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A dog loves nothing more than to be completely unrestricted — let off the leash to socialize and play. Fortunately there are plenty of local dog parks where they can do just that. Grab your pup and check out some of the best places where Western New York dogs can roam free. Knox Farm Dog Park Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora If you’re looking for a dog park with a …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

By anyone’s definition, 1970 was a momentous year for Buffalo sports. That year, the Sabres and the Braves were founded in the NHL and NBA, respectively, and the Bills joined the newly merged NFL. This month, history was made again as the puck dropped for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) — and our own Buffalo Beauts took the ice. “It’…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

"Danceability” isn’t a word you’ll find in Webster’s Dictionary. But, say Robin Bishop and Christine Dwyer, it means “to empower through movement.” It’s also the name of their Cheektowaga-based dance studio that caters to individuals with special needs. Bishop and Dwyer, both in their mid-thirties, founded Danceability in 2007 with the goal of using the “physical, emoti…

Check out these local institutions that preserve memories from Buffalo’s past while keeping pace with contemporary tastes. All that jazz Buffalo not only paved the way for the industrial age in the turn of the 20th century; the Queen City also had a major voice in the jazz era. One of the oldest jazz clubs in the country still proudly stands in Buffalo: The Colored Music…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

While some seniors view moving to smaller, simpler living quarters as a loss — of possessions, a lifestyle or a family home — more and more see it as pure freedom. After all, without a sprawling house and yard to maintain, they can spend more time on experiences: pursuing hobbies, traveling, entertaining or visiting family. Isabel Robitaille, owner of Robitaille Real…

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Meals on Wheels volunteers bring a lot more than nutritious daily meals to the elderly and disabled of Western New York — they also deliver much-needed companionship. In some cases — especially when family members live far away — deliveries can serve as the only social time clients have all day. “It’s a deep and abiding relationship that you see between the volunteer…

Pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Today, approximately 62 percent of American households include at least one pet. That’s roughly 69 million dogs and 74 million cats (not to mention birds, reptiles, hamsters and other critters). Collectively, we spend $50 billion each year keeping our pets safe, happy and he…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Part of the fallout of Buffalo expatriatism is the distance between grandparents in Buffalo — and their grandkids who live far away. Of course, that’s not just a Buffalo thing. A 2011 AARP survey indicates that 43 percent of grandparents nationwide live more than 200 miles from some of their grandchildren. Fortunately, research shows that the grandparent/grandchild bond…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

An afternoon at the ballpark in 2003 changed Denise Poland’s life forever. On the way home from a Buffalo Bisons game, Poland was in the front passenger seat of the family’s Chevy Yukon when a drunk driver with a suspended license tore through a city street intersection at 80 mph and T-boned their vehicle. “I took the full brunt of the impact,” Poland said. Her husba…

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A few years ago when my kids were about 7, 5 and 3, a (wise) friend emailed me in January asking about my kids’ camp plans for the summer. I thought she was crazy — I barely knew what we were having for dinner that night. I scoffed, emailed back and told her I wasn’t there yet —and ended up scrambling in a panic for activities once May rolled around. I learned that when…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When she was 3 years old, Ellie DeLucia of Hamburg was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that took away her sight. She’s legally blind and has been on and off chemotherapy for the past decade. Now 13, Ellie has gone skiing with her parents and two sisters every year since she was 4. Ellie is a student at the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley. It’s …

The “aha” moment that prompts a commitment to a formal weight loss program can take many forms — an unflattering picture that reveals the body you’ve denied you inhabit, or maybe a terse directive from your doctor: drop the extra weight or face medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. For Jennifer Kiener, a 41-year-old Clarence mother of four, her “aha” …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Progressive employers are always looking for creative ways to enhance employee benefits (and maybe shave some dollars off the bottom line, too). Workplace wellness programs can achieve both goals, and they’re part of a strategy that’s breathing new life into some local job sites – often with minimal investment. “You don’t need to have a big budget to make wellness succe…

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Al Bella lay on his kitchen floor as the muscles in his neck convulsed, leaving him unable to speak and struggling to breathe. His panicked daughter called to her mother, “Daddy is sleeping on the floor." Bella — a fit marathon runner — was having a stroke at age 39. Carin Stahlka thought someone stabbed her in the back of the head. When she turned around, no one wa…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

For many families, sports are a step away from the mind-numbing, obesity-fueling world of electronics and a way to develop physical skills while learning to win and lose with grace. But along with that comes the threat of injury — from the minor to the cataclysmic — that can sideline a child for a season, or alter his life forever. During one of his son’s football g…