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For 30 years, Dick O’Neill has been providing customers the kind of honest, gimmick-free automotive service that reminds people of the good old days. Employed at the South Park Avenue garage since he was 16, O’Neill took it over when the previous owner, Paul Wiles, became ill. “I just couldn’t bear not to come in anymore,” said O’Neill. As it turns out, there are qui…

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Chris Kreiger, co-founder of the non-profit veterans’ assistance organization WNY Heroes, Inc., knows all too well the obstacles veterans face upon returning home from combat duty. A 10-year U.S. Army veteran, Kreiger served a 12-month combat tour in Iraq. He returned home with injuries to his right leg and lower back, hearing loss in both ears and a traumatic brain …

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It’s a frigid Tuesday evening and inside an old stone church in the heart of the Elmwood Village, Garrett Martin gathers his sheet music and readies his baton. On this night he will lead an eclectic group of 70 men through a rigorous rehearsal. Martin, a transplant who arrived here from Tennessee by way of Austin, Texas in 2013, is the artistic director of the Buffal…

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They’ve served up laughs on 103.3 The Edge’s “Shredd and Ragan” morning show for more than two decades. They’ve mooed at Canadians, brought notoriety to the Niagara Falls police blotter and held a lawyer’s billboard head for ransom. They’ve also emerged as a ratings powerhouse and a Western New York institution, driving the water cooler conversation, or as it exists now…

Feel like you’ve let your social life hibernate over the past few months? There’s no better time to get out and enjoy the perks of living in Western New York. Get a taste of our impressive dining scene, celebrate the area’s craft beverage boom, uncover what’s on trend in the world of home design and more with these carefully curated events. March 20-26: Local Restaurant…

When Maureen Kemeny talks with her clients about overcoming obstacles, she’s speaking from personal experience. In 2004, Kemeny was involved in a major accident when her car was broadsided by a tourist bus. Three different neurosurgeons told her she needed surgery and would probably never run, bike or swim again. But Kemeny was determined to prove them wrong. She rested an…

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A cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong, pickleball originated at the home of Washington congressman Joel Pritchard in the 1960s when he and a friend were forced to improvise with random sports equipment. The most widely accepted theory of the name’s origin is that the family dog, Pickles, would often scamper off with the ball. Whatever the source, the name — an…

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When you’re a single mom pursuing a college education — and often holding down a job at the same time — it’s not uncommon to get derailed by the unexpected, like a sudden lack of childcare or a surprise expense. That’s why the Western New York Women’s Foundation (WNYWF) launched a holistic program to help low-income single mothers obtain associate degrees in high-demand…

Whether your idea of the perfect send-off to winter is hitting the ice and slopes or gearing up for spring home improvements and gardening, these indoor and outdoor events pack plenty of fun for both the cold weather enthusiast and those who would just as soon hibernate. Feb. 11: A Valentine Romance Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo Add some real roma…

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The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, says Nissin Berg, the Orthodox Jewish owner of Nissan’s Kosher Deli, is not so much about food as it is about making sure that children are instilled with the holiday’s sense of tradition and happiness; it is also known as the Festival of Lights. In heavily accented English — Berg came to Buffalo in 1996 as a refugee from his native Latvi…

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, dazzled and thoroughly entertained. These events are sure to put you in the spirit – not to mention help you get a leg up on your holiday shopping and decorating. Here’s to making the most of the most wonderful time of the year. Through Nov. 30: Festival of Trees Hyatt Regency Buffalo The Hyatt Regency Buffalo is transformed into a winte…

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Pat Woyshner loves the holiday season. As the owner of Woyshner’s Flower Shop, a Lackawanna mainstay since 1960 when she opened it with her late husband Jack, she’s surrounded by flowers and festive décor year round. But the winter holidays — especially Christmas — hold special meaning for her. For 16 years, Woyshner was part of a team of floral designers who helped dec…

Buffalo’s annual public Kwanzaa celebrations may not garner as much attention as other area traditions, but organizers say the local festivities rank among the best in the country. Samuel Radford III, a community activist and chairman of the Buffalo Kwanzaa committee, says that the local celebrations routinely draw hundreds of visitors and pack venues to capacity. The f…

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It didn’t matter that it was a rainy, dreary day in South Buffalo. One look at Janette Shaver, 93, and Lucy Hoffnagle, 95, can brighten anyone’s day. The two volunteer their time at the gift shop at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo. Born two years apart — Hoffnagle in 1921 and Shaver in 1923 — the two have been friends since they started working together at Niagara Mo…

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Sprinkled cookies. Bedazzled sweaters. Pandora-served tunes by Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and the Muppets. All are now expected at every holiday party, and all have helped solidify the standard expectation for what your planned gathering should look and sound like. Suggestion: This year, haul those expectations to the curb like a dead Christmas tree. Winter in Wester…