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Picture this: a family sits down for a holiday meal. The table is set, anticipation for the meal has been growing throughout the day, and stomachs are growling as visions of holiday staples fill their heads. Only there’s no food. It’s a situation many families face in WNY — during the holidays and throughout the year. In any given month, the Food Bank of WNY provides…

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The Chabad House of Buffalo will once again host a handful of Hanukkah activities this year, including a Hanukkah Wonderland, an “electric menorah” parade and more. Rabbi Moshe Gurary, the Chabad House’s program director, said the season will kick off on the first night of Hanukkah, Tuesday, Dec. 12, when the first candle of the Menorah will be lit at an event held at T…

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If Dave Gordon has learned anything in the last 40 years while running a family business in Buffalo, it has been that people love shopping for Christmas and holiday decor. From upside-down Christmas trees to wreaths in pastel colors decorated with strawberries, his business has seen every trend imaginable. Dave’s Christmas Wonderland in Cheektowaga is the flagship store…

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In 1979, disco music was at its peak. Bell bottom jeans, afros, tight shirts with eye-popping patterns, platform shoes, and lots of gaudy gold jewelry were in. And dancing — lots and lots of dancing — was the best way to spend an evening. That same year, the Buffalo Convention Center first opened its doors. They needed a larger-than-life event to help mark the occasion,…

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Every morning Diana Donnarumma of Buffalo wakes up and makes an effort — make-up, a nice outfit and a positive attitude to match. You’d never know that the 25-year-old was struggling with a severe autoimmune disorder. "I was going to college in Miami and majoring in Spanish and marketing/PR when I found out I had been undiagnosed with Lyme disease for 12 years. That tur…

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As our gift to you, we’ve rounded up ten fun and festive ideas that are sure to put you in the spirit, and may just take some of the stress out of the holidays. From small business shopping to a colossal cookie exchange, try these events on for size. Nov. 24: Elmwood Village Black Friday with Boutiques Various shops in Elmwood Village The busiest shopping day of t…

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The hunt for holiday gifts is officially on. Instead of battling the mall crowds this year, consider one of Western New York’s many holiday pop-up shops. From handmade to vintage to Buffalo-themed wares, local holiday pop-up shops are just like they sound: temporary, limited-time-only retail spaces, set up in office buildings, empty storefronts, museums and more. They’r…

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Jon Duffie spends a lot of time at home working on his projects. While others might toil away fixing up a car or motorcycle, Duffie’s focus is decidedly more otherworldly. He builds droids. "I’ve been working on my R2 unit for nearly a decade," said Duffie. "I spend a lot on parts. He usually needs repairs for something." What Duffie has built is highly impressive…

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Get out," the voice hissed. The woman rewound the recording, all but certain her ears were playing a trick on her, and listened again. "Get out," it hissed for the second time. That was Jennifer Maldonado’s first — and only — trip to the Iron Island Museum on Buffalo’s East Side. She’d made sure to avoid the rest of the group — and its noise — as she explored the …

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Imagine having to leave your home and family with no notice, with only the clothes on your back and a personal item or two stuffed into a garbage bag. That’s exactly what happens to many children suddenly placed into our foster care system. And it’s why Paul Snyder III, deacon of St. Mary Parish in Swormville, and his wife, Susan, have started a special mission to help.…

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Early on a Saturday morning, Dr. Laura Wade is already hard at work, tending to a rabbit that’s recovering from an amputation. At her Clarence-based veterinary practice, Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets, Wade and her staff treat birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and small mammals — everything from a tiny hamster to a pair of 125-pound emus Wade once wrangled du…

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William Ostrander has been a part of the Western New York community his entire life. Whether through high school in Lancaster, college at Canisius and a professional career throughout the Buffalo area, he knows the region. But with decades of experience in all facets of the radio business, there’s one thing the man known more commonly as Buddy Shula may understand bette…

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On stage, George Scott is the high-energy bandleader who fronts the George Scott Big Band and performs for large crowds at Canalside, Curtain Up and other shows. Off stage, as president of the Colored Musicians Club, he’s one of the guiding forces who has helped the club become the oldest of its kind in the United States, a living testament to Buffalo and music history. …

It’s always hard to say goodbye, but these events will help you send summer off with a bang. From harvest festivals and equinox celebrations to fashion shows and artist demonstrations, there’s plenty to look forward to this fall in Western New York. Sept. 15: Riedel Wine & Beer Tasting Experience Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo Join …