldo will perform classic Christmas carols from his chart-topping best-selling...

A hearing on a petition that calls on Buffalo lawmakers to remove the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Park — and rename the park — prompted a spirited debate Tuesday in Common Council chambers. Proponents of removing the statue, as proposed by the Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition, argued it's unseemly to have a monument to a historical figure...

The existence of statues, monuments and public displays in Buffalo should not be governed by the whims of an angry mob fueled by delusions of "correcting" history or society. The city of Buffalo, and Western New York as a whole, has many more important issues that are completely unrelated to the names of city parks or any public monuments. History...