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I have a confession to make: in the summer of 1964, I was shushed for giggling out loud while watching a live stage production of South Pacific at Melody Fair. I couldn’t help it. I was sitting in the front row with my family and a giant horsefly was crawling up Nellie’s leg during a love scene. I was 5 years old, and well, giggles happen. The actors, mercifully, didn’t fl…

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Shea’s Performing Arts Center is no stranger to history. In its nine decades of hosting performances, the ornate Main Street landmark has welcomed show business legends such as the Marx Brothers and Frank Sinatra to its stage, while millions of patrons have filled its seats. It will take the spotlight again this fall, when Finding Neverland kicks off its first national …

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We’ve all heard the stories. We may even know a few of them — the parents who do their children’s homework, write their college essay or hire expensive SAT tutors to give their offspring a leg up on the competition. They’re the “helicopter parents” — those overindulgent moms and dads who hover over their children to prevent failure. Coined in 1990 by parenting and educa…

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America’s favorite city. One of the top places to see in 2016. A top 10 food city in America. These are the accolades that Travel + Leisure, CNN and National Geographic, respectively, have showered upon Buffalo recently — and they’re just the beginning. Over the past few years, writers from USA Today, The New York Times, popular travel media and newspapers nationwide ha…

Buffalo’s theatrical scene celebrates 35 years of history and tradition. On Friday, Sept. 16, the official opening of Buffalo’s theater season will once again fulfill that ‘theater tradition’ – and then some. "This event continues to grow year after year because of the strength and creativity of our theater community, and, more importantly, because of the passion and dedi…

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Think handmade cardboard set pieces, and anyone who’s willing in the cast. But times have changed. Actors may be recent college grads with a theater degree, or a retiree with time to invest in an old interest or new hobby. They’re talented and stage-ready. Some amateur companies even offer modest stipends; and if the show is a musical, orchestra members are almost always …

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Gary and Cynthia Shore purchased their 80-acre property in the Boston Hills more than 20 years ago with intention of building a home to move into. But life and careers intervened, and it simply wasn’t practical for their family to leave their centrally located Kenmore home. “It’s just such a beautiful piece of wooded property, and we loved it so much that we decided we …

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As Western New Yorkers shift toward making shopping choices based on more than cost alone, retailers are working harder to appeal to consumers’ hearts and minds. "This one is the cheapest.” “Ah, but this one is produced locally. This one is organic. Cruelty-free. Made in America. Fair trade. GMO-free. Produced by a company that shares my political, social, or religio…

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Think back to your very first job — was it bussing tables, working the line in a hot kitchen or delivering newspapers? Our first venture into the world of employment developed so many simple (yet essential skills) that we keep in our career toolbox until the day we retire — and perhaps a few life lessons, too. We interviewed a few prominent working women in Western New …

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There is perhaps no better embodiment of Buffalo’s comeback right now than Nick Sinatra. Not because of the buildings he’s renovating or the game-changing developments he’s championing — although of course they buoy the comeback. It’s more about his personal story, and what it symbolizes: how hard work, authenticity and tenacity pay off.  And how — even after moving in …

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Fact: Western New York winters — which range from the illuminated, snow-kissed scenes of a Frank Capra film to the dire, snowstorm-ravaged landscape of a George Lucas film — can play with our emotions. Sidewalks go from bare to buried in minutes, and local meteorologists treat every mid-level storm like it could be the second coming of the Blizzard of ’77. These omnipre…

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Maria Genero loves animals. Right now, she has a cat, Philomena; a parrot named Pickles; and a 60-gallon reef aquarium. And she’s on the lookout for a dog, after recently losing her beloved Bruno, a Mastiff, who she describes as “120 pounds of love.” She knows how much pets can change your life. “They don’t care where you work. They don’t care how much money you m…

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Think holiday decorating in your own home is an undertaking? Imagine planning a large public space. It requires a delicate balance: décor needs to respect diverse ethnicities, religions, local customs and the architecture of the building — plus be visually appealing. One thing is key: the best decorations are the ones that spark a feeling – nostalgia, reverence, hope, joy.…

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Growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, big families ruled. If you were part of a semi-large clan whose siblings outnumbered the parents, you learned everything from your older brothers and sisters, wore hand-me-downs from both, and happily piled into the back of your faux wood-paneled station wagons with no regard for safety (or comfort). One-on-one time with parents and per…

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As Western New York continues to evolve from a rust belt region to a vibrant medical and technology center, the next generation workforce will need a variety of skills. Careers based in science, technology, engineering and math — STEM, for short — are essential to our regional economy. A recent study by The Brookings Institute estimated that 36 percent of all jobs advertis…